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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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Price history for the Kärcher K3 Power Control
Latest updates:
  • $149.99 - November 18, 2022
  • $189.00 - October 31, 2022
  • $159.99 - October 16, 2022
  • $189.00 - October 7, 2022
  • $149.99 - October 6, 2022
  • $189.00 - September 9, 2022
  • $149.99 - September 8, 2022
  • $189.00 - September 7, 2022
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Since: August 1, 2022
  • Highest Price: $189.99 - August 14, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $149.99 - August 20, 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
UPC886622044178

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Description

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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, paint-free surfaces and out-of-reach areas
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • applying detergent and cleaning solutions

Ahead are presented its power characteristics and design, its main features and any other additional features.

Power

Its axial cam pump, which utilizes a 13 amp induction motor, may deliver a pressure of up to 1800 PSI (almost 30 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.45 GPM. These are the maximum values that the washer can reach only under specific conditions. Under typical load, working pressure is 1450 PSI and rated flow is 1.24 GPM. These values correspond to a cleaning power of 1798 Cleaning Units.

Since it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the K3 Power Control is started simply by an 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.

The unit can be very easily carried around, as it weighs just 12.1 lbs. This is, in part, thanks to its plastic frame, which allows it to remain as lightweight as possible. On top of its light weight, the transportability and ease of use of this model is further improved by the addition of two solid wheels.

Main Features

The Kärcher K3 Power Control'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 is stored in a removable tank. Detergent is automatically dispensed when the VPS wand is in "MIX" mode.
  • Pressure hose: The 25 ft high-pressure hose, which is included with the device, can be stored neatly on the unit itself when idle, using 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 which of the 4 settings the Vario Power Spray wand is currently 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 promises 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 its built-in advisor for instructions to achieve the best cleaning result in model scenarios (e.g. cleaning your bike)
  • Read tips & tricks on how to get the most out of your washer
  • Browse 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: The Kärcher K3 Power Control comes with an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you quickly started. On top of that, you also get wand, spray gun, power cord, pressure hose, DirtBlaster turbo spray wand (which is especially useful on stubborn dirt) and garden hose adapter.

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.

  • With a maximum pressure output of 1800 PSI, the Karcher K3 Power Control finds itself in the expected pressure range among electric units that cost between $120 and $150. As for the device with the most powerful water stream, in this price range, one of the top products is the Sun Joe SPX3000 with 2030 PSI.
  • Considering its water flow, this washer, with a GPM (gallons per minute) of 1.45 is in the average 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.
  • The K3 Power Control's Cleaning Units, 1798 CU, fall into the lower end when compared to electric devices of similar price. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the Westinghouse ePX3050, which can reach up to 3572.8 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.

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 PSI for the price
  • Decent GPM for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • 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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