Best Carpet Cleaner Reviews 2017 – Top 10 Models Reviewed and Compared

Best Carpet Cleaner Reviews 2017 – Top 10 Models Reviewed and Compared

Best Carpet Cleaner Reviews 2017 – Top 10 Models Reviewed and Compared

Best Carpet Cleaner For 2017

After many intensive hours of research, we started with around 25 different carpet cleaners we thought were worth investigating further, to be honest, we were amazed by the sheer number of different carpet cleaners available. We eventually narrowed our list of carpet cleaners down to just 10 models we discovered were a cut above the rest.

It's difficult to come up with the best caret cleaner for everyone as it depends on lots of variables and every bodies individual needs of what they need from a carpet cleaner. Do you just want to clean floor carpets?, maybe the carpet on the stairs, upholstery, do you need a light weight model?, the list goes on.

After over 15 hours of research, we found that the Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet Cleaner would be the best choice for most home owners which is why we names it our 'Top Pick'. It performs well when cleaning carpets, ingrained stains, spills. It comes with a long hose for tackling stairs carpet as well as other hard to reach areas, Another impressive feature was the unique pre-treatment sprayer, you can use it to treat stains before using the carpet cleaner, it gives you that little extra cleaning power. At around £130 it offers amazing value for money and comes with a generous 2 years warranty for added peace of mind.

Our Best Pick is also one of the best selling carpet cleaners on Amazon.co.uk with over 1000 reviews.

Too see which other models we recommend and why, you can read our full review  on the best carpet shampooer below. We also have lots of tips and advice on choosing the right model and have reviewed carpet cleaners ranging from £60 for budget models, ideal for regular use around the home to more expensive models ranging from £300 to over £400, the main aim of our guide is to help you find the right model for your personal needs.

Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra Carpet and Upholstery Washer Review

OUR TOP PICK

Vax Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet Cleaner

  • Rotating brushbar which really agitates and lifts embedded dirt for a deeper clean
  • Extracts any excess water ensuring carpets dry quickly
  • 3 Meter long hose with cleaner attachment for cleaning stairs, hard to reach areas, accidental spills and uphaustrly such as sofas
  • Pre-treatment Sprayer - Simply spray tougher stains and high traffic areas first a superior clean.
  • Very light weight at only 10.2 kg
  • 2 years guarantee for extra peace of mind

BEST OF THE BEST

Bissell Lift-Off 

Bissell Lift Off Carpet Cleaner

The real cream of the crop when it comes with carpet cleaners, removable pod for cleaning hard to reach areas, on-board heater, light weight design and an amazing 5 year guarantee.

OUR BEST PICK

Vax Rapide Ultra 2

Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra Carpet and Upholstery Washer Review

Winner of our 'Best Pick' award, Great all round cleaning performance with large water tanks for longer cleaning times and a long hose for hard to reach places. Exceptional value for money.

BEST HANDHELD

Bissell Little Green

BISSELL 30K4E Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner front

Perfect for all them small cleaning jobs, spills and other accidental messes. Store ready to use, compact, light weight design with great cleaning power and suction. Very easy to store and use.

Be sure to read our full guide and reviews to learn more about the features available and how to decide which type of carpet cleaner would be suitable for your needs.

The Carpet Cleaner Buyers Guide

With so many different types of carpet cleaners available in stores and online at significantly different prices it can be hard to decide which model is right for you. Most carpet cleaners are upright models, these work and look similar to  upright vacuum cleaners which means you simply push them forward and backwards.

Most of these models including our 'Best Pick' the Vax Rapid Ultra 2, usually have a long hose and comes with small carpet cleaner attachment which is perfect for cleaning stairs carpets, as well as all those hard to reach places where a standard carpet cleaner head cannot fit.

Some models, such as the Bissell Clearview Lift-Off Carpet Cleaner have a detachable pod that detaches from the main carpet cleaner unit, this makes it easy to carry up and downstairs, clean car interiors as well as small smaller spills.

Finally,  you also have small portable carpet cleaners such as the Bissell Little Green Carpet Cleaner, these are great for spot cleaning, cleaning up spills, animal messes as well as treaded dirt from smaller areas, Because they are small and compact they are also very easy to store making them perfect for apartments or to use as an emergency cleaner.

Below we go over, some of the different features to look out for when buying a carpet cleaner and what these features are actually for. 

