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  • Post last modified:November 20, 2022
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When you’re looking to purchase a pressure washer, it’s important to know that not all pressure washers are created equal. Some are made for commercial use, while others are designed for home use. When you’re on the hunt for a pressure washer that’s perfect for your house, it’s best to make sure you know what PSI is before buying one.

When you’re looking for pressure washers, the first thing to consider is your PSI needs.

The first thing to consider when shopping for a pressure washer is the PSI. PSI stands for pounds per square inch, and it’s essentially how much power your pressure washer will be putting out. When you’re looking at different models, you might see them advertised as having 2,500 PSI or 3,000 PSI—and those numbers sound pretty similar! The difference between these two machines comes down to water flow rate (GPM).

On average, most residential-grade gas pressure washers have about 500-1,200 PSI and 1-2 GPM. But there are also some models that go above this range: commercial-grade gas machines can have anywhere from 1,250-3200 PSI with 2-5 GPM; electric units tend toward the lower end with around 300-600PSI/0.25GPM; industrial units top out at 7500PSI/10GPM or more!

So what does all of this mean? If we look back at our example in “What is psi?” we can see that if your house has old windows and doors that need cleaning off before painting them then a 2000psi model would probably suffice; however if you’re constantly cleaning vehicles like trucks or boats then perhaps something much stronger—like 5000psi—would be better suited to your needs since most commercial grade models fall within this range!

The best pressure washer for home use is a pressure washer with a minimum of 1,300 PSI and a maximum of 3,100 PSI.

Pressure, in PSI (pounds per square inch), is used to measure the amount of force that water exerts on a surface. The higher the PSI rating, the more powerful your pressure washer will be.

The best pressure washer for home use should have a minimum of 1,300 PSI and a maximum of 3,100 PSI. If you project that you’ll need to clean things like large vehicles or heavy-duty equipment like tractors and lawn mowers, then you may want to go with something even stronger than this range; however, most homeowners will find themselves perfectly happy with these numbers.

Why is that?

The lower the PSI, the less cleaning power.

The higher the PSI, the more cleaning power.

However, you don’t need a lot of pressure to clean your home. Just use a soft brush or a sponge with soap and water to wash your house walls and windowsills; they’ll be perfectly clean without any extra effort or money spent on buying a high-powered pressure washer that could break down at any moment, so you might as well save all this money for other things (like spending time with your loved ones).

Your home isn’t going to have heavy-duty stains on it or anything like that.

Your home isn’t going to have heavy-duty stains on it or anything like that. You’re not going to be washing walls and floors with a pressure washer. For the most part, your home will only need the lightest of cleaning methods. This is why we recommend that you get a low PSI pressure washer for your home.

It’s important to remember though—just because this type of machine is less powerful than others doesn’t mean that it can’t clean well! It’s still plenty capable of doing all kinds of light duty tasks like washing cars, cleaning decks and other outdoor spaces, removing grime from concrete surfaces…you name it! In fact, there are many jobs where these types of machines are actually preferred over higher PSI models because they’re easier to handle (and use less water).

You can also use these water power levels to clean your car if you want.

If you have a car and want to use your pressure washer to clean it, make sure that you don’t go too high on the PSI power. The higher the PSI level, the more intense and powerful of an impact that will be made on your car’s exterior. If you go over 120 PSI on anything but concrete or brick surfaces, then there is a chance that you could damage your vehicle with this type of cleaning method.

While these power levels are great for most home use, there are some things you need to be aware of before buying one.

While these power levels are great for most home use, there are some things you need to be aware of before buying one.

  • You don’t want a pressure washer that’s too powerful. If the PSI is too high, the water will damage your driveway or patio and can cause scuffs on walls and furniture. The last thing you want is to have to replace valuable property because your new pressure washer wasn’t properly adjusted!

  • You also don’t want a pressure washer that’s too weak—you may find yourself not being able to get the job done as quickly as desired because it takes longer than necessary at lower levels of pressure (PSI). This means longer workdays and less time spent enjoying other activities like hanging out with family and friends or watching TV shows!

  • Don’t buy something too big either—if it won’t fit in your garage where do plan on storing it? Plus if something gets damaged during shipping there’s no way for repairs because nobody has parts available anywhere near where most consumers live anyway so now what?!


If you’re looking for a pressure washer for home use, then you’re probably looking for one that’s powerful enough to handle regular cleaning tasks around the house. While these power levels are great for most home use, there are some things you need to be aware of before buying one. First off, make sure that your home doesn’t have any heavy duty stains or dirt on it because they might not be able to clean them off with just 1,300 PSI or 3100 PSI water pressure. Also keep in mind that if there is no way possible for you to move your hose into different areas around the house then it might take longer than expected before everything gets cleaned off completely!