Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus Spec Review

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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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. (source: Kärcher (opens in a new tab))

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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, paintless surfaces and reaching far-away areas
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • applying 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.


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 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.

The unit can be very easily carried around, as it weighs just 32.19 lbs. Its plastic frame certainly plays a key role in this light weight. To further improve its transportability and ease of use, the unit also features a set of two 6.6" wheels.

Main Features

The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus in use

The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus

Along with the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus 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. The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus benefits from an adjustable soap dilution ratio, provided by its Full Control Plus trigger gun. Under the "soap" position of the 3-in-1 Multi-jet lance, the unit will proceed to add the detergent to the water.
  • Pressure hose: Using a convenient hose reel, which also improves its lifespan, the included 25 ft ⌀3/8" high-pressure hose can be easily stored on the unit when it is not running.
  • 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, 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 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, power cord, wand and spray gun.

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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.

  • Reaching a 2000 PSI max pressure output, the Karcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus has an expected pressure value, compared to the other electric units in the $300 to $400 price range. If you're going after the highest possible power of the water stream, one of the best in this price range is the Greenworks GPW3000 that can reach up to 3000 PSI.
  • This washer, with a GPM of 1.4 (gallons per minute) has a somewhat lower water flow value compared to devices in its price range. If rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the Sun Joe SPX9006-PRO, which can reach up to 2 GPM.
  • In comparison to other electric units of similar price, the 2800 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM) of the K5 Premium Full Control Plus are average. 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 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
  • Portable
  • No need for nozzles
  • Hose reel
  • Full Control Plus gun
  • Several security features
  • Decent PSI for the price
  • Decent CU for the price
  • The Plug 'n' Clean system is not the most eco-friendly
  • Low GPM for the price

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Features and Specifications

WaterCold (104°F max.)
Cleaning Units2800
Motor12.4 amp
PumpN-COR Axial
Soap injectionYes
Soap tankPlug 'n' Clean
Soap dilutionAdjustable
Quick connect nozzlesNo
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
Warranty1 year

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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 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.

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