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Kärcher K3 Power Control - 1800 PSI 1.45 GPM Electric Pressure Washer

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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  • $139.98 - May 18, 2024
  • $179.98 - February 14, 2024
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Since: January 16, 2024
  • Highest Price: $179.98 - February 14, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $139.98 - January 16, 2024

Features and Specifications

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
FramePlastic
Soap injectionYes
Soap tankRemovable
NozzlesN/A
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft
Hose storageHooks
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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In a nutshell, the Kärcher K3 Power Control is a light duty pressure washer, which not only offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, but that also allows:

  • targeted spot cleaning for hard, unpainted surfaces, reaching elevated areas, and thoroughly removing stubborn stains
  • gentle cleaning for sensitive surfaces, and wide coverage cleaning with low pressure
  • using cleaning solutions, and rinsing surfaces to remove residue

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

With a 13-amp induction motor, its axial cam pump delivers a pressure of 1800 PSI (roughly 30 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.45 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). While these PSI and GPM values represent the maximum capabilities of the washer under specific conditions, it's important to note that under typical usage, the working pressure is 1450 PSI and the flow rate is 1.24 GPM, resulting in the Kärcher K3 Power Control's cleaning power of 1798 Cleaning Units.

As an electric pressure washer, the K3 Power Control's motor is effortlessly activated with a simple ON/OFF switch, ensuring convenient operation. The unit is ready-to-use with peace of mind, thanks to the included GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

Emphasizing mobility as a core feature, the Kärcher K3 Power Control boasts a portable design and approximate dimensions of D11 x W11.7 x H26.7 in. The telescopic handle further eases storage and offers a convenient pulling height, allowing effortless transportation.

With its lightweight construction, tipping the scales at only 12.1 lbs, this unit is a portable powerhouse for all your cleaning needs. Thanks in part to its plastic frame, it remains lightweight. Adding to its lightweight construction, two solid wheels are included, simplifying mobility and 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: The pressure washer features a removable tank for detergent storage. Detergent is automatically dispensed when the VPS wand is in "MIX" mode.
  • Pressure hose: For easy organization, the included 25 ft high-pressure hose can be stored on the unit using a set of convenient hooks when it's not in use, ensuring a clutter-free workspace.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook allows for an easy storage of the included Power Control 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.

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

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.

  • Reaching a 1800 PSI max pressure output, the Kärcher K3 Power Control has an expected pressure value, compared to the other electric units in the $120 to $150 price range. In case you are looking for a device with the highest possible power of its water stream, one of the top achievers in this price range is the Westinghouse ePX3100 with a PSI of 2300.
  • 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. If being able to rinse away debris as efficiently as possible is your priority, one of the products with the highest GPM in this price range is the Sun Joe SPX2688-MAX, with 1.8 GPM.
  • The K3 Power Control's Cleaning Units, 1798 CU, fall into the lower end when compared to electric devices 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.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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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