Brand-X X-90 pressure washer review£95.00

Car-powered pressure washer

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This car-powered pressure washer does a decent job for under £100 but its simple design does require more care than others. At under 5kg empty it’s the lightest of the electric washers by a long way, and 13 litres is enough to clean two bikes even if they are properly filthy. There are no frills like a removable water tank or filler filter but you do get netting pockets on the side for the cable and hose.

The actual cleaning performance is practically as good as its pricier competitors too, just slightly more random in how it changes from jet to spray. That means it’ll shift good chunks of muck out of awkward bits like fork crown braces and down the back of front mechs when it’s fresh. You will need to pre-spray with a cleaner or get the brush/rag out to get frame tubes properly clean though.

While nothing actually blew up while we were using it, the fact that the hose and power cables come out very close to each other can mean potential splash problems so be careful how you connect it.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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