Pressure Washers Buying Guide

Time to get cleaning -- your house, your garage, your garden shed -- with a pressure washer. The directed power and ease of use can help you tackle those outside tasks in no time.

Types of Pressure Washers

Types of Pressure Washers

Rainfall might do an OK job of nurturing your garden and washing away some dirt, but buildings, sidewalks, and other outdoor elements just get dirty. When Mother Nature doesn't provide enough cleaning power, it's time to turn to the power of a pressure washer. Although these items are widely available for rental, the regular nature of outdoor cleaning duties may make it more cost-effective and convenient to have your own machine to use whenever you need. There are several types of pressure washers that enable you to choose one that's best suited for the size of your yard and your cleaning needs. Here's a short overview to help you.

Cleaning Power

Pressure washers differ from one another based on their cleaning power. That is measured in gallons per square inch or pounds per square inch, which indicates how quickly and how hard the water is released.

Gas vs. Electric

As with most outdoor garden machines, pressure washers can be powered by either gas or electricity. Which you choose depends on what you prefer for convenience.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Pressure washers are a useful investment -- they provide convenient power that can help you keep your home and property in tip-top condition. But before you invest in one, you should consider a few buying options that may help protect you and increase the opportunity for using the machine. Those include specialized accessories and attachments as well as items to improve safety. As you review all the types of pressure washers, take time to investigate this short list of purchase considerations.

Accessories and Attachments

Special accessories and attachments for pressure washers may be available, including specialized brushes, nozzles, and additional hoses; those can increase the flexible use of your machine.

Safety

Pressure washers should be operated with the correct safety gear, including glasses and any other manufacturer-recommended items, to help prevent injury.

Modes

Some pressure washers have variable operating modes that allow you to increase or decrease pressure based on the type of job.

Wand

All pressure washers direct water through a wand; the length and design of the wand varies from machine to machine.

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Campbell Hausfeld
$1,194.99 $1099.99

A medium duty pressure washer, this unit offers more power which means quicker and more efficient cleaning. The larger engine prov...ides a steadier pump cycle and longer machine life. For intense do-it-yourselfers with tough cleaning jobs. Good for... read more

Campbell Hausfeld
$1,334.99 $1147.99

Campbell Hausfeld PW3270. . Features: Powered by Honda GX270 Engine. 3,200 PSI and 3.0 GPM. Powerful and reliable commercial grade... engine that is tough enough for any job. Commercial pump with solid ceramic plungers and special high pressure seals... read more

Campbell Hausfeld
$1,004.99 $837.99

Campbell Hausfeld PW2770. . Features: Powered by Honda GX160 Engine. 2,750 PSI and 2.5 GPM. Commercial pump with solid ceramic plu...ngers and special high pressure seals provide long life. Durable steel construction and pneumatic tires. Heavy-duty cart... read more

Karcher
$594.99 $519.00

The Karcher Expert Series Gas Pressure Washer was specially designed to offer solid construction, easy storage and unbeatable clea...ning power. The rugged and attractive 2800 psi pressure washer features an easy fold handle, heavy duty frame with locking... read more

Sun Joe
$199.99 $169.99

Your dirty work just got done. Meet the SPX2500, the powerful compact pressure washer from Sun Joe.Packed with 13 amps of pure cle...aning power, SPX2500 delivers a might blast - up to 1,885 lbs. of pressure per sq-in. and 1.59 GPM to demolish every last... read more

Sun Joe
$164.99 $129.99

Your dirty work just got done. Meet the SPX1500, it is the powerful compact pressure washer from Sun Joe.Packed with 12 amps of pu...re cleaning power, SPX1500 delivers a might blast - up to 1,740 lbs. of pressure per sq-in. and 1.59 GPM to demolish every... read more

Sun Joe
$177.99 $175.99

The Sun Joe pressure washer features a powerful motor with a maximum-rated output. A convenient spray wand and snap-on soap tips a...re perfect for helping you clean windows, cars, house siding and more. One (1) pressure washer Materials: Plastic,... read more

Karcher
$147.39 $64.51

Karcher Universal Surface Cleaner for Gas Pressure Washers: Works in tandem with your gas pressure washer to quickly deliver profe...ssional level cleaning without splash back Cleans an area 15" wide with 2 spinning nozzles instead of 1, reducing your... read more

