Bosch Vs Karcher Pressure Washer. Which to Buy?
Review By - 20th August 2016
In the UK Karcher is one of the leading brands when it comes to electric pressure washers, however next to them you will also find models from other brands such as Bosch and Nilfisk.
Which model from which brand you go for depends on a number of things when it comes to making your choice:
- Build Quality
Karcher vs Bosch Pressure Washer
We compare and take a look at these two brands and how their pressure washers stack up adjacent each other on a number of points.
Bosch pressure washers tend to be cheaper to than the Karcher equivalent models, you also get more accessories too depending upon the package you go for. You certainly get more for your money with a Bosch pressure washer, for the price of a Karcher pressure washer you can get a more powerful Bosch model for the same price. Karcher are certainly at the more expensive end of the pressure washer range which ever model you look at, be it the entry models or the top end high spec power washers.
For value Bosch pressure washers are cheaper and certainly offer better value for your money.
Winner – Bosch
Which ever model you look at the specification is close and similar. When it comes to value the Bosch pressure washers do have a little bit more, either they are slightly higher in pressure compared to the similar Karcher model, they also tend to have a longer hose or an extra attachment thrown in too. Karcher models such as the K4, K5 and K7 all have a well built and designed water cooled motor which the Bosch models do not. They also now have a LED trigger gun in their ‘Full Control’ range which is new for 2016.
Depending on the model a Bosch pressure washer is generally better than the equivalent Karcher model.
Winner – Bosch
When buying a pressure washer no matter what the budget you want something that is well built, reliable and that will last. For both makes it doesn’t matter if you have a entry level model or the most expensive from the range, the general build and quality of parts reminds the same from what we can tell. So in terms of price the more expensive doesn’t mean a better quality and longer lasting pressure washer in terms of parts.
Winner – Draw
As mentioned before this is certainly one of the more important points, there is no point going for value and the cheaper model if it won’t last. If you plan on using it regularly then it is worth looking at a more powerful pressure washer just for convenience as the extra power is worth it making tasks quicker and easier.
Both should last for a good few years with general use however there could always be issues with both, that being said it is important to maintain and look after your power washer especially for winter to ensure water does not freeze damaging the motor and seal within which could cause terminal damage and leaks.
Both companies include 2-3 year warranty on their pressure washers and with Karcher premium models the warranty included can be up to 5 years which is worth the extra investment.
Winner – Draw
If you are looking for a good all rounder that is well priced that is ideal for cleaning your patio, drive and car, then the Bosch High Pressure Washer AQT 37-13+ is a great choice. With a 6m hose, 130 bar and a water flow of 370 l/h it is a great choice and is very well priced making great value.
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Which to buy?
If you are looking for a budget pressure washer that you want to use on your car every so often, then either a Bosch or Karcher is there for you. Both have similar specifications and build, it really comes down to your budget and the package you want depending on what attachments you want included.
If you have a larger budget or are looking for something more powerful than the entry models then the new full control Karcher pressure washers are certainly worth considering, they are not cheap but they are good all rounders.