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Best Digital Radio Alarm Clocks

The classic digital alarm clock has waned in popularity with the rise of smartphones and their built in features. Ironically, our smartphones actually make it harder to fall and stay asleep, thanks to their disruptive ‘blue light.’ As more and more studies show that smartphones negatively contribute to our overall sleeping patterns, it’s easy to see why switching back to old school, radio alarm clocks could help you get a better nights sleep.

Digital or electric alarm clocks also have a broader range of features and settings not found on your smartphone. These settings can be tailored to best suit your sleeping routines, which make waking up an easier process.

This guide highlights some of the best digital alarm clocks on the market and their respective features. For optimum sleep and health, ditch the smartphone and go old school!

Best Digital Alarm Clock Reviews 2017

Product Rating Type Price
Picture of Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 digital alarm clockLumie Bodyclock 4.1 1380 [button-yellow url=”#” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]
Picture of Casio TQ140-7 Beep Travel Alarm ClockCasio TQ140-7 4.2 1200 [button-yellow url=”#” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]
Sonic Bomb SBB500SSSonic Bomb 4.5 750 [button-yellow url=”#” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]
Acctim 14112 Europa

Acctim 14112 Europa

4.3 1500 [button-yellow url=”#” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]
Digital LCD Snooze Alarm Clock + Sensor Light + White LED BacklightAgger Digital 3.8 600 [button-yellow url=”#” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]
Philips Wake-Up Light HF3500/01 with Sunrise Simulation.jpg

Philips Wake-Up

4.0 200 [button-yellow url=”#” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]

1. Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30

Picture of Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 digital alarm clockThe first digital alarm clock found in this guide is a great example of why a standalone model is preferred.

The Lumie Bodyclock has a sunrise/sunset feature to stimulate naturally drifting to sleep as well as naturally waking up. At night, the Bodyclock will slowly dim, simulating the sunset, helping you gradually relax before bedtime. In the morning, the Bodyclock will slowly illuminate, to wake you in the gentlest way possible. The gradual dimming and illumination before bed and in the morning stimulate hormonal effects in the body. It is these hormones, melatonin and cortisol, that tell your body it is time to rest, or to wake up and get going.

If you’re worried that the light alone will not be enough to wake you, the Bodyclock does have a traditional alarm.

Honestly, this alarm clock can also double as a bedside lamp or reading light. Fully illuminated, the Bodyclock provides plenty of light.

Strengths

  • Sunrise/sunset feature gradually wakes you up
  • Natural boosting of sleep hormones
  • Doubles as a reading light
  • Backup alarm for those rough mornings

Weaknesses

  • Buttons are clicky

If you need help in setting up the Lumie BodyClock Starter 30, which can be a little difficult compared to some of our other recommendations, check out the video guide below.

2. Casio TQ140-7 Beep Travel Alarm Clock

Picture of Casio TQ140-7 Beep Travel Alarm ClockWhen you picture a classic alarm clock, this model by Casio is likely the style that comes to mind.

It’s a very simple model. There’s a large clock face, with easy to read numbers and hands. To set this travel alarm clock, there’s a knob in the back. To activate and turn off the alarm function, there is a catch located on top of the unit. Plus, it has that classic ‘beep’ sound that you know and love.

There’s no fancy technology or design here. It has one job, and that’s to wake you up.

Strengths

  • Very inexpensive
  • Large clock face
  • Easy to use
  • Does not require batteries

Weaknesses

  • No extra features

3. Sonic Bomb SBB500SS Loud Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker

Sonic Bomb SBB500SSThis digital alarm clock by Sonic Bomb is intended for those that can sleep through a thunderstorm.

It has a bevy of disruptive, loud, literal bed-shaking features to guarantee you never oversleep again.

To begin, it has a very, very loud alarm – up to 85 dbs! It’s significantly louder than smartphones and most standalone alarm clock systems. It also has bright LED lights that flash in conjunction with the alarm sound, assaulting two of your senses at the same time.

Where the Sonic Bomb really earns it’s reputation is the ‘bed shaker’. Yes, you read that right. The ‘bed shaker’ is an external piece that can be placed under the pillow or in your bed. When your alarm goes off, this piece vibrates and buzzes until you hit the snooze button or wake up completely.

This alarm clock has a variety of alarm sounds to choose from, including slow and fast patterns. It also has a snooze feature, with up to 30 minute intervals.

Strengths

  • Very loud 85db alarm
  • LED lights
  • External vibrating ‘bed shaker’
  • Multiple settings for alarm
  • Unique look

Weaknesses

  • This alarm does not make waking up pleasant

If you are looking for a little more help waking each morning, you could try out the Wake Up Machine.  Simone Giertz has made a hilarious how to guide which is guaranteed to get you out of bed or at least leave you slightly concussed!  We loved it.

4. Acctim 14112 Europa Alarm Clock

Acctim 14112 EuropaThis travel alarm clock by Acctim is another ‘classic’ model in designs and features.

Like the Casio, it has a really simple design. Luminous hands sit on top of an easy to read clock face. A nice touch is the silent, non-ticking second hand.

There’s no fancy features, just a solid, energy efficient alarm clock. An alarm, and a snooze button, what else do you really need, right?

Overall, this is a great little bedside alarm clock.

