Best Carpet Cleaners

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 11, 2017
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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OUR VERDICT
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
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BEST FOR
USABILITY
MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH
CLEANING MODES
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
PERFORMANCE
 
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.
detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
1 gallon / 1 gallon
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
BEST FOR
Carpets and rugs (except those made of natural fabric), fitted carpets, floor covering, upholstery, car upholstery
USABILITY
Fast switch between cleaning modes, storage of the hose and attachments, 3 carrying handles, 9-feet length hose, Dual Tank System
MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH
SpinScrub 77 brush system / 13 inches
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
PERFORMANCE
Cord length: 20 feet, Handle height: 38 inches, Weight: 22.5 lbs
PROS
This model uses a warm water that when applied in combination with a special brush allows coping with any dirt, spots, and stains. By selecting the corresponding mode you can do a quick wet carpet cleaning and have the carpet dry out in an hour.
CONS
You need to empty the dirty water tank even if it is half-full.
OUR VERDICT
It is a fantastic choice for those who suffer from an allergy or have pets. This carpet cleaner almost effortlessly removes the allergens, old stains, and unpleasant smells.
detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
1 gallon / 1 gallon
ATTACHMENTS
3-inches Tough Stain Tool, Pet Stain Tool, 8 oz. bottle of Deep Clean + Antibacterial Formula, 8 oz. bottle of 2X Professional Formula, Accessory bag and hose
BEST FOR
Carpets and rugs (except those made of natural fabric), fitted carpets, floor covering, upholstery, car upholstery
USABILITY
Low profile cleaning foot, 6.56-feet length hose, A carrying handle, Dual Tank System
MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH
12 rows of dual powerbrushes / 12.5 inches
CLEANING MODES
Wet cleaning, Deep Cleaning Mode, Fast Cleaning Regime, Dual Cleaning Mode
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
HeatWave Technology, EdgeSweep Brushes, Connectable hose with additional attachments
PERFORMANCE
Cord length: 22 feet, Handle height: 43.5 inches, Weight: 18 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 great 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
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
1 gallon / 1 gallon
ATTACHMENTS
SpinScrub Brush Assembly, Accessory Hose, Stair Tool, Crevice Tool, Upholstery Tool, SpinScrub Hand Tool, Detergent
BEST FOR
Carpets and rugs (except those made of natural fabric), fitted carpets, floor covering, upholstery, car upholstery
USABILITY
9-feet length hose, 4 Easy To Access Handles, Dual Tank System
MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH
SpinScrub multiple brush system / 11.25 inches
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
PERFORMANCE
Cord length: 20 feet, Handle height: 43 inches, Weight: 18.1 lbs
PROS
For the efficient cleaning, this model uses special cleaning fluid and microfiber elements. This carpet cleaner is a lightweight and portable solution, which together with its adjustable handle allows for cleaning with comfort.
CONS
It uses Shark cleaning fluids only.
OUR VERDICT
This carpet cleaner will perfectly suit those who need a compact device that can be used for cleaning an entire house. It works silently and leaves a pleasant odor after the cleaning thanks to the special solutions used. After cleaning your carpets with Shark Sonic Duo they will look like new.
detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
0.25 gallon for the cleaning solution
ATTACHMENTS
5 removable microfibers for wood and hard floor cleaning and polishing, 3 types of detergents, ScrubDuster accessory, Storage tray, Reusable Bottle for Carpet Cleaning Solutions
BEST FOR
Carpets and rugs, fitted carpets, wooden floors, all types of hard flooring
USABILITY
LED lights, AirGlide Maneuverability, Spray Nozzle, Protection bumper
MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH
Double microfiber / 12.6 inches
CLEANING MODES
Wet cleaning, 2 scrub modes for Hard floors and Carpets, Floor Polish Mode
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Dual Scrubbing Action, 1000 scrubbing movements per minute, Swivel Steering, Microfiber Washable Pads, Microfiber Washable Pads
PERFORMANCE
Cord length: 22 feet Handle height: 23 - 46 inches, Weight: 14.4 lbs
PROS
This cleaner uses only the water and doesn't use any chemicals. It sterilizes the floor surface and leaves no streaks. With this carpet cleaner, you can use both the vacuum and the steam cleaning modes individually or in a combination.
CONS
Poor clamping of the removable microfibers.
OUR VERDICT
This model is best for everyday and express cleaning. The cleaner requires only 30 seconds to prepare for the cleaning and has an impressive efficiency. At the same time, this device is easy to control owing to its flexible design and ergonomic controls.
detailed parameters
CLEAN WATER TANK/ DIRTY WATER TANK
0.1 gallon / 0.25 gallon for dry debris
ATTACHMENTS
2 x Microfibers for scrubbing, Measuring Water Cup, 2 x Microfiber Pads
BEST FOR
Low pile carpets, fitted carpets, all types of hard flooring
USABILITY
Easy Touch Digital Controls, 5-position hand lever, Quick-Release Mop Pad Tray, Cord Wrap, Cord Clip
MAIN ATTACHMENT / WIDTH
Brush and microfiber / 11 inches
CLEANING MODES
Wet cleaning, Steam cleaning, Dry cleaning, Combined cleaning
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Fingertip Controls, Heated Cleaning, Steam on Demand Trigger, Wet or Dry Cleaning, Filter
PERFORMANCE
Cord length: 25 inches, Handle height: 46.5 inches, Weight: 10.1 lbs

