The electric pressure washer market is not as diverse as the one of gas units. Nevertheless, Sun Joe is one popular manufacturer and the Sun Joe SPX3001 model is supposed to be an upgrade. The technicalities are the same with the previous SPX3000, though, the design changes are obvious. Let us focus on the cleaning power and ease of use of the Sun Joe SPX3001 electric pressure washer. Is this one of the premier choices for tackling medium household cleaning chores, like the manufacturer advertises it? And what are the aspects you need to take care of?
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This is a good electric pressure washer if we consider the overall performances.
Pressure washer engine
One of the most important features of Sun Joe SPX3001 is the engine. The configuration of 1,800-Watt and 14.5 Amp is standard for the SPX line. All the four models – 3000, 3001, 4000, and 4001 – boast the same engine. Also, this particular electric pressure washer generates a water pressure of 2,030 PSI and a water flow of 1.76-GPM.
Looking at all the alternatives on the market, the unit has average values. The same engine throughout the entire line proves that this is the best that Sun Joe has to offer.
Other features of the Sun Joe SPX3001
The engine above mentioned works together with an axial pump. Not a famous, branded pump like other models boast, but still, a model that benefits from TSS. This Total Stop System, designed to automatically shut off the pump, is a great addition to an electric pressure washer. Many would think of it as to an automatic kill-switch, for whenever the trigger is not engaged. Obviously, it brings quite a few benefits to the Sun Joe SPX3001, from energy consumption to extended pump life.
Other than that, the unit comes with more or less standard features:
- 5 quick-connect spray tips (0, 15, 25, 40 Degree, and soap nozzle);
- Needle clean-out tool;
- Onboard, 40.6 ft. oz. (1.2 L) detergent tank;
- 34 in. extension spray wand;
- 20 ft. high pressure hose;
- Onboard reel;
- Garden hose adaptor;
- 35 ft. power cord with GFCI protection.
Nothing out of ordinary, as you can see. Yet, as previously suggested, with the Sun Joe SPX3001 is more about the looks and ease of use….
Electric pressure washer design elements
Compared to all the other models we mentioned, it has one of the most compact designs. Built on vertical, it weighs 32 lb and measures 14.4 x 33.5 x 16.5 inches (depth / height / width). It also has a pair of 8-inch rear wheels and it has a housing made mostly of plastic.
Users are particularly happy that Sun Joe SPX3001 is easy to assemble. It takes only two screws, to put together the wand holder and the wand base plate. Other than that, the unit is ready to work. Sits on two wheels, with the trigger gun and wand secured through the built-in holder.
On its upper side, there’s the onboard reel, which should keep the high-pressure hose well-organized. This is a major change from the previous 3000 model and a debate reason among customers. We’ll see in a bit why…
Ease of use and noise
All the design features of Sun Joe SPX3001 aim one thing – ease of use. This electric pressure washer should be easy to move around. Taking up as little space as possible, on use and on storage, it also has the extended spray want. With the wand, one should easily access very tight spaces like the undersides of cars, beneath decks and so on.
As far as the noise level is concerned, the TSS presence is quite reassuring. Significantly much quieter than a gas unit, Sun Joe SPX3001 automatically mutes when you let go of the trigger.
Most feedback coming from our readers, previous users or just first-time buyers of an electric pressure washer, is positive. Easy to assemble, with only two screws to fit, Sun Joe SPX3001 is ideal for the less tech savvy users. And while it looks good and works well, there are some complaints as well. Depending on the person and the tackled area, some of these are more or less difficult to accept.
For instance, some would say that the plastic case, otherwise pretty sturdy, can easily suffer damages on transport. Whether the manufacturer could have packed it better or the delivery company might have handled it gentler, that’s another topic. Superficial case cracks or on other parts, following transportation, is not necessarily a flaw of the Sun Joe SPX3001 itself. Though, it still makes some potential buyers a bit reluctant.
Others would mention the hose and the fittings more often than the plastic in its construction. While they say that the hose is of great quality, they notice that it is factory-attached to the unit. As it is known that a hose is a wearable part that will eventually tear, this can be problematic. The issue is with the replacement, which isn’t as easy as buying a hose and just screwing it on. The water hose connection of the unit, also made of plastic, could have used a brass threading.
As a last observation, it turns out that the onboard hose reel doesn’t necessarily make your life easier. The vertical design of Sun Joe SPX3001 and this addition from the top make it less stable. Some users prefer not to wind the hose on the reel at all. Others don’t have a problem with winding it, but find it difficult to unwind it during use. The lack of stability requires using two hands and maneuvering it too sudden could make it easily tilt and fall.
Pros and Cons
To wrap up what we discussed so far, the main advantages and disadvantages of the Sun Joe SPX3001 relate to:
- Maximum maneuverability thanks to the lightweight design and its wheels;
- Easy access to tight spaces, through the extension spray wand;
- Comes with energy saving features, the TSS technology in particular;
- Boasts a reliable pump, designed to last longer, through the same TSS technology;
- It is a CSA approved unit;
- This washer is very easy to put together or store in small spaces;
- It comes with a decent full warranty for two years.
- The design could use a bit more stability;
- No special, branded pump model;
- Works only with cold water, connected to a faucet.
Sun Joe SPX3001 units come with a full 2-year warranty for normal, residential use. Defects in material and/or workmanship are covered by this warranty, provided that the owner correctly performs the maintenance tasks. Aside from damages caused by not following the owner’s manual requirements, damages resulted from neglect/accident will void the warranty.
Used for commercial purposes, the unit will only benefit from a 90-day warranty.
The technical features of Sun Joe SPX3001 straddle the fine line between light-duty and medium-duty pressure washers. Its 2030 PSI is a little more than the maximum supported by a light-duty electric pressure washer. And still, at the minimum of what a medium-duty pressure washer generates. Given the popularity of the manufacturer, the convenient price tag, and the 2-year warranty, it could make a great choice.
Is it significantly different from the previous model? Not necessarily. But that one design element, the onboard reel, could make a real difference. In the end, the choice goes like this: do you want to keep a few extra dollars in your pocket and deal with a tangled hose? Or you’d like to add a little extra and allow yourself to handle pressure washing like a pro? If it’s the latter, go for the more recent model of Sun Joe SPX3001.