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

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 8, 2020
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
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
MAIN ATTACHMENT
BEST FOR
USABILITY
CLEANING MODES
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
EXTRAS
PERFORMANCE
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The Bissell 18583 uses the HeatWave technology to keep the water temperature at the consistent level 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

The AQUASPIN brush bar features an antimicrobial treatment which will ensure a more hygienic cleaning. Ideal for everyday cleaning of high-traffic areas, the Vax carpet shampooer is an excellent choice for pet owners.

CONS

It is not so easy to clean after use.

OUR VERDICT

Lightweight and elegant, the Vax Compact Power combines high efficiency with an affordable price. Its narrow floorhead will allow you to easily clean in small spaces and its portable design will help you to save storage space.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

1.8 L / 1.5 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

Aquaspin brushbar with antimicrobial bristles

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery

USABILITY

Handle, Wheels, Cord clip, Solution trigger, Narrow floorhead

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Twin Tank technology, Easy filling and emptying

EXTRAS

250 ml Platinum Solution

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 6.7 m, Weight: 5.47 kg

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

While two rows of DirtLifter PowerBrushes effectively remove any embedded dust and dirt even from thick carpets, the EdgeSweep bristles ensure easy cleaning against baseboards and around furniture.

CONS

The power cord could be longer.

OUR VERDICT

Compact as it is, this 450-Watt carpet shampooer from Bissel will help keep your carpets and rugs looking new with minimum effort. Thanks to its long telescopic handle and large ergonomic wheels, the unit is easy to move around your house.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

1.9 L / 1.9 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

DirtLifter PowerBrushes, EdgeSweep bristles

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs, Against the baseboards

USABILITY

Telescopic handle for easy and convenient storage, Spray trigger on handle, Cord storage, 2 wheels

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Twin Tank technology, Easy filling and emptying

EXTRAS

Bissell Cleaning solution sample

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 6 m, Weight: 5.5 kg

WARRANTY

2 years limited

PROS

This powerful appliance boasts dual rotating power brushes that efficiently lift up the dirt and remove worn-in stains from your carpets. Featuring a 30 cm cleaning width, the unit will ensure fast and efficient cleaning of your carpets.

CONS

It could lift water more effectively.

OUR VERDICT

This energy-efficient 800-Watt carpet cleaner will help you to quickly and thoroughly clean your carpeted floors without spending much on electricity. The tanks are easy to empty and refill. The box includes a 250 ml bottle of Vax Platinum Solution.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

2.7 L / 1.5 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

Dual rotating brushbars

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery

USABILITY

Handle, Wheels, Cord storage hooks, Solution trigger, Narrow floorhead

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Twin Tank technology, Easy filling and emptying

EXTRAS

250 ml Platinum Solution

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 8 m, Weight: 5.8 kg

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

Equipped with a 1.8-m on-board hose, the appliance will help you easily clean all textile surfaces including upholstery, carpeted stairs, mattresses, car interiors, and more. To tackle the most stubborn stains, you can use the included Tough Stain Tool.

CONS

The assembly instructions are somewhat unclear.

OUR VERDICT

The Bissell 20686 Stain Pro 4 carpet shampooer is an efficient home appliance with an impressive 800-Watt capacity and roomy clean and dirty water tanks. Its wide cleaning path will help you to clean larger spaces in a breeze.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

2.8 L / 2.8 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

4 rotating DirtLifter PowerBrushes

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery

USABILITY

Handle, Wheels, On-board hose and tool switch, Solution trigger

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Tank-in-tank system, Easy filling and emptying

EXTRAS

Tough Stain Tool, BISSELL Carpet Shampoo sample

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 6 m, Weight: 7.94 kg

WARRANTY

2 years

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 Compact Power

Lightweight and Moderately-Priced

It is not a secret that keeping your flooring hygienic and clean helps to create a homely atmosphere. But more importantly, it allows you to prevent allergies. Even smaller carpets require regular washing; otherwise, they collect allergens and dirt and become an ideal habitat for dust mites.

If you have a smaller flat or if it is not fully carpeted, a compact carpet cleaner is a great option. As this Vax model weighs under 6 kg, it is easy to manoeuvre and carry around. Its narrow floorhead will easily reach into small spaces while the unit itself requires minimum space for storage.

That said, the machine has a powerful motor that will help you to easily tackle stubborn stains and keep even high-traffic areas immaculately clean. Moreover, the unit is equipped with an AQUASPIN brushbar; its bristles have an antimicrobial treatment that prevents bacteria growth. Even if you have pets, your carpets will be looking and smelling fresh.

