The best pressure washer for business use won’t lie in your local B&Q. You need a reliable work horse that will work hard day after day and help you get work completed fast.
A budget pressure washer won’t really cut it when it comes to cleaning on a commercial basis. Business pressure washers need to be able to compete jobs as fast as humanly possible. Time is money and the quicker you can get the job done the sooner you can get the next job lined up.
If you’ve got work lined up then a top of the range unit will help you recoup your investment much quicker.
I’d sooner spend £600 to £1000 on a decent unit and get the money back by doing a handful of jobs, than spend £60 on something that will take 10 times longer and cost you more money in the long run.
With a background in commercial gardening, I started out with budget machines and they soon broke down. 8 years later I had purchased top of the range “everything”, and those machines would go all day long.
It’s just the same in any business. I promise you that the expense is well worth it in the amount of work you can take on and get done faster and with less breakdowns.
So, what I have done is looked at whats out there at the minute and narrowed down the best ones that can be used for business purposes.
Please read my professional pressure washer reviews and decide for yourself.
Specifically, I am looking for ones which are:
Solid work horses
Provide lots of power
Available in a range of prices
How do you choose a commercial pressure washer?
So, water flowing out is measuring in Psi, or pounds per square inch.
The faster and more forceful it flows out, the stronger it’s blast is, and the quicker things can get cleaned.
Most petrol powered pressure washers are more powerful than their electric counterparts.
A typical home pressure washer would deliver around 1200 to 1500 Psi, whereas a pressure washer for business use would be closer to 3000+ psi. In essence it will be at least twice as quick with the better units being almost 3 times as quick.
So getting the work done twice as fast is a must, as long as it’s a good machine and won’t let you down.
So below are the ones we feel are the best pressure washers for commercial users.
What a beast! Pumping out almost 4000 PSi and the cost of this is almost identical to the Wassper above, so more power and no more money!! Not only that but it also gives you almost 30 metres of hosepipe!
Already our favourite and no extra cost compared to others in this list.
Superb value for money. Let’s look at the TX750 and see what it’s got included
A big fat beast of a machine. The Wilks TX850 packs enough punch to do serious damage if not handled carefully, but it will make your working life so much easier and far more efficient.
So, what’s it like? Whats it got?
20 metres of industrial grade hosing
Claimed to be the market leader in commercial pressure washers
Cleans as much as 75% quicker than smaller units
Has a jaw dropping 4800 Psi pressure!
Quick fit Brass connect coupler
Got all the usual extras you would expect from a top end machine
Seen enough now? This machine is more than the TX750 to buy, looking at around £595 roughly but when it comes to business, there is no comparison. Getting the best you can really DOES make all the difference. Get the work done so much faster, move on to the next one, be more productive and be more profitable as a result.
In the world of pressure washers, Hyundai or Honda are the premium grade pressure washers. With these names you can be assured that you get as much power as you would ever need and ultra reliability that goes a long long way.
This is the Hyundai HYW4000P. Not one to be missed if you’re serious about getting the best pressure washer for the money that will make you even more money.
Sure these aren’t anywhere near the same price bracket as others at a few hundred pounds. This Hyundai sits at around the £1000 mark, but what you get is something that is very versatile.
You can purchase additional hoses for this to take the 15 metre hose further. You can buy optional rotary cleaning attachments as well as roof cleaning telescopic lances to expand your options into an almost unlimited number of money making avenues.
This is the big daddy machine. The ones that others try to emulate.
How do we know it’s one of the best?
Well one way is to see for yourself by reading all of the Amazon reviews. At the time of writing every single review gave this machine a 5 out of 5.
Do I really need to fork out up to a grand on a pressure washer?
That’s up to you. But from experience as someone who has in the past purchased machinery for a gardening round, cheaper models don’t last that long whereas the “best” stuff literally will last you several years of regular daily use.
Sure you might spend £500 to £1000, but how many jobs would it take to complete to recoup the money you’ve put in?
4 or 5 good cleaning jobs will have gotten your investment back in as little as a week depending on how busy you are.
Run a small advert on Facebook with good targeting and you can get those jobs coming in fast.
If you are after a top end pressure washer for your company for an employee to use, the investment is going to be repaid soon as well, as cleaning tasks will be completed faster, freeing them up for other tasks much sooner.
How much can you make with a pressure washing business?
Pressure washing is most certainly a business that can make you as much money as you’d like.
The simplest way in is to get a pressure washer that you can afford, advertise in the Facebook “buy and sell” groups, or drop some leaflets in your local area. Start doing the work and ask them for a review on your Facebook page.
You will get trickles of work right through the year like this, but with time and continued good reviews business will grow.
Eventually you should be able to have one person or yourself doing 1 or 2 washer jobs a day, and if you average £150 per job, this will be a £300 turnover. Take out the employees wages or your own and what’s left can go towards further advertising or profits or more wages.
