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Kärcher K5 Premium - 2000 PSI 1.4 GPM Electric Pressure Washer

The Kärcher K5 Premium 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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Price history for the Kärcher K5 Premium
Latest updates:
  • $299.99 - June 10, 2024
  • $333.99 - June 8, 2024
  • $299.99 - May 30, 2024
  • $254.99 - May 20, 2024
  • $299.99 - May 6, 2024
  • $254.99 - April 6, 2024
  • $278.00 - April 3, 2024
  • $299.99 - April 1, 2024
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Since: December 18, 2023
  • Highest Price: $333.99 - June 8, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $252.90 - January 14, 2024

Features and Specifications

FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI2000
GPM1.4
Cleaning Units2800
Motor13 amp, induction
PumpN-COR Axial
Other model numbers1.603-361.0
FramePlastic
Soap injectionYes
Soap tankRemovable
Soap dilutionAdjustable
NozzlesN/A
Onboard storageNo
Hose25 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageReel
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 16.46 x 16.77 x 34.33 in
Weight28.7 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀7.7"
Included accessoriesVPS wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, dirt blaster, detergent tank, 35 ft GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty2 years
UPC886622014522

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Description

The K5 Premium is our most powerful electric pressure washer, delivering 2000 PSI for thorough home cleaning. It features a water-cooled induction motor to extend the life of the pressure washer and also to reduce noise. The K5 Premium also features a hose reel for ease of use and storage. Outfitted with a 25 ft high-pressure hose, a Vario Power Spray (VPS) wand and a patented DirtBlaster turbo spray wand, the K5 premium is ready to tackle any cleaning job. The pressure can be adjusted by simply twisting the VPS wand - for effective and surface-friendly cleaning. Feature rich and built to last, this high performance pressure washer will keep your home and vehicles spotless. (source: Kärcher (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Kärcher K5 Premium

The Kärcher K5 Premium, a medium duty pressure washer, gives its user an all-around versatile cleaning experience, topped off by the following features:

  • focused spot cleaning on hard, unpainted surfaces, accessing high spots, and efficiently eliminating stubborn stains
  • delicate surface cleaning, andbroad area cleaning with reduced pressure
  • applying detergents or chemicals, and rinsing surfaces afterward

Ahead are presented its power characteristics and design, its main features and any other additional features.

Power

The Kärcher K5 Premium in use

The Kärcher K5 Premium

Powered by a 13-amp induction motor, its axial pump can deliver a pressure of 2000 PSI (around 33 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.4 GPM (CETA-certified values). With these values combined, the Kärcher K5 Premium boasts a cleaning power of 2800 Cleaning Units.

The K5 Premium, an electric washer, gets going swiftly with a simple ON/OFF switch, making startup hassle-free. The unit is ready-to-use with peace of mind, thanks to the included 35 ft GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

Designed for on-the-go use, the Kärcher K5 Premium offers a portable design and approximate dimensions of D16.46 x W16.77 x H34.33 in to facilitate easy movement. The handle adds to the K5 Premium convenience of transport.

With its lightweight construction, tipping the scales at only 28.7 lbs, this unit is a portable powerhouse for all your cleaning needs. Its plastic frame plays a role in ensuring its lightweight profile. In addition to its lightweight build, the inclusion of two 7.7" wheels ensures easy mobility and handling.

Main Features

Along with the Kärcher K5 Premium 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 storage is facilitated by the inclusion of a removable tank. The unit features a dial to allow you to manually choose the detergent dilution ratio. Detergent is automatically dispensed when the VPS wand is in low pressure mode.
  • Pressure hose: When not in use, the unit allows for tidy storage of the included 25 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose using a convenient hose reel, which also improves its lifespan, ensuring convenient organization.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook enables you to easily store the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its VPS wand. The Vario Power Spray (VPS) wand allows you to conveniently switch from low to high pressure, and everything between, while you clean. Simply twist the end for infinitely variable pressure adjustment.

Other Features

Some of the accessories of the Kärcher K5 Premium

Some of the included accessories

  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: The Kärcher K5 Premium 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 detergent tank, DirtBlaster turbo spray wand (which is especially useful on stubborn dirt), wand, pressure hose, spray gun and power cord.

Product Video

The Kärcher K5 Premium'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 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Kärcher K5 Premium with its 2000 PSI achieves a lower pressure value, compared to other electric pressure washers in the $240-300 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 Westinghouse WPX3200e with a PSI of 3200.
  • The achievable water flow of this washer, which reaches 1.4 GPM (gallons per minute) can be described as low, compared to other 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 Greenworks GPW2700, which can reach up to 2.3 GPM.
  • The K5 Premium, 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. For those placing importance on maximum cleaning power, the Greenworks GPW2700 and its 3240 Cleaning Units offer one of the highest cleaning efficiencies among units in the same price range.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other electric washers between 2500 and 3000 Cleaning Units, the Karcher K5 Premium 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
  • Detergent dilution mechanism
  • Hose reel
  • High CU for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • 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 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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