3 Best Pressure Washers for Home Use (Concrete, Decks, Siding, Cars)

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Getting the best pressure washer for the money means doing a bit of comparison shopping. If you’re a little older or have physical limitations, an electric pressure washer is much lighter and easier to use. On the other hand, gasoline engines are safer, have more pressure, and only tie you to a water source instead of both water and power.

Always be sure to follow the directions carefully, including using hoses that are capable of delivering enough water pressure, because the performance of your pressure washer is dependent on meeting the design specifications.

Even the top rated pressure washers have limitations, but these 3 models offer the best options you will find for your money. For more commercial applications, hot water pressure washers are also available.


Generac 6923 3,100 PSI Gas Pressure Washer

Generac has long been known for their portable generators and now are becoming a big neighbor in the world of pressure washers. For use around your house or small shop, this may be the absolute best pressure washer available.

It uses one of the smaller motors (196cc) found on the company’s pressure washers, a big plus if you have to move the unit around frequently, or do not have a lot of strength or stamina.

With a strong 3,100 PSI and a 2.4 gallons per minute flow rate, it has an impressive 7,440 cleaning power score (PSI x GPM). It works great on mold, mildew, and things like cleaning wood or concrete, and has 4 different attachments to fit most of your pressure washing needs.

There’s also an on-board 1/2 gallon detergent tank for concrete cleaner for those stubborn stains as well as a decent quality 25-ft hose.

There is a small design flaw worth mentioning. Because the muffler is on the same side as those hose connection, you do need to be careful when connecting/disconnecting. For some easy insurance, a quick fix is to zip tie the hose to the bottom rail that runs under the exhaust.

Other complaints with the Generac pressure washer are related to customer service, not the machines themselves. If you ever have a reason to call for assistance, don’t be surprised if you get some incompetence and indifference. Things have improved over time but don’t expect award-winning customer service.

But as long as you follow the directions and take care of it, this Generac pressure washer will be the only one you’ll ever want to use.

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Simpson MSH3125-S MegaShot 3,100 PSI Gas Pressure Washer

The Simpson MSH3125-S is another excellent 3,100 PSI pressure washure. It weighs about the same as the Generac model, but has more cleaning power due to its slightly higher flow rate (2.5 GPM vs 2.4 GPM).

It also comes with more nozzles, but they are not manufactured as well, and buying third party accessories may be your best bet. Because of its Honda GC190 engine, the Simpson machine is a bit easier to start than other leading gas-powered washers. If you own a Honda lawnmower, you’ll understand.

While the Honda engine is unbeatable, the quality of the rest of the unit just doesn’t feel quite up to par with the Generac.

In addition, the company’s shipping department is not what it could be, so check the contents against the shipping list on arrival. The company is good about shipping missing parts, but it can be annoying trying to talk to a representative.

All in all, the MSH3125-S is a strong performer, and will give you plenty of power for most residential uses and even some commercial use.

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AR Blue Clean AR383 1,900 PSI Electric Pressure Washer

While we’re not a big fan of electric pressure washers, sometimes it may be a better option for some. The AR Blue Clean is probably the best electric pressure washer for the money and also the smallest model on our list.

With 1,900 PSI, it’s on the higher end for electric models but can’t compete with the water pressure from gas models.

Intended for light duty applications, it will do a good job of washing your car or cleaning moss of concrete, but may not have the output to remove heavy oil stains or mildew. The construction quality leaves a bit to be desired, and the most frequent complaint with the AR383 is that it develops leaks.

Since this is an electric machine, water leaks have the potential to cause much more serious problems. This unit is intended for residential usage, and works great if you do not have the strength to wrestle with heavier gasoline engines.

Because it has a high amperage rating, you will need to plug it directly into an outlet, or use it with heavy-duty extension cord. While it’s not as loud as a gas unit, you may actually find the noise to be more annoying than anything.

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  1. For anyone else reading this, don’t get an electric pressure washer. Spend a few extra bucks for a gas model. If the annoying whine of an electric model doesn’t drive you crazy, you’ll get plenty frustrated by the lack of power when trying to wash your driveway.

  2. While I agree with the first 2 picks (I have the same Simpson model), you really do need to be careful not to do any damage, especially on anything stained or painted. 3,100 PSI will clean just about anything but you definitely should practice on some not-so-visible surfaces until you get a hang of the water pressure.


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