As you grow, as an example with 6 employees turning over a minimum of £1000 a week each, this is a £6000 turnover, minus approx for £4000 for wages and other overheads, leaving a handsome £2000 a week profit which is over £100,000 a year.
With commercial cleaning, graffiti removal and other avenues you can charge higher rates for more specialized work.
Wanting to give your car that extra love with some snow foam? It’s a great way to get that detergent right into every nook and cranny. Getting the best pressure washer for snow foam application can be a bit daunting.
So, here’s a few pointers.
Hint.. it’s not so much about the pressure washer.. more about the snow foam lance… but we will get to that… please read on..
What is snow foam?
It’s a White foamy substance sprayed onto your car or bike, usually using a pressure washer foam lance attachment and sticks to the surface long enough to let the detergent do it’s magic for longer, and really help clean up the surface for that extra special gleaming finish.
If you are a car detailer you’ll already know this.
Spray it all over and your car turns into a White almost surreal looking thing. It’s always good to stop and admire it at this point, if that’s your thing.
Benefits of snow foam
It makes a breeze of deep cleaning. Used on the exterior of your car, a good spray all around the car and wheels enables the detergent get right into all the tiny places you just can’t get to yourself.
It helps clean for longer. The foam also stays stuck to the surface for a few moments allowing the detergent to keep on working at cleaning.
This means your car gets a thoroughly good clean.
Once you’ve applied the snow foam, all you then need to do is switch back to the regular spray lance on your pressure washer and rinse off. A good chamois leather wipe round will help keep the paintwork looking at it’s best.
What is the best pressure washer for snow foam?
So now we come to the main question for this post.
The truth is, the actual pressure washer itself is not actually that important. The main thing you need to be thinking about is the choice of snow foam lance itself.
Go for the best lance you can afford and you will be rewarded handsomely.
So the first consideration really is to look at the various snow foam lances out there first, pick the ones you like and see if they will fit your pressure washer. The lances will list which models or brands they are compatible with, so if you’ve not yet chosen a pressure washer you need to choose one that works with your choice of lance.
Here are a selection of top rated snow foam lances as wellas a list of pressure washers they are compatible with. So start out with the right lance and then you can choose any of the compatible pressure washers to suit your needs and budget really.
1: The Pro Kleen snow foam starter kit
(Karcher K series compatible).
This kit is a brilliant starter kit that you can get at the cheapest price here through this link on Amazon and best of all it costs well under £40 (be aware that on the main Karcher results page it is almost £5 more for the same thing!).
It is compatible with the Karcher K Series pressure washers : K2, K3, K4, K5, K6 and K7
This straightforward lance has an adapter to suite Kew, Alto or Nilfisk
(Here are the Nilfisk pressure washers on Amazon in one easy to look at location – choose one you like UNDER 200 BAR pressure). Alto are a brand of NIlfisk (you can see the Nilfisk brands here on their website). The Kew brand is an Irish brand that is also a part of the Nilfisk group. So you will see all 3 names together most of the time.
4: The Autobrite Snow Foam Lance – One Of The Best
(Nilfisk Compatible – but they can confidently supply you with an adapter for almost anypressure washer – just ask!)
Autobrite Direct Ltd have a good name in the car detailing world. They know their stuff.
Fittings available for the following pressure washers… Just message with your order if you need a specific fitting:
Karcher K Series
Karcher HDS Series
Nilfisk Straight Lug Fitting Also Fits – SilverLine, Stihl
Nilfisk Rounded Lug Fitting
Bosch Long Fitting Also Fits – AQT,Makita, Black & Decker, Titan, RAC
Lavor Also fits – Qualcast, Vax, Lidl, Aldi, Parkside, Workzone
Kranzle Male 22mm
Bosch / RAC Alternate
Sub Zero Snow Foam 5L
Overall, a fantastic kit not to be missed!
If your parts just don’t work together then this link to Amazon UK has a range of adapters and connectors that will solve most problems going. Sorts out most brands such as Bosch, Karcher, Black and Decker etc.
Common questions surrounding snow foam, and using it with a pressure washer.
Can you use snow foam in your car engine bay?
Yes you can.. but with this point you do have to exercise a lot of caution!
Every car is different. Many Japanese cars have plastic covered components but some other cars, older cars etc may well have electrical places that could be influenced by the detergent and subsequent water when cleaning off.
Many people have used a pressure washer with snow foam to clean their engine bays. The key is to simply put a bag over electric fuse boxes etc first.
To clean engine bays you might want to go with a weak de-greaser solution (1 to 2% ratio) first to get rid of some of the gunk. Clean that off, then apply the snow foam before doing a final rinse off with the pressure washer.