Strengths

  • Easy to use
  • Simple design
  • Aesthetic clock face and luminous hands
  • Silent, non-ticking second hand
  • Inexpensive

Weaknesses

  • Limited features

5. Digital LCD Snooze Alarm Clock + Sensor Light + White LED Backlight

Digital LCD Snooze Alarm Clock + Sensor Light + White LED BacklightFor those seeking a simple and easy to use travel alarm clock, but prefer digital models over analog, Agger has you covered.

This radio alarm clock is a little bit more fancy than the simple analog models made by Casio and Acctim. Not only does the Agger tell the time, but it also tracks the minute, hour, day, month, and even temperature.

There’s a large LCD with the time shown in large font – it’s easy to see the time even from across the room.

It has a built in snooze feature, which goes off every 5 minutes until the alarm is turned off.

Strengths

  • LCD display
  • Large font
  • Built-in snooze
  • Powered by batteries
  • Inexpensive

Weaknesses

  • Alarm isn’t loud as others in this guide

6. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock HF3500/01 with Sunrise Simulation

Philips Wake-Up Light HF3500/01 with Sunrise Simulation.jpgThis Phillips alarm clock is designed to naturally wake you from your slumber. The ‘Sunrise Simulation’ increases brightness over a period of 30 minutes, mimicking a natural sunrise. Waking up this way leads many to feel more refreshed, as it is the way nature intended us to awake. Just in case this isn’t enough to wake you, there’s a ‘back-up’ alarm that beeps once the sunrise phase is over. The back-up alarm gradually increases in volume over time while the light illuminates.

This bedside alarm clock can also double as a light. It offers 10 different brightness settings, so it makes a great reading light.

Strengths

  • ‘Sunrise Simulation’ gradually brightens for a natural waking process
  • Back-up alarm
  • Serves as bedside light
  • Large, easy to read font

Weaknesses

  • Alarm sound cannot be disabled

Buyers Guide

Even when buying smaller price tag items like electric alarm clocks, it helps to do your due diligence. Even a small purchase like this can have a big impact on your day. After all, an alarm clock is what starts the day for many of us. You’ll want to find one that is perfect for you. Here are a few of the things that helped choose the best ones for this guide.

Style

The best models featured in this guide can be separated into two basic groups: classic design and gentle wake-up.

Classic

These are your simple, limited feature models. They generally serve as a defacto bedroom clock, and they work great either on your bedside table or on a dresser away from the bed. They are easy to use – set the time, set the alarm, and you’re good to go. They do their job well, and are a great option if you simply want a tool to wake you in the morning.

Gentle wake-up

These models incorporate a few biological benefits beyond the scope of a basic alarm clock. Gentle wake-up models use things like sunrise/senset modes that gradually brighten for a more natural awakening. Ideally, the gradual illumination helps stimulate your bodies natural ‘wake me up’ hormones that help you get out of bed and get your day started.

Basic Alarm Clock Features

Sunrise/sunset

Many models have ‘sunrise’ or similarly named features to stimulate waking up naturally. The alarm clock will gradually illuminate, reaching maximum brightness when your alarm goes off.

Snooze

Ah. Our best friend, and sometimes, our worst enemy. Snooze is the feature that tells your alarm you need 5 (or 3, or 10, whatever you decide) more minutes of sleep. Snooze features come in a few configurations. Some clocks let you set your own snooze parameters, while other offer predetermined time limits (generally 5 or 10 minutes)

Volume

We all know someone who can seemingly sleep through anything. If you are one of those people, you know that weak alarm clocks won’t have the volume to wake you. Not all alarm clocks are created equally in this regard. Luckily there are many clocks built to wake up the heaviest of sleepers. Look out for a db rating when choosing your alarm clock – the loudest ones will often proudly display their ear-popping db levels.

Ease of use

You’ll obviously want an alarm clock that is easy to operate. You should be able to quickly set it while having confidence that is indeed will go off when you intend it and clear. Plus, it should be easy to turn off/snooze when the alarm does ring. Large buttons and  clear displays with large fonts go a long way for overall convenience.

Choosing the right sound

The sound and volume of your alarm are important. Each one of us responds to different sounds – different volumes, frequencies, tones, etc. Most of the alarm clocks on this guide feature multiple alarm sounds. Some include alarms that get louder until they’re turned off. The ideal alarm sound is based on your preferences and sleeping habits. If you have trouble waking, you’ll likely want something a bit louder and more aggressive.

Choosing the Best Digital Radio Alarm Clocks

As you can see, choosing a classic electric alarm clock offers many benefits you won’t find on your smartphone. Prefer to be woken gently, and as natural as possible? Use an illuminated alarm clock with gradual lighting. Deep, heavy sleeper? You may lean towards a high volume, consistent sound that will make sure you get out of bed. Use this guide to find the absolute best alarm clock for you and you will thank us for it.  Sleep well!

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Best Carpet Cleaners Reviews For UK 2017

Best carpet cleanersWant to find the best carpet cleaners for your home? Keep reading and soon your house will be as clean as a whistle!

Ah, dirt. No matter how hard you try, there doesn’t seem to be a way to get rid of it, at least not permanently.

We’re sure that Sisyphus himself would have a hard time choosing between getting that boulder up a hill or having to clean for all eternity.

It’s never a matter of if the dirt will come back, just when and how much of it.

You can’t kill the dirt, but you can at least keep it at bay with the help of the carpet cleaning machines.   The aim of this guide is to present carpet cleaner reviews that showcase just how much you can fight back. We’ll explore various models and their versatile features to help you find the best hoovers for your budget and needs.

