A pressure washer is one of those appliances that are very tricky to choose, to maintain and to have them last long. They are in constant contact with water, sometimes even with chemicals, they need a considerable power source and water pressure is a big issue. On the other hand, they are extremely handy for getting rid of any kind of dirt and debris on decks, driveways, patios, and similar outdoor surfaces.
Thus, today we are presenting three Simpson pressure washer reviews. We are reviewing the Simpson PS3228-S PowerShot 3200 PSI 2.8 GPM Honda GX200 Engine Gas Pressure Washer, the Simpson MSH3125-S MegaShot 3100 PSI 2.5 GPM Honda GCV190 Engine Gas Pressure Washer and the Simpson MS60763-S MegaShot 3000 PSI 2.4 GPM Kohler RH265 Engine Gas Pressure Washer. You might be wondering what the point is in reviewing and comparing such similar products, but that is exactly our intent – to help you distinguish which one of these similar, but not same, pressure washers is just right for you.
And here is at least one good reason why you should be interested in these Simpson pressure washer reviews – while the specifications of these three machines seem similar, their prices are not. Well, at least one of them differs a lot from the other two in terms of price – it is twice as expensive as each of them. Doesn’t it make you wonder why these seemingly similar products could have such different prices? And whether the price difference is justified or not? Well, it did make us pose exactly these questions, so we had a few members of our team put all of these machines to test. Here is what they think you need to know in order to make an informed decision.
The Simpson PS3228-S PowerShot 3200 PSI 2.8 GPM Honda GX200 Engine Gas Pressure Washer
We will begin our Simpson pressure washer reviews with the most expensive machine out of the three – the Simpson PowerShot Honda Engine pressure washer. Its dimensions are 34 x 20 x 25 inches and it weighs 83.2 pounds. Its frame, engine plate and axle are all made of steel, which certainly adds to its durability.
It has pneumatic wheels that should also last you a few decades and that make the Simpson PowerShot really easy to maneuver.
All of that is pretty impressive, but it is not a good enough reason to choose this specific pressure washer. The parts that matter most for a pressure washer’s quality are probably the pump and the engine.
Regarding the pump, here is what you need to know. The pump is an AAA industrial triplex plunger pump with ceramic coated pistons and PowerBoost technology. All of this is to ensure a greater cleaning effect at impact, by having the pressure in the nozzle consistently high. The PowerBoost technology means that the cleaning impact would be greater compared to a typical pump that comes with the same engine horsepower as this one. The 25-foot long poly-braided hose is helping in that respect too – it is high-pressure, abrasion resistant and it comes with some quick connectors.
As you can see from the name of the product, this results in 3200 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) and 2.8 GPM (Gallons per Minute) cleaning power. This is quite considerable power, meaning that this pressure washer is definitely sufficiently powerful for heavy duty residential cleaning jobs. It is worth mentioning that this pressure washer also comes with 5 different nozzles, of which one is a soap applicator.
With regards to the engine, which is certainly one of the most important parts for its longevity, the Simpson PowerShot pressure washer comes with a Honda GX200 OHV commercial series engine. Thus, it has one of the best quality engines any pressure washer could have. It can be started easily and runs really smoothly. What certainly adds to its durability is that it comes with an oil change alarm so that you never damage it by using it without sufficient engine oil. A convenient little perk of this pressure washer is that it comes with suitable engine oil included in the package.
The Simpson MSH3125-S MegaShot 3100 PSI 2.5 GPM Honda GCV190 Engine Gas Pressure WasherM
The second one of our Simpson pressure washer reviews is of the Simpson MegaShot Honda Engine pressure washer. Its dimensions are 34.8 x 21 x 23.2 inches and it weighs 65 pounds.
It is the cheapest pressure washer in our selection, although the price difference with our third review pressure washer is a couple of tens of dollars.
Still, let us look into these products deeper and find out some other differences and similarities.
First of all, we will compare the engines. While they are both Honda engines, this does not mean they are mostly the same. One of the biggest differences between the Honda GX series and the Honda GC series is in the design. The Honda GX engines all have smart features that are there to extend the life of the engine – like an oil alarm or a fuel-shutoff valve. There is also a huge difference in the quality of the parts – GX engines have a lot more metals parts whereas GC engines tend to have more plastic parts. This, of course, affects the durability of the engine, which is also reflected in the warranty Honda offers for each type of engine. The engine of the Simpson PowerShot comes with a 3-year commercial limited warranty while the engine of the Simpson MegaShot comes with a 2-year residential limited warranty. Also, the Simpson PowerShot engine is just plain bigger with 196 cubic centimeters of volume versus 187 cubic centimeters of the Simpson MegaShot.
This Simpson MegaShot pressure washer is similar to the PowerShot pressure washer in some respects. It also has a high quality 25-foot long hose, 5 different quick change nozzles, stable pneumatic tires, and a welded steel construction. In addition, its pump also comes with the PowerBoost technology for extra cleaning impact. All of these similarities should certainly count for a lot when assessing the value of this pressure washer, as they affect the ease of use, ease of maintenance and power of the pressure washer. In terms of power, it is very close to the Simpson PowerShot. With the specifications of 3100 PSI and 2.5 GPM, this pressure washer also falls into the category of pressure washers for heavy-duty residential cleaning jobs.
The Simpson MS60763-S MegaShot 3000 PSI 2.4 GPM Kohler RH265 Engine Gas Pressure Washer
In the last of our Simpson pressure washer reviews we will be talking about the Simpson MegaShot Kohler Engine Pressure Washer, which has dimensions of 33 x 18 x 23 inches and weighs 63 pounds.
It is the only one not to have a Honda engine out of these three, and it is also the weakest of the three in terms of water pressure and flow rate.
Still, it is priced virtually the same as the Simpson Megashot Honda Engine pressure washer.
This could be explained by the many similarities in the two machines. These are in the pneumatic tires (though the tires of this one are larger in diameter), the quick change nozzles, the steel frame construction and in the same, high quality hose. But there is also one significant difference between these machines. That is that this pump on this pressure washer comes with stainless steel pistons rather than ceramic coated ones. This greatly increases the effectiveness of the pump over time, which is very important as the pump is one of the vital parts of a pressure washer.
In terms of engine quality, it seems that both engines are valued almost equally. With regards to the warranty, this Kohler engine also comes with a 2-year limited warranty. Our impression is that both engines are built to last, but there is one factor that might give Honda the extra edge. In case you need some new parts or professional maintenance, it is much easier to find extra parts or trained professionals that handle Honda engines than it is to find the same for a Kohler engine. It seems to us that the better quality pump is offset by a harder to service engine, leading both of these Simpson MegaShot pressure washers to cost almost exactly the same.
That concludes our Simpson pressure washer reviews – hopefully, we have brought some important factors to your attention and now you can choose the best pressure washer for you!