Best Handheld Carpet Cleaners in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 1, 2018
Cleaning your expensive carpets of spills and stains isn't going to be difficult if you use a Handheld Carpet Cleaner. Light in weight and small in size, portable hoovers are the most suitable for this purpose. So, if you are looking to buy yourself a handheld carpet cleaner, it should be easy after you read through these five top-rated vacuum cleaners reviews. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Type of Cleaning
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PROS

It's the only portable vac that comes with a motorized brush for a deeper cleaning effect. It can tackle extremely stubborn carpet stains.

CONS

There may be condensed water on the body. 

OUR VERDICT

This is an extra-mighty appliance for cleaning most surfaces around the house and outside. The soft wheels ensure good manoeuvrability while cleaning a carpet. Thanks to the double suction function, your carpets will dry much quicker.

detailed parameters
Type of Cleaning

Wet

Tank Capacity

Clean water tank capacity - 1.9 litres

Power Source

Corded (4.6 m power cord)

Power

1100 Watts

Brush

Motorized brush (11.5 cm cleaning path)

Convenience

IPX 4 rated, Retractable handles, Wheels, Quick release mains cable wrap, Easy pour waste water spout, 236-ml bottle

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Thanks to the fact that this vacuum cleaner can be stored with water and carpet shampoo inside the tank, it is ready to use at a moment's notice.

CONS

It might leave surfaces overly wet.

OUR VERDICT

This vacuum is great for quick clean-ups. It's capable of cleaning spills, muddy shoe prints, dried chocolate sauce, split juice, pets accidents and many more. All this makes it the best solution for families with kids and pets.

detailed parameters
Type of Cleaning

Wet

Tank Capacity

Clean water tank capacity - 1.1 litres
Dirty water tank capacity - 1.4 litres

Power Source

Corded (4.6 m power cord)

Power

275-330 Watts

Brush

Tough stain tool (7.6 cm cleaning path)

Convenience

Heatwave Technology™, Carry handle, Hose clip, Quick release™ cord wrap, Bottle of BISSELL cleaning solution

Warranty

Limited 2 years

PROS

Three spare brush heads are available for this vacuum.  The rigid cleaning brushes are fairly tough on unwanted stains.

CONS

It has a rather small shampoo container.

OUR VERDICT

The Maxi Vac carpet cleaner is perfect for those who are working on a tight budget yet want a cleaner that would rid them of the need to clean carpets manually. It's a great model for cleaning small occasional accidents.

detailed parameters
Type of Cleaning

Wet

Tank Capacity

Clean water tank capacity - 0.3 litres
Dirty water tank capacity - 0.9 litres

Power Source

Corded (5 m power cord)

Power

500 Watts

Brush

Scrubbing brush

Convenience

Sturdy moulded handle, 2 spare brush heads 

Warranty

1 year

PROS

With a slim profile, convenient handle at the top, and pegs for wounding the power cord, it's a very ergonomic and easy-to-use device.

CONS

The machine is pretty noisy.

OUR VERDICT

Designed with a powerful 750-Watt motor, this cleaner is a real workhorse. It does give little away to full-sized models in terms of functionality, yet its ability to remove both fresh and old stubborn stains more than makes up for it.

detailed parameters
Type of Cleaning

Wet

Tank Capacity

Clean water tank capacity - 1.1 litres

Dirty water tank capacity - 1.4 litres

Power Source

Corded (4.6 m power cord)

Power

275-330 Watts

Brush

Tough stain tool (7.6 cm cleaning path)

Convenience

Heatwave Technology™, Carry handle, Hose clip, Quick release™ cord wrap, 2 sample bottles of BISSELL compact carpet shampoo

Warranty

Limited 2 years

PROS

This spot eraser is fitted with a 7.2-volt lithium-ion battery that allows you to use it flexibly even when you're away from power sockets.

CONS

The full charge takes 4 hours. 

