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

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 2, 2018
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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MAIN ATTACHMENT
BEST FOR
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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

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

If you are short on time, you can use a Quick Clean mode to refresh your carpeted flooring. The appliance will leave the surface perfectly clean and tidy, and the carpet will dry in less than an hour.

CONS

The included accessory bag is somewhat small.

OUR VERDICT

Designed for carpets, upholstery, and car interior cleaning, this effective carpet washer will make the surfaces spotless and tidy. Boasting high maneuvrability, large tank capacity, and effective brush system, the Vax ECJ1PAV1 provides quick and thorough cleaning.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

3.6 L / 2.6 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

6 Spin Scrub brushes, Rotating brush bars

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery, Car interiors

USABILITY

Ergonomic handle, Quick cord release hook

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode, Rinse Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Quick Clean mode with Quick Dry Function, Deep Clean Mode

EXTRAS

Upholstery wash tool, 2 x 250ml Ultra+ detergent, Accessory bag

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 8 m, Hose Length: 2.6 m, Weight: 8.7 kg

WARRANTY

6 years 

PROS

By using six high-spray pressure jets and the Vax carpet cleaning solution, the unit will help you to remove any dirt, stains, and odours, leaving the carpeting perfectly clean. It is an excellent choice for pet owners.

CONS

Its detergent tank might seem a bit small.

OUR VERDICT

The Vax VRS5W 500-Watt carpet washer combines high functionality with ergonomic design. Featuring a 24-cm wide cleaning nozzle, it allows hustle-tree cleaning of large areas. With that, the item only weighs 5.6 kg, so it is easy to move around your house.

detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

2.1 L / 1.7 L

MAIN ATTACHMENT

24 cm wide cleaning nozzle, 5 rows of brushes

BEST FOR

Carpets, Rugs

USABILITY

Ergonomic handle with solution release trigger, Cord wrap

CLEANING MODES

Wash Mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Six high-pressure spray jets

EXTRAS

Vax AAA Spring Clean carpet cleaner solution

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 5.9 m, Weight: 5.6 kg

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

Equipped with two ergonomic attachments - a tool for cleaning large stains and upholstery and a tough stain tool - this Bissell carpet cleaner 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

PROS

To make even the 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

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.

Review of Bissell StainPro 10 Carpet Washer

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.

Detailed review of Bissell StainPro 10 Carpet Washer

Additional Info

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Vax ECJ1PAV1

Makes Your Living Space Shine

If you are looking for a powerful, user-friendly, and durable carpet washer, the Vax ECJ1PAV1 is the one to go for. First of all, it features a DualTECH™ cleaning system that uses both rotating brushbars and SpinScrub™ brushes to perform an effective cleaning. Next, the unit has capacious clean water and dirty water tanks, so you won't need to fill the former and empty the latter too often. Besides, the appliance has both a wash and a rinse mode. In other words, after washing your carpet with detergent for tackling dirt and fighting stains, you will be able to remove any chemical residue left on the carpet fibres to complete the cleaning process. To let you test drive the appliance as soon as the box arrives, the manufacturer has included two 250 ml bottles of Vax Ultra+ cleaning solution. One more bonus is a handy accessory bag that comes with the purchase.

This machine was not only created for cleaning flat surfaces. Thanks to an ergonomic wash tool and a stretch hose, it is a great carpet cleaner for stairs as well. With this unit, cleaning upholstery, car seats, and removing accidental spills or old stains is quite a simple task, too. According to the consumer's feedback, the appliance is very simple to assemble and use; though a little heavy, it is quite easy to manoeuvre. Its operation is very intuitive; the user manual is comprehensive and gives many useful tips. We should also add that the Vax Advance Carpet Cleaner is made to last; the manufacturer provides a 6-year warranty for the unit.

Review of Vax ECJ1PAV1 Rapid Power Advance Carpet Cleaner

Clean, Fresh, and Dry in Less Than one Hour

Carpet washers are great at removing stains, dirt, and dust, however, one thing is not so cool about them - sometimes, it takes too long for the carpeted flooring to dry after cleaning. Things are different with the Vax ECJ1PAV1 that has two clean modes. A quick clean mode allows you to get the carpet clean and fresh as quickly and easily as possible and have it dry in less than an hour. A deep clean mode utilizes more water so the surfaces will take longer to dry; it is recommended for deeper and more thorough cleaning. Please note that there are two fill lines on the clean water tank: max fill line for a deep clean mode, and a quick clean fill line for a fast surface washing.

Summing up, this marvellous Vax carpet cleaner allows you to perform fast, professional grade cleaning and makes carpets and upholstery look like new. For effective cleaning of uncarpeted surfaces, we recommend you get one of these wonderful floor polishers.

Vax ECJ1PAV1 Rapid Power Advance Carpet Cleaner in the use

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Vax VRS5W

Less Time on Chores

If you are looking for a moderately-priced carpet cleaner that will help you to do the chores in no time, this Vax Rapide Spring Carpet Washer is the one to go for. Equipped with a wide (24 cm) cleaning nozzle, it allows faster cleaning of large areas. High-pressure steam jets will help you to tackle even stubborn stains by loosening dirt and grease and providing deep cleaning of rugs and carpeted flooring. As the unit comes with a bottle of Vax carpet cleaning solution, you will be able to try its fantastic effect right after the box arrives. Besides, being one of the most lightweight models on the market, it is very easy to handle. The appliance has separate clean water and dirty water tanks with 2.1 L and 1.7 L capacity respectively, an impressive volume for such a compact model. Additionally, it has a long 5.9-m power cable allowing you to clean the whole room without unplugging the unit. Though there are no attachments included, the manufacturer claims that the appliance can be used for cleaning not only flat surfaces but also stairs. Thanks to its thoughtful design, this carpet washer will help you to make rugs and carpets look like new in minimum time and with minimum effort.

Review of Vax VRS5W Rapide Spring Carpet Washer

Keep Your House Clean and Tidy

For the best performance of the unit, you should carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions. Here are some useful tips that will help you use the unit both safely and effectively.

  • The manufacturer recommends using only Vax solution with the carpet washer to ensure excellent cleaning results each time.
  • There is a handy trigger on the handle that allows you to release solution easily; however, it is important not to oversaturate the carpet with the detergent (though additional applications may be required for heavily soiled areas).
  • It is not recommended to walk on the carpet until it is completely dry for it might cause lowering the pile. Cleaning the carpet from back to the front of the room, you won't have to step on the wet carpet.
  • Always clean the dirty water tank and filter (use tap water, warm, but not over 40°C; it is important not to use any chemicals) and allow them to dry before storage. To prevent mineral deposits and mildew forming, never store the unit with liquid left inside its clean and dirty water tanks.
  • Keep in mind that carpets need to be vacuumed prior to washing.

You will find more information in a user guide that comes with the purchase. Please, carefully follow all the instructions and this wonderful carpet washer will serve you for years.

Vax VRS5W Rapide Spring Carpet Washer 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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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.

You may also be interested in handheld and floor steam cleaners and steam mops designed for removing grease and dirt from hard surfaces with minimum time and effort.

Vax ECR2V1P Dual Power Pet Advance Carpet Cleaner in the use

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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 appliances are able to remove even old stubborn stains. Vacuum cleaning the carpets with a carpet washer will save your place from dust, dirt, harmful bacteria and allergens. We have reviewed five best carpet cleaners on the market to help you choose the one that will suit.

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 recommend that you get yourself one of the handheld vacuums that will let you 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 this handy appliance, 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 that you pay attention to the 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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