Pump sprayers can be used to apply most car cleaning products. Professionals often use them for soaps, snow foam, or even traffic film remover.
In this case, I’m going to list what I believe to be the best hand pump foam sprayers for snow foam.
Pump sprayers are great for those who don’t have a pressure washer & foam cannon setup.
They’re also considered to be cheap and have enough pressure to produce a decent foam.
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Foam Cannon Versus Pump Sprayer
I’m not going to try and sell you a lie.
Any time that you can use a proper foam cannon and pressure washer setup, do it. A good pressure washer and foam cannon will achieve much better results than a pump sprayer.
The pump sprayer is good when you don’t have access to electricity or running water. It’s also great for cleaning smaller targeted areas such as wheels and wheel wells.
Using the pump sprayer will also allow mobile detailers with limited water supplies to snow foam the car. It will also let those who live in areas with water restrictions easily manage their water consumption.
While the pump sprayer is certainly a useful tool to have. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it will completely change your life.
Best Pump Sprayer For Snow Foam
The best hand pump foam sprayers come loaded with many features.
When buying a pump sprayer for snow foam the most important feature is the amount of pressure that it provides. Some of the pressure foamers can create & hold 4bar or (60 PSI) of pressure at any one time.
I would recommend getting one with adjustable nozzles and spray patterns. I’d also recommend getting one with a high capacity so that you don’t run out of product mid-clean.
There are also many “luxury” features. Transparent tanks and markings for measurements are useful. I also think that pressure release valves and trigger lock buttons make for a more enjoyable experience.
The best products will come with most, if not all these features, but they do come at a price.
Below are 3 of the best pump sprayers money can buy. They all range from $20 – $50, however, I found the cheap ones to be a waste of time.
Marolex Axel 3000 Pressure Foamer 3L
The Marolex Axel 3000 Pressure Foamer is one of the leading pump sprayers. It’s made in Poland and is available to buy worldwide on Amazon.
What I love most about this product is the fact that it comes with 4 different nozzles. Each nozzle offers a completely different consistency of foam.
Using the thickest nozzle will produce a foam that’s like shaving foam, while it’s not practical for detailing, it’s pretty damn cool. The other 3 nozzles are much more practical. I suggest trying them all and finding what works best for you.
With a 3L working capacity and a 3.55L total capacity, you’ll be able to snow foam most cars without the need to refill.
The Marolex Axel 3000 is built to perfection. It feels great to hold, has incredible build quality, and can withstand even the harshest of chemicals.
It also has an auto-lock feature that keeps the trigger open. This is great for long-term use, especially when you’re covering full cars.
There are a couple of downsides though.
I found that the output doesn’t last that long. If you plan on doing a big vehicle such as an estate or work truck, you’ll need to pump it a fair few times. (This is an issue with most pump sprayers though, they’re meant for smaller jobs).
Unfortunately, despite the adjustable nozzles, you’re not able to adjust the fan pattern. This would have been great to have as it would allow you more coverage in certain situations.
Overall, this is a great foamer and comes highly recommended.
It’s great for foaming small areas and can also be used for the whole car if you really want. It comes at a fraction of the cost of any pressure washer setup and will allow you to apply any detailing product you like.
iK Foam PRO 2 Pump Sprayer
The iK Foam Pro 2 is another pump sprayer that’s often mentioned in the detailing community.
The Rag Company is well known for its microfiber detailing towels. However, they teamed up with the goizper group to release an awesome pump sprayer.
It’s a professional-grade product that’s designed especially for detailing. It withstands any shampoos, detergents, and snow foams that are thrown at it.
Like the Marolex foamer, this also comes with 3 adapters that change the consistency of the foam. But, this also comes with a Pressure Release Safety Valve as well as a safety lock trigger option.
Unlike the Marolex foamer, this actually comes with an adjustable nozzle that lets you change the spray patterns.
The main downside is the fact that it only supports up to 45 PSI of pressure (around 3 bar).
The fact that it’s also half the size of the marolex is another reason you may want to avoid it.
When using the orange filter and a more direct spray pattern, you can achieve a pretty decent foam. Unfortunately, you can tell this has less PSI than the marolex one, which limits just how much foam you can make.
There’s no doubt this is a great product with an plenty of features, but it does have its downsides.
Mesto 3132 Foamer
Mestos’ 3132 Foamer is one that’s relatively unknown, but don’t let that put you off!
The Mesto 3132 Foamer produces a very thick foam which makes it ideal for snow foaming vehicles. You can adjust how thick this foam is by adding to or reducing the number of felt inserts in the sprayer head.
While this sprayer has less features than any of the others on this list, it is probably the best at foaming.
The main downside of this bottle has to be the fact that the pressure output doesn’t last long at all. To cover a door on your vehicle, you’d need to pump it up at least 3 times and this is on a standard 5 door hatchback.
If you were to cover a truck, not only would it take a long time, you’d also have aching pains for days. It’s a total workout.
While it does include a pressure control valve and a convenient thumb lever for spray control, you’ll still need to pump it up often
Considering the price point, the amount of pumping necessary and the fact that it’s not suitable for acids, you should probably go for one of the other 2 sprayers on this list.
The only reason it has made this list is that it produces such an incredible foam… everybody that’s used it is amazed.
Other Uses For Pump Sprayers
Pump sprayers aren’t just for snow foams you can use any detailing product you want inside them.
Pre-wash products such as Traffic Film Remover, Snow Foam, and Bug & Tar Remover are often used in them. However, you can also use APC, Wheel Cleaners, and Interior cleaners in them if you want.
Even if you have a snow foam lance, I’d recommend having a pump sprayer. The versatility will blow your mind.
There’s a reason why most detailing professionals have both!
Dont Cheap Out!
If you’re sold on the idea of buying a pump sprayer, the worst thing you can do is buy a cheap one. Especially if you want to produce decent snow foam.
I’ve found most cheap ones lack any real pressure or ability to foam and produce a fine mist at best. That said, the cheap pump sprayers are fine for applying products that don’t need foaming.
Keep in mind, when buying cheap you’ll often buy twice.
The leading pump sprayers will only set you back $30 – $50 and are incredibly robust. They’re well worth the investment and will last a lifetime if treated right.