Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus - 2000 PSI 1.4 GPM Electric Pressure Washer

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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Features and Specifications

WaterCold (104°F max.)
Cleaning Units2800
Motor12.4 amp, induction
PumpN-COR Axial
Other model numbers1.324-644.0
Soap injectionYes
Soap tankPlug 'n' Clean
Onboard storageNo
Hose25 ft, ⌀3/8
Hose storageReel
(D x W x H)
Approx. 16.18 x 12 x 23 in
Weight32.19 lbs
Pressure controlVia gun
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀6.6"
Included accessories3-in-1 Multi-jet wand, Full Control Plus spray gun, high pressure hose, 35 ft GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock and overflow valve with pressure switch
Warranty2 years

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With the K 5 Premium Full Control Plus you can effortlessly find the right pressure for every cleaning job. The pressure level is indicated on a LCD display on the spray gun and can be adjusted using the +/– buttons. The spray gun communicates via radio frequency with the motor to adjust the pressure. Select the spray pattern by simply twisting the included 3-in-1 Multi Jet spray lance. No longer worry about switching spray wands – even when going from high-pressure mode to detergent mode. In the event of short breaks, you can also easily stow the spray gun and lance onboard. An extendible telescopic handle enables the pressure washer to be pulled along conveniently and stored so that it takes up less space. And the practical Plug 'n' Clean system means you can change the detergent in one quick and easy step, as well as see the detergent level at a glance. With a lower center of gravity, useful hose guide and stand that lends even greater stability, the K 5 Premium Full Control Plus offers unrivaled ease of use.

Zoom on the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus

In summary, the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus is a medium duty pressure washer, that offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and also:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces or high reach areas
  • cleaning of painted and frail surfaces
  • use of detergent and cleaning solutions

Its power characteristics and design, its main features and all its additional features are presented ahead.


The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus in use

The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus

Its axial pump, which utilizes a 12.4 amp induction motor, may deliver a pressure of up to 2000 PSI (almost 33 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.4 GPM. These values correspond to a cleaning power of 2800 Cleaning Units.

Being an electric pressure washer, the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus's motor can be easily started by a convenient 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.

With a weight of only 32.19 lbs, the unit is very easy to carry around. 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 6.6" wheels.

Main Features

The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus in use

The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus

The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus'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 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. If the 3-in-1 Multi-jet lance is set to the "soap" position, the detergent will be automatically added to the water.
  • Pressure hose: The 25 ft ⌀3/8" high-pressure hose, which is included with the device, can be stored neatly on the unit itself when idle, using 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

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.

Full Control Plus Gun

Full Control Plus Spray Gun

The Full Control Plus trigger gun and its LCD display

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.

Other Features

  • Pressure control: As mentioned above, water pressure can be controlled directly via the +/- buttons of the Full Control Plus trigger gun.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation) and a overflow valve with pressure switch protection.
  • Accessories: The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus 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 pressure hose, spray gun, wand and power cord.

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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 Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus and its 2000 PSI, ranks amongst electric pressure washers with a comparably low pressure output, considering the 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 Sun Joe SPX8000-PRO, which reaches up to 3200 PSI.
  • In the aforementioned price range, the GPM (gallons per minute) of this washer, which can reach 1.4, can be considered in the average. In case you are looking for a device which can most efficiently rinse away debris in the current price range, the Greenworks GPW2200 has the highest GPM of 2.3.
  • Reaching up to 2800 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), the K5 Premium Full Control Plus is one of the more efficient amongst its similarly priced peers. In case you are looking for the highest overall cleaning power, in this price range, one of the current champions is the Greenworks GPW3000 and its 3300 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

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 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

  • In the expected price range
  • Induction motor
  • Portable
  • No need for nozzles
  • Hose reel
  • Full Control Plus gun
  • Several security features
  • High CU for the price
  • Decent GPM for the price
  • The Plug 'n' Clean system is not the most eco-friendly
  • Low PSI 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 Premium Full Control Plus 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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