Vax Rapid Power Plus Carpet Cleaner

10.0 out of 10
10.0 out of 10

Vax may have fallen by the wayside when it comes to vacuum cleaners but when it comes to carpet cleaners they are right at the top of the tree.

If your carpet looks nothing like it did when you first got it and no matter how much you hoover it you can’t seem to bring it up how you want it to look, this Vax Rapid Power Plus carpet cleaner will literally have it looking like new within a few hours.

If you have a good quality carpet that has become soiled and worn over time this carpet cleaner will agitate the fibre of your carpet in a way that will separate it from the other fibres that have become stuck together so that each individual fibre will get cleaned and revived bringing them back to a condition that you won’t remember or believe until you see it.

Carpets that have ingrained stains or deep dirt will have the nastiness sucked right out of them and into the huge tank that is see through and will allow you to see for yourself what is coming out of the carpet that no vacuum cleaner can ever extract.

If you are wondering whether to rent a carpet cleaner or buy one you can probably bank on this cleaner from Vax lasting you at least 5-10 years. The price of carpet cleaners has come down significantly in recent years and it is now much more practical to purchase your own and keep it for a long time rather than rent one for a day and give it back.

One of the best aspects of owning your own is that you can bring it out for many different things other than a full clean of every carpet in the house.

If you spill a glass of wine on the carpet or a cup of coffee on the sofa this is going to be brilliant to get it straight out and have the carpet or sofa looking like nothing happened within an hour.

This particular model has a brilliant attachment that has a motorised brush that is like a mini version of the main one that you can use on fabric furniture and hard to get to areas like the stairs.

If this is the first time that you have used a carpet cleaner in your home then you won’t believe how dirty your carpet actually is. Expect to be very pleasantly surprised.

Features and Benefits

No complex assembly is required which is always a bonus if like me you are not DIY inclined and struggle to assemble the simplest of items.

All you need to do to be up and running in minutes is attach the handle to the machine and you are good to go. All that involves is two screws which are supplied and super easy to insert.

You also get a 250ml bottle of cleaning solution with the cleaner when it is delivered new along with a 250ml bottle of post treatment solution and a 250ml bottle of pre- treatment solution as well.

The pre-treatment solution is good for really ingrained dirty patches of your carpet to loosen it up before the cleaning solution gets to work. Give those areas a good spray about 30 minutes before cleaning.

The post treatment spray is good for high footfall areas like hallways and stairs and will protect your carpet and keep it cleaner for longer post clean.

The 250ml bottle of cleaning solution supplied will probably last you for the first clean but if you are looking to clean the whole house then you may wish to buy some extra at the outset.

The type of cleaning solution that you use makes a big difference to the end result so while it may be tempting to go for a cheaper supermarket brand we would recommend sticking with the Vax platinum solution as it is proven to deliver outstanding results.

Vax have really thought this through well in terms of ease of use and made all of the main parts transparent with see through plastic so that you can see exactly what is going on.

You get 2 x water units. The bottom unit stays empty before you use the machine as this is where all the dirty water accumulates during the cleaning process and trust us, you will you not believe the colour of the water as it starts to get sucked up into it. It has a huge 4.7 litre capacity so unless you are cleaning a warehouse, you can keep going without having to empty it no matter how big the area is that you need to clean.

Having two separate tanks makes sure that only clean water with solution ever gets added to the carpet with the dirty water getting sucked into the bottom tank.

To get started just add water to the top container and pour in the cleaning solution and clip it into the machine – very simple to do.

Make sure you vacuum the carpet first with your normal hoover before you start to clean because this is going to wet clean the dirt out of the carpet not just get rid of the normal dirt and dust that accumulates on a weekly basis.

There are two modes – quick clean and deep clean. Seeing as you are unlikely to be wet cleaning your carpets on a weekly or even monthly basis we would recommend keeping it permanently on the deep clean mode which provides the maximum amount of carpet agitation from the brushes and highest level of suction.

You’ll find that it works just like your regular hoover when in use, just move it up and down the surface you are cleaning and give it a couple of passes over some of the really tough areas that seem like they are permanently stained, they won’t be for long!

We found this cleaner has great edge cleaning ability as well making sure that you can clean all the way up to the skirting board.

We would specifically recommend this model which is the Rapid Power Plus over the entry model which is the Rapid Power Revive because it comes with a motorised brush attachment that has the same brush as on the main brush head and means you can get into areas that the main cleaner can’t get to and is particularily good for the stairs


This is a very well thought through carpet cleaner from Vax that will bring your carpets back to as new condition when used for the first time and you can then use the standard mode to keep them maintained every few months making this a sound investment that will significantly prolong the life of your carpet.

It’s incredibly easy to use and maintain and will be something that will last you a good 5-10 years if not longer.

This is a best in class carpet cleaner at this price point.