Updated October 2018
If you are looking for a review of all the best carpet cleaners in the UK, you have found the right place.
We review all the latest and best carpet cleaner models on the market, to give you peace of mind that you will be choosing the right product for your home.
Below, in the table, the carpet cleaner reviews start with the most highly rated first, then descend accordingly. For people who are in a hurry, you can use the table. For people who want a more in-depth review, you can scroll further down the page, where we provide all the pro's and con's for each.
The Vax VRS5W Rapide Spring Carpet Washer is an affordable option. It comes with the solution required in conjunction with the machine. The lightweight design moves effortlessly around furniture and corners. A 24cm nozzle makes completing a room a quicker job. A 2.1L clean tank and 1.7L dirty tank make uninterrupted cleaning possible. The moderately long cord (5.9 metres) bumps up the convenience of this model.
The Vax W-90 RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet and Upholstery Washer is a highly rated model. It is effective for washing carpets and upholstery. A pre-treatment kit is great for attacking stains in high traffic areas. You have power over stains with washing tools and a spinning brush-bar that help break up and lift stains and dirt. The new technology helps dry carpets fast. This machine has a 3L capacity. However, it’s on the heavy side at 10Kg. This unit comes with a manufacturer warranty.
The Vax VRS802 Dual Power Carpet Cleaner has rotating brush heads that lift and agitate dirt. The easy to fill/empty 2.7L water tanks let you continue cleaning without laborious, and potentially messy, interruptions. This unit comes with a two-year guarantee. At 6Kg, it’s light and portable, suitable for using all around the house. Users found this machine required some acclimation to use properly, but beyond that, it worked well to clean stubborn and deep-seated grime from their carpets.
The Vax VRS18W Power Max Carpet Washer is the cheapest and lightest model in our list. It is only 5.6Kg, making it easy to carry up and down stairs and hard to reach areas. The large width of its cleaning area helps clean faster. A brush bar loosens and lifts up dirt. Water jets penetrate deep into the carpet layers, and finally, the machine sucks up the remaining water, leaving your carpet clean and relatively dry. A generous 2.1L intake tank means that you’ll be taking less breaks to refill the water and empty out the dirty tank (1.7L capacity).
If you are in market for a new carpet cleaner, the BISSELL StainPro 6 should be among the ones you consider. Be it loose dust or deep stains, StainPro 6 promises to clear all the blemishes on your carpet making it spotless and looking new. The six rows of rotating power brushes are quite powerful for any dust and dirt to resist. Sometimes carpets can stay wet for long hours even after cleaning. Not only StainPro 6 cleans your carpet with constantly heated water but also ensures that your carpet dries in minimum time thanks to its surround suction. Cleaning around the corners become easy because of its EdgeSweep© brushes. Supplementing all these features, are a set of hoses and tools to help you out with various other cleaning chores.
Carpet cleaning can be a fuss or delight depending on the machine you use. A bulky and powerless machine will not only tire you out but also not clean properly. But do not have all eyes on power and cleaning capacity; do look out for its storage capacity too. You do not want to be running around clearing away the dirty water every now and then. The machine should have enough capacity to hold off any dirt clearance for at least half an hour. Lastly comes the point of price. After all you don’t want to regret paying less and wishing more. Among all the products review, the best value for money would be the Vax VRS18W, but if you want something newer, the StainPro 6 is for the taking.
A carpet cleaner is a device used to draw out dirt, stains, and allergens from the carpet. Some of these utilise a process called hot water soil extraction and others dry-clean.
The hot water soil extraction involves spraying heated water, with or without a chemical cleaning agent, onto the carpet. This is done at the same time that a vacuum reabsorbs the water, along with freshly-dissolved dirt. This method can sometimes cause damage and unfavourable results when done on either man-made or natural fiber carpets. It’s best to have hot water soil extraction professionally done. These units are either small portable appliances or truck mounted units that use large hoses to gain access around a home. It is advised one stay watchful over children and pets because doors and/or windows are usually left open to let the hose pass through.
Before beginning, the carpet is preconditioned with an applied solution (either acidic or alkaline), followed by agitation to dislodge stains and dirt. A pressurised wand is finally passed over the carpet to remove the added treatment chemicals and dirt. The drying time of this method is substantial and users should engage fans and anything else that will help the carpet dry without developing mould, mildew, bacteria, fungi, and odours.
Dry-cleaning is the use of dry chemical compounds to clean carpet. These machines differ in their Very Little Moisture (VLM) system. They use detergents and emulsifiers to break up, dislodge, degrease, and pick up dirt. The chemicals used in your machine should be biodegradable. The machine applies the chemical and a vigorous agitation followed by completing the process with vacuuming.
Manufacturers can vary the chemical formulations to be more effective for certain types of stains. This method is more expensive than the hot water extraction, and is more likely to preserve the integrity of the carpet over time.
It used to be the case that you would need to call over a professional carpet cleaner to clean and sanitise your carpet. This is not only expensive, it made moving around the house difficult until the carpet dried. The additional risk of leaving a door open for a child or pet to run out makes this method imperfect. Alternatively, you could rent a carpet shampooing machine for cleaning a small apartment or area of the house. However, today carpet cleaners are portable, effective, and modestly priced, making them worth owning. Owning a carpet cleaner also means that you can conveniently clean up messes as they happen so they don’t become more stubborn.