Because you’ll be closely looking at the best electric pressure washers from both manufacturers, let’s get started with the three main factors you should look for.
The first and perhaps most important element is the cleaning power required to handle the tasks you have ahead of you.
In this discussion, either of the products will probably perform well. You should also consider how much you want to invest in a power washer, so you’ll need to consider the numbers as you read about each of the products.
The third factor is brand, which is really the ultimate purpose of doing a side-by-side comparison, as you’re doing here.
For the purposes of this brief look at two pressure washers, it’s important to avoid the classic mistake of comparing “apples to oranges.”
With both Sun Joe and Greenworks, you’ll be digging into the details of two highly rated electric units.
With this in mind, it’s important to understand that a gas-power washer will deliver extra power for heavy-duty cleaning jobs, and you’ll spend less money than you would if you bought an electric pressure washer delivering the same punch.
Electric Cleaning Power
As mentioned, you could invest in a gas-powered washer if you usually tackle big jobs. You’ll get things clean with electric power; it might take a bit longer, though.
If you use a power washer every week, and it’s part of your regular “business” at home or at work, you might opt for gas.
If you need to clean something occasionally, such as preparing the outside of your house for painting, and occasionally cleaning the patio and driveway, electrical power will be fine.
As you read about and shop for your washer, pay close attention to the gallons-per-minute rating and the pounds-per-square inch; you’ll probably see this listed as GPM and PSI.
The combination of these two delivers the water pressure to get the grime and dirt off a surface, with more water per minute also helping to deliver cleaning power.
Choose a suitable electric-powered pressure washer for cleaning the driveway and your deck, for spring cleaning, such as clearing out gutters and cleaning furniture on the patio.
If you also want to use your washer for cleaning cars, trucks, and lawn equipment, you’ll probably be more than satisfied with electric. You will also benefit from quiet operation and reduced maintenance.
- [POWERFUL]: 14.5-Amp/1800-watt motor generates.Pump Type : Wobble-Plate Piston. Voltage (V) : 120..Cord Lock : Yes. Foldable Handle : No
- [VERSATILE]: Tackle a variety of cleaning tasks: homes, buildings, RV’s, cars, trucks, boats, decks, driveways, patios, lawn equipment, and more. With two 0.9 L onboard detergent tanks, removable...
- [TSS (Total Stop System)]: Automatically shuts off pump when trigger is not engaged to save energy and prolong pump life.
For purposes of this comparison, take a closer look at the SPX3000, with convenient hose storage and soap nozzle. It also comes with five replaceable nozzles, a brass wand, soap tank, and manual lockout on the trigger.
Overall weight of the unit is 28 pounds, so it should be relatively easy for most people to handle.
It delivers a stated PSI of 2,030 with a GPM/flow rate of 1.8, from a motor size drawing 14.5 amps when connected to a 120-volt outlet.
You’ll be fairly mobile with the 35-foot cord and a 19-foot hose. The SPX3000 delivers water at a temperature of 104°Fahrenheit, and comes with a two-year warranty.
You’ll also find this Sun Joe product very affordable, just right for those heavier cleaning tasks around the home. You might want to spend an extra $10 to purchase the brass coupling that attaches to your garden hose.
- 13A universal motor generates 2000 psi and 1.2 gallons per minute for maximum cleaning power. Pwma certified
- Functioning high pressure hose reel with 35' power cord (GFCI)
- Metal quick connect wand comes with 25°, 40°, turbo nozzle, and high pressure soap applicator
To get a comparable electric pressure washer from Globe Tools, makers of Greenworks and Powerworks products, you’ll need to buy the 2,000 PSI/1.2 GPM unit which operates on a 13-amp motor.
This model also has convenient storage for the 25-foot hose and a detergent tank.
You’ll also get four interchangeable tips with the purchase. With this Greenworks washer, you’ll also enjoy quiet operation, thanks to the induction motor design.
As with the Sun Joe washer, this unit is designed without a lot of extra weight, so portability should be no problem.
Both these products fall well within the recommended weight range of 15 to 35 pounds. They also have sturdy wheels to help you move about with ease.
A brass coupling to connect your garden hose will be a welcome addition, simply because a plastic coupling is very likely to break with repeated use.
If your choice doesn’t come with a brass connector, spend the few extra dollars to get one. It’s also important to have a brass or stainless steel wand, which will be more durable than a plastic one.
As you make your selection, pay attention to hose and cord lengths, two numbers that significantly affect portability. It’s best to have a hose as close to the 20-foot length as you can get.
The electric cord should be in the range of 30 feet for most convenient use. You might also look closely at the way the hose is stored.
This might be a matter of what you prefer; would you rather wrap the hose manually or do you like the hose reel?
A Few More Details
You should also pay particular attention to the warranty offered by the manufacturer. All of them will stand behind their product for a minimum of 90 days, especially on hoses, nozzles, seals etc.
Motor and pump warranties differ, with Greenworks providing a one-year warranty and Sun Joe offering a two-year warranty.
Manufacturers generally offer an extended period for an additional fee, so be sure to ask about this. If you begin to use your medium-duty washer for business/commercial purposes, you could be voiding the warranty beyond 90 days.
This is something every customer should be aware of. In general, light-duty units have ratings up to 1700 PSI, while medium-duty pressure washers range from 1700 PSI to 2800 PSI. The two products viewed here fit into this category.
As with any investment in equipment, look at the details and make sure you get the unit that best suits your needs.
For me it’s the Sun Joe SPX3000, it’s a top rated, high-quality pressure washer which just tackles everything you throw at it, while the greenworks pressure washer range is good, it just doesn’t stand up to the Sun Joe in my opinion.