Electric VS Gas Pressure Washer

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       Purchasing a new pressure washer is no easy task. There are so many options to consider and the cost can be a challenge. You want to make sure you are making the right decision and choosing the right pressure washer for your business needs. The good news is that with a little research, you will be able to find the pressure washer that fits the unique wants and needs of your businesses.

         The two main options when purchasing a pressure washer are electric or gas powered. Neither is necessarily better than the other, and which one is right for you depends on a variety of factors. On the one hand, electric pressure washers can be used indoors, but gas pressure washers can pack more punch! We’ll explore the differences and options available for both electric and gas powered washers and help you make an educated decision.


Electric Pressure Washers

         The main benefit of an electric professional pressure washer is the number of options available. You can choose between handheld units, wheel around portable units, and even wall mounted units. They can be used indoors which is ideal if your business entails cleaning restaurant kitchens or industrial facilities. In general, they are lighter and come without some common gas powered unit maintenance issues.

         The downside is that they are (generally) less powerful machines. Some will have a PSI of 2,000 but on average they do not pack as much power as a gas machine. In addition, the need for an electrical source can limit their mobility and increase your liability of tripping hazards due to cords.



  • Electric pressure washers are perfect for indoor use.
  • There are a lot of options, including handheld, wheel around, and mounted.
  • They are generally less powerful.
  • They require an electricity source making some job sites difficult.


Gas Pressure Washers

         Gas-powered professional pressure washers benefit from the raw power available. Some go as high as 50,000 PSI although the average for commercial use is between 3,000 - 6,900 PSI. These types of pressure washers are portable and you can fix them yourself with a little elbow grease!

         The downside is that they can ONLY be used outdoors because the gas engines emit carbon dioxide. In addition, you need to carry extra supplies like gas, and oil with you. You also need to be more aware of the unit itself. Gas units cannot be left idling for too long without wear and tear on the engine.

         The decision to get a direct-drive or belt-drive system is an important consideration with gas powered systems. A direct-drive engine is more compact and often more affordable but it is noisy and cannot be used continuously all day without being in danger of overheating. A belt-drive engine can run continuously for longer periods of time and at a cooler temperature. In addition, it is often a quieter unit. The downside is that it requires more maintenance and has more parts that may need to be replaced in the future.



  • Gas powered pressure washers are easier to transport around job sites.
  • They are the more powerful engine but require more upkeep and supplies.
  • You must choose a direct-drive or belt-drive engine.


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