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Your Guide to Choosing the Right Pressure Washer for Your Need

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Pressure Washer for Your Need

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Pressure Washer for Your Need

You know you want a pressure washer but how do you decide which one is best for your needs? A simple way to get an answer is to work with Hydro Tek. We specialize in these products and that means we know them inside and out. All you have to do is go over what you plan to use your power washer for, answer a few questions, and consider the advice we give you.

In the meantime, you can also consider a few essential factors to make the right decision. Once you have considered the choices, feel free to reach out to us at 800-274-9376 or for additional assistance.

Do you want maximum power? Maybe not

The water pressure used by a hot- or cold-water pressure washer is measured in pound per square inch, which is indicated by psi. The average gas-powered model is going to have more power with ranges between 2,000 and 2,800 psi. Compare that to electric models, which generally have between 1,300 to 1,700.

It is common for a person to assume that the higher the pressure, the better it is for their needs but this is not always the case. If you are going to strip paint off of vinyl siding, then a gas option is likely to be ten times faster and a gas option is going to clean a concrete patio about three times faster than the best electric pressure washer on the market.

However, a gas model is going to be more dangerous than an electric model. It requires more skill to handle the higher pressure, and when set to the wrong settings, electric models are more likely to splinter, etch, or otherwise damage the surfaces they are supposed to be cleaning.

Noise is important to consider

Next, consider how important noise is for you. A gas pressure washer model is going to produce 85 decibels at the minimum. At this noise level, hearing protection is highly recommended. On average, an electric model produces 78 decibels of sound when they are running. When the trigger is released, the motor stops and they are entirely silent.

As you compare these sound levels, consider two things. First, we are comparing the quietest a gas pressure washer can run at – 85 dBa – with the average sound of an electric model. Second, note that gas pressure washers are loud the entire time, whether in use or not. Electric models only make noise when in use, which means they can be used in residential areas with only a few brief moments of sound.

Contact us now and we can help you find the right choice

There is no reason to wonder which pressure washer to get, or to worry that you did not make the right decision. At Hydro Tek we have years of experience with these products and their accessories. Reach out today at 800-274-9376 or and let us help you find what you are looking for.

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From simple beginnings in 1985, Hydro Tek has grown to become the most trusted name in the pressure washer manufacturing industry.

How did we do it? By continually focusing on quality and reliability as the key to customer satisfaction, and by incorporating the latest technologies into our design and manufacturing processes.

By 1991, we were using computer-aided drafting systems to refine our product designs and improve efficiency. In 1997, we brought the power of computers to the shop floor by incorporating laser-cutting and other CNC manufacturing machinery, and in 2001 we began focusing on improving efficiency through the latest manufacturing techniques. The end result has been superior products delivered at a superior value to our customers. Through the next decade, we look forward to fulfilling our vision of making our products the "obvious choice" for all your industrial and commercial cleaning needs.