Electric pressure washers have a variety of uses and can handle just about any task a homeowner needs them for. Unlike their gas counterparts, electric pressure washers are relatively lightweight and have a more reliable startup and power-down function. Overall, they are more convenient and can perform both indoor and outdoor duties.
So what are the best electric pressure washers under $300? Here are my top picks to save you money without forfeiting quality:
- Westinghouse ePX3000 Electric Pressure Washer
- Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer
- TACKLIFE 2300 PSI Electric Pressure Washer
- Sun Joe SPX4000-PRO Electric Pressure Washer
- Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer with Spray Gun
- PAXCESS Electric Pressure Washer
Lightweight (at 19 pounds), compact (at 16 inches high), easy to store, and a breeze to use; the Westinghouse Electric Pressure Washer is an ideal option for those that need a device for light to medium cleaning tasks.
This electric pressure washer features three nozzle tips and one soap applicator with different degrees to give you a variety of pressure for ranging tasks. Boasting a concentrated, powerful stream with one nozzle and a gentle spray with another, this washer can be used for tougher jobs like cleaning your deck and mortar and gentler jobs like washing your car.
The four wheels on each of the corners of the washer can maneuver 360 degrees to keep the unit stable and able to go wherever you do. It also has an onboard soap tank so that you can add your own cleanser for whatever task you’re doing.
Stationed neatly on the side of the machine is the anti-tangling hose. It’s a 15-foot nylon hose wrapped in clear plastic to prevent knotting and extends from a 35-foot electrical cord for added length. Overall, this is an excellent electric pressure washer that starts on the first pull, is far under $300, and works well for most outdoor jobs.
What I Like:
- Price is significantly lower than $300
- Wheels rotate 360 degrees for ease of transportation and stability
- 50 feet of cord to work with
- Compact and easy to store
- Assembly is quick (within ten or so minutes)
- Four power washing modes
- GFCI protection to prevent electrical problems
What I Don’t:
- I have nothing negative to say about this product!
Altogether, the Westinghouse Electric Pressure Washer is compact, making it ideal for smaller spaces and yards, and has incredible balance and maneuvering abilities for ground that is textured and uneven.
The Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer is a force to be reckoned with. With up to 2030 PSI (pound-force per square inch) of water pressure and 1.7 GPM (gallons per minute) of water flow, this electric pressure washer can handle even the toughest grime while being gentle enough for use on your boat, home, or outdoor furniture.
Aiding in the destruction of compact filth, the Sun Joe SPX3000 is equipped with a dual detergent tank system. With the convenient detergent selection dial, you can switch between both chemicals to treat wood, metal, or stone materials and provide a thorough cleaning.
The 34-inch spray wand is lengthy enough to help you reach challenging spaces and features a safety lock switch on the trigger to immediately halt the pump, preventing energy waste and extending the life of the pump. For universal usage, the Sun Joe has five quick-connect spray tips.
The 20-foot hose is detachable and can be easily stored in the hose holder located on the front of the pressure washer. Though 20 feet may not seem like much, the power cored adds an extra 35 feet to the length so you can go where you need to without moving the unit often.
What I Like:
- The pressure washer comes with a garden hose adapter and needle clean-out tool
- Excellent price for such a high-quality product
- Good choice for tough jobs
- Useful dual detergent tank system for precise cleaning
- Easy-to-use dials
- Five spray tips for varied pressure and concentration
- The hose can be stored in the front of the unit
- GFCI protection to keep your outlets safe
What I Don’t:
- Though this electric pressure washer is compatible with home water hoses, it may not fit every hose size. An average hose size of 5/8th of an inch would be best
Sun Joe is a leader in the outdoor industry, and this electric pressure washer confirms that. Unlike many pressure washers on the market, the dual detergent tank system is a revolutionary addition to the Sun Joe that adds an increased efficiency to the cleaning process.
With the highest PSI thus far on our list of 2300, the TACKLIFE Electric Pressure Washer will get the job done no matter how difficult it is to tackle. Paired with high pressure is a quick GPM rate of 1.8 to give you an abundance of water as soon as you pull the trigger.
The nozzle rotates 360 degrees for hard-to-reach areas, like tight corners, and comes with four nozzle heads — including a black soap nozzle — for cleaning customization. The 0-degree red nozzle allows you for ultra-high pressure for even the most difficult jobs, such as removing grease.
