We will help you find the perfect carpet cleaner for you! If you are looking to purchase your first machine or simply upgrade from your previous model, then we hope you find this site useful; with information on what to look for when purchasing your new carpet washer plus handy in-depth reviews of the top carpet washer models available in the UK.
First we’ll compare the top carpet and rug cleaner models from Vax and Bissell. Or you can jump to one of our other sections:
- Recommendations Under £100/£200 etc
- Machines For Pet Owners
- Carpet Cleaner Buying Guide
- You Won’t Believe What’s Living in Your Carpet
Vax Carpet Cleaners Compared
Bissell Carpet Cleaners Compared
Carpet Cleaner Comparison Guide – How to Use
Our comparison guides above features Britain’s top carpet cleaners (as rated by our experts). In the UK, the domestic carpet cleaner market has two main manufacturers – Bissell and Vax, so these are the brands featured. We have a page dedicated to Rug Doctor and its products.
This guide to the UK’s top carpet cleaners for sale includes the following information:
- Image – Picture of the model in question.
- Model – Brand and model name.
- Heated Clean – Whether the model has a heating function (which is good to have; This feature assists with carpet drying. Hot air/heat is applied to the carpet during the cleaning process)
- Motor – The carpet cleaner’s motor rated in watts (w). The higher the more powerful.
- Weight – The weight of the carpet cleaner in kilograms (kg)
- Review/ Shop – Click to read more in our full product reviews or go directly to Amazon.co.uk to buy
Please note that prices fluctuate and the following items were all in the right price bracket when we reviewed them!
Good Cheap Carpet Cleaners
Brightly coloured, light (just 5.6 kg) and with a long cord (nearly 6 metres), this has found its way into many homes up and down the country. It’s extremely affordable and suitable for homes with pets. It’s from the trusted Vax brand. It cleans pretty well and is easy to use.
Compromises to get the price down include a lack of attachments, making it less flexible than more expensive machines.
- Weighs just 5.6 kg for easy manoeuvrability
- 2.1 L clean water capacity and 1.7 L dirty water capacity
- Wide 24 cm stainless steel cleaning nozzle for fast cleaning
Good Mid-Price Carpet Cleaners
Bissell InstaClean Wash
A new entry into the UK market from Bissell, one of the leading brands in this sector. Instead of rotating brushes it uses a static brush, probably to keep the price down. It also has a motor on the low-power end of the spectrum at just 450 watts. But it does have separate tanks for the clean and dirty water, weighs just 6 kilos, and is great for spot cleaning after pet accidents and spillages.
It’s as easy to use as a normal vacuum. Don’t expect miracles with the cleaning, but do expect it to lift of more dirt than you ever imagined being stuck in your rug’s fibres!
- Edge Sweep Brushes that clean against skirting boards and around furniture
- Permanent Stain Removal with OXY Formula
- Removable nozzle for easy maintenance and clean-up
Good All-Round Performance Carpet Cleaners
Vax V124A Dual V
This is probably the best all round value for money product in this business. Vax offer a 6 year guarantee on it, and it’s packed with features and technology that will make your life easier.
Vax’s Dual V technology features double air paths which deliver even, powerful suction power across carpeting. This ensures that the carpet dries quickly and consistently, even with multiple passes.
The Vax V124A model is equipped with five powerful scrubbing brushes. These brushes work to guarantee an incredibly thorough and evenly consistent clean throughout the entire home. Each of the five brushes spins in tandem with one another, allowing deep grab into the pile of your carpeting and removing embedded stains and dirt. The carpet washer’s heated cleaning capabilities ensure that incredibly hot air is blown onto the carpeting, assisting in speedily drying your carpet, even faster than professional cleaning products do.
The Dual V also comes with an array of tools and a hose, perfect for simple stair and upholstery cleaning (two areas often overlooked when working with heavy carpet cleaners). This gives you the freedom to clean above the floor for a total home clean. Spot stains and spills can be easily removed with our easy to use hose and brush in case of any unexpected spillages.
Also, Vax’s Automix cleaning system provides the correct mix of solution and water for optimum cleaning results and pre-mixes this for you, so you don’t use too much or not enough solution.
