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Greenworks GPW2005 Review

The GPW2005 thoroughly failed to impress us, with its few benefits far outweighed by its flaws
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Price:   $211 List | $210 at Amazon
Pros:  Very quiet, retractable handle
Cons:  Pricey, so-so to roll around, mediocre cleaning power
Manufacturer:   Greenworks
By Austin Palmer and Ross Patton  ⋅  Nov 26, 2019
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  • Cleaning - 45% 4
  • Portability - 30% 5
  • Noise - 15% 8
  • Ease of Use - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Overall, we didn't find any major deal breakers with the Greenworks GPW2005 that precluded it from winning an award. Rather, it was held back by its overall mediocre results in most of our tests. It can't come close to competing with the top models when it comes to heavy-duty cleaning, it isn't the easiest to move around, and doesn't have the best cord storage. It does operate on the quieter side but this is a long way from redeeming all of its other flaws. On top of that, the GPW2005 has a higher price tag than plenty of other products that scored higher.


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Pros Very quiet, retractable handleIncredible cleaning power, large all-terrain tiresVery powerful for electric, large wheels, huge soap tankGreat hose connections, portable, affordableHighly portable, inexpensive, quiet
Cons Pricey, so-so to roll around, mediocre cleaning powerLoud, heavy, bulkyHeavy, constantly runsRequires tools to set up, doesn’t work well with generic fittingsDisappointing cord and hose storage, limited cleaning power
Bottom Line The GPW2005 thoroughly failed to impress us, with its few benefits far outweighed by its flawsThis pressure washer is a beast of a machine that will tackle heavy duty projects with easeIf you want a pressure washer that offers above average performance but without the gas, oil, and fumes, the RY142300 is the oneThe SPX 3000 offers adequate performance at a price that is hard to beatThe compact RY141612 is great for light work but can’t compare to the cleaning power of top models for heavy-duty applications
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Rating Categories Greenworks GPW2005 Simpson MSH3125... Ryobi RY142300 SunJoe SPX3000 Ryobi RY141612
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Specs Greenworks GPW2005 Simpson MSH3125... Ryobi RY142300 SunJoe SPX3000 Ryobi RY141612
Measured 15º nozzle PSI N/A 2000 1975 1200 1490
Measured 25º nozzle PSI 1400 N/A N/A 1150 N/A
Measured 15º Nozzle GPM N/A 2.34 1.1 1.22 1.08
Measured 25º Nozzle GPM 1.04 N/A N/A 1.2 N/A
Wheels 10 in plastic 10 in Air 12 in plastic 7.5 in plastic None
Measured dBA at Machine 73.6 93.2 82.5 83.8 77.6
Measured dBa at 25 ft 62.9 80.1 65.1 61.4 62.2
Length of included hose 25' 25' 3" 25' 4" 35' 3" 20' 5"
Electrical cord length 34' 9" N/A 34' 6" 20' 3" 34' 1"
Electric or Gas Electric Gas Electric Electric Electric
Measured Weight 29.6 62.5 51 28.2 15.6
Measured Cleaning Units 1680 4680 2172.5 1464 1609.2
Measured Ball Distance 2.3 ft 7 ft 3.75 ft 3.5 ft 3.6 ft

Our Analysis and Test Results

The GPW2005 scored just a little too low and costs a little too much to be a good recommendation for a budget buy. It's close — but not quite.

Performance Comparison


We think the GPW2005 is a middle-of-the-road product that is a decent budget option.
We think the GPW2005 is a middle-of-the-road product that is a decent budget option.

Likes


Out of all of our tests, it was only in our noise test where the GPW2005 significantly stood out from the rest of the group. It is one of the quietest models while running, with our sound meter only showing 73.6 dBA when it was right next to this pressure washer and 62.9 dBA when it was 25' away.


We also really liked the Greenworks GPW2005 hose storage system. It has a spool system that keeps the coiled hose neatly out of the way but it can be a bit of a hassle when you are rolling or unrolling it, especially if you try and use the crank arm — we generally just turned the wheel by hand.

The integrated hose storage wheel helps keep the clutter in check but it can be hard to turn with the crank.
The integrated hose storage wheel helps keep the clutter in check but it can be hard to turn with the crank.

The handle on this model retracts but the fully assembled wand is still quite tall. However, you can unscrew the want into two pieces to minimize the space this machine occupies, though this is a bit more of a hassle than we would have liked if you are planning on using this pressure washer again shortly.

We generally reserved this for when we were storing the GPW2005 for longer periods. The Greenworks isn't overly heavy, tipping the scales at just under 30 lbs, and rolls around fairly well on hard surfaces.

These wheels rolled easily over the pavement  making it very easy to maneuver the GPW2005.
These wheels rolled easily over the pavement, making it very easy to maneuver the GPW2005.

We also liked that the nozzles store conveniently on the handle, compared to on the main base like other products.

We found it much easier to access the nozzles stored on the handle than when they are on the main machine.
We found it much easier to access the nozzles stored on the handle than when they are on the main machine.

Finally, the Greenworks GPW2005 is an electric pressure washer, meaning it requires significantly less preventative maintenance than a gas-powered machine to keep it running in tip-top shape.

We think the GPW2005 is only mediocre at cleaning compared to the premium products.
We think the GPW2005 is only mediocre at cleaning compared to the premium products.

Dislikes


Regrettably, we weren't very impressed with the cleaning performance of this pressure washer, which is pretty much the main reason you would even buy one. This machine delivered a mediocre performance in our carpet cleaning test, taking 5-7 minutes to remove the activated carbon from the rug — something the top machines only needed 2-3 minutes to do

This Greenworks machine didn't lift the bocce ball particularly high in our testing trough.
This Greenworks machine didn't lift the bocce ball particularly high in our testing trough.

The GPW2005 only managed to lift the bocce ball a maximum of 2.3' up the inclined slope of our testing trough — much less than the 6' or 7' the most powerful models could achieve. We measured a flow rate of 1.2 gallons per minute and a pressure of 1400 PSI with a 25° nozzle, leading to a slightly below average 1400 cleaning units (CU).


While the unit does easily roll over hard surfaces, it is hard to traverse dirt, grass, or other uneven terrain — even with its larger wheels. It bounces around unpredictably when pulling it and the handle can accidentally collapse if you try and push it.

Even though it has relatively large wheels  we found it to be quite difficult to roll the GPW2005 across dirt or grass.
Even though it has relatively large wheels, we found it to be quite difficult to roll the GPW2005 across dirt or grass.

Finally, we found the wrap for the power cord to be far too small for the approximately 35' of cable this pressure washer has, which usually ended up in a tangled mess if you don't get very creative to store it.

Value


Overall, we don't think the GPW2005 is a great bargain buy. It costs a little more than similarly spec'd machines and performs a little bit worse, making it a hard sell if you are looking for the best bang for the buck.

Conclusion


We found the Greenworks GPW2005 to be mediocre at best and it wasn't a strong contender for any of our awards. It does have a few cool features and cleans alright but we are fairly certain that other models cost less and would serve you better.


Austin Palmer and Ross Patton