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

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 8, 2019
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 five best carpet cleaners and pick the one for yourself! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
MAIN ATTACHMENT
BEST FOR
USABILITY
CLEANING MODES
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
EXTRAS
PERFORMANCE
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Featuring ten rows of rolling brushes, this powerful Bissell carpet shampooer 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 a large 2-in-1 water tank, allows 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

EXTRAS

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

PERFORMANCE

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

WARRANTY

5 years

PROS

Thanks to the Auto Mix technology, you don't need to guess how much solution to use for the best cleaning results. The right proportion of water and detergent will be provided automatically.

CONS

It might be not so easy to clean the brushes. 

OUR VERDICT

This efficient 1200-Watt model is ideal for cleaning carpeted surfaces. It features separate clean and dirty water reservoirs to provide more thorough cleaning. Supplied with 3 bottles of solution, the unit can be used right from the box.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

4.7 L / 4.7 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

Patented SpinScrub brushes

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery, Stairs, Car interiors, and more

USABILITY

Ergonomic handle, 2 wheels, Handy hose storage

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode, Quick Clean Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Automix technology, Spinscrub technology TM, Twin tank technology

EXTRAS

2-in-1 Tool, Spin scrub Hand Tool, Crevice Tool, Storage bag, 250 ml Platinum solution, 250 ml Pre-Treatment solution, 250 ml Post-Treatment solution

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 8 m, Hose length: 2.5 m, Weight: 8.4 kg

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The Bissell 18583 uses the HeatWave technology to keep the water temperature throughout the cleaning session. Its Powerful Surround Suction will guarantee your carpeted floors will dry within an hour.

CONS

According to some users, it is a little loud in operation.

OUR VERDICT

The Bissell ProHeat 2X is a state-of-the-art vertical carpet washer that has ample clean water tank capacity to clean up to 40 square metres. Equipped with a low profile foot and 12 rows of rotating brushes, it will remove dirt even in hard to reach places.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

3.7 L / 3.7 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

Dual DirtLifter PowerBrushes

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery, Stairs, Car interiors, Sofas, Mattresses, and more

USABILITY

Ergonomic handle, 2 wheels, Handy hose storage, Low profile foot

CLEANING MODES

Deep Clean Mode, Express Clean Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

HeatWave technology, Two Tank system, Powerful Surround Suction

EXTRAS

Tough Stain Tool, 2-in-1 Crevice Tool, BISSELL Carpet Shampoo samples

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: ~ 8 m, Hose length: 2.1 m, Weight: 8.2 kg

WARRANTY

2 years limited

PROS

To make even high traffic areas tidy and clean, the unit is equipped with dual rotating brushbars, upholstery tool, and a pre-treatment wand and comes with an Ultra+ Pet solution and a Pre-treatment solution bottle.

CONS

Thicker carpets might take a while to dry.

OUR VERDICT

This effective, functional, and reliable carpet washer is an excellent cleaning appliance, especially for pet owners. It tackles stubborn stains, removes dirt and dust, and lifts up pet hair from carpets and upholstery with ease.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

2.7 L / 1.5 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

Dual rotating brush bars

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery, Car interiors

USABILITY

Ergonomic handle, Quick cord release hook

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Twin Tank technology

EXTRAS

Wash Tool, Pre-treatment wand, Accessory bag, 250 ml Ultra+ Pet solution, 250 ml Pre-treatment solution

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 8 m, Hose Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 6.4 kg

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

Equipped with two ergonomic attachments - a tool for cleaning large stains and upholstery and a tough stain tool - this Bissell carpet cleaner for home use will help to keep your house and car clean and spotless.

CONS

The suction hose is a bit short. 

OUR VERDICT

Boasting a 750-watt capacity, this compact spot cleaner allows you to remove stains and refresh carpets and upholstery, leaving them clean and almost dry. It can be used on various surface types. The unit is equipped with an ergonomic carry handle for better mobility.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

Clean capacity 2.8 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

Large Stain & Upholstery Tool with 2 rows of brushes

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery, Stairs, Car interiors, and more

USABILITY

QuickRelease™ cord wrap, Hose wrap, Carry handle

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

2 interchangeable attachments for cleaning rugs, stairs, and upholstery, Tool storage.

