Maxi Vac Handheld Carpet Washer Review

Offers good results for the price. Works well for cleaning up occasional accidents but isn’t suited to cleaning large areas.

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The Maxi Vac Handheld Carpet Washer is a small and inexpensive electric carpet and upholstery cleaner. It’s designed to offer a quick and easy way to remove stains and clean carpets. Find out how this machine works in this review.


  • Mains powered with a 5m power cord
  • 300 ml clean water tank
  • 900 ml dirty water tank

Weight: 3.5 kg
Dimensions: 34 x 19.5 x 21.5 cm


The Maxi Vac Handheld Carpet Washer is small and light, so it’s easy to get out at short notice to clean up an emergency. It can be used to clean small stains or refresh small carpets, though it isn’t so well suited to cleaning large areas.

This carpet cleaner works quite well on short-pile carpets and rugs but isn’t so well suited to long-pile carpets and shaggy rugs. It works quite well on sofas and armchairs but isn’t very good for cleaning car interiors as it is about 20 cm wide so it won’t get into all of the crevices.

To get the best results you should vacuum the carpet before and after using this machine. The Maxi Vac Handheld Carpet Washer can be used with any carpet shampoo, though you will normally get better results if you invest in a more expensive carpet shampoo. The machine normally leaves the carpet slightly damp, but not too wet, and it should have dried out by the following day.

This machine is easy to clean just by rinsing it out and drying it, and as it’s so small it’s easy to store away.

One irritating thing with this carpet cleaner is that the shampoo container is quite small so you need to refill it frequently. In general though, it offers a quick and easy alternative to getting down on your hands and knees and scrubbing.

Pros and cons

  • Good for cleaning dog and cat urine
  • Good value for money
  • Small and compact
  • Quieter than many other carpet cleaning machines
  • Easy to get out for emergencies and start using
  • Handheld
  • Shampoo container is small, so it needs refilling frequently
  • No instructions included


The Maxi Vac Handheld Carpet Washer doesn’t have a huge amount of power, but it offers good results for the price. It’s a very handy gadget to own for cleaning up occasional accidents, though it’s not suited to cleaning large areas of carpet.


One popular alternative to the Maxi Vac Handheld Carpet Washer is the BISSELL 30K4E Little Green. This machine is a bit more expensive than the Maxi Vac, but comes with the respected BISSELL brand name. Like the Maxi Vac it’s small and light, making it convenient for spills and accidents.

Another good choice is the BISSELL SpotClean Portable Spot Cleaner, which is also more expensive than the Maxi Vac. It’s better for getting into crevices, so could be a good option for cleaning car interiors.

For some more options, see our roundup of the best carpet cleaners.

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