Best Carpet Cleaners for Fast and Effective Dirt and Stains removal in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 28, 2017
Carpet cleaners come in handy when you do not want to spend money on a big vacuum cleaner or to crouch your back using a conventional broom. They are suitable for occasional cleaning of carpets, laminate or tiles. Check out our review of the best 5 carpet cleaners and pick the one for yourself! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
MAIN ATTACHMENT
BEST FOR
USABILITY
CLEANING MODES
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
ATTACHMENTS
PERFORMANCE
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Featuring ten rows of rolling brushes, this powerful carpet cleaner can easily remove ingrained dirt and stains from all types of carpeted flooring.

CONS

It takes quite a lot of detergent. 

OUR VERDICT

The BISSELL PowerClean StainPro 10 boasts superior power and efficiency, which, combined with the innovative HEATWAVE function and big container, allow it to handle just about any cleaning task. 

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

5.6 L (2 in 1 tank)

MAIN ATTACHMENT

10 Cleaning Rows of Dual Rotating PowerBrushes

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs, Stairs, Upholstery, Along baseboards

USABILITY

Convenient handle, Auto shut-off when a dirty water tank is full, Handy upper hose/cord rack

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode, Rinse Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Heatwave Technology to maintain the hot water temperature, EdgeSweep™ Brushes to clean around furniture and along skirting boards, DuraStrength™ Nozzle to prevent hair and carpet fibers from clogging up

ATTACHMENTS

Tough Stain Tool, Spraying Crevice Tool, Sample size bottles of BISSELL Carpet Shampoo

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 9 m, Hose Length: 2.7m, Weight: ~11kg

WARRANTY

5 years

PROS
The SpinScrub technology along with a rotating brush bar ensure 360-degree deep cleaning of carpets.
CONS
The cleaner is pretty noisy.
OUR VERDICT
If you're looking for a powerful and cost-efficient carpet cleaner to do all the floorings in your house and remove dirt in hard-to-reach areas like stairs, Vax W85 cleaner is for you.
detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
3.5 L / 2.9 L
MAIN ATTACHMENT
DualTECH™ cleaning system has both SpinScrub™ and rotating brushbars
BEST FOR
Carpets, Upholstery and Stairs
USABILITY
Auto mix system combines the right amount of water and solution, Convenient handle for easy moving around, Auto shut-off when a dirty water tank is full
CLEANING MODES
Wash Mode, Rinse Mode
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Dual V technology ensures quicker drying time, SpinScrub tool and stretch hose for cleaning in hard-to-reach places, Rinse function for removing shampoo residue left on your carpet
ATTACHMENTS
2 x 250ml Ultra+ carpet cleaning solution, Spinscrub hand tool, Pre-treatment wand, Pre-treatment solution, Upholstery wash tool
PERFORMANCE
Cord length: 9 m, Hose length: 4.6 m, Weight: 9.5 kg
WARRANTY
6 years
PROS
A long power cord allows for uninterrupted work throughout the house. Can be used to remove spilled liquids either with the spinning brushed being turned off.
CONS
A relatively heavy unit.
OUR VERDICT
A versatile carpet cleaner that can be used to clean the house as well as a car. Budget-friendly and safe in use, Vax V124A can meet the requirements of many customers.
detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
3.7 L / 3.2 L
MAIN ATTACHMENT
5 SpinScrub brushes
BEST FOR
Carpets, Upholstery, Stairs
USABILITY
Auto mix cleaning system, Auto shut-off when a dirty water tank is full
CLEANING MODES
Wash Mode, Rinse Mode
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Heated cleaning, Dual V technology ensures even suction through twin air paths, The cleaner can be used with/without a brush
ATTACHMENTS
SpinScrub wash tool, Wash tool, 1.42L Ultra+ solution
PERFORMANCE
Cord length: 9.1 m, Hose length: 2.4 m, Weight: 11.5 kg
WARRANTY
6 years
PROS
Owing to 2-in-1 tank system, the cleaner isn't as bulky and much more intuitive in use. Includes all needed attachments for light and deep cleaning.
CONS
Lacks rinse mode.
OUR VERDICT
Optimal cleaning performance on carpets and upholstery is a true purpose of the machine. Perfectly suits users who need a compact and easy-to-use device.
detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
3.4 L (2-in-1 tank)
MAIN ATTACHMENT
6 Cleaning Rows of DirtLifter PowerBrushes
BEST FOR
Carpets, Upholstery, Stairs, Along baseboards
USABILITY
Removable nozzle for easy maintenance, Handy switch between cleaning floors and stairs, Switch between upholstery cleaning modes
CLEANING MODES
Floor Clean, Tools
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Built-in heater heats up water continuously for efficient cleaning, EdgeSweep brushes are meant to remove dirt from baseboards and around furniture, Microban® coating prevents the growth of harmful bacteria
ATTACHMENTS
Crevice tool, Tough Stain Tool, Ready-to-Use Hose
PERFORMANCE
Cord length: 8 m, Hose length: 2.1 m, Weight: 9.25 kg
WARRANTY
2 years limited
PROS
This compact carpet cleaner doesn't require much space and can be stored away in a closet. Despite small size, it guarantees deep cleaning of carpets and rugs.
CONS
Cannot be used for cleaning upholstery.
OUR VERDICT
For a good price you can get this Dirt Devil carpet washer and bring all your old carpets and rugs to life in a blink.
detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
2.5 L / 2 L
MAIN ATTACHMENT
Rotating brush bar with 2 cleaning rows
BEST FOR
Carpets, Rugs
USABILITY
Easy-to-use, lightweight and portable cleaner, Provides fast and efficient clean-up
CLEANING MODES
Wash Mode, Rinse Mode
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Rotating brush bar for carpet deep clean
ATTACHMENTS
250ml Deep Clean Detergent
PERFORMANCE
Cord length: 8 m, Weight: 5.2 kg
WARRANTY
1 year

