Pressure washers are either powered by electricity or by a liquid fuel, such as diesel, gas or petrol. Petrol based ones are very common for a number of reasons, yet electrical ones have recently taken over the market. Due to some risks associated with gas washers, most people choose either an electric or a petrol based one. Both electric and petrol washers can be found in domestic and commercial variations, as well as featuring hot and cold water options and even steam cleaning. When opting for a specific type of pressure washer, there are a few factors to consider, of a practical, economic and ecological nature.
Electric pressure washers are seen as a step up from those which use petrol, as they can simply be connected to a standard socket and are cheaper to run, since they don't require the repeated acquisition petrol, which is always quite expensive. The replacement of petrol with electricity is also regarded as more ecologically responsible and therefore preferable in today's strong tendency of choosing the most eco-friendly products whenever possible. They are also known to be lighter than their petrol counterparts and are often favoured for use around the home. Moreover, they are versatile, as the multitude of models available, which are able to reach different levels of power, allows certain variations to be suitable for intense commercial use as well. Another advantage they provide consists of quietly running engines, which is an improvement compared to all other types of pressure washers, which range from noisy to very noisy.
The downside is the fact that access to a nearby power socket is mandatory, which in the absence of an extension cable, restricts the are where the pressure washer can be used to the close vicinity of the electricity source. And since pressure washers are projected for outdoor use, that might sometimes cause a problem. With a decently long extension though, there should be no hindrances. However, this requirement rules out using an electric pressure washer in areas which are not supplied with energy at all.
The best thing about petrol pressure washers undoubtedly resides in their mobility, as a petrol engine does not require any electricity at all to function and thus does not restrict their use to specific types of areas. They are considered optimal for commercial premises, due to their increased durability and high performance during extended and intense use.
On the other hand, petrol washers are significantly more expensive to purchase as well as run, as they use a type of fuel which is constantly soaring in terms of price. That is a major downside as customers nowadays are often forced to base their choices on the economic factor. They are hardly seen as appliances the average customer can afford to buy and maintain and are not considered as suitable for domestic use as electric ones. Unlike electric washers, which operate quietly, petrol based ones are known to be quite loud and certain models can be as loud as lawn mowers.