There has been a lot of talk about the Ryobi pressure washer in recent years. We reviewed several Ryobi pressure washers and learned a great deal about them. And like most other Ryobi tools, Ryobi also makes a great pressure washer. Here’s what you need to know.
At Lakeland Pressure Washing we are constantly buying and testing different types of pressure washers and pressure washing products. This is because we only want to use the best pressure washers. Having the best pressure washer saves time, money, frustration, and makes our lives easier and helps give us an advantage over the competition. It’s smart business!
In January 2021, we came upon a Ryobi product that allowed us to take our 18 volt Ryobi batteries and plug them into a RYOBI 150-Watt Powered Inverter Generator as a back up power supply. This is when we fell in love with Ryobi products!
Since that time, we’ve tested several Ryobi pressure washers and figured out which ones are worth buying. Our approach when reviewing pressure washers comes down to five main things:
- How well it cleans
- User experience
- How long it lasts
- Customer service
- How much it costs
What we reviewed:
Lakeland Pressure Washing recommends this product:
RYOBI 2300 Electric Pressure Washer
Cleanliness is everything. No one likes to see dirt or grime where they live, work, or play, which is why it’s so important to keep surfaces clean.
Regular cleaning can prevent mold, that when left unchecked can spread quickly and cause structural damage to your property.
The Ryobi 2300 2300Pounds per Inch Pressure washer cleans up in just minutes what would take hours with with many other pressure washers. The Ryobi RY802900 is a commercial-quality home pressure washer that really gets the job done!
What you get
With the Ryobi 2300 get:
- Power: The Ryobi 2300 pressure washer has a power of 2.0 GPM and 2300 PSI
- Foam Gun: The pressure washer has a built-in soap dispenser (detergent tank) that helps in foam cleaning
- Gun: The pressure washer has a hose that helps in cleaning difficult to reach areas
- Wheels: The pressure washer has wheels that help in easy transport
How well it cleans
The Ryobi 2300 cleans extremely well. We cleaned an algae stained vinyl fence with a single pass over spray, using the 45-degree switch over nozzle. The cleaning power was better than many commercial gas powered pressure washers we’ve used. Many pressure washers require going over the algae and black mold several times, not the Ryobi RY802900.
What’s great about the user experience is the fact you have these large wheels that make transporting the Ryobi 2300 a breeze. They also help stabilize the pressure washer on uneven surfaces, even a high pitch roof we used it on.
The gun is great because the nozzles tips are built in. This is great because you don’t worry or stress over the possibility of losing the nozzles. Switching the nozzles is as easy as switching a shower head in your bathroom. Two seconds and its done!
How long it lasts
We haven’t had this unit quite a year yet, but we’ve used it on hundreds of jobs! That is more use than the average homeowner would use it over the course of 5 years or more around the house. It works as good now as it did the first day.
In our estimation it will last several more years with the heavy use we put it through. The average rating value seems to be overall reviews with 5 stars, though there were reviews with 1 star, but nothing really to do with the power washer itself.
Ryobi customer service is great. Fortunately, we haven’t had to call them often because of the quality of products they make. But when we have, they’ve pointed us in the right direction. For example, once we needed a user manual and not only did they instantly send us a link to an online manual, they also sent us out a physical copy without having to beg them for one.
Ryobi Customer Service: 1-800-525-2579
How much it costs
The holiday price we paid was only $350 for this Ryobi 2300 electric pressure washer. It wasn’t really pressure washing season, so we probably saved some money.
When you buy it, we recommend purchasing a longer power cord and longer hose (this longer hose made the user experience much better for us). We also recommend purchasing on Amazon so for a little extra you can take advantage of the 3 year limited warranty. We don’t think you’ll need the warranty because of its solid build, but it will give you peace of mind and DIY inspiration and project gusto to take it out and do more with it.
RYOBI RY80942 3300 PSI 2.3 GPM Cold Water Gas Pressure Washer
Gas pressure washers can be expensive and harder to operate but not the RYOBI RY80942.
The RYOBI RY80942 3300 PSI 2.3 GPM Cold Water Gas Pressure Washer is perfect for those who want their cleaning quickly and efficiently done. It features a low profile design that makes it easy to maneuver around outdoor obstacles and reaches high pressures for a wide variety of surfaces.
