Getting the best pressure washer for your money means doing a little comparison shopping. If you are 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 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 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. 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. The gas engine is a good idea for pressure washers, for the simple reason that too many bad stuff can happen if water and electricity.
The main thing that needs to be stressed is that you need to use a hose that is no more than 50 feet long, and have sufficient water pressure coming from the hose bib. Without enough water pressure to the machine, it will not be able to operate satisfactorily and may stall or bog down. The biggest 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, be prepared for incompetence and indifference. 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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The Simpson MSH3125-S sports a bit more pressure out of the nozzle than you will get from other units. It weighs about the same as the Generac model, but has more cleaning power. It also comes with more nozzles, but they are not manufactured as well, and buying third party accessories may be your best bet. The Simpson machine is easier to start than other leading gas-powered washers, which is a big selling point if you are not the most physical person around. 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 and light-to-medium duty applications.
The AR Blue Clean is the smallest competitor on this list, and is best suited 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 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, construction quality cords.