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What's behind our pressure washer Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 24 models in pressure washers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based mainly on the ability to clean, the power to remove stubborn stains, and how easy it is to use, and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Cleaning
    Versatility and efficiency in cleaning a range of surfaces. The better performers have multiple spray patterns that can cover various cleaning chores, from light, superficial cleaning to deep cleaning of concrete, decking, and other hard-to-clean surfaces.
  • Power
    A combination of pressure, measured in pounds per square inch (psi), and flow, measured in gallons per minute (gpm). Higher pressure results in better cleaning of a given surface; coupled with a higher flow as well, you'll get the job done the fastest.
  • Noise
    A combination of measurements, based on dBA, reflecting the proximity of the operator to the pressure washer. While our Noise score averages measurements taken close by the machine and at the end of the hose's typical reach, we strongly strongly recommend hearing protection for working close by a gas-powered model in particular.
  • Ease of use
    Reflects how easy it is to operate, including transport, power (adding fuel or plugging in), storage (hose and cord wrapping), and protection (from thermal and low-oil conditions). This score also includes helpful features and water inlet and outlet, nozzle, and wand connections.


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Recommended pressure washers

Recommended pressure washers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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If you’re a do-it-yourself cleaning enthusiast, pressure washers are great allies. Pressure washers use a gas-fueled engine or electric motor to concentrate water pressure from your hose connection by 30 to 80 times. That helps speed up all sorts of onerous tasks, such as getting oil stains off a driveway, cleaning mildew off siding, and sprucing up outdoor furniture. Consumer Reports tests and rates several pressure-washer brands and models to help you find the best model for your needs. And our unbiased reviews give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Check our pressure-washer buying guide to compare electric and gas pressure washers, evaluate which features matter most, and learn about safety concerns and tips before you make any purchase decisions.

Pressure washer buying guide

Do you want honest pressure washer Ratings? Read our pressure washer Buying Guide from the experts you can trust to help you make the best purchasing decision.

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