Top 5 Gas Pressure Washer - Reviews, Ratings & Buying Guide

Shopping for the best gas pressure washer is a daunting task especially if this is your first time buying a pressure washer. However, you’re in luck because this post was created to make the whole process easier. The five pressure washers on our lineup are best suited for home use or medium-duty cleaning jobs.

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The Complete Guide On Gas-Powered Pressure Washers 2018


Over the years, professionals and contractors have preferred gas pressure washers to electric pressure washers. The main reasons for this are that gas pressure washers are more:

1. Powerful,
2. Durable,
3. And have a cordless operation.

However, electric washers are slowly closing that gap due to the numerous advantages they offer over their gas-powered counterparts. The most notable benefits of electric washers are that they are more:

1. Affordable,
2. Operate quietly,
3. Weigh significantly less,
4. And require less maintenance

8 Things to Consider When Buying Gas Pressure Washers


All gas-powered pressure washers use internal combustion engines and are generally bigger and much heavier than electric-powered ones. Most of them have inbuilt storage for accessories such as the pressure gun and spray nozzles. The difference is that they come equipped with different features. Below are some of the things you ought to know when shopping for a pressure washer:

Engine Size

Most gas pressure washers use OHV engines from Honda as they are known to be the most reliable. You will also find that most medium-duty pressure washers use engines that range between 180 and 200 CC.

In full CC, means Cubic Centimeters and is the unit measurement that describes the volume of the engine’s combustion chamber. Typically, a 200 CC engine is bigger than a 180 CC engine meaning that it is more powerful and can produce higher pressure levels (PSI.)

Pump Type

The two types of pumps used in gas pressure washers are direct-drive pumps and belt-driven pumps. Below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each pump:

1. Direct-drive:

On the plus side is that they are compact and affordable. On the negative side is that they vibrate when operational which causes a lot of noise and are prone to overheat when used for extended periods.

2. Belt-driven:

On the positive side, the belt reduces the RPM levels of the engine which allows the engine to run at lower temperatures. This means that they can operate double the amount of time of a direct-drive pump without overheating. Also, the belt absorbs the vibrations thereby reducing the noise when operational. On the negative, belt-driven pumps are much larger to accommodate the belt. Also, adding the belt means more maintenance is required.

Cleaning Power

As stated earlier:

Cleaning Power (CP) = Water Pressure (PSI) x Water Flow Rate (GPM)
Different pressure washers have different cleaning power. For instance, the Ford FPWG2700H-J comes equipped with a smaller 180 CC engine and as such is the least powerful from the lineup featured above:
Ford FPWG2700H-J: Least Powerful
2700 PSI X 2.3 GPM = 6210 CP
Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S: Most Powerful
3200 PSI X 2.5 GPM = 8000 CP

Build Material – Wheels and Frame

The frame of pressure washers serves two primary purposes. The first purpose is to act as a carriage platform that supports the weight of the pump and the engine. The second purpose of the frame is to protect the vital components of the washer from physical damage by external forces.

Most frames are made of welded steel while others are made out of aluminum. Both materials are sturdy, but aluminum frames are more lightweight which plays a huge role in the washer’s maneuverability. The best carriage frames are equipped with vibration insulation to absorb the vibration from the engine and pump.

Most gas pressure washers come with non-flat pneumatic wheels. The most common wheels are the 10-inch variants, but you will also find some models such as the WEN PW31 that come equipped with 12-inch pneumatic wheels.

Cost

The cost of pressure washers is dependent on many factors chief among them being brand recognition. Beware that expensive is not necessarily better. For instance, the WEN PW31 costs over $50 less than the Ford FPWG2700H-J, yet it is more powerful and has better features than the Ford washer.

Can it clean with Hot Water?

Hot water pressure cleaners are standard for industrial settings. They are often regarded as heavy-duty pressure washers. However, you will find some medium-duty machines with the capacity of cleaning using both hot and cold water.

These types of washers are equipped with heating elements that warm the temperature up to 50-degrees C or 140-degrees F above the current temperature. The heated water breaks the stable bonds of dirt, grime, and filth making it easier to dislodge them off surfaces.

