Best 3000 PSI Pressure Washers 2021 – Top Picks & Reviews
Last Updated on December 17, 2021 by Mark Johnson
There is a simple reality for pressure washers, which is that the more pressure you have the better you probably are. Your smaller, more portable models might be able to clean most things at less than 1,800 psi, but when you really need a serious washing you look to models in the 3,000 psi range.
We reviewed a handful of these really powerful pressure washers so that if you’re in the market to buy one you can have an idea of what to look for. We’ll drop a hint right here, and tell you that gas-powered pressure washers rule the roost at this range. They’re expensive and noisy, but when you need grime or dirt or even blood stripped off a surface these are the models you’ll rely on to get the job done.
It’s our earnest desire that you find great value in these reviews and that even if you don’t want to buy one of them that you take what we say about them enough to heart that it helps inform your future purchase decisions.
Our Favorite Washers of 2021
|PowerBoss Gas GC190 20649|
|Powerhouse International PHI-Platinum|
(Best for the Money)
|Simpson Cleaning MS60763-S|
5 Best 3000 PSI Pressure Washers – Our Reviews
1. PowerBoss Gas GC190 20649 – Top Pick
The PowerBoss GC190 comes with a lot of great features, starting with a lot of power. And of course it does, it’s powered by a 187 cc Honda engine that can crank it up to 3,100 psi of pressure.
That’s enough to wash whatever it is that you need washed, flat-out. The few things that can withstand that sort of cleaning power are beyond the powers of your average homeowner and require a professional-grade cleaner. If that’s you, you might as well resign yourself to a need for something of professional grade.
In addition to this one’s power, we like that it’s easy to use and comes with an onboard detergent tank. That’s an important feature that helps supplement powerful pressure for great cleaning.
To get this, you’ll pay good money. It’s not quite top dollar, but it’s close. This pressure washer is also a little hard to control pressure if you want to modulate it. You can swap out nozzles and that’s about it.
- Good power
- Great cleaning
- Easy to use
- Onboard detergent tank
- Kind of pricey
- Hard to adjust pressure
2. YAMAHA PW3028 – The Runner-Up
Yamaha’s PW3028 is a good, powerful cleaner. It’s built to last and it’s Yamaha engine is designed to sip fuel rather than gulp it down. Those sorts of leading innovations suggest that it might be a good contender for our Top Pick. Yet, we dropped it down to our runner-up ranking.
Why? It’s price. Good Lord is this expensive. We really liked its performance, and in some rare cases, we could say without qualification that you need the performance enough to warrant paying the price. In this case, however, that’s just not the case. You can pay the price and be very happy with this pressure cleaner because it will deliver absolutely everything that it promises. On the other hand, you can get a much less expensive model and get performance that while maybe not as great is pretty close.
We like this one. We just don’t like the price. It’s a great pressure washer, but not enough of a value to warrant it being our top pick.
- Great cleaning
- Well built
- Fuel efficient
- Really, really expensive
3. Powerhouse International PHI-Platinum – Best for the Money
Once you start getting up to this kind of pressure range, most manufacturers answer the basic question of how to generate it through a gas motor. Not this one. It’s electric.
That means that not only does it bring some serious cleaning power, but it’s also pretty quiet. Internal combustion engines are inherently noisy things, electric not so much. The drawback is that electric engines are typically less powerful.
This one does deliver a lot of basic power at a great value. That value is compounded by the fact that the raw fuel is wall current and not gasoline you need to buy by the gallon, so it’s a lot cheaper.
In terms of water pumped through, however, it’s a little less powerful. It’s still a great value, but you’ll just have to accept that while the pressure is good that the amount of water that cycles through is less, which means a reduces capacity for powering away stains.
- Great value
- Good accessories
- Not as powerful
4. Simpson Cleaning MS60763-S
This is a pretty simple high-pressure cleaner. Not a lot of complicated parts and fast to set up when you need to get it working. Like most pressure washers of this caliber, it’s gas powered, so it’s solved its power issue through brute force. That means it’s going to be pretty loud in operation.
It’s also got a pump that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, pretty much a get going and let go with only minimal maintenance between uses. One other thing we like about it is that it’s pretty reasonably priced. It’s not so expensive that you’ll start questioning in terms of whether it’s a bad value.
What it does come with is a lower water flow rate than some of its other competitors. This means that while it can maintain pressure of what water it pushes that it’s pushing less water which means that it just does a little less cleaning than competing models with a higher flow rate.
- Low maintenance pump
- Simple set up
- Lower flow rate
5. ARKSEN B01M28PENA
ARSKEN’s B01M28PENA is a great really basic high-pressure power washer. it’s not complicated, not overly large and doesn’t come with the kind of flow rate that makes you think that you’ll flay the skin off your own body if you misuse it.
The most attractive thing about it is that among the high-pressure power washers we reviewed that it’s the most affordable. If that’s what you need, this is a good model for you to look at. It is also pretty ergonomic.
But in terms of positives, that’s about it. It’s got great pressure at a reasonable price. It just has a flow rate that, when combined with that pressure, means reduced cleaning power.
We don’t recommend this power cleaner. If you need a high-pressure cleaner, we suggest that you spend a little more to get a little more. But, if you’re on a tight budget, this might be the best you can really look at
- Pretty affordable
Based on our reviews, the PowerBoss GC190is our top pick. It’s got just about everything you’d want in a high-pressure power washer, including a high price. It’s also a little harder to adjust pressure when you don’t need full blast. We also liked the Yamaha PW3028. In fact, we really liked it and would have ranked it as our top pick had it not cost so much money. The Powerhouse International PHI-Platnium was our best for the money choice, a great value but not quite up to snuff in terms of power. The Simpson Cleaning MS60763-S was the one electric model we looked at. It is quieter than the other gas models, but not as powerful. Finally, ARSKEN’s B01M28PENA is a great budget model. That is, it’s really affordable. It’s also ergonomic. And built cheaply.
We hope you found our reviews helpful. We wish you the best of luck in finding the right high-pressure cleaner to suit your needs.