Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet Washer Review

Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet Washer Review

Offers great performance for the price, though given its weight it’s not ideal for everyone.

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The Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 is a powerful carpet cleaner with a generously sized water tank, making it potentially a good choice for cleaning busy homes.

Find out how this carpet cleaner performs in this review.


  • Pre-treatment kit for tough stains
  • Rotating brushbar for dislodging dirt from carpets
  • Carpet shampoo included
  • Wash tool and hose for cleaning upholstery
  • Dual V technology for drying carpets after cleaning
  • 8 metre power cord
  • 5 litre clean water tank
  • 3 litre clean water tank
  • 3 metre hose

Weight: 10.2 kg
Power: 1000 watts


This carpet cleaner is very good at cleaning up spills and also refreshing carpets that haven’t been cleaned in a while. The Vax Rapide Ultra 2 is powerful and uses a rotating brushbar to lift and dislodge dirt from the carpet, helping to clean heavily soiled carpets.

This carpet cleaner uses Vax’s Dual V technology to help dry the carpet after cleaning it. This feature works very well, so your carpets won’t be wet for days afterwards.

The Vax Rapide Ultra 2 is easy to use, but can feel quite heavy for some people. It weighs 10.2 kg, so you might prefer a lighter carpet cleaner if you have back problems. It’s also quite large (104 x 53 x 33 cm), so it’s hard to store.

This carpet cleaner has a spot tool to prepare tough areas for cleaning. There’s also an upholstery tool for cleaning settees and other upholstery. These two tools make the Vax Rapide Ultra 2 quite a versatile machine.

Like many carpet cleaners, the Vax Rapide Ultra 2 itself can be fiddly to clean, especially if you have pets as it can get clogged up with pet hairs. It’s a good idea to vacuum the carpet first to pick up any hairs before using the Vax Rapide Ultra 2. This will prevent the dirty water tank from getting clogged up and make it easier to clean.

One thing to be aware of is that the Vax Rapide Ultra 2 is a slightly old model now (released in 2010), so it might be hard to find replacement parts should anything break.


Can this carpet cleaner reach into the corners and edges of carpets?

Yes, it’s easy to clean the edge of carpets with the Vax W90-RU-P, especially using the upholstery tool.

Can it be used on long-pile carpets?

This carpet cleaner isn’t suited to cleaning long-pile carpets and shaggy rugs as the fibres might get caught in the rotating brushes.

Can the Vax W90-RU-P be used to clean stairs?

Yes, this carpet cleaner has a useful attachment for cleaning the stairs.

What’s the difference between the Vax W90-RU-P and the Vax W89-RU-A?

These two models have the same specifications; the only difference between them is the colour.

Pros and cons

  • Sold with a 2-year warranty
  • Carpets dry quickly afterwards
  • Comes with an upholstery/stairs tool
  • Good value for money
  • Quite heavy
  • Fiddly to clean
  • Big, so hard to store


The Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 offers great performance for the price. It’s powerful and very effective at removing dirt and stains, and is also versatile with two attachments. This is a great machine for homes with pets as it deals very well with accidents. However, it’s quite large and heavy, so it’s not ideal for everyone.


If you’d prefer something smaller and lighter you should consider the Vax VRS5W Rapide Spring, which only weighs 5.6 kg. It doesn’t offer the same amount of power or water capacity as the Rapide Ultra 2, but it’s good for smaller jobs and occasional accidents.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Vax V124A Dual V, which is even more powerful than the Rapide Ultra 2 (1350 watts rather than 1000). Unsurprisingly it’s more expensive, but could be a good choice if you need lots of power.

For some more options see our roundup of the best carpet cleaners in 2017.

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