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Carpet stain removers

Best Buy carpet stain removers

By Patrick Gallagher

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We reveal the best carpet stain removers to help you shift stubborn stains from your carpet. Find out which carpet stain removers are the best.

Got a stain on your carpet that needs shifting? We'll help you buy the best carpet stain remover that will leave your carpet spotless. Don’t waste your money on a stain remover that leaves your cream carpet mucky or your dark carpet bleached – our independent lab test results show you the carpet stain removers that really do work.

Our tests go further than anyone else’s to ensure that the Best Buy carpet stain removers we recommend really are the best in the shops. We also highlight poor-scoring Don’t Buy carpet stain removers that fail to make the grade, so you’ll never buy a dud. 

We can save you money, too. In our tests, we discovered the most expensive carpet stain remover isn't always the best. So you won't waste your money on a product that doesn't work.

We've also tried out home remedies, so you know for sure whether it's better to buy stain remover or reach for a sponge and a bucket of soapy water.  

  • We test on stains such as red wine, chocolate and coffee, so you can be sure that your Best Buy carpet stain remover will remove stubborn marks on your carpet.
  • We test the carpet stain removers to see if they will bleach your carpet during cleaning.
  • Our tough tests mean we can tell you the best carpet stain remover for each stain. So if your guests are prone to knocking over red wine, you'll know which product to keep in your cupboard to shift it.

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How we uncover the best carpet stain removers

We’ve tested the most popular carpet stain removers, including from Dr. Beckman, Dyson, Lakeland, RugDoctor, Vanish and supermarket own brands. A Best Buy carpet stain remover will shift spills and preserve your carpets and rugs better than rival products.

  • Fresh stain removal We put carpet stain removers to work on red wine, coffee, chocolate, food stains, curry and sticky stains - all freshly spilled on pristine pale cream carpet to judge which removes them best. The best can handle a range of stains from shift dark wine marks to bright spots from food like curry with minimal fuss and leave your carpet looking untouched. The worst will leave you with sore arms and a stain that looks just as bad as when it was spilled.
  • Dried-on stain removal Lab experts also assess stain removal after the spills have been left to dry overnight, because we know you won’t always have a stain remover to hand. The best on the test made the red wine stains a distant memory and removed tea stains for good, the worst we tried only added to the dried in mess.
  • Bleaching Our testers check carefully for evidence of bleaching after using each carpet stain remover.

Carpet stain remover reviews you can trust

We’ve tested and rated carpet stain removers from the biggest brands in our test lab – including Bissell, Dyson, Lakeland and Vanish – and we’ve discovered that the priciest aren’t always the best.

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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