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Wholesun 3000PSI Review

This washer offers impressive performance and a solid value in a compact package
Wholesun 3000PSI
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Price:   $170 List | $150.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Compact, good cleaning power, less maintenance than gas options
Cons:  Tips easily, no nozzle storage, difficult attaching to garden hose
Manufacturer:   Wholesun
By Matt Spencer and Clark Tate  ⋅  Jul 29, 2022
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  • Cleaning - 45% 5.3
  • Portability - 30% 8.2
  • Noise - 15% 7.2
  • Ease of Use - 10% 7.4

Our Verdict

With a reasonable price tag and impressive performance in each of our four test categories, the Wholesun 3000PSI Electric Pressure Washer easily earns high marks in our lineup. One of the smallest and lightest options we tested, this machine is easy to carry around your worksite or stow in your vehicle. It also cleans well. It quickly scoured charcoal out of a carpet in our tests. While it's not as powerful as other options, tips over easily, and doesn't give you a spot to store the five cleaning nozzles it comes with, we think the tradeoffs are worth its low-cost effectiveness. We recommend this pressure washer to anyone on a budget.

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Pros Compact, good cleaning power, less maintenance than gas optionsGreat hose connections, portable, affordable, electricSmall, light, inexpensiveHighly portable, inexpensive, quietExtensive onboard storage options, quiet for a pressure washer
Cons Tips easily, no nozzle storage, difficult attaching to garden hoseRequires tools to set up, doesn't work well with generic fittingsPoor cleaning power, no wheelsDisappointing cord and hose storage, limited cleaning powerPoor maneuverability on unpaved terrain, slow cleaning rate
Bottom Line This washer offers impressive performance and a solid value in a compact packageThis model offers adequate performance at a price that is hard to beatIf you need a pressure washer for household jobs and you know you won't need a ton of power, this model is a fantastic choiceThe compact RY141612 is great for light work but can't compare to the cleaning power of top models for heavy-duty applicationsThis pressure washer works okay but performed toward the bottom of the competition
Rating Categories Wholesun 3000PSI SunJoe SPX3000 Greenworks GPW1501 Ryobi RY141612 Stanley SHP2150 215...
Cleaning (45%)
5.3
5.4
2.4
3.2
4.6
Portability (30%)
8.2
7.0
9.5
9.1
5.3
Noise (15%)
7.2
5.0
8.0
6.8
7.6
Ease of Use (10%)
7.4
7.1
7.5
6.9
7.3
Specs Wholesun 3000PSI SunJoe SPX3000 Greenworks GPW1501 Ryobi RY141612 Stanley SHP2150 215...
Measured 15º nozzle PSI 1200 1200 N/A 1490 1475
Measured 25º nozzle PSI 1200 1150 1200 N/A 1450
Measured 15º Nozzle GPM 1.21 1.22 N/A 1.08 1.02
Measured 25º Nozzle GPM 1.22 1.2 1.16 N/A 1.04
Wheels 5" Plastic 7.5" Plastic None None 5.75" Plastic
Average Measured dBA at Machine 73.3 83.8 73.3 77.6 73.3
Average Measured dBA at 25 ft 67.3 61.4 63.8 62.2 65.5
Length of included hose 20' 3" 20' 3" 19' 8" 20' 5" 24' 6"
Electrical Cord Length 32' 5" 35' 3" 34' 9" 34' 1" 35'
Electric or Gas Electric Electric Electric Electric Electric
Measured Weight 16.3 lbs 28.2 lbs 15.5 lbs 15.6 lbs 26.1 lbs
Calculated Cleaning Units 1464.0 1464.0 1428 1609.2 1504.5
Measured Distance in Bocce Ball Power Test 3' 3.50' 2.60' 3.60' 2.75'

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Wholesun 3000PSI pressure washer - the wholesun is light enough to carry around and good enough at...
The Wholesun is light enough to carry around and good enough at cleaning to impress our testers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Cleaning


Since you buy a pressure washer for its incredible cleaning power, each machine's test results in this metric account for 45% of their total score. The Wholesun 3000 posted average scores when it came to measurements of power. But it sure impressed us in the subjective carpet cleaning test. We can't deny how quickly and thoroughly it tackled that challenge.


We'll start the objective tests. One is to measure each machine's cleaning units. To calculate them, we use an inline pressure gauge to measure pressure per square inch (PSI) of the water stream when we use the 15-degree nozzle option. (It also comes with a soap nozzle as well as a 0, 15, 25, and 40-degree nozzle. The angle references the width of the spray.)

For the Wholesun 3000, that's 1,200 PSI. Then we multiply that by how many gallons the washer sprays in a minute (GPM). That number is an impressive 1.21 GPM for the Wholesun, bringing the cleaning units to 1464. That's well below the test average of 2153 because the PSI number is comparatively low.

Similarly, it maintained a middling performance in the power-based bocce ball test, where we use the same nozzle to roll the ball up a 24-degree chute. Then we measured the distance. For the Wholesun that was 3 feet below the group average.

Wholesun 3000PSI pressure washer - this pressure washer moves a lot of water, making it an effective...
This pressure washer moves a lot of water, making it an effective cleaner.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Again, the bocce ball test prioritizes power. While the Wholesun doesn't shine in PSI (which is useful for tasks like stripping paint), it does move a lot of water, which its relatively high GPM tells us. That's probably why this pressure washer really impressed us in the cleaning department.

