Best petrol pressure washer: [UK] buyers guide
Best petrol pressure washer
What distinguishes the best petrol pressure washer from its rivals? A petrol pressure washer needs to be powerful, fuel efficient, and easy to use.
I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I guessed that most adults in the UK either own, have owned, or have at least used a pressure washer. The combination of two of our base elements – air and water- has just so many possible uses and applications. Want to get that dirt of the car?
A pressure washer can help with that. Blasting moss of a patio or driveway? Again, no problem if you have a good pressure washer. For most everyday cleaning tasks an electric pressure washer, whether it be mains electric powered or a cordless pressure washer, will be enough for you. Especially if you shell out a little extra and get one of the top models from a reputable brand like a Karcher pressure washer.
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Petrol pressure washer reviews
Pressure washers have been with us in one form or another for nearly a century so it’s hardly surprising that there are countless products out there all vying to be the best pressure washer model overall.
Some brands have emerged as leaders in this field such as Karcher, Nilfisk, and Bosch and each of those companies has released numerous models onto the UK market. To get an idea of the best pressure washers in their various sub-categories, you can visit our all-encompassing page – Pressure Washers.
This page’s emphasis, however, is petrol pressure washers reviews and information, so without further ado, here are our picks for the best petrol washers UK.
1. Wilks Genuine USA TX750i Petrol Pressure Washer
The TX750i model from Wilks is our number 1 choice when it comes to the best petrol pressure washers reviewed. Wilks are relative new comers to the pressure washer market but are already securing themselves a seat at the table with the big boys, and it’s thanks to products like this one.
let’s talk about power first. The TX750i petrol pressure washer is capable of 3950 psi at 272 bar, which will allow you to make quick work of any cleaning task, no matter how tough it would be to lesser performing models. The water flow rate is also impressive at 660 litres per hour.
The power comes from a 4-stroke OHV 210cc engine that produces 8 horsepower, and runs on unleaded petrol, so there’s no need to mix the fuel like you have to with a 2 stroke engine. The engine on this petrol pressure washer is good on fuel too, so you won’t have your jobs interrupted by fuel stops too often.
Starting up the engine was no bother and it sparked into life with a single pull on the cord as long as I used the choke each time.
Sometimes on petrol pressure washers, the wheels are undersized and make it hard to roll the heavy units across the garden, but I was happy to see that Wilks have thought that through properly and fitted large 12 inch wheels to their TX750i. The wheels, like the rest of the tool are strong and robust.
The Wilks TX750i petrol pressure washer comes with 30 metres of good quality hose- a 20m hose and also an extra 10m in case you ned a little more reach. There is a handy hose reel situated on the main unit of the pressure washer to keep it all nicely tucked away until needed.
It also comes with everything you need to assemble the machine, including hand tools, but the written instructions aren’t the best. Luckily, a bit of common sense will see you through the set up as it’s not that difficult to work out and you can find information on this posted online by people.
Wilks Genuine USA TX750i Petrol Pressure Washer Review
Wilks Genuine USA TX750i Petrol Pressure Washer Features
What needs work on the Wilks Genuine USA TX750i Petrol Pressure Washer
|4-stroke OHV 210cc 8HP engine||Instructions could be much better|
|Powerful- 3950 psi at 272 bar||Holders for nozzles are too big|
|660 litres per hour water flow rate|
|Large and strong 12 inch wheels|
|30 metres of hose|
|2 different lances and hand tools included|
|5 colour coded nozzles|
|Integrated 6 litre detergent tank|
|Can be filled from a pond, river, bucket, etc. and has a filter system|
Also included with this petrol pressure washer are 2 lances- one straight and one curved, a self-propelled drain cleaner, and 5 nozzles. The nozzles are colour coded to make things easier when you are on the go, so grabbing the right one for stripping, blasting, cleaning, washing, or applying detergent is quick and simple.
Talking of detergent, Wilks have built-in a 6 litre detergent tank into their TX750i petrol pressure washer in a way that doesn’t stick out or take anything away from the machine’s sleek and cool design.
Another cool feature of the TX750i is the ability to feed it water from a bucket, pond, river or other source. The prevent damage to the machine, there is a filter system to keep debris out.
Wilks have set up a UK based technical support line to deal with any queries you might have, and also given this product a one year warranty.
Now for the negatives. A minor gripe I have is about the holes on the top of the main unit which are for storing the nozzles. The holes are too big to hold the nozzles in tight and they might fall out while moving the machine around. I chose not to keep them there in the end and opted to secure them in a bag and hang that on the pressure washer instead and it worked fine.
We chose our second best petrol pressure washer because it offers good cleaning performance at a very reasonable price…
2. Parker Brand Petrol Pressure Washer
The Parker petrol pressure washer is extremely good value for money. Offering the type of water pressure and blasting power that only a petrol model can give you, at a lower price than some electric pressure washers. This was voted best budget petrol pressure washer in the UK on our main pressure washer page.
