Best Carpet Cleaners

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 12, 2018
Carpet Cleaners come in handy when you do not want to spend money on a big vacuum cleaner or to crouch your back using a conventional broom. They are suitable for occasional cleaning of carpets, laminate or tiles. Check out our review of the best 5 Carpet Cleaners and pick the one for yourself! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The unique dual DirtLifter power brushes combined with Heatwave Technology ensure that even deep rugs get cleaned out thoroughly with no dust left behind.

CONS

The collection tank is a bit tough to take out so you risk spilling the dirty water.

OUR VERDICT

A high-power and versatile cleaner that deals equally well with spills of any kind without damaging even fine rugs. Also, the variety of additional tools and nozzles help to scrub out any nasty stains. It's a bit pricier than the competitors but it's worth it for sure.

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BEST FOR

Carpets, Low pile carpets, Rugs, Stairs, Upholstery

CLEANING MODES

Suction mode, Wet cleaning, Express cleaning mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

CleanShot® Pretreater, Detachable hose with tools

MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH

Dual Dirtlifter™ Power Brushes combined with Heatwave Technology™

CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

1 gallon / 1 gallon

USABILITY

8 foot flexible hose, Handle for easy transportation, Dual Tank system, Removable brush roll cover

ATTACHMENTS

2-in-1 Pet Upholstery Tool, 3" Tough Stain Tool, 8 oz Professional Pet Urine Eliminator + Oxy Formula

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 25 feet, Item weight: 20 lbs

PROS

Owing to the use of cutting-edge technologies, this Carpet Cleaner will satisfy all your needs. The main attachment with 77 brushes is able to handle any dirt. This Carpet Cleaner allows doing a wet cleaning easily and drying the cleaned surfaces quickly.

CONS
High detergent consumption.
OUR VERDICT
This model is an excellent investment for those people who want to keep their houses ideally clean but don't want to spend much time on cleaning. This assistant will always help you clean the after-effects of the parties that tend to leave the unwanted surprises on your carpets.
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BEST FOR

Carpets and rugs (except natural fabric), Fitted carpets, Floor covering, Upholstery, Car upholstery

CLEANING MODES
Wet cleaning, Spill Pickup Mode, Gentle Scrub Mode, Power Scrub Mode
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Heated Cleaning, CleanSurge, AutoRinse, Dual V Nozzle, Pressurized Edge-to-edge Cleaning, Connectable hose with additional attachments
MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH
SpinScrub 77 brush system / 13 inches
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
1 gallon / 1 gallon
USABILITY

Fast switch between cleaning modes, Convenient storage of the hose and attachments, 3 carrying handles, 9-feet length hose, Dual Tank system

ATTACHMENTS
SpinScrub 77 Brush Assembly, Stair/Upholstery Nozzle, SpinScrub Hand Tool, Solution Bottle, Squeegee, Accessory Hose, 2x Cleaning Solutions Multi-Floor Plus, 2x Cleaning Solutions Pro Plus
PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 20 feet, Handle height: 38 inches, Item weight: 22.5 lbs

PROS
Due to its small weight and convenient handles, this cleaner is easy to carry around the house. The advantages of a design become even more apparent in case you need to clean several floors. The variety of the bundled attachments allows you to clean all surfaces in your house.
CONS

This Carpet Cleaner requires frequent water refilling and draining of the discharged liquid.

OUR VERDICT

This model is a good Carpet Cleaner that is ideal for everyday cleaning. It has a convenient arrangement of the control buttons. Consumers can use detergent only, water only and two together.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Carpets and rugs (except natural fabric), Fitted carpets, Floor covering, Upholstery, Car upholstery

CLEANING MODES
Wet cleaning (solution wash and water rinsing), SpinScrub technology (several modes)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Automatic Detergent Mixing System, Fast Dry Time, CleanSurge, Dual V Nozzle, Connectable hose with additional attachments
MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH
SpinScrub multiple brush system / 11.25 inches
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
1 gallon / 1 gallon
USABILITY

9 foot hose, 4 easy-to-access handles, Dual Tank system

ATTACHMENTS

SpinScrub Brush, Accessory Hose, Stair Tool, Crevice Tool, Upholstery Tool, SpinScrub Hand Tool, Detergent

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 20 feet, Handle height: 43 inches, Item weight: 18.1 lbs

PROS

Thanks to its sizeable water tank, you will be able to clean large rooms without refills. And the long cord provides you with greater maneuverability when cleaning the house.

CONS

The hose might crack over time.

