Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer

Last updated date: October 6, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0

Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer

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Overall Take

At just 28 pounds, this electric pressure washer is lightweight and easy to transport. But don't let its convenient size fool you — this pressure washer packs a punch, offering up to 2030 PSI and an incredibly powerful motor. In our analysis of 48 expert reviews, the Sun Joe Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.7
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
7,591 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Among the pressure washers in its price range, the Sun Joe stands apart for making fewer compromises than its competitors.
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 20, 2018 | Full review
The Sun Joe SPX3000 is the most powerful pressure washer we reviewed.
- Top Ten Reviews
The better performers among the electric pressure washers we tested clean effectively but, with less power than gas models, take longer to do the job. This Sun Joe is no exception.
- Consumer Reports
This versatile electric pressure washer comes with five snap-on nozzles and a powerful motor that can generate up to 2,030 PSI. It has two onboard soap tanks and comes with a two-year warranty, though customer reviews indicate that you likely won’t need to use it.
- BestReviews
September 1, 2019 | Full review
The Sun Joe SPX3000 is the best electric pressure washer you can buy. It weighs just 28 pounds, and it's on wheels for easy transport.
- Best Products
May 10, 2018 | Full review
If you’re looking to spend a little less, an electric-powered pressure washer like the Sun Joe SPX3000 should still offer ample power for most household jobs.
- The Spruce
August 16, 2018 | Full review
he trigger handle is lightweight, easy to control, and didn’t make my hand ache. The whole system is easy to maneuver and move around the garden...
- Gardening Products Review
One reason it’s so good is due to the power this beast produces. The motor operates at 14.5 and 1800 watts, is capable of delivering 2030 PSI of pressure and 1.76 GPM continuous water pressure. Those figures are more than sufficient to kick any type of dirt into the stratosphere!
- Wash Wisely
What experts didn't like
Unfortunately, it has no rotary nozzle, so for especially deep cleaning, you need to rely on the 0-degree nozzle or use the 15-degree tip at extremely close range. This is not ideal due to the danger of the concentrated spray, both to you and the material you’re cleaning.
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 20, 2018 | Full review
We found it more difficult to assemble than other models.
- Top Ten Reviews
One minus: You must manually set the trigger lock. And the hose lacks quick-connection attachments to the wand and pump.
- Consumer Reports
A few report some durability concerns like leaks and dead motors, however. It’s backed by a two-year warranty.
- The Spruce
August 16, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Power. Performance. Versatility. The Pressure Joe SPX3000 electric pressure washer delivers it all to tackle a variety of cleaning tasks: homes, buildings, RV’s, cars, trucks, boats, decks, driveways, patios, lawn equipment and more. Packed with an 1800-Watt/14.5-amp motor, the Pressure Joe SPX 3000 generates up to 2030 PSI of water pressure and 1.76 GPM of water flow for maximum cleaning power. Remove tar and grease from concrete, heavy mildew stains, oil stains, rust from steel, caked mud on equipment, and other stubborn gunk and grime. Equipped with a dual detergent tank system the Pressure Joe SPX3000 carries and stores two different types of detergent simultaneously in its two .9L onboard removable detergent tanks. Conveniently switch between different detergents with its detergent selection dial and blast away all sorts of grime. Its 34-inch extension spray wand and rear wheels provide easy maneuverability and access to hard-to-reach areas such as 2 story buildings and the undersides of the automotive vehicles and lawn equipment. Tailor the pressure output of the spray to your cleaning needs with Pressure Joe's five quick spray nozzles. Other features include: 20 foot high pressure hose, 35 foot power cord, garden hose adaptor, and a TSS (Total Stop System) trigger that automatically shuts off the pump when the trigger is not engaged.

Overall Product Rankings

Westinghouse WPX3200 Gas Pressure Washer
1. Westinghouse WPX3200 Gas Pressure Washer
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 0
Greenworks 1500 PSI 13 Amp 1.2 GPM Pressure Washer
2. Greenworks 1500 PSI 13 Amp 1.2 GPM Pressure Washer
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 6
Stanley SHP2150 Quick Connect Electric Pressure Washer
3. Stanley SHP2150 Quick Connect Electric Pressure Washer
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer
4. Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 9
Generac OneWash 3100 PSI Gas Pressure Washer
5. Generac OneWash 3100 PSI Gas Pressure Washer
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 6
Simpson Cleaning CM60912 2400 PSI Gas Pressure Washer
6. Simpson Cleaning CM60912 2400 PSI Gas Pressure Washer
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0
WEN PW3100 3100 PSI Gas Pressure Washer
7. WEN PW3100 3100 PSI Gas Pressure Washer
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Pressure Washers

When you’ve got built-up grime or tough stains on your driveway, patio furniture, deck, car or siding, it’s time to bring in a pressure washer. Pressure washers use a high-pressure stream of water to make cleaning easy (and very satisfying!). Watch dirt, mildew and grease melt away as you run the pressure washer over all the dirty surfaces around your home. (Note: Pressure washers are slightly different from power washers, which use high-pressure streams of hot water instead of unheated water.)