We covered a portion of carpet in activated charcoal and then timed how long it took each washer to wash it clean. In two rounds of testing, it only took four and a half to five minutes to clean the carpet. Only one electric option was faster. (The more powerful gas motors fared better here.)

The setup is a little clunky when it comes to using soap with this machine. Many other washers have a built-in detergent tank. This one has a separate spray bottle that you screw onto the spray gun. It works fine but adds a little weight where you don't want it. Though this pressure washer failed to shine in all of our cleaning power tests, it has it where it counts.

Wholesun 3000PSI pressure washer - to clean with soap, use the soap nozzle and spray bottle accessory.
To clean with soap, use the soap nozzle and spray bottle accessory.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Portability


Thanks to its small profile and lightweight body, the Wholesun 3000PSI is one of the most portable pressure washers in the test. Its impressive performance in this metric elevated its final score, accounting for 30%.


To test this metric, we weighed the washer, evaluated how easy it is to load in and out of vehicles, push and pull around varied terrain, and accounted for how easy it is to put in and pull out of storage.

Weighing in at just 16.3 pounds, this washer is one of the lightest in our testing, well under the average of 37 pounds. This makes it significantly easier to pick up, put in a vehicle, or get it up and down stairs.

Wholesun 3000PSI pressure washer - the wholesun's small plastic wheels and short stature make it...
The Wholesun's small plastic wheels and short stature make it uncomfortable to pull for any distance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

It's a good thing too. The Wholesun's wheels are small and struggle to tackle even moderately rough terrain. The model is also short, reaching just over two feet, so you'll probably have to stoop to pull it. It's also quite hard to get enough leverage to push it. As a result, we found ourselves carrying it around most of the time.

That light and compact nature works well when storing this washer too. It's easy to find enough room for its 10.5" length, 9.5" width, and 27" height.

The unit also has a built-in reel for its hose, making it incredibly convenient to employ or tuck away for storage. The wand holder isn't as refined, and the spray guy often slips out of place and into your way. Given the many portability wins of this model, we're willing to deal with it.

Wholesun 3000PSI pressure washer - the stiff hose can be challenging to use, but it's well trained to...
The stiff hose can be challenging to use, but it's well trained to return to the wrap it arrives in.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Noise


Loud noises aren't just annoying; they can damage your hearing over time. That's why our noise tests account for 15% of each washer's final score. You can have 85 decibels within the range of human hearing or dBa blaring in your ears for up to 8 hours without a significant safety concern. But anything over 91 dBa is only safe for two hours at a time. (And some of these machines do reach those levels.)


To measure noise levels, we placed a sound pressure level (SPL) meter directly beside the machine and then 25 feet away. Both readings matched our experience. At 73.3 dBa, the Wholesun is quieter than our test average of 81.6 dBa when you're right beside it. When you're further away, it's comparably louder, registering 67.3 dBa. That's in line with most of the machines we tested, which have an average reading of 67 dBa from that distance. The machine turns off its compressor when you aren't using it — we enjoy having that break from the constant noise.

Wholesun 3000PSI pressure washer - this washer is fairly quiet, though it is quieter louder from 25...
This washer is fairly quiet, though it is quieter louder from 25 feet away than when you're right beside it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Wholesun 3000 is one of the easiest pressure washers in the test to use. To compare them, we noted how hard it is to connect and store their hose, how stable each machine is, how much regular maintenance you can expect, and how well the washer stores extras like nozzles and power cords. The results of these investigations account for 10% of the washer's final scores.


We really like quick connection fasteners, which let you attach hoses to their ports without screwing them in. They work more like a plug. This pressure washer only comes with one that connects the water to the spray gun. It's certainly better than none.

Quick connections make assembly a breeze.
Quick connections make assembly a breeze.
Simply plug the two items together. We wish the Wholesun had more...
Simply plug the two items together. We wish the Wholesun had more than just this one.

Keeping with this machine's compact theme, the hose is among the shortest in the test at just over 20 feet. It's also stiff and can be difficult to manage. But, since it arrives wrapped onto a spool with a built-in reel, it is easy enough to roll it back on. The garden hose port in the back of the machine is easy to access, with plenty of room around it.

Wholesun 3000PSI pressure washer - making it easy to attach your water source to the machine makes a...
Making it easy to attach your water source to the machine makes a big difference.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

At 32 feet and 5 inches, the electric cord is the shortest in the test by several feet. We don't notice its limitations often, though. A bracket on the back of the machine holds it securely in place for storage. But, the cord is unruly while you're wrapping it.

Wholesun 3000PSI pressure washer - though the power cord can feel like a chore to wrangle, the included...
Though the power cord can feel like a chore to wrangle, the included bracket does a good job holding it in place.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

One thing that all-electric pressure washers have in common is that they require less maintenance than gas options. You can skip the oil, gas, oil changes, and checkups.

Even though this washer is short, with a low center of gravity, it is tippy. It often wants to fall over when you move it or coil the hose or power cord. It also doesn't give you any place to store the five nozzles it comes with.

Wholesun 3000PSI pressure washer - we appreciate the relative ease of electric washers. just turn them...
We appreciate the relative ease of electric washers. Just turn them on and go.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Value


The Wholesun delivers on value. We find its reasonable price point to be an excellent deal given this washer's solid performance across the board in our tests.

Conclusion


If you're looking for a high-value electric pressure washer, we think the Wholesun 3000PSI is your best bet. Its impressive cleaning power, portable size, reasonable noise levels, and ease of use make it an excellent option for folks looking to get the most bang for their buck.

Matt Spencer and Clark Tate
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