While they may be super useful tools, its also important to note that they can be be dangerous tools when misused. When you’re getting into 2,000 PSI + range, any close contact with the flesh of your skin can result in severe injuries.
Wear protective eye-wear and gloves when operating any type of pressurized machine, be it electric or gas powered.
TOP 5 PRESSURE WASHER CONTESTANTS
A concentrated stream of water is used for performing heavy duty automotive cleaning, which includes getting tough to wash away grease, dirt, gunk, and a wide variety of other things. On top of that, using these machines can often times CUT your washing time by a LARGE margin.
From washing your vehicle in 15-25 minutes, you can fully cover and blast away dirt in ½ of that time. Not impossible, especially when you find the best pressure washer for the right type of job.
Here in this full buyers guide, there’s various pressure washer reviews which outline the best ones to purchase this year.
Some of the key things we’ll cover are:
Electric pressure washers
Gas pressure washers
Ease of use
*Sun Joe SPR3000, AR Blue Clean AR383, The Force 2000 by PowerHouse International, Simpson MSH3125-S & Generac 6596.
When we looked at current washers being offered to the mass public, features were a MUST. After all, you’ll be spending a few hundred dollars for the machine, it’s worth noting that anything extra that comes along usually makes for a much better value. Higher PSI, longer hoses, soap dispensers, various nozzles, pressure settings, steel piping, accessory storage compartments etc. These things can really sweeten the deal.
Higher PSI, longer hoses, soap dispensers, various nozzles, pressure settings, steel piping, accessory storage compartments etc. These things can really sweeten the deal.
Depending on your budget, cost can become a big determining factor. Of course, cost usually dictates what features and features you receive. For the top picks we chose, we took cost in as a factor to determine the true worthiness of a pressure washer.
Electric Pressure Washers are specifically designed to be more cost-efficient: for the environment and your wallet.
Electric power washers are become more popular as this world ability to advance in technology continues. Sun Joe SPX3000 is jam-packed with features, and pretty much is designed for washing automobiles (we’ll explain bellow).
First and foremost, its a very lightweight matching making it even easier to move around using its included wheels.
With the trigger styled spray gun, it’s capable of releasing water up to 2,030 PSI (or approximately 1.76 gallons per minute). When you use the spray nozzle tips, you can determine how wide or narrow you want the stream of water to be. For example, use the red tip to have a direct, powerful stream of water. While on the other hand, you can use the gray tip to have a 40-degree wide spray (ideal for use on automotive paint).
For use directly from a garden hose, you can use the included garden hose adapter to make a complete connection.
Power hose can extend up to 35 feet, and water hose can be extended up to 20 feet.
Lastly, what makes this pressure washer a pretty darn good package, is the dual reservoir tanks which carry detergent. Using the central selector knob, you can switch from which reservoir to withdrawal detergent from.
AR Blue Clean AR383
If you’re looking for any form of simplicity, the AR Blue 383 is the electric pressure washer to look at. It’s design and build quality makes it very light-weight to carry, especially since it has wheels.
It includes a 3 axial-pistol pump which enables the machine to spray water up to 1,900 PSI or approximately 1.5 gallons per minute.
The pistol pump is connected to a 20 foot hose with can be stored on-board, by rolling it up. You can use the three included nozzles which deliver variations of water pressure and spray pattern. One being a soap cannon, used primarily to deliver detergent onto a vehicle.
With all that, you get a fairly long power cord stretching up to 30 feet.
Compared to average width garden hose, you’re saving approximately 80% of water.
Working at a very reasonable pressure of 1,800-2,000 psi (or 1.6 gallons per minute), you’ll receive multiple spraying attachments which can be used for different applications.
In an effort to prolong this machines motor life, the Total Stop System (TSS) shuts the motor off every time the trigger is released.
Use the spinning patio cleaning brush to clean practically any floors, from concrete, to patio’s, etc. With the adjustable nozzles, you can spray a wide fan(recommended for automotive use) a pencil point, and a spinning turbo nozzle which removes dirt and debris from most surfaces.
With the detergent dispenser that attaches directly into the spray gun, you can deliver a thorough layer of soap in less time compared to doing it by hand.
A big convenience already built-into the pressure washer, is a hose collector. From the time you start using the water hose and to the time you’re done, easily roll-up the water hose for convenient storage.
