Sun Joe Vs. Ryobi Pressure Washer – How Do They Compare?

When sifting through the various pressure washers on the market, you’ll often end up with two or three near-identical models that you may find it difficult to choose from. This is normal for most power classes and price ranges and it’s especially true for the medium-duty electric motor residential pressure washers.

When looking for such a model for your home, a lot of people end up hesitating between two specific Sun Joe and Ryobi pressure washer models – the Sun Joe SPX3000 and the Ryobi RY1419000.

If you too are wondering between the two, here’s our quick review and comparison.

Sun Joe SPX3000 – Overview, Pros & Cons

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The Sun Joe SPX3000 – Check price here.

The SPX3000 is an excellent medium-duty electric pressure washer that’s ideal for most residential situations. It has a PSI (pressure per square inch) of 1450 or 2030 putting it squarely in the mid-range of pressure washers. Its GPM (gallons per minute) is 1.76 which is also fairly standard for such a pressure washer.

These numbers mean that the SPX3000 is capable of effective and efficient pressure cleaning of most non-oily and non-greasy surfaces, including softer or painted ones. The 1.76 GPM water consumption gives it a nice and effective flow without overcharging your water bill by too much.

In terms of its other features, the SPX3000 comes with 6 different nozzles – a powerful 0-degree nozzle, two mid-pressure 15-degree nozzles, a milder 25-degree nozzle, a soft 40-degree nozzle, and a soap nozzle. It also has two separate detergent tanks, allowing you to use mixtures of different soaps. This gives you the freedom to adjust how much of each detergent is mixed into the water jets depending on the task at hand.

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This model is fairly lightweight and has two big wheels which make it very easy to move around, including over uncomfortable terrains such as grass or gravel.

As for some negatives, the SPX3000 has a fairly short wand which means that you might need to bend over a bit when cleaning driveways and other spaces that are low on the ground. This model also comes with a below-average 2-year warranty. It does have the durability to last you much longer than that but it’s still nice to see longer warranty periods.

Additionally, while there’s a place to hang the wand on the pressure washer, there isn’t any dedicated space for the 20-feet pressure hose which can make storing and moving this pressure washer a bit tricky. The 35-feet long power cord can be hanged on the pressure washer but it too doesn’t sit too well on it.

Pros:

  1. Perfect for residential purposes
  2. Reasonable pricing
  3. Good flow rate – 1.76 gallons per minute
  4. Powerful capacity – 2030 PSI
  5. Versatile application – suits cleaning homes, walls, vehicles, boats, furniture, driveways, equipment and more
  6. Automatic shut off system to save water
  7. 5 nozzles for different spray styles
  8. Compact design
  9. Easy to move on wheels
  10. Long cord – 35 feet
  11. High cleaning capacity – 3572 CU

Cons:

  1. Short wand for jobs low down on the ground or high up
  2. No dedicated space for the pressure hose
  3. Hanging the electricity cord can be tricky
  4. Only 2 year warranty

Ryobi RY141900 – Overview, Pros and Cons

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The Ryobi RY1419000 – Check price here.

The RY141900 is also an excellent mid-range model with a comparable PSI of 2000. As such, its intended uses are very similar to those of the SPX3000. The main difference with the Ryobi model is that it has a water consumption of just 1.2 GPM. This means that it uses less water per minute which is good for your water bill but it will also have a slightly lower cleaning potential.

In terms of its additional features and accessories, the RY141900 comes with only three nozzles – a 15-degree mid-pressure nozzle, a soap nozzle, and a turbo nozzle. This presets notably fewer choices than the SPX3000 but if you don’t need the extra nozzles then it’s not a problem.

As for the rest of the Ryobi design, it’s quite impressive. The pressure washer has two nice and durable wheels to roll around on as well as a metal frame to which it can be attached. The frame has its own two wheels as well as a dedicated place for the high-pressure hose and the power cord. This makes the RY141900 much more comfortable to store and to carry around.

The power cord is 35-feet long and the pressure hose is 25-feet, making both pretty comparable to the SPX3000. Overall, while it has a lower-than-average cleaning potential because of its lower GPM, the RY141900 also has a much lower water consumption and a great design. This last part shouldn’t be ignored as the nice design won’t just make the pressure washer easier to handle but easier to store and to protect from physical damage too.

Last but not least, Ryobi is a great brand for both pressure washer enthusiasts and novices because of their community platform – Ryobi Nation. It’s a great place to learn some extra know-how and exchange tips and ideas with other Ryobi pressure washer users.

As for its warranty period, the RY141900 comes with a 3-year warranty. That’s fairly standard for the industry and this model will generally last much longer than that anyway. Nevertheless, it’s worth mentioning considering that the SPX3000 comes with only a 2-year warranty.

Pros:

  • Perfect for residential purposes
  • Good flow rate – 1.20 gallons per minute
  • Powerful capacity – 2000 PSI
  • Versatile application – suits cleaning homes, walls, vehicles, boats, furniture, driveways, equipment and more
  • Easy to move and store
  • Long cord – 35 feet
  • Hose length – 25 feet
  • 3 year warranty

Cons:

  • Only 3 nozzles for different spray styles
  • Less water usage but also slightly less cleaning capacity – 2400 CU
  • Higher price point

Which One Is Right For You?

Sun Joe Vs. Ryobi Pressure Washer

Both the Sun Joe and the Ryobi pressure washers are ideal for most standard residential needs – pressure washing your car, bike, or grill, as well as cleaning your patio, deck, or wooden fence. You can even clean exterior walls or driveways with them although it may take too much time because of their mid-range PSI.

With both being cold water pressure washers, they are not the best option when dealing with oil and grease stains but they will handle all other situations with ease.

The only major difference between the two is their water consumption. With 1.76 GPM the SPX3000 offers an overall cleaning power of 3572 CU (Cleaning units = 2030 PSI x 1.76 GPM) which is quite good for this power class.

The RY141900, on the other hand, has a CU of 2400 (2000 PSI x 1.2 GPM) which is significantly lower but also consumes much less water in the process. The difference between 2400 CU and 3572 CU is not insignificant but still, with comparable PSI, both pressure washers will do their job well.

All other differences between the two are a matter of accessories and extra features. So, if the GPM isn’t a deciding factor for you, simply pick whichever model has the extra features and accessories you want.

The Bottom Line

In short, the SPX3000 will do its job slightly faster than the RY141900 thanks to its higher overall cleaning potential but it will do so at a higher water consumption.

Plus, with the exception of the nozzles assortments, we generally prefer the extra features and design of the RY141900.

Consider your specific requirements and which extra features and spray styles you require when making your choice.

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