Ryobi RY142300 Pressure Washer Review

The Ryobi RY142300 is arguably the best you can get if you’re looking for an electric-powered residential pressure washer. It’s more expensive than the average electric unit, but it comes with better components and more cleaning power, so you get what you pay for.

Man using the Ryobi RY142300 electric pressure washer

Specifications

Use the table below to get an overview of the Ryobi RY142300. Our review will take a closer look at how everything works, but this should give you an idea of what to expect in terms of cleaning power, features and more.

Brand Ryobi
Model RY142300
Type Electric
Use Residential
Motor Induction
Voltage 120
Amps 13.0
Power cord 35 ft.
Pump Axial
Pressure 2,300 PSI
Volume 1.20 GPM
Cleaning units 2,760.00
Frame Aluminum
Wheels 12.0 in.
Hose 25 ft.
Wand 16.0 in.
Nozzles 15°, soap, turbo
Detergent Tank
Dimensions 23.5 x 21.0 x 21.0 in.
Weight 49.0 lbs
Warranty 3 years
MSRP $279.00

Setup

The RY142300 can be unboxed and ready for use in about 10 minutes. Barely any assembly is required, and you don’t need any extra tools to complete the process. In the box, you’ll find the following items:

  • (1) Ryobi RY142300 electric pressure washer
  • (1) High-pressure hose (25 ft.)
  • (1) Front-entry spray gun
  • (1) Steel wand (16”)
  • (5) Quick-connect nozzles (15°, soap, turbo)
  • (1) Instruction manual

The pressure washer comes out of the box in two pieces: the base (i.e. the lower part of the frame that holds the motor and pump) and the handle. Once you remove all the packaging, the handle simply slides onto the base and secures into place with two built-in snap buttons.

From there, the accessories can be mounted in their appropriate places in the dashboard at the top of the handle. The hose hangs from a velcro strap on the back, the spray gun sits in a plastic holster on the right and the nozzles are held in a series of rubber grommets in the middle. The remaining plastic hanger on the left is for the power cord.

To learn about the startup process, read our tutorial on how to use a pressure washer.

Cleaning

The RY142300 produces 2,300 PSI at 1.2 GPM, which makes it one of the most powerful electric pressure washers in the residential category (second only to the Greenworks GPW2700). It’s still not as strong as a gas unit (these average around 3,000 PSI), but for general home use, it’ll do just fine.

Ryobi RY142300 electric pressure washer

Ryobi RY142300

The RY142300 has a 95% recommendation rate (based on 4,000+ verified reviews from three sources). It’s the best-selling electric pressure washer at Home Depot and a favorite among many third parties.

To elaborate, this should be enough pressure to clean most houses, decks or driveways. However, if your conditions are below average, like a driveway with 10-year-old oil stains, don’t expect to wipe everything away with one pass. Mixing a good detergent into the stream can be a big help here, but sometimes, it all comes down to power.

Output aside, the selling point is the use of an induction motor and an axial cam pump. Compared to the common universal motor and wobble pump, these are premium components designed to run smoother and last longer. This is why it costs more; you’re not paying for the higher pressure, you’re investing in a more reliable product. It’s more expensive up front, but you save in the long run.

Design

The RY142300 is built surprisingly well considering electric units typically have cheaper, plastic housing. In fact, it looks more like a gas unit with its aluminum tube frame, hefty induction motor and 12” rubber wheels. They aren’t quite as sturdy as pneumatics, but they are miles ahead of the standard.

The accessories are all good quality, and the steel dashboard holds them tight when everything is stored. It’s questionable why only three nozzles are included (especially since there are four nozzle grommets), but realistically, you’re not losing any capabilities here. Hardly anyone uses a 0° nozzle, and you have the turbo in place of the 25° and 40°.

There is one design flaw worth mentioning, and it’s about the detergent tank. It’s great that it holds an entire gallon; it’s not so great that it’s a solid color and can’t easily be removed. This means you can’t see how much detergent is left, and if you want to swap solutions, you have to unscrew the tank from the frame. It’s no dealbreaker, but it could have been designed smarter.

Compare similar pressure washers

Use the product carousel below to compare the Ryobi RY142300 to similar pressure washers based on things like cleaning power, features and more. For more alternatives or for help choosing, read our guide to the best pressure washers.

Ryobi RY142300 electric pressure washer

Ryobi RY142300

  • 2,300 PSI and 1.2 GPM
  • Brushless induction motor (120V, 13A)
  • Axial cam pump
  • 25 ft. hose, 16″ wand and 3 nozzles
  • 128 oz. onboard detergent tank
  • 3-year warranty
Greenworks GPW2300 electric pressure washer

Greenworks GPW2300

  • 2,300 PSI and 1.2 GPM
  • Brushless induction motor (120V, 15A)
  • Axial cam pump
  • 25 ft. hose, 16″ wand and 5 nozzles
  • 128 oz. onboard detergent tank
  • Warranty varies by part (3-10 years)
Greenworks GPW2700 electric pressure washer

Greenworks GPW2700

  • 2,700 PSI and 1.2 GPM
  • Brushless induction motor (120V, 15A)
  • Axial cam pump
  • 25 ft. hose, 16″ wand and 5 nozzles
  • 128 oz. onboard detergent tank
  • Warranty varies by part (3-10 years)