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Generac 7132 Review

This gas-powered pressure washer packs a punch but costs more and can't match the top-tier models
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Price:   $459 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Tons of cleaning power, easy to roll across rough ground
Cons:  Difficult to maintain, expensive, loud
Manufacturer:   Generac
By Austin Palmer and Ross Patton  ⋅  Nov 26, 2019
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  • Cleaning - 45% 8
  • Portability - 30% 5
  • Noise - 15% 3
  • Ease of Use - 10% 4

Our Verdict

Undeniably, the Generac 7132 is one of the top models when it comes to raw cleaning power. This machine packs quite a bunch, scoring at or near the top in all of our cleaning tests. Unfortunately, this pressure washer delivered a fairly unimpressive set of results in the remainder of our tests. It is one of the noisiest machines of the group and, as a gas-powered washer, requires significantly more maintenance and is harder to use than its electric counterparts. It's a large machine that can be difficult to move from site to site and has what seems to be a disproportionately high price tag, costing quite a bit more than most of the top-scoring models


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Pros Tons of cleaning power, easy to roll across rough groundIncredible cleaning power, large all-terrain tiresVery powerful for electric, large wheels, huge soap tankGreat hose connections, portable, affordableHighly portable, inexpensive, quiet
Cons Difficult to maintain, expensive, loudLoud, heavy, bulkyHeavy, constantly runsRequires tools to set up, doesn’t work well with generic fittingsDisappointing cord and hose storage, limited cleaning power
Bottom Line This gas-powered pressure washer packs a punch but costs more and can’t match the top-tier modelsThis pressure washer is a beast of a machine that will tackle heavy duty projects with easeIf you want a pressure washer that offers above average performance but without the gas, oil, and fumes, the RY142300 is the oneThe SPX 3000 offers adequate performance at a price that is hard to beatThe compact RY141612 is great for light work but can’t compare to the cleaning power of top models for heavy-duty applications
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Rating Categories Generac 7132 Simpson MSH3125... Ryobi RY142300 SunJoe SPX3000 Ryobi RY141612
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Specs Generac 7132 Simpson MSH3125... Ryobi RY142300 SunJoe SPX3000 Ryobi RY141612
Measured 15º nozzle PSI N/A 2000 1975 1200 1490
Measured 25º nozzle PSI 1750 N/A N/A 1150 N/A
Measured 15º Nozzle GPM N/A 2.34 1.1 1.22 1.08
Measured 25º Nozzle GPM 1.97 N/A N/A 1.2 N/A
Wheels 10 in plastic 10 in Air 12 in plastic 7.5 in plastic None
Measured dBA at Machine 84.2 93.2 82.5 83.8 77.6
Measured dBa at 25 ft 75.6 80.1 65.1 61.4 62.2
Length of included hose 25' 25' 3" 25' 4" 35' 3" 20' 5"
Electrical cord length N/A N/A 34' 6" 20' 3" 34' 1"
Electric or Gas Gas Gas Electric Electric Electric
Measured Weight 65.1 62.5 51 28.2 15.6
Measured Cleaning Units 3710 4680 2172.5 1464 1609.2
Measured Ball Distance 6 ft 7 ft 3.75 ft 3.5 ft 3.6 ft

Our Analysis and Test Results

While the Generac is a large and heavy machine, we did appreciate the large wheels that make it easy to roll over uneven ground. This would be a good option if you need a pressure washer somewhere without power and aren't moving it between different places, just rolling it around. However, you still need access to a typical garden hose spigot to operate it.

Performance Comparison


The 7132 has plenty of cleaning power for even the toughest tasks.
The 7132 has plenty of cleaning power for even the toughest tasks.

Likes


When we think of the Generac 7132, its raw cleaning power immediately comes to mind. This machine did an exceptional job in our carpet cleaning test, effortlessly blasting away the activated carbon. The Generac took less than half the time of most of the other products to remove the carbon, even when we tried with a wider nozzle.

The Generac was one of the fastest at cleaning the carpet in our test.
The Generac was one of the fastest at cleaning the carpet in our test.

This model also has an impressive number of cleaning units (CU), 3170. This measure is calculated by multiplying the flow rate by the maximum pressure, which is based on our measured maximum PSI of 1750 and a flow rate of 2.12 gallons per minute (GPM).


The Generac also did very well at lifting the bocce ball in our testing trough, raising it 6' higher than its starting position.

It also lifted the bocce ball considerably higher than most other models in our testing trough.
It also lifted the bocce ball considerably higher than most other models in our testing trough.

We also like the larger wheels on this machine makes it one of the easiest to roll around off pavement and over uneven terrain.

We found the larger wheels on the Generac handled bumps and off-roading with ease.
We found the larger wheels on the Generac handled bumps and off-roading with ease.

It also has a convenient loop to store the hose when not in use and the 7132 is very hard to pull over with its wide and stable base.

The 7132 is a big and bulky machine that is quite a hassle to move if you can't roll it there.
The 7132 is a big and bulky machine that is quite a hassle to move if you can't roll it there.

Dislikes


Regrettably, our list of dislikes for the Generac 7132 is rather long. This machine is very heavy, tipping the scales at 65.1 lbs — over four times as heavy as the lightest models. It also takes up quite a bit of space, occupying an area of 35.25"x23.5"x19" not even counting the wand. We feel this is large enough that you really need to store this product outside unless you have an exceptionally large garage, barn, or warehouse.

The Generac is also a very loud pressure washer, registering just shy of 85 dBA on our sound meter right next to it and 75.6 dBA from 25' away. This product is also constantly running since it's a gas-powered machine, compared to the electric ones that only kick on when you are washing with them.

Gas-powered pressure washers require significantly more maintenance and upkeep than electric models  with the 7132 being no exception.
Gas-powered pressure washers require significantly more maintenance and upkeep than electric models, with the 7132 being no exception.

This also means that it requires significantly more maintenance than electric models, as you need to change the oil and clean the intake and carburetor regularly to keep it running. On top of all that, the hose connection isn't a quick-connect and is tight enough that it can take a little extra work to get it attached.

The hose connections on the Generac can take a little more effort to tighten than some of the models with more space.
The hose connections on the Generac can take a little more effort to tighten than some of the models with more space.

Value


All in all, the Generac is a poor choice if you are shopping on a budget. It pairs one of the highest price tags of the group with a so-so performance and quite a few models scored better and cost less.

Conclusion


The 7132 is a beefy pressure washer with tons of cleaning power but it's hard to identify a particular use that it would be better at than other pressure washers we have tested. It's loud, expensive, and heavy and we generally think there are other products out there that would serve you better.


Austin Palmer and Ross Patton