Starting at $70 for the most basic hand-carried units, but going as high as $3,000 or more for an advanced hot water model, a 1500 PSI pressure washer is best suited for light-duty residential and professional applications. Black & Decker, Karcher and Test Mark offer inexpensive home models useful for quickly cleaning barbecue grills, bikes, boats, cars or other vehicles. Light cleaning of vinyl siding, gutters or walls is a possibility as well. Cam Spray, among other makers, produces a line of rugged electric hot water pressure washers. Although they have a lower maximum PSI rating than many professional models, their 3.0 GPM water flow rate and hot water capabilities makes them very effective.
Residential Model Specifications
A typical 1500 PSI pressure washer used in the home features a flow rate of 1.5 GPM. The washer features a high-impact plastic shell with a built-in handle and/or casters. Other common specifications include 2 or more nozzles, a trigger gun and a 20 to 50 foot GFCI equipped power cord installed for safety purposes.
Professional-grade 1500 PSI pressure washers will be steel-constructed with pneumatic tires and a more durable, pressure resistant pump. Pro models accept quick-connect nozzles for added versatility and convenience. With a few exceptions, virtually all 1500 PSI pressure washers are electric, cold water units.