In our Harbor Freight Portland 63254 review, we looked to see how this electric pressure washer performs and whether it deserves to be called one of the best pressure washers (opens in new tab) you can buy right now.
On the whole, we found the Harbor Freight Portland 63254 electric pressure washer to be capable—if average—and decided it's best suited to budget-conscious homeowners. Though the cleaning performance impressed us, we felt the Portland 63254 was somewhat more difficult to use 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.
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 63254: Cost 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. (opens in new tab) As always, it's worth checking our guide to the best cheap pressure washer deals (opens in new tab) 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 63254.
Harbor Freight Portland 63254: What's in the box
The Portland 63254 comes with two nozzles: an adjustable nozzle and a soap nozzle. The adjustable nozzle, like those we tested from the AR Blue Clean AR383 (opens in new tab) and Karcher K 3 Follow Me (opens in new tab), 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 63254: Assembly
The Harbor Freight Portland 63254 requires 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 63254: Performance
We were impressed by its satisfactory cleaning power. 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 good as most other models we tested, including the RYOBI RY14122. (opens in new tab)
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.