OUR VERDICT

It is a very powerful yet not too bulky Carpet Cleaner with a flexible hose that allows cleaning even in hard-to-reach places with greater ease and comfort. Thanks to a special handle on top, the vacuum is easy to carry.

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BEST FOR

Carpets, upholstery, rugs, car upholstery

CLEANING MODES

Suction mode, Washing mode

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

2 interchangeable attachments for cleaning rugs, stairs, and upholstery, tool storage

MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH

Multifunctional brush with Scotchgard™ protection technology

CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

0.75 gallon / 0.75 gallon

USABILITY

4 foot flexible hose, Handle for easy transportation, Dual Tank system

ATTACHMENTS

6" stair tool, 3" tough stain tool, 8oz Professional Deep Cleaning formula

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 22 feet, Item weight: 13.2 lbs

PROS

The thorough filtration system cycles the air for several times, in order to capture the tiniest dirt specks, letting nothing escape. The filter will serve you for years if you rinse it out regularly.

CONS

Doesn't include a hose or additional nozzles.

OUR VERDICT

Although this vacuum doesn't include any additional accessories, unlike more expensive models, it's still a great choice if what you seek out in vacuum cleaners is performance, efficacy, and thorough filtering system alongside an affordable price.

detailed parameters
BEST FOR

Carpets

CLEANING MODES

Spraying, scrubbing, and suctioning

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

N/A

MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH

DirtLifter™ Power Brushes with 4-row dual rotating

CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK

0.75 gallon / 0.75 gallon

USABILITY

Handle for easy transportation, Dual Tank system

ATTACHMENTS

Sample of BISSELL carpet cleaning formula

PERFORMANCE

Cord length: 20 feet, Item weight: 16 lbs

Bissell 1986

Scrubs Out the Competition

While there are many tips out there on how to keep your luxurious rugs looking spotless, no amount of vinegar or shampoo can replace a good, deep clean done by a device specifically designed to get the dirt out of carpets. If you’re not convinced yet, you’ll definitely agree after you’ve read up on the Bissell 1986 ProHeat 2X.

You can use this device’s dual DirtLifter power brushes to scrub through rugs, carpets, and upholstery, catching all dirt and dust that have accumulated in the pile. The doubled brushes mean that whatever the first one misses, the second one gets to. These, coupled with the Heatwave Technology™, take care of the dry debris and dust.

As for the spots that can’t be scrubbed out by the brush alone, the Bissell 1986 uses dual 1-gallon water tanks for wet cleaning. You can mix in some cleaning formula (two batches supplied with the purchase) to erase spilled wine, food stains, and pet “accidents” easily. If a stain proves particularly nasty and tough to get out, the Bissell 1986 comes with a 3-inch tool designed specifically to take care of these nasty spills. It can even be doused with the Pet Urine Eliminator formula that comes with the cleaner and you can probably guess what that one’s intended for.

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Worth Its Money

Another reason why you need an automatic cleaning helper such as the Bissell 1986 Pro Heat 2X is the fact that mistakes are easy to make when getting out spots from your expensive rug by hand. From overshampooing to overscrubbing, these are a homeowner’s nightmare and yet they’re easy to avoid by relying on the Bissell 1986’s well-designed cleanup system. 

This particular model uses the CleanShot Pretreater to soak the surface a bit, preparing it for a more rigorous cleaning session as you scrub it down with brushes. The only time you risk dirtying up the carpet is when you take off the water collection tank. It’s fixated quite firmly and if you pull too hard you might end up spilling the dirty water all over the floor.

You might be looking at the Bissell 1986 Pro Heat 2X and wondering if it’s actually worth the price and, if the aforementioned features haven’t convinced you, let us just quickly mention the fact that this model comes with a detachable hose for reaching into tight nooks and under furniture as well as a variety of tools to make sure your cleanup is efficient no matter what you’re actually cleaning.

To sum up, the Bissell 1986 Pro Heat 2X is a high-end cleaner for those that don’t mind paying for true quality. It’s good at taking care of dirt, stains, and spills, and it works gently to make sure your carpet isn’t damaged by the brushes.

