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Electric Vs. Gas Pressure Washer

February 11, 2020 by Straight

There are two types of pressure washers commonly available — those with electric motors and machines powered by gas engines. How do you make a choice between the two? It all starts by understanding the difference between gas versus electric and, thus, the different jobs these machines are capable of doing.

Keep reading to see how these two types of power differ, and then we’ll show you how to make the choice that is best for your needs.

What’s the Difference?

Both of these tools can be used for a lot of the same jobs — washing siding, patio furniture, cars, power equipment, etc. However, there are a few key differences of which you should be aware before choosing between an electric vs. gas pressure washer: 

  • PSI: In general gas pressure washers are more powerful than electric pressure washers. On average, a gas pressure washer can handle between 2,000 and 3,000 PSI — and SIMPSON even has models that go up to 4,400 PSI. Electric pressure washers, on the other hand, may produce between 800 and 2,400 PSI.
  • Mobility: Gas pressure washers operate independently, which means you can take them anywhere to do any job. Electric pressure washers use a cord, so they need to stay within reach of an electrical outlet.
  • Operational costs: Electric pressure washers tend to cost less long term because they don’t come with the maintenance that a gas pressure washer requires. Plus, the electricity that they use is generally less costly than fuel for a gas pressure washer.
  • Noise: Electric pressure washers run much quieter than gas if noise is a concern in suburban areas.
  • Purchase price: Gas pressure washers are typically more expensive than electric.
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Which Choice Is Best?

The choice between an electric vs. gas pressure washer all comes down to how you intend to use it. For many homeowners, electric comes with ample power, and from home electrical outlets are usually available. The lowered purchase price and reduced operational costs are added advantages.

Both require garden hose , or people who use them often for tough jobs that require a lot of power may prefer a gas power washer. If the pressure washer is for commercial use, then you’ll almost certainly want gas. The extra power makes the machine more versatile, capable of not only cleaning, but stripping paint and other tough tasks. In these instances, the increased mobility will be an advantage.

Whatever your needs may be, SIMPSON has a broad product line featuring gas and electric pressure washers. Browse our residential and commercial lines to find machines suited for any job — from cleaning around the house to heavy-duty industrial work.

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