Best portable pressure washer: buyers guide in 2020
The best portable pressure washer allows the freedom of modern cordless technology with a hint of the cleaning power on offer from a standard electric pressure washer. It’s quite amazing how far battery technology has taken us! There are some genuine cordless pressure washer options now as well as portable pressure washers. We reviewed the best cordless pressure, the WORX HYDROSHOT, it performed nearly as well as a portable main electric pressure washer! If you’re looking to clean the car or similar, this is a great option and battery improvements mean it will keep getting better!
Portable pressure washer
Before I ramble on about portable pressure washer options I think it would be fitting to mention I have included a table of contents and comparison table that will help you decipher the best portable pressure washer. As you can see the Bosch is a solid bet! But I’ll review this in greater detail just now.
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Portable pressure washer reviews
Let’s dive in with our first review.
This portable pressure washer grabbed our attention because of its good power output, solid build quality, and very reasonable price. We are talking about the…
Best portable pressure washer
I start my reviews with what in my mind is the best portable pressure washer. It’s well built, priced sensibly, reliable, and delivers loads of cleaning power. What more could you ask for from a portable pressure washer after all? It has a couple of niggles but we will go through that in detail just now.
1. Bosch EasyAquatak 120 High Pressure Washer
Resembling a small suitcase or even a large handbag, at first glance the Bosch EasyAquatak 120 doesn’t look like it could produce anything more than a squirt, but plug it in, select high pressure and squeeze the trigger. You’ll be very pleasantly surprised at how much cleaning power this little gem has. In fact it has a smaller sister model, the Bosch EasyAquatak 110 High Pressure Washer which performed brilliantly in tests. This model is the step up in power so don’t be surprised by how much of a punch this packs. It’s easily the best portable pressure washer in this range and delivers huge power.
Granted, it’s nothing like the Bosch AQT 45-14 X High-Pressure Washer that would take the skin off your back, literally, but when you’re looking for a little pressure washer the expectations are to clean the car comfortably and other light duties. This model delivers beautifully.
The 1500 watt electric motor gives this portable pressure washer the drive to produce 120 bar of pressure. Of course, pressure is nothing without a good water flow rate to feed it, and Bosch have come up trumps there to with the EasyAquatek having a maximum flow of 350 litres per hour. With those specs you can be sure that this portable pressure washer can wash your car, patio, driveway, and more with ease.
The Bosch EasyAquatek couldn’t be called portable if it wasn’t easy to carry, and the combination of a good sized handle and a total weight of around 5kg ensures that it ticks the box in that category.
With dimensions of 40 x 20 x 37.5 cm, this portable pressure washer is indeed compact but its wide base makes it very stable while sitting on the ground. Even if you did accidentally pull it over, this is a Bosch, and they are known for being robust, solid machines.
The spray gun is also a solid construction, as are the nozzles that are included with the pressure washer. There are 3 nozzles- a foam nozzle for using detergent which is good for getting the car or motorbike extra clean, a variable fan nozzle that allows to control the pressure of the spray so you don’t accidentally damage something fragile, and the rotary nozzle that is meant for blasting away stubborn dirt.
There is storage space on the main unit for the accessories, and all of them use the quick fit connector fittings so you can swap and change between them swiftly and without effort.
Alas, nothing is perfect, especially not in the world of power tools, and the Bosch has a couple of setbacks.
They are actually both the same problem- both the hose and power cord are only 5 metres long. Now that might not be a problem for most people and will probably be enough for most gardens, but I have a pretty long driveway so I had to use an extension lead.
Since then I have seen online that you can actually by an official Bosch 6 metre extension hose, so that might be something to look into if you’re after a bit more range.
Bosch EasyAquatak 120 High Pressure Washer Review
Best Bosch EasyAquatak 120 High Pressure Washer Features
What needs work on the Bosch EasyAquatak 120 High Pressure Washer
|1500W electric motor||Hose and power cord could be longer than 5 metres|
|120 bar of pressure|
|350 litres per hour water flow rate|
|Lightweight and mobile at only 5kg|
|Solid and robust|
|3 good quality spray nozzles|
|Quick fit connectors|
|Compact for easy storage|
|Storage space for accessories on main unit|
|Easy to use detergent nozzle|
|Variable power settings|
No best pressure washers list would be complete without a Karcher product mentioned, and we won’t disappoint you here. Here is the compact version of the Karcher K2…
2. Kärcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer
German manufacturer Karcher is one of the best known brands when it comes to pressure washers and is often the first name people look to when buying one. We reviewed this models big brother the Kärcher K2 Full Control Pressure Washer and as you would expect it did very well. Kärcher are known to produce performance for the price tag.
As the name implies, this is the compact version of the already very popular Karcher K2 electric pressure washer. Like the Bosch EasyAquatek, it weighs around 5 kilograms with accessories attached, and is also designed to be easily carried around, measuring just 17.6 x 28 x 44.3 cm.
The 1400W air cooled motor in this portable pressure washer is capable of producing 110 bar of pressure, which is only a little less than the Bosch EasyAquatek, and it actually has a slightly higher water flow rate at 360 litres per hour.
The Karcher K2 compact pressure washer comes with 2 lances- a dirt blaster spray lance with a rotary pencil nozzle for tougher cleaning jobs and a one way spray lance for your everyday tasks. Both of these connect to the high pressure water gun using quick connect fittings.
When you want to use detergent, the free suction tube will draw detergent into the water flow for you. It’s very easy to use, but I still prefer the Bosh EasyAquatek 120’s method of applying detergent.