  • Carpet Cleaner Power (Watts): Power is measured in wattage and in general, the higher the wattage the more powerful the carpet cleaner is and the better suction is usually has. Most models are between 500 watt for smaller models to around 1500 watts for larger models. We found that models that were around 850-1000 watt had good suction. However some 500 watt models were also very good and perform fairly well on most cleaning tasks. They are usually the lightest models and are better for cleaning carpets regularly rather than doing a deep clean a couple of times a year, however don't expect the results of more powerful models. However more power usually cost more.
  • Weight - Carpet cleaners usually way between 5kg and 12kg, smaller models which are lighter, are easy to carry up and down stairs and are usually more compact, making them easier to store. However they usually have less features and are less powerful, hence the cheaper price tag. Larger models, as well as being heavy, can be big and bulky, however there are are now some good compact designs that are powerful yet lightweight. Bissell do a model which is part of their 'Lift-Off Range' these a removable pod which drastically reduces the size of the carpet cleaner, we found this to be a fantastic feature as you have a larger powerful carpet cleaner for tackling larger floors, but you also have a removable carpet cleaner pod which means is light weight, compact. and easy to move around. 
  • Hoze and accessories- Most models come with a long hoze that can either be attached when needed or comes permanently fixed as standard. They usually come with a small carpet cleaner attachment for cleaning stairs and other hard to reach placed. This feature is essential if you plan on cleaning stairs etc, some models do not have a hoze and so can only be used on floor carpets making them less versatile.
  • Cleaning brush types - There are two types of cleaning brushes that carpet cleaners usually use, the first is a large spin roller type brush. Sometimes they may have two or more rows of brushes along the width of the carpet cleaner. The other type are individual small rotating brushes in a line, these are also effective and really agitates and lift embedded dirt from the carpet.
  • Water tank size - Most models come with two separate water tanks or two tanks combined, the latter makes it slightly easier to empty and fill as you don't need to remove two tanks. One tank is for clean water and the other is for dirty water that the carpet cleaner sucks up after cleaning. The bigger, the better, however the larger the tank, the heavier the carpet cleaner when filled. We found that water tanks between 3 - 4.5 litres were ideal without adding too much weight. Basically the bigger the tank, the longer you can clean for before you have to empty the dirt water and fill the clean water back up again.
  • Heating - Not to be confused with heaters that dry the carpets, these are the types that keep the clean water at a constant warm temperature,  this makes it easier to break down dirt and grime in your carpets so you usually get better results. Not all models have this feature and its usually fitted to more expensive models.
  • Heated cleaning - This is a feature where hot air is blown onto the carpet assisting in drying in the fastest time possible. Not many models have this feature as most relie on powerful sucktion to remove water which most models do a fantastic job at. One model that does have heated drying is the Vax V-125A Carpet Cleaner
  • Multi-surface cleaning - Carpets and hard floors - Some models can be used on hard floors as well as carpets, this is obviously an advantage for anyone who has both carpets and hard floors to clean in their home. The only carpet cleaner with this feature that made it onto our 'Top 10' list was the very impressive Vax All Terrain Carpet Washer which also comes with an amazing 6 year warranty.
  • Warranty - Most models come with 2 years warranty as standard, some cheaper models only have 1 year warranty, while some of the more expensive models comes with a very impressive 6 years warranty. Obviously, the longer the warranty, the better. We would not really recommend any carpet cleaner with less than two years warranty, we feel manufactures that give one year warranty, may not feel the carpet cleaner will last more than a couple of years. A good carpet cleaner will last many years if look after correctly.

This should of give you a good understanding of what features you need to look out for when choosing the best carpet cleaner for your needs, many models have other improved features such as Vax 'dual V technology' which powerfully extracts any excess water leaving carpets dry quickly as well as carpet edge sweepers for cleaning right up to the edge of walls and skirting boards. To see what other useful features individual models have, read our full reviews below of each recommended carpet cleaner.

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CARPET CLEANER REVIEWS


Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet Shampooer Reviews

**WINNER OF OUR BEST PICK FOR 2017**

Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra Carpet and Upholstery Washer Review
  • Rotating brushbar which agitates and lifts embedded dirt from the carpet leaving it super clean
  • Dual V technology - Powerfully extracts excess water ensuring carpets dry in the quickest time possible
  • Pre treatment Sprayer - Simply spray tougher stains and high traffic areas first for an extra deep clean
  • 3 Meter hose with small carpet cleaner attachment for cleaning stairs, hard to reach areas, accidental spills as well as uphaustly such as couches
  • Large 4.5 litre clean water tank for longer running times and a 3 litre dirty water capacity
  • Light weight at only 10.2 kg
  • Power: 1000 watts of power for a more superior performance
  • 2 years guarantee for extra peace of mind

The Vax W90-RU-P rapide ultra 2 carpet cleaner is an affordable deep cleaning carpet washer which is packed with excellent features and can be used all around the home. Whether your cleaning large floors, the stairs, upholstery such as chairs or even inside the the car to clean carpets, mats and your seats, the Vax Rapide carpet washer is a fantastic choice.

The upright design is similar to that of a upright vacuum cleaner, at just other 10kg its very light weight which means its easy to move around the home and carry up and down the stairs without too much trouble.

