Choosing a pressure washer can be a difficult job if you don’t know which factors to consider. However, with our handy guide, you will soon be able to work out exactly what you need to place your order confidently.
How to choose the right pressure washer for your specific needs
The most important thing to bear in mind is your particular needs. The best pressure washer for you may not be the same as the best pressure washer for your next-door neighbour or friend, so asking for recommendations doesn’t always work out well.
By thinking about exactly what you want to do with your new pressure washer and your specific requirements, you can develop an ideal specification to identify suitable options in local stores or online.
Armed with this specification, you can avoid buying a machine that is simply incapable of meeting your needs or spending too much on something that exceeds your requirements. So, let’s consider the most critical factors.
What you wish to clean
People buy pressure washers to tackle a wide variety of cleaning tasks, and the specific tasks you wish to tackle will dictate what sort of performance you need from your new machine.
If, for example, you want a machine that you can occasionally use for light outdoor cleaning jobs, a pressure washer with a rating of under 1,000 psi could be good enough for your needs. On the other hand, if you want something that you can use for more challenging outdoor cleaning jobs around the home, something a little more powerful will be in order.
If you are looking for a pressure washer for cars and not much else, machines rated between 1,300 and 1,900 psi are a good choice. These pressure washers are great for daily or weekly vehicle washing and can clean your decking and garden paths.
For commercial cleaning or particularly heavy-duty domestic cleaning jobs, you should look for a machine in the 2,000 to 3,000 psi range.
How much time you are happy to spend on pressure cleaning
If time is not a major concern, either because you aren’t planning on using your new pressure washer all that often or because you won’t be in a hurry when you do, it is not worth buying one of the more powerful machines on the market. A pressure washer that can achieve 1,000 psi or perhaps a little more will be fine for all but the dirtiest surfaces.
On the other hand, if you want to finish each cleaning task quickly and plan on getting as much use as possible out of your machine, we recommend focusing on those pressure washers with a rating of between 1,300 and 1,900 psi that we mentioned earlier.
Another factor you should consider if time is important to you is the flow rate of the machines you are considering. When speed is of the essence, choosing a pressure washer with a superior flow rate is always a good idea. Something capable of between 7.0 l/min and 8.0 l/min could be a good choice for domestic users who want to get each cleaning job done within a reasonable timeframe.
Price — how to choose the right pressure washer for your budget
Whether you are looking for a pressure washer for concrete surfaces or purely for cleaning cars, the cost is likely another important factor you need to consider. How important it is will dictate whether you must make any compromises on the other factors we have discussed, which is only something you can know.
Ultimately, if spending a little more on a higher-powered machine could give you more to earn more money or to spend with family and friends, it could be a worthwhile trade-off.
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