The best professional mini car washes

Nilfisk-ALTO MH 4M-200/960 FAX

Opens our ranking of the best pressure washers Nilfisk-ALTO MH 4M-200/960 FAX. To be honest, the term “mini-sink” itself is difficult to attribute to this 142-kilogram unit — but, whatever one may say, everything here is built according to a 100% professional canon. The brass pump with three ceramic pistons is driven by a 7.2 kW three-phase electric motor, providing a water flow of up to 960 liters per hour at a pressure of 200 bar. At the same time, the work scenario recommended by the manufacturer is up to 5 total hours per day: this is a lot, in fact, even for a car wash that is stably loaded with a stream of customers. The built-in boiler, which runs on diesel fuel, makes it possible to heat water up to 90 degrees and work with steam heated up to 150 degrees — but this is already an “industrial” application scenario, this is contraindicated for automotive plastic. But the built-in adjustable water softening system will always come in handy.

The high-pressure washer is equipped with two separate tanks for detergent «chemistry», the choice of a specific solution and the flow rate is carried out by a regulator on the front panel, turned to the desired angle to the left (tank A) or to the right (tank B). Nearby are also the heating temperature controller, the «water / steam» mode selector and a very informative display, which, among other things, displays information about the operating hours for timely maintenance, self-diagnosis data.

By the way, about maintenance: the design of the case is such that all checks (like the oil level in the pump) and routine operations do not cause difficulties with access, everything has its own door or hatch. For thoughtfulness and attention to detail — a solid five.

Main advantages:

  • Resource
  • Serviceability
  • Water softening
  • Steam operation
Minuses:
  • High price
  • Electricity consumption plus fuel requirement for hot water and steam operation

ten
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The device is «not light». But to blur the icy mud on the truck, try a regular car wash!

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The best semi-professional mini-sinks

KARCHER HD 6/15M

The maximum pressure at a car wash is not always critically needed, but the volume of water is welcome. Therefore, the decision of Karcher engineers to combine a 3.1 kW motor with a pump delivering up to 150 bar of pressure (working, not maximum — it is 225 bar), but with a capacity of 560 liters of water per hour, can be considered quite justified. The motor is air-cooled, the head of the three-piston pump is brass, an auto-pressure relief is provided to save the pump. The recommended total work time per day is indicated by the manufacturer at 2-3 hours: this is still not a full-fledged professional equipment.

The mini-sink is completed with a 10-meter hose with the signature gun EASY!Force. A hose reel is not provided. The foam nozzle is sold as an option. Its design allows you to stepwise regulate the supply of detergent: a special valve is installed at the end of the intake hose in one position or another, having three holes of different sections. Thus, the flow cannot be adjusted directly during operation: you need to stop and remove the hose from the nozzle reservoir.

The possibility of taking water from the tank is rather conditional: with a rise of no more than 0.5 meters. However, with such productivity, it is at least strange to work not from centralized water supply.

Main advantages:

  • Reliable pump
  • High performance
Minuses:
  • With such power, it is more rational to use a three-phase power supply

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Completely working machine. To her, in fact, it remains just to buy a penny, and you can work.

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KARCHER HD 5/17C

The pump, driven by a three-kilowatt motor, develops a pressure of up to 200 bar (operating — up to 170 bar), providing a flow rate of up to 480 liters of water per minute. However, with such power, operation from a single-phase network is both a plus and a minus. If the object does not have three phases, then, in fact, there will be no options left — but on the other hand, with such power (do not forget about the starting current, which is much more than the rated one), the mini-wash is very sensitive to the state of the supply network and is itself capable of causing rather weak voltage drops.

The sink is equipped with an EASY!Force gun, which has an interesting system: when holding the “descent” for a long time, the fingers do not get tired, since the recoil force of the water jet helps to hold it. However, speaking of the duration, do not forget that the manufacturer sets the total operating time for this model to no more than 2 hours a day.

A convenient solution — the car wash has two handles — thanks to this, it can both work and be carried even in a vertical or horizontal position. Unless, of course, it will be convenient for you to carry more than a twenty-kilogram “carcass” by the handle, and not roll it across the floor on wheels.

Regular hose — ten meters, equipped with EASY!Lock connectors — they allow you to quickly connect and disconnect it if necessary, although in normal use of the sink this can be called a solution to a non-existent problem — at the end of the shift, the washer will still wind up the hose without disconnecting it, because why?