The guide is divided into two parts, one for high-end models, truly the best  available, and the second part showcases more affordable yet great carpet cleaners in their own right. We’ll also take a look at some of the things you need to keep in mind before committing to a cleaner, like added features or storage requirements.

By the time you’ve finished reading you’ll have a better understanding of what’s on offer and will have ample info to make a good judgement call on which steam carpet cleaners to buy. Ready to get stuck in and show the filth who’s boss? Then continue on to the next section.

Best Carpet Cleaners for UK 2017

Product Rating Power Operating Radius Price
BISSELL Cleanview Lift-Off Carpet Cleaner

Bissell Cleanview Lift-Off 22K7E

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Bissell 18Z7E Cleanview Deep Clean carpet cleaner

Bissell 18Z7E Cleanview Deep Clean

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Vax V-125A All Terrain carpet cleaner

Vax V-125A All Terrain

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BISSELL Cleanview Proheat carpet cleaner

Bissell Cleanview Proheat

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Numatic GVE370-2GREEN George carpet cleaner

Numatic GVE370-2GREEN George

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Vax V-124A Dual V Upright carpet cleaner

Vax V-124A Dual V Upright

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Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 carpet cleaner

Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2

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BISSELL 37Y8E Cleanview Reach carpet cleaner

Bissell 37Y8E Cleanview Reach

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Vax 6131T 3-in-1 Canister carpet cleaner

Vax 6131T 3-in-1 Canister

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Zanussi ZAN2011AZ AirSpeed Lite carpet cleaner

Zanussi ZAN2011AZ AirSpeed Lite

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Top 5 Best Carpet Cleaners

1. Bissell Cleanview Lift-Off 22K7E

4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Best carpet cleaners
[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]Ever have trouble reaching those tight spots in your car or behind your bed and closet? If the answer is yes, and we know it is, then you need help from the Cleanview lift-off from Bissell has got you covered.

It is both powerful enough to perform a complete house cleaning task while being portable and versatile enough at the same time to be ideal for individual spot cleaning of places you wouldn’t normally reach.

It is also delicate enough that you can use it in your car to clean dirty upholstery.

The Lift-Off comes with its own built-in water heater, allowing for more effective operation without the need of adding pre-heated water.

It can heat the water you put into it by up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and the maximum recommended temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit as to not endanger your safety.

Of course, the heater doesn’t need to always be on. If you are cleaning delicate surfaces you can turn it off and let the cold water do its thing.

The Lift-Off is also a very hygienic device – its heater features five filtration levels that make sure both the water being used in the cleaning process as well as the device’s interior component s remain free of bacteria and other harmful contaminants.

To ensure the removal of deep-seated dirt and grime, the cleaning brush has a twin row of powerful bristles that come in a set of ten at each side. They both loosen and remove accumulated dirt.

Not only that, but it removes foul odours in the process as well, making your old carpet seem almost new again while helping your house smell fresh and continue to with each new cleaning.

Another great thing about the lift-off is its five foot hose. It comes with two attachments – one for getting rid of the most stubborn stains, and the other, narrower one that can get into almost every nook and cranny you couldn’t reach yourself.

If the whole device seems clunky for some of those harder to reach places, simply lift off (hence the name) its detachable pod and watch it transform from a solid home cleaner to a handy portable one you can take with you to the garage or anywhere else you might need to take care of a quick spill or stubborn stain.

If you take all of these factors into account, the verdict is clear – Bissell’s Lift-Off might very well be the one of the best options around, especially at the price, it gives the professionals a run for their money without the huge cost.

Its versatility and innovative technology make it stand out among the crowd, and you can’t go wrong with a product that you can lug around when doing standard cleaning but which turns into a portable powerhouse when the main unit just can’t reach.

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2. Bissell 18Z7E Cleanview Deep Clean

4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
BISSELL 18Z7E Cleanview Deep Clean best carpet cleaners review
[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]Sometimes your regular carpet cleaning machine intended for home use just can’t cut through the layers of accumulated grime and filth.  Don’t worry, that is the same for everyone!

It’s at times like these you probably wish you had commercial-grade carpet cleaners that could both fit in your home comfortably and do its job properly as these truly are the best carpet cleaners you can buy.

As it’s name suggests, the Deep-Clean is all about tearing into the stubborn dirt that has been lodged inside your carpet for who knows how long and reaching all the way down to the carpet’s base in order to do so.

Since allergens and causes of bad odour like to hang out there as well, deep cleaning will make your house both healthier and more pleasant to live in.

The secret to Deep-Clean’s success lies in its brush structure. Its cleaning head has two brush rollers, each with five rows of bristles.

Not only do these do a thorough job when cleaning, they also part the pile, allowing for the carpet shampoo you use to penetrate even deeper and do a more effective job.

An intriguing feature of this device is its Smartmix system. Basically, this nifty feature allows you to adjust the mixture of cleaning fluid and water being used and adapt it to your present needs.

Its settings range from ‘light cleaning’, which you can use to clean areas that aren’t tread upon often and are thus not as dirty, to “heavy traffic”, a setting used for the most exposed and dirtiest areas of your carpet.

If at any time you think you might have used too much shampoo, there’s an answer for that as well – the “Water Rinse only” feature stops using shampoo altogether and dilutes it in areas you already applied it to.

The Deep-Clean is also a time saver. Its water heater is separate from the cleaning motors, meaning that you can use the heat they produce to actively clean and dry your carpet at the same time!

