The best carpet cleaning machines

Looking for the best carpet cleaner for your needs? Prepare to be floored...

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Whether you've made a recent purchase after reading our guide to choosing a carpet or are looking to improve the appearance of a tired looking carpet, taking time to clean and maintain a carpet – we have a guide for that too – is essential if you want it to stand the test of time. 

Unfortunately, a quick hoover every week or so is simply not enough, with a deep clean recommended on a monthly basis. Our edit of the best carpet cleaning machines is here to help make the cleaning and upkeep of your carpet as easy as possible.

1. Bissell Cleanview Proheat

The power of an industrial cleaner in a front-room-friendly form

Specifications
Best for: Allergies
Clean Capacity: 3.4L
Cable Length: 8m
Weight: 9kg
Reasons to buy
+Onboard heater+Separates dirty water
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey 

The Bissell Cleanview Proheat includes all the features you’d expect from an industrial model into a neat, lightweight package. The built-in heater, which gives the model its name, is a nifty feature which keeps the water in the tank warm while you do the rounds for more effective and consistent cleaning. 

Complete with a rotating DirtLifter brush, it gives carpet fibres a thorough clean, making it great for allergy sufferers.

2. Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner

This portable carpet cleaner clears up messes on the spot

Specifications
Best for: Best Compact Model
Clean Capacity: 1.9L
Cable Length: : 4.6m
Weight: 8.2kg
Reasons to buy
+Compact and portable+Motorised brush
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for large areas 

Complete with a retractable handle that makes it easy to move around the house and wheels designed for navigating corners, the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner is renowned for its suction.

With no fiddly hoses or clips, this ultra-compact model is especially useful for spills on the stairs or upholstery that needs a bit of brightening up. 

3. Rug Doctor X3 Mighty Pro

Trust him, he’s a doctor

Specifications
Best for: Professional Choice
Clean Capacity: 11.4L
Cable Length: : 8.2m
Weight: 18kg
Reasons to buy
+Enormous capacity+5-year guarantee
Reasons to avoid
-Very heavy, very expensive 

The X3 Mighty Pro has an apt moniker, packing professional power into a domestic cleaner.

Unlike a lot of models it cleans thoroughly in one sweep, meaning that you won’t have to waste time retreading the same ground. Powerful vacuum extraction cuts down drying time for rugs that are ready to walk on straight away, while its unique triple-action vibrating brush loosens ground-in dirt for a superior clean. 

4. Bissell Cleanview Quickwash

Quick and easy cleaning for everyday

Specifications
Best for: Everyday Use
Clean Capacity: 2L
Cable Length: : 7.6m
Weight: 6kg
Reasons to buy
+Light and easy to manoeuvre+Good value
Reasons to avoid
-Small capacity 

The little brother of our number one, the Bissell Cleanview Proheat, this more lightweight and inexpensive model is great for everyday cleaning. Easy to fill, use, and manoeuvre, it aims to clean carpets effectively without leaving soggy patches in its wake, as is the case with some other cleaners — instead, it just leaves clean, soft, great-smelling and rejuvenated carpets. 

5. Numatic George GVE370-2

A green giant of a different sort

Specifications
Best for: Multi-tasking
Clean Capacity: 9L
Cable Length: : 10m
Weight: 8.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Multi-tasking+Built to last
Reasons to avoid
-On the pricier side (understandably) 

One of Henry and Hetty’s lesser-known cousins, George is a friendly-faced chap who happily and ably performs three tasks in one. In addition to wet and dry vacuuming, George scrubs and drys hard floors as well as upholstery.

Complete with a long cord and considerable bag size, George is ideal for cleaning both large and small spaces.

6. Vax 6131T 3-in-1 Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Multi-functional cleaning? Yes we can.

Specifications
Best for: Best Value
Clean Capacity: 4L
Cable Length: : 10m
Weight: 8kg
Reasons to buy
+Long hose+Crevice tool
Reasons to avoid
-No retraction slot for cable 

The futuristic-looking (and sounding) Vax 6131T is a multi-functional carpet cleaner and hoover that handles a range of tasks admirably, particularly given its price. 

Complete with a considerable 2.5m hose and three-part extension tube for easy manoeuvrability and fuss-free cleaning, the Vax is a great option for stairs and high-up places like curtain rails. It also features a crevice tool for hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, including notoriously tricky car upholstery. 

7. VAX W85-PP-T Dual Power Pro

It ain’t heavy, it’s our cleaner

Specifications
Best for: Hardwood Floors
Clean Capacity: 2.7L
Cable Length: : 8m
Weight: 5.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Separate clean/dirty water compartments+Squeegee for hard floors
Reasons to avoid
-Small capacity 

In addition to a spinscrub and multiple rotating brush-bar, the VAX W85-PP-T Dual Power Pro's powerful suction leaves fibres touch dry , ensuring that carpet cleaning is effective and hassle free.

This said, it’s on hard surfaces that it really shines. The front-and-centre squeegee makes for effective, streak-free cleaning on hard floors, while the wide cleaning nozzle allows you to clean large areas quickly and thoroughly. In addition to all of that, this model is the lightest on our list, weighing just 5.8kg.