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Sun Joe SPX3160 - Spec Breakdown

The Sun Joe SPX3160 is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1600 PSI and flow of 1.45 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the Sun Joe SPX3160
Latest updates:
  • $129.00 - August 12, 2022
  • $139.00 - July 12, 2022
  • $95.20 - July 10, 2022
  • $66.64 - July 9, 2022
  • $95.20 - July 7, 2022
  • $89.25 - July 7, 2022
  • $95.20 - July 1, 2022
  • $119.00 - June 15, 2022
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Since: April 21, 2022
  • Highest Price: $149.00 - April 21, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $66.64 - July 9, 2022

Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI (max/rated)1600/1150
GPM (max/rated)1.45/1.1
Cleaning Units1265
Motor11 amp, universal
PumpAxial
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionVia foam cannon
Soap dilutionAdjustable
NozzlesN/A
Onboard storageYes
Hose20 ft
Hose storageStraps
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Unknown
Weight11.9 lbs
Wheels4 wheels, solid
Included accessoriesNozzle cleaner, adjustable wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, foam cannon, garden hose adapter, 35 ft GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty2 years

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Description

Zoom on the Sun Joe SPX3160

In a nutshell, the Sun Joe SPX3160 is a light duty pressure washer, which not only offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, but that also allows:

  • spot cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces and out-of-reach areas
  • cleaning of painted or delicate 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

Using a 11 amp universal motor, its axial pump delivers a pressure of up to 1600 PSI (roughly 27 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.45 GPM (values as per CSA testing standards). These are the maximum values that the washer can reach only under specific conditions. Under typical load, working pressure is 1150 PSI and rated flow is 1.1 GPM. Together, the values result in a cleaning power of 1265 Cleaning Units.

Since it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the SPX3160 is started simply by an 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, the Sun Joe SPX3160 makes mobility one of its core strengths. The handle adds to the SPX3160 convenience of transport.

Standing at only 11.9 lbs, this model can be carried around very easily. It is lightweight, partly thanks to its plastic frame. To further improve its transportability and ease of use, the unit also features a set of four solid wheels.

Main Features

The Sun Joe SPX3160 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 the included foam cannon to the end of the wand. The foam cannon features a dial to allow you to manually choose the detergent dilution ratio.
  • Pressure hose: Using a set of easy-to-use straps, 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 allows for an easy storage of 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

Some of the accessories of the Sun Joe SPX3160

Some of the included accessories

  • 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: Included with the Sun Joe SPX3160 are also the owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you promptly started, along with several accessories, such as spray gun, wand, garden hose adapter, pressure hose, foam cannon (to add cleaning solutions to the water), nozzle cleaner and power cord.

The Sun Joe SPX3160'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 SPX3160 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Sun Joe SPX3160 and its 1600 PSI, ranks amongst electric pressure washers with a comparably low pressure output, considering the units that cost between $120 and $150. In case you are looking for a device with the highest possible power of its water stream, one of the top achievers in this price range is the Sun Joe SPX2680-MAX with a PSI of 2050.
  • In its respective price range, the water flow of this washer, 1.45 GPM (gallons per minute), ranks as average. If being able to rinse away debris as efficiently as possible is your priority, one of the products with the highest GPM in this price range is the Westinghouse ePX3050, with 1.76 GPM.
  • Amongst similarly priced electric devices, the 1265 Cleaning Units of the SPX3160 rank as low. If you consider the highest overall cleaning power as a really important factor, the Westinghouse ePX3050 and its 3572.8 Cleaning Units has one of the highest cleaning efficiency of all the similarly priced units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 1000 and 1500 Cleaning Units, the Sun Joe SPX3160 is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its cleaning power range, purchasing it could most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Portable
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent GPM for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low CU for the price

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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 SPX3160 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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