Pressure Washers Buying Advice


A Comparative Look at Gas, Propane, and Electric Pressure Washers


Pressure washers are widely used due to their ability to clean dirt, grime, and grease from a range of surfaces. To meet different cleaning applications, pressure cleaning machines are now available in various versions powered by electricity, gasoline, or propane. Let us look at the advantages and limitations of all three power pressure washers.


Electric-Powered Pressure Cleaners: 

Commercial electric pressure washers that run on electricity offer many benefits:

User-Friendly: Since electric pressure washers do not feature fuel tanks, they are more maneuverable and easier to transport.

Virtually Silent Operation: Gas-powered pressure cleaners produce around 85 decibels of sound. Electric systems are much quieter, making them ideal for use in schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and other facilities where noise level is a consideration.

Less Maintenance: Gas-powered pressure washers need frequent maintenance for replacing air filters and exhaust manifolds, draining oil, and tuning up the ignition. Power washers that run on electricity do not require any such maintenance.

Eco-Friendly: Electric power cleaners do not emit toxic fumes like power washers that run on gasoline.

The main limitation of electric pressure washers is that the units can only be used near an electrical supply. This often prohibits users from operating these machines in remote outdoor locations. One way around this limitation is using long pressure hoses.


Gas Pressure Washing Machines

Commercial pressure washers powered by gasoline are growing in popularity because they work well in areas where an electricity supply may not be available or reliable.

The main advantage of gas power cleaners is that they are more mobile than electric models. Another benefit is that gas power cleaners do not require power cords, which can be tripped on. Gas powered pressure washing equipment is often wheel mounted or trailer/truck mounted for greater mobility. 

Bit gas pressure cleaners produce exhaust, which limits their use indoors unless proper ventilation is available. Additionally, gas powered systems are nosier than their electric counterparts.


Propane Power Cleaners

Propane powered systems offer benefits similar those of gas powered units, in that they are ideal for applications in locations where an electrical supply is not available. Propane also burns cleaner than gasoline, making these systems ideal for users who prefer not to use gasoline. 

Although propane-powered pressure washers have their own benefits, you must also consider the availability of propane and its price.. In addition, propane may not be easily available in some parts of the world. 

When seeking pressure washing equipment for your commercial/industrial applications, consider the location of the application when selecting the power method.