I don’t really enjoy washing the car but I thought if I treated myself to a Karcher K2 Pressure Washer, I might be more inclined to do it more often.
We live close to the sea and the car takes a battering from the elements as well as sea gulls who seem to use it as target practice.
Now that we bought a relatively new car and it’s parked outside our house rather than in a car park nearby I have less of an excuse.
So is the Karcher K2 Pressure Washer up to the job?
What’s In The Box?
There are various options available on the Karcher K2 Pressure Washer.
Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, you can get the pressure washer on its own, a home kit or a home and car kit.
When I bought mine, the home and car kit were on special offer and that’s what I opted for.
It comes with:
- an extension lance
- a dirtblaster lance – provides a concentrated blast of power to remove dirt.
- a pressure adjustable lance – allows you to alter the level of water pressure to suit the task.
- a car wash brush.
- a patio cleaner.
- a low pressure detergent gun.
Using The Karcher K2 Pressure Washer
Attaching The Pressure Washer To Your Water Supply
If you don’t already have a garden hose, you’ll need to get one to connect the pressure washer to the tap.
I bought a Karcher hose designed for pressure washers and I assumed it would be long enough at 10 metres.
Unfortunately it wasn’t and I found the connectors provided didn’t fit snug enough and water leaked out of the hose.
It was weird considering that they were made specifically for pressure washers.
Anyway, I put that purchase down to experience and bought a 20 metre common or garden hose instead.
That worked perfectly.
The first time I cleaned my car with the Karcher K2 Pressure Washer it wasn’t a great success.
We’d been to the North of Scotland and there was a fair amount of salt deposit on the car from the gritted roads.
I used the detergent which came with the pressure washer and sprayed the soapy liquid all over the car.
Then I used the pressure adjustable lance to clean off the detergent, although some salt residue remained.
Perhaps it was my technique but I found the best way to get the car clean was to use a sponge with car shampoo first.
Then when I used the lance to clean the shampoo off, it worked like a dream.
I also tried to remove the abundance of green mould which is growing in our backyard with the pressure washer.
That didn’t work so well either but maybe I need to give it another go now that I have a different garden hose.
What I Like About The Karcher K2 Pressure Washer
The Karcher K2 Pressure Washer is pretty compact and takes up very little space.
There are storage areas on the unit to put a couple of the accessories so it’s all neat and tidy.
That means you’re not searching for them the next time you want to use them.
It’s very easy to set up and get up and running in a few minutes.
Once you’ve got the water connected, you can interchange accessories very quickly with a simple twist of the hand.
Whilst the K2 is Karcher’s entry level pressure washer, it still provides enough power for what most households will need.
The unit is also relatively inexpensive.
You can often pick up the home or home and car kit at a reduced price if you shop around.
What I Dislike About The Karcher K2 Pressure Washer
I know it’s Karcher’s entry level pressure washer but the K2 Pressure Washer does feel a bit flimsy.
There are a few items that when you get the unit out of the box you have to attach, like the wheels.
Even though I’ve attached the handle just fine, it sometimes slides off and I have to reattach it.
I also don’t find it easy to store the electrical cable.
It would have been better if it wound itself in at the press of a button.
The other thing I’ve struggled with is getting the hose they provide to unclip from the pressure washer.
If you remember to press the handle on the trigger gun after you’ve turned the unit off that releases the pressure and lets you remove the hose.
Overall I’m pleased with the Karcher K2 Pressure Washer.
I got it at a decent price and after my initial problems with the garden hose, my subsequent use of the unit has been without issue.
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