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Karcher 1600 PSI Pressure Washer Review

Great Little Power Washer Full of Versatility

I’ve already argued the benefits of less powerful pressure washers on my website, but I am going to run through them again quickly. Even though power is one of the first things you should be looking at when buying a pressure washer, this isn’t necessarily the deal breaker.

For instance, if you are going to be using it for non-demanding clean-up jobs around your home, garage, or backyard, buying a high-powered unit is, well, overkill. Not just because you spend more money than you need to, but because more powerful cleaners tend to be large and bulky. For most residential clean-ups you are better off with something smaller that you can maneuver and operate easily. Not to mention they are cheaper!

If you know anything about pressure washers the name Karcher should ring a bell. Actually, not just a bell but more like a 4-piece band! They are probably the biggest name in the industry and they are known for their high-quality pressure washers.

That alone was reason enough for me to add reviews on several of their models. This time around, I have reviewed the Karcher K 2.27 Car Care Kit which is electric and packs 1600PSI with 1.25GPM. In my opinion it represents an all-in-one-solution that is ideal for cleaning your beloved four-wheeler from the inside out and vice versa.

What You Really Need to Know

This little beast measures just 9.8 x 19.8 x 11.8 inches and weighs a mere 13lbs. In spite of its small dimensions, the pressure washer can deliver 1600 PSI of pressurized water. This amount of power may seem like I’m going against everything I’ve said in terms of “overkill”, but there might be times when your car really could do with that extra bit of “oomph”. It also has an N-Cor pump made out of corrosion-resistant polymer which allows the pressure washer to draw water from a standing or collected water source.

There are other nifty bells and whistles such as an adjustable height carrying handle, a 20-foot hose, Child Safety lock and so on. The unit comes equipped with a Vario Power Spray wand so you can calibrate the water pressure directly at the wand, and DirtBlaster Spray wand which provides the washer with a 50% increase in water pressure.

Design and Practicality

Although we’ve all heard plenty on how awesome German engineering is, you’ll get to experience it for real if you choose to go with this pressure washer. They’ve thought of every little detail in order to make the most out of this little unit.

Their attention to detail is reflected in the presence of dual spray wands, and the lack of needing to change spraying tips since they’ve introduced variable pressure. Also, the manufacturer was smart when it came to designing this device. They’ve made it small, light and easy to use knowing that a bulkier pressure washer would make it harder to clean those hard-to-reach spots in your car and home.


Although not exactly the most silent pressure washer Karcher has produced this car care kit is still pretty quiet. In fact, it’s no louder than your run of the mill home refrigerator. If you really want a unit that’s whisper quiet, take a look at the X-series from Karcher.

What You Can Use It for

Obviously this pressure washer’s natural habitat is your car, but it will also shine when it comes to cleaning your patio, floors, garden furniture, garage, and even stuff inside your home. However, some heavy-duty cleaning jobs such as getting those stubborn oil and grease stains out of your driveway might prove to be a tall order. That being said, you shouldn’t hold it against the washer because that’s not what it was designed for in the first place.

The Summary

As far as I am concerned hearing the name Karcher is enough to get me interested, and upon reviewing this washer I can confidently say this is one of the best compact electric pressure washers you can currently buy. Plenty of features and great build quality is something to be expected of Karcher, and on top of this the little pressure washer is incredibly easy to use and extremely compact.

It ships with plenty of different attachments and when I say plenty, I mean just about anything you can think of. Those among you who are interested in buying this pressure washer could check it here on Amazon, which always has great deals on pressure washer prices.

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