The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 2000 PSI and flow of 1.4 GPM. (Read full specs)
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The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus, a medium 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 or delicate surfaces
- application of detergent and cleaning solutions
With a 12.4 amp motor, its axial pump delivers a pressure of 2000 PSI (roughly 33 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.4 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer), resulting in the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus's cleaning power of 2800 Cleaning Units.
The K5 Premium Full Control Plus is an electric pressure washer and thus, can be easily started 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 D16.18 x W12 x H23 in, the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus makes mobility one of its core strengths. The telescopic handle further eases storage and offers a convenient pulling height, allowing effortless transportation.
Because the device weighs just 32.19 lbs, carrying it around is very easy. Among other factors, the plastic frame plays a role in this light weight. On top of its light weight, the transportability and easy of use of this model is further improved by the addition of two 6.6" wheels.
The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose and a detergent injection feature, which are detailed below.
- Soap injection: Detergent supply is ensured by Karcher's Plug 'n' Clean system. The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus benefits from an adjustable soap dilution ratio, provided by its Full Control Plus trigger gun. Detergent is automatically added to the water when the 3-in-1 Multi-jet lance is on the "soap" position.
- Pressure hose: A neat storage for the included 25 ft ⌀3/8" high-pressure hose is facilitated by a convenient hose reel, which also improves its lifespan.
- Spray gun and wand: A front sheath allows for an easy storage of the included Full Control Plus spray gun and its 3-in-1 Multi-jet wand. The 3-in-1 lance allows incredibly flexible working conditions. It replaces the need for nozzle swaps and offers an infinitely adjustable high-pressure flat stream, a rotary nozzle and a cleaning agent jet. The appropriate jet is selected simply by turning the spray lance.
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.
Full Control Plus Gun
Karcher's Full Control Plus trigger gun gives you all the control you need when cleaning. It features +/– buttons that allow you to easily manage and adjust pressure levels and detergent dosages. These settings are then communicated to the motor via radio frequency.
All your settings are visible at first glance on its LCD display, regardless of the weather.
Combined with the 3-in-1 Multi-jet wand, it offers excellent control, convenience, versatility and flexibility.
- Pressure control: As mentioned above, the water pressure can be controlled directly via the +/- buttons of the Full Control Plus trigger gun.
- Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a overflow valve with pressure switch protection and a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
- Accessories: On top of an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and the usual documentation to get you swiftly started, the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus also comes with pressure hose, wand, spray gun and power cord.
The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus'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 Premium Full Control Plus compare to similarly priced pressure washers.
- The Karcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus, which can reach up to 2000 PSI, has one of the higher pressure outputs of the electric units that cost between $300 and $400. If your priority is the highest possible power of the water stream, in this price range, we suggest checking out the Powerhorse 157065, which reaches up to 2200 PSI.
- In comparison to other devices in the above-mentioned price range, this washer and its 1.4 GPM (gallons per minute), has one of the lower GPM values. If maximum rinsing efficiency is your top priority, one of the devices with the highest water flow in the same price range is the Greenworks GPW2200, with a GPM of 2.3.
- The 2800 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), of the K5 Premium Full Control Plus result in an average cleaning efficiency, compared to similarly priced electric units. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the Greenworks GPW2200, which can reach up to 5060 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 2500 and 3000 Cleaning Units, the Karcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus 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.
Features and Specifications
|Water||Cold (104°F max.)|
|Soap tank||Plug 'n' Clean|
|Quick connect nozzles||No|
|Hose||25 ft, ⌀3/8|
(D x W x H)
|Approx. 16.18 x 12 x 23 in|
|Pressure control||Via gun|
|Wheels||2 wheels, ⌀6.6"|
|Included accessories||3-in-1 Multi-jet wand, Full Control Plus spray gun, high pressure hose, 35 ft GFCI power cord|
|Security||Trigger lock and overflow valve with pressure switch|
Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.
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.
The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus is covered under a warranty for up to 1 year. 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 contact the Kärcher Customer Support: 1-800-537-4129.