Portable pressure washers have many different benefits. They are now available in either gas or electric powered models and produce different presses. In addition, these models can run either by hot or cold fluid. With so many choices, it can be overwhelming. So here is a guide on how to weigh your options properly.
Amount of Power Produced
Depending on the brand, model and type of pressure-washers, the power of the unit ranges from low to heavy duty. If your intention is to use the machine for simple tasks such as washing the car and clean a deck, then the light duty model that runs only between 1,300 and 2,000 PSI range. Due to low PSI, the models are mostly inexpensive and light in weight. Otherwise, consider the heavy duty models.
Hot Water and Cold Water Units
When your budget is low, the cold fluid unit is your best option. The hot water models are usually available in high price as they are generally used for industrial cleaning jobs. The cold water models are enough since you should not use hot water in many normal applications. Furthermore, at higher level of power and flow rate, hot water model can damage grout on tiles, roof shingles and seams.
Gas and Electric Powered Pressure-Washers
The disadvantage of electric units is that their portability is limited within the range of the cord. However if you are considering one, you may want to invest on inverter that produces sufficient voltage. The gas powered units typically have higher flow rate and force. At a same level of power, the gas powered units are sold way much cheaper than the electric powered units. In addition, they provide more flexibility and portability. However, the disadvantage of gasoline type units is that they emit harmful gases and are not recommended for indoor use. It is recommended that you examine which type would be the best pressure washer for you.