The Dual V technology, heated cleaning, and all the tools and attachments make it a great buy. The cord is a very generous 9 metres, though the machine is on the heavy side. It’s very easy to recommend!
- Dual V air path technology provides constant suction
- Auto mix cleaning system provides correct mix of solution and water
- Five brushes gently loosen dirt from carpet
The Best Carpet Cleaner 2017
Bissell ProHeat Revolution
Weighs 8 kilos and has an 800 watt motor. Like with the Vax 124A it comes with a 6 year guarantee. In our review we praised it for getting carpets dry so quickly, the useful tools, and the fact that you can easily replace the belts (thus expanding the lifespan of the machine). It might be a tad expensive, but will more than pay for itself by saving you money on professional carpet cleaning services.
- Dries in about an hour
- Antibacterial cleaning
- Lightweight and manoeuvrable
Options For Pet People
Winner: Bissell InstaClean Pet
This product is a good buy if you are looking for something to clean up after your pets have done something untoward. It’s great for smaller jobs, though you could use it as a primary carpet cleaner at a push. Here’s our full review if you want more detail and full specifications.
- 2 Rows of Rotating Brushes that loosen and remove embedded dirt from deep within your carpets
- Edge Sweep Brushes that clean against skirting and around furniture
- Permanent Stain Removal with OXY formula
Runner-up: Vax Rapide Ultra 2
This is the W90-RU-P model, and it’s been cleaning up pet messes for YEARS. In our full review we praise its 1000 watt motor, powered jets, and brush system, while noting that its drying time is also excellent.
- Washes carpets and upholstery and also sucks up spills
- Pre Treatment kit allows you to treat high traffic areas and stubborn stains before you wash for a deeper clean
- Dual V Technology means your carpets will dry quicker so you can get on with life
Useful: Dr. Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover
If your pet is generally well-behaved and buying a full-blown appliance would be a bit over the top, you could try this handy product. It works wonders on grime and eliminates odours – even blood stains. Obviously, it’s not suitable for cleaning a whole rug or room, but for the odd spill and accident you can’t beat it!
We featured it in our roundup of carpet cleaner shampoos.
- Stain remover for carpet, upholstery and soft furnishings
- Neutralises odours from pets and other spillages
- Removes stains from carpets, soft furnishings in the car and home
How to Find the Right Carpet Cleaner for You – Our Straightforward Guide
Step 1 – Why do you want a carpet cleaner?
Take some time to think about exactly why you want to purchase a carpet cleaner. You probably will have carpets in your home and those carpets get dirty quickly (or show the dirt quickly). Or, you may have a pet and want to keep your carpets, rugs, and home smelling fresh. Would it be easier to rent a washer instead or pay a professional to do all the hard work for you? Even cheap models start at the £100 price so you need to be sure to get a return on your investment! If you are renting carpet cleaners on a regular basis (that is, more than 3 times per year), then we would recommend you purchase your own. Having your own also gives you the freedom to use it whenever you want; this is especially useful in “emergency” spillage situations or for pet owners looking to refresh their carpets.
Ask yourself: Do you really need a carpet cleaner and how often will you use it?
Step 2 – How often will you use your carpet cleaner?
This is another important point to consider. Do you intend to use your cleaner to “deep clean” your carpets in the Spring and Autumn or do you require a unit that you can quickly use to tackle spills, “accidents” or to remove pet odours? The weight of each carpet cleaner model varies considerably (ones with heaters often weigh more than 10kg) so you need to bear this in mind if you will be using your carpet cleaner on a more frequent basis. Some Bissell models weigh under 6kg so these could be a suitable option if your are cleaning your carpets on a very regular basis. Generally, if you plan to use your carpet cleaner on a more regular basis then opting for a lightweight, easy to use and easy to store model is optimal (take a look at the Vax Rapide Deluxe).
Ask yourself: How often will you use your carpet cleaner and is weight important?
Step 3 – What features are worth paying for?
