The Best Carpet Cleaner

Last updated on November 28, 2018

We looked at the top 13 Carpet Cleaners and dug through the reviews from 57 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, The Spruce, Reviews.com, Carpet Gurus, Consumer Reports, Top Ten Reviews, Good Housekeeping, Digital Trends and more. The result is a ranking of the best Carpet Cleaners.

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We looked at the top 13 Carpet Cleaners and dug through the reviews from 57 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, The Spruce, Reviews.com, Carpet Gurus, Consumer Reports, Top Ten Reviews, Good Housekeeping, Digital Trends and more. The result is a ranking of the best of the best Carpet Cleaners.

The Top Carpet Cleaners

Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall

Bissell

DeepClean Lift-Off Deluxe

Overall Take

Experts Included
New York Times Wirecutter and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Walmart and Google Express.
Pros
"This is the only carpet cleaner we tested that completely removed dirt and other tough stains. Thanks to the lift-off canister, it doubles as a convenient spot cleaner, too."

Bissell

Big Green Professional

Overall Take

Experts Included
The Spruce, BestReviews, Reviews.com, Consumer Reports, Carpet Gurus and 2 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Walmart.
Pros
"As we rinsed out the last water tank and surveyed our weary carpet, it was clear that the Bissell Big Green Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner 86T3 had met the challenge of our malicious staining. Where light orange and brown spots..."
Cons
"Some of the critical reviews deal with issues of it needing repairs or issues with it leaking dirty water."

Hoover

Turbo Scrub Carpet Cleaner

Overall Take

Experts Included
New York Times Wirecutter. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Home Depot.
Pros
"That the Bissell cleaned up in our tests, this Hoover is much cheaper, smaller, and lighter. It could keep rugs looking pretty good between professional cleanings."
  The Best Value

Hoover

Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Overall Take

Experts Included
The Spruce, BestReviews, Consumer Reports, Top Ten Reviews. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Home Depot and Walmart.
Pros
"Highs: Drying performance was very good."
Cons
"In terms of critical reviews, some have reported water leaking from the bottom or parts breaking over time."
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Expert Reviews & Ratings Included

Expert review and analysis from some of the most respected sources including: BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, The Spruce, Reviews.com, Carpet Gurus, Consumer Reports, Top Ten Reviews, Good Housekeeping and Digital Trends.

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We also incorporate user reviews from the leading retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Google Express.

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The Best Overall

Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off Deluxe Pet 24A4

Expert Summarized Score
9.8
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
1,771 user reviews
The DWYM Consensus

What experts liked
This is the only carpet cleaner we tested that completely removed dirt and other tough stains. Thanks to the lift-off canister, it doubles as a convenient spot cleaner, too.
- New York Times Wirecutter
We liked how easy it was to switch from using it in the full-sized, upright mode to using it in the go-everywhere portable mode. We primarily used it in the upright position, such as when cleaning large areas of carpet throughout our test homes. However, we enjoyed being able to...
- Pet My Carpet
The flexible, two in one design of this machine alone makes it advantageous. With this design, it can be utilized as your upright carpet cleaner or your portable spot cleaner, allowing you to get rid of stains and spots in any place they are found.
- Review Moon
December 3, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The main downsides are that when you need to use it in upright mode, it’s heavy and bulky compared with other models, and it costs more, too. We also found that it left our rug much more damp at the end of a cleaning session.
- New York Times Wirecutter
A downside to the 24A4 for several team members was the weight; at 32 pounds, it’s not exactly a lightweight.
- Pet My Carpet
You may find this unit a bit heavy, but thanks to its portable technology, you can clean your carpets in any space they may be.
- Review Moon
December 3, 2017 | Full review

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner FH50150/FH50150NC

Expert Summarized Score
6.8
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
13,034 user reviews
The DWYM Consensus

What experts liked
A number one best seller in its category, this carpet cleaner from Hoover wins the top award for its performance. Featuring a SpinScrub Brush System, it can clean the fibers of the carpet from all angles to get the most thorough wash. Using water and detergent first, the device then...
- The Spruce
October 11, 2018 | Full review
Lightweight with 20-foot cord. Easy to use. Includes dual tanks, a rinse option, and hot air blowers for drying.
- BestReviews
Highs: Drying performance was very good.
- Consumer Reports
July 23, 2018 | Full review
The Power Scrub Deluxe was easy to set up. There is no need to measure soap and water. Just fill the tank with each and the machine mixes it in the proper amounts for you. This machine is also easy to clean. It pulls apart in the spots that matter...
- Top Ten Reviews
June 5, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
In terms of critical reviews, some have reported water leaking from the bottom or parts breaking over time.
- The Spruce
October 11, 2018 | Full review
Some incidents of leakage and breakage.
- BestReviews
Lows: Cleaning performance was fair. - Noise performance was fair for this model.
- Consumer Reports
July 23, 2018 | Full review
It lacks any specific brushes for getting the edges when cleaning carpets.
- Top Ten Reviews
June 5, 2018 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

1. Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off Deluxe Pet 24A4
Overall Score: 9.3
Reviews Included: 7

2. Bissell Big Green Professional Carpet Cleaner Machine, 86T3
Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 10

3. Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner FH50150/FH50150NC
Overall Score: 8.3
Reviews Included: 8

4. Hoover PowerDash Pet FH50700 carpet cleaner
Overall Score: 7.9
Reviews Included: 7

5. Hoover SmartWash Automatic FH52001
Overall Score: 7.7
Reviews Included: 6

6. Rug DoctorMighty Pro X3
Overall Score: 7.6
Reviews Included: 10

7. Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro 1986
Overall Score: 7.4
Reviews Included: 10

8. Bissell DeepClean Premier Pet 17N4
Overall Score: 7.1
Reviews Included: 8

10. Bissell PowerLifter PowerBrush 1622
Overall Score: 6.7
Reviews Included: 10

11. Bissell CrossWave 1785A
Overall Score: 5.9
Reviews Included: 6

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