The cleaning head features a rotating brushbar which really agitates and lifts embedded dirt from the carpet leaving it clean and fresh. This model also features 'Vax Dual V technology', this feature means it has very impressive suction for removing excess water, which in turn, leaves your carpets dry in the shortest time possible which is ideal for busy homes with children and pets.

Another unique feature the Vax Rapide Ultra 2 has that is not seen on most other models is what Vax call a 'pre-treatment wand', this is a smaller sprayer on a narrow hose that you attach to the cleaning tank. You can treat those high traffic areas or stains first, before using the carpet cleaner over the area. The treatment wand plus the rotating brush bar ensure that even the most stained and dirty carpets come up like new.

Finally, it also comes with a 3 meter long hose with a small carpet cleaner attachment (as pictured below), this is perfect for cleaning and refreshing carpet on the stairs, upholstery as well as any carpet areas the large carpet cleaner, simply cannot reach .

Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra cleaning stairs carpet

To ensure you spend more time cleaning and less time refilling, it has a generous 4.5 litre clean water tank as well as a long 8 meter power cord which is a perfect combination for larger homes.


Watch The Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet Cleaner Below


Negative points - Usually I would have at least a few negative comments to report on, to be honest, I could not find anything I could really complain about, even when researching other buyer reviews online, its one of the 'Best Rated Models' on Amazon.co.uk. The only real point to take into consideration is maybe the weight, at just over 10 kg its not the lightest carpet cleaner on the market, however you won't find many lighter models with the same cleaning performance, most similar models are actually heavier at around 12kg. 

Our recommendation - The Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet Cleaner is probably one of the best carpet cleaning machines currently available, if your after an affordable carpet cleaner which gives professional results, then this model is worth careful consideration.

One feature that does make it stand out from most other models was the pre-treatment wand, if you have any stains or areas which a particularly dirty, you can first fill the tank with a pre-treatment solution which comes included and spray the areas, once treated, simply leave for 10-15 minutes and then clean as normal with cleaning the rest of the carpet as normal. This does remove those hard to remove stains and if you have children and pets, this is a feature worth having. Its worth noting that you do not need to use the pre-treatment wand if you don't need to, for example if you clean your carpet regularly to keep on top of them before they get too dirty.

Overall it does an excellent job at cleaning carpets and removing stains. The carpet cleaner itself is well balanced and is surprisingly easy to push backwards and forwards and unlike some models, cleans right up to the edge of walls fairly well. After you finished cleaning the carpet, it does not feel too wet and after about 30-40 minutes, your carpet will be dry to touch, this is obviously a great advantage as you do not need to exclude children or pets for too long.

If this model is within your budget (around £130), then its really hard to recommend any other model over the Vax Rapide ultra 2 Carpet Cleaner.

One last note, it was also awarded a Which? 'Best Buy' award. 


Vax V-125A All Terrain Carpet Washer Review

**Cleaning Both Carpets and Hard Floors**

Vax V-125A All Terrain Upright Carpet Washer review
  • Cleans both carpets and hard floors with ease
  • The auto mix system ensures the correct mix of solution and water is mixed for optimum cleaning results
  • SpinScrub brushes rotate alongside each other which agitates and lifts embedded dirt from the carpet giving it a deeper clean
  • Dual V technology - Powerfully extracts any excess water drying carpets and floors and in quickest time possible
  • An auto-rinse feature means it washes in the forward push and rinses on the backwards pull, this ensures minimal shampoo residue is left on carpets and hardfloors
  • Heated Cleaning - Blows hot air onto the carpet, assisting the drying of carpets quickly
  • 2.4 Meter hose with cleaner attachment for cleaning stairs, hard to reach areas, accidental spills and uphaustly
  • Large 3.7 litre clear water tank for longer cleaning times and a 3 litre dirty water capacity
  • Power - 1350 watts for a high performance clean
  • Only 12 kg making it easy to carry and move around the home
  • Amazing 6 years guarantee for full peace of mind

The Vax V-125A All Terrain Carpet Cleaner is a more advanced carpet cleaner which is packed with great features to ensure a deeper clean on carpets as well as hard floors which means it can now be used all around the home.

The wide cleaning head features the Vax 'SpinScrub Brush Technology', this consist of 6 rotating brushes which gently and effectively loosen dirt from the carpet pile to help lift embedded dirt and stains from the carpet, giving it the best deep clean possible.

Whilst cleaning, to ensure minimal shampoo residue is left on carpets and hard floors, the Vax All Terrain cleaner incorporates an auto-rinse function which washes on the forward push and the rinses on the backwards pull.

Another great additional feature is the 'Vax Dual V Technology' and 'Heated Cleaning System', this feature means it has great suction for removing excess water as well as blowing warm air onto the carpet. These two features which are not seen on all models, help leave carpets dry in the minimum amount of time possible,.

