If you are in search of an affordable and stress-free way to remove a difficult stain from your furniture or just decades of dirt from an old carpet, then look no further than this comprehensive list below. From small spot cleaning to substantial spaces, you can uncover the cleaner most suited to you, your furniture and flooring.
Please note, prices fluctuate so we can’t guarantee all of these carpet cleaners will be available for less than £100 when you read this article.
Bissell SpotClean Portable Spot Cleaner
The Bissell SpotClean is, as the name suggests, perfect for dealing with small stains in and around your home. With its ergonomic and lightweight design, this carpet cleaner is easily manoeuvrable for marks up and down your stairs with a 3” Tough Stain Tool ideal for small spaces.
The cleaner uses hot water and cleaning solution and relies on the movement of the user rather than motorised bristles to work away at difficult carpet stains. A motorized brush head can be purchased, but is not necessary for a tough mark to be removed.
The cleaner also benefits from Bissell’s HeatWave Technology™ that redirects the heat from the motor to keep the water at a constant high temperature. It loosens and removes stains with the help of cleaning solution.
- 1L water capacity
- 330 W motor
- 5m hose length
- Light and slim design
- HeatWave Technology™
- Tanks easily emptied and refilled
- Quite noisy
- No wheels
- Only usable with Bissell cleaner
The Bissell SpotClean Portable Spot Cleaner generally is well liked by its users for whipping out in a small stain emergency, but is less useful for use on large surface areas with its small brush head. Its light build and slim body makes it perfect for using throughout the house as well as for storage when it’s not needed.
Maxi Vac Portable Electric Handheld Carpet Cleaner
The Maxi Vac is a small and inexpensive portable carpet cleaner, weighing in at only 3.5 kg and with a design that offers quick and easy stain removal and takes up very little space in storage. General maintenance of the machine is incredibly simple, requiring only to be rinsed out and dried.
A definite bonus is that any brand of carpet cleaning fluid can be used in the Maxi Vac which may help to keep the price of usage down, however more expensive cleaning fluids tend to have the best results. The cleaner is made up of only one part, without extra nozzles or hoses and only the 20 cm-wide mouth which makes cleaning in small crevices such as cars and some stairs impossible.
The cleaner has the best success with short pile carpets, sofas and curtains rather than thicker, shaggier fabrics, making it ideal for any spillages or stains that happen on your living room furniture or perhaps just to remove the everyday grime that gathers there.
- 5m power cord
- 300ml clean water tank
- 900ml dirty water tank
- Quieter than other cleaners
- Small and compact
- Value for money
- Cleaning fluid container is too small
- No option to change nozzles/extend with hose
Perfectly compact and easy to use and clean, this is the ideal low maintenance carpet cleaner and at a reasonable price too. If you are looking to clean in awkward crevices, then look elsewhere as the nozzle is quite wide, but if you want a carpet cleaner especially light on the purse to lift those little stains here and there, then the Maxi Vac is worth a try.
Vax W86-DP-B Dual Power Carpet Cleaner
This Vax carpet cleaner is designed to cover a larger square footage than the cleaners previously mentioned. Its build is more that of a traditional upright vacuum cleaner, with a long handle and rotating brush bars underneath. This change in style, however, in no way affects its ability to clean and if you are looking to cover large areas, then the 30cm nozzle will make this faster than anything.
The Vax can clean deep pile carpets fully, leaving a fresh scent in its wake with twin tanks meaning that clean and dirty water is not mixed. For its size, the cleaner remains portable, weighing only 6kg and being relatively compact for storage too.
- 7L water capacity
- 8m power cord
- Dual rotating brush bars
- Cleans large floor areas quickly and effectively
- Light and manoeuvrable
- Very few accessories e.g. brushes for furniture/cars
- Not very easy to clean after use
The Vax W86-DP-B Dual Power Carpet Cleaner wipes the floor with the others in terms of cleaning a large area of carpet or rugs, but for spot cleaning after the odd accident there are perhaps better options due to its lacking in brush options to reach more awkward spaces.
Hoover CJ625 CleanJet Volume Upright Carpet Cleaner
One of the larger and more powerful carpet cleaners on the market is the Hoover CJ625 CleanJet, with a 600 watt motor and a large water tank, the quality and ease of use is undeniable. The Hoover has only a single fixed bar brush with bristles made from nylon which perhaps has less effect on dirt than a rotating one.
The designers have also been creative with the build of this model by introducing a fold-away handle to reduce the size of the cleaner for storage – a handy feature that means you can store it away under the kitchen sink.
This cleaner is perfect for use on deep-pile carpets to clean an entire room efficiently, as well as rugs to give them a new lease of life.
- 7m power cord
- 5L clean water/2.3L dirty water tanks
- Foldable handle
- Large water tanks
- Powerful motor
- Compact for storage and portability
- Single stationary bar brush
- No extra tools for upholstery or stairs
- Complicated to clean
The Hoover CJ625 CleanJet is a powerful competitor with its large motor, making it wonderful for attacking large dirty carpets quickly and effortlessly. It is more storage-friendly than other upright cleaners, but lacks the means to reach into the nooks and crannies or remove pesky stains on your furniture.
Vax VRS5W Rapide Spring Carpet Washer
The other Vax to make it onto our list is the VRS5W Rapide Spring Carpet Washer, another upright designed for dealing with larger cleaning conundrums. The Rapide features a bar of nylon bristles similar to the Hoover mentioned above, but with a larger 800 watt motor at its disposal.
The 24cm wide nozzle makes it ideal for covering large spaces quickly and easily, but you will struggle to cover less even or smaller surfaces such as upholstery or stairs with this machine. It can be used on various types of carpets and rugs with little effort.
- 9m power cord
- 1L clean water/1.7L dirty water tanks
- Light and manoeuvrable
- Powerful motor and steam production
- No extra parts for cleaning upholstery/cars/stairs
- Shorter power cord than similar models
If you are looking to revive a dirty living room carpet in a small to medium-sized room then the Vax VRS5W is definitely worth considering. Its wide nozzle design and lack of attachments means it is little use for spot cleaning difficult places, but perfectly powerful on a larger scale.