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Kärcher K1700 Spec Review

The Kärcher K1700 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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Description

The K1700 was developed to offer high cleaning performance and unparalleled ease of use. This electric pressure washer delivers 1700 PSI of TruPressure™, ensuring you get the highest level of cleaning power and driven by a reliable universal motor. It includes convenience features such as a unique on/off foot switch, a handy storage bin, large one-half gallon removable detergent tank and three spray nozzles (including a turbo nozzle for intense cleaning). It is perfect for tackling typical outdoor cleaning jobs. (source: Kärcher (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Kärcher K1700

The Kärcher K1700 is a light duty pressure washer, and enables:

  • thorough cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces
  • use of detergent and cleaning solutions

Ahead are presented its power characteristics and design, its main features and any other additional features.

Power

With a 14 amp universal motor, its axial pump delivers a pressure of 1700 PSI (roughly 28 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.2 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer), resulting in the Kärcher K1700's cleaning power of 2040 Cleaning Units.

Kärcher made starting the motor of this electric pressure washer as easy as possible, since the K1700 gets easily started by stepping on an ON/OFF pedal. The unit is ready-to-use with peace of mind, thanks to the included 35 ft GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

The Kärcher K1700 is very mobile, due to its hand truck design and approximate dimensions of D17.3 x W16.5 x H33 in. The aluminum frame ensures the device's durability, as it will not rust. The handle adds to the K1700 convenience of transport.

Since the unit weighs only 20.7 lbs, it is very easily carried around. This is, in part, thanks to its aluminum frame, which allows it to remain as lightweight as possible. As if this lightweight wasn't enough, the device also features two 8" wheels to further improve its ease of use and of transport.

Main Features

Along with the Kärcher K1700 itself, the package also includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 3 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are discussed in further detail below.

  • Soap injection: A safe detergent storage is facilitated by a removable 0.5 gal tank. The Kärcher K1700 is not equipped with a soap dilution mechanism, and thus, it is up to the user to ensure the detergent’s correct dilution ratio when using it. Whenever a soap nozzle is connected, the detergent is automatically added to the water.
  • Pressure hose: The 20 ft high-pressure hose, which is included with the device, can be stored neatly on the unit itself when idle, using a set of convenient hooks.
  • Spray gun and wand: A front sheath enables you to easily store the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand.
  • Nozzles: The table below shows you the 3 included nozzles, as well as the surfaces they're the most appropriate for.
 

15°

Soap

Turbo
Concrete, brick, masonrySuitableSuitableUse with caution
Siding, gutters, houseUse with cautionSuitableNot recommended
Fencing, deck, patioUse with cautionSuitableNot recommended
Lawn equipment, boat, RVUse with cautionSuitableNot 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

The nozzles of the Kärcher K1700

The Kärcher K1700 nozzles

  • Onboard storage: Stay prepared for any job with Kärcher K1700's handy storage area, which allows you to neatly store any nozzles and accessories which you may need for the job.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: The Kärcher K1700 comes with an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you quickly started. On top of that, you also get power cord, pressure hose, spray gun and wand.

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The Kärcher K1700's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Kärcher K1700 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Karcher K1700, which can achieve a PSI of up to 1700, falls behind the other electric pressure washers in the $100 to $130 price range. If your priority is the highest possible power of the water stream, in this price range, we suggest checking out the Realm BY02-BCMT, which reaches up to 2100 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 maximum rinsing efficiency is your top priority, one of the devices with the highest water flow in the same price range is the Sun Joe SPX3000, with a GPM of 1.76.
  • The K1700 ranks as below average in terms of Cleaning Units, compared to electric devices in its price range, reaching only a value of 2040 CU (PSI x GPM). If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the Realm BY02-BCMT, which can reach up to 3675 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 2000 and 2500 Cleaning Units, the Karcher K1700 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
  • ON/OFF pedal
  • Aluminum frame
  • Onboard storage
WEAKNESSES:
  • Could include more nozzles
  • No detergent dilution mechanism
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Kärcher K1700 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingHand Truck
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI1700
GPM1.2
Cleaning Units2040
Motor14 amp, universal
PumpN-COR Axial
Other model numbers1.106-109.0
Features
FrameAluminum
Soap injectionYes
Soap tank0.5 gal, removable
Soap dilutionNo
Nozzles15°, Soap, Turbo
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose20 ft
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 17.3 x 16.5 x 33 in
Weight20.7 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀8"
Included accessoriesWand, spray gun, high pressure hose, 35 ft GFCI power cord, 3 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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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 K1700 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 Kärcher pressure washers, please contact the Kärcher Customer Support: 1-800-537-4129.

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