Finally, it also comes with a 2.4 meter long hose with a carpet cleaner attachment, this is great for cleaning carpet on the stairs, awkward hard to reach areas, as well as upholstery such as cushions, sofas and car seats.

Vax V-125A All Terrain cleaning hose attachment
Vax V-125A All Terrain cleaning carpet

To ensure you spend more time cleaning and less time refilling, it has a large 3.7 litre water tank as well as a long 9 meter power cord which is perfect for larger homes.  To ensure the correct amount of cleaner and water is mixed, it also features a auto mix system which ensures the correct ratio of solution and water is mixed for optimum cleaning results.


Watch the Vax V-125A All Terain Carpet Cleaner Below

Negative points - No deal breakers currently noted, overall excellent cleaning machine with nothing but positive comments to note. its worth noting though that its a little noisy and fairly heavy at around 12kg when compared to some models. However this is probably not going to be a problem as most models are noisy and heavy by their nature. With good suction comes loud noise.

Our recommendation - The Vax V-125A All Terrain Carpet Cleaner is a mid range model and really is an impressive peace of kit.

What makes this model stand out when compared to most other carpet cleaners is its ability to clan both carpets and hard floors. These means that most home owners could get more use out of it if they also have hard floors such as wood and tiles. This is also the only model we would recommend for cleaning carpets and hard floors.

Regarding ease of use, Its easy to push and pull over both carpets and hard floors and seems glides along the floor nicely. 

One feature which we really like is the heat blower, basically it leaves your carpets dry to touch, this is obviously an advantage as you can walk on the floor straight away, with most most models you need to wait at least 30 / 40 minutes. Mixing is also easy and straight forward thanks to the auto-mix feature..

Overall this carpet cleaner is hard to beat and perfect for all around the home, if you have a budget of around £180 to £200, this model is probably your best choice for a busy home. The RRP  is £399, however we found it on Amazon at half this price.

Its also worth taking into account that this model comes with a incredible 6 year warranty, thats 4 years more than most other models. To me, this just further confirms that this model is made to last and that Vax as a company are confident in the build quality and cleaning reliability.


Vax VRS18W Power Max Washer Review

**Best Budget Carpet Cleaner**

best carpet steam cleaner  - Vax VRS18W Power Max Carpet Washer review
  • Great for quickly cleaning up fresh spills and messes
  • 2.1 Litre water capacity and a smaller 1.7 litre capacity for dirty water
  • 500 watt motor with a 25cm width cleaning width for a deeper ckean right up to edges
  • Very light weight at only 5.6kg
  • 1 year guarantee

The Vax VRS18W Power Carpet Washer is perfect for doing them quick cleaning jobs around the home such as cleaning up spillages as well as removing dried in stains. It has a wide 24 cm cleaning nozzle to ensure good coverage and can clean right up to edge of carpets ensuring every inch of the carpet is cleaned. Its also perfect for getting rid of unpleasant odours in the carpet.

It has an integrated brush bar that gets right into the carpet fibres, when combined with the jets of water, it lifts dirt from the fibres, for a deeper clean.

Once cleaned, it then sucks up the excess dirty water to leave your carpet dry in the least time possible, essential for a busy home.

At only 5.6kg, it's incredibly light weight which means its not only easy to push and pull over carpets, its also light enough to carry up and down stairs without to much effort so it can be easily used on multiple floors.

To increase the amount of time spent cleaning, it has a generous 2.1 litre water tank and a slightly smaller 1.7 litre dirty water tank to reduce the amount of times it needs emptying.

Finally, the Vax CRS18W Power Max Carpet Cleaner has a long  5.3 meter power cable so you can manoeuvre from room to room easily.

Negative points - With this carpet cleaner, you have got to remember that it is a low priced budget carpet cleaner and not to expect results comparable to the more expensive carpet cleaner. I won't talk about cleaning performance just now but its limited to only cleaning carpets on floors. It lacks a long hose with cleaning attachments for cleaning the carpet on the stairs and any hard to reach places. It also leaves the carpet a little moist and takes a couple of hours to dry, depending on the temperature of the room. Its also makes a loud wining noise when in use, however even the best models are loud so I would not worry about this to much.

Our recommendation - The Vax VRS18W Power Max Washer  is a low priced budget model, because of this it lacks some of the features seen on more expensive models which help get a deeper clean and speed up drying time.

Overall it does a fairly good job at cleaning carpets and would be a great choice if you have pets and children for deals with small spills or pet messes, It could you useful if you were training a puppy for example. Its small, compact and much smaller than some of the other models we have reviewed so its easy to carry around the home.

We would only recommend this model for smaller cleaning jobs, if you got larger rooms to tackle we would advise you look for something a little bigger with a little more power.

