Are you looking to speed up your car wash and have a little fun as well while you are at it?
If so, then you’re in for a treat!
Gone are the days when washing a dirty car was hectic and time-consuming. Those days are far behind…
Now, car washing is easier than ever thanks to the “Foam cannons.” With a foam cannon, you can get almost a professional type car wash within a few minutes, and that too without any hassle or stress!
Do you need a foam Cannon?
Wondering whether or not you need a foam cannon? Well here’s your answer.
Yes! You need a foam cannon.
Let’s face it. Using the traditional two-bucket method is very time-consuming and requires a lot of effort. What’s even worse is that even after putting in so much effort, you will still not get a swirl-free, professional-type wash!
This is where a foam cannon comes in…
It makes the car washing process a lot faster and easier and that’s not even the best part…
The best part is, you can get a swirl and scratch-free shine at home with ease using Foam guns/Foam cannons and that too having a lot of fun!
Foam cannon vs. foam gun:
If you are a newbie, you might not know the difference between these two.
So, let me lay it out for you; both accessories can be used for car washing. The main difference, however, is the way they are used. Furthermore, a foam cannon produces a better result than a foam gun.
A cannon requires a pressure washer. foam gun, on the other hand, can be used with a garden hose.
This means that a good cannon can produce more quantity of foam than a foam gun. Furthermore, the thickness of the foam is also better in the foam cannons leading to a better car wash overall.
A foam cannon does cost a few more bucks, but that extra money is well worth it if you want to achieve the best possible results!
Our picks for the best foam guns and cannons:
Okay, now that you are aware of the perks of having a foam gun/ foam cannon, let’s talk about the best options available in the market for you.
Here are our top 10 picks for the best foam guns currently available on the market!
Adam’s Red Foam Cannon- the premium cannon!
Adam is a reliable name in the car washing-related equipment business, and as expected, this piece of equipment lives up to its name.
Rightly after unboxing the cannon, I was impressed by the materials and the finishing. The cannon comes with a quality brass ¼ connector and a huge, thick plastic bottle that holds 33.81 ounces of liquid. Sadly though, it can only be connected to the pressure washer. So, the standard garden hose won’t work, unfortunately.
On a positive note, this is probably one of the few cannons that work flawlessly with pressure as low as 870 PSI and high as 3190 PSI without any trouble. The max flow is 20L/s, which is pretty standard in my testing.
Coming back to design, I found the grip to be very comfortable, easy to squeeze yet allowing you to feel the pressure of the power washer. This allows me to wash cars for longer hours without any hassle. Further, all the components are durable and made of corrosion-free stainless steel, thus providing excellent durability.
Durable design and aesthetic
The price is a bit steep
Handles both low and high pressure efficiently
With keeping true craftsmanship in mind, Adam has designed a cannon that offers both comfort and simplicity without compromising on features and durability, though all this comes at a high price.
All things considered, I believe this is one of the best cannon ones can get. It provides everything that one expects from a cannon or maybe even more. Anyone serious about auto detailing will want this tool in their arsenal.
Chemical guys EQP 313
If you are looking for the best foam cannon currently available, then look no further. Chemical guys EQP 313 is hands down THE BEST foam cannon available.
The products of Chemical guys are well known for their quality in the automotive industry and this is one of their best-ever products.
The build quality of this foam cannon is excellent and you can expect it to be fairly durable! It comprises stainless steel and corrosion-resistant brass parts. Furthermore, The EQP 313 offers universal fitting meaning that it can be used with any gas or electric pressure washer which is certainly a huge plus!
This foam cannon offers a large 32 oz. fluid tank and a full bottle mean at least 2 nice foamy coatings.
The jet nozzle on this piece is a masterpiece and we were able to cover the whole car with a thick layer of foam in less than a minute!
What’s even better is that the cannon works with as low as 800psi pressure washers and you don’t need to buy a new pressure washer for this one!
- More soap doesn’t necessarily mean a better clean. If you want the best results, use only 2 oz. of foaming cleaner and not more than that. Remember, less is more!
- To achieve the best results, use soaps provided by the chemical guys, as they are the best soaps for any foam cannon. Not only do they give you a neat and clean touch-up shine, but they also smell pleasant which is a big plus!
