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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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 and high-reach cleaning
- cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
- use of detergent and cleaning solutions
Using a 12.4 amp induction motor, its axial pump delivers a pressure of up to 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). Together, the values result in a cleaning power of 2800 Cleaning Units.
As it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the K5 Premium Full Control Plus gets easily started by a simple 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. A set of two 6.6" wheels also improves the ease of transport of the device.
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. Detergent will be added automatically to the water whenever the 3-in-1 Multi-jet lance is set to the "soap" position.
- 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: The included Full Control Plus spray gun and its 3-in-1 Multi-jet wand can be easily stored in a front sheath. 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: Included with the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus 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 wand, spray gun, pressure hose 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.
- 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. In case you are looking for a device with the highest possible power of its water stream, one of the top achievers in this price range is the Sun Joe SPX4601 with a PSI of 3000.
- In the aforementioned price range, this washer, with 1.4 GPM (gallons per minute), is placed on the lower end of the GPM scale. 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.
- With 2800 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), the K5 Premium Full Control Plus is on the low end when compared to other similarly priced electric devices. If you are after the highest overall cleaning power, the Greenworks GPW3000 with its 6000 Cleaning Units is one of the products that can achieve the highest cleaning efficiency in this 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 average side of the price range.
Therefore, this pressure washer nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of cleaning power.
Features and Specifications
|Water||Cold (104°F max.)|
|Motor||12.4 amp, induction|
|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|
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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.