Ryobi 3100 PSI Pressure Washer

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.

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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!

28 Responses to “Ryobi 3100 PSI Pressure Washer”

  1. Anne @notasupermomOctober 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    HOW did I miss this booth at BlogHer? I’m kicking myself.
    This looks like a great machine. If a tiny thing like you can use this, a milkmaid like me shouldn’t have too much trouble, even though you are a ton stronger.

    • Julia RobinsonOctober 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      LOL Anne. It is a wonderful, light machine with a lot of power! You’ll love it!

  2. PegOctober 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    So you were able to use this easily? My father-in- laws (no idea the brand) is hard for me to handle when we do the deck and house. I would love one we both could easily use.

    • Julia RobinsonOctober 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      Peg, it was easy for me to set up and use. I was able to easily wheel it down some steps – the large wheels and the tall handle were great! One thing Ryobi tools are really good about is light, well-balanced machines.

  3. DanaOctober 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I love power washing. There is no more satisfying job than turning concrete back to white. Our sidewalk is on the northern facing side of our house, and we spend a couple of weekends each spring power washing various things around the house. Glad you have one now too!

    • Julia RobinsonOctober 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Isn’t that the truth?! I love to see how clean everything has gotten! Next spring should be fun around here!

  4. Susan WilliamsOctober 14, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    I know nothing about power washers, except that our porch and patio could both definitely use a good washing. I’ll share this info with my husband, who generally takes care of our outdoor work.

    Thanks, Julia!

    • Julia RobinsonOctober 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Any time! Thanks for stopping by. If your husband has any questions feel free to ask!

  5. JessOctober 14, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Score! A power tool that tiny-me can easily handle! 😀

    • Julia RobinsonOctober 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Isn’t it great?! You should check out Ryobi’s lithium battery operated tools. They’re really light but really work well!

  6. Sharon GreenthalOctober 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    My husband would have been thrilled if I had come home with a power tool. I think it would be sort of addicting to use this too – watching all the dirt and grime disappear would be so satisfying!

    • Julia RobinsonOctober 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      It IS satisfying, Sharon! I love seeing things (my garbage can, a Rubbermaid box, my doormats) lose the layer of dirt and look like new again.

  7. Lois Alter MarkOctober 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Wow! I can’t believe I missed this booth at BlogHer because, boy, could my house and yard use a good power washer. We recently threw out ours because it just wasn’t doing very much. I love that yours picked up the concrete without hurting the asphalt. Will have to look into this, thanks. My husband will be thrilled to have a real recommendation for a good one.

    • Julia RobinsonOctober 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      I’m sorry you missed their booth as well, Lois. They had some wonderful tools there; lithium battery operated tools that were light and yet powerful like chainsaws, screwdrivers, drills, etc. Do tell your husband to check out their products. I’ve been impressed.

  8. Suzie MitchellOctober 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    This looks like a great tool. I will share this with my brother who is a super home maintenance guy

  9. Elizabeth LeeOctober 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Gosh, Julia, now I want a power washer, too.

    • Julia RobinsonOctober 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

      All the cool kids are getting a Ryobi power washer 😉

  10. Laurel ReganOctober 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    I wanted to take home all of their tools from BlogHer ’13! Great booth, and great review. Thanks for sharing!

  11. ValerieOctober 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I may have to overcome my fear of power tools and get one of those bad boys!

    • Julia RobinsonOctober 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

      Consider this a gateway experience into the world of power tools — no need for fear!! Thanks for commenting!

  12. CathyOctober 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    I would have loved this booth because we really could have used some power tools, especially the washer! I love your description, and you even look cute using it. Great review!!!!

  13. LindaOctober 15, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Sorry, but all I could think of was a commercial from earlier this year where the husband power washes the deck AFTER the wife has already set it up for a party! I’m sure you took all the necessary precautions, and timed your power washing right! Good to know that vendors look for endorsements at conferences like Blogher!

  14. virginia SullivanOctober 15, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    Thanks for the warning about the noise and the review- it sounds great.

    • Julia RobinsonOctober 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

      No problem! I’m a big believer in protecting the ears, but the washer works so well that it’s an easy choice for me – wear some ear plugs!

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