EXTRAS

Sample size bottle of Wash and Protect Professional solution, Tough stain tool

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 6.7 m, Hose length: 1.5m, Weight: 6 kg

WARRANTY

Limited 2 years

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 the international market.

We have chosen the Bissell StainPro 10 carpet shampooer 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 the 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 when the cleaning is over.

Review of Bissell StainPro 10 Carpet Washer

Efficient and Convenient

Owing to its well-thought-out design, this powerful carpet cleaner is very convenient to 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. The 2-in-1 tank system will guarantee only clean water and detergent are applied to your carpets and upholstery. An easy-to-empty debris bracket will capture hair and any other small debris, so they won't get into a dirty water tank. The 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. It also has a wide cleaning path so you will spend less time taking care of your carpet, which you will especially appreciate when cleaning larger areas. In addition, the unit features a handy hose/cord rack for convenient storage and carrying around. On top of that, 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

Additional Info

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Vax CWGRV021

For All-House Cleanup

Keeping your house tidy is an easy task with the right equipment at hand. Let's look at one more carpet cleaner model that can make your chores a breeze. First of all, the Vax CWGRV021 is equipped with patented SpinScrub brushes that rotate in different directions to thoroughly and effectively remove dirt. Thanks to its edge to edge brushbars, it will be easy to clean around skirting boards and furniture.

Next, the purchase includes additional accessories such as a 2-in-1 Anti Microbial tool, a crevice tool, a SpinScrub hand tool, and a stretch hose for hustle-free cleaning of upholstery and stairs. These interchangeable attachments will make it easy to remove even deep down dirt especially if you use solutions created for tackling the most stubborn stains. As a matter of fact, the purchase includes three 250 ml bottles of pre-treatment, post-treatment, and platinum solution so you can try their effectiveness right away. By the way, the machine will mix detergent with water in the correct proportion automatically, saving you time and effort.

Finally, the unit features two water tanks, which means only clean water is applied to your carpets and upholstery. Both reservoirs are easy to remove and put in place. The upper tank has two compartments - for the solution and for the water and the lower one for the used water.

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Customizable Cleaning Modes

As functional as it is, the carpet shampooer boasts intuitive operation. Though the appliance is on the heavier side, it is easy to manoeuvre thanks to its ergonomic handle and wheels and a long 8-m cord. The unit has two clean modes - quick clean and deep clean. The first one is ideal for removing surface dirt; it will only take one hour for the carpet to dry completely after the session. The second mode is recommended for more comprehensive cleaning so you should keep in mind the carpet will take longer to dry. A handy rinse/wash switch on the upper reservoir will allow you to use water with or without solution. An ergonomic trigger on the unit's handle will help you to apply water as needed (it is recommended to push it during a forward stroke and release the trigger during the backward stroke to pick the water up).

Summing up, the Vax CWGRV021 is an efficient and user-friendly appliance that will help you to keep carpeted surfaces, upholstery, and even car interiors perfectly clean with minimum effort spent.

Vax CWGRV021 Carpet Washer in the use

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Bissell 18583

Revolutionary Design

Sometimes, a little improvement in design makes a big difference. Unlike most of its competitors, the Bissell 18583 utilises the patented HeatWave technology to provide the most effective performance throughout the cleaning session. Designed to deliver consistent water temperature and equipped with two rows of super-efficient brushes, the appliance will gently lift away dirt, spots, and stains to ensure professional cleaning results each time.

The unit uses a 2-in-1 tank system so the reservoirs for clean and dirty water are separated, which makes cleaning more hygienic. The tanks boast a competitive capacity of 3.7 L each so you won't need to refill or empty them too often. To be more exact, you will be able to clean around 40m2 without doing so. In addition to that, the unit has a low profile foot, which will ensure hassle-free cleaning underneath the furniture. Moreover, the Bissell 18583 comes with a tough stain brush that will help you fight the most stubborn stains and a carpet cleaning formula to try the appliance as soon as the purchase arrives. The box includes a detachable hose and additional accessories (a tough stain tool and a 2-in-1 crevice tool) that will make taking care of all carpeted surfaces including stairs easier than ever. These attachments will also come in very handy for cleaning car interiors and upholstery.

