Best Carpet Cleaner in 2022
(Pocket fluff) – The best carpet cleaners go beyond what the best cordless vacuums can achieve. As you may well know, some stains won’t come out unless you buy specialist equipment.
The good news is that carpet cleaners are their own little (or pretty big) cleaning spot, and there are plenty of cleaning products out there to help you get grime and stains out of your shagpiles and rugs.
We’ve narrowed them down to the very best contenders for you to pick from at a few price points. Let’s explore them.
Best Carpet Cleaners
Our top picks: carpet cleaners
Vax Platinum SmartWash
Vax’s Platinum Power Max was impressive enough, but this is an even better model, promising 99 percent of bacteria removal from your carpets, but with the same relatively easy maneuverability.
New motion sense technology means the process is more automated than ever – it doesn’t even have a trigger to deliver the solution.
Instead, the Platinum SmartWash knows when you push the cleaner forward to wash the carpet and dries it when you pull back and we found it extremely smart to use. The mixture of solution and warm water is also checked to make sure the correct solution is being delivered.
It’s brilliant stuff, while Flexforce flexible bristles go deep into the pile of your carpet – they’re designed to bend and agitate the carpet fibers, removing the dirt.
A stretchy hose and SpinScrub hand tools mean you can attack locations like stairs (as we did for our test), cars or upholstery. All in all a great choice.
Carpet cleaners we also recommend
While the Vax model described above is our top recommendation, it may not be the right choice for every home. That’s why we think it’s worth taking a look at the options below.
Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Carpet Cleaner
Another great floor-standing carpet cleaner is this Bissell model, which has different modes depending on how long you’ve set aside for your cleaning, with an express mode that’s great for faster jobs.
Attachments are also perfect for cleaning various items in your home, including upholstery and furniture.
It’s easy to push around and get under furniture thanks to the low profile of the base, while a 2-in-1 tank system makes it really easy to clean the robot when you’re done.
Vax Platinum Power Max
Vax’s cleaners are legendary and this latest carpet cleaner is no exception.
We found that just one pass was enough for light to medium soiling, with only stubborn stains requiring more work and pre-treatment (via an included wand).
It also doesn’t make too much noise when in use and the tanks are the largest we’ve ever seen, with a 3 liter capacity for dirty water. Expect to change the water maybe a few times for a small to medium sized room.
There’s a quick clean mode for light soiling, which means your carpets can be dry in about an hour – useful for those short on time or those with raging kids or pets. However, you need decent ventilation to let it dry so quickly.
There’s also a SpinScrub tool for stubborn areas, plus a furniture tool – it’s a great total solution for your household. And if you want to do hard floors, you can do that with a different attachment.
The Platinum Power Max is a complete all-purpose cleaner for all your carpet and upholstery needs. You will not regret the expense.
Rug Doctor Portable Stain Cleaner
If you want something that takes up a little less space when you’re not using it, or something that’s easier to take with you when traveling or moving around your house, the Rug Doctor portable cleaner is a great choice. It’s nice and small and easy to move or move around.
Of course, it also has the solid performance to match its convenience, which makes it quite an attractive package.
If you’re looking to spend a little less, this is a great shout out that doesn’t compromise much when it comes to the actual cleaning it will give you.
Numatic George GVE370 Carpet Cleaner
Henry vacuums are totally iconic or their smiley faces, but you may not know that the George model is a great alternative if you want a 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner and carpet cleaner.
It’s not as great at cleaning as the other models on this list, but you’re buying this partly for the convenience of not having a separate unit for different cleanings, and that really makes the George a great choice.
If you want a new vacuum cleaner and also have a lot of carpets, this is a very sensible option.
Written by Max Freeman Mills. Editing by Conor Allison.