ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASHERS

Restore your home's outer beauty and make your vehicles shine like new with help from Kärcher!

BRING BACK THE WOW.

Remember that feeling you had when your car was new and your driveway was freshly paved? That was a real WOW moment! But hey, dust, dirt and uncontrolled growth have got nothing on you and your Kärcher pressure washer. The WOW is still there. Get it back!

You and your Kärcher – combat dirt with some serious power and have fun doing it. Bring back the WOW.

Find the best electric pressure washer for your home

Kärcher is the world's largest manufacturer of pressure washers. Millions of homeowners around the globe trust our yellow power washers to keep their homes clean, and we can't wait to put our knowledge and German engineering to work for you!

Need help deciding which model is right for your home? Please scroll to our list of recommendations below.

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Which Kärcher pressure washer is right for you?

Choosing an electric power washer can be a bit overwhelming with all the different brands and models available. Here are our top recommendations, based on feedback from our customers.

I want ...

the absolute best-in-class electric pressure washer

We recommend you consider ...

K5 Premium Full Control Plus


I want ...

the best deal on a powerful water-cooled pressure washer

We recommend you consider ...

K4


I want ...

a power washer with four wheels, so I don't have to constantly move it around

We recommend you consider ...

K3 Follow Me


I want ...

a battery-powered power washer with onboard water supply that can be used anywhere

We recommend you consider ...

K2 Follow Me Cordless


I want ...

an easy-to-use power washer for cleaning cars

We recommend you consider ...

K2 CCK or K3 Follow Me


I want ...

a small power washer that takes up the least storage space

We recommend you consider ...

K2 Compact or K1700 Cube


What can I clean with a Kärcher electric pressure washer?

Good Clean Fun: Electric pressure washers are easy to use!

Pressure washers are the most effective way to clean outdoor areas and are extremely easy to use: just connect to a water supply and a power outlet, turn on the pressure washer and let the cleaning fun begin!

You can easily adjust the water pressure up and down by rotating the spray wand on our K2 - K5 models. Encounter an area that's difficult to clean? Use the included Dirtblaster nozzle. Clean everything from vehicles to home siding to concrete driveways with ease.

Need even more ideas of what to clean with an electric power washer?

Don't limit yourself to just cleaning your driveway and vehicles! Tackle these dirty items in your outdoor cleaning as well:

  • bicycles
  • lawn tools
  • outdoor benches and seating areas
  • walkways and paths
  • motorcycles and ATV's
  • small to large cars
  • steps and doorways
  • sport utility vehicles (SUV's)
  • brick and stone walls
  • RV's and campers
  • swimming pools
  • house power washing / home siding
High-pressure cleaner application areas

Reviews: See what others are saying about Kärcher electric pressure washers

Best Reviews

K5 Premium

"Best of the Best"

"Superior performance combined with durable design. The best on the market"

"Quickly and easily blasts away dirt and grime."

Family Handyman Magazine

K3 Follow Me

Editor's Choice – Lightweight Champ

"We liked the portability of this unit so much that we had to create a special award. It’s not only small and easy to store but is less than half the weight of most electrics."

Pressurewashr.com

K1700

4 Best Electric Pressure Washers – The Most User Friendly and Most Affordable.

"The most affordable electric pressure washer on our best ranking this year is also the best design."

The Spruce

K5 Premium

The 8 Best Pressure Washers of 2020 – Best for Cars

"This pick has up to 40 times more pressure than a garden hose and has a built in detergent tank, making it ideal for vehicles."

Why choose Kärcher pressure washers?

Kärcher invented the high pressure cleaner – and continues to reinvent it again and again. In 1950 Kärcher developed the first hot water pressure cleaner. Then in 1984 Kärcher launched the first portable power washer for home use – a milestone in the history of cleaning. As the inventor of high pressure cleaning, we have unrivaled expertise that will help you quickly and thoroughly clean your home.

Innovation – Water Cooled Induction Motor
Pressure washer with service water
High-pressure cleaner removal test

Frequently Asked Questions

We currently sell four powerful pressure washers with water-cooled motors:

In addition to being water-cooled, the motors on these models are also induction motors – which are generally more powerful, efficient and longer lasting than universal motors. 