Storage

When it comes to storing your pressure washer for the winter, the two most important things are; first, making sure that it takes the least amount of space as possible in your garage. Secondly, ensure that it will be ready for use once the winter season is over.

The Ford FPWG2700H-J is by far the best when it comes to saving space in your garage thanks to its fold-down handlebars which make it more compact for storage.

We all know that gasoline can freeze or deteriorate when left sitting in a fuel tank during the entire winter season. For this reason, it is important to drain it from the fuel tank or add some stabilizer to it if you are planning to store your washer for 3 to 4 months. These gas management techniques will ensure that your pressure washer is ready to use after storage.

Warranty

Warranties are standard in gas pressure washers. However, you will find that different components of the machines have different guarantees. For instance, most engines and pumps have one or two-year warranties.

Most frames have more extended warranties that can go up to five years while accessories such as hoses, nozzles, pressure guns and others don’t come with warranties and even when they do, the guarantees don’t go beyond the 90-day mark.

Top 5 Gas Pressure Washer Reviews


1. Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S 3200 PSI at 2.5 GPM

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Overview

Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S is one of best-rated gas pressure washers on the market thanks to its all-roundness. With its price starting at about $370, the Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S is most suitable for small to medium duty cleaning jobs. The applications of this pressure washer are not only limited to home use but also in various environments such as industrial cleaning and commercial cleaning.

The cleaning power of the MSH3125-S can be attributed to its potent Honda engine and OEM Technologies axial cam pump, which work together to produce a flow rate of 2.5 GPM at a pressure of 3200 PSI. If the cleaning power of the MSH3125-S is lacking, you can go for the Simpson Cleaning PS3228-S, which is the upgraded version. It comes with a price tag of $529 which is significantly more than the $370 of Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S but comes with a more powerful and reliable AAA Triplex pump that provides more pressure (3300 PSI).

Product Description

Back to the Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S, let us cover some of the features it is equipped with.

01. MorFlex Hose

The washer comes with a 25-foot MorFlex hose. MorFlex hoses are known to be some of the most flexible and lightweight pressure washer hoses. On top of that, the tubing is highly durable thanks to its non-marring, kink and abrasion resistant qualities.

02. Safety Lock-out

The MSH3125-S can cause property damage as well as pet and human injury if misused. Therefore, it is designed with a safety lock-out on its spray gun to reduce accidents and enhance safety when not in use.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • Provides a robust and high-speed cleaning performance
  • Offers excellent value for money
  • Highly durable and rigid design to withstand harsh external environments
  • Enhances reach when watering plants that are located in inaccessible places
  • Comes with five different nozzles for tackling different cleaning jobs
  • Comes with a 5-year warranty for the frame, a 2-year warranty for the engine, and a 1-year warranty for the pump

Cons

  • Noisy engine operation compared to electric washers.

2. PowerBoss Gas Pressure Washer 3100 PSI


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Overview

The second washer on our list is the PowerBoss 3100 washer. Like the Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S featured above, the PowerBoss washer is a medium-duty pressure washer that is most suitable for home use. The PowerBoss 3100 is powered by a potent Honda GC190 engine that powers its axial cam pump to produce 3100 PSI of pressure at a rate of 2.7 GPM.

Its price starts at about $348 for both used and new units. Based on market rates for gas washers, its $348 price tag is bang for the money considering its top-notch cleaning performance and durability. All in all, no task is beyond the PowerBoss 3100 whether you are cleaning your vehicle, patio, garden fence, driveway, curb, and even garden furniture.

Product Description

01. Adjustability

The PowerBoss 3100 can be classified as a multi-purpose cleaning washer thanks to its adjustability. Depending on the task at hand, you can configure the machine to produce a more efficient performance.

02. GPM

There are instances where you need more flow rate (GPM) than the pressure (PSI). For example, you can increase the flow rate of water (maximum 2.7 GPM) and reduce the pressure of water when filling a swimming pool with water.

