Gas vs. Electric Pressure Washers - Pressure Washer Buying Guide

Gas vs. Electric Pressure Washers - Pressure Washer Buying Guide

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Trying to decide whether a gas or electric pressure or power washer will be the right decision for you depends on several things.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each depending on your specific situation.

Landa PD3 Gas Cold Water Pressure Washer

Advantages and Disadvantages of GAS Pressure Washers:

Advantages

  • Typically more portable
  • Often lighter weight
  • Easier to get higher pressure and flow  

Disadvantages

  • The need to have filled gas cans nearby.
  • Ensuring you understand how to start a gas pressure washer and are able to trouble-shoot it if it doesn't start.
  • Because it has fuel in it, you'll need to consider where it can safely be stored without causing a fire-hazard.
  • Unlike electric pressure or power washers, the gas engine is much louder than an electric motor.
  • You'll want to ensure that you have proper exhaust or ventilation so as not to be overcome by fumes.

 

Cold Water Portable Pressure Washer

Advantages and Disadvantages of ELECTRIC Pressure Washers

Advantages

  • With the flip of a switch, an electric pressure washer will start.
  • Often more quiet than gas pressure or power washers.
  • Electric pressure washers have the option of adding auto start-stop on them so that you don't cause damage to your pump.  We carry some that come standard with it and some that have it as an option to add.
  • Electric pressure washers can be run indoors safely without emissions.

Disadvantages

  • With an electric pressure washer, this means you need electricity and will be tethered to a power-supply as-well-as your water supply.
  • Electric pressure washers are often heavy and can be somewhat less portable.  Though we offer hand-carry electric pressure washers, you'll still need adequate electrical power to run them.
  • When you want to increase pressure and flow on an electric pressure washer, it can tend to get expensive compared to gas models.

Now that you know some of the advantages and disadvantages of gas and electric pressure washers, you should have a better idea of what type might suit your needs depending on where you'll be using it and the limitations of your environment.  Still need more information to help you make a decision?  Learn more about Hot vs. Cold Water Pressure Washers.

Other helpful links:

Choosing the Right Pressure Washer for the Job
Pressure Washer PSI and GPM: What They Mean and Why They're Important
Recommendations for Buying a Pressure Washer

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