The Best Carpet Cleaners
Whether it’s for tackling the mud your kids trailed in or just annual touching up, a carpet cleaner is designed to remove deep stains and bacteria, and preserve your carpet. There’s not a great deal of variety in the home carpet cleaner field — most models are made by the same big brands, and each brand produces several fairly similar cleaners. So to find the best, we spoke to three cleaning experts, wantonly ruined some pristine white carpet, and embarked on a cleaning spree with 10 carpet cleaners. Our top picks for the best home carpet cleaner knocked out tough stains while being easy to operate and hassle-free to maintain.
Rug Doctor – FlexClean Upright Deep Cleaner – Red/Black
Maintain clean floors in your home with this Rug Doctor carpet cleaner. The powerful suction removes even the toughest dirt and can be used on a variety of surfaces, and the pivoting mechanism lets you clean hard-to-reach places. This Rug Doctor carpet cleaner has a lightweight, ergonomic design for hassle-free operation.
BISSELL – ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro Upright Deep Cleaner – Silver/purple
Remove every trace of pet hair from your home with this Bissell Revolution Pet Pro upright carpet cleaner. The CleanShot Pretreater helps remove even stubborn stains, and the low-profile foot reaches hard-to-clean spots under the couch. The lightweight design of this Bissell Revolution Pet Pro upright carpet cleaner is easy to move from room to room.
BISSELL – CrossWave All-in-One Multi-Surface Cleaner – White/Titanium/Cha Cha Lime
Tackle the biggest messes with this Bissell Crosswave all-in-one multi-surface cleaner. A dual-action roller scrubs and picks up debris at the same time to reduce the number of passes you need to make, and the convenient fingertip controls let you switch functions quickly and easily. This Bissell Crosswave all-in-one multi-surface cleaner has swivel steering for increased control.
Rug Doctor – Upright Deep Cleaner – Red/Gray
Easily remove dirt and debris from your carpets with this Rug Doctor 93146 upright deep cleaner, which features dual cross-action brushes and a super boost spray mode to handle set-in stains. The 1250W of power help ensure efficient suction.
Your carpet acts as a filter, trapping airborne particles, allergens and contaminants, preventing them from recirculating through the air. Like other types of filters, it will eventually reach a saturation point. For those who suffer from allergies, this is of particular concern; a carpet that can no longer filter allergens will reintroduce them with each step, reducing indoor air quality.
While routine vacuuming is essential to removing surface dirt and debris, even the most powerful household vacuum can’t remove it all. A professional cleaning gets deep down into the fivers, releasing particulates and removing them for good.
Protect Your Investment
The flooring in your home is a big investment in the health and comfort of your family. Over time the same contaminants that reside in the fibers can begin to break them down, particularly in higher traffic areas as each footstep causes friction.
An improperly maintained carpet will show wear and tear and will require replacing much sooner than one cleaned regularly, helping to protect and prolong your investment.