It really doesn’t matter how often you vacuum your carpets, you are not getting the best clean.
Fortunately, designated carpet cleaners exist to give you the deep clean that you are looking for. A carpet cleaner uses a combination of warm (or hot water), detergent and spinning brushes to remove old stains, new strain and deeply embedded dirt and grime from your carpets. It’s easy to know that purchasing a carpet cleaner will save you from costly “professional” carpet cleanings.
That is an entirely different question and one that needs its due diligence.
Carpet cleaners are not cheap, the better quality ones costly at least $100, with professional grade ones stretching up above $300, so you will want to make sure that you are well informed when it comes to purchasing one.
Bissell 86T3/86T3Q Big Green – Best carpet cleaner for deep clean
This gray, black and green Bissell really emanates the name “Big Green.” It is large, weighs in at 40 pounds, and is green! Aside from its less than sleek appearance, the Bissell Big Green is everything you want in a carpet cleaner.
The DirtLifter Powerbrushes that comes on the model is patented technology, which enables the Big Green to loosen and lift any deeply embedded dirt and grime from your carpets.
A newly added feature in this Big Green model and one that sets it above the competition is that this model can work in both forward and backward cleaning passes. This not only reduces your cleaning time, but it saves your arm muscles from double the passes! While some models have continuous flow, this model has a water trigger that needs to be held down to release the water. This gives you more control over the amount of saturation.
If you’re worried about dry time on this model, don’t.
Depending on temperature and humidity, the carpets cleaned by this unit actually take only 3 hours to fully dry, which is quick compared to other models.
The Big Green does this by directing hot air from the motors down the nozzle to heat the carpets. That, combined with superior suction power to suck the water back into the machine, means that you can have your carpets dry in no time.
The Bissell Big Green does lend some of its cleaning power to the use of hot water. But unfortunately, the Big Green doesn’t actually heat the water. You will need to add the hot water manually, but it’s worth the extra step for the clean that this carpet cleaner provides.
There are also some complaints that the unit is large and bulky, making it very difficult to carry up the stairs.
Hoover FH50150 Power Scrub – Carpet Cleaner with Best Features
This red and gray Hoover does live up to the trusted Hoover name. The Power Scrub is one of the best on the market for many reasons that we will get into.
Right out of the box, the Hoover Power Scrub is easy to figure out. Assembly generally takes fewer than 10 minutes (with a Phillips or flathead screwdriver handy) and the box even includes a bag to store the three different attachment tools in.
The one tool that will be the most useful to you, is the turbo brush. This little brush is great for scrubbing stairs or sports cleaning.
The other tools that come are large and medium-sized suction tools that are useful for cleaning up spills.
Also in the box, a crevice tool for getting those baseboards clean, and a bottle of the Hoover All-Purpose Carpet Cleaner.
When we get to the cleaning aspect, this Hoover does a great job. It is lightweight at 18.1 pounds without the water tank full, and more compact than other models, which makes it easy to maneuver.
The SpinScrub technology featured only on Hoovers lives up to the hype and provides 360 degrees cleaning on your carpet.
There is also a Force Heat feature that dries the carpet during the final rinse phase, so your carpets won’t be damp for as long.
Really, the only issues here are that the Hoover Power Scrub has a smaller reservoir tank than other models, so it will need to be cleaned more often. Also, the water can at times spray a bit uneven, so some parts of the carpet are damper than others.
This Hoover also only has a 2-year warranty, which is above average, but still less than the 5-year warranty that Bissell provides on the Big Green.