Updated 15 Feb 2018

Stihl

RE 88

Snapshot: Stihl has a good reputation for outdoor power gear. Is this waterblaster an exception?

RE 88
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$295

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Test results

Overall score
77
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Manoeuvring
?/10
Vibration
?/10

Good points

  • Very good cleaning performance.

But

  • No patio cleaner (but one can be purchased as optional extra).
  • Awkward balance when moving the tall unit, and the wheels are a little stiff.
  • Fairly heavy.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Performance (60%)
Assesses concrete-cleaning performance 1 metre above ground and away from the waterblaster.

Ease of use (40%)
Assesses manoeuvring, vibration, trigger comfort and ease of cleaning with the blaster.
Penalties apply for connection issues between lance and attachments.

Noise is measured 1 metre above ground and 1 metre away from the waterblaster.

Price is based on a February 2018 survey.

Note: We changed our test method so these results replace last year's assessment. The Nilfisk Compact Series Waterblaster C120.7-6 PCAD was tested under a different assessment method in 2017. The performance score has been adjusted.

Key data

Model

Type
Mains-electric
Avg price
$295

Specifications

Fastest cleaning speed (m²/min)
0.53
Noise (dBA)
79
Water use claimed by manufacturer (L/min)
5.8
Pressure (Bar/Psi)
100/1450
Hose length (m)
6.1
Lance length (cm)
82
Weight (includes hose and lance) (kg)
9.1

Features

Wheels
Nozzle list
fixed (rotary action), variable pressure and detergent
Fan nozzle
×
Rotary nozzle
Detergent bottle
On-board tool storage
Telescopic/folding carry handle
×
Patio-cleaner head
×

More Info

Availability
Stihl shops