For effective cleaning, gasoline powered pressure washers are easy-to-use, maneuverable and powerful, used by both professionals and serious home-users alike. Here’s our latest (and very clean!) list of the 5 best gas powered pressure washers on the market today.
#1: Generac 2,800 PSI Gas Powered Pressure Washer
The gas powered Generac pressure washer comes in 2 different versions, 2,800 PSI and 3,100 PSI. It’s a highly esteemed, relatively compact and quite dependable washer with an integrated detergent tank, ergonomic grip handles and an easy-to-pull spray trigger, which will help avoid fatigue. Customer reviews mention how the pressure washer starts easily and does a fantastic and effective job at cleaning. It comes with variety of different accessories for it. Generac also makes the extremely popular and powerful Speedwash 6882 2900 PSI and made the popular, but discontinued 6602 OneWash 3100 PSI.
#2: Simpson Cleaning MSH3125 MegaShot
The Simpson MSH3125 is 3200 PSI of cleaning power right in your hands. It’s a powerful heavy-duty gasoline powered pressure washer that meets your most demanding needs. It comes with all bells and whistles such as an abrasion resistant hose, 5 nozzle tips, high build quality, different safety features and a 2 year warranty. User reviews praise its versatility, easy startup and great cleaning power. Simpson also makes the highly esteemed “PowerShot” Series with 3300, 3800, 4000 and 4200 PSI units.
#3: Ford FPWG2700H-J Gas Powered Pressure Washer
The Ford FPWG-2700 is a 2700 PSI 180cc gas powered pressure washer from Ford that has great reviews. It features an on-board soap tank, a practical fold down handle and a braided pressure hose. It uses 10” never-flat tires and comes with 3 spray nozzles. You can also get it in an even more powerful 3100 PSI version and an electric 1800 unit as well. Users say “Easy to use, easy to maintain, starts easy!“
#4: WEN PW31 3100 PSI Gas Pressure Washer
The WEN PW31 is an affordable gas powered pressure washer that runs on a 208 cc 4-stroke. The pump delivers 2.5 gallons per minute. The slim 12” wheels will move on any terrain. It comes with 5 quick connect spray nozzles and soap. It comes in 2 versions, a 2800 PSI or a 3100 PSI version. In customer reviews, it is mentioned to be easy to move around, very effective and always starting on the first pull.
#5: Briggs & Stratton 2000 Psi
For medium or light duty jobs, the Briggs & Stratton 020681 is an effective and tough gas pressure washer delivering 2000 PSI of thrust. It has a practical foldaway design for easy storage in small spaces, and comes with 4 quick-connect tips to quickly shift between your varying cleaning tasks. It has an onboard detergent tank and a 25′ hose. You can get other Briggs & Strattons such as an 1800, 2200 or even 4000 PSI. In user reviews, it is mentioned to be effective, dependable and practical. It comes with a 2 year consumer warranty.
Choosing a gas powered pressure washer – things to look for
Effective for cleaning: Naturally, a pressure washer should be great at cleaning. Make sure to read reviews about the effectiveness of the unit. It is a combination of ergonomics, power, durability and accessories.
Types of surfaces it can clean: Check reviews to learn if your type of surface is mentioned as being cleaned effectively by the product. Pressure washers are extremely versatile and can be used for wood decking, paved driveways, painted wood sidings, steel sidings, plastic window trim, windows, vehicles, car rims, concrete, stone walkways, tile or marble, garden fences, decks, patios, rooftops and many more.
Ergonomics: The handles and spray trigger design is an important factor in how quickly you will become fatigued. Many cleaning jobs takes a lot of time, even with an effective washers. Therefore, make sure the ergonomics are good. Negative user reviews will reveal poor ergonomics.
Wheels and tire size / pneumatic: Depending on your terrain, you might need a pressure washer with pneumatic tires of a good size. Plastic wheels will work for some easy decks and patios, but if the unit is to be dragged around alot, make sure the wheels match your requirements.
Pump power & quality: A dependable, durable and powerful pump unit is important in any pressure washer. Read user reviews to learn how dependable the pump of the unit is. Even the best pumps are prone to breaking. At least the pump will break before the engine does.
Hose quality and resistance: Some washers have cheap hoses that get messy and break easily. Better quality pressure washers have protected and more resistant hoses. Check pictures for hose thickness and read reviews to learn about hose messiness. Look in negative user reviews to learn how often this occurs.
Safety features: Check for important safety features like safety lock-out.
Spray nozzles: Read specs to see which types of spray nozzles comes with the units. Typically 3 to 5 quick-connect nozzles are delivered with a pressure washer.
Other accessories: There’s a lot of different types of accessories like covers, wheels, nozzles, hose extensions, patio washers and more. Make sure the pressure washers comes with what you need.
Build quality: A pressure washer will most likely endure many adverse conditions and frequent use. Heavy frame construction or high quality washers are more appreciated in the long run. Look at negative user reviews for comments on build quality and what tends to break.
Detergent tank: Some units come with a detergent tank. Make sure the tank size is sufficient. Most washers use detergent-to-water in a ratio of 1:7.
Gasoline / oil plugs: Make sure the unit has a usable filler cap and an easy-to-use drain plug.
Warranty: Check manufacturer warranty before you buy. Pressure washers have many moving parts (with water and mechanics!) that can break.
Customer service: Also look at reviews to learn about customer service issues and friendliness.