What Is a Carpet Cleaner?

A carpet cleaner is what everybody needs to keep their houses clean. Thanks to this device, you can easily clean carpets and floor surfaces, saving a lot of money on dry-cleaning. The main feature of this type of vacuum cleaners is the ability to clean deeply, disinfecting carpets and other surfaces. Due to special fluids and additional cleaning functions, these carpet cleaners are able to remove even old stubborn stains. Cleaning regularly with a carpet cleaner will save your place from dust, dirt, harmful bacteria and allergens.

If you've got kids or pets, you know how messy a place can be after their games. If you face this kind of problem we'd recommend you to get one of the handheld vacuums to keep your house clean and nice. You may also be interested in one of these fantastic robotic vacuums.

What Features to Compare

Efficiency

Cleaning efficiency of a carpet cleaner is several times higher than of a standard vacuum cleaner. With a carpet cleaner, you won't need to clean your place every day, just once a week! The efficiency of a carpet cleaner depends on several criteria, and the main one is a power. The more power the motor yields, the better the vac absorbs dirt. 300 Watts is enough to clean linoleum, parquet or carpet with a low pile. For heavily soiled (by animal dander or dirt street) and complex surfaces (woollen carpets) the required power ought to be from 300 to 450 Watts. Another criterion is the width of the main attachment. It will affect the amount of time you need to spend on cleaning. Standard brushes have an average width of 10 inches. That's a pretty good size for a quick and effective cleaning.

Usability and Performance

The next important aspect is a power cord length. An optimal length of the cord should be from 20 feet to 26 feet, such length makes it possible to clean a room without pulling the power cord out of an outlet. The size and weight of a carpet cleaner also affect its performance and usability. These parameters are primarily dependent on the amount of water in a tank. The capacity of a clean water tank, as a rule, varies between 2.3 to 10 litres. For example, to clean a two-bedroom flat, you'd need to use up to 7.5 litres of clean water.  The manufacturers often equip vacs with a bit bigger dirty water tank - from 5 to 20 litres. Consider the height of a handle as well, for if it's adjustable, the cleaning will be much more comfortable and efficient too.

Package and Additional Features

We highly recommend you to pay attention to additional features of all carpet cleaners on our shortlist. They determine what kind of tasks the device is able to perform. Usually, carpet cleaners are equipped with 5-7 attachments: 2 or 3 of them are good for wet cleaning, and 3 or 4 are used for dry cleaning. The standard attachment has an adjustable brush that can clean any carpet or carpeted floor quite good. When moving forward, the brush sweeps the floor and absorbs the dust that immediately goes into a carpet cleaner. This brush also protects the floor from scratches.