The 25-degree green nozzle is excellent for medium-pressure jobs like washing your car or cleaning the deck. Lastly, the 40-degree white nozzle provides the user with low pressure, safe enough to wash pets or water gardens with delicate plants.
The broad, secure handle located at the top of the pressure washer unit makes storing and moving this washer effortless, and the hose reel operates smoothly, holding up to 25 feet of hose. The hose that comes with this pressure washer is a harder plastic and isn’t the easiest to maneuver. Luckily, the hose can be replaced with a flexible, non-coiling alternative.
What I Like:
- Quieter than other electric pressure washers on the market
- Ideal for stubborn messes
- Four nozzle heads for different pressure modes
- Easy to move
- Holds up to 25 feet of hose and comes with a fairly long extension cord.
- GFCI protection to protect your home outlets
What I Don’t:
- The hose this pressure washer comes with is a hard plastic that isn’t the easiest to manipulate. You may want to consider using an alternative hose
For the most part, this is an excellent electric pressure washer — and the most powerful option on our list. If big jobs are your issue, the TACKLIFE Electric Pressure Washer is your solution.
Another high-quality Sun Joe option, the SPX4000 Electric Pressure Washer includes two PSI settings: low (at 1450 PSI) and high (at 2030 PSI) along with five quick-connect spray tips ( 0-degree, 15, 25, 40, and soap) for a perfect clean every time.
The trigger includes a Total Stop System, which shuts off the pump as soon as the trigger isn’t in use, meaning that this unit is extremely quiet. Not only is quiet, but it’s also stable and won’t tip over thanks to its wide wheelbase.
It’s lightweight for whenever you need to store it and has provisions for winding up both the hose and electrical cord swiftly. While the hose is flexible, it isn’t a pain to deal with and won’t try to get wrapped up or coiled around objects as you clean. Though, coming in at only 20 feet, it may be a tad too short for some jobs.
Finally, the external detergent tank is easy to fill, drain, and clean after use. Overall, this is a great product that is durable, easy to use, and powerful enough for jobs of any type.
What I Like:
- Lightweight, making it easy to move around and store
- Offers two PSI modes for lighter and heavier cleaning duties
- Comes with five quick-connect spray heads
- Total Stop System to prevent energy waste
- Runs smoothly and quietly
- GFCI protection to avoid electrical issues
What I Don’t:
- The hose is only 20 feet. Sun Joe offers an extension, though it would be nice if the unit came with a longer hose in the purchase
The Sun Joe SPX4000 is a trusted piece of machinery from a renowned brand that packs a little more punch than its brother, the Sun Joe SPX3000.
Featuring a unique foam canon accessory, the Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer provides a deep clean, whether it’s to your car or to the bases of your home, or anywhere else that needs a little TLC.
The foam penetrates deep into any material, working to remove even the smallest particles of dirt, oil, and grime. After a few minutes, simply rinse clean with the impressive 2150 PSI of this pressure washer to reveal a shiny new surface. If you don’t like the hose that comes with this electric pressure washer, the Stanley is made with a professional-grade brass garden hose connector and 22mm connector pieces.
For varying degrees and concentrations of water, four nozzle heads are included with the unit: one red 0-degree for quick fixes, one yellow 15-degree, one green 25-degree, and one white 40-degree head for stubborn cleaning jobs.
With your purchase, you also receive a Zinc Steel Lance, spray gun, and an O-Ring Replacement Kit to keep your Stanley Electric Pressure Washer in tip-top shape.
What We Like:
- Unique foam canon accessory for ultra-deep cleaning
- Ideal pressure washer for heavy-duty chores
- Comes with a 25-foot, high-pressure hose, but can be replaced by a garden hose thanks to its brass garden hose connector
- Includes four nozzle heads to change pressure and stream type
- Includes Zinc Steel Lance and O-Ring Replacement Kit for maintenance
- Easy to assemble right out of the box and simple to operate
- GFCI protection to prevent electrical mishaps
What We Don’t:
- Water hose connection may leak slightly, which isn’t ideal when dealing with an electric unit
All in all, the unique foam feature of this pressure washer is perfect for those who need to clean deep-seated scum and dirt and wash it away with a blast of powerful, concentrated water.
