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Powerhorse 157055 Spec Review

The Powerhorse 157055 is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1800 PSI and flow of 1.5 GPM. (Read full specs)

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  • $224.99 - March 4, 2021
  • $219.99 - December 24, 2020
  • $204.99 - December 3, 2020
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Since: December 3, 2020
  • Highest Price: $224.99 - March 4, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $204.99 - December 3, 2020

Description

This Powerhorse® Electric Pressure Washer provides powerful cleaning in either the vertical or horizontal position. For easy portability and safety, this versatile pressure washer features 7in. never-flat wheels and a long-reach 35ft. power cord with a GFCI plug that stores on the built-in reel.

Zoom on the Powerhorse 157055

In summary, the Powerhorse 157055 is a light duty pressure washer, which provides:

  • thorough cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • use of detergent and cleaning solutions

Its power characteristics and design, its main features and all its additional features are presented ahead.

Power

The Powerhorse 157055 in use

The Powerhorse 157055

Using a 13 amp motor, its axial cam pump delivers a pressure of up to 1800 PSI (roughly 30 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.5 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). Together, the values result in a cleaning power of 2700 Cleaning Units.

As it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the 157055 gets easily started by a simple ON/OFF switch. The unit is ready-to-use with peace of mind, thanks to the included 35 ft GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

With its portable design and approximate dimensions of D13 x W14 x H26 in, the Powerhorse 157055 makes mobility one of its core strengths. The folding handle enhances its mobility, while allowing for a convenient storage.

With a weight of only 34 lbs, the unit is very easy to carry around. It is lightweight, partly thanks to its plastic frame. As if this lightweight wasn't enough, the device also features two 7" never-flat wheels to further improve its ease of use and of transport.

Main Features

The Powerhorse 157055 in use

The Powerhorse 157055

Along with the Powerhorse 157055 itself, the package also includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 4 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are discussed in further detail below.

  • Soap injection: A safe detergent storage is facilitated by a removable 0.32 gal tank. The Powerhorse 157055 includes an automatic soap dilution mechanism, which will dilute the detergent using a 20:1 ratio. The detergent will be added automatically to the water when a soap nozzle is attached.
  • Pressure hose: A neat storage for the included 19 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose is facilitated by a convenient hose reel, which also improves its lifespan.
  • Spray gun and wand: A dedicated slot enables you to easily store the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its steel wand.
  • Nozzles: The following table illustrates the 4 included nozzles, along with the surfaces which they are the most suitable for.
 

15°

40°

Soap

Turbo
Concrete, brick, masonrySuitableSuitableSuitableUse with caution
Siding, gutters, houseUse with cautionSuitableSuitableNot recommended
Fencing, deck, patioUse with cautionSuitableSuitableNot recommended
Lawn equipment, boat, RVUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitableNot recommended

Note: The shape of the nozzles above is for illustration purposes only and may differ.
Red cross: Not recommended. Green check: Suitable. Orange check: Use with caution.

Other Features

The specs of the Powerhorse 157055

The Powerhorse 157055

  • Total Stop System (TSS): This feature automatically shuts off the pressure washer when the trigger is not engaged, to prolong the pump's lifespan.
  • Onboard storage: Stay prepared for any job with Powerhorse 157055's handy storage area, which allows you to neatly store any nozzles and accessories which you may need for the job.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: The Powerhorse 157055 comes with an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you quickly started. On top of that, you also get nozzle cleaner, power cord, wand, pressure hose and spray gun.

Product Video

The Powerhorse 157055's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Powerhorse 157055 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Powerhorse 157055 and its 1800 PSI, ranks amongst electric pressure washers with a comparably low pressure output, considering the units that cost between $195 and $270. If your priority is the highest possible power of the water stream, in this price range, we suggest checking out the Sun Joe SPX4600, which reaches up to 3000 PSI.
  • Considering the above-mentioned price range, this washer's maximum water flow of 1.5 GPM (gallons per minute) is higher than the average. If you’re after the highest rinsing efficiency, one of the units with the highest water flow in the current price range is the Sun Joe SPX4001, that can deliver up to 1.76 GPM.
  • The 157055 has 2700 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), which can be considered low in comparison to other electric devices of this price. If you consider the highest overall cleaning power as a really important factor, the Realm BY02-BIMK and its 4550 Cleaning Units has one of the highest cleaning efficiency of all the similarly priced units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 2500 and 3000 Cleaning Units, the Powerhorse 157055 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this pressure washer nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of cleaning power.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Portable
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Automatic detergent dilution
  • Hose reel
  • Onboard storage
  • High GPM for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Powerhorse 157055 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI1800
GPM1.5
Cleaning Units2700
Motor13 amp
PumpAxial Cam
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionYes
Soap tank0.32 gal, removable
Soap dilution20:1
Nozzles15°, 40°, Soap, Turbo
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose19 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageReel
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 13 x 14 x 26 in
Weight34 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀7", never flat
Included accessoriesNozzle cleaner, steel wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, 35 ft GFCI power cord, 4 nozzles
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty2 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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About Powerhorse

The Powerhorse outdoor power products brand offers a range of gas- and electric-powered tools including pressure washers, log splitters, wood chippers/shredders, and electric generators. Also available are engines and water pumps. With a motto of "Power You Can Depend On", Powerhorse is a trademarked brand name that is distributed exclusively by the Northern Tool & Equipment Company Inc.

Warranty Information

The Powerhorse 157055 is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the unit.
For more information about the warranty of Powerhorse pressure washers, please contact the Powerhorse Customer Support: 1-866-443-2576.

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