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.
|Model||Overall Rating||Performance||Convenience||Drying Time||Durability||Review and Price|
|Bissell Big Green||93.75||95||85||95||100|
|Hoover SteamVac CleanSurge||77.5||75||85||75||75|
|Rug Doctor Deep Cleaner||93.75||95||95||95||90|
|Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe||86.25||90||90||80||85|
|Bissell Deep Clean Premier Pet||83.75||85||90||80||80|
|Bissell Proheat 2X||90||95||85||90||90|
|Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3||87.5||90||85||85||90|
In addition to the size of the tank, you should also consider the width of the cleaning path. The wider the path, the fewer passes you will need to make to clean large carpets. Big Green boasts a cleaning path width of 10.5 inches, while the Rug Doctor has an ever wider path at 10.8 inches. In addition both models passed our reviews (and for that matter, the reviews of other users around the web) with flying colors.
Our beloved pets can often cause havoc on our carpets, leaving a lot of hair or very hard stains and odors in their wake. There are special models designed for pet owners and we would recommend that you check out Bissell Proheat 2X Pet or Bissell Deep Clean Premier Pet. However, the Big Green, Hoover Power Scrub and the Mighty Pro X3 will also work very nicely, especially if you use the brands’ special solutions for pet mishaps.
However, you should also remember that it’s always a good idea to vacuum the carpets first if you don’t want your carpet cleaner to catch too many hairs (potentially clogging the filters). Although most models designed for pet owners have extra features like hair collecting baskets, it would still be prudent to vacuum first.
If your carpets have deep stains that regular or low quality machines cannot remove, you would be better off with a machine capable of deep cleaning and removing tough stains and lingering odors. As in most other cases, the Big Green is a viable (albeit expensive) alternative. If you want a lower priced shampooer that can offer comparable cleaning power, you may want to check out Bissell Proheat or Hoover Power Scrub.
If cost is the main concern, you may prefer to sacrifice some of the more advanced options and a bit of functionality for a machine that will do the job (to an acceptable extent) and not cost an arm and a leg in the process. If that is the case for you, you may want to check out Hoover SteamVac or Bissell Deep Clean. Either machine can be purchased for under $150 most of the time (depending on the discounts/campaigns introduced by the brands), and although they will lack some of the functionality higher priced models have to offer, they will still get the job done and offer enough value for the money.
Last but not least, if you have any kind of health problems (like back pains and such), you may want to avoid heavy machines like the Big Green or Rug Doctor Mighty X3. Even though these cleaners are among the best in terms of cleaning power and performance, they are also quite heavy and can be very hard to push around, especially if you have health problems. You would be better off looking at lightweight models like Bissell Little Green (if you need a spot cleaner) or Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe (if you need a full sized cleaner).
Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine 86T3/86T3Q
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
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
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
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
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.
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.