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Kärcher K3 Follow Me - Spec Breakdown

The Kärcher K3 Follow Me is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1800 PSI and flow of 1.3 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI1800
GPM1.3
Cleaning Units2340
Motor13 amp, universal
PumpN-COR Axial
Other model numbers1.601-990.0
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionYes
Soap tank0.3 gal, removable
Soap dilutionNo
NozzlesN/A
Onboard storageYes
Hose15 ft
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 21.7 x 12 x 12.8 in
Weight21.2 lbs
Wheels4 wheels, ⌀5.5", solid
Included accessoriesVPS wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, dirt blaster, 35 ft GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty2 years
UPC886622000310

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Description

Karcher’s 1800 PSI K3 Follow Me pressure washer is designed to “follow you” while you work. Compact and convenient design delivers strong cleaning power for most household jobs. The Vario spray wand allows for quick adjustment between low and high pressure without the need to switch nozzles. For stubborn stains, the patented Dirtblaster® spray wand will clean up the toughest areas. Onboard detergent tank included. (source: Kärcher (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Kärcher K3 Follow Me

In a nutshell, the Kärcher K3 Follow Me is a light duty pressure washer, which not only offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, but that also allows:

  • spot cleaning of hard, paintless surfaces and reaching far-away areas
  • 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 K3 Follow Me in use

The Kärcher K3 Follow Me

The Kärcher K3 Follow Me's axial pump, powered by a 13 amp universal motor, can provide a pressure of up to 1800 PSI (approximately 30 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.3 GPM (CETA-certified values). The Kärcher K3 Follow Me thus has a cleaning power of 2340 Cleaning Units.

Since it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the K3 Follow Me 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 L21.7 x W12 x H12.8 in, the Kärcher K3 Follow Me makes mobility one of its core strengths. The handle adds to the K3 Follow Me convenience of transport. The handle is molded in the frame to ensure that it will never fall apart.

Since the unit weighs only 21.2 lbs, it is very easily carried around. It is lightweight, partly thanks to its plastic frame. A set of four 5.5" solid wheels also improves the ease of transport of the device.

Main Features

The Kärcher K3 Follow Me in use

The Kärcher K3 Follow Me

The Kärcher K3 Follow Me's package includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose and a detergent injection feature, with a more detailed description below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent storage is ensured by a removable 0.3 gal tank. As the Kärcher K3 Follow Me doesn’t include a soap dilution mechanism, the user must provide a correctly diluted detergent before proceeding to use it. Detergent is automatically dispensed when the VPS wand is in low pressure mode.
  • Pressure hose: Using a set of convenient hooks, the included 15 ft high-pressure hose can be easily stored on the unit when it is not running.
  • 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 K3 Follow Me

Some of the included accessories

  • 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 K3 Follow Me comes with power cord, spray gun, wand, pressure hose and DirtBlaster turbo spray wand (which is especially useful on stubborn dirt).

Product Videos

The Kärcher K3 Follow Me's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Kärcher K3 Follow Me compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Karcher K3 Follow Me, which can achieve a PSI of up to 1800, falls behind the other electric pressure washers in the $150 to $180 price range. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the Sun Joe SPX3000 XTREAM with 2200 PSI.
  • This washer, with a GPM of 1.3 (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 Sun Joe SPX2005P, which can reach up to 1.8 GPM.
  • The 2340 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), of the K3 Follow Me sit at an average, in reference to other electric units of similar price. If you are after the highest overall cleaning power, the WEN PW21 with its 3572.8 Cleaning Units is one of the products that can achieve the highest cleaning efficiency in this 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 K3 Follow Me 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 detergent dilution mechanism
  • 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 K3 Follow Me 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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