The Kärcher Industrial


Karcher’s industrial steam cleaner is a slightly different animal than most of the industrial steam cleaners we encountered. This is the big vapour steam cleaner in the arena, and has an operational time that far surpasses anything else we reviewed. With over 4.6 litres of water capacity in its twin tanks, we clocked the maximum usage time at just over 1.5 hours. Compared to most steam cleaners, this number is in a league all its own. At 3.2 bar pressure, it is not setting any records compared to Polti’s Eco Pro 3.0. That being said, with double the operating time, it is ideal for industrial cleaning where the goal is to cover as much ground as possible, rather than to blast the extremely thick dirt, grease and oil.

With assorted attachments, a 2.7 meter long hose and a 4 meter reach, this bad boy will do everything you need it to and more. We found it great for medium-level sterilizing and sanitizing and for covering large areas without the need to refill and re-heat the water, making it very useful for large-scale projects.


The one major fault we had with the machine was the price. Set in a weight class all alone, this machine is priced to match and is probably more than we would consider paying just for the usage time alone when there are more powerful vapour steam cleaners on the market for much more reasonable prices. That being said, every machine has an ideal use, and this one is no different. If you need a lot of light and medium-scale industrial cleaning, this is your best bet.

What We Love:

– The longest run time of any machine we tested by far
– Powerful enough to handle most industrial messes
– Has a long reach for overhead jobs

What Could Be Improved:

– Very expensive compared to other industrial steam cleaners
– Can be very heavy when fully loaded
– Not as powerful as other models we reviewed