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Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus - Spec Breakdown

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

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI2000
GPM1.4
Cleaning Units2800
Motor12.4 amp, induction
PumpN-COR Axial
Other model numbers1.324-644.0
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionYes
Soap tankPlug 'n' Clean
NozzlesN/A
Onboard storageNo
Hose25 ft, ⌀3/8
Hose storageReel
Misc
Dimensions
(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
UPC886622028468

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Description

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))

Zoom on the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus

In a nutshell, the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus is a medium duty pressure washer, which not only offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, but that also allows:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces or high reach areas
  • cleaning of painted and frail 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 Premium Full Control Plus in use

The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus

The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus's axial pump, powered by a 12.4 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 1.4 GPM (CETA-certified values). The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus thus has a cleaning power of 2800 Cleaning Units.

Since it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the K5 Premium Full Control Plus is started simply 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.

Since the unit weighs only 32.19 lbs, it is very easily carried around. Its plastic frame certainly plays a key role in this light weight. A set of two 6.6" wheels also improves the ease of transport of the device.

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. 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: 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

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 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, power cord, spray gun and wand.

Product Video

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, 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. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the Sun Joe SPX8000-PRO with 3200 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 rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the Greenworks GPW2700, which can reach up to 2.3 GPM.
  • The K5 Premium Full Control Plus, with its 2800 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM) sits at the high end of the cleaning efficiency spectrum, when compared to other devices of similar price. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the Greenworks GPW3000, which can reach up to 3300 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.

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

STRENGTHS:
  • 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
WEAKNESSES:
  • The Plug 'n' Clean system is not the most eco-friendly
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM 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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