03. PSI

On the other hand, there are instances where you need pressure (PSI) than flow rate (GPM). For such cases, you can increase the pressure of water (maximum 3100 PSI) and reduce the flow rate of water. The most common application of maximum pressure includes cleaning tough stains and grime off hard surfaces such as concrete driveways.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • Easy to use/operate
  • Comes equipped with a 1-gallon onboard detergent tank for thorough cleaning
  • Provides a robust and quick cleaning performance
  • Easy to maneuver thanks to its pneumatic tires
  • Requires little to no maintenance
  • Comes equipped with a flexible 25-foot hose
  • This washer has been tested and verified by independent labs and

Cons

  • Comes with only four nozzle tips (0°, 15°, 40°, soap).

3. Ford FPWG2700H-J Gas Powered Pressure Washer


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The Ford FPWG2700H-J is one of the few pressure washers from the powerhouse Ford. For most people, the brand Ford does not need any introduction as it is one of the leading manufacturers of vehicles.

The Ford brand is known across the world for building robust, high-performing engines and the Ford FPWG2700H-J washer is no exception. It is equipped with a 180cc, 6HP OHV four-stroke engine that powers a high-quality Annovi Reverberi 3-piston axial cam pump. The pump and engine work in tandem to force out 2.3 gallons of water per minute at a maximum pressure of 2700 PSI.

Just like the Simpson Cleaning and PowerBoss cleaners featured above, the Ford FPWG2700H-J is a highly-rated medium-duty washer among consumers and professional cleaners. Its price tag which starts at about $350 is also similar to the two filters mentioned above.

Product Description

01. Design

When it comes to its design, the Ford FPWG2700H-J washer is heads and heels above other machines. It is both stylish and functional at the same time.

02. Stylish Rims

For stylishness, this washer offers various colors to pick. The best part is that it comes equipped with stylish rims on its 10-inch pneumatic tires that match the frame color.

03. Handlebars

Attention to detail on the Ford FPWG2700H-J washer is further highlighted by the handlebars which fold down for compact storage. What’s more, the highly-functional fold-down handlebar is padded to provide maximum comfort and grip when operational.

04. Detergent tank

On the other hand, there are instances where you need pressure (PSI) than flow rate (GPM). For such cases, you can increase the pressure of water (maximum 3100 PSI) and reduce the flow rate of water. The most common application of maximum pressure includes cleaning tough stains and grime off hard surfaces such as concrete driveways.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • Powerful cleaning performance
  • Features an aesthetically pleasing design that’s great to look at
  • Easy to operate thanks to its user-friendly design
  • Easy to maneuver thanks to its never flat wheels and padded handlebars
  • Requires little to no maintenance
  • Comes with a nozzle cleaner and a spark plug wrench as extra accessories

Cons

  • Comes with a flimsy hose adapter knob which tends to crack over time

4. Generac 7019 OneWash Gas Powered Pressure Washer


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Overview

Generac pressure washers are revered for their excellent cleaning power, reliability, ease of use, compactness, and affordability. True to Generac’s philosophy, the Generac 7019 OneWash is a combination of all these aspects which has made it one of the most popular washers on the market.

The Generac 7019 OneWash is a medium-duty washer that’s ideal for residential use. It uses a Generac 196cc OHV engine that works ensemble with a horizontally-placed axial pump to deliver cleaning power of 7440 CP (maximum of 2.4 GPM at 3100 PSI.)

NOTE: Cleaning Power = Pressure Output (PSI) X Rate of Flow (GPM)

 
With this amount of cleaning power, you can use the 7019 OneWash to clean anything from filthy driveways to dirty decks and patio furniture.

Product Features

01. Power dial

The Generac 7019 OneWash comes with a specially designed spray gun that comes with an integrated power dial. The dial allows you to configure the pressure output of the washer to handle different cleaning jobs such as wood, concrete surfaces, and many others.

02. Spray Gun

What’s more, the spray gun is ergonomically designed and fitted with padding to provide comfort and grip for large cleaning jobs.

03. Spray Nozzles

Like the Ford washer featured above, the 7019 OneWash features four QuickConnect spray nozzles, a convenient ½-gallon detergent tank, and a 25-foot hose that provides maximum reach when cleaning.

