No one likes bringing mud home after a ride, but sometimes there isn’t a hose handy and it’s a necessary evil. Portable pressure washers offer one possible solution, and the JetWet Sport Power Washer is the latest of these to show up at BikeRadar HQ.
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JetWet Sport Power Washer specs
- Measures 32.8cmx26.2cmx32.3cm
- 9-litre removable water bladder
- Internal rechargeable lead acid battery
- Up to 30 minutes claimed runtime between charges
- Claimed 4.5 minutes to empty reservoir
- 36–87psi working pressure
- 12V car power cable
- Nozzle adjustable for spray pattern
Wash it all about anyway?
The JetWet is a fully self-contained washer that houses a 9-litre water bladder, a pump and battery.
An adjustable nozzle attaches to a flexible, fabric-encased tube which is stored in a pouch on the front of the unit. (Note that these parts are slightly different on the current US version of the JetWet. To my eyes, the UK hose looks to be better protected.)
The JetWet charges using a mains adapter, and claims to offer a run time of 30 minutes. That’s battery duration by the way — JetWet says you’ll empty the reservoir in four and a half minutes of continuous spraying.
The JetWet can also be run directly off the 12v outlets in your car. You can’t recharge the battery this way, however.
JetWet first impressions
I haven’t given the JetWet a proper try-out yet, but a quick test was encouraging. Even with a brimmed bladder, the JetWet is easy to carry around using the shoulder strap and as its fully self-contained with a pouch for the hose, there are no trailing pipes or cables to mess around with.
The adjustable nozzle offers everything from a very precise stream to a delicate mist. It’s a far cry from a full-on mains-powered pressure washer in terms of power, but seems well suited to shifting muck off a bike immediately post-ride.
The power level should be kinder to your bike too, because you’re less likely to force water into your bearings unwittingly.
For context, Kärcher’s mains-powered K 2 Compact has a nominal pressure of 110-bar / 1,595psi, while the JetWet peaks at a claimed 6-bar / 87psi.
I did feel like the JetWet’s hose storage could be a little more elegant. I found that it didn’t coil neatly, and I ended up just stuffing it into its pouch after use.
JetWet vs Kärcher vs Worx
Aesthetically, the JetWet does have a slightly homegrown feel to it, lacking the polish of the similarly portable Kärcher OC3, for instance. At full retail the Kärcher is a lot more expensive, but you can pick one up for under £100 right now, so there’s not much in it.
Having said that, the JetWet offers double the claimed run time and holds more than twice as much water, which will be important to some riders.
Another possible rival is the Worx Hydroshot, which has the advantage of being able to run off any source of water (lakes and puddles included). BikeRadar hasn’t tested the Worx yet so we can’t comment on how well it stacks up in practice.