As compact as it is, the appliance has 2 separate water tanks, which means only clean water and solution will be applied to your carpets. Please note that the reservoirs are on the smaller side (1.8 L clean and 1.5 L dirty water tank), which might be somewhat inconvenient while cleaning larger areas.

Review of Vax Compact Power Carpet Cleaner

Easy to Assemble, Use, and Store

You will need no tools for assembling this compact carpet shampooer; step-by-step instructions are included in the box. Putting the handle together and attaching it to the main unit is a breeze. The clean water tank is easy to refill and put in place. Just keep in mind that it is recommended to pour in water (up to the water fill line) before you add the detergent (up to the solution fill line). On the handle grip, there is a trigger for applying the solution, just press it during the forward stroke and release during the backward movement to pick up the water.

Maintenance is also quite simple. Always empty, rinse, and dry the water reservoirs before storage and wipe clean the filter underneath the dirty water tank. If necessary, clean the nozzle and brushbar (you'll need a crosshead screwdriver for the latter). Following the manufacturer's instructions will help you to prolong the unit's service life. In addition to helpful tips on its use, the user manual includes a troubleshooting guide.

In a word, the Vax Compact Power carpet cleaner is a functional and user-friendly cleaning tool that requires minimum space for storage. Moderately-priced and efficient, it is ideal for everyday cleaning of high traffic spaces.

Vax Compact Power Carpet Cleaner in the use

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Bissell InstaClean Compact

For Smaller Cleaning Tasks

The Bissell InstaClean compact carpet washer is the perfect device to quickly refresh your rugs and carpets and efficiently remove dirt and stains. Weighing only 5.5 kg and equipped with two ergonomic wheels, it is easy to move up and down the stairs and from one room to another. Moreover, thanks to a retractable handle and portable design, the unit needs less storage space compared to its rivals.

Compact as it is, the carpet shampooer has separate water tanks for clean and dirty water which will ensure perfect cleaning results even in high-traffic areas. Also, the manufacturer has equipped the unit with the patented DirtLifter PowerBrushes designed to remove embedded dirt and EdgeSweep brushes that make cleaning around furniture and against baseboards a breeze.

Thanks to the Quick Release Cord Wrap on the unit's side, it is easy to use and store. Though its power cord is shorter than that of larger models, it is quite common for such a compact unit.

And a pleasant bonus: the appliance comes with a sample bottle of Bissel cleaning solution, so you can start using the appliance right out of the box.

Review of Bissell InstaClean Compact Lightweight & Compact Carpet Cleaner

Makes Cleaning Easier

This portable device is easy to assemble. If you carefully follow the included instructions, you will put it together in no time at all; the only tool required for assembly is a Phillips head screwdriver.

It is easy to use, too. Before plugging the unit in, fill its solution tank (clean water tank) that is attached to the handle. For this, you only need to remove it, unscrew the cap, and fill the reservoir with hot (up to 60°C) tap water (to the WATER line) and detergent (to the FORMULA line). Then, screw back the cap and replace the tank.

Now, it is time to adjust the retractable handle. Turn it counterclockwise and lift it up; then, turn the handle clockwise to secure it. After that, push the red power pedal and the grey detent pedal next to it with your foot.

To wash the carpet, press the trigger and apply water and solution while moving the unit forward and backwards. Then, release the trigger and move the machine over the same area to collect the liquid. Repeat wet and dry passes until the used water appears clean. When the dirty water gets to the full line, empty the liquid into a sink. Please, keep in mind that it is important to rinse the dirty water tank each time after using the carpet cleaner.

On the whole, the Bissell InstaClean carpet shampooer is an excellent appliance for keeping your carpets and rugs fresh and tidy. Lightweight, manoeuvrable, and effective in operation, it will make your cleaning routine easier.

Bissell InstaClean Compact Lightweight & Compact Carpet Cleaner in the use

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Vax Energy Class A

Dual Power for Thorough Cleaning

This Vax Dual Power carpet cleaner is a great choice for flat owners. The unit is lightweight and manoeuvrable, yet, it is quite powerful. Equipped with an energy-efficient 800-Watt motor, it will help you save on electricity while delivering effective performance. The appliance has specially designed dual rotating power brushes that will help you to remove even deep down dirt and stubborn stains with ease.

Twin water tanks (for clean and dirty water) will make sure your carpets are thoroughly washed and rinsed. The clean water tank is pretty large (2.7 L) for such a compact unit, however, you might need to refill it once or twice while cleaning larger rooms. On the other hand, both reservoirs and the unit itself are easy to carry around.

