Best Gas Powered Pressure Washers
If you are looking to clean the outside of your home , driveway, deck, patio, and vehicles, you need a gas pressure washer. Offering more power than their electric cousins, these pressure washers are ideal for:
- Making quick work of cleaning your automobile or boat
- Getting decks and patios squeaky clean for summer BBQs
- Making the neighbors jealous of your freshly-painted looking home 🙂
Modern gas powered pressure washers offer complete freedom of movement, ergonomic and comfortable design, and for the amount of power – an affordable price tag.
We’ve reviewed hundreds of gas power washers and hand-selected our top picks for your perusal. From safety features to manufacturers’ warranties, we’ve taken it all into consideration. Read on to find out if one of these beauties is right for your needs!
Top Rated Gas Pressure Washers
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- Powerful 208 cc 4-stroke OHV engine pumps 2.5 gallons per minute
- Includes five quick connect nozzles: 0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, and soap
- Axial cam pump provides a reliable spray while maximizing the lifespan of the unit
- 12 inch wheels move effortlessly throughout a variety of tough terrains
- Clean smarter. Clean up to 50% faster.
- Power Dial ergonomic spray gun allows you to easily adjust the pressure needed between four...
- Attachments included: Turbo nozzle removes dirt and grime 30% faster and soap blaster sprays soap 3x...
- Generac 196cc OHV engine delivers maximum cleaning performance
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Generac SpeedWash 6882
4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Pressure Pro E4040HC
5 out of 5
Our star ratings are based upon features, reliability, safety, ease of use and price. Your needs may be different.
HOW WE RATED THE PRESSURE WASHERS
A quick search will reveal that there are dozens of different gas powered pressure washers on the market to choose from. We’ve narrowed this list down to our top 6 picks, and we’ve listed each model’s carefully considered pros and cons. Design elements we’ve included in our evaluation are safety features, ergonomics and comfort, engine power, ease of use, manufacturer’s warranties, and of course, pricing.
A five-star rating system is used – with one being the lowest score a pressure washer can receive and five stars being the highest. We used the same system to review all the products in the section of our website to keep everything consistent.
The type of warranty a manufacturer offers often serves as an indicator of how much faith a manufacturer has placed in their product. In the pressure washer industry, the average warranty is 3 years. Here is how the warranties of our chosen pressure washers compare:
ENGINE SIZE (CC'S)
At a glance, this is how the engines of each of our top picks stack up:
PSI (POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH)
PSI refers to the amount of cleaning pressure an engine can produce. In a pressure washer, PSI can be thought of as the “stripping” action that is used to remove dirt and grime from a surface. In general, the more PSI a pressure washer produces, the more powerfully it can clean. Here is the PSI matchup of our top 6 picks:
GPM (GALLONS PER MINUTE)
When it comes to pressure washers, GPM refers to the amount of water a model can produce in a given minute. In most applications, more weight is given to GPM than PSI because rising dirt away is of more importance. Take a look at the GPM comparison for our reviewed pressure washers:
EASE OF USE
In general, gas powered pressure washers are simple and straightforward to use. Because of the sheer amount of power they produce, they should be handled by an individual in good health; however, this power will also produce the desired results. The only downside to using a gas powered pressure washer is that the machine does require a fair amount of maintenance, like the draining and changing of the oil and regular fuel fill-ups.
HOW TO PICK THE BEST GAS PRESSURE WASHER FOR YOU
How powerful your gas-powered pressure washer will determine what types of applications it is suitable for. The pressure output, or power, of a pressure washer, is measured in GPM and PSI. In general, the higher the GPM and the PSI, the more expensive a model is going to be. The higher these numbers are, the more surface area you will be able to clean in less time. Before buying any pressure washer, you must first carefully consider what you will be using it for and how often.
A light duty pressure washer is ideal for small residential jobs. These pressure washers generally are rated at between 1200 to 1800 PSI at 2 GPM. They can be used to clean small patios and decks, automobiles, grills, and outdoor furniture. Because they are smaller in size and lightweight, they are readily portable. Electric light duty pressure washers are more readily available than gas-powered models.
Medium duty pressure washers are almost exclusively gas-powered. Their PSI rating ranges from 1900 to 3100 PSI at an average 2.5 GPM. However, it is not uncommon to see these models with a rating of 3 or 4 gallons per minute. Higher grades of components are used to construct these models. As a result, they tend to be sturdier and more durable, but they do lose a lot of the portability of light-duty models. A medium duty pressure washer can be used to clean a wide variety of surfaces, including brick, concrete, siding, and driveways and walkways.
Heavy duty pressure washers are primarily used for commercial applications. These professional grade machines produce (in general) a PSI rating of 3200 or higher at 3-5 gallons per minute. They are gas powered and will make short work of large-scale cleaning jobs, like cleaning the exterior of a business. Heavy duty pressure washers are commonly used to strip paint and remove graffiti. This class of pressure washer is mostly considered too powerful for common residential applications.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHEAP AND EXPENSIVE MODELS
It is a common mistake of buyers to use the price of a pressure washer as a gauge of how “good” it is; however, other factors must be taken into account when making a purchase.
- 1How often will you be using the machine? If you plan to use it only once or twice a year, then a cheap model may suffice; however, be prepared to replace your washer every 2-3 years.
- 2What type of warranty is being offered on the model? As aforementioned, warranties are generally considered a sign of the confidence a manufacturer has in the product they’ve produced.
- 3The initial price of a pressure washer is rarely its only cost. Gas powered pressure washers require regular maintenance, and the costs can add up. If a cheap model offers the same PSI, GPM, and warranty as a more expensive one, it may be more prudent to go with the cheaper model – regardless of the label on the box.
- 4For the level of pressure offered, is there a proportional increase in engine horsepower? Unfortunately, this is something that many cheap models are lacking, which negatively affects the unit’s overall performance.
- 5What does the engine shaft look like? Many cheap pressure washers feature a vertical engine shaft, which significantly shortens the lifespan of the washer. Horizontal shafts are found in more expensive models, but if you plan to keep the pressure washer for more than three years, the expense is well worth it.
BEST SELLING & TOP RATED BRANDS
HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY?
The 6 gas powered pressure washers we have reviewed range in price from around $300 to $1,700. Our best overall value pick, the Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S, offers all of the best that a gas powered pressure has to offer at a price on the lower end of this range. It achieved the top rating because of its outstanding design, ease of use, and sheer quality.
Our least expensive model, the Duromax XP2700PWS, is the most affordable. Though it lacks the refinement of its more expensive cousins, it still makes a solid, entry-level choice.
At the end of the day, a pressure washer is designed for a single specific job. Therefore, you should only pay for what you plan to use. Each of the models we’ve reviewed offers an excellent investment – depending on how much use you have planned for them. Frequent need and longer jobs will necessitate having a more durable model; however, but for odd, low key household jobs, the less expensive models will do the trick.