There is no need to buy a special hose to use with a residential power washer. A regular good quality garden hose with these specs will work perfectly:

  • 5/8" or larger diameter (5/8" is the most common garden hose diameter in the US)
  • 50 feet or less in length

A hose with these specifications should deliver the necessary water flow. Most homes will already have one or more.

Please also note: you also need to have a sufficient water flow rate from your home's outdoor spigots – specifically, a water flow of 4 gallons per minute at a minimum of 40 PSI. Most homes in the US will meet this requirement.

Any regular residential water supply is fine (city or well water). For optimum results, you should have a water flow of 4 gallons per minute at a minimum of 40 PSI. Most homes in the U.S. will meet this requirement.

To find out your home's water flow rate: 

  1. connect your garden hose to an outside spigot
  2. insert the other end of the hose into a 5 gallon bucket
  3. turn the water spigot fully on
  4. allow the water to run into the bucket for one minute, then switch it off
  5. After you have followed the above steps, see how much water is in the bucket. It should be at least four gallons or more.

(Side note: Our K4 and K5 models can also draw water from a standing source, like a bucket or cistern. Please consult the owner's manual for additional information.)

If you need to use well water, be sure to use a water filter. If you plan to draw standing water from a bucket or lake, be sure to use a suction hose with filter.

Yes, with a few cautions.

Preferably, electric pressure washers should be used without an extension cord. However, if one is necessary please make sure it is:

  • outdoor rated
  • size 14 or smaller gauge (smaller gauge numbers indicate larger wires)
  • no longer than 50 feet

For your safety and optimal performance, you should never:

  • use an indoor extension cord with a pressure washer
  • attach multiple extension cords to a pressure washer
  • remove an extension cord's grounding pin
  • use an extension cord without first visually inspecting it for wear and damage

Electric pressure washers are designed to be used with or without soaps and detergents.

If you choose to use soap / detergent, make sure it is specifically formulated for use with pressure washers. 

Example soaps formulated for use with pressure washers include Multipurpose Detergent and Vehicle Wash & Wax

Corrosive chemicals such as bleach or chlorine can harm a pressure washer's pump and should never be used. Please note that use of corrosive chemicals will void a pressure washer's warranty.

 

 

The differences in these models are purely cosmetic and do not affect the function of the machines. 

From a performance standpoint, a K2000 has the same pressure output and cleaning ability as a K2010. The same is true of the other models in the range.

As an example of the cosmetic differences, the K1710, K1810, K1910 and K2010 models have gray wheel covers and a gray storage bin, whereas the K1700, K1800, K1900 and K2000 models have yellow wheel covers and a black storage bin. 

We offer these color options for variety, so that customers can pick which they prefer.

This applies to the following models:

Karcher 1700 vs 1710

Karcher 1800 vs 1810

Karcher 1900 vs 1910

Karcher 2000 vs 2010

No

Residential cleaning machines are designed to work with your home’s tap water. The water temperature should not exceed 104℉. Use of hot water (e.g., from a water heater) will damage a residential pressure washer's pump.

For most homes it is not necessary to clean with hot water. Use soap / detergents instead to help loosen dirt and grime, if needed.

If you absolutely need to clean with hot water, please consider a commercial hot water pressure washer.

Kärcher K2, K3, K4 and K5 models ship with the following spray nozzles, which are built into the spray wand:

  • Vario Power Spray (VPS): This nozzle allows you easily turn the water pressure up and down by simply twisting the wand. Advantage: you never need to worry about which nozzle to use! Tip: turn the wand to the lowest pressure setting to dispense detergent. 
  • Dirtblaster®: Use this turbo wand when you encounter hard surfaces that need more intense pressure than the Vario nozzle provides. It concentrates the spray down to a rotating pencil jet for super intense cleaning. Not for use on delicate surfaces! (Use the Vario Power Spray on delicate surfaces)

Thr VPS and Dirtblaster attach directly to the included spray gun.

Kärcher K1700, K1700 Cube, K1800, K1900 and K2000 models ship with the following Quick Connect spray tips / nozzles:

  • 15° nozzle / tip (yellow): General purpose nozzle, use for everyday cleaning
  • 65° nozzle / tip (black): Use this nozzle to dispense detergent.
  • Turbo nozzle: For use on hard surfaces with stubborn soiling and stains, this nozzle produces the most pressure. Not for use on delicate surfaces!

