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

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 31, 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

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

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

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

In addition to a bristle brush for dislodging the dirt, the Russell Hobbs carpet cleaner is equipped with a wide 24 cm jet spray. The water and solution will penetrate deep into the carpet, promoting thorough fibre cleaning.

CONS

No accessories or extras are included.

OUR VERDICT

Comfy and reliable, this home carpet cleaner will be appreciated in any household. It has a lightweight and balanced body, large wheels, and an ergonomic handle. Both water tanks are easy to remove and replace which makes maintenance easy.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

1.8 L / 1.75 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

Bristle brushbar

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs

USABILITY

Handle, Wheels, 24 cm wide jet spray, Cord clip

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Twin Tank technology, Easy filling and emptying

EXTRAS

No

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 8 m, Weight: 6 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 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 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 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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Russell Hobbs ABS/PP Gunmetal and Purple

Good Value For The Money

When choosing a home carpet cleaner, you often need to compromise between compactness and functionality. Though larger models deliver more suction power and usually come with a variety of attachments for cleaning stairs and upholstery, they are not so easy to put together and carry around your house. If you are looking for a portable carpet cleaner that has no bells or whistles but that effectively removes dirt and stains from carpets and rugs, try this Russell Hobbs model.

Assembling the unit takes no time at all and the only tool you need to attach the handle to the base unit is a cross-headed screwdriver. To ensure excellent cleaning results, the appliance has two separate water tanks. Both tanks are easy to remove and replace so getting ready for cleaning takes minimal time and effort.

Once you put the appliance together, remove the clean water tank, add 1-4 capfuls of detergent, and fill the reservoir with warm tap water. Replace the tank, plug the unit in and turn it on. Press the handle release pedal and you can start cleaning. Move the machine backwards while pressing the trigger; then, release the trigger and remove the solution and water from the carpet by pushing the unit forward. Refill the clean water tank and empty the dirty water tank as necessary. After use, do not forget to clean the dirty water tank with warm tap water.

Review of Russell Hobbs ABS/PP Gunmetal and Purple Carpet Cleaner

Makes Cleaning a Lighter Task

Easy to assemble and use, this item is pretty lightweight (6 kg) so it is easy to lift it up and down the stairs; besides, it has large ergonomic wheels for better manoeuvrability. Moreover, the unit is equipped with a long 8-m power cord that gives you more freedom to move around. Thanks to the ergonomic holders, the cable is easy to store away when the unit is not in use.

In the user manual, you will find important safety, assembly, and use instructions, as well as a number of helpful hints. For example, it is not advisable to apply too much cleaning solution and walk on the carpet until it is completely dry. Also, to ensure the most effective performance and prevent excessive foaming, the manufacturer recommends using their brand of shampoo. Please note that the detergent is sold separately.

All in all, the Russell Hobbs ABS/PP is a compact reliable appliance for refreshing and deep cleaning your carpets. The unit is easy to put together and move around your house.

Russell Hobbs ABS/PP Gunmetal and Purple 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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