Karcher Vs Nilfisk Pressure Washer – What Rules The Game?
Review By - 21st January 2016
Updated: This article has been updated in June 2017 to reflect the new models from Karcher that were released this year.
The two common brands on the market today are Karcher and Nilfisk Pressure washers. We are going to compare them by looking at their benefits, differences and models. Take a look.
Karcher or Nilfisk?
Comparing Karcher & Nilfisk Power Washers
This table below shows and compares the different models from Karcher and Nilfisk form the low end to top spec models.
From Entry level to High end.
|Model||Pressure (Bar)||Flow (l/hr)|
|NILFISK C110 4-5 PC XTRA|
Another good all rounder for lighter use.
Compact model ideal for light use and car cleaning.
|Nilfisk C130 1-6 X-Tra|
Great value and a good all rounder.
|Kärcher K4 Full Control|
A great all rounder and the Editors Choice
|Nilfisk E140 3-9 Xtra|
A well priced and great value.
|Karcher K5 Full Control|
Great for patios and driveways.
|Nilfisk P150 2-10 X-Tra|
Powerful and well priced.
High spec top end & full of power.
About the company – Karcher pressure washers are manufactured by Karcher Company located in Germany. The company has successfully sold over 50 million pressure washers to different customers all over the world for the past 60 years. It has established itself as the world leader in high quality cleaning systems.
It offers the perfect solution to private households as well as corporate company’s cleaning needs. The company has established a good reputation worldwide. It has also managed to participate in international cleaning projects. For instance, maintaining heads of presidents on Mount Rushmore. This simply shows their cleaning expertise.
Editors Choice: Karcher K4 Full Control
From the Karcher range the 2016 K4 is the standout model for us, it is a great all rounder, great value making it perfect for cleaning your car, patio and blasting your driveway.
Benefits of a Karcher
Efficient in cleaning – Karcher pressure washers especially those belonging to class K3 to K7 are characterized by a high removal rate of dirt as well as cleaning efficiency. They have exceptional ability to clean up to 50% faster than other cleaners.
Saves energy – Karcher pressure washers do not consume much energy. They are designed to use less power thus enabling you to save up to 50% of energy as compared to Nilfisk pressure washers. This in turn helps to cut down on electricity bill.
Uses less water – Unlike other pressure washers like Nilfisk, Karcher uses less amount of water for cleaning. With just a small amount, they are capable of generating pressure of up to 160bar. This helps to push out water at a high velocity thus making it possible to effectively clean a larger surface with less water. Their refined cleaning technology saves 80% of water. The good thing about them is that they will still give you impressive cleaning results even with less water. They are therefore the best when it comes to water conservation.
Uses water from any source – Karcher pressure washers are designed to draw water from any source including a reservoir. They save you from using expensive drinking water for washing purposes. They are economical in the long run. In addition, they are flexible and can be used anywhere.
High Quality & Reliable – All Karcher products are reliable because they have been tested for 100% quality. The production system is highly refined which makes it possible to produce products of high standards. This makes them reliable when being used.
Karcher Pressure Washer Models
There are 4 different Karcher Pressure Washer models and specifications.
1. Karcher K2 Compact Home Air Cooled Washer
This is the Karcher’s entry model. It is the best if you are interested in getting your pressure washer for the first time. It is the cheapest of Karcher range. It retails at around 75 pounds.
2. Karcher K4 Full Control Home Water-Cooled Washer
It comes with a rugged and compact design. It is also affordable. In addition, it is simple and safe to handle and easy to maintain. Furthermore, it belongs to the mid range.
3. Karcher K5 Full control
This excellent pressure washer has enough pressure and all the necessary tools which enable it to perform all cleaning jobs with high efficiency. It comes with a rough body and eco-friendly material hence good for the environment. Its functionality is highly advanced as compared to Karcher K2 Compact Home Air Cooled Washer. Furthermore, it belongs to the top model alongside Karcher K7 Premium Eco Home Pressure Washer .
