Choosing the Right Size Pressure Washer for Your Needs - Active Guide
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Choosing the Right Size Pressure Washer for Your Needs - Active Guide

Choosing the Right Size Pressure Washer for Your Needs - Active Guide

When it comes to keeping your outdoor spaces and gear sparkling clean, nothing beats a pressure washer. But with numerous models and specifications available, how do you choose the right size pressure washer for your needs? This guide will break down everything you need to know about PSI and GPM, helping you select the perfect Active pressure washer for various cleaning tasks, from light washing to deep cleaning.

Understanding Pressure Washer Specifications

PSI: Pounds per Square Inch

  • What it is: PSI measures the pressure of water delivered by the pressure washer. Higher PSI ratings mean more power for breaking down dirt and grime.
  • Impact on Cleaning: High PSI is great for removing tough stains and deep cleaning. However, too much pressure can damage softer surfaces.

GPM: Gallons Per Minute

  • What it is: GPM measures the flow rate of water. A higher GPM means more water is released, covering larger areas in less time.
  • Role in Cleaning: More GPM can rinse debris away quicker, making it crucial for large-scale or frequent cleaning tasks.

Balancing PSI and GPM: The effectiveness of a pressure washer is not determined by PSI alone. The combination of PSI and GPM determines the cleaning power (CP), which can be calculated as CP = PSI x GPM. This number helps you understand overall efficiency.

Choosing the Right Pressure Washer for Different Tasks

Light-Duty Tasks

  • Ideal for: Washing cars, cleaning outdoor furniture.
  • Recommended PSI/GPM: 1300-1900 PSI, 1.2-1.6 GPM.
  • Active Models: Consider the Active 2.0 GPM model for efficient, gentle cleaning with enough power to remove dirt without damaging paint or finishes.

Medium-Duty Tasks

  • Ideal for: Cleaning decks, patios, and driveways.
  • Recommended PSI/GPM: 2000-2800 PSI, 2-3 GPM.
  • Active Models: The Active 2.3 GPM pressure washer offers a perfect balance of power and water flow, ideal for cleaning larger areas thoroughly without excessive water use.

Heavy-Duty Tasks

  • Ideal for: Stripping paint, cleaning commercial spaces.
  • Recommended PSI/GPM: 2900+ PSI, 3+ GPM.
  • Active Models: For the toughest jobs, look for Active models that deliver high PSI and GPM to cut through grime, strip old paint, and handle commercial cleaning with ease.

Special Considerations for Pressure Washer Accessories

Active 2.0 and 2.3 GPM Pressure Washers: These models are versatile, efficient, and powerful enough for most residential and many commercial tasks. Pairing them with the right accessories can maximize their effectiveness.

Recommended Accessories

  • Pressure Washer Guns and Foam Cannons: Enhance your cleaning experience with Active’s specialized guns and foam cannons designed for various cleaning needs.
  • Nozzles: Selecting the right nozzle is crucial:
    • 0° (red tip) for stubborn stains on hard surfaces.
    • 25° (green tip) and 40° (white tip) for general cleaning and delicate surfaces, respectively.

Maintenance and Safety Tips

  • Maintenance: Regularly check hoses, connections, and nozzles for wear and leaks. Clean filters and ensure your Active pressure washer is drained properly before storage.
  • Safety: Always wear protective gear, including goggles and gloves. Never point the pressure washer at people or animals. Keep the machine on a flat surface to prevent tipping.


Choosing the right size pressure washer doesn’t have to be complicated. With this guide, you’re well on your way to finding an Active model that fits your needs, whether you’re refreshing your deck or prepping for a major renovation. Check out Active’s range of pressure washers and accessories for efficient and effective cleaning solutions. Happy cleaning!