What’s Better: Gas or Electric Pressure Washers?

If you’re looking to do your own pressure washing, you do yourself well to ask “which is better? Gas, or electric pressure washers?”

With a bit of research, you can find out whether or not an electric or gas pressure washer is right for you. Each has its own pros and cons and we can’t say — in general terms — which is “better.”

Power Difference

Each type of pressure washer has a different pressure limit. In general, electric power washers have a lower pressure limit of about 2000 PSI while gas power washers can generate up to 4000 PSI. There are even commercial-grade gas washers that can get up to 7000 PSI — which is insanely strong.

While gas-powered pressure washers can be much more powerful, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are better for your intended use. For instance, we strongly suggest that an inexperienced person operate a pressure washer as it can cause serious damage to your property and even injury if used incorrectly. However, if you insist on doing it yourself, we recommend low power pressure washers such as electric pressure washers because there is a slightly lower risk of damage and injury.

Water Flow Difference

When it comes to pure water flow, again, gas-powered pressure washers deliver more.

Electric pressure washers deliver about 1.5 gallons per minute while gas pressure washers can deliver about 2.5 GPM or more. Gas powered pressure washers have stronger engines, heavy-duty steel-threaded hoses, and brass parts instead of plastic. This means they can handle more pressure as well as water flow.

Which is Right For You?

If you’re working indoors, never reach for the gas-powered model since it produces harmful fumes. Also, if you’re inexperienced or worried about damaging your property (especially a vehicle) go for the electric pressure washer. Also, electric washers are lighter, smaller, quieter, and easier to use in general. However, you will need to make sure it’s plugged in to electricity, which can be a little limiting when working far from a power source.

On the other hand, if you are experienced or not particularly worried about damaging your property and you are operating outside only, a gas power washer might be right for you.

Of course, we can’t stress enough that we strongly recommend that you let our experts do the work for you. It might save you a headache down the line.

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