A detailed How-to video:
If you are looking to add bubble magic to your car washing process, then this is an ideal choice for you. Once you get the hang of it, you can get almost a professional type of car wash at home
Trinova foam cannon- A mid-range beast
If you are looking for a great foam cannon but don’t want to spend a fortune on it, then the Trinova foam cannon is worth trying. It dispenses rich and thick foam which loosens the dirt particles hence giving your car an almost showroom clean-like look.
It is very easy to use. Just connect it to a decent pressure washer are you are good to go. Oh, and you do not have to worry if you don’t own a hi-tech pressure washer because this cannon works well on both electric and gas pressure washers.
As for the design and durability of this product, I would give it a 10/10. The bottle of the cannon is seemed to be well made as the plastic is very thick. Furthermore, the construction of the valve and the nozzle was really good and looked pretty solid meaning that it will last much longer as compared to the cheap cannon options.
Another important thing worth mentioning here is that the company offers great customer support. If you ever get into trouble with your foam cannon, you can always ask the professionals for a little help. The customer relations officers at Trinova respond to queries almost immediately.
- In some cases, you might have to change the quick connect fitting.
- Figuring out the right amount of soap and water combination might take a couple of tries, but once you get the combination right, it will work extremely well!
- Connect the rubber flexible straw to ensure that the liquid soap is dispersed properly.
Trinova foam cannon meets the expectations on almost every level. It’s fairly simple to use and gives a nice and thick foam and that too at a very reasonable price. At this price, I would say that it is worth trying.
MTM Hydro original- a great all-rounder
MTM Hydro original is a great foam cannon. It ticks all the right boxes that a good foam cannon should and on top of that, the cannon can shoot foam as far as 20 feet. This extended shooting ability means you have less dirt on your clothes and have a lot of fun…!!
This cannon is compatible with 1100-5000 psi pressure washers. You can just connect it to even a normal garden hose and it will still work pretty well.
The build quality of MTM hydro is great as it should be! The bottle is made up of thick plastic while other parts including the nozzle and adjustable fan blades are made of stainless steel.
Furthermore, the adjustable fan blades allow you to adjust the foam according to your needs. You can cover your car with a thick foam blanket within a few minutes and the foam sticks nicely to the car giving you a great wash.
- Remember to rinse the bottle properly after every use if you want the product to last longer.
- To achieve the best results, use pressure washers having a higher PSI than 2000.
MTM hydro is certainly one of the best foam cannons currently available. If you take auto detailing seriously, it is a must-have.
The foam produced is amazing and it makes car washing quite easy and fun!
Duchin SFL-001 – your safest bet!
Duchin SFL is the best cheap foam cannon on the market.
Just connect it to any pressure washer having 2.0 GPM and over 1000 PSI and you are good to go. The thick foam produced will leave you speechless- it’s that good considering the price! The cannon can easily give you two thick layers of foam for your car without any refill thanks to the large 33 OZ. container bottle.
The connectors of this cannon are made of quality brass, while the opaque bottle is made of thick plastic material to ensure quality.
The fact that the spray nozzle is adjustable makes this product even more awesome. It can do much more than just car washing! Thanks to the adjustable nozzle, this cannon can also be used for spraying moss killer for roofs, spraying dandelion killer on lawns, and much more!
Whether you are on a tight budget, or you are just considering a new foam cannon to try then look no further! This cannon is your safest bet! It works flawlessly with any decent pressure washer and you could get dispensed rich, thick foam without any hassle.
SudMagic Foam Cannon
This professional foam lands from SudMagic, and undoubtedly, is an exceptional foam lance to power wash your car before waxing.
This cannon has a ¼” male quick connector that can handle pressure as high as 3200 PSI and/or 5.3 GPM. This means that in addition to washing and detailing cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, motorhomes, and ATVs, the SudMagic foam cannon can also be used for cleaning siding on houses or other chores around the yard.
Patented Brass Threaded Bottle
Most of the foam cannons have plastic threaded bottles that screw into brass. Metal to plastic connection causes the threads of the bottle to strip out quickly, rendering the foam cannon useless. To address this issue, SudMagic has made a brass threaded bottle that will not strip.
Surprisingly missing from many of the bottles, the patented brass threaded bottle has measuring marks on the side of the bottle for making a perfect concentration mix.