Overall if your looking for a carpet washer to cleaner regulary around the home for small cleaning jobs, it probably would get the job done and will clean fresh spills and messes well. It also offers excellent value for money and is a bargain at well under £60

Personally, if your looking for a model for cleaning carpets quickly and dealing with spills ect, the Bissell Clearview Quickwash reviewed below is a far better choice, its very light weight and has much better reviews on Amazon.co.uk as well, the only downside is its double the price of this Vax Powermax carpet washer, however it does come with a extra years guarantee.


Bissell 90D3E Clearview Quickwash Review

**Probably the best light weight carpet cleaner for everyday cleaning**

BISSELL 90D3E Cleanview Quickwash Carpet Cleaner - best carpet shampooer
  • Quickly cleans carpets,  spills and messes and great for other everyday cleaning
  • 6 rows of cross action brushes which loosen embedded dirt and cleans right to the edge of carpets.
  • 2 Litre water capacity
  • Very light weight at less than 6kg
  • Power: 500 Watts
  • Limited 2 year guarantee

The Bissell 90D3E Clearviw Quickwash Carpet Washer is designed for everyday cleaning around the home and is perfect for cleaning up spillages and dirt from the carpet. Its a full size carpet cleaner but is also very light weight at less than 6kg. It has cross action brushes which loosen embedded dirt from the carpet, to ensure it cleans right to the edge of the carpet and against skirting boards, its has edge sweeper brushes to ensure the whole carpet is cleaned.

Once cleaned, it sucks up the excess dirty water so your carpets dry, in the fastest time possible. It has a generous easy to fill, 2 litre water tank which you simply add warm water and cleaning solution to. A separate dirty water tank is also easy to empty but  large enough to ensure it does not need emptying too often.

Finally, for easy maintenance, it has removable nozzles so they can be cleaned without to much effort.


To learn how easy the Bissell Clearview Quickwash is to use watch the video below

Our recommendation - The Bissell Clearview Quickwash Carpet Cleaner is a brilliant little carpet cleaner, it cleans carpets very well and even removes stubborn stains after a few runs with the carpet cleaner. Its perfect for cleaning up spills and would be great for anyone with children and pets who are looking for a carpet cleaner for everyday use, rather than just a deep clean a couple of time a year.

Something it does lack is a long hoze attachment for stairs cleaning etc.? However for an extra £30, the next model reviewed below, the Bissell Power Brush model is nearly the same design but with a hoze and attachment for cleaning stairs and other hard to reach places.

Its very similar to the Vax Powermax Washer and roughly the same weight, however it far better at cleaning carpets and seems to be manufactured to a higher quality. If this model is in your price range, then this is a far better choice than the Vax Power Max Washer and comes with 2 years warranty instead of 1 years warranty.

A simple, easy to use straight forward carpet cleaner, great for everyday cleaning and light enough to carry up and down stairs. Great for someone who might have struggled with heavier models in the past. You want find a full size lighter carpet cleaner.


Bissell Clearview Powerbrush Carpet Cleaner Review

**BEST MID RANGE CLEANER WITH HOSE ATTACHMENT FOR STAIRS AND UPHAUSTRY CLEANING**

best home carpet cleaner  - BISSELL Cleanview Power Brush Carpet Cleaner review
  • 5 rows of Rotating Dirt Lifter Power Brushes which agitate and lift embedded dirt and stains from the carpet leaving it clean
  • Full size cleaning width and edge sweeping brushes for cleaning right to the  edge of carpets and against skirting boards
  • 2 in 1 tank for easy filling and emptying of tank
  • Quickly and easily switch from floor cleaning to cleaning stairs, upholstery and those hard to reach places with the built in hose and cleaner attachment.
  • Light weight at only 8kg making it easy to carry up and down stairs
  • Power: 800 watts for extra cleaning power
  • 2 years guarantee for extra peace of mind

The Bissell Clearview Power Brush Carpet Cleaner is perfect for a busy family home. It has 5 rows of rotating dirt lifter power brushes which agitate and lift even the most embedded dirt from the carpet pile leaving it clean and fresh.

BISSELL Cleanview Power Brush Carpet Cleaner brushes

To ensure it cleans to the very edge of carpets as well as right up against skirting boards and walls, it has sweeping bushes so you can be assured that the whole carpet is getting cleaned.

Refilling and emptying the dirty water is easy thanks to the 2 in 1 tank design. the 2 in 1 tank is also Microban coated which helps inhibit the build-up of odour-causing bacteria.

BISSELL Cleanview Power Brush Carpet Cleaner water tank

At only 8kg, it's easy to use and more importantly carry up and down the stairs with ease. It also features a long hose with a c;leaning tool which is perfectly designed for cleaning stairs, upholstery such as cushions and sofas, as well as them hard to reach places. This means it truly is a carpet cleaner for the whole house and not just the main carpeted areas.

