Cleaning your patio with a garden hose and some suds can be a pain, and pressure washers make the job a lot easier. By paying attention to a few things, picking out the best pressure washer is pretty easy.
How do they work?
According to many pressure washer reviews, these machines use a power source (engine run on gas, or motor run by electricity) to provide power to a pump. The water source is at low (house) pressure. The pump forces the water through a nozzle, which concentrates the water. The water coming out of the nozzle is at a much higher pressure than the intake water. A pressure washer has way more cleaning power than a garden hose and lets you clean outdoor items, including your patio, much more efficiently
Fuel type – gas vs. electric
Gasoline and electricity are by far the most common pressure washer fuel types. Electric pressure washers are probably more suited to smaller and lighter items like vehicles and patio furniture. Their primary advantages are that they’re easier to start (just flipping a switch), cleaner, and lighter than gas pressure washers. Gas pressure washers provide more power and are suited for the really tough and larger jobs, like cleaning patios and decks.
Pressure output in pounds per square inch (PSI) is the defining factor as far as what kinds of jobs a power washer can handle. Light duty pressure washers output less than 2000 PSI. They’re probably best suited for patio furniture, siding, and vehicles, but they can handle patios. Medium duty pressure washers output 2000 to 2800 PSI. They can manage the same kinds of jobs as light duty models but are geared more towards patios and similar projects. There are heavy duty and extra heavy (professional) duty rated washers, but they’re usually used to clean driveways, sidewalks, and second story exteriors, as well as paint prep.
Renting or buying?
There are several things to consider when making the choice whether to rent or buy. How often will you use it? Is patio cleaning (and other chores) something you do once a year in the spring or early summer? Or are you going to clean your patio a few times, and maybe also use the pressure washer for other products? If you’re only going to use the pressure washer once a year, then you’re probably better off renting; if it’s going to be used more often, buying is probably right for you.
How much money do you plan on spending? Depending on where you live, renting a pressure washer will probably run you $60 for a day. Buying a reasonable quality pressure washer can run less than $350.
Upkeep and repairs are another consideration. If you don’t want the hassle of maintenance and possible repairs, renting is the way to go.
Pressure washers are very useful tools. It’s not that difficult to figure out which one is the best pressure water for your patio.