My pressure washer has always leaked. After using it 5 or 6 times it is now leaking so badly I can't use it. I phoned Karcher and was in a queue and was told they would call back when my place in the queue reached the top. That was 2 full working days ago!
Failed within 2 hours of use
Bought the Home use K2 with patio cleaner attachment.
I had lunch, came back and the K2 decided to stay out for lunch. Permanently.
Returned and full refund received.
El cheapo plastic!
Purchased in November 2020 for A$199.00.
Dangerous and poorly manufactured
Purchased 05/09/20.On first use when the machine was lifted into the horizontal position the body of the cleaner separated from the handle striking toe and severely injuring it. The injury required hospital and orthopaedic treatment to remove shattered bone from toe. The cleaner was returned to Bunnings where it was examined and found faulty. I was offered alternative Karcher machines but found most had slide in handles. It is obvious there is a serious problem with design, manufacture and quality control.
Karcher K2 Plus - JUNK! Do not buy!
No other electric tool/machine in my home garage/workshop are as totally unreliable and very short-lived than the Karcher pressure cleaning units. This is my third Karcher in about 8years - they all break down with very little use! Again I have seldom used this K2 Plus - perhaps twice a year around the suburban yard/deck and I always look after it and store it well. But I pulled it out today to clean the deck and it broke immediately. Lots of loud motor noise but zero pressure - and after consulting and following the troubleshooting FAQs from...the Karcher website the thing just will not work - not worth repairing. (There's no Karcher email for any help/service - only an email for sales) Normally I am pretty handy at troubleshooing and repairs but the Karchers are physically built to be non-repairable and disposable. Have advised Karcher Australia.
Purchased in June 2017 for A$170.00.
Don't buy this product. It's a waste of money.
I used it four times. Apparently the pump is cracked. It's the second one I've bought in 5 years. Coincidentally both gernis I purchased died at the end of the two year warranty. The repairs cost more than what u pay for the product. Ur better off saving for a quality gerni and spending a little extra but do not buy this piece of plastic crap at any cost.
- K2 Full Control
- Verified purchase
Quick return product
Got this without doing research first, mainly because I thought the long warranty was a sign they had high confidence in their product.
Used it for 15 minutes or so the next day, after a short break the machine got extra noisy and would not build up water pressure anymore. Went back to the manual to confirm that I had done everything I was supposed to and did some troubleshooting. Was not able to get it to work again, so I had to take it back to the shop for a refund. Luckily the short turn-around time meant I got a full refund without any ha...ssle. While I was happy with the water pressure when cleaning the washbay, I was less impressed with the very short functional life of the machine. I don't know if I was just unlucky, but the guy working in the outdoor tool department told me Karcher is crap when I brought it back, make of that what you want. I honestly get the impression most brands of pressure washers are a bit hit-and-miss, judging by the reviews. Personally I would not recommend this brand.
Purchased in September 2020 at Gubbins Pulbrook for A$242.00.
Terrible - unless you want to buy a new one every year!
I have a small annual job for my K2 - clean the moss off 35 sq metres of walkway tiles.
Not a huge task you'd think but two Karcher purchases in a row indicates that they last about 2 years doing this simple task then turn up their toes.
I suggest you avoid this brand until they can build some longevity into their product.
Purchased for A$150.00.
Built-for-purpose. Know its Purpose!
The plastic on the K2 is superior to the K3 and more compact. Assemble is easy and straightforward.
What it is:
1. A Turbo-hose pipe.
2. A powerful cleaner.
3. A Super water-saver.
What it is not:
1. A competition-grade paint-stripper.
2. An industrial-grade pressure cleaner that blasts through 20 years of grime in a single pass.
3. A Magical clean-all water-wand.
Not fit for purpose
Bought for occasional home use - clean the mower, verandah rails, motor bike, etc. The K2 has adequate pressure but not great cleaning power. Probably the flow rate is too low in this unit. (it's worth researching flow v pressure before deciding on a pressure sprayer) Anyway it didn't matter much because the outlet hose blew off after around 6 hours use. Female thread is shot. I replaced the cheap plastic M22 fitting with something more robust only to see the remaining cheap plastic Karcher coupling fail. I don't want to pay to further repair an obviously under-engineered unit so will be buying a sturdier (non Karcher) machine.
