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Kärcher K2000 vs K5 Premium - The Differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the Kärcher K5 Premium and the Kärcher K2000.

But before checking out explanations regarding their power, design, and features here's a table that summarizes the main pros of each of these 2 pressure washers:

Kärcher K5 PremiumKärcher K2000
Kärcher K5 PremiumKärcher K2000
  • Higher GPM
  • Higher Cleaning Units
  • More mobile by design
  • Lighter
  • Aluminum frame
  • Folding handle
  • Dual soap tank system
  • Onboard storage
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As the K5 Premium and the K2000 are both Kärcher pressure washers, they benefit from the same level of quality and attention to detail.

Power Comparison

  • Fuel: Both units are electric pressure washers.
  • Engine & Pump: The Kärcher K5 Premium and the Kärcher K2000 both use an axial-type pump to put water under pressure. The former's pump is manufactured by N-COR. In either case, the pump is powered by a 13-amp motor.

The following charts are provided to show you at a glance how the main specs of the Karcher K5 Premium compare to the Karcher K2000.

  • Pressure: As the Kärcher K5 Premium and the Kärcher K2000 share the same maximum attainable pressure of 2000 PSI, they should both allow you to blast off dirt with the same force.
  • Water Flow: When operating at low pressure, the K5 Premium can generate a higher maximum volume of water than the K2000. It can deliver up to 1.4 GPM (gallons per minute), whereas the K2000 offers a maximum water flow of 1.3 GPM. The former should thus allow you to rinse away dirt and debris with better efficiency and speed.
  • Cleaning Power: With its 2800 C.U. (Cleaning Units = PSI x GPM), the Kärcher K5 Premium offers a slightly higher overall cleaning efficiency than the K2000 and its 2600 C.U.

Design Comparison

  • Design: It is worth noting that the Kärcher K2000 has an aluminum frame, which means that it will not rust. With its compact, portable design, the Kärcher K5 Premium will be the better option if you consider portability, mobility, and ease of storage as important factors, as the Kärcher K2000 can be considered less mobile, with a hand truck design. It is worth noting that the Kärcher K2000 has an aluminum frame, which means that it will not rust.
  • Weight: Weighing 28.7 lbs, the K5 Premium is far lighter than the 44.5 lbs of the K2000.
  • Maneuverability: Both products benefit from a set of wheels, which greatly contributes to their maneuverability. The K2000 has the advantage of having a folding handle, which allows it to take up less space when not in use.

Feature Comparison

  • Soap Addition: Both washers allow for the addition of chemical detergent solutions to the water. For that, the K2000 has an advantage over the K5 Premium. The latter offers a single soap tank, whereas the former benefits from a dual soap tank system that lets you easily store and use 2 different cleaning solutions.
  • Trigger Gun & Wand: While each of these 2 units comes with a fairly standard ergonomic trigger gun, the Kärcher K5 Premium sports a VPS wand, while the Kärcher K2000 has a classic one.
  • Nozzles: The K5 Premium doesn't come with any nozzles (its aforementioned wand removes the need for any), but the K2000 is supplied with four (15°, 40°, soap, and a turbo nozzle).
  • Reach: Both products include a 25 ft high-pressure hose. Therefore, neither of them will, out of the box, allow for a higher freedom of movement around the unit. As both units feature a 35 ft power cord, their maximum allowable placement from an electrical outlet is the same.
  • Storage: In contrast to the K2000, which offers convenient onboard storage to keep your accessories at hand, the K5 Premium does not have such a feature. However, both feature a reel to allow you to conveniently and neatly store your pressure hose.
  • Accessories: In addition to the usual set of included accessories, the Kärcher K5 Premium also comes with dirt blaster and detergent tank.

TL;DR

Kärcher K5 PremiumKärcher K2000
Kärcher K5 PremiumKärcher K2000
  • Higher GPM
  • Higher Cleaning Units
  • More mobile by design
  • Lighter
  • Aluminum frame
  • Folding handle
  • Dual soap tank system
  • Onboard storage
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