What you get
With the Ryobi RY80942 you get:
- Power: 3,300 PSI
- Pump: 2.3 GPM
- Max Hose Length: 50 ft
- Hose I.D.: 1/2″
- Water Inlet: Female Garden Hose Thread
- Hose Reel: Yes
- Hoses Included: Yes
- Nozzle Types: Turbo nozzle, High, Low, Soap
How well it cleans
The Ryobi RY80942 having a reliable Honda motor cleans as well as any commercial pressure washer would. This gas model only uses 2.3 gallons per minute when cleaning house siding, a deck, patio furniture, concrete driveway, or even washing cars.
The quick release nozzles (tips) combined with the 3,300 PSI pressure washer will clean anything you need to clean.
Gas pressure washers are great for portability and using portable gravity fed water tanks. This makes them useable in remote areas where there is no electricity or water hookup available. That’s what you get with the Ryobi RY80942, making the user experience convenient and one reason it gets so many reviews with 5 stars.
We also like the design of the spray wand, the hose storage, larger wheels and especially the collapsible handle that comes standard with the Ryobi RY80942. These features and no power cord make transporting the pressure washer as convenient as can be. These features also make for easy storage in our garage. And, though we don’t recommend it, we’ve even hauled this pressure washer in the back seat of our company car.
How long it lasts
Here at Lakeland Pressure Washing we’ve been using (abusing?) the Ryobi RY80942 for 9 months now. We’ve put this unit through everything imaginable. It doesn’t seem to wear out!
For a home owner using it seasonally, this unit should last you for years.
Ryobi customer service is great. We haven’t had to call them once about this product in particular, but we have called them about other products and to get information from them in the past. Lakeland Pressure Washing recommends this product in part because of their great customer service.
Contact Customer Service: 1-800-525-2579
How much it costs
The Ryobi RY80942 costs a tiny fraction more than the Ryobi RY802900 electric model. We paid $487.77 and an additional $59.99 for the 3 year limited warranty.
Runner Up: Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer
Not a Ryobi, true, but definitely worth mentioning as a first class runner up is the Sun Joe SPX 3000 Electric Pressure Washer. We’ve been a fan of the Sun Joe SPX 3000 for a couple of years now, mainly because it works so gosh-darn-good!
Yes, you’re not going to get the same power you get with Ryobi pressure washers, nor the stability and near as powerful a motor, but for the price and the typical home owner this very well could be exactly what you are looking for. And we highly recommend the Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 max PSI electric pressure washer, and use it ourselves on our own homes!
What you get
The Sun Joe 2030 Max PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer is perfect for washing cars, trucks, boats, patios, decks, siding, fences, and other large outdoor surfaces.
With the Sun Joe 2030 Max PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer you get:
- This pressure washer has a powerful 1.76 GPM flow rate so it’s ideal for heavy-duty cleaning jobs.
- It features a convenient quick connect garden hose connection that makes set-up and take-down easy-breezy.
- The Sun Joe 2030 Max PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer is a powerful, lightweight, electric pressure washer that has multiple nozzles (color coded) and attachments to provide you with a variety of cleaning options.
- The Sun Joe 2030 Max PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer comes with a quick connect hose reel for easy storage, a turbo nozzle, a 20-foot power cord, an on/off switch with an emergency shut off feature, and other nice features.
- Sun Joe 2030 also comes with a detergent tank perfect for pre treating filthy surfaces like pressure washing a truck, a deck, and even soft washing roofs or for that matter soft washing a house.
How well it cleans
The Sun Joe 2030 cleans exceptionally well for being an electric pressure washer. Does it have the same stability and power as the RYOBI RY802900? Well, no. But for most jobs you can imagine a home owner needing done, it cleans exceptionally well.
The other day we used our Sun Joe 2030 to to clean off some moldy patio furniture and it made the outside chair cushions look brand new again.
Recently we used this power washer to power wash a driveway and an older house with aluminum siding. It is a good all around washer that’s not quite got the cleaning power or force that the Ryobi has, but both the hose and pressure washer works great when you want to clean a deck or really any pressure washing job.
Fun is the word that comes to our mind. The Sun Joe is fun!
For some strange reason we never grow tired of using this pressure washer. It pressure washes everything an average home owner would want to pressure wash and then some.
We’ve used this unit to clean boats, cars, our company trucks, driveways, pools, patios, decks, awning, hurricane shutters, and other exterior surfaces. It does great and cleans everything nicely.
The detergent tank makes using this particular model convenient. We use it often for soft washing roofs because it lets us treat the roof with the right ratio of bleach and water. You have to have this right so you don’t over heat the shingles or tiles but heat them enough to kill the mold, algae, and other contaminants that can bring a roof to ruin earlier than necessary.
How long it lasts
The unit has lasted us for years. “It takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin'” as the saying goes. Meaning it’s like the Energizer Bunny — “It keeps going and going and going!”