In terms of features, manufacturers will push all types of “gizmos” and benefits but here are the most important ones:
a) Cleaning head – what type of head does the carpet washer have? The most commons ones are brush rollers or individual rotating small brushes. The roller brushes are generally kinder to delicate carpets whereas individual brushes get much deeper into the fibres. Typically the higher priced models have more individual rotating heads (5 or more). Look for machines with more heads or cleaning brushes if deep cleaning is your number one priority.
b) Hot air drying – one of the downsides of cleaning carpets is having wet carpets in your home for several hours. Some models from Vax and Bissell et al have built-in hot air drying systems to speed up the drying process. A word of caution here: if you have a very delicate carpet, check if this feature can be used. Is this useful feature? We would spend more money on cleaning and treat this as a “nice to have” but very handy feature. A carpet cleaner with a high powered motor will do an equally good job – improved suctions means dryer carpets.
c) Powered cleaning tools – most carpet cleaners come with a selection of accessories for cleaning upholstery, stairs and small crevices. These hand tools can also be used to clean car seats. Some models have accessories with air powered brushes to give a deeper and more effective clean. We would consider this a useful feature.
d) Motor – generally, the more powerful the motor the better both cleaning and drying/suction performance will be. Some washers have 500w motors compared to the 1850w motors found in more expensive ones. A 1000w motor generally offers a good combination of price and performance.
Ask yourself: What features do you really need?
Step 4: How much do you want to spend?
By now you are probably thinking that you want the most premium, most fully-featured carpet cleaner! However, they can exceed the £200 mark so just think back through the above questions: importantly, how often will you use it and what type of features do you really need? The right carpet cleaner does not have to be the most expensive.
Ask yourself: what is your budget to spend on your carpet cleaner?
Step 5: Read reviews before purchasing
If you have decided that you really want a carpet cleaner and know what features you need then you need to read our reviews. In the comparison table above we have listed the top carpet cleaners available with details on key features and price. If you would like to read one of our in-depth and 100% independent carpet cleaner reviews for UK models (e.g. Vax or Bissell), then simply select from the menu bar at the top of this page.
Ask yourself: Have you read an unbiased review of the product you are interested in?
Hopefully this information will allow you to make an informed choice – happy shopping!
You Won’t Believe What Is Hiding In Your Carpets (But You Can Fight Back!)
Carpets are the most luxurious flooring option, and have been for decades. Carpeting adds warmth, grip, and comfort to any home or business. What may surprise you is what kind of nastiness your carpet holds. The billions of roommates you didn’t know you had may shock and disgust you! No need to fear, though, as we have a solution for you. Keep reading for more!
Daily consistent traffic across carpets heads to the entrapment of some of the vilest germs, bacteria, particles and other organisms you could imagine. Things that look like city-destroying monsters when scrutinized under a microscope. Disgusting carpeting can have adverse effects on your health, the air quality of your home or office, and creates unpleasant odours that love to stick around long after you have vacuumed.
I bet you’re ready to find out what nasty critters have made a home in your carpeting now, aren’t you?
Disgusting Dirt And Soil Living Rent-free!
The average-sized flat in the United Kingdom accumulates over 20 kilograms of dirt and soil annually. These particles are tracked inside from the outdoors and quickly hide in your carpet. This is especially true for darker carpets and goes double for any shade of tan or brown. Regular vacuuming sessions can eliminate over 90 percent of the dirt that makes its home in your carpeting.
Your Pets Are Not Clean, And Neither Are You!
It’s not just your cats and dogs shedding all over the place. The average-sized Brit sheds over one and a half million skin flakes every single day. Microscopic insects such as mites, ticks, and fleas feed on this skin buffet, as well as dander. Do you feel something on your arm?
Vacuuming and using an advanced carpet cleaner greatly reduces the amount of dead skin cells, dander, and unsightly pet hair that has created a bed in your carpeting.
You Are Stepping On More Bugs Than You Realize…
Your carpeting harbors the most wretched hive of scum and villainy: bed bugs, fleas, and dust mites. These bottom feeders are disgusting and unwelcome. What’s worse, dust mites are a direct cause of allergies via a triple threat: their molted skin, faecal matter, and their bodies themselves. Are you at home right now? Look at your carpet. Is it crawling?
