Briggs and Stratton Electric Pressure Washer Review
I finally gave in and admitted I needed a pressure washer – again. So, I picked up this new Briggs and Stratton Electric Pressure Washer, and I’m pretty impressed with it overall.
When I moved to a townhouse in the city. I sold my old gas-powered washer to a suburban homeowner who’s probably still using it for all the things I thought I’d left behind by moving to a townhouse: things like cleaning gutters and doing paint-prep.
I was bitten by the pressure washer bug. Now, it seems I can’t live without one. However, the gas-powered washer I owned before would be overkill where I’m living now.
I was very happy to discover electric pressure washer technology has advanced a bit in the last few years.
How Much Pressure Do you Really Need?
This new Briggs and Stratton puts out 1800 psi at 4 gallons a minute. I think my old gas washer was rated at 2500 and about 5 gallons per minute.
I find the pressure and flow of this unit is more than enough to keep my car and truck clean. If you’re a typical homeowner with a few cars to wash, leave the massive hardware to the contractors doing environmental work or renovations.
If you anticipate doing a lot more demanding use (like getting paint and smoke damage off of red brick), it might be worth looking into something more commercial-grade.
Related: How Often Should I Wash My Car?
Washing the Pain Away with The Briggs and Stratton Electric Pressure Washer Review
The Briggs and Stratton electric pressure washer comes with:
- 26-foot long hose
- Nozzle with 7 different patterns
- Two-quart onboard reservoir for detergent
It comes as a complete package, with no extras to buy. Plug it in, put some detergent in the reservoir (if desired) and start washing.
- Clean, quiet operation
- Compact, with storage spots for the hose and attachments
- Not as powerful as a gas-powered unit
- Needs an electrical connection
- Plastic case rather than steel frame
Pressure washers tend to get knocked around a bit. At first, I was suspicious of the Briggs and Stratton because the case is mainly plastic. I had owned another brand before with an ABS plastic case that broke the first weekend. But I’ve found even plastics have come a long way in the last few years. This one feels far more sturdy, and even after some hard knocks, it still shows no real damage.
The Briggs and Stratton’s hose gives 26 feet of reach. It allows me to wash my entire car or compact truck without relocating the washer.
The twisting and turning involved with washing a car can put a surprising amount of strain on the hose and fittings. The hose on the Briggs and Stratton feels sturdy and the fittings look like they can take some abuse.
My other washers had nozzles with basically one pattern and an aperture adjustment that turned a fine point into a more dispersed spray. There were other nozzles available, but they had to be manually screwed off and on. I usually didn’t bother. This Briggs and Stratton nozzle has a total of seven selectable patterns, with an aperture adjustment that works on each. Whether you need a flat spray or a finer point for more impact, you just turn to the pattern you need and get back to work.
The wand has a good, substantial feel. Just as with a pool cue, weighting matters in these things. Briggs and Stratton seems to have taken into account that the weighting of the wand changes when you pull the trigger and let the water flow. This one gives a secure feel whether off or on. An unbalanced wand can cause loss of control and scratches to your car or truck: Just ask me how I know.
The Power Cable
The power cable comes with its own built-in GFCI, so the combination of electricity and water isn’t as scary as it might be otherwise. Just make sure it’s plugged into a grounded outlet and exercise normal caution.
Whats Do You Think?
I’m happy with the Briggs and Stratton Electric Pressure Washer. I feel it has the right features and power to get the job done without the drawbacks of a more “commercial-grade” washer unit. My cars, camping equipment, and patio stay clean with a minimum of fuss and side-trips to the coin-op carwash.
I’m happy to report that my continuing need for a pressure washer – even as a townhouse dweller – has been satisfied in such an affordable and trouble-free manner.