Like Ryobi, Sun Joe has fantastic customer service also. They are their for their customers. We’ve called them a few times over the years and their staff have always treated us well.
Contact Snow Joe Customer Service: 1-866-766-9563
How much it costs
Sun Joe 2030 comes in select colors which may cost you a few dollars more here and there. We purchased the blue one and paid $150.26. It is hard to beat the all the value you get with the Sun Joe 2030, given it costs little compared to other electric pressure washers.
Final Thought: Ryobi Pressure Washer Review
As we submit this review please except this review as part of a bigger picture. At Lakeland Pressure Washing we’ve used a lot of pressure washers over the years. There are a lot of great ones out there. These pertain primarily to the Ryobi pressure washers that we’ve personally used.
What Lakeland Pressure Washing recommends:
- If you’re looking for a higher quality electric pressure washer that provides a great user experience the RYOBI 2300 Pressure Washer is recommended.
- If you’re looking for a low-priced high-quality gas pressure washer the RYOBI RY80942 Pressure Washer is recommended.
- If you’re looking for a great low price pressure washer for basic uses the Sun Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer is recommended.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Ryobi pressure washers any good?
Yes. Ryobi pressure washers are good. Ryobi pressure washers are good because they are affordable and they are easy to use.
Is 1600 psi pressure washer enough?
For some projects, 1600 psi is sufficient. A pressure washer with a GPM of 1.5 or less is typically used on a small surface area, such as a deck or a vehicle. For a larger project, the pressure washer should have a higher GPM.
Is 1900 psi good for a pressure washer?
For some pressure washing jobs 1900 psi will work well. For more challenging jobs you will need a higher psi. For example, a commercial pressure washer may use 4000 psi to clean rust stains and other more challenging stains.
How long will a Ryobi pressure washer last?
Ryobi pressure washers are designed to last five years or longer with normal use.
Who makes the engines for Ryobi pressure washers?
The engines for Ryobi pressure washers are made by Ryobi; however, Ryobi also uses Honda engines in some of their gas pressure washers and power washers
Which Ryobi pressure washer is the best?
The best Ryobi pressure washer is the RYOBI 2300 Pressure Washer if you want an electric pressure washer and a RYOBI RY80942 Pressure Washer if you want a gas powered pressure washer.
What size pressure washer do I need to clean concrete?
To answer this, you need to know the square footage of concrete that will need to be cleaned. For small areas a RYOBI RY802900 will work well. For larger areas you may want the RYOBI RY80942 gas powered pressure washer.
What PSI is safe for washing cars?
This answer will vary depending on the type of car, the condition of the car, and the method of washing. However, a general rule of thumb is to not use a pressure washer at a setting greater than 1500psi for a car.
How much PSI does it take to clean a house?
To clean a house with vinyl siding the pressure should not be set any higher than 1,500 PSI. The general rule is to wash decks and fences with less than 600 PSI, concrete driveways higher than 2,500 PSI.
What PSI will damage car paint?
For cleaning cars and trucks it is best to use a lower PSI below 1,500 PSI. That said, it is important to remember the “twice the distance, half the pressure” rule. This rule states that if you hold the wand of the pressure washer back twice the distance you clean the pressure is half the pressure also. Never use a red or yellow tip nozzle when pressure washing a vehicle, the higher pressure can take off the paint.
Are electric pressure washers any good?
Electric pressure washers clean well and handle most pressure washing jobs. For harder surfaces that are grossly stained a gas pressure washer may be necessary.
Who makes the most reliable pressure washer?
Many companies make reliable pressure washers. Ryobi is a great brand for both electric and gas pressure washers.
Should I buy electric or gas pressure washer?
Buy an electric pressure washer if you plan on using it around the house occasionally. Purchase a gas pressure washer if you need it to clean hard to get out stains or if needed to clean off site where you may not have electricity or a water source.
Do you really need a pressure washer?
Depending on your unique situation depends on if you need a pressure washer or not. For example if you rent an apartment, you probably don’t need a pressure washer. If you own a home then owning a pressure washer will ensure you maintain your home properly. If you plan to start a pressure washing business, a pressure washer will be necessary.
Disclaimer: This review is not pursuant to a license agreement with Ryobi. Lakeland Pressure Washing is not under a license granted by Ryobi; the branded trademark of Ryobi Limited is exclusively theirs. We have not been granted by Ryobi Limited a contract or paid to write a review and no one besides us recommends this product on this site. Ryobi is a trademark of Ryobi Limited and is used in this review simply to reference them and to share our opinion.