The Generac 6022 is "an extremely versatile pressure washer," says Bill Mikenis of PressureWashersDirect.com. "It's strong enough to tackle most household chores, yet affordable enough to match the family budget." Reviews say that it's a top performer for cleaning vehicles, decks, siding and concrete. At 2,700 psi and 2.3 gpm, it's a little less powerful than the top-rated Generac 6024 (Est. $400) , but it's still backed with the same two-year warranty and excellent brand reputation.
Basic unit with broad cleaning abilities. The Generac 6022 is robust enough to clean decks and siding, yet gentle enough to wash cars and boats. Users can adjust the pressure by changing the four quick-connect nozzles: The zero-degree tip gives full power and "the other tips reduce the pressure by about 150 psi each," says Mikenis. One owner at PressureWashersDirect.com says, "The quick disconnects make changing the nozzles a breeze."
The 196-cubic-centimeter Generac engine includes a low-oil shutdown sensor and meets emission requirements for 49 states. At PressureWashersDirect.com, one owner says it "starts up very easily" with a footrest on the front for extra stability. Another owner at the same site says the 6022 is "one of the quietest pressure washers I have owned."
Basic features are user-friendly. Reviews say assembling and operating the 6022 is pretty straightforward, with 10-inch wheels and a tall handle for tip-free handling. It's "balanced and easy to maneuver, with an easily accessible detergent tank at the bottom," says Mikenis. The single detergent tank holds 0.75 gallon, though owners are mixed on how well the soap tube works. A few users say changing the oil can be a little awkward.
Good price for a basic gas model. Overall, owners say this is a well-built pressure washer. "Generac is known for quality power equipment, and this unit is no exception," Mikenis says, praising the "robust" engine and "durable" AR axial cam pump. At HomeDepot.com, ratings don't decrease after owners have used the unit for a few months (as can happen with less-impressive pressure washers). Generac's two-year warranty is one of the longer warranties available in this price range. However, reviews are mixed on the customer service from Generac, and owners often say warranty help is slow and frustrating.
Generac's affordable 6022 gas pressure washer is one of the most popular units available at Lowes.com. With about 315 reviews (which is hundreds more than most models have), the 6022 has a high 4.6-star rating. Its high quality is the most-praised feature by owners.
Review: Generac 2700 PSI 2.3-Gallon Gpm Gas Pressure Washer, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of July 2013
The Generac 6022 has a high recommendation rate from more than 210 reviews. Even after owning the pressure washer for three or more months, this gas pressure washer garners great reviews. Many users say it's durable, easy to operate and performs well.
Review: Generac 2700 psi 2.3 GPM Horizontal OHV Engine Axial Cam Pump Gas Pressure Washer, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of July 2013
Most of the 200-plus owners reviewing the Generac 6022 say it's a good value because it starts easily, includes a range of spray tips and cleans well. Overall, this unit has a 4.2-star score. A few users say that Generac's customer service is frustrating for warranty issues.
Review: Generac 6022/5989 2,700 PSI 2.3 GPM 196cc OHV Gas Powered Pressure Washer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
4. PressureWashers Direct.com
"Generac is known for quality power equipment, and this unit is no exception," says Bill Mikenis, the product expert at PressureWashersDirect.com. Most of the 100 or so owners reviewing the 6022 here agree, rating it at 4.5 stars out of 5. Homeowners say it performs well, starts easily and is a good price.
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