Did you know Tesla, the pioneer in the electric car manufacturing industry, delivered 83,500 units in the last quarter of 2018? And their sales increased by 25,913% in 6 years.
If this is happening in the car industry, the pressure washer industry can be owned by cordless battery powered pressure washers in the next 10 years. However, finding the best cordless pressure washer is not an easy task at this moment.
It’s not an easy task, because there are not enough models to count in. The cordless technology is yet not capable to fulfill the need of a pressure washer customer like a gas or electric pressure washer does.
To dominate the pressure washer industry a cordless unit must run 2-3 hours till next charge and provide the exact PSI like an electric or gas one.
Where do you think the laptops took over desktops? Battery backup and exact performance like a desktop plus mobility. This is the same for pressure washer too.
If manufacturers can do the same for a pressure washer, this industry can be dominated by 50% cordless pressure washer in the next 10 years. The dominance of cordless power washer is inevitable. As the demand for battery operated pressure washer is increasing (which will soar to the sky ) the cost will be decreasing.
In addition to that, lithium-ion batteries are so popular. And the capacity of this kind of battery is increasing day by day due to continuous research.
This is obvious that the cordless pressure washer market is increasing but the current situation is not exactly like the electric car industry boom!
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The Cordless Pressure Washer is not Popular Yet: Reasons
When manufacturers produce a product, they have to keep three things in mind.
- Lower cost
- Better performance
In the current situation, an electric pressure washer might be a good one for lower cost and compactness. But gas pressure washers are far more powerful. It depends on what you want to do with it.
While manufacturing cordless pressure washers, engineers cannot simply offer the basic three criteria of a good product all in one.
To compete with an electric or gas pressure washer, a cordless pressure washer must have great battery backup, more than 2000 psi pressure and still has to be lightweight. This is literally impossible in the current situation.
The battery would be so heavy and big people would never buy those. Rather, customers would go for an electric or gas washer instead.
The good news is there is no bulky portable cordless pressure washer in the market now. The bad news is, the available models are not cheap and powerful.
I tried so hard to find a battery powered pressure washer that fulfills all the criteria of an electric or gas pressure washer. And honestly, I did not find any.
However, let’s check out some of the existing ones that just DOES THE JOB.
Best Cordless Pressure Washers in the Market (For Now)
Well, there is no populated market out there in the US like the rest of the markets. Unlike gas or electric pressure washers, cordless pressure washers did not yet take over the pressure washer market.
There are only two mentionable battery operated pressure washers at this moment. I don’t know if there is more.
The pressure washers I am going to mention can somehow compete with the existing gas or electric washers by reaching 1500 PSI. Others are around 300-500 PSI, which is slightly better than a garden hose.
This one is the only cordless pressure washer that has the features of a typical pressure washer selling online in the US.
Sun Joe has been developing cordless pressure washer for a few years. This model is a development of their previous model SPX 6000. The improvements are mainly on the TSS and bucket.
The key features it has are:
- 800 PSI with the bucket and 1160 PSI with a hose
- Detachable bucket
- 40V battery
- 0.79 GPM
- 29 lbs. weight
- 5.3 Gallons bucket
The numbers are not promising but serve great while you are out in the field or in a remote place where electric connection is not available. Detachable bucket system gives it great portability.
The top-loading detachable bucket is made better in the improvement. The covers are built better to stop spillage while pulling around. In addition to that, a stronger and bigger wheel is for extra support.
There are three pressure selections, 507 PSI/650 PSI/800 PSI. However, the 800 PSI is when you use the bucket. To achieve the 1160 PSI you need to attach a garden hose with water supply. The water force includes making 1160 PSI. On top of it, the lesser the nozzle angle is the higher the PSI is.
Let’s be straight on the so-called features now.
2. Ryobi 36V Cordless Pressure Washer
Ryobi is not known for cordless pressure washers. However, they have something to offer in Australia.
This model is not in the US, I don’t know why.
This one has the power like some electric corded pressure washers. Reaching up to 1800 PSI with 1.4 GPM it can easily compete with many electric corded models.
This has an onboard water bladder (like sun joe) for the total cordless feature. With a 5.0 A-h 36V battery, it rolls for around 45 minutes. There is an option to add an extra battery in the console.
The machine is very quiet comparing to the corded electric pressure washers. But this won’t sell much just because of its price tag.
However, Ryobi is well known for innovative technology and maybe they are just testing their technology right now.
Hold on. Are you surprised already? You should be. This so-called truly portable power washer is only 320 PSI pressure generator.
There is not an option that can enter this list but this one. This is the closest one to be called a cordless pressure washer available.
Why I considered this model is only because of its portability. In the current situation, people are looking for a portable option while buying a cordless pressure washer. Even corded ones tend to be portable.
People make a mistake while selecting a cordless one is expecting everything in a budget. While the Worx is great in innovation but lacks in power. If customers are looking for similar performance with a similar price from a corded and cordless one, they are going to be disappointed.
One thing is clear. This Wrox cordless pressure washer is great in the portability department. But lacks the power to compete with corded washers.
Let’s have a look at the features:
- Great portability
- Five spray angles
- 2 batteries with a dual charger
- Battery backup is about 25 minutes
- It draws water from any available source
- Fully Cordless
This thing is not for cleaning your driveway. Or for cleaning heavy stains like paint. You can wash your car, wash away some bird poop or clean your window. A great option for a portable washer.
These are not the only models. Some manufacturers like Karcher, Greenworks are manufacturing cordless pressure washers in very limited condition. But not for the USA.
Should You Get One?
Let me be honest with you.
I bought a 25 ft extra electric cord and roam around my yard like a charm. The main obstacle of a corded pressure washer is the small cord.
The current downsides are not negligible. Battery backup is a major issue. While you have gone out with your cordless pressure washer with the confidence of running on backup may seem a bad idea. With only 30 minutes battery backup I do not intend to get one.
Furthermore, these things are still too expensive regarding the power and features. The PSI these pressure washers offer is under 1000 PSI only.
I shall consider buying one while I have some money and they improve the battery.
But I have just decided to get the Worx hydroshot for now. What about you?