Domestic Pressure Washer Buying GuidePressure Washers
How to Choose the Right Domestic Pressure Washer For Sale
Need to clean up the outside of your house, driveway or decking? Maybe you need to prep for a paint job or wash your car/boat? Pressure washer units are one of those tools you don’t realise you need until you try it. Once you do, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Here’s what to look for to get the right tool for the job.
How do they work?
Essentially they all work the same way; it starts with water entering the machine at low pressure. An electric motor or engine powers a pump, which pushes the water through a hose and a spray tip or nozzle at very high pressure. This process is significantly more effective for cleaning requirements around the home than what your regular garden hose can offer.
What can I use it for?
Domestic Pressure Washers can be used to clean everything around the home, including:
The Gerni Domestic Pressure Washer range is great for weekend warriors wanting to clean around their home.
What PSI and Water Flow do I need?
Pressure washers are graded according to PSI (pounds per square inch), which is the total water pressure created by the machine. As a point of reference, a typical garden hose dispenses water at about 30-40PSI, and a coin-operated car wash provides about 700PSI. A pressure washer, by contrast, typically dispenses water at several thousand PSI.
PSI is not the whole story though – the other consideration is Water Flow, which is measured in Litres per Minute. The greater the combination of the PSI number and the Water Flow , the more area you can efficiently clean, more quickly.
The pressure washer table below classifies washers based on the size of task and how regularly the unit will be used;
The important takeaway is that the larger the job, then the larger the pressure washer required. For smaller infrequent jobs around the home, an electric pressure washer in the order of 1500 – 2000PSI will be appropriate. For larger domestic tasks and for more regular use, you can opt for either an electric or petrol washer with rated pressure from 2000 to 3000PSI.
Electric or Petrol Powered?
For domestic tasks, the most common type of pressure washer is an electric powered one. They are typically, lighter, require less maintenance and can simply be plugged into your home mains power to start up. There are electric powered pressure washer models for all types of domestic tasks, large and small.
Petrol-powered pressure washers, are generally more suited for medium- to heavy-duty tasks around your home or property. They produce pressure and water flow rates at the higher end of the range and obviously can be used when you are not near mains electricity. Like any petrol powered piece of equipment, it requires some light maintenance similar to your lawn mower.
Do they come with accessories?
Yes. Good pressure washers will come with come with all the essentials and a bit more as standard:
- Nozzles that allows the water spray to be adjusted in accordance with the job
- Hose and hose reel
- Power gun and lance
- Wheels for maneuverability on the ground
- Detergent inclusion capability
Some optional extras include; automobile brushes specifically for car washing, patio cleaners, sandblasting kit for removing rust etc., drain/tube cleaners, stain removing detergents and more.
Last words of pressure washer advice?
We’d recommend you consider a pressure washer from a quality manufacturer that provides a strong warranty and national support network. Brands such as Gerni, Generac, Crommelins Subaru and AR Blue Clean are international brands that have been market leaders in pressure cleaners for decades. You can purchase one of these recognized brands with the peace of mind that you’re getting top quality performance and if anything ever goes wrong they are backed by nationwide service support.
We don’t recommend you buy a cheap, no name brand from the likes of eBay. Typically these are mass produced in China and do not have service agent support or dependable warranty backing should anything go wrong (which is often the case with the cheaper products!).
Check out the full range of quality domestic pressure washers online at My Generator.
If you’re look for pressure washer advice outside of Australia, then we’d recommend you check this site here: Ideal Pressure Washer.
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.