As you can see, there’s no need for ingrained dirt to keep you down any longer. We believe that when it comes to tackling allergies the Deep-Clean is one of the best hoovers on the market today. So check it out, your nose and your feet will thank you for it.

3. Vax V-125A All Terrain Upright Carpet Washer

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Vax V-125A All Terrain Upright Carpet Washer review
[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]Carpeted surfaces obviously aren’t the only ones that get filthy. Having a machine that can clean both carpets and sealed hard floors would be a big plus.

If you’ve always wanted a device that combines these two features, look no further than the V-125A by Vax.

Its spacious water tank holds approx. One gallon of water, while its dirty water capacity is somewhat smaller at .8 gallons.

Still, that amount of water should be more than enough for you to thoroughly go over a large surface area before you need a refill.

Unfortunately, the hose is a bit short at about 7 and a half feet, which should be enough for day-to-day cleaning in a normal-sized room, but which might prove inadequate if you are planning on reaching farther, less accessible places.

The V-125A carpet washer features an auto-rinse facility. This means that, depending on what motion you are currently doing, the cleaner will either wash when pushed forward or rinse when you push it back.

This intuitive approach saves both time and energy as you only need to go over the surface once to make it both clean and remove the fluid.

To add to the customisability, there’s also a built-in automix cleaning system which configures the amount of solution you need to use for each surface. Both this and the auto-rinse can be manually controlled via a simple to use button interface.

Don’t limit yourself to just carpeted areas though. Washing your flooring will be even more effective with the SpinScrub technology.

It consists of rotating brushes that take the fight to deeply-embedded dirt and get rid of it in no time. Also included is the SpinScrub tool that applies the same principle to smaller areas such as stairs or upholstery.

Included in the V-125A’s packaging are two 0.36 gallon tubs of cleaning solution, one for carpets and the other for hard surfaces. You’ll also get the hose, an assortment of brushes and a squeegee.

Add to that a 6 year warranty and you’ve got a deal that is hard to beat. Best Vax carpet cleaner? Probably. Best carpet washer on our list? Definitely!

4. Bissell Cleanview Proheat

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
BISSELL Cleanview Proheat carpet cleaners review
[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]That carpet you just took care of might look clean on the outside, but how can you be sure that you’ve did an adequate job of getting rid of all the allergens that have been nestled in there even before you bought it? If you want to stop wondering and worrying, the Cleanview Proheat by Bissell is a great carpet cleaner for you.

OK, you’ve heard that Bissell make superb carpet cleaners to get rid of all of those pesky allergens, but with the Proheat this is not an empty boast.

It has been independently tested and proven to reduce mould spores, pet dander and pollen among other things. It even has a seal of approval from the British Allergy Foundation, attesting to its effectiveness.

It has a built-in water heater with a thermostat system which ensures that the water it uses remains the same temperature throughout the cleaning process, making for surfaces that are cleaned evenly.

Its large, 1.2 ft. Cleaning width makes it less suitable for apartments or small homes, but it ensures that the Proheat will clean a medium to large household in a smaller amount of time.

You can use the Proheat for multiple types of cleaning. On one hand there’s your standard clean using its built-in shampooer head that has a spinning powerbrush with six rotating bristles.

As with other Bissell models, the bristles clean in a way that parts the pile and allows for the cleaning solution to be rubbed tightly into the carpet’s base.

On the other, when you need to clean tougher stains on upholstery or reach a tight space, you can make use of the tough stain brush or the crevice tool, both of which can be attached to the hose.

If you or your family are sick and tired of being sick and tired due to all of the allergens you didn’t even know still existed in your carpet, the Proheat is a great choice for your needs.

5. Numatic GVE370-2GREEN George

4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)
Numatic GVE370-2GREEN George best carpet cleaners review
[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]George will perform all your cleaning chores with a smile on his face, literally.

The power behind the cleanliness comes from its Numatic TwinFlo which provides improved performance while being more quiet at the same time.

When functioning as a vacuum cleaner, George uses a 4 gallon tank along with HepaFlo dust bags that keep vacuumed dust particles and other contaminants tightly sealed until you dispose of them.

Its PowerFlo pump system makes sure that George will pick up all the dust and dirt its trunk encounters.

When washing various surfaces, it uses a smaller 2.4 gallon tank as well as a host of different attachments including a nozzle with an assortment of head attachments, a slide-on brush for cleaning upholstery and a larger scrub/wet dual pick-up nozzle that lets you siphon water as well as clean.

Weighing in at around 20 pounds, George is able to be transported without much hassle. It comes with a top handle to help you move it wherever it needs to be.

George washes and vacuums your carpets. It can scrub stains off of your furniture as well as off of hardwood floors. Most importantly, it looks adorable! What more can you possibly want?  George is definitely the best on the market when it comes to good clean fun!

Top 5 Affordable

1. Vax V-124A Dual V Upright

4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)

Vax V-124A Dual V Upright best carpet cleaners[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]Do you have a lot of stairs to clean on a regular basis, but the carpet cleaning machine you are currently using has a short electrical cord? It might be time to consider switching over to the Vax V-124A.

Sporting an eleven inch cleaning width as well as a 2 gallon tank, the Vax V-124A is a bit smaller than its older brother, the V-125.

Even so, it has a 30 foot long power cord, meaning that you’ll be able to clean a large surface area before you have to refill, and more importantly, before you have to turn the device off and search for a more conveniently placed outlet.

