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Sun Joe SPX3000 vs Kärcher K1700 - The Differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the Kärcher K1700 and the Sun Joe SPX3000.

But before checking out explanations regarding their power, design, and features here's a table that summarizes the main pros of each of these 2 pressure washers:

Kärcher K1700Sun Joe SPX3000
Kärcher K1700Sun Joe SPX3000
  • Higher PSI
  • Higher Cleaning Units
  • Aluminum frame
  • Lighter
  • More mobile by design
  • Dual soap tank system
  • More nozzles
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As the Sun Joe SPX3000 and the Kärcher K1700 have different manufacturers, their overall build and technology in use can vary.

Power Comparison

  • Fuel: Both units are electric pressure washers.
  • Engine & Pump: The Kärcher K1700 and the Sun Joe SPX3000 both use an axial-type pump to put water under pressure. The former's pump is manufactured by N-COR. The Kärcher K1700's pump is powered by a 14-amp motor, while the Sun Joe SPX3000 uses a 14.5-amp motor.

The following charts are provided to show you at a glance how the main specs of the Karcher K1700 compare to the Sun Joe SPX3000.

  • Pressure: With a maximum reachable pressure of 1700 PSI, the Kärcher K1700 provides a much higher force to blast off dirt and grime than the 1450 PSI of the Sun Joe SPX3000.
  • Water Flow: With a respective maximum water flow of 1.2 GPM (gallons per minute) and 1.24 GPM, the Kärcher K1700 and the Sun Joe SPX3000 should be able to rinse dirt and debris as quickly and efficiently.
  • Cleaning Power: With its 2040 C.U. (Cleaning Units = PSI x GPM), the Kärcher K1700 offers a higher overall cleaning efficiency than the Sun Joe SPX3000 and its 1798 C.U.

Design Comparison

  • Design: It is worth noting that the Kärcher K1700 has an aluminum frame, which means that it will not rust. With its compact, portable design, the Sun Joe SPX3000 will be the better option if you consider portability, mobility, and ease of storage as important factors, as the Kärcher K1700 can be considered less mobile, with a hand truck design. It is worth noting that the Kärcher K1700 has an aluminum frame, which means that it will not rust.
  • Weight: At 20.7 lbs, the K1700 is somewhat lighter than the 23.4 lbs of the SPX3000.
  • Maneuverability: Both products benefit from a set of wheels, which greatly contributes to their maneuverability. Both offer a handle, which improves your grip when you wish to move them.

Feature Comparison

  • Soap Addition: Both washers allow for the addition of chemical detergent solutions to the water. For that, the Sun Joe SPX3000 has an advantage over the Kärcher K1700. The latter offers a single soap tank, whereas the former benefits from a dual soap tank system that lets you easily store and use 2 different cleaning solutions.
  • Trigger Gun & Wand: Each of these 2 units comes with a fairly standard ergonomic trigger gun and a classic wand.
  • Nozzles: Both pressure washers come with 15° and soap nozzles, but the nozzle similarities stop here. The Kärcher K1700 adds a turbo nozzle, while the Sun Joe SPX3000's set includes 0°, 25°, and 40° nozzles.
  • Reach: Both products include a 20 ft high-pressure hose. Therefore, neither of them will, out of the box, allow for a higher freedom of movement around the unit. As both units feature a 35 ft power cord, their maximum allowable placement from an electrical outlet is the same.
  • Storage: The K1700 and SPX3000 both offer onboard storage that allows you to neatly keep the accessories you need at hand. Both washers feature a set of hooks to help you neatly store their high pressure hoses when not in use.

TL;DR

Kärcher K1700Sun Joe SPX3000
Kärcher K1700Sun Joe SPX3000
  • Higher PSI
  • Higher Cleaning Units
  • Aluminum frame
  • Lighter
  • More mobile by design
  • Dual soap tank system
  • More nozzles
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