Bissell 1986 ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro Full-Size Carpet Cleaner in the use

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Hoover FH50240

Efficiency

Hoover FH50240 is a Carpet Cleaner that is suitable for cleaning carpets and rugs (except those made of natural fabric), for the wet cleaning, cleaning of furniture upholstery, and all types of floor covering. This Hoover Carpet Cleaner is capable of removing not only the dirt and stains but also allergic agents and home pets hair. Mostly, the cleaning is performed with the main brush tool made with the implementation of a proprietary SpinScrub technology that comprises 77 separate brushes. Such complex design of the brush tool allows this Carpet Cleaner machine to achieve excellent results when performing the cleaning of any complexity. Owing to the Pressurized Edge-to-edge Cleaning technology, the brush tool effectively captures the dirt. The variety of SpinScrub operation modes lets you choose an appropriate mode for a given surface. After cleaning with this upright carpet washer, you will always have your floor clean and dry owing to the cleaner’s advanced functionality and a quick drying feature. In case you need to clean furniture upholstery, hard-to-reach places or a car interior, you can quickly attach a hose with an additional tool fit to cope with these surfaces.

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Usability

This Carpet Cleaner has a very convenient water tank system which allows removing a tank in a few seconds and preparing the cleaner for a new cleaning cycle. The clean water tank and dirt water tank have the same capacity measured at 1 gallon, giving users much more time to clean several rooms without emptying the tank. The length of the power cord is 20 feet which is enough for a comfortable navigation with a cleaner around a big room. A convenient and user-friendly mode switching system allows a quick selection of the mode fit for cleaning a heavily stained area or an area with a different flooring material. This device is the best Carpet Cleaner by Hoover that features an additional 9-feet hose, sufficient for a comfortable cleaning. For your extra convenience, manufacturers allowed for a convenient storage of additional attachments and hose by fastening them to the Carpet Cleaner back, thus making them always available. After the cleaning is done, you can rinse all attachable tools and brushes under tap water and leave them to dry for the next use.

Hoover FH50240 Carpet Cleaner Machine in the use

Package and Additional Features

The Hoover company ensured its supply package to be sufficient for many tasks and for an easy device usage. The package includes the main brush with the patented SpinScrub technology that consists of 77 small brushes rotating in opposite directions to enable an effective all-around cleaning of a carpet pile and removing even ground-in stains. Among the attachments included, there are a few intended for manual cleaning and for surfaces with a different contamination level. The bundled crevice tool allows cleaning in hard-to-reach places, for example, between the ribs of a heating radiator. For making small but very dirty areas clean, one should use the SpinScrub Hand Tool which provides the cleaning efficiency comparable to the one of the main tool. All the manual cleaning tools are attachable to the bundled hose. For performing the most efficient cleaning with this Hoover Carpet Cleaner, we recommend you to use only those detergents included in the product package.

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Hoover FH50150

Efficiency

The Hoover FH50150 carpet cleaner is an excellent assistant in cleaning your house. The cleaning efficiency this device provides is truly impressive and is achieved by using different cleaning modes covering the most of (if not all) the surface types in your home. This cleaner device makes it easy to clean a carpet, any other floor covering, furniture upholstery and even a car interior owing to its removable attachments which can be attached to the leaner’s hose. When the wet cleaning mode is selected, the device not only cleans the surface but also dries it, saving your time. The main brush tool has the SpinScrub tool, which makes the carpet cleaner capable of removing any dirt while the stains and big dirt accumulations are removed utilizing the CleanSurge technology. The combination of these features leaves the dirt and stains on your floors no chance and removes them preserving the integrity and color of the cleaned material. The 11-inch width of the foot provides a quick sweeping of a large surface in one pass.
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Usability

Despite its comparatively large size, this carpet cleaner is not heavy. You can easily move it around the house or carry from one room to another by holding any of the 4 handles. The FH50150 model has a 20-feel long power cord which ensures a comfortable cleaning of large rooms and premises. The clean water tank has a capacity of 1 gallon, which is equal to the capacity of the dirty water tank and is sufficient for cleaning two middle-sized rooms without interrupting your work to empty or refill the tanks. The water tanks have the Dual Tank design that provides their independent operation while the Smart Tank system allows their quick detachment from the main unit. If you decide to switch to manual cleaning, attach a hose and the required attachment from the set. The length of the hose gives enough maneuverability to move around the place from one area to the other and use the same plug.
Hoover FH50150 Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer in the use

Package and Additional Features

Hoover FH50150 has all the tools and accessories in its package required for efficient cleaning. The most frequently used attachment is probably the main brush tool. However, you can use any bundled attachment instead of joining it with an attachable hose. The set includes a stair tool for cleaning stairs, a SpinScrub Hand Tool for big surfaces, a crevice tool to reach for confined places, and a tool that serves as a carpet and upholstery cleaner. With this kind of set, you'll have a total refreshment of the house. All detergent solutions are included in the pack.