Main advantages:

  • Reliable pump
  • Easy filter access
  • Convenient regular pistol
  • Ability to work in horizontal and vertical position
Minuses:
  • Sensitivity to the state of the mains

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The sink is convenient and functional, it is not for nothing that the word “Kercher” has become a household name for such devices.

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Daewoo Power Products DAW-750

Continues our review of the best pressure washers Daewoo Power Products DAW-750. At least, outwardly, we have a completely professional unit: the mini-sink is assembled on a solid metal frame, on which the pump unit is installed. Moreover, the unit is interesting: a brass pump with a capacity of 740 liters per hour at an operating pressure of up to 210 bar. The drive is from an asynchronous single-phase motor with a power of 3.2 kW, so it is definitely necessary to connect it, taking into account the starting current, directly to a separate and competent line on the shield (since at a rated operating current of 14.5 A, the starting one will decently jump for 16 A, and this will require attention when choosing an RCD: cheap ones will eventually begin to “fly out” on their own).

The equipment of the mini-sink is excellent: there is a fully functional foam nozzle, and as many as eight nozzles with different spray angles (2 of each type). Red ones, for example, form a straight jet, with which you need to be extremely careful: it will break through a car bumper at high pressure without question. Yellow, green and white give a spray of 15, 25 and 40 degrees, respectively. Also included in the package is a mud mill.

Nevertheless, this model cannot be attributed to the number of fully professional high-pressure washers. At least for the reason that the warranty terms strictly prohibit obtaining an extended warranty for equipment “in the course of business activities”, and the standard warranty is only one year. That is, the company itself tactfully hints that it does not consider its products professional, on which they earn money, and do not use them from time to time. Plus, there are complaints about minor and even stupid breakdowns during operation from users (for example, the frame begins to rot over time — and this despite the fact that the sink, by definition, works in puddles of water and in an atmosphere of high humidity!).

Main advantages:

  • High performance
  • Rich equipment
Minuses:
  • Sensitivity to power quality
  • Restrictions on obtaining an extended warranty (only when serviced at an authorized SC, only when used for «home» purposes)

9.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Powerful with good foam. So far it works flawlessly. But they bought it only last summer to replace the shabby Karcher.

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Lavor Pro Alaska 1409 XP

This Italian mini-sink is built around a three-piston axial pump with a working pressure of 140 bar at a maximum of 180 bar, coupled with a 220-volt 2.8 kW electric motor. The maximum water performance of this model is not bad, if you have to “pour” from the heart: 540 liters per minute. The body of the pump head is brass.

But the built-in foam generator here is essentially “purely for show”: using a normal foaming nozzle will be much more convenient and efficient. The manufacturer even has several options to choose from, which hints.

The equipment itself is poor — only an 8-meter hose, a gun, a jet nozzle and 5 high-pressure nozzles with different types of spray, which have their own color marking for convenience.

Main advantages:

  • Good pump
  • 5 nozzles included
Minuses:
  • Purely conditional built-in pennik

9.1
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Works at the sink for about a year, no complaints. Will pay its price.

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The best household pressure washers

Husqvarna PW345C

The Husqvarna PW 345C is the best pressure washer for the home. Structurally, this sink is already approaching the semi-professional segment, although the manufacturer itself still refers to the «household» series. Suffice it to say that the working pressure here is 135 bar, and it is the working one, and not the maximum (it is equal to 145 bar). That is, the sink can confidently operate in modes close to the limit, without the risk of rapid overheating and excessive wear.

To drive a pump capable of pumping up to 550 liters of water per hour through itself, a 2.4-kilowatt motor had to be installed. Summer residents should take this into account — traffic jams at the start of the wash can fly out if you do not attend to the preparation of the electrical network. The maximum suction height is 1 meter, so you should not expect problems with operation outside the water supply network from Husqvarna.

For the gun, which is connected through an 8-meter quick-release hose, three nozzles are provided — crevice, foam and a “rotor” for quickly washing off easily removed dirt. All accessories can be stored in a special compartment. It is a pity that there is no hose reel — it is installed only on the «older» version of the PW360, which, from our point of view, is clearly inferior in terms of price and efficiency to the «345th» model.

Main advantages:

  • The productive pump maintaining long work at high pressures.
  • Ease of transport and storage of accessories
Minuses:
  • no drum
Models in the line:
  • Husqvarna PW 360

    — 2300 W, pressure 145-160 bar, water flow 500 l/h

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Karcher K5 Compact

The «younger» version of the professional model K7 in the Compact version received a simpler design, but the main difference is the characteristics of the high pressure pump: the maximum pressure here is only 145 bar with a capacity of 500 l / min. On the other hand, the entire set of options from the professional version has migrated to this device: the K5 also has a mud brush and a foam generator. There is no built-in hose reel in the Compact series. The hose itself, by the way, is also shorter by 2 meters — the price is almost half that, which is a good incentive to buy an “almost professional” model.