What makes the appliance easy to manoeuvre around furniture and in hard-to-reach areas is its narrow floorhead. With that, its 30 cm cleaning width is ample for hustle-free cleaning. Meanwhile, an 8 m power cord will provide a long cleaning reach.

Finally, the carpet shampooer comes with a sample bottle of Vax Platinum Solution so you can not only use it right from the box but also appreciate the effectiveness of the carpet detergent.

Review of Vax Energy Class A Dual Power Carpet Cleaner

Easy to Use and Maintain

Assembling the appliance is a breeze and the instructions are pretty straightforward, just keep in mind that you will need a crosshead screwdriver. Once the unit is assembled, fill the upper water tank with clean water (make sure its temperature does not exceed 40°C), add two caps of Vax cleaning solution into the water, and put the tank into its place. Plug the unit in and step on the handle release button to recline the handle; then, step on the power button to activate the motor.

Clean the carpet using parallel strokes and squeeze the trigger on the handle to release solution and slowly move the carpet washer over the area. End the cleaning with dry strokes (without pulling the trigger) to remove dirty water from the carpet. Do not forget to refill the clean water tank and empty the dirty water tank as required.

After washing your carpets, the manufacturer recommends rinsing them using water with no solution added. This extra-work will allow you to remove the remaining solution and dirt, leaving your floors perfectly clean. When the job is done, empty both tanks and rinse them with tap water and leave them to dry before reassembling the machine. This will help to prevent any mould and mildew build-up during the unit's storage.

The brushbars can be easily removed for cleaning, the only tool you'll need for removing them and putting the unit back together is your crosshead screwdriver. What's important, the manufacturer has provided a comprehensive video instruction guide on using, storing, and cleaning the carpet shampooer.

In conclusion, the Vax Energy Class A Dual Power Carpet Cleaner is a decent product. It is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. Plus, thanks to its dual technology, it can quickly bring your carpets, rugs and upholstery to life. All this makes it an ideal compact solution for people who live in flats.

Vax Energy Class A Dual Power Carpet Cleaner in the use

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Bissell 20686 Stain Pro 4

For Your Whole Home

This efficient Bissell carpet shampooer is equally good for big and small tasks. First of all, this full-sized model will help you refresh your rugs and carpets with minimum time and effort. Equipped with four rotating DirtLifter PowerBrushes, it will help you to get rid of deep-down dirt. Specially designed EdgeSweep Brushes will leave all surfaces, including areas around furniture and against baseboards, perfectly clean.

Moreover, this model has a wide cleaning path so you will spend less time on the cleaning chores. To minimize your trips to the sink, the unit has a large 2-in-1 water tank with 2.8 L clean water and 2.8 L dirty water reservoirs. The accessory has a comfortable handle for easy carrying around; both emptying the tank and filling it up with water is a breeze.

Next, the Bissell 20686 comes with a removable nozzle for comfy above-the-floor cleaning. Whether you need to wash the stairs, car seats, mattresses, soft furnishings, or upholstery, it will help you to do the job quickly and efficiently. Plus, the long 1.8 m on-board hose will give you more freedom of movement while performing all those smaller tasks. In addition to the included Tough Stain Tool, you will get a sample bottle of the Bissel carpet shampoo.

Review of Bissell 20686 Stain Pro 4 Carpet Cleaner

Keeps Your Carpets and Upholstery Clean and Fresh

This functional model is simple in operation and pretty easy to put together, though according to some users, the assembly instructions could be more comprehensive. Anyway, you will only need a Phillips head screwdriver to accomplish the task.

To start using the appliance, remove the water tank and add the provided cleaning solution to the built-in measuring cup and pour clean hand-hot water into the bladder. Then, replace the water tank, carefully following the manufacturer's instructions. Plug the unit into the socket and choose the desired operating mode - Floor Cleaning for washing carpets and Tools for using the removable nozzle. Push the red (power) pedal and the grey (detent) pedal below the water tank to activate the appliance and use the spray trigger to apply the solution. It is recommended to repeat forward and backwards passes slowly until the water that the carpet shampooer pulls up appears clean. Pour out the dirty water as needed and do not forget to rinse the water tank and attachments after using the appliance.

All in all, this powerful and functional carpet cleaner is a great choice for thorough cleanups; it will help you get rid of dirt and odours, keeping your carpets and upholstery fresh.

Bissell 20686 Stain Pro 4 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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