If you’re in the market for an electric pressure washer, we’ll cover our review of the Ryobi 2,300 PSI 1.2 gallons per minute electric pressure washer in this article.
I felt the need to review this product since I have previously always used gas pressure washers for all my home projects.
I’ve used pressure washers for decks, house siding/roof trim, fencing, and concrete driveways, all the most common pressure washing needs.
I’ve also resorted to washing a fence without a pressure washer, when I didn’t have access to a friend’s washer and too cheap to rent one.
I never felt the need to buy a dedicated pressure washer since I used it maybe one or twice a year.
And I didn’t want to have to maintain another gas motor and deal with transporting it to the mechanic each spring to clean out the old gas from the carburetor.
I was lucky that friends usually had one that I borrowed. One time I decided to borrow a friend’s electric pressure washer a couple of years ago and it was horrible. That thing had only a bit more pressure than a regular hose on the jet setting. I never used an electric pressure washer again, until today.
I had been noticing the mildew grow on my deck over the late fall and winter and knew I would needed to do something about it when the weather was nice enough to pressure wash it.
After borrowing a friend’s gas pressure washers the previous spring, I started researching good picks to buy.
Best Pick From Research
I figured it was time to buy my own. Some of the first reviews I found showed an electric pressure washer that was highly recommended.
I still thought there’s no way an electric can compare to a gas pressure washer and continued to research gas models. After more resarch, I was still coming across a lot of people recommending this one particular Ryobi 2300 psi electric pressure washer. At this point, I started to pay attention.
I dug deeper to read all the reviews and see what it was all about. The first thing that really intrigued me was the brushless motor.
I have been using dewalt’s cordless drills that have the brushless motor and they have been fantastic.
The brushless motor is stronger and allows the battery to last longer than any of my previous cordless drills.
Brushless motors have less moving parts to break down and are more efficient than regular brushed motors which gives them more power.
If you want to get more geeky with how the brushless motor works in a pressure washer, this article gets more scientific
As I kept reading the different reviews, I also noticed it had a touch button start and that was really what finally got me to go look at it in the store along with the fact that it showed it was capable of 2300 psi.
All the things I do with my pressure washer and most other homeowners need only a little more than 2000 psi to clean most things.
I know I have damaged my deck boards previously with a gas pressure washer with a 15 degree nozzle tearing the wood fibers. There is a chart that showcases the required psi for the many different uses of a pressure washer.
I went to the store and bought the unit figuring I would try it and if it didn’t have enough power, I’d exchange it for the gas model ryobi that also had great reviews with the honda motor.
Using it For the First Time
I cleaned off the furniture and everything else off the deck and took my gas blower to get all the leaves off.
I also took my 5 in 1 paint scraper and scraped anything stuck between the deck boards. When I built my latest deck, I made sure to give extra room to leave a 1//4 gap once the wet pressure treated boards dried.
In the past I butted the deck boards up like other people recommended but the gap once it dried was only around ⅛ of an inch and much too small if you have leaves or pine needles that drop on your deck.
When the gap is too small, it traps everything to sit on the joist underneath and stays wet, which rots the joist faster. Larger gaps allow the leaves and needles to slip between the gaps and leaves the joist dry.
Sorry for the side rant, but very important to keep in between your deck boards clean of debris, to extend the life of your deck. Once I finished cleaning all that up, I unboxed the pressure washer.
It was very easy to slip the top handle part on and then connect the hose to the nozzle and to the machine. I hooked up the water connection and added my mold and mildew cleaner in the storage container. This cleaner is hands down my favorite and will clean mold even without a pressure washer.
There are three tips that came with the pressure washer. The blue one was a soap nozzle that lets you soak the deck with the cleaner/water solution for difficult mildew.
A soaker nozzle has very little pressure. The second orange nozzle is a 15 degree nozzle for most pressure washing uses and has enough psi to handle all the tough pressure washing needs. The third black nozzle is a turbo nozzle. I haven’t used that one yet so can’t speak to it’s effectiveness. That nozzle is best used for concrete or other hard surfaces due to it’s very high pressure.
The pressure with the 15 degree nozzle was more than enough to clean the mildew off the solid stain wood boards. It actually took some of the loose solid stain off the boards where the mildew was really bad.
In comparison to last years’ deck cleaning with a Ryobi gas pressure washer, the electric model took less time and was easier. I didn’t shred any of the deck fibers which I did a couple of times with the gas model.
No Cranking Necessary
It took me less time with the Ryobi electric model compared to the gas model. This is due to having refill gas and then figure out why the gas model wasn’t starting again. It took me 6-7 tries with the pull crank before it would finally run more than 10 seconds and shut off.
With the electric model, it was so nice to simply touch a button and it would start right up and continue to run until I pushed the button to stop.
I can’t tell you how happy I was the first time I used the button, it almost brought tears to my eyes it was so easy. If you have ever dealt with a pull crank on any motor, you can appreciate this small win.
I didn’t have to worry about running out of gas then having to crank it again after filling up the gas. I didn’t have any gas spillage on me, which no matter how careful I am filling up any of my gas motors, some small amount of gas gets on me and that’s all I smell until I can thoroughly wash it off.
On a final but equally impressive note, it was much quieter than the gas model, which I’m sure my neighbors appreciated and my eardrums.
It cleaned the deck well and got rid of all the mildew. I do still have some rust stains, so I’m going to have to research how to get rid of those or I may just put another solid stain coat on the deck. The last thing I’m really looking forward to with this machine is less maintenance worries.
I won’t have to worry about gas left in it and going bad which messes up gas motors. So far I highly recommend this pressure washer and think it’s a great model for most homeowners.
UPDATE: I’ve now had this unit for a couple of years and have used it 5-6 times already. The engine cranks right up even after sitting for months at a time. No maintenance has been needed. I still highly recommend this unit as a low maintenance option compared to gas.
Allen Rasmussen says
I am looking at buying this and I am wondering how close you have to be to your siding to get it clean. I have a 2 story house with walk out basement so I have some high areas to get to and I’m wondering if this will get it done or if I should go with gas. I realize I will need a ladder and/or telescoping attachment but I wonder how close I need to get (within 1 feet or within 5 feet , for example) to get the job done.
Thanks in advance for your time!
Jena Slocum says
Thanks for the comment. Regardless of gas or electric, you will need to get within about a foot for the pressure washer to adequately clean the siding. Probably also depends on how dirty your siding is. If you use pressure washer solutions that have some bleach and drench it well beforehand, it might do most of the work for you. I used the ryobi to clean our roof fascia that was almost black and with the cleaning solution and adequate pressure, it made it really white again.
I would do a little more research. I’m on my third unit. Thank goodness I took out an extended warranty. Basically I get a new one every 9 months or so. Something about a part they can’t repair.