Pressure Washers

A common tool that a detailer may choose to use is a pressure washer. They are stronger then your typical garden hose and use less water during a wash, while giving you the option to attach a foam cannon to soak a vehicle in soap in a matter of minutes. However, they are not a necessary purchase and can be pricey, so we asked our subscribers to chime in on what they use, why they like it, and what gripes they may have with their washers. Additionally, you’ll find some recommended soaps to go with your washer if you choose to get a foam cannon.


Our subscribers recommend the following soaps:

Any soap can be used in a foam cannon. Some may foam up better than others, you have to play with the settings on your cannon to get the foam output of your liking.


There are obviously tons of choices when it comes to pressure washers, we suggest doing some other Googling to get reviews off of Amazon and other retailers’ websites. The most popular brands are AR Blue, Ryobi, and Sun Joe.

Below are redditor sourced pressure washer recommendations:

Brand Model Gas/Electric Foam Cannon & adapters Pros Cons Price
AR Blue Clean 116 Electric Pressure washer quick connect foam lance & Adapter + 1/4″ adapter Small, lightweight, cheap($) Be aware that this does not use a standard fitting, was sort of a pain to source the adapter. Otherwise it’s great for my needs $40
AR Blue Clean 383 Electric Comes with foam cannon Cleaning power, low use of water, good pressure The “quick connect” end can be a PIA to connect. The unit looses it’s prime and need to be purged in-order to work again, original pressure hose is garbage $150
Black Max BM80721 Electric MTM Small, durable, turbo nozzle No hose reel, wobbly wheels $130
Briggs & Straton 020601 Electric N/A Light, Relatively long cord, Nozzle switching is quick with the rotating head.The high flow rate at low PSI is great for cleaning cars with. No insane pressure to damage any paint/trim/etc but good flow to remove soaps and debris The high PSI requires a pinpoint nozzle to achieve and is only at 1.2gpm. This makes cleaning undercarriage and such during the winter for salt difficult. I live in Maryland so its not a big issue 90% of the time $175
Greenworks 1500 PSI Electric Uber Foam Cannon Very small and lightweight (great for mobile jobs), electric (no exhaust fumes), reliable (frequent use for 2 years, no issues) Hose that came with it was pretty cheap, burst after about 6 months use. Bought a new hose and it’s been perfect $100
Greenworks 1600 PSI Electric MTM Inexpensive, compact, quiet, lightweight/easy to move, does a great job removing dirt with the initial rinse or foaming (better than a coin wash in my experience), can work for more than just car washing (did great cleaning the gutters) No high pressure hose management (if I had to do it over I’d get the version with a hose reel), the included high pressure hose is a bit too short and required moving the washer multiple times during washing $100
Homelite UT80522B Gas MTM Portable. Can take water from a container without a special pump. Starts up like a dream Pricey $279
Intech Machine Turbo Electric N/A Easy to use, saves water, stronger than hose Noisy, short cable, can be a drain on power R$120 ~$40 USA – Brazilian unit
Karcher K2.300 Electric MTM Easy to use & set up, less water use, stronger than hose Hose is short, cheap plastic feel $150
Karcher K2.360 & K2.350 – old versions of K.2300 Electric MTM It creates quite enough pressure to use the foam lance quite effectively. Other than that, it’s pretty unremarkable; I don’t use any of the other features very much Difficult to rinse a car with a pressure washer. Has no purpose without foam cannon attached $130
Kranzle K1122TST Electric Autogeek Foam Cannon & Kranzle Adapter Strong, rinses well, undercarriage attachment available Set up time, price $1,100+
Nilfisk C 100.5 Electric Autobrite Power, stronger than regular hose Set up time 15 ISK ($115 USA) – European unit
Nilfisk C 120.6 Electric Comes with one Solid construction, well-equipped, affordable Short power cable $120 (France) – European unit
Powerstroke 2200 PSI Gas MTM Strong, no foam cannon adapters, uses less water Loud, set up time, wear and tear $200
Ryobi 1600 PSI Electric N/A High pressure, compact, universal tips Loud $130 CAN
Ryobi 1700 PSI Electric MTM, $4 fitting from Home Depot Small, light, powerful Noise $100
Ryobi 2000 PSI Electric MTM Wheels, roll up crank for hose, separate canister for soaps Loud $200
Ryobi 2800 PSI Gas Pressure washer jet foam cannon Very powerful, extra tips, toggle switch for chemicals Exhaust, loud $329
Ryobi 3100 PSI Gas N/A Powerful Drain valve in sensitive area $520
Simpson Honda GC190 3100 PSI Gas MTM Honda engine, other general home use, idle down Loud, garden hose has trouble keeping up $380
Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric MTM Reliable, built in cannon, compact Cheap build, plastic valve may need replacing, short hose $150
Updated on 14 June 2018

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  1. I would recommend adding the comet 1700 and the arblue 630tss, kranzle alternatives.

    1. Sure! Do you have any pros/cons to throw in so we can state some experience you’ve had with them?

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