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Kärcher K2 Compact - Spec Breakdown

The Kärcher K2 Compact is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1600 PSI and flow of 1.25 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI1600
GPM1.25
Cleaning Units2000
Motor13 amp, universal
PumpN-COR Axial
Other model numbers1.602-114.0
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilutionNo
NozzlesN/A
Onboard storageNo
Hose20 ft
Hose storageNone
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 7.7 x 11 x 19.6 in
Weight14.5 lbs
WheelsNo
Included accessoriesVPS wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 35 ft GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty2 years
UPC886622015284

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Description

The 1600 PSI K2 Compact pressure washer delivers the right amount of cleaning power for general household jobs in a compact, easy to use and convenient to store machine. The Vario spray wand allows for quick adjustment between low and high pressure without the need to switch nozzles.

Zoom on the Kärcher K2 Compact

The Kärcher K2 Compact, a light duty pressure washer, gives its user an all-around versatile cleaning experience, topped off by the following features:

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

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 K2 Compact in use

The Kärcher K2 Compact

With a 13 amp universal motor, its axial pump delivers a pressure of 1600 PSI (roughly 27 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.25 GPM (CETA-certified values), resulting in the Kärcher K2 Compact's cleaning power of 2000 Cleaning Units.

Since it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the K2 Compact is started simply by an 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 and approximate dimensions of D7.7 x W11 x H19.6 in, the Kärcher K2 Compact makes mobility one of its core strengths. The handle adds to the K2 Compact convenience of transport.

With a weight of only 14.5 lbs, the unit is definitely easy to carry around. Its plastic frame certainly plays a key role in this light weight. This light weight compensates for the fact that the K2 Compact doesn't have any wheels, as it's not something necessary.

Main Features

The Kärcher K2 Compact's package includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose and a detergent injection feature, with a more detailed description below.

  • Soap injection: Even though the device doesn't have a soap tank, detergent is supplied by a siphon hose. However, since the Kärcher K2 Compact does not feature a soap dilution mechanism, you'll have to make sure your detergent is correctly diluted before use. Detergent is automatically dispensed when the VPS wand is in low pressure mode.
  • Pressure hose: This washer comes with an easy-to-connect 20 ft high-pressure hose. But, there is no proper storage solution designed for it (no reel, strap or hook).
  • Spray gun and wand: A set of notches allows for an easy storage of the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its 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 K2 Compact

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 K2 Compact also comes with pressure hose, power cord, soap hose, spray gun and wand.

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The Kärcher K2 Compact's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Kärcher K2 Compact compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Karcher K2 Compact, which can achieve a PSI of up to 1600, falls behind the other electric pressure washers in the $100 to $130 price range. If you're going after the highest possible power of the water stream, one of the best in this price range is the Sun Joe SPX3000 that can reach up to 2030 PSI.
  • The achievable water flow of this washer, which reaches 1.25 GPM (gallons per minute) can be described as low, compared to other devices in its price range. In case you are looking for a device which can most efficiently rinse away debris in the current price range, the Sun Joe SPX3000 has the highest GPM of 1.76.
  • Reaching up to 2000 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), the K2 Compact is one of the more efficient amongst its similarly priced peers. If you are after the highest overall cleaning power, the Ryobi RY1419MT with its 2280 Cleaning Units is one of the products that can achieve the highest cleaning efficiency in this price range.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Kärcher K2 Compact vs Kärcher K4.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 2000 and 2500 Cleaning Units, the Karcher K2 Compact 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
  • High CU for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • No soap tank
  • No detergent dilution mechanism
  • No pressure hose storage
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM 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 K2 Compact 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 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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