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We test carpet shampooers you can hire or buy outright. For hire models, we list the typical hire cost for 48 hours (though 24 hour hires are available). The cost listed does not include cleaning solutions or additional upholstery tools that may not be supplied with the unit.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0 and 549
Hire or buy?
Whether the carpet shampooer is a retail model you buy outright or a hire model
Performance consists of carpet cleaning (80%), stain cleaning (10%) and residual wetness (10%).
enter value/s in increments of i between 43 and 80
Ease of use score
Ease of use makes up 30% of the total score and consists of ease of filling emptying/tanks, mobility, controls and head movement.
enter value/s in increments of i between 50 and 82
Residual wetness score
We assess how much residual wetness there is on the carpet after a number of hours. This makes up 10% of the performance score.
enter value/s in increments of i between 60 and 80
Carpet cleaning score
Consists of 80% of the performance score. We replicate ground-in dirt using a combination of sand, clay and oil.
enter value/s in increments of i between 42 and 84
Stain cleaning score
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.
enter value/s in increments of i between 10 and 63
Weight does not include the weight of the tank when it's full.
enter value/s in increments of i between 5.5 and 16.9
Reach from power point (m)
enter value/s in increments of i between 5.3 and 7.2
enter value/s in increments of i between 80 and 89
Suitable to clean upholstery
Whether the carpet shampooer is suitable for upholstery such as couches. In some cases you may need to buy additional tools.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
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- Overall score
- Ease of use score
- Performance score
- Power stated (w)
- Noise (db)
- Carpet cleaning score
- Stain cleaning score
- Residual wetness score
- Good points
- Bad points
- Suitable to clean carpet
- Suitable to clean upholstery
- Cleaning solution supplied
- 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)
- Hire or buy