4. Karcher K7
At the top end of the range is the powerful K7 which has enough umph for any task thrown at it, making it ideal for washing down vans, 4x4s, and bringing up patios and driveways like new.
About the company – Nilfisk Company supplies professional cleaning equipment to commercial, industrial as well as consumer market. Its headquarters is Brondby, Denmark. The company has sale entities in 45 countries as well as dealers in over 70 countries. It currently has about 5,500 employees all over the world. Its brands include Nilfisk, Alto and Nilfisk-ALTO. It is the manufacturer of Nilfisk pressure washers.
Editors Choice: Nilfisk C130 1-6 X-Tra Pressure Washer
The Nilfisk C130 1-6 X-Tra Pressure Washer is a small compact machine with a big kick, pumping out 440 litres per hour max water flow at 13o bar pressure it is great for cleaning your car, drive and patio. Another great all rounder and a very affordable and good value pressure washer from Nilfisk.
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Durable – Nilfisk pressure washers have tough water pumps which resist high pressure and any form damage. This makes them durable thus saving you from replacement costs.
High cleaning power – Their pressure washers have the ability to generate high pressure of over 120bar which makes water to flow at fast rate. This enables them to clean surfaces efficiently and effectively.
Lightweight and Movable – Nilfisk pressure washers are usually lightweight as compared to Karcher. They are constructed with light materials. This makes them highly portable. In addition, they have wheels to enable you move them from one location to another with much ease and comfort.
Easy to use – Nilfisk pressure washers come with ergonomic design which makes them easy to use. They have handles that are comfortable to use and wheels that aid movement. In addition, they are easy to set up.
Quiet – This is what makes Nilfisk pressure washers different from the rest. They are designed with noise reduction mechanism which makes them perfect for cleaning office, hospital ward or other noise-sensitive areas. They are also good for daytime cleaning.
The Nilfisk Range
1. Nilfisk C120 6-6 PCAD Pressure Washer
This awesome pressure washer is ideal for cleaning all areas including your car, driveway, windows and many more. It cleans with much ease and at a high speed. In addition, Nilfisk C120 6-6 PCARD Pressure Washer comes with numerous accessories thus making it very versatile.
2. Nilfisk C110 4-5 PC Extra Compact High Pressure Washer
This amazing pressure washer is lightweight and therefore easy to move. In addition, it comes with excellent accessories which enhance its functionality. It is however more expensive as compared to its counterparts.
Karcher Vs Nilfisk Pressure Washer
So which brand rules the game? Really there is little to split these two top pressure washer brands, which one you go for really comes down to what your requirements are and how much you have to spend.
- Both brands are produce efficient cleaning devices
- They are all high quality well built products
- They are manufactured by reputable companies
- These products are eco-friendly
- Most Nilfisk pressure washers are lightweight while those of Karcher are slightly heavy.
- Karcher Full Control pressure washers have a LED display lance with them.
- Nilfisk pressure washers are slightly cheaper than Karcher models.
- Nilfisk attachments are slightly cheaper than Karcher equivalent accessories.
Which to go for?
The million dollar question and there isn’t a clear answer or winner, at the lower end when looking for a entry level pressure washer they are both similar, all well made, for value the Nilfisk may edge it with a cheaper price tag on its side and the motor is metal on their whole range.
As you move up the range we are big fans of the Karcher range, compared to Nilfisk they are slightly more expensive, however they are well designed and well built making a good investment as long as you look after and store it well, you also get a 3 year warranty too.
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All models are comparable, if you are looking for something for regular use and power then we say Karcher, looking for an entry to mid range on a budget then go for a Nilfisk pressure washer. Depending on your main use, it may influence the package you go for and which brand you choose, the prices can vary depending on the accessories included and what you need.
What ever you go for ensure you look after it, when you have finished with it ensure you drain it, when the colder weather comes ensure you store it somewhere where it won’t freeze, if this happens pipes can crack and leaks will form.