Carpet cleaners: Best Buys Best buy

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We test how effective carpet cleaners are at removing everyday dirt

Looking to revive that old carpet?

It’s surprising just how many carpet cleaners fail to fulfil their purpose as a carpet cleaner. A third of the carpet cleaners we’ve tested have been labelled as Don’t Buys as they left our carpets dirt-laden and waterlogged.

We don’t just ‘pat and feel’ if a carpet is still wet – we weigh our test carpets before and then at regular intervals after cleaning, so we know when the moisture disappears.

  • A good model will give your carpet a new lease of life. Make sure you buy a recommended machine that leaves your carpet spotless – and not soaked.
  • We don't just rate how well it cleans, we also assess how easy the carpet cleaner is to use and move. The weight listed for each cleaner is with a tank full of water and with all the on-board accessories attached – just how you’d use it at home.
  • We name and shame the poorly performing carpet cleaners that have very little impact on grime and stains.

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Video: What makes a Which? Best Buy

We test thousands of products each year at Which? in a controlled environment that enables us to accurately repeat each test on each product - meaning our reviews are directly comparable. We buy the products we test ourselves, and go through great lengths to shape our test programmes to match the way you use the products.

Find out more about how we test products and find those that deserve to be Best Buys in the video below.

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We’ve also tested ‘multi-function’ carpet cleaners. These are models with a ‘dry mode’ - meaning that they can also function as a regular vacuum cleaner. Could it be worth replacing your vac with a dual-function carpet cleaner? Our results will help you make that decision.

Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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