We chose to test the RYOBI RY14122 because of its overwhelmingly positive customer reviews on the RYOBI and Home Depot websites. Through our own tests and experiences, we found that it excels in several ways, particularly its ease of use and cleaning performance. As a result, it's one of the best electric pressure washers you can buy for your home.
During our tests, the RYOBI RY14122 was easier to use than any other machine. This is in part because you don't need special add-ons to use the soap nozzle – you just swap the nozzles on the wand. The RYOBI RY14122 has a top-mounted 1-gallon tank for detergent. On top of the tank, there are storage slots for up to three nozzles, which we found helpful for keeping them organized during our tests.
Unlike some other electric pressure washers we tested, the RYOBI's hose connector didn't give us any trouble when we connected pressure and water hoses. Also, although it's a small detail, we liked the on-off switch’s convenient placement on the front of the machine.
This machine is sturdier than the others we tested, and it has excellent wheels, which made it easy to move around our test area. Because it’s the second-heaviest power washer we tested, weighing 34 pounds, the wheels make all the difference.
The RYOBI RY14122’s handle isn’t just for moving the machine around – it also provides a place to hang the 25-foot hose, which is useful for storage and as you work. The 35-foot power cord wraps on hooks on the back of the unit, but we found it can be difficult to fit the whole cord on if you don't wrap it just right. The RYOBI RY14122 snaps together, only requiring a screwdriver for assembly.
In our cleaning tests, the RYOBI RY14122 powered through dried mud on a car and a driveway oil stain without issues. We gave it the top score in our cleaning test, and only the Craftsman CM1800 matched it. This was surprising because the RY14122’s maximum pressure is 1,700 PSI, making it the third-least powerful model we reviewed in regard to manufacturer specifications. Similarly, the unit's 1.2 GPM flow rate is average among the models we reviewed.
Using a decibel meter, we measured how much noise the RY14122 makes. At 88 dB, it’s the third-loudest power washer we tested, so as with every other pressure washer we reviewed, you should use appropriate hearing protection while it runs.
This power washer comes with three quick-connect nozzles. The turbo nozzle uses a rotating 0-degree stream of water to clean hard surfaces such as concrete and brick. However, since this stream is highly concentrated, you should take extra care when using it to avoid hurting yourself or others. Also, the turbo nozzle can damage concrete if it’s held to close to the surface. To prevent damage, the instruction manual suggests starting 1 to 2 feet away from the surface and moving closer if necessary.
Like the turbo nozzle, you can use the 15-degree nozzle on concrete, but it's also useful for cleaning most other surfaces if you take care to stand a few feet away from your target area. Finally, the soap nozzle can be used on any surface and is the only one with low enough pressure to use with detergent. In our tests, we found the RYOBI-brand soap nozzle worked better than those that came with other units.
It seems RYOBI doesn't sell other quick-connect nozzles, so you need to buy third-party nozzles if you want other types. However, RYOBI does sell specialized attachments such as water brooms, surface cleaners and foam blasters. It also comes with a long three-year warranty, which is matched by only one other pressure washer we tested, the WORX Hydroshot WG629.
This RYOBI model has some minor flaws. For example, it come with fewer nozzles and is the most expensive pressure washer we tested, costing around $150. However, these shortcomings don't make it any less worthwhile.