Compare Carpet Cleaning Machines 2016

In this chart, you can find comparisons of the best full-sized upright deep cleaners for regular home use. If there is a specific feature that you like to compare, you can type it (eg. "rinse") into the search box on the right. A horizontal scroll bar to compare more cleaners is available at the chart's bottom.

 Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer FH50150 Details >>Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner Details >>Hoover MaxExtract Dual V Carpet Cleaner F7412-900 Details >>Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Carpet Cleaner Details >>Hoover Steamvac Carpet Cleaner With Clean Surge F5914-900 Details >>Bissell ProHeat 2X Advanced Carpet Cleaner 1383 Details >>Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner FH50220 Details >>Hoover Max Extract Dual V All Terrain F7452900PC Details >>Bissell DeepClean Premier Pet Carpet Cleaner 17N4 Details >> Bissell DeepClean Deluxe Pet Carpet Cleaner 36Z9 Details >> Hoover MaxExtract 77 Multi-Surface Pro Carpet & Hard Floor Cleaner FH50240 Details >>Bissell 8852 ProHeat DeepClean Essential Carpet Cleaner Details >>
Hoover Power Deluxe Carpet Washer fh501500
Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner
Hoover MaxExtract Dual V Carpet Cleaner F7412-900
Bissell 1548 ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Carpet Cleaner
Hoover SteamVac Best Carpet Cleaning Machine F5914-900
Bissell ProHeat 2X Advanced Carpet Cleaner 1383
Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Cleaner FH50220
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Bissell DeepClean Premier Pet Carpet Cleaner 17N4
Bissell DeepClean Deluxe Pet Carpet Cleaner 36Z9
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Why People Buy This ModelOutstanding cleaning performance, lightweight, rinse/wash selector, best value, top customer choiceOutstanding cleaning performance, High suction power, High quality workmanshipOutstanding cleaning performance, widepath (20% more cleaning span), long time consumers' favorite widepath machineOutstanding cleaning performance, lightweight, separate clean/dirty water tanks, Express/Deep clean modes, top customer choiceOutstanding cleaning performance, low cost, Clean SurgeOutstanding cleaning performance, built-in water heaterOutstanding cleaning performance, pressurized spray cleaning for tough stains, widepath (20% more cleaning span)Outstanding cleaning performance, widepath (20% more cleaning span), auto rinse feature, cleans hard floorsOutstanding cleaning performance, best value Bissell with Pet Hair Basket and pet stain cleaning toolWhy People Buy This ModelOutstanding cleaning performance, premium Bissell with Clean Shot stain cleaning, Pet Hair Basket, enhanced pet stain tool.Outstanding cleaning performance, pressurized spray cleaning for tough stains, widepath (20% more cleaning span), auto rinse feature, cleans hard floorsOutstanding cleaning performance, best value Bissell for full gallon sized tank deep cleaner
Cleaning Power TechnologySpinScrub, Max Extract DualV Nozzle TechnologyDual-Cross Action Brush System, High-Powered Suction, Super Boost SpraySpinScrub, Max Extract DualV Nozzle Technology12 Dirtlifter PowerBrush rows, EdgeSweep BrushesSpinScrub, Max Extract DualV Nozzle Technology, Clean Surge12 Dirtlifter PowerBrush rows, Surround Suction, EdgeSweep BrushesSpinScrub, Max Extract DualV Nozzle Technology, Pressurized Edge-to-Edge CleaningSpinScrub, Max Extract DualV Nozzle Technology12 Dirtlifter PowerBrush rows, Surround Suction, EdgeSweep BrushesCleaning Power Technology12 Dirtlifter PowerBrush rows, Surround Suction, EdgeSweep BrushesSpinScrub, Max Extract DualV Nozzle Technology, Clean Surge, Pressurized Edge-to-Edge Cleaning6 Dirtlifter PowerBrush rows, Surround Suction, EdgeSweep Brushes
Water Tank Size1 Gallon1 Gallon1 Gallon1 Gallon1 Gallon1 Gallon1.14 Gallons1 Gallon1.25 GallonWater Tank Size1.25 Gallon1.14 Gallons1 Gallon
