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The UK’s Best Pressure Washer for Driveways, Patio & Block Paving

This is our review of the best pressure washer for driveway surfaces, patios and block paving.

As professional patio and paving experts, we’ve worked with a fair share of different pressure washer brands over the years. The fact is, the best pressure washers aren’t just easy to use or excellent value for money – they should give you the precision and intensity cleaning you need for nasty stains, moss, stubborn dirt and more.

What’s the best pressure washer?

That’s a question we get asked all the time and, to be honest, it’s a tricky question to answer.

But that doesn’t mean we’re afraid of a challenge!

In this post, we will take a look at some of the best power washers for driveways and try to help you decide which one is right for you.

Some people swear by a gas-powered pressure washer, while others prefer electric or petrol pressure washers. Should you go for one with built-in storage, one with lots of accessories or one with high pressure to remove difficult stains?

In this guide. we’ll be reviewing:

If you are considering buying a new pressure washer, keep reading to find out what you need to look for and which products outshine the competition

Table of Contents

Our Best Pressure Washers for Driveways

#1. Our Winner – Kärcher K 5 Premium Smart Control High-Pressure Washer

Three Best Features: Bluetooth, extra boost mode, easy to use

Accessories: 1x 1L Stone & Facade Detergent 1x T 5 Patio Cleaner

The Kärcher K5 can do, with ease, what most other pressure washers can’t. This premium smart control pressure washer features an innovative app that links with the pressure washer via Bluetooth to set the unit’s water flow rate and internal pressure to the optimal setting for any given cleaning jobs.

This means no worrying about finding the correct flow rate or risking damage to a surface by choosing the wrong settings.

Our Winner
Kärcher K 5 Premium Smart Control
  • Dimensions: 414 x 306 x 588 mm
  • Weight: 13.92 kgs
  • Wattage: 2100
  • Bar Pressure: 145
  • Power Source: AC
  • Hose Length: 10m

With a hose length of 10 meters, and a maximum pressure of 145 bars, this is easily the best pressure washer for driveways, paths and other surfaces with stubborn, worn-in stains. The self-priming pump is made for optimal water usage and pressure, with its large detergent tank allowing for extended use.

The K5 premium pressure washer is one of the best driveway pressure washers on the market, it’s not the cheapest, but it’s certainly worth the money if it sees regular use.


#2. Runner Up – Bosch High-Pressure Washer

‎Three Best Features: 2100w motor, various nozzles included, affordable

Accessories: Roto nozzle, high-pressure foam nozzle, fan jet nozzle,

An unmistakably heavy duty pressure washer, this Bosch unit features a pressure of 140 bars and a water flow rate of 450 litres per hour thanks to its impressive 2100 watts of motor power.

Water pressure at this rate can do what most pressure washers can’t, so this unit is perfect for customers that need some extra cleaning power for incredibly tough grime and tricky pressure washing tasks.

Runner Up
Bosch High Pressure Washer
  • Dimensions: 30 x 39 x 79 cm
  • Weight: ‎17.6 kg
  • Wattage: 2100w
  • Bar pressure: 140
  • Power Source: AC
  • Hose Length: 5m

The wide range of nozzles allows this pressure washer to adapt to many different tasks, from the gentle maintenance of garden furniture to the more intensive cleaning of ingrained stains.

There’s no need for a separate detergent bottle with an easily refillable detergent tank conveniently placed at the end of the nozzle. We think this unit is perfect for home use and a fantastic pressure washer for patios and driveway surfaces.


#3. Best Budget Jetwash – Hyundai 1700W Electric Pressure Washer

Three Best Features: ‎High-performance, compact design, on-board storage

Accessories: turbo lance, nozzle variable, fixed brush

If you’re looking at entry-level pressure washers and are unsure of your options, we recommend considering this Hyundai electric power washer for its affordability and performance. In fact, we think this is the best budget pressure washer on the market.

Capable of a maximum pressure of 120 bars, with a 5.5L/min flow rate, this budget pressure washer is surprisingly robust and will make quick work of common jobs like cleaning vehicles and stubborn dirt.