Just take it steady. However thankfully with pressure washers its more of a mist that comes out so you won’t actually be forcing a huge volume of water into the engine area. Just don;t get to close or spay heavily on to one area for too long.
Will a snow foam lance gun fit my pressure washer?
You need to check the descriptions of the snow lance kits to see which ones they are compatible with. Many good quality foam lances are compatible with the major pressure washer brands like Nilfisk, Karcher, Bosch etc.
Why use snow foam?
It simply helps you to achieve a better more detailed level of finish when cleaning your car. Better than pressure washing alone, and gives a deeper clean thanks to the foam holding the detergent on to the surface for longer.
Will a pressure washer damage my car using snow foam – is it too powerful?
Like with any pressure washer, the key is to learn how powerful your washer is and not stand too close to the car until you get to feel comfortable using it. Just for reference, when looking into using snow foam, the main consideration is not so much the pressure washer itself, but the actual snow foam lance that will make all the difference.
Many standard or not so standard well known pressure washers are catered for with the various snow lance kits.
Does snow foam wash away easily?
Yes. It’s actually designed for this very purpose. A simple spraying with the normal pressure washer attachment after snow foaming will wash off the foam nicely and easily.
Does snow foam damage a pressure washer?
No. The foam is made by using a special snow foam lance that fits on to your existing pressure washer (only specific washers can be used for each lance so check before buying).
A detergent bottle is screwed on under the foam lance. Water from the washer pushes through the lance and sucks up the detergent as it goes. The mixture passes through a series of meshes that makes it turn foamy. So the actual foam and detergent are completely separate from the main pressure washer.
Is snow foam bad for the environment?
Snow foam contains chemicals. There are warnings on the foam bottles stating that they can cause serious harm to aquatic environments, so the key pointers here are to exercise common sense. Do not spray within a good 5 or 6 metres of any rivers or ponds. The best place would be somewhere with hard standing (without drains near by), such as your drive way or a car park.
Is it safe to wash snow foam down the drain?
There is no law currently stating what you can do with drains, unless you use snow foam commercially as a business, but just for the argument of doing the right thing, either use a specialized spraying booth where chemicals are caught in drip trays and disposed of safely, or choose somewhere that won’t impact the environment too much. Neighbours may not be too happy either. So an open area of concrete or road would make the most sense.
If you’ve got a budget in mind, then the best pressure washer can be found no matter what your budget is.
Our 2019 write up will get you cleaning and blasting faster than ever before.
Pressure Washer reviews you can count upon
Pressure washers vary a LOT in price and specifications.
If like I did a few years ago, you REALLY want to spend “8 long gruelling and not so fun” hours trying to clean your patio then choose a super cheap, super low pressure washer and just smile when your neighbours keep looking at you (even when the sun starts to set and you’re wet and tired).
Been there, got the (wet) t-shirt… no thanks.. not again!
If you are looking for an electric OR petrol jet wash for sale at a good price then this review will effectively weed out the rubbish machines, saving you embarrassment and frustration.
Before you read on, if you’re in a rush, here is a quick summary of what we think are the VERY BEST.
How to pressure wash your whole house. This interesting article over at Bobvila. com gives handy hints on how to take the right care washing your whole house using a pressure washer. Some good pointers!
Before you continue… a few things to consider:
Do you need petrol, or is electric just fine? Do you need the ability to suck from any water source (ie a large water butt) or is it just fine to work on a standard home “outside tap” ?
Does this sound like you?
Imagine you’ve just told your partner you’ll get the patio cleaned ready for summer…
You venture out into your local B&Q or Wickes and with a smug smile you buy what appears to be a “superb” pressure washer.
“Nice… only £45 and it’s sure to impress the wife!”
Your partner looks and you and smiles as you say
“leave it to me Doris, I’ll have things cleaned up in no time”.
She smiles at you, happy to know the patio is going to be shipshape by the end of the day.
Back home you assemble your pressure washer, feeling confident and ready to blast dirt into oblivion.
Hosepipe connected check!
Power plugged in… check!
Lance connected (turbo nozzle of course)… check!
You look at your partner and shout out:
“Doris, please turn the tap!”
She turns on the tap and you begin to “do your thing”.
Adopting your tough and rugged pose… wellies on, and you fire up the start button.
A blast of water comes out and you point it towards your next victim (the dirtiest corner of your patio known to man).
10 minutes later you’ve managed to clean a size about the same as a baby’s arm, and you’re covered in moss and dirt.
Not so good.
£45 spent and you feel a bit disappointed.
You had hoped to have cleaned things up in a few hours but at this rate you’re looking at a full day. Forget about watching the football, as you now have a lengthy cleaning regime to contend with.
So what is a pressure washer?
