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BISSELL CLEANVIEW POWERBRUSH 37E3F
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RUG-DOCTOR-DEEP-CLEAN-93170 View product
RUG DOCTOR DEEP CLEAN 93170
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RUG DOCTOR MIGHTY PACK CARPET CLEANING MACHINE MP-R2-A (HIRE)
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VAX-WASH-N-DRY-30000 View product
VAX WASH 'N' DRY 30000
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Costs
Price ($) Expand to view more details.

We test carpet shampooers you can hire or buy outright. For hire models, we list the typical hire cost for 24 hours (it may be cheaper per day over a 48-hour period). The cost listed does not include cleaning solutions or additional upholstery tools that may not be supplied with the unit.

$299
$39
$649
$39
$239
Test results
CHOICE Expert Rating (%) Expand to view more details.

This overall score consists of 70% performance and 30% ease of use.

Ease of use score (%) Expand to view more details.

Ease of use makes up 30% of the total score and consists of ease of filling emptying/tanks, mobility, controls and head movement.

Performance score (%) Expand to view more details.

Performance consists of carpet cleaning (80%), stain cleaning (10%) and residual wetness (10%).

Carpet cleaning score (%) Expand to view more details.

Consists of 80% of the performance score. We replicate ground-in dirt using a combination of sand, clay and oil.

Stain cleaning score (%) Expand to view more details.

We stain carpets with red wine, gravy and coffee, let it dry, and assess how much stain is removed. Not all carpet shampooers claim to be suitable for removing these types of stains, and the solutions we use are targeted towards general dirt build-up, so this only makes up 10% of the performance score.

Residual wetness score (%) Expand to view more details.

We assess how much residual wetness there is on the carpet after a number of hours. This makes up 10% of the performance score.

Recommended products
Recommended Expand to view more details.

We recommend carpet shampooers that score 70% or more.

Comments
Cleaning solution supplied Expand to view more details.

Whether cleaning solution is supplied with the carpet shampooer. Most of the time only a small "sample" solution is supplied. For rental machines, you'll need to buy solution at the point of hire.

yes
no, buy separately at time of hire
yes
no, buy separately at time of hire
yes
Good points
Bad points
Features
Cord retraction
No
No
No
No
No
On-board storage
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Crevice tool
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Upholstery tool
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Brush tool
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Can be used as dry vacuum cleaner
No
No
No
No
Yes
Specifications
Origin
China
not stated
China
not stated
China
Suitable to clean carpet
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Suitable to clean upholstery Expand to view more details.

Whether the carpet shampooer is suitable for upholstery such as couches. In some cases you may need to buy additional tools.

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Warranty
2
not applicable
2
not applicable
2
Cleaning solution used Expand to view more details.

The solution we used for the carpet shampoo test. Many manufacturers claim you should use compatible solution or risk voiding your warranty. Most manufacturers sell a wide range of cleaning solutions; we use what we think is indicative of a general use solution.

Bissell Stain & Odour
Britex Carpet Cleaner and De-Foamer
Rug Doctor Carpet Detergent
Rug Doctor Carpet Detergent and Ant-Foam
Vax Carpet Cleaner
Reach from power point (m)
8.4
9.3
9
4.7
10.7
Weight (kg) Expand to view more details.

Weight does not include the weight of the tank when it's full.

8.9
16.8
14.5
17.1
7.6
Power measured W
660
1200
1190
1200
1130
Noise (dB)
Hire or buy? Expand to view more details.

Whether the carpet shampooer is a retail model you buy outright or a hire model

Buy
Hire
Buy
Hire
Buy