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List of brands we tested in this review.
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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 1599
Hire model or buy model
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 27 and 84
Weight does not include the weight of the tank when it's full.
enter value/s in increments of i between 5.5 and 19.4
Carpet cleaning score
Carpet cleaning makes up 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 23 and 85
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
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 80
Suitable to clean upholstery
Whether the carpet shampooer is suitable for upholstery such as lounges. In some cases you may need to buy additional tools.
Reach from power point (m)
enter value/s in increments of i between 5.3 and 9.1
enter value/s in increments of i between 75 and 89
The year tested indicates which test batch the products were part of. As some conditions change, 2022 results are not comparable with earlier ones.
Shop Ethical Rating
Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.
Country of origin
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
- Year tested
- CHOICE Expert Rating
- Performance score
- Ease of use score
- Noise (db)
- Carpet cleaning score
- Stain cleaning score
- Residual wetness score
- Good points
- Bad points
- Shop Ethical Rating
- Suitable to clean upholstery
- Cleaning solution supplied
- Cord retraction
- On-board storage
- Crevice tool
- Upholstery tool
- Brush tool
- Can be used as a dry vacuum cleaner
- Cleaning solution used
- Reach from power point (m)
- Weight (kg)
- Power measured (W)
- Power stated (W)
- Country of origin
- Hire model or buy model