BISSELL Cleanview Power Brush Carpet Cleaner hose tool

Finally, 8 meter long power cord ensures you can clean room to room easily without the need to keep changing plug sockets.


Watch the Bissell Powerbrush carpet cleaner below


Negative points - Overall, we really like this model but we do have some criticism to note. Firstly the tank does not seem very big and needs emptying quick frequently, specially on larger carpets, not a major issue as this job is very easy thanks to the well designed 2 in 1 tank, saves messing around with two tanks which in turn saves time.

We also noticed that it takes a few passes to dry the carpet to nearly touch dry. Overall though, it does remove excess water quite well, specially considering this model does not have integrated heater to dry the carpet.

Our recommendation - This Bissell Clearview Power Bush Carpet Cleaner is probably one of the best carpet cleaners we have reviewed and is very simular to our 'Best Pick', to be honest both models are just as good but this model is a little more expensive but the tank design does seem a little better and it has the side sweepers on.

Overall, Its very well made and does a really good job at cleaning even heavily spoiled carpets after a few passes, leaving them like new. 

Probably the best home carpet cleaner at the £150 range with some excellent features which include the side brushes. This model also comes with 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind.


Bissell Clearview Proheat Carpet Cleaner Review

**On-board heater for optimum water temperature when cleaning**

BISSELL Cleanview Proheat Carpet Cleaner review
  • 6 rows of rotating dirt lifter power brushes for deep cleaning and lifting embedded dirt and stains from the carpet.
  • On board heater continuously heats tap tap water up to 14 degree Celsius for maximum cleaning performance.
  • Full size cleaning width and edge sweeping brushes for cleaning right to the  edge of carpets and against skirting boards
  • Surround suction for sucking excess dirty water 
  • Removable nozzle for easy cleaning and maintenance
  • 2 in 1 tank for easy filling and emptying of tank
  • Quickly and easily switch from floor cleaning to hose extension and small carpet cleaner attachment for cleaning stairs, upholstery and those hard to reach places
  • Light weight at only 9.25kg, making it easy to carry up and down stairs
  • Powerful 1400 watts motor for extra cleaning power
  • 2 years guarantee for extra peace of mind

Additional features when compared to the cheaper Bissell Powerbrush model reviewed above

This model has a more powerful 1400 watt motor, one of the reasons for this is that this model also have a integrated heater system which continuously heats hot tap water up to 14 degree Celsius. This gives a better cleaning performance when compared to models without this feature as the water starts to cool the cleaning performance can drop as the water is not as warm as its starts to cool.

Another feature Bissell had fitted to this which is not found on the cheaper proheat model is surround suction and it also has a larger 3.4 litre water tank which is the biggest tank of any carpet cleaner in the Bissell Clearview range. It also has 6 rows of Rotating Dirt Lifter Power Brushes rather than 5.

The Bissell Clearview Proheat Carpet Cleaner is perfect for everyday cleaning of carpets in the home. This is a mid range model and has 6 rows of rotating dirt lifter power brushes which agitate and lift even the most embedded dirt and stains from the carpet leaving them looking like new.

BISSELL Cleanview Proheat Carpet Cleaner 6 row carpet brushes

To ensure it cleans to the very edge of carpets, right up against skirting boards and up to walls, it has sweeping brushes to ensure every inch of the carpet get cleaned and refreshed.

Refilling and emptying the dirty water is easy thanks to the 2 in 1 tank design. the 2 in 1 tank is also Microban coated which helps inhibit the build-up of odour-causing bacteria.

BISSELL Cleanview Power Brush Carpet Cleaner water tank

At only 9.25kg, it's easy to use and more importantly, easy to carry up and down the stairs with ease. It also features a long 2.1 meter hose with a c;leaning tool attachment, specially designed for cleaning stairs, upholstery such as cushions and hard to reach places you simply cannot do with the whole carpet cleaner.

At 8 meter long, the power cord is long enough for clean room to room easily without the need to keep changing plug sockets as you clean around your home.


Watch the Bissell Proheat carpet cleaner below


Our recommendation - The Bissell Proheat Carpet Cleaner is another impressive carpet cleaning machine, as you would expect the built quality is excellent as is the cleaning performance. The heated water really does seem to make a difference and its nice to see that they have added a larger tank to this model.

All in all, this model is an improvement but at a cost, if this model is within your budget (around £230-£250) then it worth paying the extra for a better cleaning performance, seems to do a slightly better jos on well soiled carpets. this model also comes with 2 years warranty.

One feature we do really like about all the Bissell Carpet Cleaners, is the front dial for the quick and easy fitting of the long hose.


