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Carpet cleaner reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent carpet cleaner reviews. Anyone who has wall-to-wall carpet or area rugs needs to clean them from time to time. Even so-called stain-proof carpets are not completely stain-proof. Should you rent a carpet cleaner or buy one? Do you need a full-size or a compact? Maybe you are considering special features, such as attachments, a long hose, moving brushes, a separate soap dispenser or a tank indicator light. Or should you forget about doing it yourself and, instead, hire a professional?

Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated several current carpet cleaner models at our on-site testing labs. We provide Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the six criteria that make up our reviews: cleaning, dryness, ease of use, coverage, noise, and weight. We have tested such major brands as Hoover, Bissell, and Rug Doctor.

After reading the reviews, you can compare models, review our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review.  

See more on carpet cleaner reviews.

Also look at our carpet cleaner buying guide, which shows you which features are important and gives you the pros and cons of each model.

Read the carpet cleaner reviews below and compare the Ratings of each model before you shop.

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What's behind our carpet cleaner Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 2 models in carpet cleaners to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based primarily on performance and convenience. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Cleaning
    Shows how well each machine removed muddy topsoil from carpet.
  • Dryness
    Indicates how much solution was left behind. The best left a few ounces; the worst left over a pint in the area cleaned.
  • Ease of use
    Includes machine weight, cord length, and tank access, filling, and emptying.
  • Coverage
    Indicates how much carpet a machine can clean before it needs to be either refilled or emptied.
  • Noise
    A measure of how loud each machine was during operation. None were quiet. All were noisy, some dangerously so.
  • Weight
    Weight is just for the machine. All are heavier once cleaning solution is added.


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