SpinScrub technology is present in this model as well in form of five spinning brushes that dislodge deep-seated dirt, allowing it to be washed away easily without damaging your carpet.

Another special feature is the way in which this device handles drying of the carpet.

Unlike some other models where the water is heated, the V-124A heats up the carpet instead, causing for faster evaporation after the fact and therefore surfaces that are dry faster.

An attachment to the SpinScrub head can be used to clean upholstery. Making sure that the suction is tight while doing all of this is the exclusive Dual V air flow technology inside V-124A’s suction head.

A feature unique to this model is its separate cleaning solution tank. This means that you can manually adjust the amount of fluid you’re working with on the fly.

Or you can simply let the automix feature use up the existing solution depending on the surface being handled.

Some users have voiced concerns over this unit’s loud motor and heaviness.

The noise it makes attests to its cleaning capabilities while its heavy frame is offset somewhat by its big tank and long reach though. Another fault lies with the detachable cleaning solution tank.

Customers have reported that it can be hard to detach and reattach, causing wear and eventual leakage. Some people have also voiced displeasure with the unit’s off-sale price, so look out for a bargain when buying!

All in all the V-124A is a solid cleaner equipped with everything you need to make your home sparkle. The pros outweigh the cons by a wide margin, making this probably one of the best options in its category.

2. Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 Pre-Treatment Upright

4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 carpet cleaner review[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]Striking a balance between affordability and outstanding cleaning performance, the Rapide Ultra 2 is just the device you need for more modest cleaning projects which will nevertheless turn out fabulous.

Its 1000 watt motor is somewhat less powerful than those of previously discussed models, but still quite capable of providing adequate suction.

Customers that have bought this model unanimously praise its short carpet drying time.

Neither water nor carpet heating are present in this model, but it does have a previously un-encountered feature – jets drive the mixture of water and solution deep into the weave and its rotating brush bar makes for a swift and thorough clean-up.

Included in its packaging, along with a standard set of brushes and a hose, is an application wand and a pre-treatment solution designed for upholstery cleaning.

The Rapide Ultra 2 has 2 tanks – a 1.2 gallon clean water tank and a smaller 0.8 gallon one for dirty water. Both suffer from minor problems.

The clean water tank can’t be positioned to stay upright, which can be a hassle while adding solution. Speaking of which, it has no gauge either so you’ll have to assess the amount of solution you need to add yourself.

The tank for dirty water on the other hand has an issue with its design that causes dirt to build up along its V-ducts, so make sure you clean those extra carefully each time you use it.

In the end, if you need one of the best that impresses whilst still being affordable, there is no reason not to get the Rapide Ultra 2.

3. Bissell 37Y8E Cleanview Reach

4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

BISSELL 37Y8E Cleanview Reach best carpet cleaners[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]Let’s face it, most of these steam carpet cleaners are heavy. This is no surprise as the best cleaning machines all have powerful motors and spacious water tanks which naturally weigh quite a lot.

If you only have a limited surface area to clean and thus don’t need that much power / coverage, or if you’re just tired of lugging around that old monstrosity of yours, the Cleanview reach by Bissell will impress you with the amount of cleaning it can do while also being lightweight.

Two rotating power brushes each equipped with two sets of bristles make for an easy and thorough job of cleaning your dirty surfaces.

The Reach in this unit’s name doesn’t simply mean that you’ll be able to scour every part of your home for filth, it also implies the conscientious way its brushes will deal with it once you do reach the nasty.

Not only will you be able to restore your carpets to most of their former glory, but the built-in Microban antibacterial protection helps protect against bacterial growth all throughout your home.

The reach comes equipped with a permanently attached hose and two hand tools that you can use to either clean up spilled liquids or tackle tougher stains.

It is easy to set up right out of the box, requiring not much more than a turn of the screw and a full tank to start working. Unfortunately, it does not come with a water heater.

If you are looking for a portable yet effective carpet cleaning machine, the Reach’s slim 13 pound weight and proven Bissell technologies might just be the features that will win you over.

4. Vax 6131T 3-in-1 Canister Vacuum Cleaners

4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)
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What if the only thing you need and care about is finding a carpet cleaning machine that don’t cost an arm and a leg, but is just as good at tackling stains and dealing with spills as most of the more expensive models?

If you’ve been nodding along while reading, the 6131T 3-in-1 by Vax presents itself as a natural solution.

Its five caster wheels allow for unhindered movement, while the compact tub design ensures manoeuvrability. A 24.5 foot power cable coupled with its 8 foot hose make for a wide reach.

When functioning as a vacuum cleaner, the 6131T’s easily removable 2.6 gallon bag allows you to vacuum longer without having to empty out the dirt, and the bag’s design ensures that when it does need emptying no dust particles escape to the outside.

When using it as a wet cleaner, its roomy tank ensures you won’t need a refill for a long while.

A proprietary Fibreflow wash tool is used to make quick work out of stained surfaces while its powerful suction head helps carpets dry in a matter of hours.

All things considered, the 6131T is a powerful little machine that takes a no nonsense approach to its job and delivers every time.

Add a price tag that can’t be beat to the mix and the 6131T stands out as a product with outstanding value.

5. Zanussi ZAN2011AZ AirSpeed Lite

3.8 Stars (3.8 / 5)
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[button-yellow url=”http://amzn.to/2ijQN3t” target=”_blank” position=”left”] Find best price[/button-yellow]Dust accumulates all the time. It gets into everything and is a nuisance to get out of woven surfaces where the intertwined strands make it easy for the dust to lodge itself in and stay there. Luckily, the ZAN2011AZ AirSpeed Lite from Zanussi has no problems in sucking all of it up.

