Carpet Cleaner Reviews and Ratings by FCR

Carpet Cleaner Reviews

With a plethora of good carpet shampooers on the market, it is often hard for consumers to decide on which model to purchase, especially considering the fact that everyone would have different needs and expectations from a cleaning machine. That is why we are offering various lists of home carpet cleaners below.

In addition to a general list that demonstrates the models with highest overall ratings, you will also find the ideal models for different groups of people including pet owners, big families with children and so on. 

You can check out the table for the highest rated models, or use the tabs below the table to find the model that suits your specific needs, use the top menu to read our detailed reviews or check out the summary reviews for a few select models.  

General List of the Top Carpet Cleaning Machines


Model Overall Rating Performance Convenience Drying Time Durability Review and Price
Bissell Big Green Bissell Big Green 93.75 95 85 95 100 Read the review
Hoover SteamVac CleanSurge Hoover SteamVac  77.5 75 85 75 75 Read the review
Rug Doctor Deep Cleaner Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner 100  93.75 95 95 95 90 Read the review
Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe 100  86.25 90 90 80 85 Read the review
Bissell Deep Clean Premier Pet Bissell Deep Clean Premier Pet 100 83.75 85 90 80 80 Read the review
Bissell Proheat 2X Bissell Proheat 2X 100 90 95 85 90 90 Read the review
Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3 Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3 100   87.5 90 85 85 90 Read the review


Looking for something specific? We got you covered!

Large carpets
Deep cleaning
Budget models
Lightweight shampooers

Brief Reviews for the Highest Rated Carpet Cleaners

Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine 86T3/86T3Q

Bissell Big Green

Bissell’s most popular and best-selling model, the Big Green, is definitely one of the best home cleaning machines currently available on the market. It is a powerful machine packed with a lot of features and its’ cleaning power is up to par with professional machines that cost a lot to rent.

It has almost anything you would expect from the perfect machine; from fantastic dirt removing thanks to the Dirt Lifter Power Brushes to a long hose and tough stain tool that makes it easy to clean stairs and any awkward spaces, a flow indicator that tells you when to empty/refill the tanks to 2 huge tanks that are not only convenient but also require less trips to the sink.

All in all, this is one of the most advanced and powerful machines with the highest ratings. If you have the budget, go for it.


Rug Doctor Deep Cleaner

Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner

If you don’t have the budget for the Green machine, you can go with the next best model which costs significantly less while providing outstanding cleaning power and very fast drying times: the Rug Doctor Deep Cleaner.

Equipped with a plethora of nice and advanced features, this Rug Doctor model can cope with the worst stains, provide deep and thorough cleaning and get your carpets to dry much faster than most of the models on the market.

It is also easy to assemble, use, maintain and store, making it one of the best alternatives currently available. We strongly recommend you consider this model if you will be cleaning your carpets more than a few times a year (and if you don’t have the budget or don’t want to spend that much for the no. 1 model).


Bissell 47A23 Proheat 2x Premier Full-Size

Bissell Proheat 2X

Another powerful model from Bissell. The Proheat 2X is a very decent machine that offers features like surround suction for faster drying, powerful dirt removal capability with 10 rows of Dirt Lifter Power Brushes, the heatwave technology for better cleaning, and accessories for upholstery and stairs including hand tools and a hose.

Although not as powerful as the first two models, Proheat definitely does what it is supposed to do (and does it well), and costs even less than the 2nd best model. If the 2 in 1 tank (unlike two separate tanks like most models have) will not be a problem for you, it would be safe to say that this machine is well worth the price it is sold for.


Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3

Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3

One of the oldest models among those we reviewed, the Mighty Pro X3 is definitely a cleaner that needs to be considered by anyone including pet owners or families with little children. A powerful machine that takes care of the hardest of stains, packed with multi directional brushes that clean most of the dirt in a single pass, the ability to remove pet stains and odors and a handheld tool for upholstery, stair and car cleaning, the X3 offers everything you would need.

With a huge dirty water tank that can hold up to 3.9 gallons, you will be able to clean multiple rooms/carpets before you ever need to visit the sink for emptying/refilling the tank.

We have placed the X3 in the fourth place for pretty much a single reason. This is a very heavy machine (including the dirty water tank that gets heavy when filled and can be hard for some people to remove and empty), and hence not suitable for smaller persons or anyone with health problems.


Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe

If you are looking for a rather cheap carpet washer that offers a lot more than its price tag would make you expect, the Power Scrub Deluxe is definitely that machine. With a variety of well-thought features including a wash and rinse selector, 360-degree cleaning with Spinscrub brushes, smart tank system (two separate tanks), a handy hose and upholstery tool, fast drying times and a lightweight design, this shampooer undoubtedly offers a lot for any homeowner.

If cost is a consideration for you, then we can definitely recommend this washer from Hoover as it is one of the most affordable models. And the best part is that you won’t be compromising much in terms of cleaning power and performance.

Carpet Cleaner Buying Guide

Cleaning your carpets is a very tedious and challenging job. Not only do you have to get rid of those tough to remove stain but you want to make sure your carpet smells clean and fresh. Having the right carpet cleaner in your home or office will get the job done in no time. The right carpet cleaner depends on how you will use the machine as each model is designed for a specific purpose. We have compiled the most important features you need to consider below.  

What to Look For