The need for a powerful cleaning tool to use at your home means your driveway, deck and the exterior of your house is important to you. It means you wish to increase the ‘curb appeal’ your house already has in the neighborhood and that cleanliness is critical to your reputation as an environmentally safe person.
While searching for the best power washing system, keep in mind that there are essentially two types, electric and gas and that there are a number of pressures available. The pressure ratings are expressed in PSI or pounds per square inch at the nozzle.
Too small a pressure and you are wasting your time; too high a pressure and you might damage more things than you are cleaning. You want to be able to clean the leaves, debris and moss off of your roof, for example, but you do not want to remove the shingles at the same time.
During this search, you may find the following pressure washers – another name for this helpful piece of equipment – and should consider them:
Bestselling Electric Pressure Washer
The Ivation Electric Washer has a 2200 PSI rating, along with 1.8 GPM of water delivered where you need it.
It comes with a turbo wand, built in soap dispenser and five interchangeable nozzles. This is an easy to set up system with all hoses and connectors ready to go in less than a minute.
Not only can you use the hose to get water from your garden hose bib, but there is also the ability to suction from another free standing source, such as from the swimming pool, pond or bucket. This could help you clean up two messes at a time.
Although the process of power washing does not absolutely need chemicals or cleansers, this unit does have the built in soap dispenser, so, if need, it is better to have it attached and ready when you are.
It is powered by a 14.5 amp, 1600 watt motor to kick out 1.8 gallons per minute at some of the dirtiest surfaces you have in the front or backyard or even under your car!
The pump even shuts off when you are not actually using it as a safety measure. The deep cleaning you are looking for can be yours, economically.
One owner commented on its ease of set up and operation. He liked the way this washer cleaned up his brick walkway, the outside of the house and sidewalks look like new again. He also said the nozzles and attachments were appropriate for all projects he had.
Best Electric Pressure Washer
The AR Blue Clean Model AR383 is a 1900 PSI pressure washer by AR North America.
The 14 amp electric motor with Triplex 3 axial-piston pump delivers 1.5 GPM helping you save money on water usage, based on 80% savings from a standard garden hose. It has a hand crank that keeps the hose managed which helps in many situations.
The power cord for the motor is 30 feet long which makes this unit very flexible. The accessories include an adjustable jet nozzle, hoses and the wand with a foam dispenser, two large wheels for easy transporting and a handle to accomplish this. One of the great things about this unit is the attachable foam/soap bottle. Since most tasks can be done without chemicals, this is available for those times when extra dirty, oily or greasy conditions are encountered. The nozzle that accompany the unit are one rotary and the standard flow items.
One owner appreciated the flexibility to clean everything he had, including grills, cars, decks, his house and the driveway.
Another reviewer loves the longer than normal electrical cord. He reminds us that extension cords should not be used on items using water or for things outside. He also commented on the length of the hose which helped him quite a bit. He also wanted everyone to know that, with the selection of nozzles already with the machine, he did not have to buy any others.
Best Gas Power Washer
The Powerstroke PS80544 3000 PSI 2.5 GPM Pressure Washer is a gas powered power washer with a 2200 PSI rating and a compact frame for the 140cc engine. It has a non-corrosive axial cam pump providing the power you need for many projects around the house or small commercial operation.
It comes with both a 25 and a 40 degree fan-type nozzles with low pressure soap applicator making the use of this chemical easy with a 21 inch spray wand. The on-board 25 foot, 3/8ths inch hose and trigger gun stores in the compartment available to keep everything handy.
It is designed for most tasks around the house, including powering off the deck, siding, furniture and all other outside equipment or structures.
One owner mentioned the balance was just right to keep working all day. He also like the selection of nozzles that came with the unit. Another reviewer said she got all of the driveway and sidewalks in just two hours. One simply said: ‘Great little machine. Plenty of power.’
Some final words:
The most important element in the power washer / nozzle combination is the nozzle used. This will largely determine the effectiveness of the procedure you use to clean whatever it is you need cleaned.
There are nozzles that replicate a push broom and are only useful for removing loose materials, such as leaves and debris, from a flat surface and there are those that ‘power’ off grimy, greasy and/or oily material that really has a grip on the surface.
Some of them will help you reduce the PSI that is produced by the machine to something that is a little safer for the type of surface you are working on.
As always, care, caution and practice makes all of the difference when using this tool that can clean just about anything you point it at.