A pressure washer is a multipurpose cleaning tool that can help you cut down household cleaning time in half. It uses higher water pressure compared to a regular garden hose so it can be used for the easy cleaning of everything from windows to your car to lawn furniture, grills, driveways, lawns and much more.
Here we will provide reviews of two different pressure washers. The Ryobi pressure washer review is presented first, followed by a review of the Honda power washer, followed by a short conclusion. At this point you might ask, is a pressure washer the same thing as a power washer? The answer is, mostly yes – they are the same thing because they operate on the same principles and they are used for similar cleaning purposes. In general, pressure washer is the term used for light-duty washers, while power washer is the term used for washers for heavy-duty cleaning.
Ryobi 1700 PSI Pressure Washer Review
Our first review is of the Ryobi Electric 1700 PSI 1.2 GPM Pressure Washer. In addition to the pressure washer, the package also includes a 25-foot hose, a handle, a trigger handle, three nozzles, a spray wand and an operator’s manual. One of the nozzles is a Turbo nozzle that has 50% more power than a standard one, for an extra kick whenever you need it. In addition, this pressure washer comes with a high-quality aluminum pump that is very easy to maintain and with an on-board detergent tank which means you do not have to be carrying around a supplementary bucket of soap. In addition to all that, the whole package comes with a three year warranty!
The three nozzles all have different spray patterns, so you have a variety in the kind of spray you want for different cleaning purposes. They are all ‘quick connect’ nozzles specially designed for a quick and convenient change at any time. On the trigger handle, there is a lock-out option that you should use each time you change the nozzles. More specific instructions on how to change the different nozzles are available in the operator’s manual, which is very useful and specific about everything you need to know when setting up and operating the Ryobi Pressure Washer.
This is a very powerful pressure washer with 1700 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) pressure and a flow rate of 1.2 GPM (Gallons per Minute). The combined cleaning force is more than enough to knock off dirt off of any surface. In general, up to 2000 PSI of pressure are recommended for most residential cleaning jobs, 2000-3000 PSI for heavy-duty jobs and over 3000PSI for professional pressure washers and contractors.
That concludes the description part of our Ryobi pressure washer review – now on to our experience of what it feels like to assemble and use it. First of all, this tool is very lightweight – only 34 pounds, which is quite light for powerful cleaning tools – and thus it is easy to carry around. Another thing that makes it very practical is that the washer is mounted on a two-wheel metal cart (each wheel is 7 inches in diameter), which prevents it from tipping over all the time. In addition to that, it is super easy to get it going – just plug in the garden hose on one end and the high-pressure hose on the other. One of the best things about it is that the nozzles do not start spraying until you actually press the trigger handle. This gives the user full control during the cleaning process. Last but not least, it is also a very quiet cleaning tool considering how much power it brings. The motor is 13 amps.
As for downsides from buying this Ryobi pressure washer, there is really not much we can say since it comes with such quality parts and is easy to use. The one thing that could be considered a drawback is that the pressure is only 1700 PSI. This would be a drawback if you need to clean big and hard to reach areas. For example, if you need to clean off moss from the side of the house, this pressure washer will get the job done but it will take a long time to do it. It does a better job with cars, boats and flat horizontal surfaces that with vertical surfaces.
Our thinking is that for really big cleaning jobs you would be much better off renting a more powerful, more expensive and more bulky pressure washer than spending on such a big unit up front and having to deal with maintenance and storage on a regular basis.
Ryobi 2800 PSI Honda Power Washer Review
Our next review is of a more powerful cleaning tool – the 2800 PSI 2.3 GPM Honda Power Control Gas Pressure Washer. The package includes a 25-foot hose, four different nozzles, a detergent tank, a pump and a use and care manual. There is an on-board detergent tank and on-board accessory storage, so in this respect it is very similar to the Ryobi Pressure Washer. On the side of differences, there is the weight (62 pounds), power (gas) and pressure it provides (which is 2800 PSI rather than 1700PSI). It is worth mentioning that there is an adjustment setting on this tool that allows you to dial back the pressure and have lower PSI for certain cleaning jobs as needed.
Of course, this power washer is also different in that it has a powerful Honda GCV160 engine rather than an electric motor. It comes with a thirty day guarantee, a three year limited warranty from Ryobi and a two year engine warranty from Honda.
Our experience with using this power washer has been nothing but positive. Since it comes from the same manufacturer, this tool is very similar to the Ryobi Pressure Washer in terms of ease of use and convenience. Both tools are very easy to assemble, come with a sturdy metal frame and have on-board storage and designated spaces for everything you need, from the hose to the accessories to the power cords. Changing the nozzles is also very similar in both tools.
Pressure Washer vs. Power Washer
Cleaning power is obviously the biggest distinguishing characteristics between these tools and, for us, the other significant difference is in the weight of these washers. The Honda Power washer is almost twice as heavy as the pressure washer and this can be a significant drawback. Whether the weight difference is significant for you will probably depend on who is going to be using the washer the most. With regards to price, the power washer is 1/3 to twice as expensive as the pressure washer, depending on where you look to buy either of them. With all of this in mind, it is up to you to decide how much cleaning power you need, how much you want to pay for it and whether the weight of the cleaning tool will be a decisive factor or not.
Ryobi 1700 PSI Pressure Washer Review
All in all, we feel that this is a very worthwhile investment. This pressure washer can clean almost anything you would need cleaned on a regular basis. Considering its power and how often you’d need to use it, we’d say the price is definitely worth it.
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