I've written the Karcher up to experience, and written this review so that you don't have to.
Purchased in August 2018 for A$150.00.
- K2 Basic Plus
- Verified purchase
More Chinese-built junk! Don't waste your money!
My partner and I had bought and returned no less than TWO Ryobi pressure washers, which both failed within minutes of starting to use them - so we went looking for a pressure washer that might be satisfactory quality.
We investigated the Karcher K2 and were confused about all the different models.
Total Tools had about 3 different models of Karcher on the floor - at least one of which was obsolete, the salesman told us.
This should have been a warning - but my partner was impressed with all the Karcher "tooling" and attachments, that were avai...
Good for its intended use, Key word, intended.
I was skeptical of buying this K2 pressure washer initially because of some of the reviews on here - all I needed was a small electric pressure washer for the weekend car wash. We have a petrol pressure washer but it's a pain to use on the car, I wanted something small, cheap and not insanely high pressure (petrol pressure washers are overkill for cars). Long story short, if you use this pressure washer properly (read the instructions, manage your expectations of pressure, allow water to flow out of the lance BEFORE turning it on and don't keep...the trigger squeezed to unnecessarily long, it will serve you well. I've had mine for about a year now and used it almost every other weekend to wash my car and its served me well, extended warranty is also a bonus. While it isn't perfect (the hose could be longer) if you just need something for your car and you read the instructions, the Karcher K2 pressure washer will fit your needs.
Hardly worth it.
This is as cheap as pressure washers come. The nozzle output is average and while it saves water compared to running a simple hose, in a lot of cases it takes longer to get the job done with the little K2 than simply using a garden trigger nozzle due to the lame pump pressure.
It may be useful for applying detergent on cars using a foam lance but if you want proper cleaning power you need to look for at least a K7 or Gerni Super/Pro series for electric units.
The pumps in these do not like to be run for prolonged periods as they are not activ...ely cooled. After about 10 seconds of running, the hot electric/plastic smell becomes apparent and repeated instances of that will melt the pump as it is known to do. Do you really need a pressure washer? If yes, invest in a higher end unit with a long hose reel and brass pump. If no, a $10 garden trigger will outperform a Karcher K2 for 99% of tasks.
What a pile of s#*te this unit is. I will never buy from karcher again. Used a handful of times over a few years and it burst the pump. Split the casing around the Plastic Pump. Junk bought from Bunnings. Very bad design of pump. Disposable after a few times of use. Don't waste your money on this one.
One of the worst buys I ever made .!!!!
I bought this online through Kogan. First mistake as their service is very hard to contact. Product arrived with missing part. That was sent out eventually . The product says it was made in Germany so I had resonable expectations for quality. I bought it in February and have had used it only three times. In the middle of my third experience it started to make a screaming noise. It sounded like water was not getting through to the motor. I rang Karcher to find out about service and was told that the nearest service point is at Eastern Creek NSW....Which is 60 kms from my place at Dee Why and over 75 minutes each way then I have to collect it. The Karcher support member was very flippant with her response and offered no sympathy as it everyday recurrence. This is not my only bad experience as we bought a Karcher steamer that failed after a few months. Fortunately we brought this from Bunnings who kindly exchanged it rather that sending it back to Karcher for repairs. Lesson one do not buy Karhcer home products. And don't buy online unless you like driving a long way for service. PS I was not impressed at the performace of the K2
Purchased in February 2019 at Kogan for A$229.00.
- K2 Basic Plus
- Verified purchase
Good So Far, But With Some Warning Signs
I bought this purely to attach to a snow blower for washing the cars. It was literally the cheapest model in the Karcher range, with a corresponding lowest pressure in the range. That is not an issue, because I don't really want too much pressure when washing the car - I've got a different high pressure washer if I need to do heavier work.
