Pressure washers are amazing devices. They make quick work of cleaning all sorts of surfaces, such as patios, patio furniture, cars, driveways, and your house’s windows. Most pressure washers come with different nozzle tips to limit or concentrate water flow, making this a versatile tool for outdoor cleaning jobs.
In this article, we’re going to look at two of Sun Joe’s popular electric pressure washers – the Sun Joe SPX3000 and the SPX3001. They are electric pressure washers that are designed for the water-conscience.
They come with five quick-connect tips – 0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, and one for soap. Honestly speaking, there are way more overlapping specs than there are different ones, but their slight differences put these two devices in separate realms. The SPX3001 is an upgrade of the SPX3000, but in some ways, the older model has more to offer. Let’s go straight to the comparison portion of this article.
Sun Joe has implemented several changes to the Sun Joe SPX3001 from the original Sun Joe SPX3000, but some of the most important specs and performance ratings remain the same. The following are some of the identical features between the two pressure washers.
Both of these units feature 14.5-amp motors that deliver up to 2,030 PSI at 1.76 GPM. These Sun Joes are definitely for the water-conscious of you pressure washer-fanatics.
The SPX3000 and the SPX3001 come with two carry wheels located on the bottom of the unit. With these, you won’t need to carry the devices from your garage to the outdoors but instead, wheel it out. Besides, they’re lightweight (31 and 32 pounds, respectively) so there’s little fuss when taking any of these out of storage.
Total Stop System (TSS)
Finally, to prevent wasted water and energy, both of these Sun Joes come with TSS. When the pressure hose is idle, the electric motor will automatically disengage, preventing damage to the unit, wasted water and electricity, and extending these devices’ usability.
Now to the crux of the matter – if you’re trying to decide which of these Sun Joes would work best for you, we have to understand what sets them apart. The following section will focus on their differing specs and features.
When washing, windows, and even patios and their furniture, the only way to get them clean is with suds and bubbles. With the SPX3000, you get two different soap tanks – each with 30.4-floor-ounce soap capacity – to house different types of soaps. Use one tank for paint-sensitive soap for your vehicles, and the other tank can hold a more heavy-duty soap for getting the grime off of wood and cement surfaces.
As for the SPX3001, you only get one tank, but it can hold up to 40.6 floor-ounces of soap. The drawback of having a single soap tank is that you need to empty it out before switching types of soaps for different surfaces. The good thing is that you get more of one type of soap for cleaning larger surface areas.
Between having two soap tanks or a single large-sized one, we feel that you’d be better off with two tanks. Even if you plan on working on large areas such as driveways and pathways, you can fill both tanks up with one type of soap. As for the SPX3001, you’re stuck with flushing out the previous soap before putting a new type in.
As you are probably already aware, warm or hot water is better as dissolving a wide range of substances from your car’s body and paved paths. If there are oil spills in your driveway, hot water will get it out much quicker than cold water will. The SPX3000’s inner components allow users to let warm water (up to 104°F) flow into the water inlet and spray through the wand.
Unfortunately, with the SPX3001, the machine is sensitive to heat, and letting hot or warm water flow into the device could cause irreparable damage. This electric pressure washer is designed to use cold water only. Although cold water doesn’t get rid of caked-on stains by itself, using the right pressure nozzle could lift any mess right off of your driveway.
Switching to the right quick-connect nozzle will help get rid of oil and grease stains on your driveways, but when combined with warm or hot water, it’ll dissolve the mess in less time. This feature puts the SPX3000 at a level higher than the new, younger SPX3001.
Hose reels make cleanup a breeze. When you’re done washing the outside of your home, spin the hose reel to collect the hose and keep it coiled up to prevent damage if otherwise left on the ground. The SPX3000, unfortunately, doesn’t have a hose reel, leaving its users having to gather the hose up by hand and storing it in a box or other storage space.
The SPX3001’s hose reel is truly an upgrade from its 3000 version. If you’ve ever dealt with long hoses, you already know how much trouble it can be to coil one up when it’s time to pack up. Luckily, there’s little effort required to take in the 20-foot high-pressure hose – turn the reel, and you’re good to go.
The SPX3001’s hose reel is perhaps the only feature that sets it apart from the older model. It makes picking up the pressure hose effortless since you won’t need to manually wrap the hose to prevent damage to it.
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In our opinion, the SPX3001’s hose reel is the only thing that makes it shine. In every other regard, the SPX3001 is either the same as the SPX3000 (PSI and GPM ratings, portability, and TTS) or outclassed by the SPX3000 (dual tanks for different types of soap, hot water compatibility).
This doesn’t mean that the Sun Joe SPX3001 is a bad pressure washer, but the SPX3000 is much more versatile. You can get away without a hose reel, but to easily lift oil spills off of driveways, there’s no replacement for pressurized hot water. In conclusion, in our opinion, you get more value out of the older Sun Joe SPX3000 than you would with the “upgraded” SPX3001.
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• 1.2L tank
• 1.48 GPM
• 46.5 lbs
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• 0.9L tank
• 1.76 GPM
• 31 lbs
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• 1.4 GPM
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