Bissell Clearview Lift-Off Carpet Cleaner Review

**Detachable Portable Carpet Cleaner for spot cleaning hard to reach areas and car interiors**

best carpet cleaning machine  - Bissell Lift Off Carpet Cleaner
  • 10 rows of dual rotating dirt lifter power brushes with surround suction for deep cleaning and lifting embedded dirt and stains from the carpet.
  • Full width suction for leaving carpets dry to touch
  • Innovative detachable pod cleaner with 1.5 meter hose for cleaning upholstery as well as hard to reach areas, stairs and the inside car interiors. Also includes tough stain tool, and crevice tool for the hose.
  • On board heater continuously heats tap water up to 14 degree Celsius for maximum cleaning performance
  • Full size cleaning width and edge sweeping brushes for cleaning right to the  edge of carpets and against skirting boards
  • Removable nozzle for easy cleaning and maintenance
  • Two seperate tanks each with 2.5 litre capacity, one for clean water and one for collecting dirty water
  • Light weight at only 12kg and less when used as just the pod making it easy to carry up and down stairs
  • Powerful 1500 watts motor for extra cleaning power
  • 5 years guarantee for extra peace of mind

This Bissell Clearview Lift-Off Carpet Cleaner is an advanced carpet cleaner with a unique two in one design, it's both a portable compact carpet cleaner for spot cleaning as well as an upright carpet cleaner for larger carpets.

Bissell Lift Off Carpet Cleaner upright

You can simply use it as an upright carpet cleaner for cleaning floor carpets around the home, the removable pod is perfect for cleaning all them hard to reach places around the home such as under the furniture, stairs, upholstery. Its also perfect for cleaning the interior of cars as pictured below and includes a tough stain to and crevice tool which attach to the long 1.5 meter hose.

Bissell Lift Off Carpet Cleaner cleaning car seats
Bissell Lift Off Carpet Cleaner detached

It has a powerful 1500 watt motor and a integrated heater system which continuously heats tap water up to 14 degree Celsius, this gives a optimum cleaning performance by all ways using warm warmer to break down dirt and stains.

The Bissell Lift Off also has two sets of 10 rows of rotating dirt lifter power brushes, these worth together to really agitate deep into the carpet fibres and lifts even the most embedded dirt and stains from within the carpet.

Bissell Lift Off Carpet Cleaner cleaning floor

Just like all the other carpet cleaners from the Clearview range, it also has 'edge sweep brushes' which means you can clean to the very edge of carpets and against skirting boards as mentioned before so you can be assured your cleaning the whole carpet right up to the last inch.

Unlike the last two models we looked at, this model has two separate tanks, each with a 2.5 litre capacity, one for clean water and one for collecting dirty water, they are also microban coated which helps inhibit the build-up of odour-causing bacteria in the water tanks.

At 6.5 meter long, the power cord is long enough to clean room to room easily, without the need to keep changing plug sockets as you clean around then home.


Watch the Bissell Lift-Off carpet cleaner in action below


Our recommendation - Without question the Bissell Clearview Lift-Off Carpet Cleaner is an expensive carpet cleaner at around £400, specially when you take into account its designed with home use in mind. However, it is one of the best carpet cleaners we have ever reviewed and the removable pod is very well designed and an excellent feature.

The detachable pod design is what makes this model such an impressive carpet cleaner as its very versatile carpet cleaner. When used as an upright carpet cleaner is does a brilliant job and really does give a deep clean and is very easy to use.

The detachable pod is light weight as you have not got the weight of the rest of the carpet cleane, this means its perfect for taking to the car or using around the home and taking up and down stairs.

If you have fairly large budget (around £400), this model is worth taking into consideration and is an excellent carpet cleaner. Probably the best home carpet cleaner we have ever seen.


Bissell Little Green Multipurpose Carpet Cleaner

**Best Small Handheld Carpet Cleaner**

Best Handheld Carpet Cleaner - BISSELL 30K4E Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner
  • Compact small design, easy to use, perfect for small and large cleans ups and everyday spills and safe to use on virtually all carpets and as effective as full size carpet cleaners
  • Deep cleans and removes stains with exceptional suction for removing excess water
  • Touch stain brush included for removed the toughest stains
  • Amazingly light weight at only 4.6kg
  • Hoze length- 1.35 meters
  • 1.4 litre clean water tank 
  • 1.1 litre dirty water tank
  • Wide operating radius of 4.6 meters for maximum reach
  • Powerful 350 watts
  • 1 year warranty
BISSELL 30K4E Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner front
BISSELL 30K4E Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner back
BISSELL 30K4E Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner cleaning stairs

The Bissell Little Green Carpet Cleaner is a small, compact carpet cleaner that is perfect for cleaning everyday spills and stains from carpets and is virtually, safe to use on all carpet types.

It has two tanks which are pvc free, a larger one for clean water which holds 1.4 litres of clean water and a smaller tank which is 1.1 litres to collect the excess dirty water with its powerful suction. Thanks to its small compact design, generous 1.35 meter hoze with tough-stain brush attachment, its perfect for cleaning the stairs carpet, upholstery such as sofas, other hard to reach area and is also perfect for cleaning the interior of your car.

