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Sun Joe SPX1500 Spec Review

The Sun Joe SPX1500 is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1160 PSI and flow of 1.36 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Sun Joe SPX1500 1160PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Sun Joe SPX1500 1160PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Sun Joe SPX1500 1160PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Sun Joe SPX1500 1160PSI Electric Pressure Washer
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Description

Meet SPX1500, the powerful compact pressure washer from SUN JOE. Packed with 12 Amps of pure cleaning power, SPX1500 delivers a might blast to demolish every last bit of dirt and get really clean, really fast. (source: Sun Joe (opens in a new tab))
Note: Sun Joe claims that this unit provides 1740 PSI and 1.59 GPM. In fact, the stated PSI value is only at the initial trigger pull, while the stated GPM value is with a nozzle opened to the lowest pressure. Under a typical load, the working pressure is 1160 PSI and the flow is 1.36 GPM.

Zoom on the Sun Joe SPX1500

In summary, the Sun Joe SPX1500 is a light duty pressure washer, that offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and also:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces and high-reach cleaning
  • cleaning of painted and frail surfaces

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics and design, its main features and all the additional features it has to offer.

Power

The Sun Joe SPX1500 in use

The Sun Joe SPX1500

Using a 12 amp motor, its axial (wobble plate) pump delivers a pressure of up to 1160 PSI (roughly 19 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.36 GPM. Together, the values result in a cleaning power of 1577.6 Cleaning Units.

Being an electric pressure washer, the Sun Joe SPX1500's motor can be easily started by a convenient ON/OFF switch. The unit is ready-to-use with peace of mind, thanks to the included 35 ft GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

With its portable design and approximate dimensions of D12.9 x W10.6 x H25.6 in, the Sun Joe SPX1500 makes mobility one of its core strengths. The handle adds to the SPX1500 convenience of transport.

Since the unit weighs only 13.5 lbs, it is very easily carried around. This is, in part, thanks to its plastic frame, which allows it to remain as lightweight as possible. As if this lightweight wasn't enough, the device also features two 5" wheels to further improve its ease of use and of transport.

Main Features

The Sun Joe SPX1500 comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose and a detergent addition feature, which are detailed below.

  • Soap addition: Detergent is added to the water at the exit, by attaching a foam cannon (not included) to the end of the gun. As the Sun Joe SPX1500 doesn’t include a soap dilution mechanism, the user must provide a correctly diluted detergent before proceeding to use it.
  • Pressure hose: Using a set of convenient hooks, the included 20 ft high-pressure hose can be easily stored on the unit when it is not running.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook enables you to easily store the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its versatile wand. Sun Joe's adjustable wand removes the need for different nozzles. By turning the pressure adjustment knob, it is possible to easily change the water pressure from an intense, 0° jet spray to a gentle, 45° fan spray.

Other Features

The specs of the Sun Joe SPX1500

The Sun Joe SPX1500

  • Total Stop System (TSS): This feature automatically shuts off the pressure washer when the trigger is not engaged, to prolong the pump's lifespan.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: The Sun Joe SPX1500 comes with an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you quickly started. On top of that, you also get power cord, pressure hose, spray gun, nozzle cleaner and wand.

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The Sun Joe SPX1500's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Sun Joe SPX1500 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Sun Joe SPX1500 with its 1160 PSI achieves a lower pressure value, compared to other electric pressure washers in the $100-150 price range. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the Realm BIOP with 2400 PSI.
  • Considering its water flow, this washer, with a GPM (gallons per minute) of 1.36 is in the average compared to other devices in its price range. If you’re after the highest rinsing efficiency, one of the units with the highest water flow in the current price range is the Sun Joe SPX3200, that can deliver up to 1.76 GPM.
  • The SPX1500 has 1577.6 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), which is considered low in comparison to other electric devices of this price. When it comes to the highest overall cleaning power in the current price range, one of the products at the very top currently is the Realm BY02-BCMT and its 3675 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 1500 and 2000 Cleaning Units, the Sun Joe SPX1500 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget pressure washer.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Portable
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent GPM for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • Foam cannon not included
  • No detergent dilution mechanism
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Sun Joe SPX1500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI1160
GPM1.36
Cleaning Units1577.6
Motor12 amp
PumpAxial (wobble plate)
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionVia foam cannon
Soap dilutionNo
NozzlesN/A
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageNo
Hose20 ft
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 12.9 x 10.6 x 25.6 in
Weight13.5 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀5"
Included accessoriesNozzle cleaner, adjustable wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, 35 ft GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty2 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

About Sun Joe

Sun Joe is the brand that the parent Snow Joe Company uses to market its line of summertime outdoor power equipment. Founded in 1994 in Edison, NJ, Snow Joe + Sun Joe has consistently supplied do-it-yourselfers with quality corded electric and battery-powered tools for home and gardening needs. The company strives to be ecologically friendly and prides itself on innovation and low-cost solutions. Their range of products includes snow throwers, lawn mowers, pressure washers, and trimmers. The design team is located in Carlstadt, NJ, while the manufacturing facilities are located in China, India, Taiwan, Japan, as well as in the USA.

Warranty Information

The Sun Joe SPX1500 is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the unit.
For more information about the warranty of Sun Joe pressure washers, please consult Sun Joe's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-866-SNOWJOE (866-766-9563).

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