Gas vs. Electric Pressure Washer: Which One Is Best For Home Use?

If you’re reading this, we can all agree that pressure washers are amazing. Whether you personally own one or not, you’ve definitely witnessed their awesome power and smooth efficiency. There’s no denying that. The question then comes: “should I buy one for myself? Well, the answer is, of course, a resounding yes. Everyone should have one of these. For the price and the convenience, there’s no reason not to have one. The next question becomes: “which one should I buy?” 

Here we’ll explore the different kinds of pressure washers as well as which one is best for your home:

So Which Is Better?

There really is no “better” in the sense that one will outperform the other. If you’re using it to clean cars, bikes, and lawn mowers, an electric washer will do just fine, granted you’re near an electrical outlet. The absolute best pressure washer for home use will be an electric one due to the ease of use. Most people on the go don’t want to fiddle with movable parts or having to buy gas. If you don’t mind it though, the gas powered pressure washer will serve you much longer. The specifics are outlined below. 

Gas Pressure Washer

A gas pressure washer is the kind you see in most professional establishments. They come with their own unit, what seems like a motorcycle engine that generates pressure in a tank, and the ability to clean virtually anything. 

When you go for a gas pressure washer, you can expect:

  • Up to 2800psi in pressure 
  • A portable unit and tank
  • A price range of about 150 BPS
  • Various attachments 
  • A pretty sizable weight 

When you get one of these bad boys, you can expect to have to do a bit of maintenance. As a mechanical unit, there are moving parts that eventually succumb to wear and tear. That’s alright, though. Not only are they easy to clean and assemble, there are services all around that know exactly how to service these kinds of units. The major upside to having a gas unit is that they’re highly portable. You can take them anywhere. They generate their own power so you don’t have to hook it up to an external source. It’s all right there next to you. 

Electrical Pressure Washer

An electric pressure washer is quite similar to a gas pressure washer. They serve the same function and have some of the same aesthetic features to them. They still have the hose and the attachments. Electric pressure washers are still used to take on high powered cleaning jobs. 

When you get an electric pressure washer, you can expect:

  • Versatility 
  • Virtually no noise production
  • Close to zero maintenance 
  • No replacement parts needed
  • Up to 1000psi in pressure 
  • A price tag of around 75 BPS

The price tag and the quiet feature of an electric cleaner make it a great choice for those who are more sensitive and conscious about the racket they make outside. It’s great for cleaning anything around the house. The potential downside is the portability. Because they’re electric, they need to be plugged into a socket. The cord makes it less mobile than a gas powered pressure cleaner. 

In the end, you can’t go wrong any which way. It really depends on the dimensions of your house and what you want to use it for. The selections above are primarily for the average user. If that’s not you, then the choice metrics may be very different. Either way, a pressure washer will serve you mighty well. If you don’t know which soap or detergent to use in your pressure washer check out this guide.

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