Additionally, the K1900 and K2000 models also ship with the following spray tip:

  • 40° nozzle / tip (white): Use to clean more delicate surfaces

All of these Quick Connect nozzles attach to the included spray wand.

NOTE: Some people use the term "nozzle", while others use the term "tip". Here they mean the same thing.

All Kärcher Home & Garden electric pressure washers are certified for safety and equipped with a GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter). Furthermore, they are double insulated, so they are actually designed to work in a wet environment!

The amp draw is a house-friendly 13 amps on most models.

Every day millions of customers around the globe rely on our electric power washers to safely and easily clean their homes.

The gallons per minute (GPM) on Kärcher Home & Garden electric power washers ranges from 1.0 GPM to 1.5 GPM. Please see each pressure washer's product page or owner's manual for the exact GPM rating.

Kärcher residential electric pressure washers are designed to be maintenance-free. However we do offer a few tips to keep them in top shape:

  • If your model has a removable detergent tank, you should rinse it after you're done cleaning.
  • If you live in an area where temperatures fall below freezing, you should use a Pump Guard before storing it for the winter.
  • You may also want to use a Pump Guard during the warmer months to help lubricate and protect the internal pump components.

STORAGE: All pressure washers should be stored in an area that is protected from extreme cold or heat. For most people this will be a garage, basement or tool shed.

WINTER STORAGE: Pressure washers should be drained, treated with Pump Guard and stored in a dry area that is preferably not exposed to subfreezing temperatures.

While you can purchase Kärcher Home & Garden products here on our website, you can also find them for sale at various retailers:

In store

Our pressure washers can be purchased in store at select independent and chain dealers, including

  • Do It Best
  • Aubuchon
  • Big R
  • Friedman's
  • Fred Meyer
  • and at larger home improvement retailers on a seasonal basis

Online

Shop 24/7 at these retailers' websites:

  • Amazon
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Home Depot
  • HSN
  • Lowe's
  • Pressure Washers Direct
  • QVC
  • Target
  • Tractor Supply
  • Walmart

This is only a partial list. If you don't see your favorite retailer listed, please contact the retailer directly for availability information.

Troubleshooting help for Kärcher Home & Garden products can can be found at:

  • The Kärcher FAQ's page
  • Kärcher's dedicated tech support help website (where you can get US-based email support): karcher-help.com 
  • Kärcher's US-based call center: 800-537-4129

All of these troubleshooting and customer care services are offered free of charge to owners of Kärcher Home & Garden products. We're here to help!

Kärcher K6 and K7 pressure washers are not available in the US due to their voltage requirements.

In Europe the standard voltage is 230v. The K6 and K7 are demanding machines that require 230v in order to generate their 2300+ PSI.

In the USA, the standard voltage is 120v. Therefore we are able to offer our K2 - K5 models (up to 2100 PSI) but not our K6 and K7 models.

SIDE NOTE: 120v Electric pressure washers that claim to generate significantly more than 2100 PSI in the US are often ignoring PSI measurement standards or measuring PSI in laboratory conditions that don't match real world use. Be informed! 

Not at this time. But we're working on it!

The OC 3 requires some adaptations to make it compatible with the North American market. Our product teams are diligently working to make this happen, we'll update this page when we have an anticipated launch date.

Kärcher has manufacturing facilities around the globe. Designed and engineered in Germany, Kärcher pressure washers sold in the US are made in the following countries:

Why Kärcher?

German Engineering. Quality Tested.
Karcher Rapid Exchange Program

Electric vs Gas Pressure Washers

Some advantages of electric pressure washers (compared to gas-powered) include:

  • Less expensive
  • No fumes and significantly less noise
  • No need to worry with gas or oil
  • Much easier to start - just plug in and turn on!
  • Lighter and smaller, take up less storage space

On the other hand, pros for gas-powered washers include:

  • Higher water pressure output
  • Can be operated where there's no electrical outlet
  • Durable metal frames and components
  • Pro-level options like triplex pumps

Both types of pressure washers are capable of cleaning your home, the decision of which to use is an individual one – some people even choose to use both.

