Best Pressure Washer for My Patio & Drive?
Review By - 1st August 2015
Editors Note: This article has been updated with the latest models on the market – June 2016.
Patios, driveways, stone work, after a tough winter the moss will grow, dirt and grime will appear and it will quickly look worn. However your brand new patio and driveway is still there under this grime, it just needs removing. Pressure washers are fantastic at giving bringing your tired patio and driveway back to its former glory and getting it looking like new again.
Which Pressure Washer for Cleaning my Patio?
When buying a power washer specifically for patios, driveways and paths, it is important to consider and look out for a couple of key factors that are very important to making sure you purchase the best one for you, if you don’t you could buy an under powered pressure washer that may do a job, but it either won’t be great, or it will take a lot of time and effort.
So what should you look out for?
Pressure & Water flow
When buying a pressure washer with cleaning your patio or driveway in mind then pressure and waterflow are the 2 things you need to think about.
Pressure – This is the power and pressure in bar that the water will blast out at, the higher the pressure the easier it is to remove stubborn stains and dirt. Pressure can range from 110 up to 180 bar, when it comes to patios and driveways we would not recommend going for anything less than 130 bar, entry level pressure washers will be 110 bar, this is perfect for cleaning your car but just isn’t strong enough to tackle a driveway. At 130+ bar you will certainly and quickly see a difference, dirt that has been there for years will be forced up and out.
Waterflow – The higher the better, the higher the quicker. When cleaning your patio you will be forcing water into a small area moving around cleaning the whole area, blasting through more water will allow you to move more dirt in quicker time. Water flow can start at 360 litres an hour all the way up to 600 l/h, nearly double!
Patio Cleaner Attachment
When you look at pressure washer you will see that some model come with a patio cleaner attachment as standard, this is perfect and will help get your patio looking like new in no time.
These devices are designed specifically for surfaces, on the ground or vertically, you will find them great for also cleaning your garage do! Most have handles designed into them to allow you to hold then and move them round like an electric sander on your door.
Within this unit there is a rotating brush, forcing water out into a small enclosed area allows the pressure to focus on a restricted area before moving it around, moving it around like a hoover it will focus and clean that area.
Best Karcher Pressure Washers for Patios
Patio cleaning requires a pressure washer that has the power and pressure to effectively clean the dirt, grime, and other contaminants that the outdoor elements have left coating it. Karcher is a well-known brand whose specialty is in offering a range of electric power washers of all water pressure strengths, to suit your needs.
For patio and general outdoor cleaning of stone, wood, and cement, you need a pressure washer that can strip the intended medium of all dirt and grime that has accumulated over time.
The Karcher K5 Full Control Pressure Washer is a high-powered pressure washer with an upright construction and a water-cooled motor to ensure long life. What is great about this unit is not only is it efficient in washing your outdoor surfaces such as patios, but it has an Eco Switch that reduces energy and water use by 20% while remaining effective.
The Kearcher K5 is optimal for cleaning large patios, stonework, decking, garden furniture, and even cars and motorbikes using the correct lances and water pressure. With a quick connect hose system, it is easy to use, and with a suction hose, you can harvest water from a variety of sources for easy recycling of water to use through this pressure washer. Weighing in at 14.3kg, this pressure washer is up for tough tasks that require power. With 2000W of power and a maximum bar pressure of 145, this highly-rated unit also includes a flow rate of 500 litres per hour and a hose length longer than most units, at 8 meters. It also includes an Auto Stop feature, onboard storage, and a removable detergent tank, making it portable while remaining ecologically efficient and powerful. This electric pressure washer needs no petrol, which makes it convenient to use at any time.
Karcher K7 Premium Eco
The Karcher K7 Premium Full Control Pressure Washer similar to the K5 in that it has an Eco switch which reduces energy and water by 20%; however, the difference is in its power levels. The K7 is a beast, capable of pressure washing any patio, decking, cars, garden furniture, stonework, and other surfaces with ease. For the tough work, the K7 has the pressure washing levels needed for getting rid of grime and dirt imbedded in even the most stubborn surfaces. With a maximum pressure of 160 bars and a maximum flow rate of 600 litres per hour, this beast is capable of any work you can throw at it at home. Voltage is 220-240V and it weighs a slightly-hefty 20.58kgs. However, that does not make this pressure washer hard to move. With two highly usable wheels and a 10 meter long high-pressure hose, you can tote this pressure washer anywhere.
The K7 also includes a T450 patio cleaner and detergent, making it perfect for patio cleaning usage. Included are the Vario and Dirt blaster lances that provide 50% more cleaning power than standard lances. This unit by Karcher is a powerful pressure washer that is diverse powerhouse, from gentle car washing to tough, high-pressured patio cleaning. As with the K5, the K7 comes with a suction hose so you can use the washer from either a harvested water source or a static source. As an electric pressure washer, no petrol is needed, making this unit convenient and easy to use.
Nilfisk is another brand that offers great pressure washers that are up to the job of cleaning patios and other outdoor surfaces. They are compact and come in residential models that are excellent for home use. The Nilfisk C 125.3 is a great model for residential uses that require higher pressure capabilities than the smaller units provide. The C 125.3 is mobile and flexible, and perfect for high performance washing of patios, stonework, and other outdoor surfaces with ease.
This model includes interchangeable nozzles, pressure regulation, a reliable aluminum pump, built in wheels for mobility, and a hook for storage of the hose and cable. This model provides an 1800W motor, a 125 bar variant, water flow of 520 litres per hour, an 8 meter hose, and a 5 meter electrical cable, making it more than capable of meeting your tough, outdoor patio needs.
“PAD” models for the C 125.3 include Patio Plus, which includes a washing brush and a 15 meter drain and tube cleaner. This PAD model would be the best optional bundle for bringing this pressure washer home and being able to put it to use immediately on your patio and other outdoor surfaces.