To prolong the life of the motor, Karcher have given this portable pressure washer an auto start/stop function that cuts out the motor when the trigger on the spray gun is released.
Also, to protect the pump, there is an integrated water inlet filter to keep unwanted debris out of there.
In general, the Karcher K2 compact portable pressure washer doesn’t feel quite as robust as the Bosch model we just reviewed, but it won’t be falling apart on you immediately either. All lightweight models have to give a little away in durability, it’s just the way it is.
The 4 metre hose that comes with this Karcher is a little on the short side, even shorter than the Bosch easyAquatek that I griped about in the above review. The hose doesn’t feel as durable as the Bosch hose either.
The thing I don’t like about the Karcher K2 compact portable pressure washer is the handle. It’s a good size and made of decent plastic, but the problem is- it’s not fixed in place and can come off in your hand if you’re not careful. I’m sure there is an easy fix to this, and maybe it was just my model, but I found it very annoying.
Apart from that, this is a very good little Karcher pressure washer and comes at a good price.
Kärcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer Review
Best Kärcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer Features
What needs work on the Kärcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer
|Compact and lightweight||Handle isn’t integrated into the main unit|
|1400W air cooled motor||Would have liked a longer hose|
|110 bar max pressure|
|360 litres per hour flow rate|
|2 lances included|
|Quick connect fittings|
|Auto stop/start function to protect motor|
|Water inlet feature to keep debris out of the pump|
|Suction tube for drawing in detergent|
|Storage space for lances|
|2 year warranty|
Next up on our list of best portable pressure washers is a model that has an impressive water pressure output as well as a few other nice features…
3. Yard Force 135 Bar 1800W High-Pressure Washer
This Yard Force portable pressure washer is probably the most powerful on paper with 135 bar of pressure and a water flow rate of 360 litres per hour, however in practical application, I have to say that the Bosch EasyAquatek had more ‘blast for your buck’.
That’s not to say this portable pressure washer is underpowered, as it certainly isn’t and will do a excellent job of keeping the car clean.
I like the compact block design if this Yard Force product, it is very compact and easy to find a place in the garage to store it. It also has some nice design features keeping up with the whole ‘compact’ theme such as a space in the side for keeping attachments in, and an integrated detergent tank and foldable handle.
This Yard Force portable pressure washer is heavier than our two previous reviews at around 9 kilograms but it is still light enough to carry around for most people, and if your arms get tired there are a couple of small wheels on the base of the machine.
The extra weight seems to be a tradeoff for the extra sturdiness of this model, and the casing does feel stronger than the Karcher K2 compact. How good the fittings and smaller parts are, only time will tell.
Yard Force are confident about this model’s durability and are offering a 3 year warranty if you register within the first 28 days after your purchase.
Accessories that come with the Yard Force portable pressure washer are a spray gun, lance, high pressure nozzle, turbo nozzle for more powerful water output, and a 6 metre high pressure hose. The extra metre or so of hose that you get may not be a lot but it’s still an improvement on our other portable pressure washer reviews. There is also a 5 metre power cable attached.
This product is easy to assemble which is a good thing because the instructions are really not up to much, however attachment changes are nice and easy thanks to quick connect fittings.
All in all, this is a decent portable pressure washer that has enough power and water flow for you to get your garden cleaning jobs done in quick time.
Yard Force 135 Bar 1800W High-Pressure Washer Review
Best Yard Force 135 Bar 1800W High-Pressure Washer Features
What needs work on the Yard Force 135 Bar 1800W High-Pressure Washer
|1800w motor||It’s heavier than its competitors|
|135 bar of pressure||Poor instructions|
|360 water flow rate|
|Integrated detergent tank with large opening|
|Storage compartment for hose|
|2 different spray nozzles|
|6 metre hose|
|Quick connect fittings|
|Small wheels on the base|
|Won’t damage your paint work|
Well, that’s it for now, our top 3 portable pressure washer reviews.
There are other products out there, but after taking a close look at them, I chose not to include them here as I really didn’t think they could come close to being a viable option when compared to these three.
However if better products come along in the future I will definitely be putting them up here, so pop back from time to time to see what we have on offer.
Also, don’t forget to check out our review pages for petrol pressure washers, electric pressure washers, and cordless pressure washers.
What is a portable pressure washer?
Portable pressure washers are often confused with cordless pressure washers that run on batteries but are in fact, fed by the mains electricity the same as an electric pressure washer.
The difference between a regular electric pressure washer and a portable model, is that portable pressure washers are designed to be more mobile. They are usually designed with smaller water tanks that can be carried around and are also lightweight for the same reason.
The best portable pressure washers have long power cords so that you have more range and freedom of movement to enjoy when compared with larger static pressure washers.
Often, these portable models allow you to use a water supply other than the tank that it comes with, so you can use a water butt, pond, or other source.
Power wise, portable pressure washers are usually not that far behind the larger models and can have water pressure outputs of well over 100 bar, so unless you are looking to do some heavy duty industrial sized cleaning, one of these little fellas should see you ok.
Best portable pressure washers UK
Many of the most well-known brands have portable pressure washer models available in the UK. Bosch have the Aquatek range, Karcher have the K2 compact pressure washer, and there are others such as Yard Force and Hoselock too.
In addition to these, there are also a ton of products from lesser known companies, a lot of junk from China, and some up and coming brands.
To help you sift through all of these, we have put together this page of reviews for the best UK portable pressure washers. Enjoy.