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Kärcher K1 Entry Spec Review

The Kärcher K1 Entry is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1450 PSI and flow of 1.2 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Description

The K1 Entry is our most affordable electric pressure washer. You get all the benefits of Kärcher cleaning technology in small package that's high on value. (source: Kärcher (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Kärcher K1 Entry is a light duty pressure washer, which not only offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, but that also allows:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces and high-reach cleaning
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • applying detergent and cleaning solutions

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

Power

The Kärcher K1 Entry in use

The Kärcher K1 Entry

Its axial cam pump, which utilizes a 10 amp motor, may deliver a pressure of up to 1450 PSI (almost 24 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.2 GPM. These values correspond to a cleaning power of 1740 Cleaning Units.

Being an electric pressure washer, the Kärcher K1 Entry'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 16 ft GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

With its portable design and approximate dimensions of L15.1 x W6.9 x H11.7 in, the Kärcher K1 Entry makes mobility one of its core strengths. The handle adds to the K1 Entry convenience of transport. The handle is molded in the frame to ensure that it will never fall apart.

The unit can be very easily carried around, as it weighs just 9.8 lbs. Its plastic frame certainly plays a key role in this light weight. Because the K1 Entry is so lightweight, it doesn’t utilize wheels.

Main Features

The Kärcher K1 Entry's package includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose and a detergent addition feature, with a more detailed description below.

  • Soap addition: Detergent is added to the water at the exit, by attaching a foam cannon (not included) to the end of the gun.
  • Pressure hose: An easy-to-connect 25 ft 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: This unit includes a classic ergonomic spray gun and a VPS wand. The Vario Power Spray (VPS) wand allows you to conveniently switch from low to high pressure, and everything between, while you clean. Simply twist the end for infinitely variable pressure adjustment.

Other Features

Some of the accessories of the Kärcher K1 Entry

Some of the included accessories

  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: On top of an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and the usual documentation to get you swiftly started, the Kärcher K1 Entry also comes with power cord, wand, pressure hose and spray gun.

The Kärcher K1 Entry's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Kärcher K1 Entry compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Karcher K1 Entry, which can achieve a PSI of up to 1450, falls behind the other electric pressure washers in the $80 to $110 price range. As for the device with the most powerful water stream, in this price range, one of the top products is the Realm BY02-BCOH with 2100 PSI.
  • This washer, with a GPM of 1.2 (gallons per minute) has a somewhat lower water flow value compared to devices in its price range. If rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the WEN PW20, which can reach up to 1.76 GPM.
  • The K1 Entry has 1740 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), which can be considered low in comparison to other electric devices of this price. In case you are looking for the highest overall cleaning power, in this price range, one of the current champions is the WEN PW20 and its 3572.8 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 1500 and 2000 Cleaning Units, the Karcher K1 Entry is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this pressure washer nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of cleaning power.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Portable
WEAKNESSES:
  • Foam cannon not included
  • No pressure hose storage
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Kärcher K1 Entry and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI1450
GPM1.2
Cleaning Units1740
Motor10 amp
PumpAxial Cam
SeriesHorizontal
Other model numbers1.599-103.0
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionVia foam cannon
NozzlesN/A
Quick connect nozzlesNo
Onboard storageNo
Hose25 ft
Hose storageNone
Misc
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 15.1 x 6.9 x 11.7 in
Weight9.8 lbs
WheelsNo
Included accessoriesVPS wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, 16 ft GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty2 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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About Kärcher

Founded in 1935 by Alfred Kärcher, this family-owned business is headquartered in Winnenden, Germany. Credited with developing Europe's first hot water high-pressure washer in 1950, the company continues to pride itself on ingenuity and innovative thinking for new solutions in the cleaning industry. Kärcher also insists on being a socially- and ecologically-sustainable company. The popularity of the brand can be seen by the fact that the name Kärcher has in some European countries become a colloquial term used synonymously with pressure washers.

Warranty Information

The Kärcher K1 Entry is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the unit.
For more information about the warranty of Kärcher pressure washers, please contact the Kärcher Customer Support: 1-800-537-4129.

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