Choosing The Best Foam Cannon For Applying Snow Foam

Choosing The Best Foam Cannon For Applying Snow Foam

If you are coming here as a follow on from our article on Snow Foam, chances are you have been convinced that you now need to start integrating the snow foaming/pre-cleaning step into your car cleaning regime. That’s great!

One question that often gets thrown around is, “What is the best foam cannon for applying snow foam to my car?”

My Answer to that would be that it depends.

There are a few different ways to go about this, and it comes down to what equipment you already own ( for example if you already own a pressure washer, it makes sense to buy a product that complements that ), what kind of space you have to work with, and how quickly you want to get the job done.

Aside from that, everyone has their preferences. At the end of the day, we all want to get to the same result – getting the snow foam onto the surface of your car.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and take a look at all you will need to know.

The different types of Snow Foam Applicator

1)Snow Foam Cannon

A snow foam Cannon ( or lance as it is commonly called ) connects directly to your electric or petrol pressure washer. It is available for virtually all power washer brands such as Gerni, Karcher, you name it.

 These types of snow foam lances are specifically designed to be used with power washers, so if you don’t already have one of these, you can forget about buying one of these snow foam applicators ( Unless you are willing to pick one up for this purpose, of course! )

The beauty about these types of foam cannons is that they attach on like any other connector, so chances are you will have no compatibility issues with whatever product you go with. ( If by chance you do run into a problem, you will be guaranteed to find a connection adapter )

This type of snow foam applicator is probably the most common in the professional detailing industry.

Best Foam Cannon

How a foam cannon works

A Snow foam Cannon works by creating a syphon, as water travels across the jet it pulls the solution out from the reservoir bottle and mixes in the jet, using a series of mesh inserts in the cannon it’s agitated into a foam.

This results in a nice thick foamy solution which is applied to the exterior of your car.

2)Snow Foam Gun

The Snow foam gun connects to your regular water hose making the snow foam gun a viable option for most people, particularly those who don’t already own a power washer and don’t want to make that kind of investment. By simply attaching to your garden hose to one of these guns, you can be set up and ready to start snow foaming your car within a matter of minutes.

With this type of snow foam applicator, setup costs and time needed is very low which makes it a great option for most “amateur” detailers.

Snow foam guns are a cheap and easy way to get into the world of snow foaming.

Foam Cannon

How a foam gun works

The foam guns are designed to suck the liquid from the tank and mix with water and air as it is applied to create a foamy wash.

Although these are nowhere near as powerful as a foam cannon which uses a pressure washer, they still manage to create quite a thick layer of foam.

3)Snow Foam Hand Pump Gun

If you don’t have access to a pressure washer OR a garden hose to use with a Foam Gun, you could resort to using a snow foam hand pump applicator. These are not ideal and would only consider one as a last resort, as it will not perform as good as the other two options listed above.

Foam Cannon


Which type of Snow Foam Applicator is best for Your Needs

At the end of the day, any of the above applicators will do the same basic task. However, in some cases, one particular solution may be better suited than the other.

1)  Snow Foam Cannon / Lance

A Snow Foam Cannon, used with a pressure washer would be my applicator of choice. It will just do the job more effectively, end of the story.

However, I can understand not everyone should just run out and spend a lot of money on all the required equipment. So, I recommend the lance if the following applies to you.

  1. You already own a pressure washer

Foam lances are specifically designed to be used with pressure washers. They attach on like any other connector and create a thick foam on the car. So if you already own one of these, it is not going to break the bank to buy a snow foam lance. It will be worth it!

  1. You have enough space to pressure wash your car

Being quite thick foam and at high pressure, the snow foam lance can overspray onto surrounding areas of where you are washing your car. If this is not an issue for your setup then the snow foam lance attachment is the way forward.

  1. You have enough time to set up your pressure washer and lance

Not everyone has all the time in the world on their hands. If you have an additional 10 minutes to set up your pressure washer, then the lance is recommended, if you are not rushing the job.

After that, you have to put it all away. I can understand how this could be a bit more effort than someone is willing to put in regularly with their washes.

Another concern that many people have is whether their brand new snow foam lance will work with their existing pressure washer. Unless it is a custom-built or commercial pressure washer, there is an adapter for every lance to pressure washer for a perfect fit.

Many adapters come included with the pressure washer or snow foam lance but if not, they are easy to find.

Searching for the Best Foam Cannon? Below are a some Snow Foam lances that I would recommend if you decide to go this route into foaming! All of these recommended snow foam lances above can adjust the way the spray comes out of the reservoir.