Whether you want to blast dirt off your driveway, clean the car, or shift oil stains out of the garage, the Parker petrol pressure washer has the power to make it easy for you.
Its 6.5HP, air cooled, 4 stoke 208cc engine powers this tool to produce a water pressure of 3100psi. That’s not quite as powerful as the Wilks TX750i, but still impressive nonetheless.
The engine is noisier than our number one pick and there is a bit more vibration, but what do you expect for such a low priced petrol pressure washer. There is also no way to see the oil level from the outside so you have to remember to check with the good old dipstick regularly.
The engine started up with only one or two pulls as long as I used the choke and then ticked over smoothly without any spluttering or alarming sounds.
The current design of this petrol pressure washer was revamped in 2017 and some tweaks were made here and there that improved upon the previous version such as a better vibration reduction system, comfortable soft grip handle, and a rethink of the general layout of the machine. Individually they are only small things, but together they make this product all the more worth considering.
Like the Wilks TX750i the Parker petrol pressure washer has an integrated detergent tank situated in an easy to get to place on the front of the main unit.
To use with the detergent is a specialized soap nozzle, one of 5 colour coded nozzles that come with the pressure washer.
Parker Brand Petrol Pressure Washer Review
Best Parker Brand Petrol Pressure Washer Features
What needs work on the Parker Brand Petrol Pressure Washer
|Very good value for money||Engine runs quite loud|
|Powerful 208cc 4 stroke engine||Have to check oil with the dipstick|
|3100 psi water pressure|
|Integrated detergent tank|
|5 colour coded nozzles|
|8 metre wire reinforced hose|
|Upgraded vibration reduction system|
The wheels on this product, aren’t up to the standard of the Wilks TX750i, but they are a good size, made of strong plastic, and do what they are supposed to.
The 8 metre hose is also much shorter than the 30 metres you get with the Wilks model, although it has to be said that the hose that comes with the Parker is wire reinforced and durable.
The parker brand petrol pressure washer might not be as polished or as powerful as the Wilks TX750i, but for only 200 quid, you’d find it hard to find something as good.
Next up in our best petrol pressure washer reviews list is a highly reliable, European made product from Waspper…
3. Waspper W3000HA Petrol Pressure Washer
Made in the EU and powered by a 196cc Peggas engine, the Waspper W3000HA petrol pressure washer is built to last. The makers claim it will last 5 times longer than any conventional pressure washer and have included some features in the design to back up that claim.
For example, both the pump’s body and its head are made from rust resistant aluminium, the spray gun is also fully metal, and even the lance, which is so often made from plastic, is made completely out of stainless steel ensuring it will never corrode.
Even the choice of engine, the Peggas model, has been made to increase this petrol pressure washer’s working life and durability. The engine has finned housing which helps to keep the buildup of heat to a minimum.
It’s a shame that the makers didn’t think to do something about noise dampening too, as it does run a bit loud.
The engine is no slouch either and powers 3000 psi of water pressure at 220 bar and a water flow rate of 8.5 litres per minute. That’s a spec that signals some great cleaning action.
The recoil start works well and a pull or two will get the block up and running, again with a little help from good old Mr Choke.
The Waspper W3000HA petrol pressure washer comes complete with 3 different nozzles, all are quick coupling fittings which makes swapping them much faster and easier, and like the WilksTX750i there are dedicated spots on the main body to store them in, only with the Waspper, they feel more secure in their holes.
Waspper W3000HA Petrol Pressure Washer Review
Best Waspper W3000HA Petrol Pressure Washer Features
What needs work on the Waspper W3000HA Petrol Pressure Washer
|196cc Peggas high quality engine||Hose is much shorter than the Wilks XT750i|
|3000 psi at 220 bar||Engine runs a little loud|
|8.5 litres per minute water flow rate|
|Aluminium rust resistant pump|
|Solid metal spray gun|
|Stainless steel extension lance|
|Easy to start|
|3 different spray nozzles|
|Lightweight when compared to its competitors|
|Large plastic wheels|
|Anti-vibration rubber bumpers|
Rubber bumpers placed between the engine and frame have been used to reduce the vibrations that are an inevitable part of using a petrol pressure washer, but of course they can only do so much and the machine will still shake when it’s being used.
The Waspper W3000HA gets around on 12 inch fully plastic wheels that do their job well. Actually because of the aluminium parts on this model, it is lighter than a lot of other petrol pressure washers and feels a fair bit easier to push around.
Unfortunately, waspper have only given this model a short 7.5 metre hose, which while being fine for most home applications, still limits its range and can’t compete with our number 1 best petrol washer.
Included with the main machine is the engine oil you need to get started, instructions (which like most products these days could be better), and a spark plug key.
The Waspper W3000HA comes with a 2 year warranty, and I think if it was priced maybe 50 pounds cheaper it would be selling like hot cakes. As it is, you can buy the Wilks TX750i for around the same price and get more for your money.
