From mold, mildew, and mud . . . to grease, grass stains, and grime, there are simply some jobs too big for your “garden variety” garden hose to tackle. That’s when you need to bring in the big guns.
A residential pressure washer will make any outdoor clean-up task quicker and more efficient. In fact, most pressure washers pack 75 times more power than hoses. That’s a lot of strength to wield in your hands. Whether your target is siding, sidewalks, or suspicious stains, a pressure washer will make fast work of most any job.
If you’re in the market for a new pressure washer—and most times it makes more financial sense to buy, rather than rent—be sure you consult and buy from a reputable manufacturer.
Do your homework before investing in a pressure washer. Be ready to answer these questions:
- What do I want to clean and how often will I use a pressure washer?
- What size pressure washer is best for my needs?
- What are the advantages of gasoline vs. electric models?
- Do I need a cold water or hot water pressure washer?
As you shop for your pressure washer, consider the four following categories.
What And When Can I Clean?
The sky’s the limit when it comes to what a pressure washer can clean. If you name it—roofs, cars, decks, pools, grills, sporting equipment, and mailboxes—you can clean it. In mere minutes, your dirty items will look brand new.
Depending on where you live, weather will play a factor in how often you can use your pressure washer. Some of you from more moderate climates (lucky you!) may be able to power up your machines a couple of times each month. Be realistic. How often will you use a pressure washer? How many items do you have that need regular cleaning? Knowing your needs will help you with the next section.
What Size Is Best?
No matter what household job you’re tackling, Mi-T-M has the right size pressure washer to help. In our consumer series line, we offer 24 different pressure washers.
As you consider all the different types, note that the PSI (pounds per square inch) varies for each model. PSI is a unit of pressure and it’s what gives you the power to make short work of dirty jobs.
Our smallest pressure washer in the Choremaster series begins at 1400 PSI. This type of pressure washer is lightweight at just 45 pounds and easy to lift and maneuver. This size is great for weekly cleanings and is ideal for washing cars, small decks and patios and outdoor furniture.
As you move up through our 24 different pressure washer categores, you’ll find machines that pack more power. Typically, the heavier duty, the longer the machine will last.
Mi-T-M’s CV Series ranges from 2400 to 3000 PSI and models weigh a mere 54 pounds. At this level, the machine is designed to handle more frequent use and can easily tackle medium-sized cleaning jobs like larger decks and siding.
At the higher end of the residential line, Mi-T-M’s Work Pro pressure washer series really delivers some serious power. These big boys begin at 2500 PSI and go up to 4000 PSI. Work Pro models weigh between 75 and 142 pounds. At this strength and size, the machines can be used daily and for much longer periods. These powerhouse can clean most everything!
Should I Choose Electric or Gasoline?
About 60 percent of buyers choose electric motors because of their lower price tag and less frequent maintenance needs. But gas models are much more powerful—at least twice as strong—giving you the freedom to clean most anything anytime
Electric pressure washers usually provide about 1000-2000 PSI and are great for small jobs around the house. They are safer, quieter, and much more compact than gas models.
Gas engines, on the other hand, offer 2000-6000 PSI and can blast away the even toughest grime on boats, fences, siding, sidewalks and other larger objects. The highest performing gas machine, for example, is 10 times quicker than an electric machine at stripping paint off vinyl siding.
Go back and review what you want to clean, how often you wish to clean, and how much you wish to pay. You should then have a clear idea if a gas or electric model is best for you.
Hot vs. Cold: What’s The Difference?
Temperature matters when it comes to cleaning ability. Both hot and cold pressure washers are effective, but Mi-T-M recommends you review your specific cleaning needs before selecting one.
If your goal is simply to remove dirt and mud from outdoor areas, a cold power washer is just the ticket. Another plus: you can choose from more accessories (brushes, hoses, wands and nozzles) that fit cold water models.
However, if you need to power through grease and oil, only a hot water pressure washer will do. Hot water washers also save time. If you plan to use your pressure washer more than a couple of hours per week, it simply makes more sense to invest in a hot water model.
Mi-T-M hopes this buyer’s guide has helped you make an informed decision about what pressure washer is best for you and best for your cleaning needs.
Remember: If you take good care of your pressure washer, it will last for many years. That’s why you want a dealer you can trust and one who is still in business when you need them. Mi-T-M offers generous warranties on all our machines, pumps, and engines.
We’re always happy to answer questions and help. Call us toll free at 1-800-553-9053 or visit us online.