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Kärcher K5 Power Control - Spec Breakdown

The Kärcher K5 Power Control is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 2000 PSI and flow of 1.55 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the Kärcher K5 Power Control
Latest updates:
  • $399.99 - September 7, 2022
  • $349.99 - August 27, 2022
  • $399.99 - July 9, 2022
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Since: July 9, 2022
  • Highest Price: $399.99 - July 9, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $349.99 - August 27, 2022

Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI (max/rated)2000/1700
GPM (max/rated)1.55/1.32
Cleaning Units2244
Motor13 amp, induction
PumpAxial
Other model numbers1.324-568.0
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionYes
Soap tankPlug 'n' Clean
NozzlesN/A
Onboard storageYes
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 15.8 x 12 x 23.1 in
Weight29.9 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀6.6", solid
Included accessoriesVPS wand, Power Control spray gun, high pressure hose, dirt blaster, garden hose adapter, GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty2 years
UPC886622044093

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Description

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The Kärcher K5 Power Control is a medium duty pressure washer, that provides its users with an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and enables:

  • spot cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces and out-of-reach areas
  • cleaning of painted or delicate surfaces
  • use 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 K5 Power Control in use

The Kärcher K5 Power Control

The Kärcher K5 Power Control's axial pump, powered by a 13 amp induction motor, can provide a pressure of up to 2000 PSI (approximately 33 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.55 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). These are the maximum values that the washer can reach only under specific conditions. Under typical load, working pressure is 1700 PSI and rated flow is 1.32 GPM. The Kärcher K5 Power Control thus has a cleaning power of 2244 Cleaning Units.

Since it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the K5 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 D15.8 x W12 x H23.1 in, the Kärcher K5 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 29.9 lbs, the unit is definitely easy to carry around. Among other factors, the plastic frame plays a role in this light weight. A set of two 6.6" solid wheels also improves the ease of transport of the device.

Main Features

Along with the Kärcher K5 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 supply is ensured by Karcher's Plug 'n' Clean system. Detergent is automatically dispensed when the VPS wand is in "MIX" mode.
  • Pressure hose: Using a set of convenient hooks, the included high-pressure hose can be easily stored on the unit when it is not running.
  • Spray gun and wand: The included Power Control spray gun and its VPS wand can be easily stored in a dedicated slot. 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.

Plug 'n' Clean System

Karcher Plug 'n' Clean system

The practical Plug 'n' Clean system allows you to change the detergent in one quick and easy step, and to always see the filling level at a glance.

It removes the need for a proper soap tank, as you just have to plug your chosen Karcher detergent upside down in the unit's dedicated chamber.

6 Plug 'n' Clean detergents are available: Ultra Foam Cleaner, Plastic Cleaner, Wood Cleaner, Stone & Facade Cleaner, Car Shampoo, and Universal Cleaner.

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 K5 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 K5 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 garden hose adapter, power cord, DirtBlaster turbo spray wand (which is especially useful on stubborn dirt), wand, pressure hose and spray gun.

The Kärcher K5 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 K5 Power Control compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Karcher K5 Power Control, a device which can produce up to 2000 PSI, is on the lower end of the pressure spectrum, among the electric pressure washers in the $300-400 price range. As for the device with the most powerful water stream, in this price range, one of the top products is the Sun Joe SPX8000-PRO with 3200 PSI.
  • This washer reaches 1.55 GPM (gallons per minute) and thus, has an average water flow compared to similarly priced devices. If rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the Greenworks GPW2200, which can reach up to 2.3 GPM.
  • The K5 Power Control's Cleaning Units, 2244 CU, fall into the lower end when compared to electric devices of similar price. If you consider the highest overall cleaning power as a really important factor, the Greenworks GPW3000 and its 3300 Cleaning Units has one of the highest cleaning efficiency of all the similarly priced units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 2000 and 2500 Cleaning Units, the Karcher K5 Power Control is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its cleaning power range, purchasing it could most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Induction motor
  • Portable
  • Power Control gun
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent GPM for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • The Plug 'n' Clean system is not the most eco-friendly
  • 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 K5 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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