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Kärcher K1700 - 1700 PSI 1.2 GPM Electric Pressure Washer

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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Price history for the Kärcher K1700
Latest updates:
  • $148.47 - June 14, 2024
  • $185.47 - June 5, 2024
  • $148.47 - May 25, 2024
  • $165.15 - February 27, 2024
  • $176.52 - February 24, 2024
  • $157.47 - February 23, 2024
  • $173.14 - February 17, 2024
  • $166.62 - February 14, 2024
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Since: February 12, 2024
  • Highest Price: $185.47 - June 5, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $148.47 - May 25, 2024

Features and Specifications

FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI1700
GPM1.2
Cleaning Units2040
Motor14 amp, universal
PumpN-COR Axial
Other model numbers1.106-109.0
FrameAluminum
Soap injectionYes
Soap tank0.5 gal, removable
Soap dilutionNo
Nozzles15°, Soap, Turbo
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose20 ft
Hose storageHooks
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
UPC886622019831

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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

In summary, the Kärcher K1700 is a light duty pressure washer, which provides:

  • complete cleaning of hard surfaces, vehicle washing, and surface prep for painting
  • using cleaning solutions, and rinsing surfaces to remove residue
  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces, and removing stubborn stains

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics and design, its main features and all the additional features it has to offer.

Power

The Kärcher K1700's axial pump, powered by a 14-amp universal motor, can provide a pressure of up to 1700 PSI (approximately 28 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.2 GPM (CETA-certified values). Thus, the Kärcher K1700 achieves a cleaning power of 2040 Cleaning Units.

Kärcher ensures easy motor startup for this electric pressure washer, thanks to the K1700's convenient ON/OFF pedal. The unit is ready-to-use with peace of mind, thanks to the included 35 ft GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

Prioritizing ease of transportation, the Kärcher K1700 incorporates a portable design and approximate dimensions of D17.3 x W16.5 x H33 in. Featuring an aluminum frame, this pressure washer boasts easy handling and exceptional durability, thanks to its corrosion-resistant properties and lightweight construction. The handle adds to the K1700 convenience of transport.

This unit's low weight of 20.7 lbs ensures easy maneuverability, allowing you to tackle cleaning projects with minimal effort. The use of an aluminum frame helps maintain its lightweight build. Further enhancing its lightweight design, the unit features two 8" wheels, streamlining transportation and maneuverability.

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 removable 0.5 gal tank ensures storage for detergent within the pressure washer. 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. The pressure washer automatically dispenses and mixes the detergent with the water when a soap nozzle is attached.
  • Pressure hose: The unit comes equipped with an included 20 ft high-pressure hose, which can be neatly stored on the unit when idle, thanks to a set of convenient hooks, ensuring easy access and organization.
  • Spray gun and wand: The included classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand can be easily stored in a front sheath.
  • Nozzles: The table below shows you the 3 included nozzles and 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

Please be aware: The shapes of the depicted nozzles are for illustration purposes and may differ. Symbols utilized include a red cross indicating 'Not recommended,' a green check for 'Suitable,' and an orange check for '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: Besides the usual owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and documentation to get you promptly started, the Kärcher K1700 comes with power cord, wand, pressure hose and spray gun.

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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.

  • With 1700 PSI, the Kärcher K1700 achieves a lower pressure when compared to similarly priced electric pressure washers within the $120-150 range. When it comes to maximizing water stream strength, one standout option in this price category is the Westinghouse ePX3100, offering an impressive 2300 PSI.
  • In comparison to other devices in the above-mentioned price range, this washer and its 1.2 GPM (gallons per minute), has one of the lower GPM values. When it comes to efficiently rinsing away debris, one standout option within this price range is the Sun Joe SPX2688-MAX, delivering an impressive 1.8 GPM.
  • The K1700's Cleaning Units, 2040 CU (PSI X GPM), fall into the lower end when compared to electric devices of similar price. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the Pulsar PWE2001V, which can reach up to 3200 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.

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Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other electric washers between 2000 and 2500 Cleaning Units, the Karcher K1700 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
  • ON/OFF pedal
  • Portable
  • 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

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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 consult Kärcher's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-537-4129.

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