Skip to main content

Best pressure washers for bikes: the best post-ride bike cleaners tested

Best pressure washer for bikes
(Image credit: Muc-Off)

Cleaning your bike isn't just about making it look nice, it's important to keep your components free of encrusted dirt and the potential for rust. That's where the best pressure washers for bikes will come in handy.

Washing the grime off post-ride is the best thing you can do to keep your steed running happier for longer. This is especially true when it comes to winter cycling, as that's the time of year when there's a plethora of dirt, road grime and mud lurking, ready to coat your drivetrain.

Whichever bike it is you're cleaning, whether it's a quick rinse of your best carbon road bike, or a deep clean of your best gravel bike or best cyclo-cross bike (not sure of the difference? Check out our feature on gravel vs cyclo-cross), a pressure washer can make quick work of claggy mud.

After a muddy ride, it’s important to make sure you get the muck off your frame before it solidifies because once it's dry, it’s harder to remove than a chainring mark on your brand new white cycling socks.

There is a fair bit of controversy when it comes to pressure washing bikes, but as long as you're sensible and don’t point a stream of high-velocity water directly into bearings seals at point-blank range, they can be a beneficial tool to simplify your post-ride clean up. 

Read on for our picks of the best pressure washers for bikes, head to the bottom for our advice on what to look for in a pressure washer, or educate yourself on the best cleaning practices in our guide to how to clean your bike.

The best bike-friendly pressure washers you can buy today

(Image credit: Aqua2go)
Buy if you have a stable of bikes to clean away from home

Specifications

Capacity: 17-litre
Spray Pressure: 115psi
Power source: 110v rechargeable battery
Price: £140 / $144 / AU$ TBC

Reasons to buy

+
Huge capacity 
+
Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

-
Weight 
-
Plastic feels cheap

The Aqua2Go pressure washer holds 17-litres of water and runs off of an internal 110v rechargeable battery allowing for about 12min of spray time. With the included ‘pistol’ sprayer, the pressure can be adjusted from 44psi up to 115psi, and the 5m hose means you’re not tethered directly to the unit.

It’s one of the more weighty portable washers in this list, with the fixed battery tipping the scales at 7kg before its filled with water - the washer does have wheels for easy manoeuvrability though. The washer also comes with a showerhead and brush with inline mount for soap or bike wash.

For more in-depth detail, check out our Aqua2Go Pro Washer review.

Muc-Off Pressure Washer

(Image credit: Muc-Off)
A 'bike-specific' pressure washer you can also use to clean your car and driveway

Specifications

Capacity: N/A
Spray Pressure: 1450psi
Power source: Mains
Price: £80 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Reasons to buy

+
Different lances for different purposes
+
Snow foam lance
+
Soft touch handle

Reasons to avoid

-
Need mains power and a water source

Touted as ‘the world’s first bike-specific power washer’, Muc-Off’s take on the jet wash isn't all that different from a light-duty unit from your local hardware store, requiring both a power and water source. It has a flow rate of 6.5-litres per minute and a max pressure of 1450 psi.

It comes with three lances, including a low-power head specifically for bikes — Muc-Off is also offering a snow-foam head, which has an inline mount for a bottle of your favourite bike wash to give your bike a bubble bath. For the time being, the Muc-Off Pressure washer isn't available to our Australian readers, but can be found in the US and Europe.

Read more about why we like it in our Muc-Off Pressure Washer review.

(Image credit: Rinse Kit)
Portable power-free pressure washer

Specifications

Capacity: 7.5-litre
Spray Pressure: 65psi
Power source: None
Price: £90 / $115 / AU$150

Reasons to buy

+
No power source needed 
+
Pump accessory to top up the pressure

Reasons to avoid

-
Pressure goes quickly

With a 7.5-litre capacity, the Rinse Kit requires no battery or pumps, instead utilising an internal pressure chamber to drive water through the end of the nozzle. When it's time to spray, the Rinse Kit will give you about two minutes at full blast before the pressure starts to drop off - about enough time to de-mud a bike. If you’re cleaning multiple bikes by yourself, there is a pump accessory that allows you to top up the pressure. 

The tank is insulated (Rinse Kit also offers a car cigarette-lighter-powered heater), so you don’t need to freeze cleaning up in a trailhead parking lot, and the washer can be filled either using a garden hose or your kitchen sink.

Roughly the size of a small cooler, it comes with a 1.8m hose, meaning it can be left in the back of your car while spraying off bikes. 

For more information, take a look at our Rinse Kit Plus review.