Most customers tell us they chose an electric model because of price, ease of use, storage and pressure (there's less chance of damaging delicate surfaces like wood when you clean with 2,000 psi or less). Electric models are also much better suited for car cleaning.

Karcher Electric Pressure Washer Dirtblaster Cleans Sidewalk

What makes a good car pressure washer?

Tired of paying for a car wash service each week? Do it yourself at home with the right tools! We recommend an electric pressure washer for the following reasons:

  • You want to clean your car without worrying about the pressure washer overheating while you're not using it. Gas-powered models run continuously and require you to release the pressure (by squeezing the trigger) every couple of minutes, or they may overheat. Our electric pressure washers only run when you press the trigger, so you don't have to worry about overheating.
  • Electric pressure washers have lower pressure (psi) output than gas models, making them a safer choice for vehicles. Using the Vario Wand on our K2 CCK or K3 Follow Me, for example, you can start at very low pressure and easily dial up the intensity by simply twisting the wand. On a gas-powered model, if you select the wrong nozzle you could quickly damage a car's exterior.
  • You probably don't want to annoy your neighbors every Saturday morning while washing your car. Our electric pressure washers are MUCH quieter than gas-powered ones. In fact, our K3 Follow Me is certified by Quiet Mark!
Karcher Electric Pressure Washer Soft Bristle Brush Cleans Car Hood

Examples of specific cleaning tasks for electric pressure washers

Mossy stones and brick

Since moss not only forms a thick layer on stones and brick, but also gets into the pores, a Dirtblaster is recommended to remove it. The Dirtblaster nozzle produces a concentrated spray that rotates at high speed. Hold the trigger gun vertical to the mossy surface and slowly clean from one edge to the other at a distance of around 8 to 12 inches.

Cleaning mossy paving slabs

Vehicles

Kärcher special accessories and cleaning agents ensure thorough and gentle vehicle care. To make your vehicle sparkle in just a few simple steps, and ensure that it stays that way, first use the Vario Power Spray Wand to rinse off loose dirt. Then apply detergent using either the low pressure setting on the Vario Power Spray wand, or for an even more luxurious car wash-style foam, an optional Foam Nozzle. Apply the foam from top to bottom, making sure not to let it dry. Increase the pressure on the Vario Power Spray Wand to rinse away the foam and all dirt/debris. For areas that require more attention, an optional brush can be attached to the spray wand to help loosen up bugs and dried on dirt/mud.

Karcher Electric Pressure Washer Soft Bristle Brush Cleans Vehicle Fender

Decks and Patios

Our Deck & Driveway surface cleaners ensure optimum cleaning results with a gentle action, even over large areas. With two high-pressure nozzles that spin at high speed, it creates a hovercraft effect which makes cleaning easy, quick and consistent. The outer body prevents splashback, thereby protecting both you and the walls from spray. For larger areas such as decks and driveways, you'll appreciate how much quicker you can clean, as well as the evenness of the cleaning, imparting a more professional appearance.

Cleaning terraces with Kärcher T-Racer

Garden tools

Say goodbye to scrubbing! Dirt and soil can be removed efficiently from plant and flower pots, spades, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, etc. in next to no time using a Kärcher power washer. The Vario Power Spray Wand and Dirtblaster Spray Wand are particularly suited to this task. Working in the garden has never been easier or less dirty!

Cleaning garden machines

Patio furniture

Easily tackle unsightly areas on garden furniture – as a result of pollution, weather or the previous winter – with the Kärcher Vario Power Spray Wand. An optional Kärcher wash brush and detergent are recommended for cleaning more stubborn areas of soiling.

Cleaning garden furniture

Shutters

Before cleaning close the shutters. Set the spray lance to low pressure and apply Kärcher Multipurpose Cleaner. Start at the lowest section of the shutters. Allow the detergent to work in for a few minutes so that the dirt is loosened completely, but don't allow it to dry. Finally, remove the dissolved dirt with the Soft Bristle Wash Brush and rinse the detergent and dirt away with the Vario Power Spray Wand.

Cleaning shutters

Our bestselling accessories for electric pressure washers

Accessories can help reduce your overall cleaning time and allow you to get more consistent, professional cleaning results.

Top accessories for our K2, K3, K4 and K5 models

Most popular accessories for our K1700 - K2000 models, as well as other brands of electric power washers