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Whether you need to give your car a good spray, remove stains from your driveway, or clean off the layers of sludge from the last few years of letting your deck go, a power washer will be your best friend to get the job done. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill garden hoses.
Pressure washers are meant to be extremely powerful and would not be too friendly to your lawn. With all the pressure washers out on the market, along with the variety of nozzles, tips, water power specs, and other characteristics that can separate one greatly from the next, it can be difficult to decide which one suits your needs best.
Luckily, we’ve curated a small list of our favorite pressure washers out on the market so you can get to cleaning up the dirt in your life!
Our Top 4 Favorites
SIMPSON Cleaning 4200 PSI Gas Pressure Washer Powered by HONDA
One of our favorite pressure washers on the market just happens to be made by one of the most recognizable car manufacturers in the world. Being one of the more expensive pressure washers out there, you’ll be happy to know it’s an extremely powerful and professional machine.
The guys over at Simpson have put together an incredible unit that will take your old dirty concrete to the next level within no time! We were blown away by the 4.0 GPM flow rate and the pro-style spray wand that comes with 5 connect nozzle tips. At 141lbs, it is a bit heavy, though the heavy-duty tires and cart-style design make it very easy to roll around the yard.
Ah the sweet smell of convenience! Did we mention the hardcore hose? You’ll love the steel-braided, non-marring, and kink resistant design that will probably make the other hoses in your yard jealous. All-in-all, a hard job is always more fun when you have the right machine to do it. Pair all this with Honda’s technologically advanced OHV engine and you’ve got a full throttle cleaning apparatus ready to save the day!
Generac SpeedWash 3200 PSI Gas Powered Pressure Washer
Another great pressure washer in terms of durability and reliability is the Generac SpeedWash 3200 PSI Washer. It comes equipped with a 196cc OHV engine for optimal cleaning performance and an axial cam pump that is said to last 2x longer than typical aluminum pumps.
Different from most other washers, the Generac “never-flat” wheels are great for all kinds of terrain and will even go up stairs without pain. It also helps that it’s only 62lbs all together. Not only is the frame incredibly strong, but you’ll also dig the kink-resistant hose.
This pressure washer is pretty much great for any job you can think of, mostly because it comes with many attachments for specific purposes. With the power broom, turbo nozzle, and soap blaster to name a few, you’ll be a cleaning wizard in no time!
Karcher 2200 PSI Gas Power Pressure Washer
This is a great power washer for those that are on a budget! With an array of different settings and a powerful 2200PSI, this is another great washer from the car to the driveway. The 4 pro-style quick connect nozzles make the whole process of going from one job to the next quick and painless.
The nice upright design on this unit separates it from other as it can store in much smaller spaces. Pair that with the fact that it’s only 60lbs and you’ve got a sweet compact best of a washer. At a fraction of the price of some other washers on the list, you still get a solid amount of power coming from the 159cc engine. Though it’s not packed to the brim with features, we still consider this one of our favorites for those who just need to get the job done.
Briggs & Stratton 1800 PSI Electric Pressure Washer
This brand is easily the best pressure washer for simpler messes. While it probably won’t get years of layers of grime off the deck as well as other washers, it is a handy and affordable unit to have in your possession.
Oh yea, it is also electric unlike the other units on the list. This might please the eco-friendly crowd! You shouldn’t underestimate the electric design though, as Briggs & Stratton are somewhat veterans in terms of high-quality electric cleaning devices.
The device comes with a 25’ high-pressure hose with 3 quick-connect spray tips for various jobs, a turbo nozzle for tougher jobs, a welded steel frame with solid storage capabilities, and it just looks sleek (if you’re the type that lives and breathes aesthetic). All that being said, the one downside is that you do have to have it plugged in to a 110-volt outlet to get power from it. The beautiful thing is though, it is still much stronger than a garden hose and is absolutely powerful enough to clean up your yard.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I use a pressure washer?
While all costco power pressure washers are different, most of them work on the same basic foundation. You start by connecting your garden hose (from your water supply) to your pressure washer. Then connect your pressure washer hose to your unit. Turn the water on from your supply. This is where it gets tricky, as some units are gas powered and require a few pulls to get started, while the electric models will be on once they are plugged in. Lastly, depress the trigger on your hose nozzle until the water runs through. Voila! You are now a pro pressure washer!
Electric or Gas powered pressure washers?
Both types of pressure washers have their own pros and cons that you should definitely consider before you jump and make your purchase. Gas-powered washers are excellent for quick cleaning sessions and are typically more powerful than electric washers in terms of PSI. On the bad side, they are much louder than electric washers, they require pulls to get started, and they must be given maintenance more often. Lastly, they are typically more expensive than electric washers and require more caution in use.
Electric washers are best suited for jobs that aren’t as tough; smaller decks or cars. They are nice and quiet, are eco-friendly, and you don’t have to maintenance them very much if at all. They are also typically smaller and begin working once they are plugged in. That all being said, they are much less powerful and are typically not as tough and durable when compared to gas models. Unfortunately, you need to keep them plugged in too, something that might be annoying if you have a larger yard without and outlet around.
Can I clean my car with any of these washers?
Sure, though you should be cautious on the amount of power you’re using. Like we said to start, these are not your run-of-the-mill hoses. They are much more powerful. If you aren’t careful they can damage the paint on your car. We would highly recommend an electric washers if anything.
What are some features I should look for when buying my pressure washer?
Definitely look for a hose that is kink-resistant, as it will prolong the life of your unit. If you have very dirty jobs to take care of, having a unit with a built in soap tank can also be very convenient. Lastly, look for a unit with quick-change nozzles that easily adjust pressure and spray type for versatility.