How to Choose a High-Pressure Washer
Not sure how to choose a pressure washer?
Where will you use your pressure washers? That may sound like a silly question, but whether you’re cleaning indoors or outdoors can make a huge difference when deciding how to choose a pressure washer.
Asking yourself these 2 very important questions will help you decide:
- Do I need a pressure washer with wheels to easily move it around? Or am I cleaning objects that can be moved up close to the pressure washer?
- Am I cleaning on a job site (needing a gas pressure washer) or do I have easy access to electricity (to use an electric pressure washer)?
Electric Pressure Washer vs Gas Pressure Washer
If you’re cleaning indoors with an electric pressure washer, you’re limited on your energy sources. For instance, indoors you’re confined to using an electric motor to drive the high-pressure pump. The electric motor limits your portability because you’re constantly tied to an electrical outlet.
Outdoor cleaning provides you with more options. Working outside allows you to operate electric pressure washers or gas pressure washers, the two most popular solutions. Typically, the electric pressure washer models are more economical. However, the gas pressure washers are portable—no electric cord—which may be more convenient.
While most pressure washers are typically fed by a garden hose from a spigot, some can also draw water from a large tank. This makes on-site cleaning easier because of the mobility factor.
How much time do you need with the pressure washer?
If you are operating a pressure washer for less than five hours per week, you could technically get away with a less expensive model found in do-it-yourself stores. But beware—you certainly won't get the service, support or warranty coverage that so many people have come to expect.
If you are operating pressure washers for less than 20 hours per week, you will find some mid-range models that are typically identified by a direct-drive pump.
If you’re a serious pressure washer user—operating a business and cleaning more than 20 hours per week, you need top-quality industrial pressure washer with a belt-drive pump.