Review of Bissell 18583 Upright Carpet Cleaner

Effective and Efficient

Now, let's have a look at the unit's settings. The carpet shampooer has a deep clean mode for a thorough cleaning and an express clean mode for a quick clean-up. It takes just about as little as 30 minutes for the carpets to dry after you use the latter setting. Alternatively, you can use the deep clean mode and use the tough stain tool plus some Bissell detergent for tackling difficult stains and dirt. The low profile foot design of the domestic carpet washer will allow you to easily manoeuvre around furniture. Though the unit is heavier than some other models, its powerful motor and a number of innovative features make its performance way more effective.

In a word, buying the Bissell 18583 carpet cleaner for home use is a great alternative to hiring a cleaning service. This user-friendly appliance will allow you to deep clean or refresh all carpeted surfaces, including those in the high traffic areas, in the shortest time possible.

Bissell 18583 Upright Carpet Cleaner in the use

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Vax ECR2V1P

For Pet Owners

Keeping pets brings more fun and joy into your life, but it also brings more chores. Surely, your dog has no shoes to take off coming home from walking in the rain, and sometimes even the most respectable cat can leave "presents" on the carpet. Whichever the case is, you will not be so easily distressed if you have a carpet washer that takes minimum time to fight stains and dirt. That is why this wonderful Vax model, specially designed to tackle even the most stubborn stains, is a great choice for pet owners. It has dual rotating brushbars to remove dirt and dust from your carpeted flooring and a special wash tool for convenient stairs and upholstery cleaning. Besides, this carpet washer effectively eliminates pet odours and lifts pet hairs, especially when used with an Ultra+ Pet Solution, a 250 ml bottle of which comes included in the box.

The appliance utilizes a twin tank technology and has separate reservoirs for clean and for dirty water. The clean water tank has a competitive 2.7 L capacity, so there will be few trips to the sink during cleaning. Many users admit that the carpet washer is lighter compared to its competitors; the unit is easy to set up and use. Besides, this model is equipped with a 2.4 m stretch hose and an 8 m cable, so you can move it around with no difficulty.

Review of Vax ECR2V1P Dual Power Pet Advance Carpet Cleaner

Say Good Bye to Stains

This carpet washer model has everything you need for tackling tough stains. As we have mentioned above, it comes with a handy upholstery tool that you can use to refresh furniture, stairs, and automobile interiors. Moreover, it is equipped with a pre-treatment wand that allows you to apply a special solution on the soiled areas before using the carpet cleaner or the washing tool. And you can start fighting stains right out of the box, because, in addition to an Ultra+ Pet Solution, you will get a 250 ml bottle of Pre-treatment detergent. In such a way, you will be able to get rid of the most stubborn stains just like that and keep even high traffic areas fresh and clean. All in all, the Vax ECR2V1P is a great carpet cleaner that can help to keep your house (and your car) tidy and inviting even if your cute animal friends sometimes make it a mess.

Vax ECR2V1P Dual Power Pet Advance Carpet Cleaner in the use

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Bissell SpotClean PRO

Spotless Tidiness

According to consumers feedback, this model is second to none in removing stains and refreshing upholstery. What makes it so cool? First of all, the unit comes with two interchangeable cleaning tools that combine brushing and detergent action with vacuum suction. Along with the purchase, you will get the Bissel Wash and Protect Professional solution that will fight even the toughest stains just like that. Equipped with a 750-watt motor that provides a powerful suction, the appliance will help you remove the applied detergent along with the dissolved dirt, leaving the surface almost dry. 

Next, the unit is lightweight and portable, so it is easy to carry around your house. With that, the carpet washer has quite capacious water tanks, which means there will be fewer trips to the sink. Both reservoirs have ergonomic handles so they are easy to remove and carry. The hose might seem a bit short, though this should not cause great inconvenience considering the compact size of the appliance and that it's designed mainly for smaller tasks.

