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Kärcher K5 Premium Spec Review

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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Kärcher K5 Premium 2000PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Kärcher K5 Premium 2000PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Kärcher K5 Premium 2000PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Kärcher K5 Premium 2000PSI Electric Pressure Washer
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  • $229.82 - November 20, 2020
  • $249.99 - October 21, 2020
  • $219.99 - September 29, 2020
  • $227.59 - September 20, 2020
  • $459.99 - September 19, 2020
  • $227.59 - August 7, 2020
  • $224.99 - July 31, 2020
  • $299.00 - June 9, 2020
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Since: June 9, 2020
  • Highest Price: $459.99 - September 19, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $219.99 - September 29, 2020

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:

  • spot cleaning of hard, paintless surfaces and reaching far-away areas
  • cleaning of painted or delicate surfaces
  • application 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 in use

The Kärcher K5 Premium

With a 13 amp motor, its axial pump delivers a pressure of 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), resulting in the Kärcher K5 Premium's cleaning power of 2800 Cleaning Units.

Being an electric pressure washer, the Kärcher K5 Premium'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 D16.46 x W16.77 x H34.33 in, the Kärcher K5 Premium makes mobility one of its core strengths. The handle adds to the K5 Premium convenience of transport.

The unit can be very easily carried around, as it weighs just 28.7 lbs. This is, in part, thanks to its plastic frame, which allows it to remain as lightweight as possible. To further improve its transportability and ease of use, the unit also features a set of two 7.7" wheels.

Main Features

The Kärcher K5 Premium comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose and a detergent injection feature, which are detailed below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent is stored in 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: The 25 ft ⌀1/4" 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: The included classic ergonomic spray gun and its VPS wand can be easily stored in a side hook. 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 DirtBlaster turbo spray wand (which is especially useful on stubborn dirt), pressure hose, wand, detergent tank, spray gun and power cord.

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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 Karcher K5 Premium, which can reach a PSI of 2000, achieves an average pressure output, compared to other electric units that cost between $200 and $250. If your priority is the highest possible power of the water stream, in this price range, we suggest checking out the Ryobi RY142300, which reaches up to 2300 PSI.
  • With a water flow of up to 1.4 GPM (gallons per minute), this washer belongs to the upper end of the above-mentioned price range, as it can deliver a high volume of water. In case you are looking for a device which can most efficiently rinse away debris in the current price range, the Powerhorse 157055 has the highest GPM of 1.5.
  • Reaching up to 2800 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), the K5 Premium is one of the most efficient amongst its similarly priced peers.

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 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
  • Portable
  • Detergent dilution mechanism
  • Hose reel
  • High GPM for the price
  • High CU for the price
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent PSI for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • The Kärcher K5 Premium doesn't have any notably low specs.

Do you own the Kärcher K5 Premium and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI2000
GPM1.4
Cleaning Units2800
Motor13 amp
PumpN-COR Axial
Other model numbers1.603-361.0
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionYes
Soap tankRemovable
Soap dilutionAdjustable
NozzlesN/A
Quick connect nozzlesNo
Onboard storageNo
Hose25 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageReel
Misc
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
Warranty1 year

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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 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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