Lastly, it’s not a difficult pressure washer to maneuver by any stretch, coming in at around 25 lbs dry. Using the included wheels, makes the job even easier.
Moving into the gasoline (petrol) side of pressure washers, Simpson MSH3125-S MegaShot packed a much greater punch when it comes to water pressure.
For heavy duty cleaning, there shouldn’t be any other place to look at. Powered by a Honda GC190 engine, you can experience pressure of 3,100 PSI at 2.5 gallons per minute.
With the included nozzles, you can select how wide or narrow you want to spay. Using the red nozzle shoots a direct, pencil like stream of water. Quite powerful, and to be advised to never have contact with flesh.
On the other hand, yellow, green, and white nozzles open up in width, makingthem ideal for cleaning automotive paint.
On-board stage is created for the sole reason to provide convenience and ability to reach every component when needed.
Great for cleaning decks, patios, house siding, outdoor furniture, prepping home exteriors for painting, and even automotive paint.
NOTE: at 3,100 PSI you can damage automotive point when too close, always spray from 4-5 feet away to not only cover a greater area, but also not do any harm.
Moving to our last most recommended pressure washer, the General 6596 is powered by their in-house 196cc OHV gas engine.
Designed to be used for deck, driveway, patio furniture, and automotive detailing, there’s definite spraying power.
2,800 PSI of water pressure at 2.5 gallons per minute to be exact. With the quick-click nozzle tips (0-degree pencil like narrow stream, 25-degree, 40-degree widest nozzle, best for automotive cleaning) and soap nozzle.
A 25 foot rugged but flexible hose is included, which can easily be rolled up and stored on the back of this machine
While using an electric pressure washer may work to an extent, heavy duty messes require heavy duty equipment. Just like in this photo, where workers are using gas pressure washers to clean this semi. **Following steps such as thoroughly cleaning with a premium soap and applying a good coat of wax are necessary.
Considering that you’re getting a ton of features, Sun Joe SPX3000 is one of the best pressure washer deals you can get. The current 170 dollar price tag is reasonable for light to medium duty jobs, especially if you’re simply wanting to professionally clean your vehicle.
Its not too powerful by any means, but its has enough to tackle the most common and even toughest dirt on automobiles.
Simplicity is what’s key with this machine From the pressure washer reviews shown above, it’s clear that its probably one of the best selling pressure washers on the market. At about 155 dollars for the entire package makes it one of the cheap pressure washers. Light to medium duty jobs don’t stand a chance.
The convenience it offers by having the hose roll-up on the machine, and have multiple tips for different pressure settings, enables you to do various things.
If you aren’t doing heavy duty or industrial styled cleaning, consider the AR Blue Clean 383 electric pressure washer.
Being the priciest pressure washer for sale in our line-up, it’s also the most powerful. At around 400 dollars for the entire thing, it will pretty much be good at any light, medium and heavy-duty cleaning situations.
Whether you want to strip point from a building, clean the patio, or pressure wash an automobile, Simpsons MSH3125-S MegaShot is pretty tough to beat.
Not far behind in performance from the Simpson model mentioned above, the Generac 6596 pressure washer is what you can consider a drastic financial savings when you compare it to similar models.
Priced at around 270 dollars for the whole package, it’s only 70 more dollars than the electric PowerHouse International, and a whopping 130 dollars less than Simpson MSH3125-S MegaShot.
BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
AR Blue Clean 383
After writing multiple pressure washer reviews, and going over specs of each model, we picked the AR Blue Clean 383 model to be the best bang for the buck.
The primary reason for that, is: There’s over 2,500 user ratings with an average rating of 4/5 stars which is incredibly good even after that many reviews. The features it includes such as the hose storage area, soap/detergent dispenser, various spray nozzles, and light weight design.
This is a perfect pressure washer for automotive detailing, bar none. Pressure isn’t too great to harm anything, but it has MUCH more coverage and force to make car washing 5x faster.
NOTE: Understand that pressure washers can be handled improperly, causing injuries and even blindness (when made in direct contact with your eyes). Be sure to use a good set of safety glasses which can help you avoid eye injuries.
If using a pressure washer for washing your vehicle, look into getting a few good pairs of car wash sponges and mitts. We’ve got a guide for that.