Pressure washers come in both electric- and gas-powered models. Gas washers typically offer greater pressure and water flow, making them ideal for the toughest cleaning jobs. Electric power washers, on the other hand, are a bit more user-friendly. They’re smaller and lighter than gas power washers, making them more convenient for frequent cleaning. Plus, you don’t have to worry about some of the pitfalls of gas-powered equipment, such as startup problems or pump damage.

“It’s best to make the ‘gas or electric’ decision based on what materials you will be pressure washing and how much pounds per square inch (PSI) they can stand,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. “You’ll also want to think about whether or not you will always have access to an electrical outlet, and how much maintenance and upkeep you are comfortable doing yourself.”

There are several other factors to consider when purchasing a pressure washer. Noise level is very important, especially if you’re in an area where homes are close together. While no pressure washer operates with complete silence, there are some that are quieter than others, especially in standby mode.

You’ll also need to think about maintenance before you buy. In most cases, a pressure washer will be used once or twice a year, then stored the remainder of the year. It’s important to pay attention to the size of the unit you choose and make sure you have a cool, dry place to store your pressure washer during those months.

DWYM Fun Fact

The colors on the nozzle of a pressure washer indicate the narrowness and force of their spray pattern. White is 40 degrees, green is 25 degrees, yellow is 15 degrees, red is 0 degrees and black is the low-pressure setting to be used for dispensing soap. At 40 degrees, you’ll get the most gentle spray, so it’s ideal for cleaning areas like windows. Take it up to 25 degrees and you’ll get slightly more pressure, while 15 degrees you’ll get a larger surface area. Once you’ve switched it to 0 degrees, you’ll have a spray area the size of a coin, making the pressure far more direct.

The Pressure Washer Buying Guide

  • Pressure washers certified by the Pressure Washer Manufacturers’ Association will have a PWMA logo.
  • Pressure washers may not work with well water because the water flow is too low.
  • To get vertical surfaces clean, power wash from the bottom up and then rinse from the top down.
  • Test surfaces before power washing by spraying a smaller, less visible area.
  • For gas-powered pressure washers, try adding a fuel stabilizer to the gasoline before filling the tank.
  • Safety is key, no matter which type of pressure washer you buy. “With any pressure washer, always use eye and ear protection as well as close-toed shoes,” says home improvement pro Liston. “Small pieces of blasted debris can fly up and injure eyes. The motors — more so gas than electric — are very loud and can damage hearing.”
  • Only use identical replacement parts to prevent hazards and damage to your pressure washer.
  • Empty water from all pressure washer parts and hoses before storing, and keep in a dry, covered and frost-free area.
  • Gas pressure washers need 30 minutes to cool down before storing.
  • Electric pressure washers should have a built-in ground fault interrupter to prevent electrical hazards.
  • If you’re buying a high-PSI pressure washer, you may want to select one with the option for variable pressure to protect certain surfaces.
  • Up to 1,900 PSI is considered light duty (ideal for grills, cars, boats and windows); 1,900 to 3,000 PSI is considered medium duty (ideal for fencing, decks, siding and paint preparation); 3,000 or more PSI is considered heavy duty (ideal for driveways, sidewalks and construction equipment).
  • Always keep the pressure washer nozzle moving so water doesn’t cut into the surface you’re cleaning
  • If you’ll be tackling projects that require you to pull your pressure washer up a set of stairs, consider a pressure washer with a build that is reminiscent of a hand truck, which makes it more stair-friendly.
  • When you think of a pressure washer that’s easy to use, you may think more about the controls. However, lightweight pressure washers offer ease-of-use thanks to their lightweight design. This makes it easy to maneuver it around while you’re washing.
  • Weight is also a factor when it comes time to store your pressure washer. Some pressure washers are designed to be portable and light, while others can weigh between 31 and 60 pounds. But many pressure washers have wheels to make them easy to transport.
  • Before putting your pressure washer in storage, consider the benefits of an electric- or battery-powered model. A gas pressure washer must be winterized before it can be put in storage for months, including flushing out the system to remove all liquids.
  • Connecting the hose can be challenging, especially if it’s too close to the ground. Look for a pressure washer with hose connections that are well above the ground, which makes it easy to hook up the hose without having to kneel on the ground.
  • No matter your budget, you probably want the best deal you can get. As far as gas pressure washers go, all are within the same range. Electric pressure washers tend to be less than half the price of even the most affordable gas water pressures in its range.