Best Budget
Hyundai 1700W 1740psi
  • Dimensions: ‎10.6L x 8.5W x 15H cm
  • Weight: 5 kgs
  • Wattage: 1700w
  • Bar pressure: 110
  • Power Source: AC
  • Hose Length: 6m

With a hose length of 6m and a compact, portable design, this versatile pressure washer is perfect for home use and general garden maintenance.

A lightweight pressure washer like this may struggle with most challenging cleaning tasks, but for general home use, its max pressure of 120 bars should make light work of any dirt and grime that regular elbow grease can’t shift!


#4. #1 Premium Choice – Kärcher K 7 Premium high-pressure washer

Three Best Features: ‎Innovative app, built-in detergent tank, 3-year guarantee

Accessories: N/A

The Kärcher K7 Premium Smart Control pressure washer is the granddaddy of all the jet washers on the market. This Bluetooth-linkable patio cleaner lets you fine-tune your settings via your smartphone before you get started.

It arrives with a jet lance with three options so you can precisely blast off tough dirt and staining on sight. Release an extra 15 bar of pressure with boost mode, and clip on the surface cleaner instead of the trigger gun to wipe down more expansive surfaces.

Premium Choice
Kärcher K 7 Premium Smart Control
  • Dimensions: ‎45.9 x 33 x 66.6 cm
  • Weight: 17.8 kg
  • Wattage: 2800
  • Bar pressure: 180
  • Power Source: AC
  • Hose Length: 10m

With a three year guarantee and assurance that the Kärcher K7 premium smart control pressure washer is one of the most powerful options when looking for a pressure washer. Even though we didn’t use the app much, it’s still well worth a second look for the extra cleaning power.


#5. Best Petrol Powerwash – Wilks-USA TX750 Petrol Power Pressure Washer

Three Best Features: 5 cleaning functions, 272 bar/3950 PSI max pressure, 8HP, four-stroke engine

Accessories: Straight lance and nozzles

Wilks-USA’s petrol power washer is designed for ease of movement and all heavy-duty pressure washing tasks. Boasting a four-stroke engine and an impressive 3950 max PSI, this simple control pressure washer is one of the most flexible and efficient petrol washers on the market.

Like other petrol washers, it arrives at a higher cost than most, but you benefit from a 10m hose reach, five different nozzles, accessories for the spray gun, and eight horsepower of sheer water blasting bliss.

Best Petrol
Wilks-USA TX750i Petrol Power Pressure Washer
  • Dimensions: ‎65 x 41 x 52 cm
  • Weight: 29.5 kgs
  • Wattage: N/A
  • Bar pressure: 272
  • Power Source: Petrol
  • Hose Length: 10m

Built for all kinds of cleaning tasks, this pressure washer is easy to move around from place to place with no pesky power cord. It’s made for cleaning vehicles, patio slabs, garden furniture, you name it – ideal if you have tough stains to get rid of.


#6. Best for Commercial Use – Hyundai Petrol Pressure Washer

Three Best Features: Professional results, reliable engine, longer hose length

Accessories: N/A

Introducing the Hyundai petrol pressure washer – one of the best pressure washers for commercial use. This powerful machine features AR pumps that produce up to 4000 psi of pressure, making it incredibly effective at removing dirt, grime, graffiti and even stubborn stains.

Four quick-release nozzles are included as standard, letting you select the best nozzle for each task. Changing nozzles is fast and easy, so you can focus on getting the job done quickly.

Commercial Use
Hyundai Petrol Pressure Washer
  • Dimensions: ‎‎105 x 64 x 81 cm
  • Weight: 61 kgs
  • Wattage: N/A
  • Bar pressure: 275
  • Power Source: Petrol
  • Hose Length: 15m

Plus, large wheels and a solid frame make transporting this machine a breeze – perfect for gardeners or tradespeople who need to move their equipment around often.


#7. Top Cordless Pick – WORX Cordless Pressure Washer

Three Best Features: ‎Lightweight, fast charging, 5-in-1 nozzle

Accessories: 1 x Soda bottle adapter

WORX’s cordless pressure washer offers compact patio cleaning suitable for lighter jobs, your patio and paving included.