Our final entry in our list of best petrol pressure washer reviews is the most expensive of our little group but comes from a brand that is highly respected and trusted by many experienced customers…
4. Briggs & Stratton ELITE 3000 Petrol Pressure Washer
It looks like Waspper are trying hard (and doing a good job) to make a name for themselves as reliable and durable, but Briggs & Stratton did that a long time ago.
Priced at just £451.95, the Briggs & Stratton Elite 300 petrol pressure washer is a solid bit of kit with excellent all over build quality.
Its CR950 OHV 208cc engine runs smoothly but a little louder than some petrol pressure washers, and like the heavy duty steel frame, it is built to last. It helps the washer blast out 3000psi of water pressure at 207 bar and has an impressive water flow rate of 636 litres per hour. That’s only a little bit less than the product we chose as our best petrol pressure washer the Wilks TX750i.
Briggs & Stratton have fitted the Elite 3000 petrol pressure washer with an easy start axial cam pump. Again, it is a solid, hard wearing construction that requires no maintenance from you to keep it going strong. The pump also has an automatic thermal relief valve that will allow hot, high pressure water escape from the pump to help cool it and reduce the risk of damage from overheating.
With the base and frame of this petrol pressure washer being all steel, it does make it a little heavier than the Waspper 3000HA, but the 10 inch wheels are high quality with excellent treads for extra grip.
The 9 metres of hose the Elite 300 comes with is on par with most of the products reviewed here, but falls quite short of competing with our top petrol pressure washer.
Included with the main unit are 4 spray nozzles ranging from a 0 degree jet to a 40 degree wide spray. They are all quick connect fittings and can be swapped on the go in seconds.
Briggs & Stratton ELITE 3000 Petrol Pressure Washer Review
Best Briggs & Stratton ELITE 3000 Petrol Pressure Washer Features
What needs work on the Briggs & Stratton ELITE 3000 Petrol Pressure Washer
|Excellent build quality and extremely durable||No extra features for the higher price|
|208cc OHV engine|
|3000psi at 207 bar|
|636 litres per hour water flow rate|
|Easy start axial cam pump|
|Thermal relief valve to cool pump|
|4 spray nozzles ranging from 0-40 degrees|
|Easy to assemble|
|Very good wheels|
|Where the Briggs & Stratton Elite 3000 Petrol Pressure Washer could Improve|
There is a special nozzle for using detergent and also a detergent injector/ siphon tube to insert detergent directly into the sprayer’s water stream.
The lance on this petrol pressure washer is a solid construction that won’t break if you accidentally drop it, and the hanger on the frame for storing the lance is designed well, and actually does what it is supposed, unlike many pressure washer models out there. The lance has push lock fittings on both ends so you can attach or remove it easily.
The Brigg & Stratton Elite 3000 arrives semi-assembled and only requires you to slot in the upper half of the handle which is a piece of cake and only takes a few minutes.
To make storing the tool away an easier task, you can fold the good sized handle down so it doesn’t take up to much room in the garage.
To sum up, the Briggs & Stratton 3000 elite petrol pressure washer is a great garden tool that offers excellent cleaning power and top level build quality.
However, for the extra money you pay for this model, you don’t really get anything extra or special when compared with its competitors.
That final review concludes this set of write ups for the best petrol pressure washers available in the UK at the moment.
As new products arrive on the market we will take a close look at them and update this page from time to time so please check back in with us.
Petrol pressure washers
For commercial and industrial type cleaning jobs though, you’re going to need something with a bit more power, and that’s where the best petrol pressure washers come in.
Design wise, petrol pressure washers are fundamentally the same as their electric counterparts, with low pressure water entering the machine, then getting turned into high pressure water by a motor and pump, and finally being expelled out the other side.
The major difference is psi. Petrol engines can produce higher psi levels than electric motors and therefore petrol powered pressure washers are better at cleaning up hard to shift materials like oil and grease.
Petrol pressure washers usually have a higher water flow rate too, and when combined with the extra power, it certainly speeds up any cleaning duties you have to perform.
Another advantage of petrol pressure washers is that they are mobile and don’t require any power cables to connect them to the mains, Cordless pressure washers also give you mobility, but their operating time is dependent on the battery life and charging time.
Petrol pressure washer buying advice
Unlike electric pressure washers, which are often made out of plastic, petrol pressure washers tend to be built a bit more sturdily and will probably have metal casing making them the most durable if properly maintained with oil.
Of course there are a few things to take in to consideration before buying a petrol pressure washer. Firstly, you will need to make sure you have petrol lying around to refuel the machine, and also engine oil to keep it all ticking over nicely.
Then, there is the extra noise that comes with all that power. Generally petrol pressure washers are noisier than electric models, but some of the better products have sound level lowering features.
Finally there are fumes to think about, so if you are going to be mainly working in a small indoor area, you should make sure it is well ventilated, or opt for an electric pressure washer instead.