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Kärcher K2 Compact - 1600 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer

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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  • $149.99 - March 23, 2024
  • $160.28 - March 22, 2024
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  • $160.28 - March 19, 2024
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Since: October 17, 2023
  • Highest Price: $184.72 - December 23, 2023
  • Lowest Price: $147.29 - January 29, 2024

Features and Specifications

FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI1600
GPM1.25
Cleaning Units2000
Motor13 amp, universal
PumpN-COR Axial
Other model numbers1.602-114.0
FramePlastic
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilutionNo
NozzlesN/A
Onboard storageNo
Hose20 ft
Hose storageNone
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

In a nutshell, the Kärcher K2 Compact 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 or delicate surfaces
  • application of 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.

Being an electric pressure washer, the Kärcher K2 Compact'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 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.

Standing at only 14.5 lbs, this model can be carried around very easily. It is lightweight, partly thanks to its plastic frame. 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 comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose and a detergent injection feature, which are detailed below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent is fed in through a siphon hose, since the device lacks a soap tank. 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 enables you to easily store 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: Included with the Kärcher K2 Compact are also the owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you promptly started, along with several accessories, such as spray gun, soap hose, wand, pressure hose and power cord.

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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 Kärcher K2 Compact, a device which can produce up to 1600 PSI, is on the lower end of the pressure spectrum, among the electric pressure washers in the $120-150 price range. If your priority is the highest possible power of the water stream, in this price range, we suggest checking out the Westinghouse ePX3500, which reaches up to 2500 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. If rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the Westinghouse ePX3500, which can reach up to 1.76 GPM.
  • The 2000 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), of the K2 Compact sit at an average, in reference to other electric units of similar price. If you are after the highest overall cleaning power, the Pulsar PWE2001V with its 3200 Cleaning Units is one of the products that can achieve the highest cleaning efficiency in this 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 K2 Compact 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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent 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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