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Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1 Pressure Washer Review

We put the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1 Pressure Washer through its paces to see how easily and efficiently it blitzes filthy window sills, doors and more

Cleaning a wall with the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1
(Image: © Future/Emma Downer)

Our Verdict

The Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1 is compact, easy to store and transport. It allows you to get to work without a plug-in power source and can draw its water supply from any body of water. For home use, this pressure washer would suit a smaller garden or deck or for properties with hard to access areas where power or water supply is difficult.

For

  • + Portability
  • + Easy to store
  • + Quiet compared to hardwired models

Against

  • – Does not match performance of hardwired models
  • – Unsuitable for bigger jobs

The Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1 is a cordless pressure washer that is designed to draw its water supply from any water source and provide its own power via a rechargeable battery pack. 

SPECIFICATIONS

·       Power rating: 20V

·       Power: Cordless (Battery)

·       Battery: 4.0Ah Li ion

·       Charge time: 40 minutes

·       Max pressure: 25 bar

·       Max flow rate: 210L per hour

·       Hose length: 6m

·       Nozzles: 2

·       Weight (without accessories): 2.4kg

·       Dimensions: L47.5cm x W36cm x H16.6cm 

The unit has an integral brushless motor which means better quieter functionality and impressive energy efficiency, whether you're cleaning your patio, decking or keeping your garden design looking new. 

The kit includes a lance and nozzle, which make up the main body of the unit, and allow you to change the pressure of the spray. Also included is a six-meter-long hose to draw water from a nearby supply, as well as an adapter for use in most standard shop-bought two-litre water bottles. The kit doesn’t include its accessories as standard but it does come with an optional bucket, soap bottle, brush, window squeegee and water sprayer.

Living on a main road meant lots of opportunities to test the washer on readily filthy surfaces, including window sills covered in something green, a door that used to be grey, and a front wall that turned a different shade of red once it was cleaned. 

Find out how the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1 handled these tasks then make sure you check out more options in our buying guide to the best pressure washers

Getting Started 

My very first thought unboxing the washer was ‘’oh, this handle feels nice’’, and that it would be easy to hold if wet. Significantly, because it came in parts, it was very straightforward to re-store in its original box. 

Although the instructions weren’t always clear, it didn’t take long to put together. I put the handle on upside down on the first go, but it was intuitive to correct. 

Removing the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1 from its packaging

(Image credit: Future/Emma Downer)

Charging the Battery and Battery Life

Before I began using the washer, I charged the battery fully which took 45 minutes (close to the 40 minutes advertised on the box). The fan in the charging unit was quite loud so I moved this into a spare room to avoid the white noise. 

I used a stopwatch whilst the unit was active and a full rundown of the battery was just shy of 25 minutes on full power (not on Eco mode) before needing a recharge.

What is the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1 Like to Use?

The quality of the build felt good, with metal components joining the lance arm and pressure nozzle and hard plastic elsewhere. The pressure switch was easy to turn and the dials were clear to see. 

The lance extended the reach of the unit allowing it to wash from a standing position with an easy sweeping motion. 

The washer itself was much quieter than I had expected considering its 91dB, and it only made sound when in use, whereas some other washers have a motor that runs regardless of being active, so this was a nice surprise. This would suggest that the brushless motor was a worthwhile investment in the product's design, and while this likely contributes to the unit's relatively high price point, it feels like a good trade off.

There is no lock button to keep the sprayer on, however, and it required a fair bit of effort to keep the lever in the ON position; I needed to take rests which extended the duration of the clean.

The unit appears to have fantastic versatility with the offer of additional accessories, however they need to be purchased separately, bumping up the overall price of the unit significantly.

It would have been great to see some of these additional accessories included as standard at or around this price point. The optional bucket, soap bottle, brush, window squeegee and water sprayer were not tested.  

Full accessories for the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1

(Image credit: Future/Emma Downer)

How Many Spray Options Are There?

There are five settings on the pressure nozzle: 0°, 15°, 25°, 40° and finally a soak option.

