In our Harbor Freight Portland 1750 PSI pressure washer review, we looked to see how this electric pressure washer performs and whether it deserves to be called one of the best pressure washers you can buy right now.
On the whole, we found the Harbor Freight Portland 1750 PSI pressure washer to be capable — if perhaps a bit average — and decided it's best suited to budget-conscious homeowners. Though the cleaning performance impressed us, we felt the Portland 1750 PSI was somewhat more difficult to use than some of its competitors and the warranty is incredibly short. Also, although the machine comes with a decent set of accessories, you can't buy others. Read on for our full thoughts on the product.
John Carlsen has been writing for Top Ten Reviews since 2013. In that time, he's covered all sorts of tech, ranging from home security devices and ceiling fans to fitness aids, HVAC along with a range of pressure washer units. John reviewed the Harbor Freight Portland 63254 to see how it fared when pitted against the other leading products in our pressure washing buying guide.
Harbor Freight Portland 1750 PSI pressure washer: Features and accessories
The Portland 1750 PSI pressure washer comes with two nozzles: an adjustable nozzle and a soap nozzle. The adjustable nozzle, like those we tested from the AR Blue Clean AR383 and Karcher K 3 Follow Me, is much less usable than swappable preset nozzles.
The soap nozzle is good enough for cleaning but also flawed because the detergent bottle makes it more difficult to hold the handle. Harbor Freight doesn't make or sell any other accessories or nozzles for this machine. We also don’t recommend buying third-party nozzles since the wand appears to use a proprietary connection.
Harbor Freight Portland 1750 PSI: Assembly
The Harbor Freight Portland 1750 PSI pressure washerrequires minimal assembly – all you need to do is screw the face plate on and attach a couple hoses. This relatively light machine has an attractive design, but the wheels didn't work very well when we moved it around our test area.
Although you can store the pressure hose on a hook on the back of the Portland 63254, you can't wheel the machine while the hose is there without it dragging on the ground. Also, the water supply connector was hard to unscrew after testing.
Harbor Freight Portland 1750 PSI pressure washer: Performance
We were impressed by the Harbor Freight Portland 1750 PSI pressure washer's cleaning power, and found its performance satisfactory. This pressure washer did well enough in tests, blasting mud and oil off our test surfaces without much trouble, though it wasn't nearly as powerful as most other models we tested, including the RYOBI RY14122.
During use, we found the unit tied with the Greenworks GPW1501 for the loudest machine we tested at the time, as it made up to 91 dB of noise during testing.
Harbor Freight Portland 1750 PSI: Price and warranty
This model is less expensive than average, and Harbor Freight often has sales or coupons that make it almost as affordable as the Greenworks GPW1501. As always, it's worth checking our guide to the best pressure washer deals to see if you can snag a discount on your new machine.
The 90-day warranty is objectively the worst thing about this product. It's substantially shorter than any other pressure washer warranty. With a warranty this short, we worry that replacing a faulty machine could be a real challenge.
That being said, it's entirely possible the pressure washer will outlive its warranty and give you years of productive cleaning without issue, but this is still something to consider if you're thinking of picking up the Portland 1750 PSI pressure washer.