Get rid of the dirt: These high-pressure cleaners really clean

Whether it’s a facade, patio or car: you can get rid of dirt quickly with a high-pressure cleaner. The prerequisite for this, however, is a handy device with a lot of power and, in the best case, low energy consumption. We show a device that does well in all three categories, as well as some strong alternatives.

A dirty car, a muddy bike, insects on the windshield, dirty floors or terraces and facades – cleaning is usually no fun. With the right device at hand, however, things are quite different.

Anyone who buys a good high-pressure cleaner not only saves time and nerves, but also money for the car wash in the long term. Depending on the occasion for which you mainly want to use the device, you should pay attention to various requirements and the accessories supplied. We show you the best pressure washers that Stiftung Warentest has examined comes in the table below. Below you will find some information about the test winner and price tip.

Further details on the test and the products can be found in our detailed purchase advice.

Pressure washer test: Winner of the Stiftung Warentest (3/2020)

Test winnerPrice tipBest cleaningFrom the hardware store

product

Kärcher K 5 Premium Full Control Plus Home

Kärcher K 4 Compact Home

Nilfisk E 160.1-10 PADH X-Tra

Globus hardware store Primaster high-pressure cleaner 2500 watts

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quality judgement

2,0 (gut)

2,3 (gut)

2,2 (gut)

2,4 (gut)

To clean

1,9 (gut)

2,4 (gut)

1,8 (gut)

2,6 (gut)

Weight

16 kg

12 kg

21 kg

24 kg

maximum pressure

145 bar

130 bar

160 bar

160 bar

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The best high-pressure cleaners: Kärcher is the test winner

When it comes to high-pressure cleaners, the well-known Kärcher brand is a step ahead.
When it comes to high-pressure cleaners, the well-known Kärcher brand is a step ahead.

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Test winner among the high-pressure cleaners is the Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus Home. With a Price from 500 euros the device is quite expensive, but the high-pressure cleaner can convince in almost all categories and therefore comes with lavish equipment. The cleaning performance is good, the device is of high quality, easy to use and more durable than cheaper models. However, you can get trapped by the handle – and there is also a point deduction for the high operating volume. Overall he does it Kärcher K5 Premium with the overall rating “good” (grade 1.9) in first place in the ranking.

Also the Price-performance tip comes from the house of Kärcher. In contrast to the test winner, the K4 Compact is the quietest device in the test. It also scores with good cleaning performance and excellent durability. In the overall ranking, the K4 achieves the rating “good” (grade 2.3). However, the high-pressure cleaner, which came third overall, has a few points of criticism: There is no holder for the power cable and the surface cleaning could be better. The Kärcher K4 Compact only costs a fraction of the test winner: from around 210 euros get the price tip.

The Nilfisk E 160.1-10 PADH X-Tra also performs well. In the “Cleaning” subcategory, the device beats all other cleaners in the test with the rating “Good” (grade 1.8). The Nilfisk product also scores when it comes to handling: the long pressure hose in particular makes operation very easy. However, the device is also quite heavy and bulky with a weight of 21 kilograms. For comparison: The Krächer devices weigh between 16 kilograms (K5) and 12 kilograms. With around 386 euros the high-pressure cleaner is quite expensive.

You can find more information in our detailed purchase guide.

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