What Is It

A carpet cleaner is what everybody needs to keep their houses clean. 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. 

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 a 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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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.

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 one of the best carpet cleaners 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.

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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Bissell 1548

Efficiency

Bissell 1548 carpet cleaner has a wet cleaning mode suitable for all the floor covering types (except for the natural fabric covering). This cleaner model performs a wet cleaning using the warm water, so you need to heat water to the temperature of 140 °F (maximum) beforehand and fill the tank. The use of warm water allows this Bissell carpet cleaner to achieve a higher cleaning efficiency and dissolving the dirt in a more effective way. The cleaner will retain water heat due to its engine arrangement close to the tank. This design peculiarity makes this carpet cleaner suitable for removing old stains as well. The main brush tool of this carpet washer consists of 2 rotating shafts with brushes and has a 12.5-inch width, thereby ensuring a wide cleaning path. In case you need to clean fast, select the right mode; this cleaner supports several cleaning modes, required for different types of surfaces. It also comes with a set of additional tools to clean upholstery and car interior.

Usability

Before you can go clean your flooring, make sure to clean and fill water tanks. It’s easy to do, for the Dual Tank System and SmartTanks System allow a quick detaching from the main unit. Once the water is filled, the cleaner is ready to go. Customers who’ve used Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution said it can run for quite a long time and clean 3 rooms at least before it’s time to empty the tank and drain dirt water. They also like its maneuverability and performance. Fitted with a 22-feet cord, the cleaner can be used far from the outlet so that you don’t need to run around and look for plugs in different rooms.

Package and Additional Features

The Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution supply package offers the variety of tools sufficient for cleaning your entire house. In addition to the main brush, the package includes two auxiliary brushes for cleaning of different intensity (using the Express and Deep modes) and for various surfaces. This carpet cleaner model is completed with a 3-inch Tough Stain Tool enabling a quick removal of deeply ingrained dirt and the Pet Stain Tool for the removal of “surprises” left by your pets. These tools are connected to the carpet cleaner via the bundled hose which is attachable to the main brush tool top. The rich supply package offers some detergents effective for the removal of different dirt types/stains from different surfaces. These solutions supplied with the carpet cleaner help removing not only stains but also allergens and unpleasant odors. In regard to accessories storage, this carpet washer comes with a convenient bag.

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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.

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.

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 an upholstery tool for cleaning furniture. 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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Shark ZZ550

Efficiency

Shark ZZ550 Sonic Duo has been designed to clean almost all types of surfaces, including carpets, rugs and hard floor, remove old stubborn stains and unpleasant odors as well as polish flooring. Consumers who’ve got laminated floors would surely like this function and eye-catchy floor gloss. To achieve better results, it’s recommended to do regular cleaning first of all, with a conventional vac, and pick dry debris. Then, you can use the cleaner. Due to the double microfiber, the cleaning is performed with 1000 scrubbing movements per minute, which is more than enough to remove unsightly stains from carpets and floors. Besides, the 12.6” cleaning path allows for a very quick cleaning. Users who live in big apartments and houses quite often give preference to Shark XX550 Sonic Duo over the other items.