It sports a multi-cyclonic technology that separates dust to prevent suction loss.

The AirSpeed Lite also does a fantastic job of picking up embedded hair with its aptly named pet turbo nozzle, making it ideal for users who love pets but can’t stand the sight of hair everywhere, especially when the moult season comes along.

Its tank is easy to reach and to detach, while the three filters it comes equipped with make sure that the accumulated dirt doesn’t escape or damage the machine’s interior components. At just shy of 8 pounds, this is also one of the lightest and best hoovers in the guide.

Unfortunately, the ZAN2011AZ’s performance isn’t as stellar when having to clean edges, or when picking dust up off of hard floors.

Its small hose also has trouble reaching more than five stairs, so if you have more than that and another outlet isn’t handy at the top, cleaning them might prove troublesome.

Finally, there’s no reason to pass this model by if you mostly need clean carpets.

The AirSpeed Lite’s small weight makes it ideal for daily use, and its steal of a price only seals the deal.

Things to Consider Before Making a Purchase

Carpet washing machineNow that you’ve gone over what we believe to be the best cleaners in detail and know what to expect from the most current carpet cleaners available in the UK today, it is time to take a look at some of the factors you might need to take into account before deciding on a specific model.

Portability – the first thing you need to ask yourself is “Will this thing actually fit into my house?” And with good reason – some of the products showcased here are bulky, and they need to be in order to do their job properly without the constant need for water or cleaning solution refills.

Still, if you live in a small apartment you certainly don’t want bulky steam carpet cleaners taking up valuable living space. It is therefore best to consider the dimensions of the device before buying.

Will simply cleaning be enough? – All of these products can obviously clean carpets, but is that the only thing you need? Do you already own a vacuum cleaner you are satisfied with? Do you have something you can use to clean hard surfaces or upholstered furniture? How about your car’s interior?

If you’ve answered any of these questions with a no, your best bet would be to get a product that has multiple features. The best carpet cleaning machines do more than their principal function, and you shouldn’t hesitate to take advantage of that. Speaking of features,

Features you need vs. the ones that just sound nice – there’s a lot of variety to the features most carpet cleaners come with.

Some of them are of a cosmetic nature, but others are potential selling points or deal breakers.

  • Is having dry surfaces as fast as possible a must for you?

Then you need a product with a built-in heater.

  • Do you want a strong carpet cleaner machine which is also good at getting to far or hard to reach places?

Then maybe something like the Cleanview Lift-Off’s detachable pod is what you had in mind.

Some forms of cleaning are simply better than others – all this talk about fancy brushes and a multitude of bristle rows has its reasons.

A well-designed cleaning head will do a more thorough job, requiring you to clean less often, or with less vigour. Consider spending that extra dollar to save some time in the long run.

Ultimately though, if you just want a machine that cleans as advertised, there’s no reason not to get a more basic model if either your living conditions or budget do not allow for more.

Conclusion

Making sure that your house doesn’t only look clean on the surface, but is also germ- and allergen-free is no small task. As if constant maintenance weren’t a big enough challenge on its own, having children or pets that simply do not know better only exacerbates the issue.

We hope therefore that the carpet cleaners showcased in this review guide have given you enough info to find the hoovers that are perfect both for your home’s size and for any potential conditions you or a member of your family might be suffering from.

Making sure your floors, upholstery and carpets are up to snuff is just one step in the cleaning process, but it is an important one in the right direction.

In the end, you aren’t buying a fancy doorstop that will only take up a corner of the room and, ironically, gather dust. You are buying the piece of mind that comes with taking a good hard look at a well cleaned, well maintained room and being able to say that this is home in the truest sense of the word.

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Hetty Hoover Review

Numatic Hetty Hoover – 2017 Review

We were really impressed by the Hetty Hoover.Most of us haven’t heard of the name Numatic International but we are well aware of the excellent reputation of some of its Henry and Hetty Hoover creations.

Despite the advances in technology and changing times, Henry has remained popular amongst users and this isn’t just due to his friendly smile. As a matter of fact, this vacuum cleaner has performed fantastically well through the years.

Following the success and reputation, Numatic created the Hetty vacuum cleaner to make it a doubles team. In this 2016 review, we aim to look at this cleaning machine in detail and evaluate whether this can still do a good job at keeping your home clean!

Product Power (Watts) Capacity (Litres) Noise Level (dB) Weight (Kg) Price
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Hetty Hoover Review

Design

The design of the Hetty vacuum cleaner is nice and simple.After the success of Henry hoover, there were demands for Numatic International to create another model in feminine colours. As a consequence of this demand, the Hetty hoover was released.

When it comes to appearance, the new model looks very similar. The main difference is that instead of a red colour, we have a more feminine pink colour with the exact same smile and the name “Hetty” written on the top.

The design of these hoovers is unique and one that appeals to all kinds of people. Professional cleaners see their own advantages in buying this model and we’ll discuss this a little bit later. However, the design is highly appealing to families because it is different to the normal robotic-looking vacuum cleaners we have these days. The design obviously appeals to women and children especially young girls who will probably treat this vacuum cleaner as if it were a toy.

The smile is another factor that is brilliant with this hetty hoover because it really does give off a positive vibe. This is sure to bring a smile to your face every time you see it and smiling while carrying out housework can only be a good thing.

