Is your car’s paintwork hiding under a layer of salt and road grime? Is your patio speckled with a few mysterious stains? If so, it might be time to pick up a good quality pressure washer – and the Sun Joe SPX 4001 might just be the right choice for you.
Feel the pressure
The first thing you’ll probably look for in a pressure washer is its power – in other words, with how much pressure does it actually wash? For the uninitiated, this is measured in pounds per square inch, or PSI. For your car, patio, or deck, you’ll only need around 1500 PSI – for a harder surface you may be looking to go above 2000.
The Sun Joe SPX 4001 has a maximum of 2030 PSI. That means that if you’ve got something really tricky to clean, you might think about upgrading to a model with some extra pressure. Nonetheless, for most people’s day-to-day needs, the Sun Joe should get the job done.
A particularly neat feature of the Sun Joe is the ability to change the pressure by adjusting the settings on the machine itself: you can dial it between its low pressure setting (1500 PSI) and its maximum. In most equivalent brands, adjusting the pressure requires you to stop, turn the washer off and replace the nozzle head. Sun Joe’s solution is much easier, and will come in handy when cleaning the car: you can spray the paintwork with a safe 1500 PSI to avoid scratching, before turning things up to maximum for the harder wheel rims.
The Sun Joe comes with the standard spread of nozzles, ranged in degrees (the more degrees, the wider an area the water is sprayed over). Note that the red, zero-degree nozzle is one which many consumer groups recommend avoiding – this is because the water comes out concentrated in an almost dangerously pure blast. It’s up to you whether you wish to use this nozzle or stick to the 15-, 25-, 40- or 50-degree versions. Do be cautious with your car’s paintwork though, and on any new surface start off spraying from at least a couple of feet away.
A ‘reel’ good clean
The difference between this 4001 model and its sibling, the 4000, is that the 4001 comes with a hose reel. This is a useful feature – on the 4000 and most other brands of pressure washer out there you’ll be wrapping your cables up by hand, while in the 4001 you can speedily wind them in. You’ll also avoid cables being spread all over the driveway during your car wash.
The Sun Joe is an agile model, built from lightweight plastics. Coming in at 32.4 lbs (five more than the 4000 model because of the hose reel), it’ll be no problem to get down the driveway on its well-sized wheels.
That said, you don’t want a pressure washer to be too light: a featherweight model will easily fall, given the strong forces that the washer is designed for. Fortunately, the Sun Joe SPX 4001 has a low centre of gravity and has enough bulk to keep it pretty stable.
Easy of use
Most parts of the Sun Joe SPX 4001 come pre-assembled, and it’s all fairly easy to put together.
There are one or two nice little design touches to the model too. One that I noticed is that the wand can be easily clipped on to a handle on the side of the pressure washer for storage – while this might sound obvious, in many models the wand is held in a well, in which water and dirt can accumulate.Related Pressure Washer Articles
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A solid option
All told, the Sun Joe SPX 4001 is a strong choice if you’re looking for a mid-range pressure washer. Its predecessor, the 3001, was narrower and taller – it was both less mobile and more prone to falling. This version is more versatile and easier to move around.
If you’re only going to be keeping the machine in the garage to wash the car in one place then this might not matter to you, but if you’ll be wheeling it outside to tackle those gutters you’ve been meaning to get round to, then you’ll be better off with the 4001.
The Sun Joe is not a professional washer, but for any commercial version you could buy four of these. For a reasonable price, you can get your patio to gleam and your car to sparkle this weekend by picking up a Sun Joe SPX 4001.
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