BISSELL 30K4E Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner cleaning interior

Designed to be very low maintenance, it can even be stored ready to use so you can quickly get it out to clean any unforeseen spills and stains, specially if you have children and pets.

BISSELL 30K4E Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner easy to store

Watch the Bissell Little Green in the video below

Our recommendation - The Bissell Little Green Carpet Cleaner is a very impressive little carpet cleaner, you wouldn't want to tackle large carpets with this little gem, however its perfect for all them small jobs and accidental spillages on the carpet.

We really like the compact design, its very well made and feels like a solid piece kit, its small enough to be stored in a cupboard or under the stairs and would be a great addition to any home. 

Performance is good and is surprisingly easy to use, full with water, add cleaning fluid and away you go, great suction and leaves carpets nearly dry to touch after going other the area a few times.

Overall an excellent portable carpet cleaner for them smaller jobs or for anyone who does not have room for a larger model. Fantastic for cleaning the sofa and stairs.

At around £120-130 its fairly expensive, specially when our 'Best Pick' is a similar price. However if your after a quality smaller carpet cleaner, the little green carpet cleaner is a great choice.

FINAL CONCLUSION


As you may have noticed, it's difficult to put a finger on which model is truly the Best Carpet Cleaner, with so many features to consider of which many are not essential but do certainly improve the cleaning performance or at the very least, make cleaning carpets that much easier. The two main features which we think will make or break a carpet cleaner are, good suction for removing excess dirty water, leaving carpets as dry as possible and good scrubbing brushes which is essential for cleaning deep into the carpet pile.

Below we give a brief overview of which models we would recommend for certain situation.

  • BEST ALL ROUNDER - Vax Rapide Ultra 2 Carpet Cleaner - Winner of our 'Best Pick, this model is what we consider to be the best choice for most home owners. It has everything you need from a good carpet cleaner, great cleaning performance, large water tank capacity, long 3 meter hoze and cleaning attachment for stairs, light weight, excellent value for money and most importantly, a 2 year warranty. Overall you cannot go wrong with this model if your after an affordable all round carpet cleaner for cleaning all around the home, upholstery included.
  • BEST OF THE BEST - Bissell Clearview Lift-Off Carpet Cleaner - If your looking for the 'Rolls Royce' of carpet cleaners, then this is the one for you. Its has exceptional cleaning performance thanks to the 1500 watt motor, dual DirtLifter powerbrushes and on-board heater. Its light weight and has a unique removable pod, a brilliant design as it means you don't need to carry around the whole carpet cleaner when cleaning stairs, upholstery and it even fits nicely into the car, while cleaning the interior. Overall you want find much better model, however all this comes at a price.
  • BEST BUDGET MODEL - Vax VRS18W Power Max Washer - Ideally, we would recommend buying a carpet cleaner which is between the £100-£130 range minimum. The reason for this is you get a lot more for your money when compared to lower priced models and generally, a much better cleaning performance. However, we realise that not everybody wants to spend over £100 on a carpet cleaner so this model is what we consider to be the best option if buying on a smaller budget. Overall a nice little carpet cleaner, it lacks the hoze for cleaning stairs carpets, but does a fairly good job on carpet floors. It's also one of the lightest carpet cleaners available making it easy to push and a pleasure to use.

    If your looking for the 'best light weight carpet cleaner', then we would recommend the Bissell 90D3E Clearview Quickwash Carpet Cleaner as its far more superior to the Vax Power Max washer, but more expensive and not really what you would call a budget model. 
  • BEST FOR HARD FLOORS AND CARPETS - Vax V-125A All Terain Carpet Cleaner - Nearly all the carpets cleaner we reviewed are designed soley for carpets and upholstery. However, if your in need of a model to also clean your hard floors, then this model is a fantastic option. Overall its an amazing machine and comes with 6 year guarantee which is longer than any other model that made our list. You'll will be surprised how cheap you can get one for.

BEST OF THE BEST

Bissell Lift-Off 

Bissell Lift Off Carpet Cleaner

The real cream of the crop when it comes with carpet cleaners, removable pod for cleaning hard to reach areas, on-board heater, light weight design and an amazing 5 year guarantee.

OUR BEST PICK

Vax Rapide Ultra 2

Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra Carpet and Upholstery Washer Review

Winner of our 'Best Pick' award, Great all round cleaning performance with large water tanks for longer cleaning times and a long hose for hard to reach places. Exceptional value for money.

BEST HANDHELD

Bissell Little Green

BISSELL 30K4E Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner front

Perfect for all them small cleaning jobs, spills and other accidental messes. Store ready to use, compact, light weight design with great cleaning power and suction. Very easy to store and use.

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