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Bissell 3624

Combines Ergonomics and Usability

In the race to make the most impressive and high-power cleaning appliances possible, many manufacturers have seemingly forgotten about the fact that good design matters as much as efficiency. Thankfully, there are still compact models out there that will be easy to use and store and the Bissell 3624 is certainly one of them.

This stout and lightweight Carpet Cleaner has all the features of the upright models but boasts a more practical design that’s concerned more with utility than elegance. The Bissell 3624 comes with several attachments for cleaning rugs, carpets, upholstery, and more, each of them interchangeable. These nozzles and brushes will help you get tough stains and spots out of delicate Persian rugs as well as your favorite old couch equally well. In fact, you even get a small 3-inch tool to scrub out stains left by cats and dogs, which are notoriously a chore to clean, especially if left in deep rugs. We wouldn’t exactly call the Bissell 3624 a straight-up pet Carpet Cleaner since it does much more than that but it’s definitely a solid choice for animal owners.

The Bissell 3624 is particularly great for cleaning stairs thanks to a special attachment that fits the shape of each step and scrubs out all debris and dirt that may be stamped into the steps after several days of people walking up and down them. Plus, it’s just 13.2 lbs so you can carry it from the ground floor to the top one easily by using the integrated handle.

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Repel Stains from Your Rugs

Despite being smaller than many other models on the market, the Bissell 3624 still has a pretty capacious pair of 0.75-gallon tanks for clean and dirty water. They’re easy to take off and clean out so you don’t have to worry about spilling any water in the process. We recommend using the free cleaning solution that comes with the purchase for more efficient cleanups, though you’ll have to get refills yourself after the complementary 8 oz run out.

You can use the Bissell 3624 for cleaning dust and dirt underneath furniture and in corners thanks to the 4-foot flexible hose that can be combined with any of the nozzles. However, try not to bend the hose too much and always make sure it’s stored properly as it tends to crack over time if not maintained properly.

Another feature that makes the Bissell 3624 the best Carpet Cleaner for stains removal is its multifunctional brush coated with the Scotchgard protective formula. This special solution repels dirt and keeps stains from sinking deep into the carpet, making future cleanups easier.

All in all, the Bissell 3624 might not have looks to boast about but it’s certainly up there in terms of efficiency. It’s an affordable and high-power model that’s going to make your chores a breeze.

Bissell 3624 SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner in the use

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Bissell 1622

A Powerful Budget Option

Not everybody is willing to spend all that much on a basic house maintenance device but we do feel that everybody deserves a good product. That’s why we recommend the Bissell 1622 PowerLifter, a highly affordable yet no less effective carpet cleaning device.

Just like the other modern models in the Bissell line-up, this one is equipped with the DirtLifter Power Brushes, designed specifically to get clingy debris out of fine rugs. These particular brushes have 4 rows with dual rotating to ensure that not even tiny particles of dirt are left in the carpets as that’s what tends to ruin the overall look of the upholstery.

You may have heard that cheap hoovers tend to leave behind parts of the debris they pick up, which is caused by faulty filters. Luckily, though, the Bissell 1622 has a filtration system that sends the air through several times, catching even the tiniest dirt specks. You’ll, of course, have to change out the filters eventually but even a single one should be good for over a year provided that you take good care of it. Rinse it out regularly and let it dry before putting it back into the cleaner and the filter will work reliably for you.

We do have to concede that lower price means some compromises, namely the lack of extra accessories such as a hose or nozzles. However, it’s pretty evident that the Bissell 1622 deals with cleanups just fine without any of these bonuses so it’s not like you lose much.

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Spray the Dirt Away

The Bissell 1622 may not be Julius Caesar but it also manages to do 3 things at once: spraying the cleaning solution, scrubbing the surface with its brushes, and sucking up dirt and dust. Despite this multifunctional approach, the Bissell doesn’t miss any spots and deals with all tasks equally well, perhaps thanks to a well-made cleaning formula. A sample of this solution comes with the purchase and we admit that it’s one of the better cleaning options we’ve had, though we wouldn’t have minded if the sample was a bit larger. It would make sense considering the 0.75 gallon dual water tanks that are sure to hold quite a bit of this wonder formula.

It’s important to note that the aggressive cleaning approach that the Bissell 1622 takes is great for carpets but not ideal for furniture or other surfaces so we wouldn’t recommend using it on that type of area.