So, again, there are absolutely no complaints against the design. It looks different in a good way and it’ll certainly be like your cleaning companion every time you use it.

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Durability 

Henry the hoover has and continues to receive nationwide praise for its durability and the Hetty vacuum cleaner has shown the exact same results.

As mentioned previously, this vacuum cleaner has maintained its popularity with professional cleaning staff and a large part of that is due to the robustness of this model. It literally is built harder than a brick and can withstand an enormous amount of punishment. If you find yourself going through a lot of vacuum cleaners then try this one as the associated build quality gets full marks.

This tough build quality is what attracts customers because after spending a little bit of money, you can be confident that there won’t be any need to upgrade this vacuum cleaner for quite some time.

The Hetty hoover is also quite heavy. While this can be seen as a bit of a drawback, I feel that it just indicates the impressive level of quality associated with the machine. However, if you do suffer from a bad back, it might be a good idea to avoid using this.

Performance 

This Hetty vacuum is ideal for both carpets and wooden floors.I’ve already mentioned that this machine has been extremely popular with professional cleaning staff. While a part of this is due to the build quality, the excellent performance and power is also a huge contributing factor. It really is a bit of a workhorse and it certainly gets the cleaning done quickly and efficiently.

Ideally, it should be used in small office and household settings, as it is the most effective here. Generally, it’s effective for both solid surfaces and carpets though you will need to vacuum a bit harder if you wish to clean carpets. However, the hetty hoover does come with all kinds of smaller accessories that will make it easier for you to clean all kinds of surfaces including tighter areas.

Over the years, Numatic have upgraded the motor technology of this vacuum cleaner for the better. It has a 2-stage technology, that’s associated with 620 watts of power. This can also be used in high and low power according to your own needs.

Most cheap vacuum cleaners are quite frustrating because of the lack of a strong suction. However, this couldn’t be more different when compared to this hoover, which is extremely strong and will allow you to keep your home and office spotless.

Due to the strong suction and motor, a lot of people often assume that the noise level of this machine will be too high. However, this is not the case and the latest model has reduced noise level when compared the previous ones.

In addition to the strong power and performance, this machine also contributes to a convenience factor. This is mostly due to the capacity of the bag integrated into the hoover. This stands at 9 litres, a capacity which indicates that you won’t need to change the bag that often. This will waste less time and allow you to focus on the cleaning aspect rather than worrying about emptying the bag too often.

Alongside the above advantageous factors, there are several other positive points associated with the hetty hoover. It has a good size and comes with a long cable so you can be certain that you’ll be able to access every corner of the house. The cable can also be easily put away with the rewind system integrated into the hoover. Furthermore, the Henrietta hoover is extremely simple to operate and comes with all sorts of extra accessories. If there is a particular accessory you need, you’ll also have a nice selection available for purchase.

As you can guess, these are the factors that combine perfectly well to ensure that this product performs as well as it does. These are the factors that allow this hoover to live up to the expectations brought about its predecessor Henry!

Price 

The Hetty hoover is quite reasonably priced.

However, after comparisons with similarly priced vacuum cleaners, it’s easy to determine that this performs well higher than expectations. This means that the price-performance value of this model is absolutely amazing.

If you were to buy any vacuum cleaner within the same price range, there are high chances that it won’t last anywhere near as long as the Hetty hoover will. As a result of this, if you’re looking for a relatively cheap model then this model should be on the top of your list.

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Conclusion

At a time when there are huge advances in technology, most of the older electrical equipment is going obsolete. However, the Hetty hoover has managed to maintain its popularity amongst homeowners and professional cleaners. This is due to various reasons.

The combination of affordable cost, high durability, excellent performance and a feel-good design factor has allowed Numatic to ride the storm and come out standing tall. This along with an impressively high price to performance ratio of this product is bound to ensure that this vacuum cleaner exceeds expectations for many more years to come. It really is a name we can all trust.

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Best Carpet Cleaning Products Reviews 2017

Whether you are planning to entertain or simply want your carpets looking their best, finding the right carpet cleaning products for your carpet or rug can be tricky as you do not want to damage them, just remove tricky stains and end up with your carpet looking like new.

Best Carpet Cleaning Products

There are several carpet cleaning products you can use on your carpet but some carpet cleaning products might be specifically designed for a certain type of stain. Compare different carpet cleaning products and select one that is adapted to your situation. Remember to read the instructions carefully to learn how to use the product before you begin cleaning your carpet.  Below are some of the best carpet cleaning products we have tested and are available from supermarkets and you will find discounts online.  The ‘Find Best Price’ button will show available discounts and other customer reviews so you can choose the best cleaner for your carpets and rugs.

Product Rating Price
Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain remover

Dr. Beckmann Carpet Stain remover

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Vax Ultra Plus Carpet Cleaning Solution

Vax Ultra Plus Carpet Cleaning Solution

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Dirtbusters Clean and deodorise Concentrate

Dirtbusters Clean and Deodorise Concentrate

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Vanish Powerfoam High Traffic Carpet Cleaner

Vanish Powerfoam High Traffic Carpet Cleaner

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Vanish Clean and Fresh Large Area Carpet Cleaner

Vanish Clean and Fresh Large Area Carpet Cleaner

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Vanish Powerpowder Carpet Cleaner

Vanish Powerpowder Carpet Cleaner

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Try a lot of carpet cleaning products before determining which is proper for you. Some products used on a carpet are made for the specific weave or fabric. Know the types that works best on your carpets. When you find a good product, stick with it until you change your carpet.