As for additional attachments, the crevice tool cleans in the most hard-to-reach areas such as louvre-boards, gaps between the furniture, heaters, and ledges. A big attachment for carpets or a small attachment for upholstered furniture is usually used for wet cleaning. There is a built-in mechanism inside these attachments which sprays a special cleaning solution. In most carpet cleaners there are 2 cleaning stages. First, you have to spray the detergent mixed with water on the needed surface, then a brush whips this mix into the foam, after that the foam enters deep into the fibres of the carpet, and finally all the dirt goes up together with the foam. A carpet cleaner absorbs everything into a dirty water tank and, as a result, the surface dries. There is a possibility to wash both the upholstery and furniture during the cleaning since a carpet cleaner splashes shampoo with water and immediately collects it.

A SpinScrub patented system is a brush that rotates in two opposite directions and scrubs the carpet pile on all sides. This makes it possible to remove even the stubborn grime stains, allergens, and unpleasant smell with minimal effort. But this system is not available for all models of carpet cleaners.

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Bissell StainPro 10

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Bissell is a privately owned corporation established back in 1876. Melville Bissell, the company founder, had created his first carpet sweeping machine for cleaning the crockery shop he owned with his wife. In 1883, the company's first plant was built. By 1890, with a daily production of 1000 sweepers, Bissell Inc. had entered an international market.

We have chosen the BISSELL StainPro 10 14566 for its outstanding cleaning capabilities combined with a user-friendly ergonomic design. The appliance uses as many as ten rows of dual rotating brushes to loosen and remove even deep down dirt and stains. Next, this model features a Heatwave Technology™ that uses heat from the machine’s motor to maintain the water temperature and to heat the brushes and carpet for the most effective cleaning. Additionally, the unit is equipped with EdgeSweep™ brushes for thorough cleaning against baseboards and sweeping around furniture, and a DuraStrength™ Nozzle to prevent clogs. It also has a surround suction feature that uses full-width suction to ensure fast drying of the carpet.

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Efficient and Convenient

Owing to its well-thought-out design, this powerful carpet cleaner is very convenient in use. It has a large water reservoir so you will make fewer trips to the sink to empty the tank and fill it with water. An easy-to-empty debris bracket will capture hair and any other small debris, so they won't get into a dirty water tank. Tough Stain Tool will help to get rid of stains and dirt in hard-to-reach areas and on upholstery. To ensure manoeuvrability and ease of use, the unit is equipped with a 2.7-m hose, a 9-m cable, and an ergonomic lift handle. In addition, the unit features a handy hose/cord rack for convenient storage and carrying around. Finally, this fantastic carpet cleaner is easy to maintain, just carefully follow the instructions you'll find in the included user guide.

Bissell StainPro 10 Carpet Washer in the use

Designed to Make Life Easier

With efficient modern appliances, we don't have to spend a lot of time cleaning our house and taking care of our clothes. While using a quality carpet washer will help you to keep your carpets and upholstery clean and tidy, a quick and effective way to get rid of wrinkles on fabrics is using a garment steamer.

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Vax W85-PL-T

Dual Power

Vax company specializes in the manufacturing of corded and cordless cleaning products in the floor-care sector. Their products range comprises vacuum cleaners, steam mops, cleaning solutions for carpets and hard flooring. From the date of company's foundation in 1979, they have been renovating their products and introducing new technologies into the market and finally become the best-selling brand in UK.

We've decided to take a closer look at Vax Dual Power Pro carpet cleaner. To turn-to cleaning all you have to do is just fill the water tank where one section is used for water and the other one for cleaning solution. If you want to remove stains from your carpet it is recommended to choose the Wash mode that uses cleaning detergent to remove dirt. But if you need to freshen your carpet, the model features Rinse mode that uses only water to remove dust and dirt. You can also use this mode in case you need to remove solution residue after deep clean. Vax W85-PL-T carpet cleaner also features Dual V technology where 2 separate air paths create dual power and suck in water more efficiently for faster drying time. What's more, the main cleaning brush features DualTECH system - 6 SpinScrubs and 1 rotating brush bar that gently wash and groom carpets and rugs for a 360-degree clean. 

