Best upholstery cleaners

Best upholstery cleaners
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The Best upholstery cleaners are smaller than your normal carpet cleaning machines, so you can easily carry them around the furniture you need to clean. Most of them come with a two-tank system, so you keep the clean and dirty water separate and a scrubbing nozzle to help with caked-in dirt.

We have a three-year-old and a fluffy dog, so we decided to try as many of these upholstery cleaners as possible to find out which is the best for you. Here's our shortlist.

Best overall

Bissel spot clean pro

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BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat

The best choice for your home

Bissell has been making carpet cleaners for many years now and is an expert at their trade. The SpotClean ProHeat (spaces are a thing, people) is an excellent all-rounder with dual tanks and a powerful deep cleaning nozzle to clean from the base of the stain.

The heatwave technology means you will always a good temperature in the clean water to get the most effective stain removal.

Great value

Hoover spot cleaner

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Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet & Upholstery Spot Cleaner

A budget choice with a lot of power

Like the Bissell, the Hoover is a dual tank solution that is easy to carry around your house and furniture. The cost is great, and it works extremely well on stains, especially ones caused by pet accidents.   

Professional quality

rug doctor spot cleaner

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Rug Doctor Pet Portable Spot Cleaner

The best known name in cleaning

Rug Doctor is a well-known brand name that you can rely on. This large and powerful cleaner has a telescopic handle that makes it easy to roll around the house as you clean in all the different rooms. It is specifically designed to be as powerful against pet mess as possible, including extra powerful suction to clean and dry.

Portable cleaning

Bissell pet stain remover

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Bissell Pet Stain Eraser PowerBrush

Great for emergency spot cleans

If you are looking for something to clean your car upholstery or that occasional emergency spot clean, then the PowerBrush from Bissell is perfect. It's compact and easy to grab for quick jobs but may struggle with larger stained areas.

Cleaning power

Hoover cleaning formula

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Hoover concentrated machine cleaner solution

You'll need this when you buy the machine

These upholstery cleaners are great, but most of them a good cleaning agent in them to really make a difference. Don't forget to buy yourself some when you get your new machine. It will save you time and effort.

Suck it up!

So it turns out your furniture doesn't actually look like you think it does. Once you have given it a really good clean with a machine like the BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat or the Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet & Upholstery Spot Cleaner, you'll immediately notice that it is much nicer than you remember. I was amazed at the difference one of these machines makes, and I think you will be too.

James is a nerd who loves all things techy, gadgety, and fun. He has written for a huge array of sites for the last six years, with special emphasis on 3D printing, mobile phones, video games, and board games. He is an expert researcher and uses a battery of tests and measures to figure out the best products available in any given market.