In the end, you can spot the flaws in the Bissell 1622 if you look hard enough but you’d have to look past some very alluring advantages first. It’s a very thorough cleaning device that will leave your carpets spotless and you don’t even have to empty your wallet to get it! As long as you’re not looking for a device that could clean upholstered furniture, hardwood floors, and the interior of your car, the Bissell 1622 should be at the top of your list. This is the definitive answer to carpet cleaning, especially since a vacuum just won't do the trick.

Bissell 1622 PowerLifter PowerBrush Upright Carpet Cleaner in the use

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What is a Carpet Cleaner

Carpet Cleaners keep your office, home, and any other living spaces tidy by sucking up dirt and dust from rugs, carpets, and the upholstery. Thanks to this device, you can easily clean carpets and floor surfaces, saving a lot of money on dry-cleaning. The main feature of this type of vacuum cleaners is the ability to clean deeply, disinfecting carpets and other surfaces. Due to special fluids and additional cleaning functions, these Carpet Cleaners are able to remove even old stubborn stains. Cleaning regularly with a Carpet Cleaner will save your place from dust, dirt, harmful bacteria and allergens. This type of device is actually a bit different from the regular vacuums as it's designed specifically to get out fur, dust, and dirt from carpets, oftentimes using wet cleaning methods and solutions. That kind of work could be done manually but who wants to stand on all fours scrubbing away at a stain when it can be done fast and elegantly by an automatic carpet cleaning device?

If you've got kids or pets, you know how messy a place can be after their games. If it's a problem that you are facing, we recommend you to pay attention to handheld vacuums.

What Features to Compare

Efficiency

Cleaning efficiency of a Carpet Cleaner is several times higher than of a standard vacuum cleaner. With a Carpet Cleaner you won't need to clean your place every day, just once a week! The efficiency of a Carpet Cleaner depends on several criteria, and the main one is a power. The more power the motor yields, the better the vac absorbs dirt. 300 Watts is enough to clean linoleum, parquet or carpet with a low pile. For heavily soiled (by animal dander or dirt street) and complex surfaces (woolen carpets) the required power ought to be from 300 to 450 Watts. Another criterion is the width of the main attachment. It will affect the amount of time you need to spend on cleaning. Standard brushes have an average width of 10 inches. That's a pretty good size for a quick and effective cleaning.

Usability and Performance

The next important aspect is a power cord length. An optimal length of the cord should be from 20 feet to 26 feet, such length makes it possible to clean a room without pulling the power cord out of an outlet. The size and weight of a Carpet Cleaner also affect its performance and usability. These parameters are primarily dependent on the amount of water in a tank. The capacity of a clean water tank, as a rule, varies between 2.3 to 10 liters. For example, to clean a two-bedroom apartment, you'd need to use up to 7.5 liters of clean water. The manufacturers often equip vacs with a bit bigger dirty water tank - from 5 to 20 liters. Consider the height of a handle as well, for if it's adjustable, the cleaning will be much more comfortable and efficient too.

Package and Additional Features

We highly recommend you to pay attention to additional features of all Carpet Cleaners on our shortlist. They determine what kind of tasks the device is able to perform. Usually, Carpet Cleaners are equipped with 5-7 attachments: 2 or 3 of them are good for wet cleaning, and 3 or 4 are used for dry cleaning. The standard attachment has an adjustable brush that can clean any carpet or carpeted floor quite good. When moving forward, the brush sweeps the floor and absorbs the dust that immediately goes into a Carpet Cleaner. This brush also protects the floor from scratches.

As for additional attachments, the crevice tool cleans in the most hard-to-reach areas such as louvre-boards, gaps between the furniture, heaters, and ledges. A big attachment for carpets or a small attachment for upholstered furniture is usually used for wet cleaning. There is a built-in mechanism inside these attachments which sprays a special cleaning solution. In most Carpet Cleaners there are 2 cleaning stages. First, you have to spray the detergent mixed with water on the needed surface, then a brush whips this mix into the foam, after that the foam enters deep into the fibers of the carpet, and finally, all the dirt goes up together with the foam. A Carpet Cleaner absorbs everything into a dirty water tank and, as a result, the surface dries. There is a possibility to wash both the upholstery and furniture during the cleaning since a carpet cleaner splashes shampoo with water and immediately collects it.

A SpinScrub patented system is a brush that rotates in two opposite directions and scrubs the carpet pile on all sides. This makes it possible to remove even the stubborn grime stains, allergens, and unpleasant smell with minimal effort. But this system is not available for all models of Carpet Cleaners.

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