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Question DetailsAsked on 7/11/2013

Best pressure washer

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Answered 6 years ago by KielH


I can't say anything about modern ones - I have always bought Campbell Hausfeld with Briggs and Stratton 4-cycle engines for personal and commercial use - never had one last less than 10 years of commercial use unless some idiot let it run dry, and my personal one is about 25 years old and going strong with ZERO maintenance except for oil changes and adding air air to the tires before I use it.

If you are looking at more than washing the drive and deck, the little electric ones that look like an upright vacuum cleaner do not have much power or pass much water. Good for knock-about cleaning around the house but a real pain for large jobs like prepping a drive for sealing or washing the entire house or stripping a large deck.

However, a larger (4-6 HP, 3+ gpm) unit costs $700+, and if it does not get much use is a lot of $ to leave sitting 363 days a year.

My neighbors have had good luck with Stanley and Craftsman 1.3 or 1.4 gpm upright electric units. Of course, you may not be able take this to your cabin or all the way down to the dock to wash your dock and boat if there is not a power outlet nearby, so possible frequent remote use might dictate gas over electric, which of course s a lot more expensive. Of course, you rent one for about $25-50/day, so if you only rarely need a larger unit, just get a small one and rent when you need high capacity. In fact, unless you are obsessive about driveway or house or boat cleaning, most pressure washers don't get used often enough to justify their purchase.

The small units are not high enough pressure to be effective for paint stripping, BTW. You need about 2500 psi min for that, and 4000 psi+ to really be effective and not drive you crazy with how slow it is going.

I would EMPHATICALLY recommend you get one with pressure relief valve and overheat protection - if someone turns off the water inadvertantly while it is running, or you let it sit without the water going through it for a minute or so, it will overheat and RUIN the pump part. I have been at several high school carwashes where that exact thing happened. Therefore, to make it more idiot proof, get one that automatically shuts off if overheating, and bypasses water through the pump if it is not being used through the hose, so the pump does not burn up - repair is 1/2+ cost of new unit.

Bear in mind also that they come with minimal parts - so for serious house washing, frequent drive cleaning, etc you may want a longer hose - which runs $1.25-1.50/LF, so adds up quick for a 50 or 100 footer. 50 foot is about what you need to be effective for house washing.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


The best pressure washers will be those that have higher flow ratings. Pressure is over rated but still important. Always use the lowest pressure possible to acheive the cleaning desired. Detergents help with keeping the needed pressure at a safe, low level.

Higher flow results in faster cleaning. The more water that comes across a surface, the more dirt it can take with it.

So, when budgeting for a machine, opt for the higher flow machine versus the highest pressure you can afford.

For comparasion, my pressure washing company uses 8 gpm @ 3000 psi machines and can work 6 times faster than if we only were using the 2-3 gpm machines bought at the big box stores.

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Answered 6 years ago by jmkreisle


Anything with 3000 PSI, 4 GPM or more will clean fast and efficient. Pressure is as important as gallon per minute. Pressure clean, and GPM wash away dirt. More GPM for faster rinsing off the dirt or cleaner.

Answered 4 years ago by HappyCustomer2

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