Power Washers Choosing the Right Pressure Washer Nozzle

Published on March 18th, 2015 | by Turner Anderson


How to Choose a Pressure Washer Nozzle

Is your current pressure washer not giving you the results you want? Is it leaving a layer of dirt on the surface after you spent hours cleaning it? There is a simple way to get more spray power out of your pressure washer. Use a different nozzle.

Choosing a pressure washer nozzle is crucial to getting the wash you desire. Different styles of nozzles give you a different degree of cleaning power. There are quick connect nozzles, rotary nozzles, brass soap nozzles, sewer nozzles, duct cleaning nozzles, foam nozzles, steam nozzles, and much more!

Learn about the different pressure washer nozzles, and then decide which is best for you.

Quick Connect Nozzles

quick connect nozzles

Quick Connect Nozzles are exactly what they sound like, easy to connect and to use. These nozzles come with 5 different application degrees that are used for cleaning different surfaces. Each nozzle is color coded and ready to be easily connected to your pressure washer.

Degrees of washing:

0° Red Nozzle: Used for blasting hard to clean items such as caked mud, tar, glue, stubborn stains and much more.

15° Yellow Nozzle: Used for paint preparation, removing dirt from construction or farm equipment, removing growth from boats and marine equipment, etc.

25° Green Nozzle: Used for standard cleaning/washing to remove general mud, dirt and grime from surfaces.

40° White Nozzle: Used for light cleaning and rinsing of automobiles, boats, roofs, windows etc.

Black Nozzle: Uses a wider spray and lower PSI for soap application.

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Rotary Turbo Nozzle

rotary turbo nozzle

Do you want 10 times the power of a standard pressure washer nozzle? Rotary Turbo Nozzles offer powerful, circular, zero degree washing for even more effectiveness at around 1300-4500+. Ceramic material is used in the body of the nozzle for extended life and wear-resistance. The ability to spin around a small diameter gives the ultimate blasting power. These nozzles can be used for paint prep, stubborn dirt or stains, wall cleaning, paint stripping and much more.

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Brass Soap Nozzles

rotary turbo nozzle

With a typical maximum pressure of 500 PSI, the brass soap nozzle allows you to clean more without the risk of clogging the nozzle. The recessed opening is built for damage and wear protection. Soap and chemicals are applied in small amounts to make the 500 PSI possible, giving you the maximum amount of cleaning power. This nozzle can be used for applying soap and wax applications, rinsing needs, and much more.

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Sewer Nozzles


These nozzles allow you to reach corners in pipes with their compact size. Sewer nozzles can reach up to 8000 PSI and are used for sewer cleaning, drain cleaning, pipe cleaning, tube cleaning, hydro drilling, and more. They are also available with a rotating ability for adding extra agitation to surface cleaning.

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Duct Cleaning Nozzles


Clean your ducts, trash-chutes, vents, restaurant hoods, tanks and more with the Duct Cleaning Nozzles. These nozzles offer around 3000-5000+ PSI for maximum cleaning, have 360° cleaning ability, and adjustable arms for different spraying angles. Duct Cleaning Nozzles are made of corrosion resistant materials and can be used with hot or cold pressure washers.

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Foam Nozzles


Dispensing thick disinfectant foam, these foam nozzles can be used to clean meat packing plants, kennel cages and much more. The foam nozzles are easy to connect and offer a pressure range of 2600-5000+ PSI. These foam nozzles offer extreme cleaning power for any surface.

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Hi/Low Variable Nozzles


Made for industrial usage and offering a range of 2500-4000+ PSI, the hi/low variable nozzles can dispense soap and water using different pressures. Soap can be dispensed for cleaning purposes at low pressure and water can be dispensed at high pressure for rinsing. The spray angle can be adjusted at the simple twist of the casing for your choice between 0-80° spraying power.

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Power Chem Nozzles


Spray soaps, chemicals, and liquids at a high pressure through a chemical siphon. This allows you to spray harsh chemicals and soap without going through your pump. These nozzles can degrease heavy equipment with the use of a high pressure spray gun and can project liquids at vertical heights of 50 ft. so you can eliminate the use of ladders and scaffolding.

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Stainless Steel Spray Nozzle


Offering 0-65° and a range of 4000-5000+ PSI to clean almost anything, these stainless steel spray nozzles can resist cracking for a longer life and durability. The stainless steel gives precision to accurately control flow rates. The opening is recessed to protect against damage. Also, the stainless steel material is resistant to most chemicals.

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Steam Nozzles


Steam nozzles are to be used with hot water pressure washers. Steam can disinfect surfaces, remove oil, and remove moisture. These nozzles usually have a wide, narrow spray nozzle for better cleaning. Also, these nozzles are good for accuracy, flow rate, spray angle and concentration.

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X Jet Long Range Nozzle


These long range spray nozzles allow you to clean second story siding, windows and objects while keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground. This nozzle allows you to project chemicals, soaps and high pressured water to your second story without getting using a ladder at typical pressure range of 2000-5000+ PSI. These can be used to wash second story windows, houses, roofs, and much more.

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Choosing the right pressure washer nozzle can increase your cleaning ability and minimize your washing time. An easy nozzle change can turn your less powerful pressure washer into a high powered cleaning machine. Determine the wash job you need completed and decide what nozzle will work best for you.

Nozzle Size To Achieve Pressure At Rated Flow (GPM)
GPM 500
2.0 5.5 4.5 4.0 3.5 3.0 3.0 2.5 2.5 2.0 2.0 2.0
2.5 7.0 6.0 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.0 2.5 2.5
3.0 8.5 7.0 6.0 5.5 5.0 4.0 4.0 3.5 4.0 3.0 3.0
3.5 10 8.0 7.0 6.5 6.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 4.5 3.5 3.0
4.0 11 9.0 8.0 7.0 6.5 6.0 5.5 4.5 5.5 4.0 4.0
4.5 13 10.5 9.0 8.0 7.5 6.5 6.0 5.0 6.0 4.5 4.0
5.0 14 11.5 10 9.0 8.0 7.0 6.5 6.0 6.5 5.0 4.5
5.5 14 11.5 10 9.0 8.0 7.0 6.5 6.0 6.5 5.0 4.5
6.0 17 14 12 11 10 8.5 8.0 7.0 8.0 6.0 5.5
6.5 18 15 13 12 10.5 9.0 8.5 7.5 8.5 6.5 6.0
7.0 20 16 14 13 11 10 9.0 8.0 9.0 7.0 6.5
7.5 21 17 15 13.5 12 11 10 8.5 10 7.5 7.0
8.0 22 18 16 14.5 13 11.5 10.5 9.0 10.5 8.0 7.0
8.5 24 20 17 15 14 12 11 10 11 8.5 7.5
9.0 25 21 18 16 15 13 10.5 12 12 9.0 8.0
10.0 28 23 20 18 16 14 11.5 13 13 10 9.0
Example: To find the correct nozzle size to use when running 2.5 GPM at 1000 PSI, find 2.5 under the GPM column, then read across to the right to find the 1000PSI column. The correct nozzle size is 5.0
NOTE: Make sure that the motor/engine, pump and other components are rated for the applied pressure. Failure to match proper componets could result in equipment damage.
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3 Responses to How to Choose a Pressure Washer Nozzle

  1. William Camp says:

    Great job on listing all the nozzles! Thanks for the article, keep up the awesome blog!

  2. Scott Steyer says:

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