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Craftsman CMEPW1700 Spec Review

The Craftsman CMEPW1700 is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1700 PSI and flow of 1.2 GPM. (Read full specs)

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  • $99.00 - September 10, 2021
  • $79.00 - August 27, 2021
  • $99.00 - July 12, 2021
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Since: July 12, 2021
  • Highest Price: $99.00 - July 12, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $79.00 - August 27, 2021

Description

The 1,700 MAX PSI Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer is compact for storage, but powerful enough for your outdoor cleaning tasks. With a soap applicator and two nozzles, including a turbo nozzle, you have the accessories you need to wash your car or clean your back patio. (source: Craftsman (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Craftsman CMEPW1700

In a nutshell, the Craftsman CMEPW1700 is a light duty pressure washer that allows:

  • cleaning of painted and frail surfaces
  • applying detergent and cleaning solutions

Its power characteristics and design, its main features and all its additional features are presented ahead.

Power

The Craftsman CMEPW1700 in use

The Craftsman CMEPW1700

Its axial cam pump, which utilizes a 13 amp universal motor, may deliver a pressure of up to 1700 PSI (almost 28 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.2 GPM. These values correspond to a cleaning power of 2040 Cleaning Units.

Being an electric pressure washer, the Craftsman CMEPW1700's motor can be easily started by a convenient 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 Craftsman CMEPW1700 makes mobility one of its core strengths. The handle adds to the CMEPW1700 convenience of transport. The handle is molded in the frame to ensure that it will never fall apart.

With a weight of only 22 lbs, the unit is definitely easy to carry around. This is, in part, thanks to its plastic frame, which allows it to remain as lightweight as possible. This light weight compensates for the fact that the CMEPW1700 doesn't have any wheels, as it's not something necessary.

Main Features

The Craftsman CMEPW1700 in use

The Craftsman CMEPW1700

Along with the Craftsman CMEPW1700 itself, the package also includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 2 nozzles and a detergent addition feature, which are discussed in further detail below.

  • Soap addition: Detergent is added to the water at the exit, by attaching the included foam cannon to the end of the gun.
  • Pressure hose: An easy-to-connect 20 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose is included with the unit. However, it doesn't feature any proper storage solution for it (no reel, strap or hook).
  • Spray gun and wand: The device comes with a classic ergonomic spray gun and a wand.
  • Nozzles: The table below shows you the 2 included nozzles, as well as the surfaces they're the most appropriate for.
 

40°

Turbo
Concrete, brick, masonrySuitableUse with caution
Siding, gutters, houseSuitableNot recommended
Fencing, deck, patioSuitableNot recommended
Lawn equipment, boat, RVUse with cautionNot recommended

Note: The shape of the nozzles above is for illustration purposes only and may differ.
Red cross: Not recommended. Green check: Suitable. Orange check: Use with caution.

Other Features

Some of the accessories of the Craftsman CMEPW1700

Some of the included accessories

  • Onboard storage: The Craftsman CMEPW1700 allows you to be always fully prepared, as it features a handy storage area, where nozzles and accessories can be stored.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: Included with the Craftsman CMEPW1700 are also the owner's manual and some basic documentation to get you promptly started, along with several accessories, such as foam cannon (to add cleaning solutions to the water), wand, power cord, pressure hose and spray gun.

Product Videos

The Craftsman CMEPW1700's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Craftsman CMEPW1700 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Craftsman CMEPW1700, which can reach a PSI of 1700, achieves an average pressure output, compared to other electric units that cost between $80 and $110. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the Sun Joe SPX3000 with 2030 PSI.
  • In the aforementioned price range, this washer, with 1.2 GPM (gallons per minute), is placed on the lower end of the GPM scale. If you’re after the highest rinsing efficiency, one of the units with the highest water flow in the current price range is the Sun Joe SPX3000, that can deliver up to 1.76 GPM.
  • Amongst similarly priced electric devices, the 2040 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM) of the CMEPW1700 rank as low. When it comes to the highest overall cleaning power in the current price range, one of the products at the very top currently is the Sun Joe SPX3000 and its 3572.8 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 2000 and 2500 Cleaning Units, the Craftsman CMEPW1700 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget pressure washer.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Portable
  • Onboard storage
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent PSI for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • Could include more nozzles
  • No pressure hose storage
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Craftsman CMEPW1700 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold
PSI1700
GPM1.2
Cleaning Units2040
Motor13 amp, universal
PumpAxial Cam
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionVia foam cannon
Nozzles40°, Turbo
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose20 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageNone
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Unknown
Weight22 lbs
WheelsNo
Included accessoriesWand, spray gun, high pressure hose, foam cannon, 35 ft GFCI power cord, 2 nozzles
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty3 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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Warranty Information

The Craftsman CMEPW1700 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the unit.
For more information about the warranty of Craftsman pressure washers, please consult Craftsman's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-331-4569.

Craftsman CMEPW1700
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    Only one nozzle for a full spray – needed tight spray to reach upper level of house. They could have added more nozzles. Wasted my day – bad sales person returning

    + PROS: Fine fir cleaning a car or driveway I guess
    - CONS: Needed a tight spray 4 the house to remove cobwebsOnly came with one nozzle - wasted my time
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