Consumer-grade pressure washers do a great job, and most people would be proud to own one. They’re also very affordable, however, they’re cheaper because they are made with lesser quality parts.
Consumer-grade machines feature a direct drive system. The axial cam pump is connected directly to the engine and spins at the same speed. As a result, the bearings wear down faster, shortening the life of the pump.
On the flip side, it’s often more cost effective to simply replace a consumer-grade pressure washer than to repair one. If you plan to use it just a few times a year, get a consumer-grade power washer.