The Best Pressure Washers 2017

Are you looking to buy a pressure washer in the UK?

We've combined the owner rating scores from Amazon UK, Argos, John Lewis and Tesco to calculate a Top 5 of the highest scoring products for you to consider.

We ranked the rating scores of around 140 different models.

This report will show you five established, reliable pressure washers, performing as owners expect. These unbiased recommendations are based on owner rating scores, which are also shared with you.

The Best Pressure Washers 2017

Our ratings-driven view of the market often highlights unexpected models for sale. It can also steer you away from a 'bestseller' - if owner ratings suggest poor performance.

Ratings in this report start at 4.7 stars

Prices range from £80 to £350

How does it work?

We begin by building a list of pressure washers with more than 50 ratings at Amazon UK, Argos, John Lewis and Tesco. This jumps straight to the established products, and the rating scores reveal how they've actually performed, according to numerous owners.

We then remove the pressure washers with less than 4 stars. We now have a list of the higher rated models, with a credible amount of opinion. We use the same criteria for all our consumer reports: each product must have over 50 reviews and more than 4 stars.

After sorting the list by ratings, we compile the following Top 5.

The Best Pressure Washers 2017

Make & Model Total RatingsAverage Rating£ GuideQuick view
Kärcher K5 Home844.8££Amazon
Qualcast 1800W4154.7£Argos
Vax VPW4C1204.7££Argos
Vax VPW1WC1114.7£Argos
Kärcher K4 Car 904.7£££Tesco

Total Ratings = Combined ratings from Amazon UK, Argos, John Lewis and Tesco on April 5th 2017. Report only considers products with more than 50 verified reviews with rating over 4 stars. View all rating scores here.

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Below are links out to UK stores selling these top rated pressure washers. There you can learn more about product features, and find today's best prices.

Feature & Review Highlights

The Kärcher K5 Compact Home Pressure Washer

  • Water-Cooled Motor
  • Patio Cleaner Attachment
  • Compact Design
  • Telescopic Handle
  • Much better than earlier model. Patio cleaning accessory is superb.
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The Qualcast 1800W Pressure Washer

  • Four Tools Included
  • Patio Attachment
  • Car Cleaning Tools
  • On-Board Detergent Tank
  • Wheel-Around Design
  • “The car gleamed after using the attachments (which are easy to fit) and no small scratches you sometimes get with inferior brushes.”
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The Vax VPW4C Pressure Washer

  • Includes Patio Cleaner
  • 2500W
  • For Medium to Heavy Tasks
  • Lots of Tools Included
  • “It is so powerful and very efficient. I was hoping for it to be high performer and it did extremely well..
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 The Vax VPW1WC Washer

  • Includes Patio Cleaner
  • 1800W
  • 5M Hose 5M Cable
  • 9 Tools Included
  • “Easy to use, super result, highly recommended product.”
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The Kärcher K4 Car Pressure Washer

  • Full Control Trigger Gun
  • 1800W
  • Vario Power Lance
  • Dirt Blaster Lance
  • “With so many attachments, there is the flexibility to change from cleaning your car, to cleaning every day for household items.”
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Well Rated Finds The Best UK Products

Our Notes on this Market

The UK pressure washer market is busy – and complicated. We saw many similar sounding product names, which hide big differences.

It is a sector full of high quality products. In the last couple of years we’ve seen a rise in competition, which is always good for the consumer.

The main manufacturers in this market are Kärcher, Bosch, Vax, Qualcast and Nilfisk.

In our first report in 2015, Kärcher filled the Top 5. Last year we saw a Qualcast power washer rate highly. This year we see two products from Vax make the Top 5.

In 2017 there are 16 Kärcher machines for sale, with some discontinued machines still available.

There are four main product groups in the Kärcher series – the K2, K3, K4 and K7. Each increase in number sees an increase in power. Things get complicated with the Kärcher variants:

  • If it says ‘Compact’, it will be a smaller version
  • If it says ‘Home’, it will have a patio attachment
  • ‘Car’ will have car accessories included

With Vax, there are currently 4 base models – a 1700Watt, a 2000Watt, a 2200Watt and a 2500Watt version.

With Vax, the ‘Complete’ versions have patio and car attachments.


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