How Much Power Do You ACTUALLY Need?

Posted by on June 17, 2014 .

Choosing the right pressure washer that fits your needs exactly is crucial. Don't spend too much money for additional power you don't actually use, or do you underestimate your needs and cut on the initial investment – it will cost you time and more money in the long run.

Light-Duty, Medium-Duty or Heavy-Duty Pressure washer?

According to durability and power, we can divide pressure washers in three different grades: light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty. The heavier the duty level, more powerful and longer-lasting machine you are buying.  We have covered the technical aspect of topic already in the article "Industrial, Commercial or Consumer Pressure Washer?"  so now will just give you the most important information in a convenient comparison table. 

Light duty

Medium duty

Heavy duty

1000-2000 PSI

2000-3000 PSI

3000-5000+ PSI

1-2 GPM

2.1-2.7 GPM

2.8-5 GPM

Occasional use

Regular use

Frequent use

15-60 sq.ft. cleaned in 15 min

60-150 sq.ft. cleaned in 15 min

150-310 sq.ft. cleaned in 15 min

  • Cars/Trucks
  • Patio Furniture
  • Fences
  • Lawn Equipment


  • Driveways/sidewalks
  • Home Siding
  • Wood Decks
  • Garage Floors


  • 2nd Story Surfaces
  • Paint Removal
  • Oil Stains
  • Rust Removal


Shop light-duty pressure washers

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Selection Tips:

If you have never used a pressure washer before, it is highly advisable that you rent or borrow one from friend or neighbor to try it. Only after you use the pressure washer, you will understand how they work, what accessories you need and judge better what type and power are suitable for you.

We’ve said it before, we'll say it again. Don't buy a unit that is too powerful for your job and don’t underestimate your needs.

Last update: June 27, 2014