Review of Vax W85-PL-T Dual Power Pro Advance Carpet Cleaner

Multipurpose Cleaner

One of the main advantage of this carpet cleaner is its quite long hose that can be extended up to 4.6 meters. Just attach a SpinScrubTM hand tool to a hose and you will be able to clean upholstery and even passenger compartment with ease. You will also like the fact the length of a hose is enough to clean thoroughly each stair without lifting a carpet cleaner. The Auto mix system mixes the right amount of water and solution, ridding you of the need to do it yourself while the Auto shut-off function turns the unit off the moment the water reservoir has been emptied. As regards stains removal, this carpet cleaner does its job perfectly. Even if you have some tough stains you can easily get rid of them. To do so, fix a Clean Boost Trigger and apply a special solution on a stain. Leave it there for several minutes and run the cleaner over it as you'd do while cleaning. All in all, Vax carpet cleaner is a perfect device for those users who are looking for both an efficient yet budget-friendly carpet washer.

Vax W85-PL-T Dual Power Pro Advance Carpet Cleaner in the use

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For hassle-free cleaning of floors, windows, bathroom fitments, and more, we recommend you get one of these marvellous steam mops

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Vax W85-PL-T
 

Vax V124A

Not Only Washes

Vax company has been producing floor care products for over 40 years by now and still follows the voice of its customers to be able to satisfy their all needs and come up with top-notch appliances. Among the products the company's known for is this Upright Carpet and Upholstery Washer with Dual V technology.

This technology with 2 separate air paths ensures even suction throughout the tool's width as against the models where the water is collected only against the centre of a tool. What's more, the vac provides a heated cleaning too with the air blown right onto the carpet to ensure faster drying time. The carpet cleaner boasts SpinScrub technology with 5 rotating brushes, all spinning alongside each other to penetrate the carpet surface deeper and remove stubborn and embedded dirt. The vac can reach the edges of any surface, be it your furniture, stairs or upholstery, and so, will help clean throughout the house in no time. It effectively struggles against spilt liquids, hairs, etc. and if you'd need to go clean your car, it will absolutely do. At an attractive price as it's sold, this vac can become your helping hand in many situations; you won't regret buying it, for sure.

Review of Vax V124A Dual V Upright Carpet and Upholstery Washer

Efficient Use

When speaking of the machine's usability we'd like to note that the carpet cleaner features a brush setting selector where you can turn on/off a brushbar rotation. This feature is meant to prolong the lifespan of the whole machine since if you need to pick up liquid, brushing is not required. Quite a clever decision, isn't it? Another thing we like about this carpet cleaner is that it allows for incredibly safe and fast cleaning. The model features automatic shut-off when the dirty water tank is full. The cleaner will stop picking up dirty solution and to restart the operation you'll have to empty the tank. Vax carpet cleaner comes fitted with a 2.4 m hose that will help you remove dirt from those places where the main tool cannot reach. You will be able to use it to clean your car, stairs, upholstery, etc. Now you might have got an impression that this vac can do literally everything for you, and you know what, that's actually true. Using this vac, you wouldn't even need to bother with the amount of solution to add to the tank since the vac can automatically mix the right proportion, draining out the unused solution for the next use. 

Vax V124A Dual V Upright Carpet and Upholstery Washer in the use

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You may also be interested in one of these easy-to-handle cordless vacuums, perfect for a for a quick cleaning.

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Vax V124A
 

Bissell Cleanview Proheat Carpet Cleaner

Heated Water For Better Results

We have already told you about BISSELL company and their outstanding floor care products. But we'd also like to add that the company is the number one manufacturer of vacuum cleaners in North America in terms of sales, having got 20% of the market share.

Here, we'd like to tell you about BISSELL CleanView® Proheat® carpet cleaner. This model works in 2 operation modes. The Floor Clean mode is used to remove tough stains from carpets and rugs while the Tools mode is efficient to clean stairs and other hard-to-reach places. What we liked best about this vac is that it features a Microban coating inside the water tank that prevents the growth of harmful bacteria and kills all unpleasant odours. Owing to this coating, the unit also doesn't dirty up as quick as those models without it. Still, that's not everything that we find special about BISSELL CleanView® Proheat® carpet cleaner. You wouldn't see it until you try the vac and feel the results. Inside the vac, there's a heater that constantly heats water to maintain efficient cleaning and remove stubborn stains. You'd never get rid of such pollutions with a conventional broom or a standard vac, even if you rubbed stains hard. That's what makes this model outstanding on our shortlist and that's why we can certainly recommend it to use.

