Best Carpet Cleaner
Deep cleaning the carpets is something many of us don't do nearly often enough, especially with the hassle involved with renting a cumbersome steam cleaning unit. However, cleaning the carpets on a regular basis (Or at least staying on top of individual messes and stains) doesn't need to be such an inconvenience.
Though features and design will vary between models, the best carpet cleaners will have excellent brushes and suction to loosen and lift dirt, high capacity water tanks, and useful attachments for a variety of cleaning tasks. Ideally, a carpet cleaner will make your life easier by sucking up most of the water it used to clean, meaning that you'll have to wait only a small amount of time before the carpet is dry. We don't believe a built-in water heater is necessary, although they can be helpful in maintaining a more consistent water temperature.
The best carpet steam cleaners on this list all offer excellent basic performance with powerful cleaning and the ability to eliminate all types of stains, dirt, and odors. Although more expensive models will usually offer stronger cleaning power, less expensive models are usually a better fit for typical household needs.
Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer, FH50150
Bissell DeepClean Deluxe Pet Carpet Cleaning System
Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner
BISSELL Little Green PROheat Deep Reach Spot Cleaner
Bissell SpotBot Pet Deep Cleaner
The Hoover Power Scrub offers a compelling combination of features and convenience. Weighing less than 19 lbs, the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe is slightly smaller than many other full-sized upright carpet cleaners, making it easier to manage inside smaller areas. Counter-rotating brushes clean deeper into carpets by scrubbing from different angles, resulting in effective stain removal. The Power Scrub Deluxe also features a wash/rinse selector. Since remaining soap residue can attract dirt or leave carpets looking worn, the ability to rinse thoroughly is a welcome feature. This model also directs hot air onto the carpets as it sucks water out, reducing surface drying time.
The Power Scrub Deluxe uses separate tanks for clean and dirty water with a pop-up stopper and loss of suction indicating when the dirty tank is full. Upholstery, crevice, stair, and SpinScrub powered hand tools are included for added cleaning capability. The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe is easy to use and cleans very well, but might be less suited for those with very large homes.
Bissell's DeepClean Deluxe carpet cleaner offers a powerful, affordable solution versus having to rent out bulky and expensive machines to clean your carpets. Although requiring a bit of initial assembly, this cleaner is easy-to-use and cleans effectively. Instead of the usual 2-tank design, the Bissell DeepClean uses a 2-in-1 system comprised of a plastic tank and flexible bladder for holding the cleaning solution inside. A built-in water heater helps to maintain consistent temperature for better cleaning while the pair of powered brushes loosen and remove dirt from deep in carpets. Users have found tank system easy to remove, fill, and empty. This model also includes a handy stair cleaning tool and EdgeSweep brushes to clean around furniture and along walls. At under $250, this effective, user-friendly carpet cleaner is a great buy.
If you're looking for professional-grade carpet cleaning, the Bissell Big Green delivers. The Big Green cleans better and dries faster overall better than most rental carpet cleaners. This cleaner sucks up huge amounts of dirt and water, leaving carpets fresh and clean with less passes than more budget-friendly models. Rotating brushes remove dirt from deep in carpets while stairs and other hard-to-reach areas can be hit with the long reach hose, stair and upholstery tools. The removable, high-capacity water tanks last a while before needing refilling/emptying (although an indicator lets you know if your water or solution levels are getting low.) The 86T3 also has an adjustable handle allowing for comfortable operation while cleaning. While it does come with a higher price tag, a machine of this caliber is a good investment if you need heavy-duty cleaning capability on a regular basis.
Bissell’s Little Green ProHeat portable carpet cleaner offers excellent stain and odor removal. At 13 pounds, it’s a bit on the heavy side for a handheld device but the Little Green ProHeat justifies the weight by offering separate, large capacity water tanks, a built-in water heater, and helpful on-board tools. This cleaner is also surprisingly compact and easy to use, even with its 48 oz dirty water tank. A handy crevice tool is included for cleaning difficult to reach areas as well as a 3-inch stain tool. Reasonably priced, the Bissell Little Green ProHeat portable carpet cleaner is a solid choice, especially if you need a model with a built-in water heater.
The Bissell SpotBot Pet allows for hands-free operation with preset cleaning cycles which automatically spray, brush, and remove stains. Set the machine down on the spot which needs cleaning, select the appropriate setting, and walk away. The SpotBot Pet also includes a handheld hose and cleaning tool which is good for upholstery, stairs, and car interiors when using the manual setting. Although all spot carpet cleaners are good for cleaning stains, the SpotBot Pet is especially suited for pet-related messes thanks its odor minimizing abilities. If there’s uneven spots left on your carpets after the cleaned spot has dried, quickly passing a vacuum over the area to get that uniform look. With solid cleaning power, convenient design, and a 1-year warranty, the Bissell SpotBot Pet is an excellent choice whether you have pets or not.