Water Tank SystemSeparate Clean/Dirty Water TanksSeparate Clean/Dirty Water TanksSeparate Clean/Dirty Water TanksSeparate Clean/Dirty Water TanksSeparate Clean/Dirty Water TanksSingle "bladder" tankSeparate Clean/Dirty Water TanksSeparate Clean/Dirty Water TanksSingle "bladder" tankWater Tank SystemSingle "bladder" tankSeparate Clean/Dirty Water TanksSingle "bladder" tank
Heated Air For Faster DryingYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYesNoHeated Air For Faster DryingNoYesNo
WidepathNoIn betweenYesNoNoIn betweenYesYesIn betweenWidepathIn betweenYesNo
Cleaning Nozzle Width11.25 inches12 inches13 Inches11 inches11.25 inches12 inches13 Inches13 Inches12 inchesCleaning Nozzle Width12 inches13 Inches11 inches
Power Rating10 Amps11 Amps12 Amps6.8 Amps12 Amps12 Amps10 Amps12 Amps6.2 Amps
Power Rating6.2 amps10 Amps6 Amps
Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer FH50150 Details >>Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner Details >>Hoover MaxExtract Dual V Carpet Cleaner F7412-900 Details >>Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Carpet Cleaner Details >>Hoover Steamvac Carpet Cleaner With Clean Surge F5914-900 Details >>Bissell ProHeat 2X Advanced Carpet Cleaner 1383 Details >>Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner FH50220 Details >>Hoover Max Extract Dual V All Terrain F7452900PC Details >>Bissell DeepClean Premier Pet Carpet Cleaner 17N4 Details >>Bissell DeepClean Deluxe Pet Carpet Cleaner 36Z9 Details >> Hoover MaxExtract 77 Multi-Surface Pro Carpet & Hard Floor Cleaner FH50240 Details >>Bissell 8852 ProHeat DeepClean Essential Carpet Cleaner Details >>
Rinse Only SettingYesNoYesNoNoNoYesYesNoRinse Only SettingNoYesNo
Built-in Water HeaterNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo, but directs heat to keep water warmBuilt-in Water HeaterNo, but directs heat to keep water warmNoNo, but directs heat to keep water warm
Hand ToolsCarpet & Upholstery Tool, Powered Hand Tool, Crevice Tool, Stair Tool, Storage BagUpholstery ToolCarpet & Upholstery Tool, Powered Hand Tool3" Stain Tool, Pet Stain ToolCarpet & Upholstery Tool, Powered Hand Tool3" Stain ToolCarpet & Upholstery ToolCarpet & Upholstery Tool, SpinScrub Hand ToolDeep Reach Pet Tool, 3 inch stain toolHand ToolsStain Trapper Tool, 3 inch stain tool Carpet & Upholstery Tool, SpinScrub Hand ToolSpraying Crevice Tool, 3" Stain Tool, 6" Stair Tool
Hard Floor CleaningNoNoNoWith optional accessoryWith optional accessoryWith optional accessoryNoYes, accessory includedWith optional accessoryHard Floor CleaningWith Additional AttachmentYes, accessory includedWith optional accessory
Warranty2 years2 years1 year3 years1 year2 years2 years1 year2 yearsWarranty3 years2 years3 years
Weight (without water)18.1 Pounds25 Pounds27 Pounds17.5 Pounds20 Pounds21.85 Pounds30 Pounds24.4 PoundsWeight (without water)24.8 pounds22.5 Pounds24 pounds
Approx. Price Range$151 to $180$241 to $270$140 to $170$181 to $210$140 to $170$151 - $200$151 to $200$201 to $250 $171 to $210
Estimated Best Price$251 to $300$201 to $250$101 to $150
Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer FH50150Rug Doctor Deep Carpet CleanerHoover MaxExtract Dual V Carpet Cleaner F7412-900Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Carpet CleanerHoover Steamvac Carpet Cleaner With Clean Surge F5914-900Bissell ProHeat 2X Advanced Carpet Cleaner 1383 Details >>Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner FH50220Hoover Max Extract Dual V All Terrain F7452900Bissell DeepClean Premier Pet Carpet Cleaner 17N4Bissell DeepClean Deluxe Pet Carpet Cleaner 36Z9Hoover MaxExtract 77 Multi-Surface Pro Carpet & Hard Floor Cleaner FH50240Bissell 8852 ProHeat DeepClean Essential Carpet Cleaner
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Carpet Cleaners Comparison Chart Notes

Each of the cleaners reviewed below are high quality and earn a top 10 or better rating on our Carpet Cleaning Machines Reviews site.