Simple. A machine that forces water from your tap, through a machine and out through a small narrow pipe in a lance that you hold. The water comes out at such a high pressure that it literally blasts dirt and grime away from chairs, decking, walls, floors etc.
If you want to clean faster you need a more powerful machine.
If you are happy with occasional use and aren’t in any rush then value for money budget models would be your best option.
If you have a large area to clean, or are hoping to use the pressure washer for a business then you will need something that is very powerful, very reliable and can clean large areas day in day out with no hints of getting tired.
At the high end, for industrial pro machines anywhere from £1000 to £17,000 – clearly not the thing for once a year at home.
At the budget end of things, you can choose as little as about £60 to £150, most are from well known household names such as Karcher or Nilfisk
In the mid range there are a good number of very powerful machines in the £300 or so region, such as Karcher Nilfisk and then other names come in who usually cater to more professional pressure washers such as Kiam or Hyundai .
So, this write up has been extensively researched to find out the good from the bad, and where you should be putting your money.
This review is aimed at mainly the home user and smaller business user, so typically in the range of £80 to £500, although as a business user if you look at models around the £1000 mark (and up) you suddenly get greeted with a wide range of models like the Hyundai 14hp unit that can push as much as 15 litres a minute through the hose.
Draper are a long standing tool brand. They started out in life in 1919 when the founder Bert Draper sold surplus government goods in and around London (Kingston Upon Thames). Since they began over 9 decades ago, they have come a very long way and now import and brand some of the world’s finest home tools.
3 generations of investment and family values make Draper products “real genuine good value products”.
The 31562 pressure washer from Draper is super cheap at a touch under £70, and also very much a great machine.
While it’s never going to clear 3 car parks a day, for the price, you get a machine that will happily remove dirt and grime from your garden area – patio’s decking, pavers etc.
1x Pressure Washer
1x 3M of hose and gun
1x Turbo nozzle
1x Fixed jet nozzle
1x Detergent spray bottle
1x Instruction Manual
Draper trusted brand
Features an automatic total stop system when not being used.
We cannot find any faults with this machine. Super value for money
The K2 from Karcher is one of their entry level machines that provides plenty of thrust. Remember all the washers in this top 10 list are GOOD. We have already weeded out the poor ones to leave the top 10 best pressure washers so much of what you buy boils down to budget and needs.
So let’s look at the Karcher K2 compact.
Features the following:
Power, beauty and everything you need to sort out your outside spaces.
Protection for the motor from devris and dirt coming in.
It also features storage for the lance, cable etc so it can be stored nice and neat when not in use.
You get a detergent suction tube, so you can mix in your favourite cleanser.
2 year warranty comes as standard.
Dirtblaster lance cleans 50% better than standard lances!
Remember every single Karcher is individually tested before leaving the factory.
All Karcher K2 Pressure Washers can also be used from a gravity fed harvested water source such as a water butt tap
The pumps are their own design – a corrosion-free “N-COR” material which is a combination of polyamide and glass fibre.
This standalone unit measures 32.2 x 21.2 x 40 cm – compact is the name!
For a Slovakian company, we are mightily impressed. The Waspper brand is ticking all the right boxes. These petrol pressure washer reviews are based on testing and thorough research.
Petrol jet wash for sale:
Petrol power – oh yes!
Powerful – oh yes!
Great customer service!
Need we say more?
Our machine performed flawlessly. Was easy to start and use and blasted away muck from a patio table and chairs in under 10 minutes. Nice.
Here is the assembly video:
What’s good about ?
Wash and clean anywhere, no electrical supply is needed.
Light and portable. 4 feet keep it stable. A carry handle lends itself to easy movement.
Weighs just over 19kg
The High Pressure and Great Flow is Created By a Full Aluminium Axial Pump Which Has a Much Greater Lifespan Than Electric Pressure Washers (4-5 years longer).
PERFECT for domestic use and for smaller business use.
What we didn’t like:
No immediate offerings in the way of circular patio cleaners however I’m sure they will do this at some point. Although it is possible to use 3rd party rotary cleaners when you have the right 3/4 inch quick release couplings.
This is a commercial grade pressure washer so comes with plenty of punch, features and high end build quality. It’s a mid to high 3 figure priced unit but you certainly get what you pay for.
If you need a quality unit for your own home or for a business then this is definitely very highly rated.
If a Karcher can be likened to a Toyota (reliable and well bult) then a Kranzle can be likened to a Bentley. Premium, class, exemplorary build quality. The Kränzle Hochdruckreiniger K 1152 TS T is quality through and through.
Let’s see what’s included:
15 metre (HUGE!) hose length.
Dirtkiller spray wand
Turbo spray wand
10 year pump manufacturer guarantee
2 year jet washer guarantee
Long lifetime expectency
Blasts through 10 litres of water every minute so super powerful.
Comes with a German/European plug so will need a travel adaptor