Cleaning and pressure washing your deck will revive that old and tired wooden deck in less than 30 minutes. Portable power washers can solve a lot of problems for consumers with any large outdoor cleaning duties in a fast and efficient manner. Gone are the days of taking buckets of water and a sponge to scrub away dirt and grime. Today’s power washer is capable of cleaning just about anything – home siding, cars, RV’s, decks, walkways, driveways, tools, and equipment – in a simple and easy to use fashion.
They work by harnessing water under pressure mixed with detergent to spray dirt away without having to use any manual cleaning. Yet, owing to a large number of power washers available on the market, it can be a daunting task to know what to look for. Factors to consider include the amount of pressure the unit can accommodate as well as ease of use of the machine itself. Let’s take a look at four different units and determine which of them takes the crown of the best portable power washers.
Sun Joe SPX3000 Power Washer
When looking for an all around versatile portable power washer, the Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 PSI washer is definitely worth considering. Offering a dual tank system allowing you to pre-load two different types of detergents at once, the Sun Joe 2030 packs a lot of cleaning punch for the price with its 2030 PSIs of pressure. The dual tank system is a unique feature that is very handy for varying the cleaning styles all at the same time.
The unit ships with five separate nozzles allowing you to tailor the spray type to your cleaning job. Connect the washer to a garden hose via its built-in hose coupler, toggle between detergent types quickly and easily with the detergent selection dial, and you’re off to the races. It also features a 34-inch extension spray wand and 20-foot high-pressure hose allowing you to reach high places such as second-floor siding, as well as other hard-to-reach areas.
The 35-foot power cord and large rear wheels make portability a snap, and the unique cord organizer ensures that all hoses and cords are kept securely in place. And when the trigger isn’t depressed, an automatic stop system will shut down the pump to avoid undue strain on the unit. All in all, it’s an exceptional product that will have you performing cleaning miracles in no time.
STAR BUDGET PICK
Sun Joe SPX1000 Power Washer
While not as powerful as its previously rated sibling, the Sun Joe SPX1000 1450 PSI is still a great tool for power washing, especially when on a budget. It’s designed to target light to medium cleaning jobs and performs those duties remarkably well.
The unit is lightweight, weighing 11.7 pounds compared to the SPX3000’s 31 pounds, making it very easy to tote around. Similar to the SPX3000 it offers a 33-inch spray nozzle yet lacks the 20-foot high-pressure hose to reach tall places, and does so with less power (1450 PSI vs 2030 PSI). That being said, it’s still pretty powerful, with its 1400 watt motor displacing 1.45 gallons per minute of water under a decent amount of pressure.
It features a spray fan that can be adjusted from intense zero-degree pressure to a mild 45-degree angle. A safety trigger safety lock prevents the unit from accidentally switching on, a handy feature to be sure. While it’s not the most powerful or feature-packed unit available on the market, considering the reduced cost and versatility, the Sun Joe SPX1000 definitely makes it among the best portable power washers.
AR Blue Clean Portable Power Washer
Another entry into the power washer game is the AR Blue Clean AR383, a product offering some unique features and options. Generally priced less than the Sun Joe SPX3000, the Blue Clean comes equipped with 1,900 PSI of pressure and 1.5 gallons per minute of flow using a unique triple-axial piston pump.
It’s versatile, featuring a 20-foot pressure hose and multiple wand sizes, all mounted on trolley wheels to provide for maximum ease of use. It uses a single onboard detergent tank, which is detachable for easy refilling. The adjustable spray lance can cycle through a range of spray settings, making it ideal to use with most surfaces needing cleaning.
Attaching a garden hose is simple with the “quick connect” coupler, making it very easy to assemble and use. The unit itself is sturdy, constructed of heavy-duty plastic as well as copper and aluminum, and is backed by a one-year warranty. It also comes with a built-in safety system, featuring an automatic shutoff valve which shuts off the pressure at the pump head.
Finally, the pressure hose will be kept safely and securely out of the way with the built-in hand cranked hose reel. And while it doesn’t offer the cleaning power of the Sun Joe SPX3000, it’s still a worthy power washer with a suite of features that is worth considering.
The Force 2000 Portable Power Washer
One of the more expensive power washers we’ve seen is The Force 2000 PSI Electric Pressure Washer. It’s not as feature-packed as others available on the market, and it’s designed to be a high-performance washer without a lot of the extra frills. The large handle and wheels make it easy to move around despite the 24 pounds of weight. A quick connect hose attachment makes a connection to a garden hose simple and easy, and it features a single detergent tank that is attached at the power washer hose connection joint.
One unique feature of The Force 2000 is its brush motor system that incorporates a thermal sensor designed to protect the unit from overheating, a welcome feature considering how hard these machines work. An onboard hose reel will keep the pressure hose out of the way when not in use. And when you’re ready to roll, it’s ready with 1800 to 2000 PSIs of pressure at a respectable water flow of 1.6 gallons per minute.
In addition, it features a 3000PSI “internal power burst”, allowing you to temporarily increase the pressure for short periods of time. The Total Stop System shuts off the pressure trigger when the unit is idling, which helps to increase the life of the motor. All in all, while not as feature packed as some competing models and despite the higher price tag, The Force 2000 can definitely be counted among the list of best portable power washers.
Choosing the Best Power Washer for Decks
Power washers use either an electric or gas motor to drive a pump which propels water at high pressure through a nozzle to blast away dirt on all kinds of items including decks and patios. This is a much quicker method of cleaning than using a traditional bucket of soapy water and scrub brush. Both methods are effective, but the later takes a lot more time and effort.
You have the option of either renting or purchasing a power washer, but honestly, these days you can purchase a portable unit fairly inexpensively. Renting one doesn’t make much sense unless you have an extensive project that requires heavy duty pressure. Gas models are best for high pressure and heavy duty work, however, they come at a higher cost and are usually much heavier to move around. A solid electric unit, that is portable, will do a great job for power washing your deck.