NorthStar
$3,999.99 $3199.99

This NorthStar Super High Flow Gas Cold Water Pressure Washer cleans faster and better, saving you time and money. Powerful 7.0 GP...M flow blasts through the toughest mud, dirt, stains and residue on concrete, office buildings, trucks, tractors, heavy equipment and more. NorthStar SHF Series industrial-grade belt drive triplex pump with high-quality Parker-Pradifa seals and a forged brass manifold runs cooler and lasts longer. The Honda GX660 688cc OHV engine comes with electric start for extra convenience battery not included. NorthStar pressure washers undergo thousands of hours of rigorous testing to ensure peak performance, plus include an industry-leading warranty to give you extra peace of mind. Gross Torque 35.6 ft.-lbs. at 2,500 RPM, Adjustable Pressure Yes, Cart Pull-up style steel cart, Drive Belt, Engine Honda, Engine Displacement cc 688, Engine Model GX660 OHV, Chemical Injector Yes, Coupler Size in. 3/8, Fuel Type Gasoline, Hose 50-ft. nonmarking high-pressure, Engine Oil Included No, Flow GPM 7.0, Nozzle Type Quick-connect, Pressure PSI 3,500, Pump NorthStar industrial belt drive triplex, Pump Oil Included Yes, Max. Inlet Water Temp F 140, Max. Output Water Temp F 140, Thermal Protector Yes, Engine Oil Type SAE30, Fuel Capacity gal. 11, Dimensions L x W x H in. 33.75 x 34 x 32.25, Orifice Size 7.5, Pump Oil Type Universal tractor transmission oil, Gun Industrial rear entry w/ 3 ft. lance, Low Oil Shutdown No. NorthStar industrial-grade belt drive triplex pump for cooler operation, longer life Honda GX660 688cc OHV engine with electric start 12V battery required, not included Industry-leading Parker-Pradifa seals for the ultimate in durability Vibration isolation system Big 15in. pneumatic tires Pull-up style cart with 1 3/8in. steel full roll cage Easy Start prevents pressure buildup for smoother, easier recoil starting Sight glass allows for quick, convenient pump oil checks Thermal protection prevents pump from overheating Removable NorthStar nozzle holder system attaches to pressure washer or user's belt for easy access 3/8in. quick connection Includes 50-ft. nonmarking high-pressure hose, 3-ft. lance, downstream chemical injector, five professional quick-couple nozzles 0, 15, 25, 40 and chemical/soap 4-year consumer limited warranty 2-year commercial limited warranty 3 years on NorthStar pump 3-year limited warranty on Honda GX engine Model Number: 1572092. Age Group: Adult. read more

NorthStar
$2,999.99 $1999.99

This NorthStar Super High Flow Gas Cold Water Pressure Washer cleans faster and better, saving you time and money. The Vanguard 16... HP 479cc OHV engine comes with electric start for extra convenience. A highly engineered NorthStar industrial-grade belt drive triplex pump with high-quality Parker-Pradifa seals and a forged brass manifold runs cooler and lasts longer. NorthStar pressure washers undergo thousands of hours of rigorous testing to ensure peak performance, plus include an industry-leading warranty to give you extra peace of mind. Gross Torque 24.4 ft. lbs. at 3,060 RPM, Fuel Type Gasoline, Cart Pull-up style steel cart, Chemical Injector Yes, Adjustable Pressure Yes, Engine Oil Included No, Engine Oil Type SAE30, Coupler Size in. 3/8, Drive Belt, Engine Displacement cc 479, Hose 50-ft. gray high-pressure, Low Oil Shutdown Yes, Flow GPM 6.0, Fuel Capacity gal. 11, Pressure PSI 3,000, Pump NorthStar industrial belt drive triplex, Max. Inlet Water Temp F 140, Max. Output Water Temp F 140, Nozzle Type Quick-connect, Orifice Size 7.0, Pump Oil Included Yes, Thermal Protector Yes, Engine Vanguard, Engine Model 16 HP OHV, Pump Oil Type Universal tractor transmission oil, Dimensions L x W x H in. 33.75 x 34 x 32.25, Gun Industrial rear entry w/ 3 ft. lance. NorthStar industrial-grade belt drive triplex pump for cooler operation, longer life Vanguard OHV engine with electric start 12V battery required, not included Industry-leading Parker-Pradifa seals for the ultimate in durability Vibration isolation system reduces wear and extends life Big 15in. pneumatic tires Pull-up style cart with 1 3/8in. steel full roll cage for smooth, balanced mobility Easy Start prevents pressure buildup for smoother, easier recoil starting Sight glass allows for quick, convenient pump oil checks Thermal protection prevents pump from overheating Removable NorthStar nozzle holder system attaches to pressure washer or user's belt for easy access Extended run 11-gallon fuel tank 3/8in. quick connection Includes 50-ft. nonmarking high-pressure hose, 3-ft. lance, downstream chemical injector, five professional quick-couple nozzles 0, 15, 25, 40 and chemical/soap 4-year consumer limited warranty 2-year commercial limited warranty 3 years on NorthStar pump Model Number: 1572082. Age Group: Adult. read more

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