Many people invest in this model for gentle car washing, but it competes well against other pressure washers, including the Karcher pressure washer for regular paving cleanups too. Charge up your lithium-ion battery in just an hour, and choose from one of five handy nozzles to fine-tune your experience.

Top Cordless
WORX WG620E.6 18V
  • Dimensions: ‎‎90 x 26.5 x 8.6 cm
  • Weight: 1.32 kgs
  • Wattage: 80
  • Bar pressure: 22
  • Power Source: Battery
  • Hose Length: 6 meters

Very lightweight and easy to move around with, this model is perfect for smaller gardens and patio areas, but at the same time, you’ve got unlimited reach. Mist and shower modes offer you different spray intensities should you desire them.


Our Experience – How We Test

We’ve cleaned thousands of driveways and patios across the North East, so we know what the average homeowner needs from their pressure washer.

We’ll admit it, in the beginning, we were keen to try and save money, so we’ve used cheaper models.

Whilst some are fine for a homeowner’s small patio, path or driveway, we’ve found investing in a heavy-duty washer is essential for larger jobs and or regular use by professionals. Not only are they generally longer lasting, some have extra features not found on a budget pressure washer.

Pressure washer safety

Pressure washers can cause serious injuries, so it’s essential to take precautions when using one. Did you know that a PSI of 1160 can cut through human skin, so never point the nozzle at anyone or, as we’ve seen online, try and clean yourself with the machine? You will do severe damage! Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind

  • Spend 5 minutes before you start doing a risk assessment; consider things like weather conditions, pressure washing in the wind and rain isn’t the best idea. Have you read the instruction manual?
  • Always wear protective clothing when using a pressure washer (gloves, goggles, etc.), never wear sandals or open shoes and wear pants. Sharp flying debris can easily pierce the skin.
  • Check the area is free from hazards – bicycles, pets, are windows closed, are there air vents or electrical wires nearby?
  • Read the manual before you start; every pressure washer is different and it’s essential you know how to use yours correctly, so put the kettle on and take 10 minutes.
  • Never use a gas-powered washer in an enclosed space; not only can the noise damage your hearing the poisonous fumes could build up and cause nausea, dizziness and headaches.
  • Start with the widest angle nozzle and adjust as needed. The nozzles are colour coded and you should never need the red tip nozzle, which produces a pinpoint jet. Hold the nozzle around 12-18 inches from the surface. Try the next nozzle up if it isn’t getting rid of the stains.
  • Avoid working at heights; some of the more powerful pressure washers have a real kickback; trying to control this whilst on a ladder or unstable surface could have serious results.

Types Of Pressure Washers

Petrol jet washer

Petrol washers immediately trump electric models on the portability front. You can only take an electric washer so far, whereas your petrol blaster travels as far as you can carry it.

This makes these pressure washers far better suited to large scale jobs and is why they’re primarily used by professional tradespeople.

Petrol jet washers provide a higher amount of water pressure than their electric counterparts, meaning they can cover a larger working area in a much shorter amount of time. They can also operate with a hot water setting, meaning no costly detergent is needed to remove stubborn grime and stains.

However, a petrol pressure washer is much heavier and noisier than an electric unit, meaning they aren’t too suitable for use around populated areas. They also require much more maintenance than an electric unit and are harder to keep in operational order unless used regularly.

Electric power wash

An electric pressure washer is the greener choice, requiring no fuel to operate and emitting no harmful fumes. They are quiet and efficient, so they are much better suited for use in populated areas, and their electric-powered motors do not need the same level of maintenance as a petrol-powered pressure washer.

Electric units are generally much cheaper than petrol-powered pressure washers, even the pricey Kärcher K7 premium, so they’re a much more common choice for the average household. They do, however, require a detergent bottle to remove stubborn grime and stains, and the power cord can mean that they are unable to cover large distances without extensions, causing a trip hazard.

A cordless pressure washer can negate the issue with coverage, but these units are often much less powerful than a mains connected pressure washer, so they aren’t quite as effective at removing tough stains.

Cordless

A cordless patio cleaner or pressure washer will give you the best of both worlds. Though that’s not always a given, these options do tend to err on the side of lighter pressure.

