Best Pressure Washers

Stihl RE 109

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Review price: £230

Key features:

  • 120 bar max pressure
  • 440 l/h max flow rate
  • 17.7kg weight

What is the Stihl RE 109?

The Stihl RE 109 is a mid-priced pressure washer that’s compact, with excellent on-board tool storage and plenty of power. It doesn’t come with a patio cleaner, but these can be picked up as an accessory for less than £50.

Assembly is pretty quick, with just four screws to do up. The design is compact and well thought out. There’s no hose reel, but there is ample space to stow the hose, power cable and detergent container at the back. There is also space to hold attachments.

It comes with a trigger handle, a lance and two nozzles (rotary and fan jet). The design is simple and efficient, with nothing you don’t need. The button for the telescopic handle is chunky and colourful, which makes it easy to find.

I found the size to be excellent, and lightweight enough to pull or carry around with ease. It’s not the most powerful washer you can buy, but there’s enough power for all the jobs I tried it on. While the pressure isn’t adjustable on the unit itself, it can be altered via the fan jet nozzle. The fan jet’s most gentle setting was great for washing down the car without fear of damage, while its strongest setting did a great job of blasting mud from inside the car’s wheel arches.

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Should I buy the Stihl RE 109?

The RE 109 is small but perfectly formed. If you don’t need a patio washer then this is a great, compact machine that has ample power and is very well designed. If you do want a patio washer, it’s still worth considering – you can pick up the necessary accessory at a price that still makes the Stihl competitive.