OUR VERDICT

It's a perfect grab-and-go option. The Bissell 20056 is an exceptionally useful spot cleaner for those individuals who need a versatile appliance for cleaning carpets and upholstery without dealing with messy cables.

detailed parameters
Type of Cleaning

Wet

Tank Capacity

Clean water tank capacity - 0.45 litres
Dirty water tank capacity - 0.45 litres

Power Source

Cordless (15-minute run time)

Power

380-450 Watts

Brush

Scrubbing brush

Convenience

Battery status indicator lights, Handle, 2 sample bottles of BISSELL carpet shampoo 

Warranty

Limited 2 years

Rug Doctor 933007

Impossible is Possible

The Rug Doctor company manufactures carpet cleaners that are as simple to use as it only can be. What distinguishes their cleaning vacuums is that they do not require complicated assembly, and the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner is not an exception: it comes ready to use out-of-the-box. All you need to do is set up the device and add a cleaning detergent (a 236-ml Rug Doctor Spot Cleaner is included in the box). After that, you will only need to enable it by pressing one button.

The Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner comes fitted with a fairly powerful motor which ensures fast moisture removal. Due to this powerful suction technology, carpets dry much quicker, which is an obvious advantage over many similar models. Additionally, the set includes a special motorized brush which makes it easy to achieve a deeper cleaning effect, when it's required. The availability of this brush makes the kit quite a unique offer on the market since a majority of portable spot cleaners are devoid of it. With the help of this brush, the cleaner can tackle extremely stubborn carpet stains and do it much quicker than most other portable vacs. Though it might sound as if we exaggerate here but many users agree on this point: impossible is possible with this little cleaning machine. In spite of its small dimensions, the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner can handle even some extra-tough jobs.

Review of Rug Doctor 933007 Portable Spot Cleaner

Thought-out Design

Designed with ergonomics and usability in mind, this carpet cleaner is equipped with a comfortable retractable handle and carpet-friendly castors. This thought-out design will definitely make the cleaning process almost hassle-free. You will be able to move the appliance around the house with minimum efforts.

The biggest benefit of this model though is that it can safely be used outdoors. It's IPX4 splash-proof rated, which eliminates risks of damaging it, should you be cleaning your garden/patio furniture or the interior of your car, caravan, or boat when the weather is being not particularly nice. That being said, it's not allowed to keep it exposed to rain, so make sure to stow it to safety when not in use.

Overall, we can't find a thing not to like about this product. The Rug Doctor 933007 cleaner is easy to use, performing, manoeuvrable, and splash-proof. It's a perfect choice for removing extremely stubborn stains and spills from surfaces inside and outside your house.

Rug Doctor 933007 Portable Spot Cleaner in the use

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Bissell 3698L Little Green

Clean Anywhere, Anytime

If you’re looking for a compact carpet cleaner, capable of removing even the toughest of stains from your carpets and upholstery, but you can't afford to outstretch your budget, the Bissell 3698L Little Green cleaner is just what you need. Cheaper than most other vacuum cleaners out there, it doesn't lack in performance and can efficiently clean spills, muddy shoe prints, dried chocolate sauce, pets accidents, and much more. This makes it a fantastic and, more importantly, wise choice for any family with kids and/or pets.

This spot cleaner is a great alternative to bulky upright vacuums. It’s extremely portable and almost as efficient. It does a great job of cleaning small set-in stains on carpets, rugs, upholstery, mattresses, stairs, auto interiors, and more. The 3" Tough Stain tool is gentle enough to use on soft surfaces yet tough enough to remove embedded dirt.

The feature we especially like about this vacuum cleaner is that it's not necessary to empty its tank after each use, which makes it ready to use literally at a moment's notice. It uses the HeatWave Technology which keeps the water tank consistently warm during the cleaning process by redirecting the heat generated by the motor. Basically, the Bissell 3698L Little Green cleaner seems to be fit for most any job. Perhaps its only shortcoming (or rather inconvenience) is a small tank capacity. To clean larger areas you'll need to refill it several times during one session. That said, it's not a deal breaker. Besides let's not forget the model we have on hands is not a full-sized cleaner.

Review of Bissell 3698L Little Green Carpet Cleaner

About Ergonomics

This little green genie is very simple to use, store, and transport. It’s fairly portable, lightweight and has a carry handle on the top, which makes it easy to bring around the house when you have a small stain to clean. After the use, you can neatly wrap the hose and power cord around the machine and don’t worry about its parts flapping about. All things taken into account, we can definitely recommend it for everyday use. It can tackle most cleaning jobs and is especially useful if you have small kids or pets.

