Car pressure washers are a great investment if you like to keep your car looking shiny and new. They allow you to do a “car wash quality” cleaning job wherever you are. In addition, it may just be the opinion of me, the writer of this roundup, but they’re rather fun to use too!
In this list of the five best car pressure washers available in the UK right now, I’ve identified a range of models at various prices levels. It’s been pleasing to see that manufacturers have also found ways around the need to be close to both a power and a water source in order to use a car pressure washer. Among my top five, you’ll find options without these requirements – so if you’re lacking a tap and / or a mains plug, you’ll still find one that works for you.
So, without further ado, here’s our roundup of five fantastic car pressure washers.
1. A Good “All-Rounder”
It’s a bit of a stretch to say there are any “household names” when it comes to car pressure washers, but Kärcher is as close as you’ll find.
This “compact” washer is described as “extremely powerful” by reviewers despite its diminutive size. The basic washer is available with a selection of different accessory sets. This example is specifically aimed at car and bike washing, and includes brushes for wheels and bodywork, as well as car shampoo.
Thanks to the power available, you’ll find it up to plenty of other cleaning tasks beyond cleaning your car, with all sorts of other accessories available for other uses.
- Powerful yet compact.
- Well designed with accessory storage.
- DOES require access to both a tap and a power source.
2. A Truly Portable Car Pressure Washer
As mentioned above, in years gone by a mains plug and an external tap were once a must for car pressure washers, but this innovative option requires neither.
Obviously it does require a power source of some kind, but instead of plugging into the mains, you can take power from a 12V cigarette lighter socket. You can also fill the washer with water from anywhere you want – making for a pressure washer you can actually take anywhere with you.
It comes with lots of fixings and attachments, and boasts a 4.8 (out of five) rating on Amazon at the time of writing.
It’s also worth remembering that car washing isn’t the only use for this gadget. It’s also good for cleaning windows, or even as a camping shower!
- Completely portable.
- 12V power.
- Very positive reviews.
- Carrying the weight of the water is unnecessary if you DO have an easy water source.
- Not as powerful as some mains powered alternatives.
3. Simple and Sturdy
If sturdy quality and a reputable brand name grab your intention more than a long list of bells and whistles, this well-priced Bosch model could be the washer for you.
It’s not marketed specifically as a car pressure washer, but will do the job admirably for small cars, as well as act as a perfect pressure cleaner for outside areas and items.
It is missing some of the features of other models listed here, but does come with a detergent nozzle as an included accessory.
Finally, the guarantee lasts for two years, rather than the one year offered by most other manufacturers. Be sure to register yours with Bosch to benefit from this.
- Simple, no-frills washer.
- Powerful and effective.
- Long warranty.
- Best for smaller cars – choose a more high-end model for large vehicles.
4. A Budget Pressure Washer
This car pressure washer isn’t from a well-known brand, but it’s well-reviewed and packs in plenty of features for a low cost.
It does require connections to water and mains, but the five-metre cable gives you a fair bit of scope for reaching a mains outlet. The hose is five metres long also.
Like the Bosch model above, the warranty is for two years, and the washer comes with an adjustable nozzle and a free soap dispensing bottle – note that this isn’t that same as an integrated detergent nozzle, which IS included on some more expensive options.
- Low cost.
- Long cable and hose.
- Requires nearby power and water source.
5. The Professional Option!
If you take your car pressure washers seriously, you’ll want to take a look at the options from UK manufacturer Nilfisk. If you own a motoring-related business, or are lucky enough to possess a fleet or collection of vehicles, you’ll want something truly up to the job – and you need look no further.
The model shown here is at the lower end of Nilfisk’s options, and described as being suitable for “semi-pro” users.
At the higher end of the range, you’ll find jet washes suitable for agricultural use that will beat the kind of washers available on garage forecourts.
While these pressure washers will be overkill for most, this is the company to take a look at if only the best will do!
- The “Rolls Royce” option.
- Complex controls for a range of uses.
- Unnecessarily sophisticated for day-to-day use.
Once you’ve used one of these car pressure washers to clean your vehicle, you’ll want to wax it to bring it up to true showroom condition! Take a look at our roundup of the best car waxes for details or some top choices. You’ll also find an active comments section where members have compared notes on these products.
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