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Types of Pressure Washer Attachments: Ultimate Guide

Get attached to these amazing attachments. 

Without the proper attachments, you may notice your pressure washer isn’t living up to your expectations.

Using a variety of pressure washer attachments can make your cleaning experience much more efficient. There are lots of different types of pressure washer attachments including spray nozzles, hoses and wands, soap nozzles, water filters, and more.

We’ll walk you through the different types, what they do and when you should use them. This will help you find attachments that will help you in your cleaning routine so that you can deep clean every speck of dirt in and around the home.

Key Takeaways

  • Pressure washer attachments increase efficiency and are designed for specific cleaning tasks, such as spray nozzles, hoses and wands, and soap nozzles.
  • Spray nozzles have different angles for various cleaning needs, ranging from zero degrees for stubborn stains to 65 degrees for gentle surfaces.
  • Specialized attachments like gutter cleaners, sandblasters, and foam cannons target specific cleaning jobs like gutters, rust removal, and distributing detergent.
  • Accessories such as hose reels and water filters help protect your equipment and improve your cleaning experience.

Types of Pressure Washer Attachments

With more than 10 different types of attachments, it can be an overwhelming prospect. But with our handy guide to each attachment, you will be able to choose which ones are going to aid your pressure washing.

Buyer’s Tip

You don’t need to buy all these attachments. Go through the list and decide which ones you’d get the most use out of and only buy those. However, we do recommend everybody has the five basic spray nozzles.

Spray Nozzles

Product Image of the Tool Daily Pressure Washer Spray Nozzle Tips Multiple Degrees, 1/4 inch 5-Pack (2.5 GPM)

Pressure washers usually come with five different spray nozzles. These are color-coded, but they are also coded by degrees: zero, 15, 25, 40, and 65. The higher the number, the wider the spray area.

You should use a different type of nozzle depending on the task at hand. For instance, zero is used for cleaning tough stains on high-strength concrete. 25 degrees is the most common since it’s gentle but strong enough for most kinds of dirt.

Hoses and Wands

Some pressure washers come without a hose or wand, but if you want to get into hard-to-reach places, then you have a few different options to choose from.

Extension Hoses

Product Image of the AgiiMan Brass Pressure Washer Extension Wands - 120 Inch Power Washer Gutter Cleaning Tools, Telescoping Replacement Lance, Window Cleaner Nozzles Tips, Sliver

Extension hoses, often known as extension wands, are very handy for getting into hard-to-reach or high places. You may use an extension wand for cleaning the top of a car or very high on the siding of a house. There are many different sizes available. Some extend the wand by up to 120 inches, giving you tons of flexibility!

Telescoping Wands

Product Image of the B E PRESSURE 85.206.424L Telescoping Wand, 4-Stage, 24' Length, 4000 psi, 200 Degree F, 8.0 GPM, Black/Yellow

With a telescoping wand, you can use one attachment and adjust the length depending on your needs for that job. Some have the ability to clean 24 feet further, without the need for any extra tools or even a ladder.

You can set your desired length and lock it into place. This is great for cleaning big surface areas, especially with heights involved. For instance, you may use this for cleaning the sides of a building, tall windows, or even big parking lots.

Gutter Cleaners

Product Image of the CHAVOR Pressure Washer Gutter Cleaner, Two Rotating Turbo Nozzles Attachment, 1/4 Inch Quick Connect, 4000 PSI

Gutter cleaner attachments are curved attachments with a nozzle at the tip, sometimes one nozzle, but sometimes two. These attachments are specifically for cleaning gutters. The curved tip allows you to get your pressure washer into the gutters so you can deep clean them. You can also use this attachment for underneath vehicles and wheel wells.


Product Image of the Tool Daily Pressure Washer Sand Blasting Kit, Wet Sandblaster Attachment, 2500 PSI, 1/4 Inch Quick Connect

Sandblaster attachments mix together sand and water to provide an abrasive clean. You can use this for removing rust, graffiti, tough stains, grease, paint, and other elements that can’t be cleaned with just water. These attachments use baking soda, river sand, or dry silica sand.

Soap Nozzles

Soap nozzles are extremely useful for distributing detergent and getting a deeper clean.

Foam Cannon

Product Image of the Sooprinse Foam Cannon Snow Foam Lance Nozzle Pressure Washer Jet Wash,Foam cannon lance kit with Pressure Washer Spray Gun,30 Degree Gutter Cleaner Wand with Nozzle Tip Attachment

Foam cannons are bottles that you can attach to the gun or the end of the wand. They mix together air with your soap to create a foamy detergent that covers a bigger surface area when you’re cleaning.

You can use the adjustable knob to regulate the amount of air pulled in which will change the soap bubble size and foam thickness.

The best use for foam cannons is for cleaning cars since you will often need a lot of detergent to deep clean dirt and debris from your vehicle. But you can also use foam cannons for cleaning decks, sidewalks, driveways, siding, and more.

Spray Gun

Product Image of the Sooprinse High Pressure Washer Gun Power Spray Gun 4000psi with 19 inch Extension Replacement Wand Lance,5 Quick Connect Nozzles for Honda Excell Troybilt, Generac, Simpson, Briggs Stratton

You can go for a good spray gun attachment over a foam cannon if you don’t need tons of detergent at one time. Your pressure washer may already come with a spray gun, but if not, definitely invest in a good one with many nozzle attachments.

You must make sure that yours comes with the 65-degree black nozzle otherwise known as the soap nozzle. Once connected to detergent, this evenly distributes soap over your chosen surface. You can then rinse it away with the 40-degree nozzle after.

