When I was at BlogHer 2013 I met with the wonderful representative for Ryobi power tools. It was kind of funny to see my enthusiastic reaction to their booth while just a few feet away there were people more interested in baby food. With age comes experience, and I know the value of a good power tool!
My husband and I live on 8 wooded acres, and we constantly have work to do. I was thrilled to be able to review a Ryobi Pressure Washer since we had been eyeing pressure washers for several years. We had rented a few, and had decided that it was time to get our own. When Ryobi agreed to give me a washer to review in exchange for my opinions I had all sorts of projects in mind. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.
The Ryobi 3100 PSI pressure washer was incredibly simple to put together (3 screws!), and the large wheels and high handle made it very easy to move around. They included a small funnel and a small bottle of oil. All I had to provide was the gasoline.
The first thing I washed was our asphalt driveway. A concrete sidewalk had been poured two weeks ago, and the cement truck had left blobs of concrete on our driveway.
This model washer has a 5 in 1 change over nozzle that gave me flexibility in choosing the spray pattern and force of spray. I started with 40 degrees and high pressure in order to remove the fused concrete from our driveway. There were a couple spots where I had to use the 25 degree angle, but it was fascinating to see how the concrete came right up without damaging the asphalt. Because of the 25 foot hose I was able to stay back from the spray.
There is also a detergent tank on this model. I took two doormats that have received a lot of abuse and proceeded to wash them. I knew they were dirty and stained before washing, but I was shocked at how much dirt flowed out from the mats. Using the pressure washer will definitely extend the life of these mats, and the next time I need to clean my car mats I will be able to do it at home! I also cleaned out the garbage can. Ewww…
Ryobi’s motto is “Pro Features. Affordable Prices.” This pressure washer has many of the features that were available on the commercial washers we rented in the past, but at a cost that fits a homeowner’s budget. I was surprised to see the detergent tank, since some commercial units didn’t have that integrated into the unit. The wand allowed for a variety of spray patterns and pressure. The accessories can be stored on the unit, instead of rattling around my garage. The pump is maintenance free, and the motor (for those interested) is a Honda motor, which means that it will last for a long time.
One thing I would caution users about is the noise. This is not a quiet machine. Be sure to go get some form of ear protection. I started out without anything, and quickly realized my ears were buzzing. I grabbed a set of earplugs and then everything was fine.
I was very impressed by this Ryobi power washer, and my husband was as well. He has already power washed the deck and stairs. I’m coming up with a big list of projects for next spring!