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Bladder Instead of a Tank

The peculiar thing about BISSELL Cleanview Proheat Carpet Cleaner design is that instead of a clean water reservoir there’s a bladder, which means you’d have only one tank to empty after each use. The construction of the kind also means that hot clean and dirty water never mix up and the cleaning results are much more efficient. That also greatly scales down the weight of the unit, making it much more lightweight and convenient to use. The maintenance is also a breeze. All brushes have removable nozzles which can be easily ejected in case there’s something got stuck inside a nozzle. Whenever you need to clean in the confined places or along the stairs, set the ReadyTools dial on a vac, switch it to the Tool mode and go vacuuming. All dirt and dust from upholstery and stairs will be removed in a blink. The option to vary cleaning modes with accordance to the flooring is another advantage we’d like to bring to your notice. The vac has got a heater and you can use it whenever you need. There are plenty of things that make up for the convenience of use, some of which need no introduction. You will surely put value upon an ergonomic handle, a long retractable cord and a manoeuvrable brush, all designed for comfortable cleaning and great end results.

Bissell Cleanview Proheat Carpet Cleaner in the use

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The BISSELL wash and refresh blossom and breeze concentrated shampoo will remove the most stubborn stains from your carpets and rugs by penetrating deep into fibres, leaving a refreshing flower scent in the air.

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Dirt Devil DDW01-E01

Undivided Attention on Your Carpets

Dirt Devil company was founded by Philip Geier in 1905 and at the time was known as a Royal Manufacturing company. Now the company produces and deploys a wide variety of floor care products but what it's famous for most of all is the introduction of the first vacuum with a patented Cyclone system into the market. Since 1955 Dirt Devil company has sold over 25 million vacuums, which is an impressive amount, to be honest. The original products were sold under the "Royal Dirt Devil" name but as the time passed by, the word "royal" was slowly coming out of use except for really expensive professional-grade products. 

For our review, we've picked Easy&Lite carpet cleaner by Dirt Devil. This model is ideal for cleaning carpets and rugs. The cleaner doesn't require a hose connection and so, can be easily run over small to moderate-sized areas. It mightn't be the best option for cleaning stairs and upholstery, but for people who look for a decent carpet washer only, it will surely do. The Easy&Lite carpet cleaner is fitted with all needed accessories to quickly remove dust and stains including deeply embedded dirt from all kinds of carpets (nozzles, brushes, trial size formula) so that you can maintain the cleanness of your floors with literally no effort at all. 

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Portable and Lightweight Cleaner

The carpet cleaner is quite portable and very manoeuvrable owing to the fact that it is designed without additional parts and tools. It weighs only 5.2 kg and both its width and depth don't exceed 28 cm so, it will easily fit into a closet or a cupboard for storing. It may be concluded that such a lightweight device can be moved around easily and the process of cleaning won't be painstaking. The dirty water tank holds up to 2 L of water while the clean water tank features 2.5 L capacity. It means that you will be able to clean the whole flat on one refill. The cleaner comes fitted with a cleaning solution so that you don't need to get one right away and can have some play around with the one supplied. Yet, if you'd like to neutralize unpleasant odours or saturate the room with a fresh fragrance, you may want to try a different washing solution, the link to which is provided just below. Anyway, with all that said, we can easily say that this carpet cleaner can become a great solution for customers who have got kids and/or pets and face the problem of soiled carpets and rugs pretty often. With one at hand, all mess and odours will disappear once and for all, leaving a beautiful trail of freshness after each use.

Dirt Devil DDW01-E01 Easy and Lite Carpet Washer in the use

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While these cleaners work great for cleaning carpets, the optimal solution for the hard flooring is the wet-dry vacuum. In a similar manner, they use a stream of water to remove the stain and then collect the dirty water back into the cleaner's tank.
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