Rug DoctorMighty Pro X3

Last updated date: November 28, 2018

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 63 expert reviews, the Rug Doctor Rug DoctorMighty Pro X3 placed 7th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Carpet Cleaner for a detailed review of all the top carpet cleaners.

Expert Summarized Score
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
945 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Highs: Cleaning performance was very good. - Drying performance was excellent.
- Consumer Reports
Fantastic suction and cleaning. Thorough upholstery attachments. Easy-to-use tanks.
- BestReviews
The unit’s weight and size are absolutely perfect. I am somewhat of a weakling, yet have never been forced to grunt, when utilizing or lifting this product. It weighs just 39 pounds, which puts it well under the weights of many of its competitors. This is truly one of the most notable benefits associated with the Rug Doctor. I absolutely love its size.
- Carpet Gurus
The neat case hides a powerful cleaning system, fueled by a 1.74 HP motor. The 10" nozzle width is enough to help you clean carpets and area rugs fast and easy.
- Vacuums Guide
September 25, 2015 | Full review
Deep cleans and fluffs carpet and excellent suction will lessen drying time. The large wheels make this behemoth easy to move around, foldable handle is adjustable and helps reduce vertical footprint for easier storage, 9 gallon water tank is huge and lessens the need to refill and empty and easy to use out of the box.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
Picked up a significant amount of dirt in Institute tests and should work well on high-traffic areas. Extracted almost half of the water we put into the carpets. Controls are easy to understand and use. Manual is complete and accurate.
- Good Housekeeping
What experts didn't like
Lows: Noise performance was poor for this model.
- Consumer Reports
Some owners complain that tanks are too small. A small percentage have received faulty units.
- BestReviews
Although it is slightly uncomfortable to use, since it forces me to lean over to some degree.
- Carpet Gurus
This appliance is relatively heavy. It is hard to maneuver it around furniture. The size of the machine makes it predisposed to tipping. I would advise you to lean it next to a wall or at least make sure it will not completely tip over when left unattended.
- Vacuums Guide
September 25, 2015 | Full review
Very expensive at $400 and pretty narrow cleaning path for a such a large machine. This is a heavy beast that could be hard to move up and down a flight of stairs, very loud – keep this away from toddlers and plastic handle may not hold up well over time.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
The machine cleans and extracts only on the backward stroke, making it difficult to maneuver around a room. Can be heavy to push when filled with water.
- Good Housekeeping

From The Manufacturer

Sometimes pets forget Santa is Comin’ to Town and leave messes that seem ruinous to carpet, area rugs, sofas and comfy chairs. Fortunately, holiday magic is at hand in Rug Doctor’s Mighty Pro X3, a powerfully deep carpet cleaning machine. When used with the included bottles of Pet Formula Carpet Cleaner and Urine Eliminator Spray, it extracts all types of old and new pet stains, including vomit, urine, blood, feces and hairballs. Granted the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and The Carpet and Rug Institute’s highest rating for soil removal, Mighty Pro X3 transforms horribly stained carpets people cringe from seeing or touching into rejuvenated, odor free carpets that are the perfect backdrop for the joy surrounding Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza and other treasured traditions. So bring on the cheer, friends, coworkers, neighbors and relatives. Whether surrounding a holiday table laden with food or sipping drinks in front of a fire, Mighty Pro X3 guarantees a setting all will appreciate.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off Deluxe Pet 24A4
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Hoover Turbo Scrub Carpet Cleaner FH50130
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 1
5. Hoover PowerDash Pet FH50700 carpet cleaner
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Hoover SmartWash Automatic FH52001
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Rug DoctorMighty Pro X3
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro 1986
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 6
9. Bissell DeepClean Premier Pet 17N4
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 6
11. Bissell PowerLifter PowerBrush 1622
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 6
12. Bissell CrossWave 1785A
Overall Score: 5.9
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Carpet Cleaners

Despite our best efforts, carpet inevitably becomes stained. Kids and pets, as well as plain old accidents, can leave your carpet in desperate need of a thorough cleaning. And let’s not forget the regular wear and tear of daily life.

Even if you don’t have a major carpet “emergency” on your hands, you’ll still need to do a thorough deep cleaning periodically to rid your carpet of the everyday dirt and grime that accumulates. You may not even realize how dingy your carpet has become until it’s been cleaned. The process can revitalize old carpet and make it look like new again. If you’ve been thinking about replacing your old grimy carpet, investing in a nice carpet cleaner may just change your mind and help you save some money.