Bissell 3698L Little Green Carpet Cleaner in the use

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Maxi Vac D9496

Cheap Alternative

The Maxi Vac electric stain remover is a small and inexpensive cleaner that impresses with its performance despite its low price. So if you need a compact and easy-to-use model for tackling small cleaning tasks, this one is perhaps the best of all options. It costs less than £50 yet it doesn't lose points to its rival when it comes to efficiency and performance. Though so small and lightweight, the Maxi Vac electric stain remover easily removes even the most stubborn stains. That said, if you have large areas to clean, this cleaner won't the best option as it has a rather small shampoo container on it and it produces comparatively small amount of power, not enough to keep it running that long. For the rest tasks though the Maxi Vac electric stain remover is a perfect candidate. It works perfectly on short- or medium-pile small rugs, and it does a fantastic job of cleaning sofas, armchairs, cushioned chairs, mattresses, and stairs. It's 20-cm wide and this means you will need to make only a few passes to make everything clean, which is super convenient. What else is convenient about this handheld stain remover is that it's compatible with all types of carpet shampoos, although if you wish to achieve better results, the manufacturer recommends sticking with more expensive brands.

Review of Maxi Vac D9496 Carpet Rug Spot Cleaner

Other Uses

As we've mentioned earlier, the best selling point of this carpet cleaner is its portability. This model is ergonomically designed and very easy to manoeuvre. In fact, with its total weight of only 3 kilos it's the most lightweight vacuum cleaner you're likely to find on the market. All this makes it not only very easy to use but also very easy to store and transport. You could easily take it to your garage to clean your car or use it outdoors to refresh your garden furniture or patio rugs. It's worth pointing out that the Maxi Vac D9496 has a relatively short power cord, so you may need to use an extension cord if it doesn't reach your backyard. The water tanks featured on the vac are small too: the tank for a cleaning solution is 300 ml, and the tank for collecting dirty water is only 900 ml. So, like we said before, this hoover will not be able to handle too large stains or too large carpets. But if you need a reliable helper for tackling smaller cleaning jobs, its specs will more than suffice.

To sum it all up, the Maxi Vac D9496 is perfect for those who are tight on budget but need an alternative to getting down on the knees and scrubbing. It’s a very handy device for cleaning up occasional accidents.

Maxi Vac D9496 Carpet Rug Spot Cleaner in the use

 

Bissell 36981 Spotclean

For Fresh Spills or Old Stains

Though the Bissell 36981 Spotclean machine is a fraction of the size and weight of full-sized upright carpet cleaners, it has the kind of specs that allow it to compete with those big boys in performance. What makes it so efficient and allows it to cope with most kinds of stains is its powerful 750-Watt motor delivering amazing vacuuming suction strong enough to pick all kinds of debris and remove all kinds of stains. The Bissell 36981 Spotclean comes with two nozzles that have several rows of stiff bristles for more effective scrubbing. The bristles are perfectly-shaped to agitate the carpet fibres. The cleaner is claimed to be equally effective at cleaning both emergency spills and old stains. Besides, according to some users, it is able to remove even old wine stains, which is nothing short of impressive.

When activated, the vac cleverly keeps the cleaning solution at the right temperature, thanks to the HeatWave Technology. This allows you to always get consistent results when using the hoover. When it comes to the quality of build the Bissell 36981 Spotclean has a robust and smart design. It has a slim profile and is easy to stow away after use. Separate pegs on both sides of the vacuum allow you to wound a 1.3-meter hose and 6.6-meter cable up for storage.

Review of Bissell 36981 Spotclean Carpet Cleaner

Useful Extras

The nice bonus is that the Bissell 36981 comes supplied with two 236-ml sample bottles of Bissell’s professional cleaning fluid, meaning you won't need to buy one right away and will have a chance to give your vac a try after delivery. As the tank is rather small in this cleaner, 50 ml of solution is going to be more enough for a full tank. For smaller cleaning duties, dilute a smaller amount of detergent. It's a bit of a shame that the company doesn't include a a measuring cup with the vacuum, which would help you in measuring correct ratios. Still, it should not be a problem. The ratios can be approximate and it's also possible to weigh out the cleaning solution using simple kitchen scales.

While the Bissell 36981 shows that it's effective at cleaning most types of stains, it's best to spray the solution and leave it to soak for 20-30 seconds before scrubbing. For better results, you can repeat spray/scrub action a few times.

All in all, if you’re looking for a portable cleaner with excellent stain-busting and spot-cleaning performance, the SpotClean Pro is a solid choice.

