Electric vs gas pressure washer

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Pressure washers are a brilliant way to blast off layers of grime and transform your home. They’re incredibly versatile - you can use them to clean everything, from your patio to the roof. 

First, you’ll need to decide whether you want to opt for an electric or a gas pressure washer. If you’re a pressure-washing newbie, this choice can be tricky to make. But fear not, help is at hand, as we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each model so you can make the right choice for you. 

We’ve asked experts to break down the electric vs gas pressure washer decision-making process to avoid it becoming a chore. Overall, electric pressure washers are a convenient choice when tackling smaller areas like a patio or your car. Gas models, however, boast maximum power, though they require more maintenance. 

Once you’ve made your decision, head over to our guide to the best pressure washers (opens in new tab) to find the perfect pick for you.

For now, let’s dig into the electric vs gas pressure washer debate.

Electric vs gas pressure washer

When it comes to an electric vs gas pressure washer, what’s the difference? “Gas pressure washers are more powerful than their electric counterparts, making them ideal for commercial and professional use,” says Scott Reid, Exterior Home Expert at Angi (opens in new tab). Go for gas to harness maximum power and tackle tough grime; you'll be able to cover a larger space as you’re not restricted by a power outlet. 

But there are drawbacks to gas washers. You’ll need to pay attention to maintaining and refueling your gas device too.  

Gas pressure washers should only be used by people with a high level of skill. They’re also usually more expensive and less eco-friendly than electric pressure washers.

Scott Reid, Exterior Home Expert

So what about the alternative? Electric pressure washers are a great choice to clean a smaller space, where you don’t need the same power as for a large area. They offer convenience - you can wave goodbye to the faff of refilling the oil. Electric models are more compact than their gas counterparts, which makes them easier to handle and store. Plus, they’re usually quieter than gas pressure washers - your neighbors will thank you. Finally, they’re more environmentally friendly, so you can clean your outdoor areas and do your bit for the planet. 

You’ll need to weigh these pros against the cons. Electric pressure washers can’t rival gas models for power. This means they’re less than ideal for covering a large plot. You’ll be limited by your power outlet so consider whether you can reach the areas you want to target.  

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Louise Bond is a UK-based writer specializing in health and wellbeing. She has over eight years of experience in management within health and care and brings this passion and expertise to her writing. Louise has been published in The Guardian, Live Science, Fit & Well, Tom’s Guide, Planet Mindful, Breathe, and Psychreg. She is at her happiest when she is out in nature, whether that’s on an invigorating hike or pottering in the garden.

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