Similar to MATCC and other high brands, the SudMagic foam cannon is also adjustable. It lets you adjust the vertical height of the spray by rotating the nozzle. Quite similarly, the thickness of the foam spray can also be adjusted to your liking. A knob on top of the cannon lets you do that by changing the water-to-soap ratio.
One thing that is missing from some of the guns is the ability to turn the soap off. Fortunately, in our testing, when the soap-to-water mixing valve was turned to the + side, the SudMagic foam cannon picked no soap at all, and at the water from the nozzle came clear.
Brass threaded bottle
Does not work properly on low pressure
Easy to assemble
Produces a great amount of foam
Although the gun struggled to work properly on low-pressure (below 1000PSI), the very-Ill needed brass threaded bottle seals the deal for me. Also, the amount of foam produced was overwhelming!
MATCC Foam Wash Gun
This MATCC foam wash gun is another professional type foam lance that comes with a variable, adjustable spray nozzle for accurate mixing and foam generation. This cannon has a 1/4″ Quick Connector fitting and 33 oz. fluid tank.
Do note that this gun doesn’t work with a water hose, as this is to be used with a pressure washer.
however, what I liked about it was how easily it attaches to the pressure washer. What’s even better is that it can handle the pressure of 200 – 3000 PSI, meaning you can wash from your car to a house without a hitch.
The build of the gun is very good. The foam lance core is made of quality brass while the container is made out of thick white plastic. There are (2) adjustments that allow you to dial in the sprayer for any situation: the top dial is for foam dispensing amount and the nozzle adjusts the spray pattern (wide to narrow).
– The knob lets you control the water-to-soap ratio. Not to be confused, the minus (-) sign means less water, and more soap (so more foam is produced), and the (+) sign indicates otherwise.
– Make sure not to max out the knob to the (-) side. For max foam, turn the knob to the (-), then twist it back a little.
Solid materials and build
Some users have reported leakage issues
Can easily handle high pressure
MATCC gun is flexible and versatile enough to work on all vehicles from large trucks and trailers to bikes and boats. I faced some leakage issues (though this could be due to high-pressure) but the overall experience with the MATCC foam gun was great.
Gilmour Cleaning Sprayer Foamaster II
8thth on our list is The Gilmour Foamaster II.
The Flowmaster II cleaning sprayer by the renowned maker ‘Gilmour’ is the perfect all-around tool for cleaning, degreasing, and disinfecting. Its even distribution of foam ensures the most controlled, scratch-free wash possible.
This professional foam wash gun connects to a standard garden hose WITHOUT the need for pressure washers or other expensive equipment. You don’t even need to mix water and cleaning solution beforehand, the custom mixing head blends the perfect ratio of car wash soap, running water, and ambient air to gently clean any vehicle with foaming suds.
Adjustable Foam Concentration
The problem with most foam guns is the imbalanced usage of soap and water. Is your car very dirty or not much dirty? A properly balanced mixture of soap and water is a must, which will not only do the job properly but will also save the soap and your money.
Fortunately, Gilmour Foamaster Foam Cannon offers a dial that lets you pick the perfect concentration. Simply, turn the dial to adjust the dilution ratio of the soapy foam sprayed from the nozzle.
The product offers five different dilution ratios:
- A = 1:128
- B = 1:64
- C = 1:32
- D = 1:20
- E = 1:10
Unfortunately, it’s not all gold and glitters and I have some complaints, specifically about the product design.
The major problem with the sprayer is that the nozzle tends to fly off like a rocket, which can potentially chip off the paint. It is encased in a snap-on plastic molded grip that doesn’t grant full coverage.
Adjustable mixing ratio
The handle trigger is not grippy enough
The spray nozzle keeps knocking off
Water pressure is underwhelming
The Gilmour Foamaster II offers tons of features, most notably – the concentration adjuster and the even distribution of the liquid, though it is quite hard to ignore the unreliable design/aesthetic resulting in the spray nozzle knocking off, creating scratches on the body.
Installer Champ Foam Blaster
This foam blaster by Installer Champ is primarily sold to & used by professional detailers that let you blanket your vehicle in thick, creamy foam for professional-level detailing at the convenience of your home. It can even remove dirt from cracks and corners on other surfaces if you choose to use it on something other than your vehicle.