Bissell 36981 Spotclean Carpet Cleaner in the use

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Bissell 20056 Stain Eraser

Whenever and Wherever you Need

The BISSELL company offers you a perfect grab-and-go option - Stain Eraser. With the help of this extra-portable carpet washer it's possible to effectively clean spots, spills, and stains that may appear inside and outside your house. It comes with a 7.2-volt lithium-ion battery and this means it can be used independently from the grid. The full charge of the battery takes around 4 hours from completely flat. The blue LED lights on the vac will indicate the charged capacity. After a full charge, the vac provides about 15-20 minutes of continuous suction. Not much of course, but usually more than enough for small cleanups. The BISSELL Cordless Spot & Stain Cleaner weighs 1.7 kg only and is very manoeuvrable due to its centrally-positioned handle. The handle has a rubberised surface and is easy to grip. Also, it makes it possible to place the cleaner upright or lay it flat for compact storage. This is a handy option making it a suitable choice for those who are limited in space.

Review of Bissell 20056 Stain Eraser Cordless Spot Carpet Cleaner

Principle of Operation

The cleaning concept of this cleaner is the same as in all other Bissell models. You simply need to spray a diluted BISSELL formula over a dirty area, leave it there for some time to soak in, and agitate with a scrubbing brush. Then, you need to vacuum up the moisture. As a result, the powerful suction along with Oxy action will extract the spot and stain away. The vacuum permanently removes such tough stains as red wine, coffee, fruit juice, food grease, and other dirt. To see how good the vac's performance is, the manufacturer offers you two fantastic solutions out of the box - the Bissell’s Spot & Stain clean for everyday cleaning tasks and the Bissell Oxy Boost for tough and dried-on stains.

With its portable design, cordless operation, decent performance, and nice extras, the BISSELL Stain Eraser is ready to help you whenever and wherever you need. It’s an exceptionally useful and effective spot cleaner for those who need a versatile appliance for cleaning carpets and upholstery inside or outside without dealing with messy extension cables.

Bissell 20056 Stain Eraser Cordless Spot Carpet Cleaner in the use

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What Is a Handheld Carpet Cleaner?

Any homeowner knows what a pain it can be to go through every room dragging around a heavy vacuum and trying to scrub out all of those stains and spots left by drinks and food or dirt trailed in by kids and pets. You don’t want to feel like your arms are about to fall off after several hours of chores, right? That’s where a handheld carpet cleaner will come in handy, a lightweight and compact appliance designed for quick clean ups. Instead of taking out a conventional vacuum cleaner, you can grab a handheld cleaner and quickly do the job. Handheld carpet cleaners are suitable not only for household use but also for car owners. As they are small in size, they are much more convenient to maneuver inside the vehicle.

If you have a pool in your yard, along with a handheld carpet cleaner you may want to acquire a robotic pool cleaner - a technological advancement that broke the ground in the industry. And one of these lint removers will come in handy for anyone who wants their clothes to be neat and spotless.

What Features to Compare

Cable Length / Cable Availability

The main advantage of handheld vacuums and cleaners is their portability. Lightweight and easy to hold, these devices are great for getting into small nooks. However, many models are still restricted by their power cords that might turn out to be too short for some jobs. So check the length of the cable in a cleaner you choose in advance. Anything above 15 ft is pretty good, though, for the optimal use you may want something around 20 ft or more. The cord this long will allow you to run the cleaner easily in all corners of your house without tangling. Of course, some cleaners are actually cordless, which boosts their portability and convenience of use. If you decide to opt for one of these models, make sure to check how often a vacuum cleaner needs to be recharged and how convenient it is to do. As of today, models with wall-mounted charging stands are considered one of the best options available.

Type of Cleaning

While combinations are possible, most models offer either wet or dry cleaning. Both modes have their benefits and it’s up to you to choose which suits you best. If you seek a vacuum for cleaning carpets and removing stains, you will need to select among models that feature a wet mode. However, if you plan to use your vac only on furniture and delicate upholstery, which can be damaged by wet, look at cleaners with a dry mode. Look around your house and see which areas usually give you more trouble. This should help you make up your mind.