Main advantages:

  • Nice basic set of accessories.
  • Reliable pump.
Minuses:
  • Relatively low maximum pressure.
  • Poor quality of hose fasteners (plastic nuts).

9.9
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The best car wash for your home. This is the case when you actually buy a slightly less powerful version of a pro device with a great discount.

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Greenworks G7

Thanks to its unconventional design for amateur car washes, this model immediately catches the eye. True, in the same way, the thought immediately comes that with its dimensions it will be more difficult to place it in the garage — but an open pump not only cools better, but also immediately shows what material it is made of. True, it would be a mistake to buy into the yellow color of the head — it is not brass, it is just anodizing, which is immediately visible live, unlike photographs. The pump head and body are light alloy, the pistons in the amount of three pieces are made of stainless steel.

Electric motor power — 2.5 kW, maximum pressure — up to 150 bar, pump capacity — up to 450 l / min. Not the most outstanding performance with such engine power, but allowing you to count on the fact that the engine does not work at its limit. The main thing is to take into account that with such a power, the sink is noticeably sensitive to the quality of the supply network, and in garages, where the wiring is often assembled according to the “so that it is” principle, and the power of the substation is not so hot, the sink can drain the voltage itself without reaching the nominal operating mode.

The foam generator tank is installed at the very bottom of the sink, at the lower arc, on which it abuts. Filling it because of this is not very convenient, but the foam generator itself works well.

Main advantages:

  • Good pump cooling
  • Water intake from tanks without pressure
  • Good performance
Minuses:
  • Dimensions
  • Sensitivity to voltage drops

9.7
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Made with high quality, since the purchase there were no problems, it takes water from the barrel normally.

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BOSCH AdvancedAquatak 150

By updating the AQT family of “green” (read amateur) sinks and giving them a more human-readable name, Bosch has retained their overall layout — as before, these sinks are designed for vertical installation, and they have a hose reel between the body and the transport handle high pressure.

Formally, this sink can be considered a replacement for the Bosch AQT 45-14 X model, which at one time, by the way, also managed to visit our rating of the best pressure washers. However, with a slight increase in engine power (from 2.1 to 2.2 kW), it added both in maximum pressure (150 bar at rated operating 110 bar instead of 140) and in productivity — from 450 to 480 l / h thanks to the new four-piston pump . Self-priming is also provided, although, of course, the optimal mode of operation for this model is to be fed with cold water from the water supply network.

In general, the update went well, although the sink still remained sensitive to temperature (well, you can hardly do anything here — for the amateur segment, this is still a common problem).

Main advantages:

  • Successful design
  • Good performance for hobby washing
  • Hose storage reel
Minuses:
  • Strong heating during operation, due to which, when using hot water, the overheating protection is quickly triggered
Models in the line:
  • BOSCH AdvancedAquatak 150

    — 2200 W, water consumption 480 l/h, max. pressure 150 bar

  • Bosch AdvancedAquatak 140
    — 2200 W, water consumption 480 l/h, max. pressure 140 bar
  • Bosch AdvancedAquatak 160
    — 2600 W, water consumption 570 l/h, max. pressure 160 bar

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A successful garage wash, unlike many models with similar declared parameters and plus or minus the same price, washes noticeably better.

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Lavor Pro Predator 180 Digit

The designers have made this mini-sink rather non-standard: you will not see the usual “twist” of the pressure regulator on it. Instead, as on a washing machine, you can select the desired program with the buttons: “delicate wash”, “medium intensity” and “maximum”. Also in the general “control center” you can find the child protection function and the service indicator: it lights up automatically, hinting to the owner that it is time to perform the maintenance operations required by the instructions. Considering that most owners really “hammer the bolt” for regular maintenance, the designers of this model can say an honest “thank you”: maybe they won’t kill it with uncleaned engine cooling holes or unchanging oil.

Otherwise, its design is typical: the pump is aluminum, with a capacity of 510 liters per hour and a maximum pressure of 180 bar. The motor is single-phase, 2.5 kW. There is a built-in foam generator, but, as usual, it is better to replace it with a normal foam nozzle. But the fact that the kit immediately has a mud cutter is good.