It comes with a 100% brass-made 1/4″ Quick Connector (which is probably the most common attachment type for pressure washers sold in the USA). Luckily, it can also handle high water pressures (max pressure/bar: 3200PSI/220BAR) and a max flow of 20L/MIN.
Like most foam blasters, you can adjust the thickness of the foam according to your liking.
Quite similar to the MATCC foam machine gun, the Installer Champ foam gun also has a (pressure) dial knob on top with a (+/-) that lets you adjust the thickness of the spray foam. You can also adjust the vertical height of the spray foam by twisting the nozzle handle right or left.
Not to be confused, similar to the MATCC foam gun, the minus (-) sign indicates less water, more foam and the (+) indicates more water, less foam.
Overall, the quality of the gun is extremely top notch and I have no complaints about the products. To make the deal sweeter, the brass connector and bottle come with 90 days, 100% “no questions asked” leakproof warranty.
Mostly used by professionals, the Installer Champ is a truly effective auto detailing choice for you. Good build, high-pressure flow handling, thick foam, and no major complaints– it checks all the boxes.
Fasmov pressure washer foam cannon
Fasmov cannon is another great option for you if you are on a tight budget.
The cleaning prowess of Fasmov is amazing and it can do much more than just car wash owing to the adjustable nozzle.
For cleaning a fragile surface, you can set the nozzle at a wide angle so that it can produce the foam gently. As for a car wash, or cleaning any hard surface, any angle will do. The foam produced is thick enough to stick around on any surface to ensure proper cleaning.
The packaging of this product was decent but what impressed me was the build quality. It came with a ¼ inch quick connector made of high-quality brass and a bottle made of hard plastic. Thankfully, the bottle was translucent which allowed me to monitor the soap level easily.
The cannon worked flawlessly out of the box and all in all, I would say that it is a pretty decent foam cannon.
The cannon offers great value for its price and I have no complaint whatsoever! Sure, it is not entirely perfect, but it gets the job done!
Before you make the pick…
Before you jump to a conclusion, here are some important factors you should consider when buying a cannon/gun:
- Flexibility: A good cannon is not restricted to cleaning your car only. It allows multi-surface cleaning, just in case you need to clean other surfaces. You should also look for a cannon that offers an adjustable dial for adjusting the amount of soap-to-water ratio.Another thing you need to look out for with foam cannons is that the connection to the pressure washer should be universal. You’ll need to make sure the one you buy comes with a quick connection that fits your pressure washer (most of them are ¼).
- Solid Construction: Most people have complained about the plastic threaded bottle. Cannons made of brass are known to be durable and can serve you for several years. You need a robust cannon to withstand potential impacts and drops in the outdoor environment. Make sure to do a proper inspection of the build quality of the cannon/item before you make the purchase.
- Performance: Before buying a cannon, you must be aware of the performance ratings of your pressure washer as this will allow you to buy a cannon that will work best with your low, medium, or high-powered pressure washer. You must make sure that your pressure washer isn’t overpowered. Most of the cannons I’ve tested handle 3000-3200 PSI pressure. Using an overpowered pressure washer (say over 3500 PSI) might cause the cannon to explode or at least damage it.
- Affordability: Obviously, everything comes at a price, and there is a huge difference between the price tag of branded ‘renowned’ cannons and the less famous ones. The best (and most expensive) cannons range from $70-$120, though you can also get a decent cannon for $30-35 from Amazon, they come with a few compromises. It all depends on what you need and how much you’re going to use it.
- Warranty: As most of the foam guns and cannons are made of plastic or brass, the chances of them being damaged or broken, if mishandled, are pretty high. For this reason, when buying a foam gun or foam cannon, I recommend sticking to brands that are likely to provide warranty support or replacement parts should something break. Also, if you’re in the US, I would recommend buying a US-made product (e.g Gilmour) as this guarantees better support.
Wrapping it up!
With all being said, it would be unfair to crown any ‘cannon’ as the best and in the end, it all comes down to your personal preferences! Use our guide and the important factors in mind to choose which cannon suits you the best.
If you’re tight on cash but want to try out a. foam cannon then choose which are affordable to your pocket, though keep in mind that they are prone to damage and may break fairly easily.
However, if you’re an auto enthusiast who enjoys washing their vehicles or a pro that does this for a living, it is worth it to spend a few more bucks on a higher quality lance like the Adam, MTM or ChemicalGuys.