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Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Electric Pressure Washer Review

This pressure washer works okay but performed toward the bottom of the competition
Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Credit: Stanley
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Price:   $219 List | $218.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Extensive onboard storage options, quiet for a pressure washer
Cons:  Poor maneuverability on unpaved terrain, slow cleaning rate
Manufacturer:   Stanley
By Austin Palmer and Conrad Salonites  ⋅  Sep 28, 2021
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RANKED
#10 of 11
  • Cleaning - 45% 4.6
  • Portability - 30% 5.3
  • Noise - 15% 7.6
  • Ease of Use - 10% 7.3

Our Verdict

The Stanley SHP2150 is a decidedly middle-of-the-road pressure washer, offering up some positives and some negatives. Where it really shines is in its quieter volume, noticeably quieter than some of the other models' irritating volumes, and its clear emphasis on ease of use. There are better models, but if you are looking for a pressure washer that won't be earsplitting and has been designed to be self-contained, the Stanley SHP2150 is a fine option for small projects around the home and yard.

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Pros Extensive onboard storage options, quiet for a pressure washerCompact, good cleaning power, less maintenance than gas optionsNo gas, minimal noise, good wheelsSmall, light, inexpensiveHighly portable, inexpensive, quiet
Cons Poor maneuverability on unpaved terrain, slow cleaning rateTips easily, no nozzle storage, difficult attaching to garden hoseLarger than many electric types, less power than gasolinePoor cleaning power, no wheelsDisappointing cord and hose storage, limited cleaning power
Bottom Line This pressure washer works okay but performed toward the bottom of the competitionThis washer offers impressive performance and a solid value in a compact packageWhen it comes to electric models, it's hard to top this pressure washing machineIf you need a pressure washer for household jobs and you know you won't need a ton of power, this model is a fantastic choiceThe compact RY141612 is great for light work but can't compare to the cleaning power of top models for heavy-duty applications
Rating Categories Stanley SHP2150 215... Wholesun 3000PSI Sun Joe SPX3500 Greenworks GPW1501 Ryobi RY141612
Cleaning (45%)
4.6
5.3
6.2
2.4
3.2
Portability (30%)
5.3
8.2
6.2
9.5
9.1
Noise (15%)
7.6
7.2
8.2
8.0
6.8
Ease of Use (10%)
7.3
7.4
6.6
7.5
6.9
Specs Stanley SHP2150 215... Wholesun 3000PSI Sun Joe SPX3500 Greenworks GPW1501 Ryobi RY141612
Measured 15º nozzle PSI 1475 1200 1650 N/A 1490
Measured 25º nozzle PSI 1450 1200 1600 1200 N/A
Measured 15º Nozzle GPM 1.02 1.21 1.08 N/A 1.08
Measured 25º Nozzle GPM 1.04 1.22 1.09 1.16 N/A
Wheels 5.75" Plastic 5" Plastic 8" Plastic None None
Average Measured dBA at Machine 73.3 73.3 70.0 73.3 77.6
Average Measured dBA at 25 ft 65.5 67.3 65.2 63.8 62.2
Length of included hose 24' 6" 20' 3" 20' 19' 8" 20' 5"
Electrical Cord Length 35' 32' 5" 30' 34' 9" 34' 1"
Electric or Gas Electric Electric Electric Electric Electric
Measured Weight 26.1 lbs 16.3 lbs 42.6 lbs 15.5 lbs 15.6 lbs
Calculated Cleaning Units 1504.5 1464.0 1782.0 1428 1609.2
Measured Distance in Bocce Ball Power Test 2.75' 3' 3.00' 2.60' 3.60'

Our Analysis and Test Results

We bought the Stanley SHP2150, and tested it against the competition with a rigorous testing metric, analyzing its performance at cleaning, portability, noise production, and ease of use. The Stanley SHP2150 is an electric pressure washer that consistently provided an acceptable result across all our metrics. What sets it apart from other models is its emphasis on universal onboard storage, providing storage space for every one of its appendages on its frame.

Performance Comparison


Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Electric Pressure Washer pressure washer - we put the stanley shp2150 through a series of rigorous tests to...
We put the Stanley SHP2150 through a series of rigorous tests to glean hands-on data.
Credit: Laura Casner

Cleaning


Accounting for 45% of our total score, our cleaning metric is drawn from the speed it cleans a soiled carpet, how much force it excises on a specific point, and the empirical calculation of the device's cleaning units. The Stanley SHP2150 performs alright across these tests, performing consistently but not exceptionally.

The Stanley SHP2150 cleans grime well.
The Stanley SHP2150 cleans grime well.
However, you will be out there cleaning longer than other pressure...
However, you will be out there cleaning longer than other pressure washers take.

Our first test is to identify how well and quickly the Stanley SHP2150 cleans a carpet stained by activated charcoal. Both attempts performed consistently, falling in the low seven minutes to provide a clean result. While not as good as higher-performing models, the Stanley SHP2150 nonetheless performs noticeably better than lower scorers in the cleaning metric.

Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Electric Pressure Washer pressure washer - the stanley shp2150 kept a bocce ball suspended at the 3-foot mark.
The Stanley SHP2150 kept a bocce ball suspended at the 3-foot mark.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Paired against our homemade bocce ball test, the Stanley SHP2150's concentrated force was able to keep a ball suspended at nearly three feet, a middle-of-the-road performance. Our last facet of the Cleaning metric is empirical testing of this pressure washer's cleaning units. Attaching a pressure gauge, we took a pounds per square inch measurement of 1475 and gallons per minute result of 1.02 The product of these two measurements produces a cleaning units score of 1504, about 600 units less than the average of our models.

Portability


Our portability metric accounts for 30% of the final score, and the Stanley SHP2150 is an all-around middle-of-the-road performer. We take into account the weight, ease of storage, and how easy it is to maneuver this pressure washer.

Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Electric Pressure Washer pressure washer - an adjustable handle makes the stanley easier to store, but its low...
An adjustable handle makes the Stanley easier to store, but its low height and small wheels make maneuvering difficult.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Stanley SHP2150 is a remarkably light pressure washer, and comes equipped with an adjustable handle, like that of a suitcase. However, the adjustability works best for storage, as taller users will continually find it somewhat uncomfortably low. We did find the button to adjust is easier to operate if you wiggle the handle. Despite coming equipped with two small wheels, our extensive pushing and pulling on the Stanley SHP2150 found that it works the best on paved ground, but even then, it does not offer a smooth ride. The wheels suffer a lot pulling through grass, with the base of the Stanley SHP2150 providing cumbersome drag; this pressure washer is practically impossible to push through the grass.

Noise


The Stanley SHP2150 performs best in our Noise metric, which constitutes 15% of the final score. This model is one of the quietest pressure washers we tested.

Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Electric Pressure Washer pressure washer - the stanley shp2150 is one of the quietest we tested.
The Stanley SHP2150 is one of the quietest we tested.
Credit: Laura Casner

We calculate our Noise metric by taking two measurements with our SPL meter, taking one sample right beside the Stanley SHP2150, and another twenty-five feet away. Alongside this pressure washer, we recorded measurements averaging 73.3 decibels. Twenty-five feet away, our SPL meter recorded an average of 65.5 decibels. To help make some sense of this data, the average decibel count right next to a vacuum cleaner is roughly 70 decibels.

Ease of Use


The Stanley SHP2150 shines again in our Ease of Use metric, which accounts for 10% of the final score, outperforming most other models we tested. Our tests aim to subjectively rate how well the pressure washer accommodates connections, hose and power cord storage, and various other necessities.

Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Electric Pressure Washer pressure washer - hose and cord storage is onboard the stanley, but the plug is left...
Hose and cord storage is onboard the Stanley, but the plug is left to dangle.
Credit: Laura Casner

Although it lacks quick connections, the Stanley SHP2150 offers plenty of room to hook up hoses. The pressure and garden hose hookups are on the same side, but there is no interference when connecting thanks to adequate space between them. This pressure washer lacks a wide base and only offers moderate stability. However, the convenient lack of a gas engine, and the subsequent no maintenance, cannot be understated.

Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Electric Pressure Washer pressure washer - the pressure and garden hose hook-ups are located together, with a...
The pressure and garden hose hook-ups are located together, with a comfortable gap between them.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Stanley SHP2150 offers up a robust offering of onboard storage options, for its hose, power cord, nozzles, and soap spray bottle. The 24.5-foot hose has a medium-sized hook on the back of the pressure washer. The 35-foot power cord also comes equipped with several hooks near the top of the machine, with perhaps slightly too much room, as we found ourselves with a messy wind up several times. A slight nitpick we have is that there is no good place to place the plug. The spray nozzle has easy and convenient storage on the wand, and the rubber holder was secure throughout our testing. Lastly, the soap spray bottle, although separate from the machine, has an onboard designated storage spot. With measurements on the side, it is a solid product, with our only complaint being a slightly too small opening, with likely spillage during filling.

Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Electric Pressure Washer pressure washer - extra nozzles are conveniently stored on the wand.
Extra nozzles are conveniently stored on the wand.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


The Stanley SHP2150 is a very appropriately priced pressure washer. There are definitely better and worse models, but the Stanley SHP2150 would be a good investment for whoever needs a pressure washer now and then. If you frequently use one, however, we would recommend a higher-scoring one.

Conclusion


The Stanley SHP2150 is a consistently middle-of-the-road pressure washer. It neither achieves the incredible highs nor the sinking lows of other models, but consistently offers an acceptable job. Despite its faults, this would be a great pressure washer for those doing cleaning work around the house and want the convenience of an electric pressure washer.

Stanley SHP2150 2150 PSI Electric Pressure Washer pressure washer - the stanley shp2150 would be a great electric pressure washer for...
The Stanley SHP2150 would be a great electric pressure washer for around-the-house cleaning projects.
Credit: Laura Casner

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