The downside is obvious: the complication of the design has led to a rise in price, despite the fact that there are many competitors for this money. So fans of «press the button — get the result» will appreciate this model, but many will still puzzle over what exactly to choose.

Main advantages:

  • Easy operation with «child lock»
  • Overall a decent, though not brass pump
Minuses:
  • «None» built-in foam generator

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

Buttons are, of course, rather an overkill on a technique of this kind, but “protection from children” in the country is very useful, especially if you have to leave the sink at maximum pressure.

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The best budget pressure washers for the home

STIGA HPS 235 R

This Italian-assembled high-pressure washer (despite the Swedish origin of the brand, Stiga orders them from Annovi Reverberi SpA under its own brand) by the manufacturer does not belong to the “basic” Essential series, but to the more “advanced” Experience. At the same time, the price of the sink even more or less allows us to call it budget. Yes, and the equipment is pleasant: there is a drum for the hose, and a separate foam generator with a 0.4-liter tank.

The pump here is inevitably aluminum, with three stainless steel pistons and a maximum pressure of 135 bar and a working pressure of 100 bar at a flow rate of up to 440 liters per minute (working flow rate of 330 l / min). The engine power of 1.8 kW is quite “lifting” for typically weak rural-country networks, and the ability to work with self-priming will allow you to be powered, if necessary, from a barrel. Of course, in some cases, the pressure developed by the washer may not be enough: this should be taken into account when buying. But other «budget» performance is rarely better, there’s nowhere to go.

Main advantages:

  • Good equipment
  • Build quality
Minuses:
  • Relatively short hose (6 m)

9.5
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

It copes with its task of washing the car and the motorcycle. Never even set the pressure to max. It is still better to spend more time with plastic than to look at the downed paint and cracks later.

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Husqvarna PW125

A powerful pump for little money with good build quality is something that will definitely serve as a good recommendation for the new family of Swedish mini-sinks. At a budget price, we get a device with a convenient body and a drum for a hose (moreover, seven meters), and a sink can drive through itself in an hour up to 460 liters, which, in comparison with competitors for the same money, is simply an excellent result. The maximum pressure is 125 bar, the working pressure is 95. And this is with a motor power of 1.5 kW — why not a choice for a summer resident? It washes efficiently, the power grid does not load … True, it will not be very convenient to carry the sink to the country — it, like all models with an upper drum, has a large height dimension.

It is worth considering that the maximum self-suction height here is limited to one and a half meters, so you should not even throw a suction hose into a full-flowing well. It is better to provide a normal barrel, especially since it is not difficult to suck out 100-200 liters of water for the PW 125.

Main advantages:

  • productive pump
  • Attractive price
Minuses:
  • Limited self-priming capabilities
Models in the line:
  • Husqvarna PW125

    — 1500 W, pressure 95-125 bar, water flow 460 l/h

  • Husqvarna PW 235

    — 1800 W, pressure up to 135 bar, water consumption 520 l/h

  • Husqvarna PW235R
    — 1800 W, pressure 105-135 bar, water flow 520 l/h

9.3
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

The official store is not far from me, so I took Husqvarna. For the money — the best pressure washer for the car. For a compact low-power model, it works just fine, washes for all the money.

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Huter W165-QL

Our review of the best high pressure washers for the home continues with the Huter W165-QL budget car wash. This pressure washer deservedly gained popularity — it has a fairly high price / quality ratio, decent performance, and it is convenient to use.

The pump, traditionally for this class, is made of aluminum alloy, capable of pumping up to 375 liters of water per hour. The maximum pressure is 165 bar, although, as with all aluminum pumps, you should not get carried away with it and work in a more gentle mode (90-110 bar). The motor is 1.9 kW, which, in principle, will be a balanced solution for a household sink: with less power, the motor will be overloaded, with more power, the requirements for the power supply will increase, which, for example, can become critical in a country house.

It is convenient that the manufacturer has provided a drum for winding — most of the time a household sink will be spent in the pantry, and it is more convenient to store it that way than with a repeatedly kinked hose on the side hook. The hose itself, however, is a bit short, but if you wish, you can pick up an analogue (the mount is similar to the «Champion’s»).

Of the minuses, it is worth pointing out the low efficiency of the standard foam generator — of course, it exists … but this can be the end of its description. It is worth considering the option of an external foam generator if it is often required.

