The Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer is a powerful cleaning tool to have around to brighten up the exterior of your home. No gas to mix, no fumes to smell, less noise. The SHP2150 can provide up to 1.4GPM that is plenty of pressure to clean most things around the exterior of your home.
There’s a gun rack of power tools that are great to have around for home improvement and maintenance when you’re a home owner like a Leaf Blower, Weed wacker, Lawn mower, Hedger/Trimmer… add a Pressure Washer to that list. The SHP2150 is a nice powerful electric pressure washer that gives you good cleaning power without the added noise of a gas engine. Let’s take a closer look at Stanley’s SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer.
At 2150 PSI, it’s not as powerful as some of the high-end gas powered or professional pressure washer are but it provides enough strength to clean and polish up most anything around the exterior of the house, including the house.
The water inlet is fashioned with a brass garden hose 22mm thread adapter for solid connections. This convenient little adapter allows you to counter-twist so you don’t have to twist the hose around in circles. The inlet that the spin adapter attaches to is plastic so it’s imperative that you do not mis-thread this plastic inlet.
The SHP2150 is able to deliver up to 1.4GPM (gallons per minute) with the 0° tip. Included are 4 Nozzles 0° Red, 15° Yellow, 25° Green & 40° White. You can quickly and easily swap out with the quick release tip.
There is a 35 ft power cord with Auto-Reset GFCI module in case of contact with water which can be long enough to use the 2150 without an extension cord. The hose length is 25 ft and the gun or wand length measures 35″ with a nozzle attachment inserted. A 28oz Foam Cannon attachment is conveniently stowed away in the back for use washing your car.
Stanley Tools has provided the SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer to us so that we could provide first hand review coverage of its performance, usability and build quality along with our experience to our readers.
The Sprayer/Wand comes with a little plastic Nozzle rack attached that you can stow the 4 nozzle tips in it. It’s quick to use and very convenient. There’s also a stand area for the wand/gun but the wand isn’t secured in anyway so it just leans there, not a big deal when it isn’t in use. The stand makes it cumbersome to roll the unit but at the same time when you want to rest it somewhere for a few moments it can be very convenient. A simple rubber strap to lock it in place when transporting would have been great.
The handle extends and retracts like a 2-wheel carry-on luggage bag and it rolls the same way. The wheels are plastic but wide and meaty so it seems pretty sturdy.
Included is the Foam cannon which works brilliantly for sudsing up your car. It attaches to the end of the wand with the quick release connection and has a 28 oz reservoir for soap. With the Foam Cannon full with soap the wand can be quite heavy but it’s easy enough to use a two-handed grip like you might hold a rifle. A cut out in the back of the SHP2150 lets you store the Foam Cannon when not in use.
The handle portion of the Wand is solid, sheathed in resin plastic. It is made of metal and the ergonomic handle design makes it pleasant to hold.
Check out our video of the Stanley SHP2150 in action at the end of the review.
Unboxing and assembling the SHP2150 Pressure Washer is easy as pie. The brass hose connection is sturdy and leak-free and as we mentioned earlier the counter spinning hose adapter is super convenient so you don’t have to twist the hose while trying to attach it to the inlet. We did however notice after a few uses that the adapter can leak when water pressure is on and the unit is still off. Once you turn the unit on, that leak stops itself with the added pressure.
Between the 35ft power cord, 25ft pressure hose and the 50/100 ft extension cord you are probably using there’s plenty of travel and you can take the wand up the ladder pretty easily. The pliable PVC pressure hose doesn’t want to twist so you’ll spend a second or two spinning the wand around so the pressure hose is straight and vice versa when you are wrapping it all up to store.
Start her up
Once you’ve made the connections, turn the water on first. Then turn on the SHP2150 by using the power knob in front. Initially it has a little bit of pressure lag. Since the machine motor isn’t running all the time it can take a second or two for the pressure to come up full strength. The same holds true if you stop the spray for a moment or two and begin to spray again.
With the little bit of pressure lag what you do not get is the level of noise that you get from a gas pressure washer. It isn’t silent by any means but it is significantly more quiet.
We have tested the SHP2150 in various situations and found the experience to be an overall good one. The unit performs well, just make sure you choose the right tip and work at the machine’s pace just like any power tool.
The choice of spray tip and spray distance will make all the difference so work smart not hard. For example washing the vinyl siding of algae/moss that has developed from lack of sunlight the SHP2150 did very well. Don’t rush it, go as fast as the machine lets you. You’ll want to keep the nozzle approx 4 inches give or take from the surface you are cleaning. You’ll find the sweet spot as too much distance takes longer and requires many passes vs too close and you’re wasting effort and water.
Pressure washing isn’t a super fast process, it can be tedious and meticulous but it will brighten up cement, bricks, Aluminum/Vinyl siding, fences, sidewalks, you name it… What pressure washing isn’t is a miracle worker. It is very useful but we’ve come across sidewalks and cement that we treated with sulfuric acid multiple times and power washed and it still wasn’t as white as new cement.
What could be improved
The power cord is 35ft long so a retractable funtion in some shape or form would have been much appreciated. It can be tiring to wrap up a long 35 ft cord like an old vacuum cleaner in addition to the 50/100 ft extension cord you’ll be typically using.
When the SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer is in use there are times where it loses pressure periodically for a few seconds and then returns. There’s also a tiny bit of lag due to the motor toggling on and off, so there’s a second or so delay from the time you pull the trigger till you get full pressure. This is the trade-off from a gas powered vs and electric pressure washer.
While the brass counter-turning hose adapter is solid and very convenient, oddly the inlet that the brass adapter attaches to is plastic. The pressurized side threaded outlet is made of metal. It would have been great if both inlet and outlet were metal even if it meant adding some Teflon tape.
The pressurized side of the hose is a pliable plastic or soft PVC similar to the ones included in a newer kitchen sink faucets. It’s strong, it needs to be hold in the 2150 PSI so while it IS pliable, wrapping up the cord neatly requires you to twist it to get neat circles. Vice versa when you take it out you’ll need to extend and untwist the line. The old SHP2000 came with a reel which in theory seems great but the tight circle may cause problems with the hose rolling it up.
That’s a Wrap
The Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer is a solid performer, easy to use and ultra-useful to have around the home. Use it to clean virtually anything outdoors around the home including siding, sidewalks, steps, garbage cans, patio furniture, your car, you name it…
It is electric so you don’t have to deal with gas fumes, mixing oil, maintenance or the added noise of a gas powered unit. We recommend the Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer for its performance, ease of use and value. 2 Year Limited Warranty
Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer MSRP $218.98