In a word, the Bissell SpotClean PRO carpet washer, created for fast and effective cleaning of carpeted floors, stairs, home and car upholstery will help you to tidy your living space with no hustle.

Review of Bissell SpotClean PRO Portable Carpet Cleaner

How It Works

With the box, you will get two cleaning attachments - a large stain and upholstery attachment and a tough stain tool; they are both equipped with brushes, spray nozzles, and vacuum slots. The first one is larger and has two rows of brushes; it will help you to refresh stair carpeting and upholstery. The second attachment is smaller in size yet it is equipped with three rows of brushes. It will come in handy for tackling stains and spills even in hard-to-reach areas. Both tools are easy to attach to the hose grip; just make sure they are properly secured before you switch the unit on. After spraying the cleaning solution by pressing a trigger, you can scrub the soiled area with the brush attachment and then remove dirt and liquid by applying downward pressure while pulling the tool toward you. With more soiled surfaces, more applications may be required; you can also try to use a stain pretreat (sold separately).

The purchase includes a user manual with easy-to-follow instructions and useful tips. Following these recommendations will help you get excellent results each time.

Bissell SpotClean PRO Portable Carpet Cleaner in the use

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What Is a Carpet Cleaner?

A carpet cleaner is a must-have for any flat or house with carpeted floors.

The advantage of these cleaners is that they can effectively loose and break dirt in fibres of rugs and fluffy carpets as well as clean other floor types saving you a considerable effort and money you'd spend hiring a dry cleaning service. What's more, they also have a disinfection function, thanks to which you can not only keep your place in a pristine condition but also remove dust, allergies and bacteria which might be lingering around.

One other thing that favourably sets carpet cleaners apart is that they can clean deeply. Thanks to the number of cleaning functions and fluids used, you can be sure even some old and stubborn stains will disappear.

Don't know which carpet cleaner will be best for you? Lost in a multitude of choices? In this article, we've reviewed five best carpet cleaners from different brands so you can choose the most suitable one for your needs.

Another appliance that might pique your interest is a handheld vacuum cleaner. It will be especially useful for families with small children and pets, where cleanups should be done regularly.

What Features to Compare

Efficiency

When it comes to carpet cleaners, the cleaning efficiency is what matters. Compared to any traditional hoover, in a carpet cleaner, it is several times higher. This will allow you to clean deeper and, consequently, clean much less often than usual. The efficiency of a carpet cleaner depends on a few things. First, it is power. The higher the power, the better (and quicker) the vac will gulp dirt. In general, 300 Watts is considered enough for cleaning hard floors such as linoleum and parquet and carpets with a low pile. But if you have pets and your floors tend to get soiled rather quickly it will be better to opt for a cleaner yielding 450 Watts and more. Second, it is the main attachment, namely its width. The size of this attachment will tell you how much time you'll need to spend cleaning. If you don't want to run the unit over the same area several times, we recommend choosing models that have a brush with the width of 8-10 inches.

Usability and Performance

Moving on, we recommend checking out such things as the size of the cleaner and the length of its cord. Ideally, it should be rather lightweight and you should be able to connect it to a power outlet without using extensions. The length of the cord many consider the most optimal is 20-26 feet. What is also important is the tank capacity. Depending on the size of your place, you can choose from 2 to 20 litres. Another thing that will make the use of the vac more convenient is its handle. We recommend opting for models that allow you to adjust the height of the handle, making it comfy for people of all builds to use it without bending.

Package and Additional Features

Finally, pay attention to the additional features included in the package. These can greatly extend the functions of a cleaner. As a rule, most carpet cleaners come including 5-7 attachments: 2-3 are used for wet cleaning and 3-4 are intended for dry cleaning. The standard attachment has an adjustable brush, which allows you to clean all types of carpets. When you move, this brush sweeps the floor and sucks in the dirt at the same time so that you do not need to return to the same area twice.

As for additional attachments, the crevice tool works wonders cleaning 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. These attachments have special mechanisms inside which allow them to disperse cleaning solution. In most carpet cleaners for home use, there are 2 cleaning stages. First, you have to spray the detergent mixed with water onto 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 shampooer 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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