(Image credit: Mobi)
Putting the cigarette lighter in your car to good use

Specifications

Capacity: 15-litre
Spray Pressure: 135psi
Power source: 12v accessory plug
Price: £100 / $150 / AU$205

Reasons to buy

+
Consistent spray
+
No leaks

Reasons to avoid

-
Connections are fragile

Priced at £100 / $150 / AU$205, the Mobi V-15 utilises a 12v accessory plug to power the pump which pushes water from its 15-litre reservoir out of the spray nozzle at up to 135psi. From full to empty, the washer will spray for just under seven minutes at full chat. 

The hose is long enough to leave the reservoir in the back of your car, and the washer uses a clever anti-lag system to deliver a constant stream from the moment you press the trigger until it runs out, preventing air from finding its way into the pump.

Mobi also includes a showerhead and brush attachment, though neither are particularly useful for bike cleaning. 

Head over to our Mobi V-15 Mobile Washer review for more.

(Image credit: Worx)

Worx Hydroshot

Self-contained pressure washer

Specifications

Capacity: N/A
Spray Pressure: 363Psi
Power source: 2v or 4v Battery
Price: £130 / $149 / AU$189

Reasons to buy

+
Adjustable Power
+
Multi-spray nozzle
+
Size

Reasons to avoid

-
Heavy and can be difficult to handle 

With the pump located inside the lance; Worx claims the Hydroshot offers about 363psi of pressure on tap, and the multi-spray nozzle allows you to customise the stream, you'll just need to find a water source.

It comes with a hose, a collapsible bucket and works with fittings from a standard garden hose — you can even screw a bottle into the bottom.

Worx makes an extensive range of power tools, and the Hydroshot uses the same battery as the drills, saws, grinders, and leaf blowers in the range; so if you’ve already bought into the ecosystem, all your gadgets will be compatible.

(Image credit: Bosch)

Bosch Fontus

Perfect for a mucky ‘cross race

Specifications

Capacity: 15-litres
Spray Pressure: 218psi
Power source: 18v battery
Price: £270 / $TBC / AU$ 365

Reasons to buy

+
Large water tank
+
Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

-
Hose is unruly
-
Price

Roughly the size of a piece of carry-on luggage, the Bosch Fontus is a fully self-contained unit which runs on the brand’s standard 18v cordless power tool batteries.For a portable unit, the Fontus has a sizable 15-litre water tank, and weighs nearly 10kg empty — luckily there are wheels and an extendable handle, so you don’t have to lift and carry the hefty unit. 

The spray gun looks like a garden hose head and offers four spray patterns and four levels of pressure topping out at 218psi.

Karcher pressure washer

(Image credit: Karcher)

Karcher K2 Full Control

A hardware store pressure washer that's great for bikes

Specifications

Capacity: N/A
Spray Pressure: 1600psi
Power source: Mains
Price: £89 / $119 / AU$99

Reasons to buy

+
 A boat load of accessories
+
German build quality
+
Twist pressure adjustment

Reasons to avoid

-
Snow foam attachment sold separately

When it comes to electric power washers, there is a whole hardware store full of units that will turn your water tap into a concentrated stream. For bike cleaning (and general domestic use) we like the Karcher K2 Full Control. It's a bit more powerful than the Muc-Off unit with 1600psi on tap, but included is the Vario Power Spray Wand which allows you to adjust the water pressure with a twist. 

A snow foam nozzle can be purchased separately, which allows you to attach a bottle of bike wash and cover your bike in a layer of foam.

What to look for in a pressure washer

How much power do I need in a bike-friendly pressure washer?

If you are looking at a pressure washer for your bike, you only need enough power to unstick stubborn mud.

When it comes to flow rate, the lower end of the spectrum will be more than enough to clean your ride; look for a jet washer with a max pressure below ~100-bar or about 1400 psi - even then you won’t need the full power - and a low flow rate to minimise water usage.

Will a pressure washer damage my bike's paintwork?

Yes, at point-blank range, it can, but not if you stand back and allow yourself a good distance. It's true that even with a light-duty pressure washer, at point-blank range, you can still strip the paint off your frame, not to mention grease from the inside of bearings. Take a few steps back to the distance where the stream begins to transition to mist, and only move closer for really tough mud.

Look for a nozzle that fans the water out into a sheet as this will help to get rid of the stickiest mud while also spreading the water pressure out over a wider area.

Based on the Gold Coast of Australia, Colin has written tech content for cycling publication for a decade. With hundreds of buyer's guides, reviews and how-tos published in Bike Radar, Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect and Cycling Weekly, as well as in numerous publications dedicated to his other passion, skiing. 


Colin was a key contributor to Cyclingnews between 2019 and 2021, during which time he helped build the site's tech coverage from the ground up. Nowadays he works full-time as the news and content editor of Flow MTB magazine.