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Last updated: 29 October 2018

A good carpet shampooer will refresh tired carpets and lift ground-in dirt. We lab test and review the latest retail and for-hire models to help you find the best carpet cleaning machine for you. Our carpet shampooers buying guide will help you decide which type you need.

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Our test covers carpet shampooers sold in retail stores from Vax, Bissell, Superhero and Hoover, as well as hire models found in Woolworths or Bunnings from Britex and Rug Doctor.

Our expert testers give every carpet shampooer a thorough workout (using manufacturers' preferred cleaning solutions) to help find the models that:

• are best at removing ground-in dirt

• are easy to manoeuvre and control

• have minimal residual wetness.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are heaviest, or have useful features like upholstery tools. Our Recommended list helps you see quickly which models come out on top.

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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.

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

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

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

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  • Overall score
  • Ease of use score
  • Performance score
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  • Noise (dB)
  • Carpet cleaning score
  • Stain cleaning score
  • Residual wetness score
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  • Model
  • Price
  • Origin
  • Suitable to clean carpet
  • Suitable to clean upholstery
  • Cleaning solution supplied
  • Warranty
  • Cord retraction
  • On-board storage
  • Crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Brush tool
  • Can be used as dry vacuum cleaner
  • Cleaning solution used
  • Reach from power point (m)
  • Weight (kg)
  • Power measured W
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