With a PSI of 2150 and a GPM of 1.8, the PAXCESS Electric Pressure Washer is tough enough to get stubborn jobs done.
What’s unique about this electric pressure washer is that it doesn’t come with nozzle heads that you have to remove and replace to achieve the pressure and concentration that you want. The powerful, adjustable spray wand allows you to simply twist the nozzle to the appropriate pressure and features three settings for light-to-medium and demanding duties.
When you twist left, the nozzle releases a high-pressure, narrow fan pattern. Twisting to the right will release a wide fan pattern with lower pressure. You can also move the nozzle head upwards to use the foam pattern for a more thorough clean. Each setting is strong enough to tackle dirty outdoor appliances, walkways, and furniture and gentle enough to clean your car or home without causing any damage to the paint.
To get water flow, you simply attach the pressure washer’s hose to your garden hose tap. The washer’s hose is adjustable and will fit on virtually any sized tap. Alternatively, if you have a large water source, you can drop the hose inside the standing water for automatic suction. Finally, this electric pressure washer is compact and easy to drag around your yard — but don’t let that fool you, it packs a punch, so take care when operating the trigger!
What I Like:
- GFCI protection to prevent electrical accidents
- Small and compact making it easy to store and move around the yard
- Able to attach to any outdoor faucet or suction standing water automatically
- Powerful and efficient with its 2150 PSI and 1.8 GPM
- No need for removable nozzle heads
- Great for any cleaning job around the home or yard; can even be used to wash the car
What I Don’t:
- While the lack of detachable nozzle heads makes this electric pressure washer less of a hassle, it also makes it not as universal as other options on our list
Overall, the PAXCESS Electric Pressure Washer is an ideal option for those who are looking to have a machine for general maintenance around the house, without the need for varying degrees of water flow.
Ideal Uses for Electric Pressure Washers
Though electric pressure washers are still wildly powerful machines, they aren’t as powerful as their gas counterparts and are better suited for some jobs than others. Let’s take a look at what those are:
- Removing compact dirt and mud from walkways, decks, houses, cars, etc. Electric pressure washers pack enough oomph to obliterate all sorts of dirt issues successfully. They rarely ever leave behind any residue, and only take seconds to remove large amounts of mud and dirt from the surface.
- Cutting grease from hard surfaces. Grease that has fallen onto concrete from fixing a car or even cooking outdoors can quickly be resolved by an electric power washer. However, oils that have stained concrete for years may not come up entirely and could require a gas-powered pressure washer for the best results.
- Peeling off flaking paint from wood or hard surfaces. If the old paint on your pavers, concrete, home, or outdoor furniture begins to flake, an electric pressure washer can completely strip the old paint and prepare the surface for new paint.
- Car washing, window washing, and pet washing. Electric pressure washers usually have settings that enable them to wash delicate surfaces like your car and car windows, home windows, and even your dog. They can be great for reaching in between crevices in your car or shutters and can work miracles when bathing large animals like horses (or your dog that could be a horse).
Electric pressure washers can get a job around the house done 99% of the time, though you shouldn’t expect them to perform perfectly on years-old, hard-to-remove stains.
How to Maintain Your Electric Pressure Washer
To extend the life of your electric pressure washer, there are a few steps you should take as you store it.
- Once you’ve finished your work, the first thing you should do is unplug the pressure washer and turn off the water supply to stop the pumps and prevent more water from flowing through the unit.
- After the electric and water are both off, pull the trigger for a few seconds to release any excess water and pressure from inside the pressure washer.
- Remove the high-pressure hose from the unit entirely and store it either in the available compartment or on the hook located on the side.
- Detach the wand from the gun and place the gun in the holster on the side of the pressure washer.
- If you used soap or other chemicals in the tank, clean the tank and nozzle thoroughly with water until the residue is gone. Any leftover detergents can clog the tank and nozzle and lead to issues with function in the future.
- Wind the power cord around the hooks, usually located on the back or the top of the pressure washer unit.
- Store in a dry environment away from outdoor elements. A ventilated shed or garage is best to avoid extreme temperature changes.
- If you’re storing in a freezing environment, always use an appropriate antifreeze for the pumps. Never allow your electric pressure washer to be exposed to freezing temperatures without the proper preventative chemicals. This could lead to expansions in the unit and result in permanent damage. It’s recommended that you store your electric pressure washer in your home during the winter.
