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Best Cordless Pressure Washers 2022

Best Cordless Pressure Washers 2022

Most enthusiasts will love to wash their pride and joy. In addition to making the car look its best, it allows you to check for damage and nip any problems in the bud.

A pressure washer makes the job much easier, and applying snow foam followed by a jet of water is much less damaging to the paint than using a bucket and sponge. But there are times when you may not have access to a hose and power.

Fortunately, pressure washers have become cordless – and tap-free too. A new generation of battery-powered machines can take water from any source and turn it into a cleaning jet or foam blanket.

How we tested them

According to the instructions, we charged the batteries fully and fed water to the washing machines, either from a bucket or from the built-in tanks. We then tested the jets on a car, including snow foam if an attachment was included.

We checked battery life, ease of use, power and value for money. Prices are taken from online sources at the time of writing and include the cost of a battery and charger. The power sources for some machines can be shared with other power tools, which can help spread the cost.

verdict

Most of us will be happy to use a cordless drill or other cordless tool without missing out on mains power. But all these cordless cleaners will be outdone by a pressure washer under £100 that plugs into a wall outlet and water tap.

If you don’t have that luxury available, the Draper is the best compromise between price, power and features for anyone who washes a car. The Titan is close to it thanks to its large battery, while the Bosch is a high-quality choice with a bit more punch.

  1. Draper D20 20V Cordless Pressure Washer
  2. Titan TTI855PRW
  3. Bosch Fontus

Reviews

Draper D20 20V Cordless Pressure Washer

  • Price: about £110
  • Rating: 5 stars
  • Flow: 2.0 litres/min
  • Contact: drapertools.com

Draper’s D20 ring is by far the easiest to use. Charge the battery, plug the six-meter hose into the nearest water source, add the lance and you’re on your way to cleaning. As with most mains powered machines, the nozzle head rotates to vary the flow from an explosion to a softer fan. It has a decent kick in the strongest jet, although the wider setting is a bit dribbling.

The D20 package also includes a snow foam mount, which was remarkably effective and easy to fit. This, and the total value, are enough to take first place here.

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Titan TTI855PRW

  • Price: about £115
  • Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Flow: 2.0 litres/min
  • Contact: screwfix.com

We are big fans of Titan’s corded pressure washers and were also impressed with this cordless machine. It has a nozzle with five different ‘click’ settings, ranging from a gentle stream for watering the plant to a pin-jet. It’s not as powerful as a mains power supply, but should be good enough for most car cleaning jobs.

The Titan’s main advantage over the Draper and Worx washing machines is its 5.0 Ah battery, which is more than double the capacity of its rivals. If you need to clean more than one car or clean an entire driveway, it means you don’t need a long break while the battery is charging.

Buy now at Screwfix

Bosch Fontus

  • Price: about £210
  • Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Flow: 3.1 litres/min
  • Contact: bosch-diy.com

The neatly packed Bosch is about the size of a hand luggage and has a water tank and a handy compartment to store the two included attachments.

Unlike its rivals, the hose nozzle is pistol-sized rather than a long lance. The four jet types vary from a gentle shower to rinsing or watering plants to a powerful jet to blast away dirt. You can also clip a brush head onto the front of the nozzle to scrub surfaces. It’s all wheel-mounted, which is handy as the 15-litre tank needs to be topped up before cleaning a car or draining the 2.5 Ah battery.

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Worx WG620E 20V Hydroshot

  • Price: about £110
  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Flow: 2.0 litres/min
  • Contact: toolstation.com

There’s a lot to like about the Worx, even before you look at the price. Like the Titan, it has a five-position nozzle, so you can choose between different jet types, just like shower heads in a swanky hotel.

We were pleasantly surprised by the high-quality brass connections of the lance and the clip to hold the six-meter hose in a bucket. It’s also light to hold, making it easier to use on tall jobs like cleaning the roof of a 4×4. On the other hand, the Worx just didn’t seem to have the cleaning kick of its competitors and lacks the soap bottle of the similarly priced Draper or the Titan’s large battery.

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Makita DHW080 18Vx2

  • Price: about £560 (with batteries)
  • Rating: 3 stars
  • Flow: 5.5 litres/min
  • Contact: makitauk.com

The Makita is the only washing machine here that comes close to the cleaning power of a mains-powered machine, with a flow rate that’s about the same as a cheap plug-in cleaner. The secret to this is a set of two 18V batteries, which can be borrowed or shared with other power tools to keep costs down.

The DHW080 has its own water tank that also serves as a storage case. The tank has a capacity of 50 liters, but is difficult to move when full. If you really need to blast away dirt in the wild, the Makita will work hard, but it’s overkill for the average do-it-yourselfer at this price.

Buy now at Ray Grahams

Greenworks 60V Cordless Pressure Washer

  • Price: about £320 (including 2.0 Ah battery and charger)
  • Rating: 3 stars
  • Flow: 5.5 litres/min
  • Contact: makitauk.com

If you need a little more spice, the Greenworks offers a useful power upgrade over the cheaper washing machines, with quite the bang. It sits in a bucket-like tank when stored, but this then clicks onto the machine and feeds up to 20 gallons of water. It’s a smart idea and works well, although there’s no place to store the hose or lance after use.

The battery can be used with other power tools, which can justify the substantial investment – a 2.0 Ah battery alone costs more than our best-buy cordless pressure washer.

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