Highest Rated Pressure Washers: Best of the Top 10

Updated 2016

Choosing a pressure washer that meets your needs can be a challenge without easily accessible information. We compared user reviews from a variety of reliable sources and compared the data. The results are published here.

Keep in mind this information primarily covers customer satisfaction and does not go in depth regarding different types of features for each model. When selecting the pressure washer that fits your needs, make sure its specifications such as PSI, GPM and engine type are appropriate for the type of tasks you will be completing.

User Review Details

In researching pressure washer ratings and reviews across multiple sources, we found that there was a wide range of opinions. Surprisingly, there is very little consensus from one source to the next. Because the results are so varied, instead of averaging the scores for a final rating, we decided to present the breakdown of each source individually.

Top Ten Highest Rated Pressure Washers on Amazon

Pressure washers on amazonThe reviewers on Amazon have identified a clear winner when it comes to high ratings. The Yamaha model has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5, with the next highest rated model coming in at 4.4—The Sun Joe SPX3000 pressure washer.  The remaining eight models in the top ten come in between 4.0 and 4.2 out of 5, and are made up of a combination of models by Generac, AR Blue Clean and Simpson.

Amazon
YAMAHA 3000 PSI 2.8 GPM Pressure Washer 4.8
Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM Electric Pressure Washer, 14.5-Amp 4.4
Generac 6596 2,800 PSI 2.5 GPM 196cc OHV Gas Powered Residential Pressure Washer 4.2
AR Blue Clean AR383 1,900 PSI 1.5 GPM 14 Amp Electric Pressure Washer with Hose Reel 4.1
Simpson PS3228-S PowerShot 3200 PSI 2.8 GPM Honda GX200 Engine Gas Pressure Washer 4.1
AR Blue Clean AR118 1,500 PSI 1.5 GPM Hand Carry Electric Pressure Washer 4.1
Simpson MSH3125-S MegaShot 3100 PSI 2.5 GPM Honda GCV190 Engine Gas Pressure Washer 4.1
Generac 6022/5989 2,700 PSI 2.3 GPM 196cc OHV Gas Powered Residential Pressure Washer 4.1
Generac 6595 2,500 PSI 2.3 GPM 196cc OHV Gas Powered Residential Pressure Washer 4.1
Generac 6024 3,100 PSI 2.7 GPM Gas Pressure Washer 4

 

Top Rated Pressure Washers according to Lowes customers

pressure washers at lowesOut of the ten highest rated units, the Generac brand takes up eight of those spots. The highest rated unit is from Karcher. Other than a lone Troy-Bilt model, the rest are Generac pressure washers. They are listed from highest to lowest rated below:

Lowes Rating
Karcher K 3.000 1,800-PSI 1.3-GPM Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer Model #: 1.418-050.0 4.9
Generac 2,500-PSI 2.3-GPM Cold Water Gas Pressure Washer with Generac Engine Model #: 6595 4.9
Generac 3000-PSI 3-GPM Gas Pressure Washer with Generac Engine Model #: 6228 4.8
Generac 3100-PSI 2.8-GPM CARB Compliant Gas Pressure Washer with Generac Engine Model #: 5994.0 4.8
Generac 3100-PSI 2.8-GPM CARB Compliant Gas Pressure Washer with Generac Engine Model #: 6413.0 4.8
Generac OneWash 3,100-PSI 2.8-GPM Cold Water Gas Pressure Washer with Generac Engine Model #: 6602 4.7
Generac 3,100-PSI 2.7-GPM Cold Water Gas Pressure Washer with Generac Engine Model #: 6598 4.6
Generac 2,800-PSI 2.5-GPM Cold Water Gas Pressure Washer with Generac Engine Model #: 6596 4.5
Troy-Bilt 2,800-PSI 2.3-GPM CARB Compliant Cold Water Gas Pressure Washer with Briggs & Stratton Engine Model #: 020568 4.3
Generac 2,800-PSI 2.5-GPM Gas Pressure Washer with Generac Engine Model #: 6549 4.3

 

Highest Rated Pressure Washers According to Walmart Customers

walmart-top-threeThe top ten best rated models in this list include the only two 5 out of 5 ratings in the whole group. The Stanley 1600 and the Sun Joe 2030 models are very well regarded. Karcher and Generac models comprise most of the remaining spots on the list. The Campbell pressure washer comes in around the half-way point.

Wal-mart
Stanley 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer 5
Sun Joe Pressure Joe 2030 PSI Electric Pressure Washer 5
Karcher 2600psi Gas Pressure Washer 4.8
Generac #6598, 3,100 PSI, Gas Pressure Washer (Non-CARB Compliant) 4.7
Generac 5993, 3,100 PSI Gas Powered Pro-sumer Pressure Washer (Non-CARB Compliant) 4.7
Generac #6596, 2,800 PSI, Gas Pressure Washer (Non-CARB Compliant) 4.6
Campbell Hausfeld PW1350 Pressure Washer 4.5
Generac #6595, 2,500 PSI, Gas Pressure Washer (Non-CARB Compliant) 4.3
Karcher K3.690 Pressure Washer 3.1
Briggs & Stratton Vertical Shaft Pressure Washer, 2800 Max PSI, 2.3 Max GPM 3

 

Conclusion

Because there are so many variations in available models, there were not any clear stand-out models across the multiple sources. Two very similar Sun Joe systems scored high from two sources. Across all three venues, Generac stands out as the most popular brand, though the ratings of individual models vary widely.  We would recommend reading specific reviews for any model you are interested in, as well as making the sure specifications meet your needs.

Sources: Walmart.com, Amazon.com, Lowes.com