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What kind of pressure washer do I need?

2022-07-20

Pressure washers come in two varieties: gas and electric. The price can range from about $100 for a low-end consumer-grade model up to thousands for larger commercial units. 

The specs associated with pressure washers are pounds per square inch and gallons per minute. Psi tells you the force of the spray. GPM tells you the volume of water passing through the spray wand. 

If you want to save time and backache cleaning off your sidewalk, deck or patio, or maybe you're looking for an easier way to wash the car, look for a pressure washer with specs under 2,000 psi and 2 GPM. You should be able to find one at your local home store for between $100 and $300.

For more cleaning power -- maybe you have some tough stains on your driveway or your deck, or you want to clean the exterior of your house -- look for a pressure washer in the range of 2,000 to 3,200 psi and 2 to 3.2 GPM. These medium-duty machines, like the Brute 2800 Max PSI pictured here, are typically gas-powered, and they usually cost between $200 to $600. Most homeowners won't need a pressure washer with higher specs.