Suitable for small cleaning tasks
Underpowered for big cleaning jobs
Requires electrical outlet
Cleaning dirt and grime outside requires more than a broom and some elbow grease. You need the strength of a tool like the Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer behind your cleaning. Not all pressure washers are built alike—some are powered by gas, while others use electricity. We tested this electrical power washer to see how it handled our outdoor cleaning tasks.
Setup: Some assembly required
The Sun Joe arrives partially assembled, so set aside some time to put it together. It took us about 30 minutes to go from unboxing to first washing. The assembly requires you to attach the holders for the wand, the soap bottles, and the hose holder. These pieces are made from heavy-duty plastic and connect to the power washer securely with small screws. Then, you need to attach the metal spray wand to the plastic trigger gun. Twist both the trigger gun and the spray wand together until they are snug, but not so tight that you strip the plastic threads.
Lastly, the trigger gun needs to be connected to a hose that carries high-pressure water from the washer to the trigger. You can hang the hose and place the wand into their respective holders for storage. Before you use the power washer, attach the garden hose adapter to the water inlet on the front.
Performance: Tackles small jobs with ease
The Sun Joe SPX3000 is an outstanding pressure washer—as long as you go into it with reasonable expectations. It delivers 2,030 PSI (pounds per square inch, a measurement of water pressure) and 1.76 GPM (gallons per minute, a measurement of water flow). This puts the model squarely in the medium-duty range, making it perfect for small jobs, whether outdoor furniture or vehicles like cars and bikes. You can even do driveways, decks, and patios if they are small.
This medium-duty washer worked great for cleaning patio furniture, grills, bikes, and cars.
We used it to clean our porch furniture, some white picket fencing, siding, and a grill we left outside all winter. The grill was caked with grime and grease, and the Sun Joe cut through it with ease. Because it isn’t overly powerful, the Sun Joe removed the superficial dirt from our porch furniture and siding without damaging it.
When we tried to clean an asphalt driveway, we had to use such a narrow nozzle and hold the wand so close to the ground for effective cleaning that our cleaning area was tiny. It was impractical to clean only a few inches at a time, and we switched to a more powerful 3,000 PSI gas power washer for this bigger job.
Design: Some good, some bad choices
Sun Joe doesn’t cut corners when it comes to the nozzles it includes with the SPX3000. Unlike most washers that have four nozzles, the SPX3000 ships with five: a powerful 0-degree nozzle, two mid-range 15-degree and 25-degree nozzles, a gentle 40-degree option, and a soap nozzle. All nozzles are easy to attach and remove thanks to the quick-connect at the end of the wand.
When connecting a garden hose to the power washer, Sun Joe wisely uses a replaceable metal garden hose adapter. If you have any problems with leaks, you can replace the hose adapter for just a few bucks.
Operating the Sun Joe power washer was so easy that even my teens and tweens could do it. The wand is lightweight, and the pressure is not so strong that you lose control over it. You simply press the trigger on the handle and point it where you want to clean. The handle and wand extend 30 inches, so be prepared to bend over when you are power-washing a driveway or something else on the ground.
Our biggest gripe is the unit’s onboard hose storage. The wand stores securely on the unit, but there is no good place to store the hose.
When you need to move to a new location, the oversized wheels make it easy. They move effortlessly over grass, pavement, and similarly smooth surfaces. The wheels are made of plastic, so they are not as rugged as the wheels on competitor models from companies like SIMPSON. If you hit bumps or dips, you may have to lift the Sun Joe over the obstacles. Thankfully, the pressure washer is lightweight and easy to lift. You also have to move the hose out of the way—otherwise, you’ll spend more time untangling the hose from the wheels then you will pressure-washing.
Another stellar design choice was the dual cleaning tanks. Unlike most pressure washers that have a single cleaning tank, the Sun Joe has two detergent reservoirs that hold .9 liters each and a dial that lets you adjust the amount coming from each reservoir. You can choose to mix the two soaps or dial only one soap in at a time. We appreciated this flexibility when moving between different jobs.
It’s not all roses with the Sun Joe SPX3000. Our biggest gripe is the unit’s onboard hose storage. The wand stores securely on the unit, but there is no good place to store the 20-foot hose. We tried coiling it on the back or hanging it on the front, and it consistently fell off. The same applies to the 35-foot electrical cord, which doesn’t hang well on the unit.
Another quibble is the length of the extension wand, which, at 34 inches, is a few inches smaller than competing washers. It’s a noticeable difference, especially when you are reaching to clean the side of the house. Plan on having a ladder handy for tough-to-reach spots.
Life: Neverending power when plugged in
The Sun Joe SPX3000 is powered by electricity so you never have to worry about running out of gas or draining a battery. As long as you have a power source, you can keep cleaning all day long with the Sun Joe SPX3000. The power cord has GFCI, or a ground fault circuit interrupter, for an extra layer of safety.
As long as you have a power source, you can keep cleaning all day long with the Sun Joe SPX3000.
Noise Level: Quiet
The Sun Joe SPX3000 is powered by an electric motor, making it significantly quieter than similar gas-powered models. It is loud when you are washing, but it is not deafening. You can easily talk over it while you are pressure washing. Best of all, when you are not washing, the motor stops running and is silent until you start it up again. The company calls this the Total Stop System, or TSS.
Price: Affordable option for routine cleaning jobs
The Sun Joe SPX3000 is available for under $200, making it an affordable option for most consumers. We especially appreciate that this washer is certified by the CSA Group and backed by a two-year warranty through the manufacturer. Between its versatility and reasonable price, we aren’t surprised to learn it’s a best-selling model for the company.
Competition: Similar options on the market
Simpson MegaShot MSH3125 Gas Pressure Washer: Significantly more powerful than the Sun Joe, the SIMPSON’s 3,200 PSI and 2.5 GPM can handle any task you throw at it. We also tested this gas-powered pressure washer, and while we loved the increased power and durability, we also thought a few of the design choices were a bit questionable. There’s no soap tank, for one, and the positioning of the water connections is awkward. If you can get past these issues and need a high-powered model, go with the Simpson. But in general, the Sun Joe is a better choice for everyday household tasks.
RYOBI 3000 PSI Pressure Washer: We reviewed this RYOBI, too. It includes a convenient electric start that combines the best of an electric power washer with the sheer strength of a gas-powered model. However, charging the 12V battery is a pain, and so is pushing the washer around. At around $400, it’s also quite a bit pricier than the Sun Joe model.
Having all three pressure washers, there is a difference with the electric Sun Joe model. The gas ones produced such a powerful stream that we have to be careful with it. The electric one was much more gentle. We actually used this one the most because we didn’t have to worry about taking the paint off our car.
- Product Name SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer
- Product Brand Sun Joe
- SKU SPX3000
- Price $149.00
- Weight 31 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 15.6 x 13.5 x 33.9 in.
- Color Green, blue, black
- Max. Cleaning Power 2,030 PSI/1.76 GPM
- Motor Power 14.5 amp/1,800 watt
- Warranty (if any) 2 years
- What’s Included Electric pressure washer, Handle Trigger gun, Spray wand 5 quick-connect nozzles (0º, 15º, 25º, 40º, and soap), 2 removable detergent tanks, 4 large screws, 2 small screws, Spray wand protector, Trigger gun holder, Hose holder, Needle clean-out tool, High-pressure hose, Garden hose adapter (female coupler) with two sealing rings Manual with registration card