It’s not just the improved appearance of your flooring that will inspire you. Certain types of messes can leave your carpet smelling less than fresh. Repeated pet accidents, in particular, can trap foul odors in your carpet that only vigorous machine cleaning can remove.

Carpet cleaning is also the most effective way to destroy the allergens and bacteria that your carpet harbors. Clean carpet can lay the foundation for an equally clean and healthy household.

Hiring a professional to clean your carpet is an option, but buying a machine to do it yourself can be the more cost-effective route in the long run. One factor that will determine how efficiently your device lifts embedded dirt is the size and power of the motor. For example, the Bissell Big Green Professional has a two-motor design that makes it ideal for sucking up ground-in dirt.

Another factor to consider in buying a carpet cleaner is the tanks. Separate tanks for water and the cleaning solution will make for quicker and easier refilling, and the smaller the tank, the more you’ll have to stop to refill it.

You should also consider how heavy and cumbersome the machine is and weigh that against your home’s needs. If you need to bring it up and down several flights of stairs, for example, a lighter model, like the Hoover Turbo Scrub Carpet Cleaner, which weighs in at less than 19 pounds, will make the job a lot easier.

Some models also offer versatility, like the Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off Deluxe Pet 24A, which can easily switch between an upright cleaner and a portable spot cleaner for extra tough spots and stains.

DYWM Fun Fact

William Sprague started the first woven carpet mill in Philadelphia in 1791.  The next big innovation in carpet came in 1839 when Erastus Bigelow invented the power loom for weaving carpets, which tripled carpet production by 1850.

Over the next century and beyond, carpet underwent a number of changes and waxed and waned in its overall popularity. The style of carpet that was “in” at any given time also changed (shag carpet on the ’70s, anyone?).  In the 1950s and ’60s, the wide availability of synthetic fiber carpet made it the flooring of choice in homes across the country, just as suburban sprawl was taking hold.

Carpet continued growing in popularity for generations until an inevitable “backlash” came from those who grew up with wall-to-wall carpeting and preferred hardwood floors once they were adults with their own homes. Today, people remain fiercely divided on whether carpet or hardwood is the best flooring option at home.

One thing that’s always in style? Clean carpet. In addition to everyday dirt and grime, you may be surprised that your carpet may also be hiding bugs, mold, skin flakes, pollen, pet waste and tons of germs. Yuck! Ready to get that carpet cleaner yet?

The Carpet Cleaner Buying Guide

  • Before the cleaning, you should conduct a quick pre-clean. Much like you wouldn’t leave your dirty clothes lying around before letting a professional cleaning team in, you’ll have to do a little legwork before you break out your carpet cleaning machine. First, vacuum your carpet as normal to pick up any surface debris. Think of it like sweeping your hard floors before you mop them.
  • Next, you’ll want to pre-treat any especially tough stains to give a little boost to the cleaner’s power. You can use a commercial solution, or there are a number of surprising substances you probably already have that can do the trick, depending on the type of stain. For example, club soda is great for beer and wine stains while dishwashing detergent works well on grease stains.
  • Make sure you move furniture out of the way before getting started. Some types of wood furniture can release dye into a wet carpet and stain it. The same goes for metal, which can leave rust stains. This will also make it much easier for you to keep track of where you’ve already vacuumed, as well as avoid stepping in areas you’ve just cleaned.
  • Give your carpet plenty of time to dry. How long that takes depends on the carpet’s thickness. Usually, it will take between four and six hours after cleaning before it’s fully dry and safe to walk on again.
  • When your carpet is dry, vacuum it again for a perfect finish.
  • Your carpet cleaner can pull double duty in a lot of cases. It’s not just your carpets that can be cleaned with the device. The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer comes equipped with an eight-foot, ready-to-use hose and upholstery tool that can be used on furniture, stairs and other hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Don’t wait until your carpet is downright filthy to clean it. Think of it like going to the dentist. If you keep up with regular cleanings, you’ll get better results.
  • With that in mind, prevention can be the best medicine. No matter how tidy you are, your carpet will eventually need a deep clean. But you can reduce the frequency and effort you put in by taking steps to keep your carpet in the best shape possible in between cleanings. Just like you should brush and floss regularly between dentist visits, use good doormats at the entrances to your home, and consider asking people to remove their shoes before entering your home (including your kids!). You may also consider investing in some large area rugs, depending on the space.