Pressure washers are fast and effective cleaning tools that can cut hours off otherwise time-consuming projects. 
Pressure washers have the power to really clean the dirt and grime that can build up on your home over time.  Pressure washers are also a good tool for cleaning a variety of items in and around the home such as cars, boats, patio furniture, decks and sidewalks.
If you are considering buying a pressure washer, here’s a tip to help you understand the options. Just remember these Three Ps: 
  • How to Buy a Pressure WasherWater Pressure: How much pressure you need your pressure washer to deliver depends on the type of job you're going to be doing.  The basic light-duty pressure washer (1300 - 2000 PSI) is 30 times as powerful as a garden hose but a good choice for cleaning boats, cars and siding.  Medium-duty (2000 - 2600 PSI) is good for cleaning grease and grime or heavy-duty (2,700 - 4,000 PSI) for stripping surfaces for repainting.
  • Gallons Per Minute: The larger the GPM, the more surface area a pressure washer can clean.  A higher GPM flow rate can clean a larger area faster.
  • Price: Pressure washers range in price from a low of $100 to more than $2,000.
For more information on buying a pressure washer, visit Aside from offering additional tips on how to choose the right pressure washer for the job, the site offers diy-ers the opportunity to compare more than 60 brands and models from leading manufacturers side-by-side and takes some of the guesswork out of determining what model pressure washer is right for you and your price range.