NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer review

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Editor choice NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer review
8.9 Total Score

$539.99

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  • Effective at cleaning.
  • Very effective at removing stains.
  • Especially effective at power.
  • Very high pressure (PSI).
  • Very high flow (GPM).
  • Easy to operate its controls, move it, store it.
  • Has quick-connect water outlet.
  • Has quick-connect hose-to-wand.
  • Replaceable nozzle tips.

NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer review

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NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer review

Northstar’s electric pressure washer is the priciest we tested, and it was among the best in our tests–and a recommended model, since it performed well and comes with no zero-degree nozzle, which we consider a safety risk. Particular to this model also is that it requires a 240V receptacle, which you’d likely need to have specially installed outdoors. Included are an industrial-class pump, a quick connect at both the wand and pump, and very sturdy construction. We also liked the slightly bent spray shaft, which felt ergonomic to use. But there are compromises. You get just two nozzles: 25-degree and soap. There’s no built-in soap tank, just a hose to an outside container. The trigger safety must be manually set. The 112-pound unit is difficult to roll quickly on level ground. And unlike other electrics we’ve tested, the motors of which stop when you release the trigger, this model keeps going like a gas washer’s engine–so it can overheat should the safety-release valve fail.

NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer Test Results

Very easy to move and transport. Requires a special 240 volt outlet. Easy hose storage. Cord is very easy to wrap and store. Wand very easy to remove and use. Easy to use and read on-off switch.

The NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer is part of the Pressure washer test program. In our lab tests, Pressure washer models like the AR383 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Cleaning: Versatility and efficiency in cleaning a range of surfaces. The better performers have multiple spray patterns that can cover various cleaning chores, from light, superficial cleaning to deep cleaning of concrete, decking, and other hard-to-clean surfaces.

Power: A combination of pressure, measured in pounds per square inch (psi), and flow, measured in gallons per minute (gpm). Higher pressure results in better cleaning of a given surface; coupled with a higher flow as well, you’ll get the job done the fastest.

Noise: A combination of measurements, based on dBA, reflecting the proximity of the operator to the pressure washer. While our Noise score averages measurements taken close by the machine and at the end of the hose’s typical reach, we strongly strongly recommend hearing protection for working close by a gas-powered model in particular.

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NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer Specs


Weight (lb.)                                            112


Pressure range (psi)                             3000


Flow rate (gpm)                                     2.5

Engine size                                             20 amps @230V

Cord length (ft)                                      35

Horse (ft)                                                25

Handle (in.)                                           41

Temperature range (F)                        140

Warranty (mos.)                                    12

Pump protection                                  Thermal

 

NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer Features

Turbo                                                  No


Wheels                                              Pneumatic


Storage                                             Drain and Antifreeze


Soap nozzle                                      Yes


Hose storage                                    Manual wrap cord


Nozzle type                                          Replaceable


Number of nozzles                         2


Soap/detergent dispenser             Soap Hose


Trigger safety lock-out                   Manual


 
8.9 Total Score
Very Good!

This pressure washer from NorthStar is electric-powered (240v) and claims 3,000 psi max with 2.5 gpm. It comes with two replaceable nozzle tips and pneumatic wheels. It weighs 112 lbs.

Cleaning
9
Power
9.2
Noise
8.5
Ease of use
9
PROS
  • Effective at cleaning.
  • Very effective at removing stains.
  • Especially effective at power.
  • Very high pressure (PSI).
  • Very high flow (GPM).
  • Easy to operate its controls, move it, store it.
  • Has quick-connect water outlet.
  • Has quick-connect hose-to-wand.
  • Replaceable nozzle tips.
CONS
  • Average cleaning angle.
  • Noisy when close to unit.
  • Has manual trigger lock.
  • Unit always on (generates noise and may overheat)
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