Water Jet review: It's no pressure washer
The Price: $19.95 plus $7.95 shipping and handling
The Claims: Turns an ordinary garden hose into a high-power washer
Buy-O-Meter Rating: 2 out of 5
The Water Jet is a garden hose attachment that does more than I expected, but less than I hoped.
I was seduced by the Water Jet's infomercial, which suggests that the $19.95 attachment competes with a pressure washer, which can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars.
But, in fact, the 3-foot water wand with a handle provides a little more oomph than my old garden hose nozzle, but not nearly as much power as a professional power washer.
I performed side-by-side comparisons. Water Jet and my hose nozzle performed about the same when blasting moss off my front steps. Water Jet cleaned my back fence a little better than the $10 nozzle. And the two showed the same washing power on my flagstone patio.
The professional power washer, however, blew both hose attachments away. It stripped the fence down to virgin wood and made the flagstone look like new.
I thought the Water Jet would shine when washing my car. In fact, the wand's brass fan tip does provide a satisfying spray.
But the soap dispenser and brush, which cost another $7.95, are a disaster. Two soap-filled dispensers blew up in my face -- the gaskets didn't hold. Even before they exploded, the dispensers delivered the soap so quickly that I was able to clean only one side of my car before refilling with liquid detergent. Also, the brush is awkward and hard to handle.
Bottom line on Water Jet?
The wand provides a little more wash for a lot more money than you'll spend for a regular garden hose nozzle. Buy it -- without the soap bomb -- to clean your car. But don't expect Water Jet to blast away dirt like a pressure washer. It just doesn't have the power.