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Best Spray Nozzles for Pressure Washers

Different colored pressure washer spray nozzles are designed for specific types of cleaning jobs. So let's talk about how to choose the correct color for the power washing or paint stripping job you have:

And you can see my top pressure washer nozzle recommendation: the SmartPainter nozzle set on Amazon.

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Pressure washers get their extraordinary cleaning power from the high pressure water that flows up from the pump to your nozzle or spray tip.  This powerful water cleans - or strips - as it hits a surface.

Nozzle Colors

The individual color of the spray nozzles indicates the degree of the angle, or the size of the spray fan, of the water.

The wider the angle or spray fan, the less cleaning power. But the smaller the degree, the more intense the power.

Here's information on each color:

White - a white tip gives you a 40 degree spray angle and it's great for general washing projects that have more sensitive surfaces like: siding, stucco, antique bricks, etc. 

And you can see my top pressure washer nozzle recommendation: the SmartPainter nozzle set on Amazon.

Green - is a 25 degree spray angle. Green spray nozzles are slightly more powerful than a white one and are used for general cleaning projects like cleaning decks, walkway, patios and outdoor furniture.

Yellow - provides a 15 degree spray angle which is very powerful. It's much more powerful than the white and green tips. You should only use this tip if you need more powerful cleaning than the white or green tip can offer. If you have a tough job like a stained garage floor or oil stains, the yellow tip is a good choice. And yellow pressure washer tips can also be used for paint stripping.

Red - this is the 0 degree spray tip which is extremely powerful! Seriously, red tips can very easily gouge wood, cement, asphalt, etc. Remember to always experiment with the cleaning power of the white, green and yellow spray tips before even thinking about switching to red. 

Black - these are low pressure tips that have a 65 degree pattern that's used for soap or chemical injection. If you want to apply detergents or chemicals to a surface, this is the tip you want. After you apply the soap or chemicals with the more gentle black tip, change to a white, green, yellow or red tip, to start deep cleaning.

And you can see my #1 recommendation for a rotary nozzle: the Briggs & Stratton Quick Connect Nozzle on Amazon.


Eventually, quick connect pressure washer nozzles wear out. Or get lost. But replacing them is fairly easy. You can usually find them at your local hardware store. Or at your big box store. And don't forget that there are lots of online stores that sell all type of pressure washer parts.

I really recommend the Powerfit Oring Replacement Kit on Amazon!

This economical Oring replacement kit has a universal fit for ALL gas pressure washers - and you get replacement orings for your trigger gun, wand, pump and hose.

And you can check Amazon's price on the Powerfit Oring Replacement Kit.


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