Surface Cleaners

Product Image of the EDOU Direct Pressure Washer Surface Cleaner 15' | Stainless Steel | Heavy Duty | 4,000 PSI Max Working Pressure | includes: 2 Pressure Washer Extension Wand Attachments, Pressure Washer Accessories

Surface cleaner attachments live up to their name: they clean surfaces. They’re flat circular devices that you can push along the ground to help you clean your driveway, sidewalks, deck, terraces, and other surfaces.

They usually have side skirts to keep everything contained under the unit. This prevents water spraying and debris from flying. You can also get these in a range of sizes depending on the amount of surface area you have to cover.


Product Image of the M MINGLE Pressure Washer Water Broom, 13 Inch Power Washer Cleaner, Sweep Driveway, Sidewalk, Deck, 4000 PSI

Pressure washer water brooms have wheels and water jets. You can push them along the ground and they will quickly clean surfaces.

This is a good alternative to surface cleaners, especially if you need to get underneath vehicles, trailers, trucks, or boats. It also works as an undercarriage cleaner. It saves you from needing to crawl under vehicles.

These are best for removing debris, too. So if you have sand, leaves, or other dirt on your surfaces, this is a great attachment.


Product Image of the Kärcher - Universal Rotating Wash Brush Attachment - For Gas & Electric Power Pressure Washers - 4000 PSI - Quick-Connect,Black

These brush attachments are ideal for removing surface dirt without damaging a surface. So if you have a sensitive or delicate surface that you want to treat gently, we recommend getting a brush attachment. They are often rotating which helps efficiently clean.

You may want to use these on painted surfaces, including vehicles, outdoor furniture, alloys, and boats, as well as window panes and stucco.

Gauges and Regulators

These attachments make it easy to monitor your water flow and pressure. Regulators even allow you to change the PSI for various jobs.

Pressure Regulators

Product Image of the SIMPSON Cleaning Dial-N-Wash Adjustable Pressure Regulator 4500 PSI

Attach a pressure regulator to your pressure washer and you can adjust the pressure with an easy twist. Depending on the regulator and your pressure washer, you can often go from 1000 PSI all the way up to 4500 PSI. Sometimes you need a higher PSI rating for different tasks, and this makes it easier than ever.

Pressure Gauge

Product Image of the M MINGLE Pressure Washer Gauge Kit, 3/8 Inch Quick Connect, 6000 PSI

A pressure gauge gives you a PSI reading of your pressure washer. This is great for checking if your pressure washer is reaching the advertised PSI. If not, you can contact the manufacturer for advice or invest in a better quality pressure washer pump to improve the quality.

Connectors and Couplers

Product Image of the Twinkle Star Pressure Washer Adapter Set, Quick Disconnect Kit, M22 Swivel to 3/8'' Quick Connect, 3/4' to Quick Release

You’ll find many different types of connectors and couplers. This includes a variety of couplers, different sizes of adaptors, quick connect fittings for easy removal and fitting, swivel fittings, and splitter fittings.

Depending on your model of pressure washer, you will need specific connectors to ensure that you’re getting the most from your pressure washer.

Other Useful Pressure Washer Accessories

That’s not all there is when it comes to pressure washer accessories.

Hose Reels

Product Image of the Apache 99023586 3700 PSI 50' Steel Pressure Washer Hose Reel

You may want to consider buying a hose reel if your pressure washer didn’t come with one. This gives you somewhere to wrap up your hose during and after use. It protects the hose but also makes the pressure washer experience easier for you since your hose isn’t trailing behind you.

Water Filters

Product Image of the Sooprinse Garden Hose Inlet Filter for High Pressure Washer, Sediment Filter Attachment, 40 Mesh Screen, Extra 2 Pcs 100 Mesh, 3PCS O-Ring and 4PCS Filter Hose Washer

Water filters are handy for keeping grit out of your pump, especially if you’re using water from a river or stream. You may also be using water from wells or reclaim tanks. Utilizing a water filter can ensure that you are spraying clean water without any abrasive qualities which could damage surfaces.


What Do the Colors of Spray Nozzles Mean?

The colors of a spray nozzle denote the angle of the spray. Red is zero degrees for stubborn stains, yellow is 15 degrees, green is 25 degrees, and white is 40 degrees for gentler surfaces.

Are Pressure Washer Nozzles Universal?

Pressure washer nozzles are not universal. Gas models use different nozzles to electric pressure washers, and most are brand-specific.

What is an M22 Fitting?

A M22 fitting is a type of thread commonly found on pumps, pressure washers, and spray guns. The outer diameter measures 22mm, while the inner dimensions are 14mm.

Is a Turbo Nozzle Worth It?

Turbo nozzles are worth it because they increase water pressure. They are ideal for exterior facades and sidings and can help to boost the performance of the pressure washer.

Can I Use Any Hose With a Pressure Washer?

You can use any hose with a pressure washer, provided the hose is long enough to reach all the areas that you want to clean.

Get Attached

There are some pretty amazing pressure washer attachments out there for you to fall in love with. Not only will they protect your surfaces, but they will make those super tough tasks seem a whole lot more approachable!

Take some of the pressure off by choosing the right attachment for your job.

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Beth McCallum

Beth McCallum is a freelance writer & book blogger with a degree in creative writing, journalism, and English literature. Beth firmly believes that a tidy house is a tidy mind. She is always looking for new ways to sustainably clean and tidy her house, that's kind on the environment but effective in the house, too!