04. Pump

Unlike other pressure washers, the axial cam pressure pump of this 7019 OneWash comes fitted with easy-access hose-connection points. You don’t have to kneel, squirt or strain yourself when connecting the hose to the washer.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • Comes with durable never flat tires
  • Easy access hose connections for easy assembly and disassembly
  • Affordable price
  • Compact design for easy use and storage
  • Powerful engine and pump for maximum cleaning performance
  • Easy start operation

Cons

  • Plastic soap nozzle and cheap flimsy hose attachment knob

5. WEN PW31 3100 PSI Gas Pressure Washer


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Overview

As advertised, the WEN PW31 is the washer to go for if your goal is to restore the shine and sparkle of your beat-up surfaces. It is at its best when power washing unwanted dirt and grime off your driveway, curbs, patio, and so on.

When it comes to power, the WEN PW31 boasts a 208 CC 4-stroke OHV engine and a potent axial cam pump. These two components work in tandem to produce a maximum flow rate of 2.5 GPM at a pressure of 3100 PSI.

The one thing that makes this washer unique is that it is by far the cheapest among the machines featured on the list. Its price tag starts from about $295, making it over $50 less than its competitors.

Product Features

01. Suitable

As with the four washers on this lineup, the WEN PW31 is a medium duty washer that is most suitable for residential use.

02. Hose

The unconventional approach used in the manufacture of this washer makes it an exciting prospect for potential buyers. It features subtle differences that make it better than its competitors. For instance, most pressure washers come with a 25-foot hose whereas the WEN PW31 comes equipped with a 30-foot hose to provide extended reach. Another example of its subtle brilliance is its 12-inch pneumatic tires which provide better maneuverability than the standard 10-inch wheels fitted on most gas washers.

03. Accessories

Despite its different approach in certain aspects of its design, it shares some similarities with most pressure washers in regards to its accessories. For instance, it features an onboard detergent tank and five Quick Connect spray tip nozzles.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • Cord-free operation
  • Highly maneuverable thanks to lightweight nature and its pneumatic tires
  • Comes equipped with a longer 30-foot hose to provide extended cleaning reach
  • Comes with a two-year warranty
  • Comes equipped with an onboard detergent tank and storage space for nozzles and Offers excellent value for money

Cons

  • Loud operation and flimsy plastic pieces on its wand trigger

The Best Gas Power Cleaner Brands


1. Simpson Cleaning

Simpson Cleaning is a brand that has cornered residential-grade gas pressure washers. The brand manufactures some of the best light and medium duty pressure washers, and it is no surprise to see one of its product, the Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S as the top gas pressure washer on the lineup above.

2. PowerBoss

PowerBoss is a brand that exclusively deals with power tools, chief among them being electric generators and pressure washers. You can find out more about their products on their website, download softcopy manuals on all their products and even locate service dealers near you.

3. Ford

Ford is a brand that does not need any introduction. This brand specializes in vehicle manufacturing and is known for its top-notch products. Ford pressure washers are built with the same precision and attention to detail that makes their vehicles reliable.

4. Generac

Generac is a brand that has an extensive history in making residential grade pressure washers as well as a host of other power equipment for home. Generac, unlike most pressure washer brands, have a research and development division that manufactures their own engines.

5. Wen

Compared to other brands, very little is known about the Wen brand. Be that as it may, Wen is a company that has been in the business of making affordable power tools to use at home. The company was founded by Nick Anton back in 1951 and has operated for over half a century. Wen prides itself on making unique products that perform better than most competitors yet having the most affordable price tags in their class.

Conclusion


Dust, dirt, grime, mildew, and oil stains on the deck, patio, outdoor furniture and even driveway are some of the worst party poopers. This is the case especially when you think about the long strenuous hours of backbreaking work you have to endure to get rid of the mess.

This is where pressure washers come into play. Over the years, the Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-Shas proven to be the best when dealing with such issues. With this power tool, you will no longer dread hosting parties at your home out of fear of the extensive cleaning required to get your home into a party worthy venue for your friends and family members.

Whether you go for the Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S or the other four gas pressure washer on this lineup, you are in good hands either way. All the machines have their unique features that are designed to make cleaning more comfortable and fun for you.