Having tested all five I only found utility in two of them. The 0° option was powerful but didn't offer enough surface coverage to make it useful, and while the 25° and 40° wider beams had good coverage, they were less powerful so were not preferable over the 15° option. 

The soak option applies less pressure, although this worked fantastically for my vegetable beds, but was a bit on the powerful side for my pansies!

Cleaning a Window Sill With The Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1

I tested all spray options and used the 40° setting - the lowest pressure spray - on a plastic window sill and door frame. This removed the majority of the surface grime well but left a layer of dirt that I was able to wipe off with a finger.

BEFORE CLEANING THE WINDOW SILL:

Before cleaning a window sill

(Image credit: Future/Emma Downer)

AFTER CLEANING THE WINDOW SILL:

After cleaning a window sill with the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1

(Image credit: Future/Emma Downer)

Cleaning a Garden Wall With the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1

I cleaned my front garden wall with the 15° spray and, to do so, needed to get the stream quite close to the surface to get the level of clean I wanted, which increased cleaning time. 

However, once I had done half the wall the difference was very noticeable. It was also very convenient that I didn’t need to plug in an extra-long extension lead and drag my filthy garden hose through the house, so I was able to start work straight away. 

Cleaning a garden wall with the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1

(Image credit: Future/Emma Downer)

How Does the Eco Mode Perform?

Remarkably, there is no reference to the Eco mode in the instructions or on the box, so it’s not completely clear what it's designed to be used for. But as it delivers a slower stream, I assume it provides a longer run time without using more water. 

Eco mode is achieved by pressing a button on top of the unit which lights blue when activated. The button itself can only be pressed once the unit has started, and turns itself off when you release the ON handle, so to use it you need to bear the full weight of the unit in one hand and press it every time you use it. 

Because I was using the heavy water bottle option, this was too impractical for me to want to use it more than once. 

Water Source Options

The product comes with three ways to connect a water source: a bottle connection, a hose connection and a bucket connection. 

The water bottle option provides 35 seconds of continuous supply on full power, and 43 seconds on the Eco option, until the bottle is empty.  

Water bottle spray option using the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1

(Image credit: Future/Emma Downer)

The bottle being attached increases the weight of the unit considerably, so its main use would be to give something small a quick wash where access to water is a problem.

When using the bucket feed method, it takes a number of seconds for the water to be drawn up the tube before coming out the nozzle. This was normal behaviour for the product, but not within my expectations and I needed to consult the troubleshooting section to resolve it.

How Easy is the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1 to Clean?

Cleaning was fairly straightforward with minimal splash back onto the unit, which was easily wiped off with the cloth. 

The unit needs periodic maintenance for its internal filter which requires a spanner to access.

Cleaning the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1.

(Image credit: Future/Emma Downer)

Should You Buy The Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1?

The Hydroshot's performance could be seen to be disappointing in comparison to other pressure washers, but I propose that the Hydroshot complements rather than replaces your hardwired pressure washer as it offers something that plug-in models can’t: portability. 

I think it’s worth the price if you don’t have easy access to power or water supply - for example, if you live in a property with outbuildings or in a remote location and want to wash your mountain bike before putting it back in their car. Someone who wants to wash something gently may also be attracted to this model. 

However, the washer would not be suitable for someone with a weak grip or for someone where carrying a heavy object for a period of time would be difficult. 

About This Review and Our Reviewer

Emma is a DIY educator, author, public speaker, entrepreneur and avid home renovator. She tested the Worx Hydroshot WG630E.1 pressure washer in her front and back garden of her two-bed terrace house on wood, plastic, concrete and natural stone. 

We are not given any compensation by Worx for our reviews, but may be allowed to keep the product, meaning we can test it over a greater length of time, and update this review if required. 

Emma is a UK-based DIY educator and director of the social media brand ''DIY With Emma'' whose primary mission is to help more people get into DIY through sharing DIY Hacks, How-to's, and Follow-Along projects.