Main advantages:

  • Good performance and power.
  • Convenient hose reel.
Minuses:
  • short hose
  • Low foam generator efficiency
Models in the line:
  • Huter W165-QL

    — 1900 W, 375 l/h, max. pressure 165 bar

  • Huter W195-QL

    — 2500 W, 420 l/h, max. pressure 195 bar

9.2
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A good minisink for a summer residence — it works from a barrel, the jet is strong. There are no complaints about reliability, everything is fine.

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Quattro Elementi Napoli 160 Turbo

The “Italian” is assembled with an aluminum pump, which, of course, must be taken into account: a 2.1-kilowatt motor gives the pump the ability to “squeeze out” up to 160 bar, but you shouldn’t get carried away with this, keeping in mind the resource (and keep in mind that self-priming during the service life also affects). A sink operated “to the fullest” will not last long — you do not need to wait for the “indestructibility” of professional models from a high-pressure washer for a house.

For the sake of cheapening, she had space for peeling. For example, it is worth replacing a regular hard hose — but the manufacturer did not stint on a reel for winding it. The gun and foam nozzle are also so-so — but the detergent container is large and conveniently refillable. In general, as always, the “budgets” of the Chinese assembly have something to tinker with. Nevertheless, after correcting some shortcomings and with proper operation, it will show itself well.

Main advantages:

  • Good potential, but needs some fine-tuning
  • Hose reel
  • Simple adjustment of the detergent supply with a regulator on the front panel
Minuses:
  • Perceptible overload when working at maximum pressure, which is why you should not often unscrew it “to the fullest”
  • Rigid stock hose

9.2
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

In order to wash the car from time to time — it’s quite a choice, if you use good chemistry, everything will be washed away.

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The best car washes with a gasoline engine

Lavor Pro Independent 2800

But what if there is no possibility to connect the car wash to the mains at all? Then you will either have to install a generator … or immediately use a high-pressure washer with a gasoline engine: for example, Lavor Pro Independent 2800. pump — working pressure up to 200 bar, water flow — up to 690 liters per minute. Naturally, since this high-pressure washer, by definition, is designed for working conditions outside the developed communications, water intake from the barrel is also provided.

The kit comes with five nozzles — one for working with detergent at low pressure, the other four — for high pressure, with different spray angles. During transportation, the hose is wound on a holder attached to the crossbar of the handle. Replaceable nozzles are placed on the same crossbar.

Due to the absence of an external housing as such, the maintenance of the sink is very simple — everything is literally at hand. The engine is completely standard for all kinds of petrol equipment, so there will be no problems with its maintenance.

Well, the disadvantages of this model are obvious — and it makes much more noise than any electric car wash, and cannot work indoors without an exhaust hood (more precisely, it can, but as long as the operator is enough …). The volume of maintenance also inevitably increases — on electric pressure washers, neither the engine oil nor the spark plugs need to be changed.

Main advantages:

  • Complete autonomy
  • Normally working fence from a barrel
  • High performance
  • Five nozzles included
Minuses:
  • High noise level
  • Chinese engine

9.1
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

It is convenient that the network does not load from the word “completely” — powerful sinks, which are comparable to it in terms of efficiency, simply refused to work normally with us.

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The best rechargeable mini-washers

RYOBI RPW36120HI

And if you need to provide yourself with good water pressure during a temporary disconnection from the power supply, but do not want to deal with heavy and expensive (or not really washing) gasoline car washes? Well, cordless tool technology has already reached the point where you can think about «wireless» car washes, and in today’s market for such devices, which is just starting to grow, perhaps the most interesting offer will be from Ryobi.

Using a 1.6 kW brushless motor driving a pump with an operating pressure of 102 bar (with a maximum of 120), the company managed to make a mini-sink almost at the level of «household» mains-powered — but at the same time really mobile and does not need socket. Mobility is generally well thought out — the weight is moderate (12.9 kg), the handle folds, and the frame simultaneously protects the body, surrounding it on the sides, which is definitely a plus when transporting in the trunk. They didn’t even forget to put a bag in the kit in case you need to carry not only a sink, but even water with you — however, it does not tolerate rough handling, it lacks strength. The power source is standard 36V Ryobi batteries installed in a waterproof compartment — and, as always, you will have to buy them, along with a charger, if you do not already have something 36V from the same company in operation.

Main advantages:

  • Good performance for a battery powered mobile car wash
  • Ease of transport
  • Powerful brushless motor
Minuses:
  • Inevitably high battery consumption, enough for about one wash of an average car

9.6
/ ten
Rating

Reviews

A useful contraption — unlike a network one, it is more convenient to carry with you, and you can use it everywhere without thinking about sockets. We take with us hunting from last year.

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