If you’re looking for the best pressure washer for your needs in 2017…
…But are feeling overwhelmed by the 509 different pressure washer options available, you’re in the right place.
Because the research is done, and you’ll see the best 6 below.
Gasoline or Electric Powered Pressure Washer Reviews?
To make the choice between gas or electric power: ask yourself how much money you want to spend and what job you plan to use it for.
- Gasoline is more expensive and more powerful so better for bigger jobs like driveways, fences, houses.
- Electric is less expensive but less powerful so better for less frequent use or smaller surfaces like grills, boats, dirt bikes.
Affordable, Powerful – Best Gas Pressure Washer for the Money
If you compare it to the other Generac and Simpson models below you will see it is more affordable for the power. This Generac costs 60% less than its adjustable pressure spray brother (#2 choice). It costs that much less because it has 24% less cleaning capacity and you can’t adjust the pressure.
But for $150 saving I figured you could just move the spray gun a little further from the surface if you wanted to spray with less pressure. And that’s why this unit is #1.
Adjustable – 4 Different Pressures at the Turn of a Dial
Imagine next time you need to clean the gutters and house siding, freshen up your driveway and make your deck/patio look new again. With this washer you’ll get all those chores done in a weekend. With 1 power washer, not 4.
With 3,100 PSI and 2.8 GPM (the max power setting), this washer is a heavy-duty residential-use model capable of removing the toughest dirt, grime and oil. Once you remove the tough stains you can turn a dial and delicately wash your car on the low setting. Effortless.
It comes with a detergent tank. It comes with vibration reducing spray gun handle to ensure you can clean for extended times. And comes with an easily maintainable OHV engine.
A More Robust, Job-site Option
This Simpson has 12% less cleaning capacity than the number 2 Generac above – not much, yes – but it costs about the same and doesn’t have adjustable pressures. For these reasons it rounds the list at #3.
The main selling point is that this one has a Honda engine. Generac makes purpose built engines – which are great – but I know a lot of you will prefer the Honda brand name.
You’ll also notice the slight difference in the style of the pressure washer carts. The Simpson definitely is more robust. Check out those wheels.
Portable, Affordable – The Best Electric Pressure Cleaner for the Money
This power washer is perfect for small to medium jobs around the home. With it, in 90 minutes, after my mountain bike ride: I cleaned all the dirt off my bike, washed both my parents cars and just for good measure – pressure cleaned their front porch…
…With just a garden hose and sponge these jobs would’ve taken 5x that time. And this cleaner is only about $150. It’s lightweight at 27 lbs, compact at about the size of a normal vacuum cleaner and portable with a 30-foot power cord and 20 foot hose.
All-in-all this cleaner is a great choice for most. It is far-and-away the most popular one with 4 / 5 stars off over 700 buyer reviews.
A More Expensive, Tougher Option
So why so much more expensive? Well, it has a water cooled induction motor, which Karcher claims has 5x the life of non-cooled motors. As such, this one is more equipped for everyday use.
In addition, the Karcher comes out-of-the-box with 2 spray nozzles to vary the pressure by 50%.
Sturdiness at a Cost
As you can see it is a different style – it sits along the ground instead of upright. This has its advantages when it comes to sturdiness. Given how lightweight electric washers are (~30-40 pounds), I can imagine yanking on the hoses of the above 2 washers and them tipping over… but this one stays sturdy.
Number 2 above costs 50% more and has 18% more cleaning capacity, so you’d think would rank below this one. But for the extra $100 you’re definitely getting your money worth with the above’s water cooled motor.
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