Many pressure washers run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and charge up very quickly, making them ideal for those moments when the sun comes out and you decide to indulge in some Sunday morning patio cleaning.

These washers also tend to be relatively lightweight, making them great for bigger patios and gardens, getting into tricky spots on your garden furniture, etc. These power washers will vary in price and quality, so look for a brand you know and trust.

How To Choose The Best Pressure Washer For Your Paving Or Garden

Size of your driveway or patio

For a small driveway that only holds one car, you won’t need a heavy-duty power washer to achieve your desired results. Hose length and portability, however, are essential factors when you intend to pressure wash a larger space.

Look for washers with an extended reel hose or dual detergent tanks if you’re seeking to pressure wash a large driveway or outdoor space. A self-priming pump and a high flow rate will be needed for pressure washers that operate far from your water source.

Rating

Along with the specifications, it’s a good idea to read any available reviews of each unit to see if other customers have posed the same questions you may have or have had issues in general.

Whilst 5 star ratings can result in the best products, just remember to go with the ones with lots of reviews; a product with 2 reviews of 5 stars may not be as good as one which gets 20,000 reviews and a 4-star rating.

Remember, reviewers are human too; just because someone doesn’t like a particular feature doesn’t mean you won’t, so finding out as much as possible about the best pressure washers before ordering is critical.

Price

As you can already see, to invest in the best pressure washer for patios, you won’t always have to spend a fortune. However, there are cheap and nasty models out there, so be prepared to sort the wheat from the chaff.

You can generally expect a decent quality pressure washer to roll up with a price tag of at least £80, while some heavier duty or more professional tools can demand £500 and more. The Kärcher K7 premium, for example, is a more expensive option but going by the reviews is worth the investment.

Develop a clear understanding of what you expect from your pressure washer, and choose a product accordingly. If you only intend to use a pressure washer to clean garden furniture and vehicles, you won’t need a powerful motor, max pressure of 200 bar, or a high flow rate, a highly rated budget unit would be more suited to your needs.

Maximum pressure

The higher the pressure regulation, the more dirt you stand to blast off your patio slabs – it’s as simple as that. It’s generally better to look for a pressure washer that allows you to go from low to high if you need to.

Motor power isn’t always a good indicator of this, so look for either your bar or PSI ratings (both tell you the same thing – bar is metric, and PSI is imperial). Super heavy-duty cleaning is a breeze at around 2,800 PSI or 200 bar upwards

  • 110 bar – A portable pressure washer with a max pressure of about 100 bar is not really suitable for paths and patios; these are generally used to clean cars, bicycles and outdoor furniture.
  • Up to 140 bar – The most common type of power washer for home use, these are ideal for brickwork, patios and drives; in fact, any general cleaning task
  • 200 bar upwards – These high-pressure jet wash models are generally used by a professional driveway or patio cleaner company; they are usually petrol models. Although they may have a more bulky body unit, they are usually better for industrial use and heavy-duty tasks.

Smart pressure/app-controlled

One of the newest features which Karcher have embraced is technology. The K5 and the K7 premium smart control home pressure washer both can be controlled by a phone app that controls the pressure settings for individual tasks.

Although reviews are mixed, with many customers preferring not to link the two, others remark the LED display on the trigger gun is an extremely handy feature.

Length of Internal Hose Reel

An internal or integrated hose reel is a massive plus if you want your pressure washer to travel further. Of course, you’ll generally find that the length of your hose, and the extent of your onboard storage, will vary from case to case.

Generally, we recommend that the best water pressure cleaner brands go for longer reels. A hose length 6m or more should give you plenty of reach if it’s a general garden patio you’re cleaning, but imagine the freedom you’ll get from 10m or 20m – it might be worth that extra bit of investment.

Turbo Lance / High-Pressure Gun

Some of the best pressure washers on the market come with turbo lances and pressure guns that allow you to pinpoint challenging areas in need of cleaning. You’ll find these in petrol pressure washer kits and electric options.

This isn’t an essential feature by any stretch of the imagination, but if you have tough bits of dirt and grime you need to get off, it makes more sense to use a precision wand or lance to concentrate the water power.