Mould And Mildew Are Not Just For The Shower Any More
No, you can’t see mould and mildew in your carpet like you can in your shower corners. Does this mean that it isn’t there? You can’t see those dust mites or pet dander flakes either. Pathogens like salmonella, e. coli and even staphylococcus love to play hide and seek in your carpet fibres. These germs can easily cause illness in yourself, your roommates or family members, and your pets.
Mold and mildew particles thrive even more in humid, warm environments. Maintaining a dry carpet will greatly assist in the prevention of this mould and mildew formation.
Do You Smell What I’m Steppin’ In?
Toxic substances from things such as cigarette smoke can make their way into your carpet fibres with ease. Are you a smoker? Have someone who isn’t a smoker smell your clothing after a day of dragging on those smokes. Now imagine that same person nose-down smelling your carpet after months and months of indoor smoking. Just don’t do it.
Additionally, pet urine and spilled food and drink can cause strong odours to form in carpeting if not cleaned correctly and quickly. Vacuuming and using an advanced carpet cleaner greatly reduces the propensity of odours in your flooring.
There Is A Reason Your Parents Didn’t Let You Eat And Drink In The Living Room!
Spilled food or drinks leaves stains, yes. But those are easily cleaned. Want to know what is left behind after clean up? Bacteria and disgusting organisms. Prevention of permanent stains and odours comes with fast action and stain removal. Looking at spilled soda and saying “Meh, I’ll clean it up in a few minutes” is a fast track to sloppy carpets. Absorb spilled liquids by blotting quickly after the spill occurs. Then spot treat the area, and make sure you clean your carpets regularly.
Those organisms and bacteria don’t sound that appealing. What’s worse is what they bring with them. These microscopic monsters carry health consequences such as allergies, colds, sneezing, and ultimately long-term breathing issues. Don’t bet on your health. Keep those carpets free of spillage. And we don’t want to tell you how to live your life, but a solid way to ensure this issue does not occur is to stop eating and drinking over carpeting altogether. Your co-worker who tells you to finish your soda before getting in his BMW with the cloth seats has a solid point.
Top Tactics For Minimizing These Carpet Monstrosities
For God’s sakes, remove your shoes before walking on carpet! This is the number one tactic that can greatly reduce the amount of dirt and bacteria tracked into your carpeting. Your carpets will thank you greatly with just this “one simple trick that vacuums hate!”
Also, even if you have wonderful carpet, it’s a good idea to put rugs in high-traffic areas. Area rugs in living rooms and runners in hallways and entrances are a great way to protect your carpet, as they are washable and easily replaced. A rug does not need to be cut into and then re-cut to size to replace like a carpet.
Vacuuming multiple times per week is a wonderful way to begin the process of reducing carpet-borne contaminants. Most people surveyed in the United Kingdom vacuum once every two weeks on average. Making this fifteen minute task a weekly thing has wonderful benefits and only positive consequences. However, as simple vacuuming can’t remove everything hiding in your carpeting, sometimes it’s necessary to take additional steps to get your carpet as free as possible from these intruders.
Professional carpet cleaning annually greatly reduces the amount of unseen carpet monsters. This level of intense cleaning can assist in the prevention of sickness and allergies, and serves to remove and prevent terrible odours from forming. Deep cleaning works to dig down to the bottom layers of carpeting, areas where vacuums just can’t reach.
But What If I’d Rather Get My Own Carpet Cleaner And Not Deal With People In My Home?
That’s a solid concern to have. Luckily, we have reviews of many high-powered professional-level carpet cleaners that can both be purchased for the price of a single professional carpet cleaning! Most of the models listed at the top of this page are sure to turn those disgusting carpeted breeding grounds back into the wonderful carpeting you fell asleep on the day after you exhaustingly moved in.
Wrapping Everything Up
Carpets are luxurious and wonderful, but the unwanted tenants need to be evicted and fast! With our suggestions above and solutions below, you should have no issues getting your carpets back to the clean and clear lustre that they once experienced!
Last update on 2017-10-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API