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Kärcher K3 Power Control - Spec Breakdown

The Kärcher K3 Power Control is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1800 PSI and flow of 1.45 GPM. (Read full specs)

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  • $271.73 - May 14, 2022
  • $271.77 - May 13, 2022
  • $275.22 - May 12, 2022
  • $275.91 - May 10, 2022
  • $274.94 - May 9, 2022
  • $276.28 - May 6, 2022
  • $279.66 - May 3, 2022
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Since: May 3, 2022
  • Highest Price: $279.66 - May 3, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $271.73 - May 14, 2022

Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI (max/rated)1800/1450
GPM (max/rated)1.45/1.24
Cleaning Units1798
Motor13 amp, induction
PumpAxial Cam
Other model numbers1.676-109.0
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionYes
Soap tankRemovable
NozzlesN/A
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 11 x 11.7 x 26.7 in
Weight12.1 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, solid
Included accessoriesVPS wand, Power Control spray gun, high pressure hose, dirt blaster, garden hose adapter, GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty2 years

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Description

Zoom on the Kärcher K3 Power Control

The Kärcher K3 Power Control, a light duty pressure washer, gives its user an all-around versatile cleaning experience, topped off by the following features:

  • spot cleaning of hard, paintless surfaces and reaching far-away areas
  • 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

Powered by a 13 amp induction motor, its axial cam pump can deliver a pressure of 1800 PSI (around 30 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.45 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). These are maximum values that can only be reached in specific conditions. Under typical load, working pressure is 1450 PSI and rated flow is 1.24 GPM. Combined, these values mean that the Kärcher K3 Power Control has a cleaning power of 1798 Cleaning Units.

As it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the K3 Power Control gets easily started by a simple ON/OFF switch. The unit is ready-to-use with peace of mind, thanks to the included GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

With its portable design and approximate dimensions of D11 x W11.7 x H26.7 in, the Kärcher K3 Power Control makes mobility one of its core strengths. The telescopic handle further eases storage and offers a convenient pulling height, allowing effortless transportation.

With a weight of only 12.1 lbs, the unit is very easy to carry around. Its plastic frame certainly plays a key role in this light weight. As if this lightweight wasn't enough, the device also features two solid wheels to further improve its ease of use and of transport.

Main Features

Along with the Kärcher K3 Power Control itself, the package also includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose and a detergent injection feature, which are discussed in further detail below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent storage is ensured by a removable tank. Detergent is automatically dispensed when the VPS wand is in "MIX" mode.
  • Pressure hose: The included 25 ft high-pressure hose can be neatly stored on the unit when idle thanks to a set of convenient hooks.
  • Spray gun and wand: The included Power Control spray gun and its VPS wand can be easily stored in a side hook. 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.

Power Control Gun

Power Control Spray Gun

The Power Control trigger gun and its pressure display

Karcher's Power Control trigger gun gives you an instant reading on your current pressure setting.

It features indicators that illuminate to show you on which of the 4 settings the Vario Power Spray wand is set.

The four settings are "MIX", "SOFT", "MEDIUM", and "HARD".

Home & Garden Mobile App

Home & Garden App Advisor

Kärcher's Home & Garden Mobile App

Kärcher Home & Garden app is available for Android (opens in a new tab) and iOS (opens in a new tab) devices. Even though this unit does not have Bluetooth connectivity, the app claims to turn you into a cleaning expert, by offering you access to Kärcher's extensive cleaning knowledge. It will enable you to:

  • Get step-by-step help on installation and initial startup
  • Consult the built-in advisor to get instructions on getting the best cleaning result for your bike, for example
  • Read tips & tricks on how to get the most out of your washer
  • Go through FAQ items and detailed troubleshooting guides
  • Easily connect to the Kärcher service center to order accessories, detergents, etc.

Other Features

Some of the accessories of the Kärcher K3 Power Control

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 K3 Power Control 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 DirtBlaster turbo spray wand (which is especially useful on stubborn dirt), garden hose adapter, pressure hose, spray gun, wand and power cord.

The Kärcher K3 Power Control'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 Power Control compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Karcher K3 Power Control with its 1800 PSI achieves a lower pressure value, compared to other electric pressure washers in the $255-300 price range. If your priority is the highest possible power of the water stream, in this price range, we suggest checking out the Ryobi RY142711, which reaches up to 2700 PSI.
  • In the aforementioned price range, the GPM (gallons per minute) of this washer, which can reach 1.45, can be considered in the average. 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 SPX3550, with a GPM of 1.8.
  • With 1798 Cleaning Units, the K3 Power Control is on the low end when compared to other similarly priced electric devices. When it comes to the highest overall cleaning power in the current price range, one of the products at the very top currently is the Ryobi RY142711 and its 2970 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 1500 and 2000 Cleaning Units, the Karcher K3 Power Control 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
  • Induction motor
  • Portable
  • Power Control gun
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent GPM for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • Low PSI 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 K3 Power Control 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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