Regular Upright Full-sized Cleaners – This chart lists to best regular upright full-sized carpet cleaners on the market purchased for home use. Regular upright carpet cleaners are the most sought-after carpet cleaning machines purchased by home users for general home carpet cleaning.

To be clear, the listings above does not include professional grade cleaners that more and more home users are purchasing. Professional grade cleaners like the Bissell 86T3 and Rug Doctor clean even better and have the least maintenance problems, but are also more costly. See a detailed comparison of Professional Vs. Regular Upright cleaners.

Cleaning Power Technology – This summarizes the various technologies incorporated into different carpet cleaner machine models. It’s especially helpful when choosing machines from the same brand. For example, you can tell that the SpinScrub feature is a mainstay for full-powered Hoover cleaners. Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge has the “Clean Surge” feature that most other Hoover cleaners lack. More information about benefits of the specific technology can be found in the detailed reviews like this.

Water Tank Size – Most full powered upright carpet cleaning machines incorporate a 1 gallon water tank. Only a few have slightly larger tank sizes of 1.14 gallons. A larger tank size allows more cleaning to be done with less empty/fill trips to the sink, but it means the user needs to push around a slightly heavier load of water.

Water Tank System – Hoover cleaners typically have two-tanks systems with separate clean/dirty water tanks. Bissell’s have a single tank set-up that incorporates a “bladder” bag for storing clean water inside. The separate clean/dirty water tank system appear to be better liked, although the single “bladder” tank system works fine for most users. See a comparison of Tank System Vs Two Tank System in this Hoover vs Bissell article (scroll down).

Heated Air For Faster Drying – Some machines are designed to direct heated air onto the carpets for quicker drying.

Widepath – Widepath machines typically have a cleaning nozzle width that is 20% wider. This means that more carpets can be shampooed and cleaned with each cleaning stroke, thereby saving time and effort. This is something to consider along with a larger water tank size (described above).

Cleaning Nozzle Width – The width span of the cleaning nozzle. A standard size is around 11 inches wide, while a widepath machine is around 13 inches wide.

Power Rating – The amperage power of the machine motor measured in Amps. While a larger power rating may give the machine an edge, the overall design and engineering of machine also plays an important role in how well the machine operates and cleans.

Rinse Only Setting – This allows carpets to be rinsed and cleaned without detergent through the flip of a switch. More and more people are seeking this feature as they recognize the health benefits of removing as much residual detergent as possible when shampooing their carpets.

Built-in Water Heater – Carpet cleaners typically allow do not have water heaters to heat up water, with the exception of a few Bissell cleaners.

Hand Tools – Hand tools and attachments allow upholstery, furniture, stairs, autos and hard to reach places to be cleaned. A good hand tools package allow for the carpet cleaning machine to clean beyond just floor carpeting. Additional hand tools are usually made available for purchase, but being given a good set at the beginning saves on future costs and makes a great start.

Hard Floor Cleaning – Some carpet shampooers are also able to clean hard floors like linoleum, hard wood (sealed) and ceramic tiles. Some machines come designed as a combo cleaners with dedicated hard floor cleaning accessories included. Others will accept optional attachments that can be purchased separately. Yet other machine models should not be used to clean hard floors at all according to the manufacturer. Be sure to read the manual and official instructions before your first hard floor cleaning attempt.

Warranty – Warranty ranges for 1 to 3 years. The longer, the better. Warranties have a value to them. Users pay extra for extended year warranties. Square trade link.

Weight – Some people specifically pick out a lighter weight machine, while others are neutral to the weight as the machine is pushed on wheels on the carpet. A gallon of water will add another 8.34 lbs to the total weight when using the machine.

Helpful Resources:

Carpet Cleaning Machine Buyer’s Guide – A guide on the main factors to consider when choosing a carpet cleaning machine. Along with the chart above, this is a great resource if you are starting to shop around and want to determine the main factors to focus on when picking an ideal choice cleaner.

Introduction to Home Carpet Cleaning Machines – A look at how Home Carpet Cleaning Machines work. What is the hot water extraction process? Why home carpet cleaners work so well. General tips on choosing a good carpet cleaner.

Hoover vs Bissell Carpet Cleaning Machines – Not sure if you should pick a Hoover or a Bissell carpet cleaner? Both are excellent brands. One may be a better fit for you based on these reasons.

List of Best 5 Carpet Cleaning Machines
– A summary of the pros and cons of the best cleaners.

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