Tank Capacity

When it comes to the tank capacity, choose the model depending on the size of your house. Unless you want to run around emptying the tank each time when it gets full, it's best to go for vacs with a bigger tank capacity. Speaking of hoovers that have a dry cleaning mode only, you may find a lot of models that come fitted with paper bags. This will come in handy and spare you from emptying the tank by hand. If you choose a handheld vacuum cleaner with a wet cleaning mode, you will also need to check the capacity of a solution reservoir along with the main water tank.

Type of Brushes

At a basic level, you should know that vacuums may have brushes of varying softness levels and come equipped with several nozzles for a more efficient dirt cleaning. Furthermore, some models may be fitted with motors that somewhat automatize the operation of brushes, which not everyone may need or like. So if you want a simpler vac, look towards models with single un-motorized brushes. These are simple and handly cleaners that do not entail any complications or issues.

Did you know?

While cleaning is, quite literally, a chore, we have managed to find some fun facts about hygiene and tidiness that might actually pique your interest and possibly even make you smile! Let’s dive right in!

Time Spent and Benefits Gained

  • Does mopping the floors or vacuuming the upholstery for 120 minutes sound like a healthy and pleasant activity? Well, it should, because you can burn a whopping 200 calories by simply tidying up your home for two hours.

  • An average woman spends 12896 hours of her life keeping the home neat in one form or another while an average man only does it for 6448 hours. With a difference of exactly 50%, it’s no wonder that husbands get all those hobbies like fishing, hunting, and taking long naps!

  • Planning a vacation to take your mind off of the endless housework? Try going to Iceland, officially the cleanest country in the world. No dust mites under your hotel bed, no dirt on the porch of your inn, and no need to vacuum carpets while you’re taking in the sights.

  • Isn’t Disney World amazing? Like a whole town of fun, games, music, and laughter! And, apparently, a godsend for any worker that enjoys doing laundry. Apparently, the amusement park washes 285000 pounds of laundry per day. There’s probably a detergent company nearby that’s being kept in business solely thanks to Disney World’s purchases!

  • Many people nowadays are too busy to do chores themselves and employ professional cleaners. However, 34% of these people actually tidy up before the maids arrive because they don’t want their apartment or house to seem too messy. Kind of defeats the purpose of hired help, huh? Maybe just get a {KeyWord:Handheld Carpet Cleaner} and be done with it?

Important to Know, Not Fun to Hear

  • That soft and cushioned mattress that you spend your nights on? It has from 100000 to 10 million dust mites. Let’s just agree to clean our beds more often, yeah?

  • We view toilets as disgusting germ factories that should be scrubbed out with the most abrasive chemicals just for the sake of hygiene. However, scientists have actually proven that the average kitchen sink has far more pesky germs and needs to be tidied just as thoroughly.

  • Low-quality cleaning products are no better for your lungs than cigarettes. Vapors from these can be harmful and ruin your health so try to stick to good solutions and favor natural ways of keeping your home neat over the unnecessary chemicals. Why not use a mini carpet cleaner instead, which emits no harmful vapors?

Using Regular Object to Keep Your Home Immaculate

  • Don’t want to use expensive and toxic chemicals to clean your floor? Mouthwash will do just fine! A cap of the stuff for every gallon of water will be enough to keep your kitchen shine.

  • Banana peels can be used to polish silverware and leather shoes so don’t rush to throw them out after enjoying a snack.

  • Speaking of snacks, mayonnaise can help you get rid of water stains on wood. Want to make your table look as good as new? Put 2 tablespoons of the condiment on the dirty spot, let it sit, and you get tidy furniture, no need for professional help!

  • Have no bananas but need to polish your forks and spoons for an important fancy dinner? Fill a bowl with ketchup, sink the items in it, wait for 5-10 minutes, and then clean them off with a toothbrush and rinse with warm water. Voila, good as new!

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1. Vacuum Cleaner, Wikipedia.

2. 5 Advantages of Using a Wet-Dry Vacuum Cleaner, DoItYourself.com.

3. Lauren Smith 50 Cleaning Tips and Tricks - Easy Home Cleaning Tips, Good Housekeeping. December 26, 2017.

4. Carpet cleaning, Wikipedia.

5. 9 Timesaving Tips From Professional House Cleaners, Real Simple.

6. Andrea Atkins 30 Spring Cleaning Tips - Quick & Easy House Cleaning Ideas, Woman's Day. April 1, 2016.

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Publish Date: 2018-11-01 14:43:19