If you go too high pressure across the whole area, you’ll risk doing damage to your flags and your joints.

Nozzles are colour coded. This short video shows how to choose the right nozzle for the job.

Flow rate

When looking for a new pressure washer, check the flow rate; what is that I hear you ask? The flow rate is the gallons of water expelled through the gun per minute.

For example, the Karcher K7 premium has a flow rate of 550 litres per minute, whilst the Bosch is only 410 litres.

What this means in layman’s terms is that the higher the flow rate, the faster the job gets done, so a high flow rate combined with a decent pressure setting will achieve the best results.

Rotating Attachment

Some jet washers come with a rotating attachment as standard. There are two types of these, the smaller ones with bristles are used for cleaning cars and vehicles whilst the larger ones on wheels are best for cleaning patios. These cause less damage to block paving and concrete as the flow is not so direct.

Pressure Washer Brands To Trust

Karcher

Experts in cleaning, vacuuming and all-around engineering, Karcher is a name you’ll recognise if you’ve spent any time looking for high-quality home and garage maintenance equipment. You’ll generally pay more for a Karcher, but you get the best engineering and long-lasting tech – think of them as the Dyson of pressure washing.

Bosch

Founded back in 1886, Bosch is a fantastic all-around home and garden care brand, meaning you can expect to buy anything from hedge trimmers to washing machines from their label. A Bosch label is a mark of quality, and what’s more, they tend to offer mid-range prices. If you can’t afford the luxury of a Karcher, a Bosch is a solid bet. In fact, they built our runner up for pressure washing in this guide.

Wilks USA

There’s not much out there on Wilks USA compared to the likes of Bosch and Karcher. However, they’ve built up a sterling reputation via Amazon. They run the complete gamut between electric and petrol pressure washers, and beyond that, they are also a go-to brand for different parts and accessories you may wish to clip on and use along the way.

Ryobi

Ryobi is a well-established home and garden DIY tool brand, part of the TTI Group and famous for its variety of patented technologies. While Ryobi may not have the long-standing recognition of Bosch, their products arrive with a guarantee of sustainable design. For example, they try to reduce the number of tools you’ll need for any given job.

Nilfisk

Nilfisk is a Danish company that have been leaders in engineering for over 100 years; they have a decent range of washers that can tackle various cleaning jobs, including the compact range, excellent range and pro range. They are cheaper than Karcher and get good online reviews.

Makita

One of the largest manufacturers of power tools globally, this Japanese company has been around for over 100 years and is renowned for its build quality. They have a range of power washers for various cleaning tasks, from their compact pressure washer to the impressive HW140 corded pressure washer. They generally get great online reviews too.

FAQ’s

How much PSI do I need to clean my paving?

2,000 PSI will generally be enough to clean most patios with general dirt and grime; however, consider going up to and above 2,800 for the worst marks and stains

Can a pressure washer damage patio flags?

Yes, if you’re too heavy on the pressure and/or if your patio flags are of poor quality, to begin with. There’s a risk of you blasting the surface stone clean off. High pressure will also push sand out of joints unless they are sealed.

Can you damage concrete with a power washer?

Whilst power washing can damage concrete if used excessively or incorrectly, making sure that you use a lower pressure setting and remember to angle the nozzle at 45 degrees will help minimise any risk of damaging your concrete surface.

Will a pressure washer remove stubborn stains?

On the whole, yes, the pressure washers listed here will make light work of nasty staining – though if you’re suffering from efflorescence and deep oil staining, you may need a specialist cleaner or expert support.

How far from the surface should I hold the nozzle?

Holding the power washer nozzle at a 45-degree angle, 1-2 feet away from the surface you wish to clean, is the best way to ensure an excellent job with no risk of damage.

Conclusion

The best pressure washer for block paving, concrete and more should be easy to adjust and give you as little cleaning fuss as possible. You’ll also find that top tools are great at cleaning bikes, garage doors and more besides, it really does beat using a plain garden hose.

We hope this article has helped you understand the differences between petrol and electric pressure washers, what features should be considered when choosing a new one, and how to use them.

Now that you are armed with all of these great tips for finding your best pressure washer, keeping your outdoor space looking its best will be a breeze!