What are the best carpet cleaners for your home? With so many types of cleaning machines available, it’s not easy to know which one to use.
Consumer Reports is your resource for researching carpet cleaners. We provide unbiased buying advice and independent, expert reviews you can trust. Consumer Reports has lab-tested several different carpet cleaners to determine the highest-performing models overall and in several categories that we determined were important.
So, before you go out to shop, read our reviews to discover the optimal carpet cleaners for your needs.
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Our expert lab technicians evaluated and scored the models on each of the following characteristics to find the top in each category:
Ease of use: Weight, cord length, tank access, filling, and emptying.
Dryness: How much solution was left behind.
Noise: Loudness of each machine during operation.
Weight: Measurement of weight when empty. All carpet cleaners will be heavier when cleaning solution is added.
Cleaning: How well each machine removed muddy topsoil from carpet.
Coverage: How much area a machine can clean before it needs to be either refilled or emptied.
Overall score: Out of 100 points, based primarily on performance and convenience.
Below is a list of the best carpet cleaners in each of the tests our experts performed. Take a look at our buying guide as well to discover all you should know before selecting the best carpet cleaning machine for your needs.