Usability

Shark ZZ550 Sonic Duo is a very convenient and maneuverable carpet cleaner. Its flexible and lightweight design contributes greatly to the ease of operation, thereby reducing cleaning time. The front part of the foot has two built-in LED-indicators that make all the spilled liquids, small dots ahead or the dust under your furniture clearly visible. The front side of the foot also has a sprayer for prewetting of stains and their quick removal. The power cord length of the ZZ550 Sonic Duo carpet washer equals 22 feet; such length is important for a convenient operation when cleaning large rooms as it allows for uninterrupted work without switching between the available power sockets in search of the nearest one. The cleaning solution tank of this carpet washer has a 0.25-gallon capacity, which is enough to clean a room; in addition, the tank is easily detached when refilling is needed. The adjustable handle length makes it possible to select an optimal length for your height, thus allowing an optimal back position and even load distribution during cleaning. The Shark carpet cleaner is easily washable and very compact to store. To clean the device, you just need to detach a microfiber, give it a hand washing or use a washing machine and treat the dirtied cleaner parts with a brush.

Package and Additional Features

The supply package of this carpet cleaner machine includes 5 microfiber attachments which are intended for cleaning different floor covering types and performing different types of cleaning. The microfiber attachments have a color marking corresponding to the specific surface type. After choosing a microfiber attachment appropriate for you surface by its color, you need to choose an appropriate Shark cleaning liquid which you can pick from the 3 bundled liquids. Among the items supplied with this carpet cleaner is a refillable spray bottle for cleaning solutions. The pretreatment of the spots with these solutions helps dissolve the spots and remove their remains with the carpet cleaner later. For compact storage, manufacturers designed and included a special stand where you can place the carpet cleaner after it's been treated with the ScrubDuster accessory.

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Bissell 1132A

Efficiency

Bissell 1132A carpet steam cleaner performs the cleaning in a combined mode: the wet cleaning using the steam generator and the dry one using the vacuum mechanism. The 1132A floor steam cleaner is suitable for cleaning all carpets and carpet flooring with a low pile, carpets made of natural fabric and other floor covering types. The cleaning process is carried out with the steam, microfiber, and generated vacuum that can be used either separately or all-in-one. The outstanding feature of this floor steam cleaner is that it can clean without using any chemicals and still show great results. An option to adjust steam intensity allows for efficient removal of stains and dirt. This cleaner will not only clean fast but also asepticize surfaces, which is a great option for those people who suffer from allergies.

Usability

Bissell 1132A is equipped with electronic controls placed on the handle for the full control of the cleaning procedure and quick switching between cleaning modes. This floor steam cleaner by Bissell is very energy-efficient. The clean water tank of 1132A carpet cleaner has a capacity of 0.1 gallon and the dirty tank for dry debris - 0.25 gallon, which is sufficient for daily cleanups. On the other hand, if you need to clean all rooms in your house, you wouldn't need to keep on refilling tanks but only empty the tank. In less than a minute, Bissell 1132A will be ready to clean again. What most customers like about this cleaner is its adjustable handle with 5 customizable height positions for ultimate comfort. Set at the right height, it's easy to extend to hard-to-reach places and clean soiled floors. All in all, this cleaner is very easy-to-use and maintain. To prepare it for the next cycle, all you need to do is clean the pads and brushes and leave them dry for a bit.

Package and Additional Features

The supply package of this carpet steam cleaner includes 4 microfiber attachments, two of which are the soft ones intended for cleaning the delicate surfaces and materials or removing small dirt, and two hard ones for a more intense cleaning and removing a stained dirt. The special brush designed for collecting the human/pet hair and other dry debris is built into the front part of the main brush. As the clean water tank is not detachable, the manufacturer fitted it with a water cup which you can use to quickly refill the water tank.

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