The two main things to remember when caring for your electric pressure washer is to remove any water and detergent from your unit and store it in a dry environment away from outdoor elements.
Why Choose an Electric Pressure Washer Over Gas
For most homeowners, an electric pressure washer is all they’ll need. Here’s why:
- For starters, electric pressure washers are less expensive than gas pressure washers. Each of the electric pressure washers on our list is significantly lower than $300, and that’s how it is on average with every other electric option on the market. Gas pressure washers can cost upwards of $600 on average because of their features.
- Electric pressure washers are easier to maintain. Because you won’t have to deal with the gas and oil work on a gas pressure washer, you cut down maintenance costs significantly. Care for electric pressure washers comes down to making sure there’s no water left inside the unit after use, and that they are stored in a well-ventilated environment away from the elements.
- They have enough power for the majority — if not all — at-home jobs. Gas pressure washers are designed for commercial work primarily. If your home isn’t a multi-story building or covered in hard-to-remove oils, stains, greases, etc., then an electric pressure washer is all you need. After all, they’re still robust machines with high PSIs and GPMs.
- Electric pressure washers are lighter. You don’t want to drag around a 50+ pound gas pressure washer, do you? Most electric pressure washers weigh around 20 pounds.
- They pose less of a health risk than gas pressure washers. Because gas pressure washers have such high PSIs, they release dangerous streams of water that can cause severe lacerations and other injuries.
- They’re more compact than gas pressure washers. Aside from the ease of maintenance, electric pressure washers are generally much smaller than gas. Storage is a breeze, and many models can even be hung on the wall.
Overall, electric pressure washers are better suited for the home, while gas pressure washers are designed mainly for commercial use. There’s no question when it comes to which is better for the average consumer: electric pressure washers are less expensive, easier to move around, more compact, and less work to care for.
Pressure Washer Safety Measures
Though electric pressure washers are less dangerous than gas, there are still precautions that you should take to avoid accidental injury to yourself or others.
Let’s take a look at how you can protect yourself:
- When the pressure washer is active and in a high concentration, never point it at yourself or other people.
- Wear gloves, eyewear such as goggles, and closed-toed, rubber-soled shoes while the pressure washer is in use. The gloves will protect your hands if ever you drop the wand, the eyewear will prevent any blowback from entering your eyes, and the close-toed shoes will protect your toes from the stream. Be sure that they have rubber soles in case an electrical problem occurs.
- When using a power cord extension, be sure that it has water-resistant properties as not to cause an electrical emergency. Remember: water and electricity don’t mix.
- Prevent children from using the pressure washer. Pressure washers aren’t toys and can cause severe injury or even death of operated inappropriately. Children and pets should be kept at a safe distance behind the adult using the electric pressure washer.
Common sense is a virtue when operating any heavy machinery. If it doesn’t seem like a good idea, it probably isn’t.
What to Do if You’re Hurt
If, despite measures taken to prevent injury, you’re hurt while using the power washer, follow these steps:
- If the laceration(s) is severe, call 911 immediately. Some water pressure injuries may require stitches, antibiotics, or possible X-rays of the wounded area.
- If the laceration(s) is not severe, tend to the wound as soon as possible. Apply pressure with a cloth to stop bleeding. Then, apply alcohol to kill germs and dress with a bandaid or other medical dressing.
The best way to care for an electric pressure washer injury is not to get one in the first place. Put the safety tips above in use each time you’re operating the machine.
After it’s all said and done, we’d have to say that our top pick for the best electric pressure washer under $300 is the Sun Joe SPX4000-PRO Electric Pressure Washer. It comes from a reputable brand in the outdoor maintenance game, it’s has a pleasantly high PSI and GPM to get all of your outdoor cleaning done, it’s quiet, it’s an energy-saver, and it includes five easy-to-replace nozzle heads for varying water stream types and concentrations.
If you’re looking for a heavier-duty option for tougher jobs, we’d recommend that you go with the TACKLIFE 2300 PSI Electric Pressure Washer. It has the highest PSI on our list at 2300 to handle the most stubborn stains without sacrificing quieter running and comes with four nozzle heads to give you the precision you need.
No matter which electric pressure washer you choose, each of the options on our list can tackle any job you throw at it and are all highly rated and popular among homeowners.