Test Carpet Cleaning Products First

Tip:  Some carpets don’t react well to harsh cleaning chemicals, even from professionals. Test a small piece of your carpet to confirm that it can withstand a chemical. Rugs made of silk or wool may be damaged by the cleaning process.

Carpet Cleaning Methods

carpet cleaning productsIf you are cleaning a stain, try to focus on working towards the middle. This motion will isolate the stain so that it will not spread on your floor. Try to use carpet cleaning products that gets rid of the stain without harming your rug in the process for the best results.

Remove Grease Stains from your Carpet

Tip:  If you have a grease stain on your rug, sprinkle some flour on it and place a piece of paper over the flour. This process will pull the grease out of the carpet and onto the paper within 30 minutes. Act immediately when this happens, as you do not want the grease to set in.

Wait until your carpet is completely dry before you move your furniture back into the room. Doing it too soon can cause additional damage to your carpet. The bottom of the furniture may leave rust marks or other stains that your carpet cleaning products may never be able to completely remove.

Carpet Cleaners

You can find full reviews of each of the below carpet cleaners on our carpet cleaners review page or click the links below to find discounts and other customer reviews.

Product Rating Power Operating Radius Price
BISSELL Cleanview Lift-Off Carpet Cleaner

Bissell Cleanview Lift-Off 22K7E

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Bissell 18Z7E Cleanview Deep Clean carpet cleaner

Bissell 18Z7E Cleanview Deep Clean

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Vax V-125A All Terrain carpet cleaner

Vax V-125A All Terrain

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BISSELL Cleanview Proheat carpet cleaner

Bissell Cleanview Proheat

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Numatic GVE370-2GREEN George carpet cleaner

Numatic GVE370-2GREEN George

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Vax V-124A Dual V Upright carpet cleaner

Vax V-124A Dual V Upright

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Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2 carpet cleaner

Vax W90-RU-P Rapide Ultra 2

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BISSELL 37Y8E Cleanview Reach carpet cleaner

Bissell 37Y8E Cleanview Reach

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Vax 6131T 3-in-1 Canister carpet cleaner

Vax 6131T 3-in-1 Canister

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Zanussi ZAN2011AZ AirSpeed Lite carpet cleaner

Zanussi ZAN2011AZ AirSpeed Lite

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Professional Carpet Cleaners

When looking for a professional carpet cleaner, ask for referrals. One of the best ways to find good carpet cleaners is to get referrals from friends and family that have hired a cleaning service before. Advertisements and testimonials can be misleading and dishonest, but getting truthful recommendations from loved ones can be incredibly helpful in your search.

Whether you need a one-time cleaning to brighten up your carpets, or require a weekly service on heavily travelled areas in your home, hiring a professional is a good idea. Professional carpet cleaners posses the newest tools and latest equipment to ensure your carpets get as clean as possible, keeping you satisfied and your home looking fresh and clean.

Carpet Cleaning Discounts

Tip:  Look for coupons. A lot of carpet cleaners have great introductory discounts. That will help you to sample their work at a discount. That way, if you ever need your carpets cleaned in the future, you will have a cleaner in mind. Or, if they weren’t so good, you can skip them when looking again.

When creating your list of carpet cleaners, have at least three to choose from. Just do a Google search to get started and find companies with great reviews on sites like Angie’s List. This will give you a great foundation to build from by calling them and asking more questions.

Make sure to choose a carpet business who uses CRI-certified products. These products are among the highest-quality carpet cleaners that are on the market. CRI-certified products are Seal of Approval service providers. This means that they have been certified to clean carpets very effectively without causing any damage to them.

Quality carpet cleaners have certifications, so ask for them. Do not assume that a company is fully trained or qualified just because they claim to be. Find out just how rigorously they train their technicians. When a company puts forth the time, money and effort to acquire certifications on their techs, their value goes up.

A carpet cleaning company you’re looking to hire should have state-of-the-art equipment. A good company will at least have a procedure for cleaning that consists of 6 steps. The steps should involve;

  • Vacuuming the carpet
  • Pre-treatment
  • Pre-grooming
  • Steam cleaning
  • Post-spot cleaning
  • Speed drying process

Any less than that, you can question the quality of work.

Professional carpet cleaning companies have the right accessories for each job. Some carpets are very delicate and need specific equipment to be used in order to clean them right. If you do not use this equipment, you could damage your carpets and cost yourself more money in the long run. Better to hire a professional who can do it right the first time.

Customer Reviews

Tip:  Find customer reviews about any carpet professionals in the area. Once you have a list made up, make calls to ask for quotes. This will allow you to eliminate the cleaners which are too expensive or too cheap. After you have two or three solid possibilities, ask them to come out to your house for a free inspection.

Make sure that you are able to be home when professional carpet cleaners come to clean your carpets. You want to know what they are doing, and if you are not present you will have no idea if they have actually cleaned your carpets. Be sure that you can be home so that you are not surprised later.

Contracts and Quotes for Carpet Cleaning

Secure a contract in writing from your carpet cleaning company. This contract is your binding agreement that specifies exactly what services will be done, what the cost will be and what warranty on the finished product the company offers. Without it, you are left with no protection if things should go wrong.

No matter who is looking at your carpets, you want them to be as clean as possible! Achieve super results by hiring a super professional and leave yourself more time for other things. Hopefully this article has given you some great advice on finding the best company and getting the most out of them.

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