There are some worrying signs with it though, mostly down to build quality / longevity -
- after minimal use, I can smell an electrical 'burning' smell. That's not a very encouraging sign that it will las...t for years. - because this model doesn't have wheels, I have to pick it up and move it around. The carry handle is a weak plastic loop which is quite flimsy and has fallen out of the latch a couple of time already. - the hose isn't very kink resistant. I am worried that in the long run I will accidentally kink the hose and destroy it - replacement hoses aren't cheap. Anyway, I guess as always you get what you pay for. It does what it says it does, I'm just worried how long it will do it for
- Verified purchase
Low pressure and detergent intake wont work
We bought this Karcher 1400W K2 High Pressure Cleaner - With Home Kit after a Bunnings employee recommend it over the Ryobi. Sadly although more expensive than the similar version in Ryobi branding, it was not better. The pressure was insufficient to clean walls and the intake detergent mechinism did not work regardless of how many times we tried it using a variety of methods recommended on the Karcher and other sites. Taking it back for a refund. not fit for purpose.
Update - Bunnings refunded with no issue and we bought a Ryobi instead.
Terrible after sales support
After a year of occasional light use, the pressure hose split. I went to get a replacement but they want almost the cost of a new machine just for the hose! Also it's not covered by warranty as Karcher considers it a 'consumable' part. Wasted time and now the machine is useless.
Purchased in January 2018.
Trading on brand name.
I've had a few Karchers, I used to have the bigger model with all the accessories, but it crapped out on me, water ran straight through it, so I bought another one the same, or maybe that was the 2nd one?
It was a few years ago, and exact details are a bit sketchy.
Less than a year ago, I bought another, but a basic model, I had plenty hoses and accessories.
It's been ok, I don't worry too much about all the handles and stuff falling off it.
But just lately it has been blowing the hose off of the motor unit, I've screwed it back on, and pu...
Not a German product
I pure hasted a karcher k2 with extra dirt plaster but to my disappointment I do not as promised, for a German product I expected more. After 2 days the lifting handle broke of. not enough blast even to shift a little grass in the pavers only purchased it 9 days ago wonder if I can return it. The previously cleaner was a gerni lasted 5 years was only a base model serenely aut performed this one.
I've been using the K2 for 5 years, there is my comment
The build quality is excellent, which means materials are durable
It is easy to use and set up
It comes with all basic attachments and allows you to handle most of household clearing jobs
The pressure is not strong enough to clear super dirty things
It doesn't come with foam cannon nozzle and you have to buy it separately, unlike other brands it comes with the foam cannon nozzle as free
But overall I am very happy with its performance and build quality, it looks like it is going to last for a long time.
Questions & Answers
My k2 was working perfectly then stopped...just squirting with no pressure
Checked switch on
Checked water on
Replaced electrical lead
My water hose requires replacing Has cracks( bad bends) and is very temperamental in hosing?
How where how much
Sorry I am in melbourne
Have K2.180 pressure cleaner. Had it a few years. Only used it about 5 times for max 30 min each time.
Started cleaning pool area 15min stints.
Started leaking - stripped unit - seals leaking.
Require pump seal kit or better still, a new pump.
Parts available in Perth Western Australia?
Designed with a maximum pressure of 1750PSI, the Karcher K2 is suitable for using occasionally to remove light dirt on outdoor items such as bicycles, garden tools and garden furniture.
- The Karcher K2 features a flow rate of 6 litres per minute, or 360 litres per hour
- Designed with a 6m high-pressure hose, connected to a high-pressure gun
- The Dirt Blaster feature refers to a entry rotary nozzle, providing a rotating, pulsing spray for stubborn dirt on weathered surfaces
- Vario Power Jet uses a spray lance with variable pressure control, ranging from a low-pressure jet with detergent, to a high-pressure jet that’s narrowed in focus
- Adapter for garden hose connection connects your garden hose to Karcher brushes and cleaning sponges, both of which are sold separately.
|Category||Electric Pressure Washers||Electric Pressure Washers||Electric Pressure Washers||Electric Pressure Washers|
|Maximum Pressure||1,600 psi||1,600 psi||1,600 psi||1,600 psi|
|Hose Length||6 m||4 m||6 m||6 m|
|Max Water Flow||6 L/min||6 L/min||6 L/min|
|Dimensions||783 x 280 x 242 mm||443 x 279 x 176 mm||571 x 280 x 242 mm|
|Weight||5 kg||4.1 kg||4.5 kg|
|Power||1,400 W||1,400 W||1,400 W||1,400 W|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
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