Last updated: 26 May, 2017
Whether you’re looking to refresh a dull-looking carpet or clean up occasional accidents, a carpet cleaning machine is a useful tool to have in your cleaning arsenal.
There’s a large choice of quality carpet cleaners on the market in the UK at the moment, so it can be hard to choose the right one.
Here’s a roundup of some of the best carpet washers available in 2017.
BISSELL 30K4E Little Green Carpet Cleaner
The BISSELL 30K4E Little Green is a small carpet cleaner designed to deal with spots, stains and spills. As well as applying a cleaning spray, it also uses suction to suck up spills before they get absorbed or rubbed into the carpet.
This carpet cleaner’s name reflects its small size and eco-friendly credentials. It’s mainly made from recycled plastic, and BISSELL have also reduced the amount of PVC used in this carpet cleaner by 95% compared to its predecessor.
This carpet cleaner is suitable for a range of uses including cleaning rugs, low-pile carpets, upholstery and stairs as well as car interiors.
- 350 W motor
- 5 cm cleaning path
- 6 m cord
- Eco-friendly design
- Quick to set up
- Good for homes with pets and/or children
- Quite noisy
- Difficult to clean the unit itself thoroughly
This carpet cleaner will make a real difference to a dirty carpet. It’s mainly designed for spot cleaning and this is really where it shines, though it can be used to clean and refresh larger areas as well. This is a great little machine to have on hand for accidents and to keep your carpets and upholstery looking new. Read our full review of the BISSELL 30K4E Little Green here.
Buy online: £119.99 on Amazon.co.uk
Vax VRS18W Power Max Carpet Washer
The Vax VRS18W Power Max is an inexpensive carpet cleaner design to clean whole rooms, not just spots. With a cleaning width of 25 cm, you can cleaner a large living room carpet reasonably quickly. However, the 2.1 litre clean water tank might need refilling if you’re cleaning a large carpet.
This carpet cleaner features an integrated brush bar to dislodge dirt from the carpet. It also sucks water up from the carpet at the same time to prevent it from getting too wet.
This carpet cleaner can be used on long-pile carpet, though it’s quite difficult to push across the carpet. It will also take a few days for the carpet to dry out completely.
One nice thing about this product is that it comes with Vax AAA cleaning solution included, which is an effective and pleasant-smelling cleaning solution.
- 500 W motor
- 25 cm cleaning width
- Vax AAA cleaning solution included
- 1 litre clean water capacity
- 7 litre dirty water capacity
- Integrated brush bar to dislodge dirt
- Effective at cleaning most stains
- Cleaning solution included smells nice
- Fairly light (5.6 kg)
- Good for homes with dogs
- Makes a loud high-pitched sound
- Water tank isn’t large enough for big rooms
- Filter clogs quickly
For the price, the Vax VRS18W Power Max offers great value for money. However, it does have a few flaws: it’s very loud, the filter needs cleaning frequently and the water tank isn’t big enough for large rooms. If you can live with a few imperfections, the Vax VRS18W Power Max is a bargain, though there are better carpet cleaners out there. Read our full review of the Vax VRS18W here.
Buy online: £68.96 on Amazon.co.uk
Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner
Rug Doctor have been manufacturing carpet cleaning machines for over 30 years, and the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner is one of their latest models. You operate it with a handheld motorised brush rather than pushing it across the floor, so it’s only really suited to spots rather than cleaning whole carpets.
This spot cleaner is perfect for cleaning up spills and accidents, making it very useful in homes with pets and children. Unlike lots of other carpet cleaners, the Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner can be used on shaggy high-pile rugs.
- Handheld motorised brush
- Retractable handle and wheels for improved manoeuvrability
Weight: 9 kg
- Rug Doctor offer great customer service
- Easy to empty dirty water tank
- Feels sturdy and durable
- Water tanks don’t leak
- Good for cleaning up after dogs
- Very loud
- Gets through cleaning fluid quickly
This carpet cleaner is more expensive than some of the alternatives, but it’s worth it if you need something reliable to clean up small spills and accidents. The Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner offers professional results, and the manufacturers offer great customer service should you need it. It is very loud, though this is common with carpet cleaning machines.
Buy online: £149.99 on Amazon.co.uk
Vax V124A Dual V Upright Carpet Washer
The Vax V124A Dual V is a powerful carpet washer with a large water tank, making it a good choice for cleaning large carpets.
This carpet cleaner is very effective at removing dirt from the carpet. Even if you don’t think your carpets are that dirty, you’ll be amazed at the colour of the water in the dirty water tank after using this carpet washer.
A few buyers have had issues with the brushes stopping spinning after using the machine a few times. However, this carpet washer is backed by a 6-year guarantee so you should be able to get a replacement should this happen to you.
- 1350 W motor
- 7 litre clean water tank
- 3 litre dirty water tank
- Rotating brushes (SpinScrub technology)
- Upholstery tools
- Dual V Air Path technology for constant suction
- Heated cleaning to help dry the carpet
Weight: 11 kg
- Effective at cleaning dirt from carpets
- Easy to use
- Comes with a 6-year guarantee
- Carpets dry quickly as it blows hot air while cleaning
- Instructions could be clearer
- Some buyers have had issues with the brushes stopping spinning
The Vax V124A Dual V Upright Carpet Washer offers impressive cleaning for the price. It’s one of the most powerful carpet cleaners in this roundup, making it a good choice for cleaning large carpets. Read our full review of the Vax V124A here.
Buy online: £260.14 on Amazon.co.uk
Vax VRS5W Rapide Spring Carpet Washer
The Vax VRS5W Rapide Spring is a cheap carpet cleaner designed for cleaning large rooms rather than just spots.
For an upright carpet washer, the Rapide Spring is quite light and easy to manoeuvre around. It weighs 5.6 kg, which is substantially less than the V124A Dual V Upright Carpet Washer (11 kg).
This carpet cleaner delivers great results, as evidenced by the colour of the water in the dirty water tank afterwards! As you’d expect given this product’s low price, it doesn’t offer professional-level cleaning, but it will make a real difference to the average living room carpet.
The The Vax VRS5W Rapide Spring better suited to refreshing dull-looking carpets than it is to cleaning tough spots, so if you’re looking to clean up accidents there are better alternatives like the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner reviewed above.
- 1 litre clean water tank
- 7 litre dirty water tank
- 24 cm cleaning width
- 9 m power cable
- 6 high-pressure spray jets
Weight: 5.6 kg
- Works very effectively at cleaning and refreshing carpets
- Fairly light
- Only for carpets—no upholstery attachments
- Filters get clogged up quickly
The Vax VRS5W Rapide Spring is a good budget carpet cleaner that offers great value for money. It’s not a professional carpet cleaner, but it offers a good cheap solution to keeping your carpets looking new.
Like all carpet cleaners, the Vax VRS5W Rapide Spring is very loud. Unfortunately, this is the price you have to pay for clean carpets.
Buy online: £64.98 on Amazon.co.uk