Chemical Guys EQP_310 TORQ Professional Foam Cannon

This snow foam Cannon by Chemical guys will work with any pressure washer to produce thick snow foam by adjusting the vertical jet nozzle. There is also an air injector controller that allows you to adjust the foam mixture of the large 32-ounce container. Great Quality of materials used in this cannon, which means it will last(resistant brass and stainless steel ). This Lance is perfect for both amateurs and professionals alike.

More info here.

Foam Cannon

MJJC Foam Cannon

I recently got this cannon for myself and can safely say it is one of the best I have ever used. – Well worth the extra money over the original MJJC Cannon.

pro foam cannon


SudMagic Foam Cannon

This is another Foam Cannon that will be easy on your pockets, but also be reliable and made of good quality materials. As with the more expensive Chemical Guys alternative, it has the adjustable nozzle to adjust the vertical height of the foam spray as well as a knob to change the thickness. For a cheap snow foam cannon, it is fairly rare to find both adjustments

More info Here

Snow foam gun


2)  Snow Foam Gun

In my opinion, the snow foam gun is the second-best option if the snow foam cannon does not suit you based on the above criteria. I recommend the snow foam gun option if the following apply to you

  1. You don’t have as much time to wash your car

If care about speed and don’t have the time to set up a pressure washer, the snow foam gun is recommended for you. The snow foam gun is like your regular garden hose trigger gun except it attaches to a bottle for your detergent to sit in. Just click it on and you’re ready to foam. Setup time with this option is much less than if you were to use a pressure washer

  1. You Want a Thick Layer Relatively Thick Layer Of Foam

The snow foam gun does not shoot out foam as thick as the snow foam lance but does produce similar results as a bubbly bucket wash that is instead shot onto your car through the gun.  The foam thickness is usually based on your garden hose pressure and the setting on the adjustable dial on the gun.

  1. You do not already own a Pressure Washer

The snow foam gun does not require any power or extra tools to work, leaving you with the ability to click on the gun, turn on the water and foam away. Packing up is also quick.

Below are a some Snow Foam guns that are compatible with your standard garden hose that I would recommend

Chemical Guys ACC_326 Foam Blaster 6 Foam Wash Gun

This particular foam gun contains several great features that make this a great investment to go along with your car wash arsenal. More importantly, you can operate this foam gun without the need to invest in an expensive pressure washer. You can simply hook it up to your garden hose. As always, being a chemical guys product, you know you are getting good quality.

More info here

Snow Foam Gun

AOOU Snow Foam Gun

This is another cheaper alternative to the Chemical guys product but will do the same thing. If you are not fussy about brand names, you can’t go wrong with this product from AOOU either. I believe this is the best value you can get for a foam gun!

More info here

foam wash gun

Armour Car Care Nano Foam Shooter

Easy to use, cheap and effective product. This is a good option for beginner foamer.

More info here

Snow foam gun

3)Snow Foam Hand Pump Guns

I am not going to recommend any of these types of applicators, as I have just need found any of these “hand pump gun” products available to be effective. If you are going to get into snow foaming, you are better off sticking with tried and trusted methods of either the snow foam cannon for your pressure washer or a snow foam gun for attaching to the garden hose.

Don’t waste your money, you will only be disappointed.

Is a foam cannon worth it?

In my opinion foam cannons are worth it. Sure, it might add some time to your whole car wash routine or cost some money to get up and running, but I feel that the pros outweigh the cons.

-I feel that it gives the car a deep clean, in all the nooks and crannies of the car
-Will reduce the chance of scratching or marring.
-It’s fun to use

-It’s an extra step so adds to the wash time
-They use a lot of soap. 2oz or more in addition to your wash bucket soap.

Is a Foam Cannon Necessary?

No, they are not necessary. I had been cleaning my car for years without using a foam cannon, with excellent results regardless of using this foaming/pre-cleaning step. However, now that I have integrated into my washing routine, I don’t feel like I will ever go back to NOT using it.

Sure I was able to achieve some great results without any sort of snow foam, but I feel the results are just that bit better with the snow foam step.

In Summary.

Any of the above products should be perfect for the task at hand, but as I mentioned previously, the foam applicator you should buy comes down to your preferences and what equipment you already own or have access to.

I have heard of people making their homemade foam cannons, although that is something I have never tried myself. If you have, or you want to recommend some products you think are noteworthy, please feel free to leave a comment below. I am always interested in hearing other detailers thoughts and experiences.

Happy Detailing!

About the Author – Darren O Hara

Darren is the founder of the DriveDetailed blog and is a keen detailing enthusiast living in the rainy south of Ireland. When he is not cleaning his car he is always researching ways he can improve his techniques and enjoys testing out out new products.

Darren currently drives an Audi TTRS and is a big fan of performance cars.

You can follow Darren on Instagram @darrenoharacork

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