There are a ton of pressure washers out there, and if you’re going in blind, it can be a nightmare to sift through the duds and find the one that’s right for you.
Fortunately, that’s what this article is here for! We’ve done a ton of research and come out with the three best gas pressure washers of this year. We’re gonna go over why we’ve chosen them, and why you might be suited to them.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
The Basics of Gas Pressure Washers
Gas washers are more complicated than electric ones. They need more maintenance, they need fuel and oil to keep running, they’re heavier, noisier, and smellier. They give off fumes, which means they can’t be used indoors without proper ventilation, and some even run hot enough to damage the hose if improperly handled. With all these downsides, so you might be asking yourself: “why do so many people go with gas?”
The answer is: Gas washers provide serious power! The least powerful gas pressure washers still get 2000 PSI out of their motors, and the usual range for commercial gas washers is around 3000 PSI. High-powered gas washers are also easier to feed. A 4000 PSI gas washer only needs fuel and water, which you can find almost anywhere, while an industrial electric washer needs a good power supply and the correct voltage at the job site, which can’t always be guaranteed.
They can also cover a good deal more ground. Gas users don’t have to worry about a cord, only about the hose that feeds the unit, so as long as you have hose left, you can keep going. Electric washers are limited by both the hose and the power cord and so they can be spatially limited in that regard.
The Best Newbie Pressure Washer: Ryobi 2800
Our first pick comes from the Ryobi, which is a well-known pressure washer manufacturer that’s known for producing excellent washers in both gas and electric versions.
So, as far as gas washers go, the Ryobi 2800 is fairly low-powered and is intended for residential use.
The Ryobi’s boasts a 161cc Honda GCV160 engine that powers 2800 PSI of force and 2.3 GPM of water volume. Those stats are on the high end of residential power washers, and will make quick work of tough jobs; you can safely put on a wide-angle nozzle and spray down a patio that would need a tighter nozzle on a smaller electric washer. The engine itself is proven and reliable. The gas tank holds a quarter gallon, which should last the average user through most jobs around the house.
It’s also got a host of features to make your cleaning jobs easier. It comes with four nozzles: 0-degree, 25-degree, 40-degree, and 65-degree detergent. You’ll generally be using the middle two most of the time. A detergent tank sits on the front end of the cart. The wand also has two useful features: a safety catch to avoid unwanted discharge, and a control dial. The dial lets you adjust on the fly how much water the wand throws, which comes in handy if you’re working nearby sensitive materials.
The Ryobi makes for an excellent first-timer’s pressure washer. Getting started with this thing is a piece of cake; it comes with a user’s manual, a manual for the engine, a well-made quick start guide, and illustrated startup instructions on the back of the top plate. Coupled with the the user friendly design, this thing was made for pressure washing newbies!
In terms of downsides, there are a couple. The onboard holders for the hose and the wand are a bit iffy, the wand holder more so. The plastic doesn’t keep a good enough grip over rough ground, and you may find the wand falling out as you move the washer. The strap holding the hose is basic cloth. Concerned users might want to DIY a solution to either or both, depending on which one has degraded.
Additionally, the pump is a concern if you anticipate heavy use. The Ryobi comes with an axial pump, which is simpler compared to the triplex pumps on commercial washers. However, axial pumps don’t last as long. For the occasional user, this won’t be a concern; if you’re bringing it out regularly, best to keep an eye on the pump.
If you’re a casual residential user, it’s hard to improve on the Ryobi; It has the power you need, the utility, and a few useful features to help you out. This thing might be the ideal beginner power washer/.
The Definition Of Versatility: Generac OneWash 6602
This thing could very well be the only washer you’ll ever need.
The Generac OneWash 6602 looks like a pretty standard gas washer at first glance. The classic Generac orange-and-black cart is a familiar sight if you’ve ever owned a Generac pressure washer before.
But then you look at the top of the unit, and you see what sets this thing apart. Right there on the control panel is an adjustable pressure dial that lets you choose four settings, from a delicate 2000 PSI to 3100 PSI for heavy duty. No matter the setting, water output is a consistent 2.8 GPM.
This opens up a whole world of possibilities. A 3000 PSI washer for your concrete driveway is generally too harsh to use on your car, but with the OneWash, you can tone it down to something that won’t damage the vehicle. Experiment with the dial to see which settings work best, and don’t forget to switch out nozzles as well. What would be a 15-degree job with a lower-powered washer can be a 25-degree job with more pressure.
Unfortunately, no pressure washer will be perfect, not even one this good. You may want to keep a close eye on the washer if you’re running low on oil. The OneWash has no low-oil warning or auto-shutdown system, so exercise caution, keep your eyes peeled, and be ready to change the oil when the need arises.
Just about the only jobs the OneWash can’t handle are the really heavy-duty commercial and industrial ones. For general residential use, it’s perfect. If you have to buy exactly one gas washer, just working around the house; get the OneWash.