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ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASHERS

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

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 ...

the best pressure washer that includes a surface cleaner

We recommend you consider ...

K1900R SC


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 ...

an entry-level power washer with a complete set of accessories for home and vehicle cleaning

We recommend you consider ...

K2 CHK


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."

Garage Spot

K3 Follow Me

"We love the Karcher Follow Me electric pressure washer.

It’s not the powerhouse pros need, but because it’s so lightweight, so mobile, and so easy to use, we highly recommend this machine for the typical homeowner."

Living a Fit and Full Life

K2000

"I was blown away right away with the cleaning power of the K2000! It literally washed away years and years of dirt."

11" Surface Cleaner

"Kärcher's 11" surface cleaner did an amazing job at cleaning my parents driveway and I love that there was no splash back!"

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
German Engineering. Quality Tested.
Karcher Rapid Exchange Program
Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

There is no need to buy a special garden hose. A regular, good quality garden hose with these specs is ideal:

  • Preferably 5/8" or larger diameter (5/8" is the most common 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 of these.

You do need to have sufficient a water flow rate from your outdoor spigots – see the next question for more details.

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: 

  • connect your garden hose to an outside spigot
  • insert the other end of the hose into a 5 gallon bucket
  • turn the water spigot fully on
  • allow the water to run into the bucket for one minute, then switch it off

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. Be sure to use a suction hose with filter if you plan to draw water from a standing source.)

All of our 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. 

Yes, but ...

While we do not encourage the use of extension cords, if one is necessary, please make sure it is:

  • outdoor rated
  • size 14 gauge or larger
  • no longer than 50 feet

Our electric pressure washers are designed to be used with or without soap/detergent. We highly recommend our concentrated, environmentally friendly Multipurpose and Vehicle Wash & Wax detergents – these will help reduce your cleaning time and clean more thoroughly.

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

No

These are residential cleaning machines 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 our line of commercial hot water pressure washers.

It depends on which model you have –

Kärcher K2, K3, K4 and K5 models ship with the following spray nozzles:

  • 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 nozzle on delicate surfaces).

The VPS and Dirtblaster wands attach directly to the included spray gun.

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Kärcher K1700, K1700 CubeK1800, K1900 and K2000 models ship with the following spray tips / nozzles:

  • 40° nozzle / tip (white): Always start with this nozzle, it is designed for general purpose cleaning.
  • 15° nozzle / tip (yellow): When you need more pressure, attach this nozzle.
  • 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!

All four spray nozzles / tips attach to the spray wand included with these models.

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Please consult the respective operating manuals for additional information and nozzle usage guidelines. 

 

The gallons per minute (GPM) on these Home & Garden models ranges from 1.2 GPM to 1.5 GPM. Please see each pressure washer's product page for the exact GPM rating. 

Our 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

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. 

While you can purchase all of our models here on our site, you can also buy them from popular retailers as well.

In store: Our electric pressure washers can be purchased year round in store at Sam's Club locations across the US, and in store at other retailers during spring and summer. Please call ahead to check availability.

They can also be purchased online at:

  • Amazon
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • The Home Depot
  • HSN
  • Lowe's
  • Pressure Washers Direct
  • QVC
  • Target
  • 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 can be found at:

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!

No

We are unable to sell our K6 and K7 models in the US due to their voltage requirements. In Europe the standard voltage is 230v. The K6 and K7 are powerful pressure washers 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 2000 PSI, but not our K6 and K7 models.

(By the way, any company that claims their home electric pressure washers in the US are generating significantly more than 2000 PSI is ignoring PSI measurement standards. It's simply not possible given our 120v power supply.)

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