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Best Carpet Cleaners

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Carpet flooring can make a room feel warm and homey. Unfortunately, it is also the hardest flooring type to keep clean, especially if you have children or pets. Instead of scrubbing stains, work smarter with a carpet cleaner. They can remove the toughest stains in only a matter of minutes. Here’s a collection of our favorites.  

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

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Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Deep cleaning power 

If you need a lot of cleaning power, this Hoover model's DualV nozzle provides equal suction as you move it across your carpets. Two onboard tanks provide reservoirs for clean and dirty water, which helps with the rinse cycle. The eight-foot hose can be paired with the stair, upholstery, and crevice tools to clean more than just your floors. 

Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner

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Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner

Easy to maneuver

The PowerSpin Pet Brush features antimicrobial protection, which makes this option a great choice for pet owners. Ultra-light at only 12.5 lbs., you can take this around your house with ease. A low-profile head allows you to maneuver around small spaces and furniture. 

Bissell SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner

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Bissell SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner

Ultra portable

Tight on storage space, but want to add a carpet cleaner to your spring cleaning routine? This option from Bissell lets you reach spots on your carpet or car upholstery with a 22-foot long power cord and 5-foot long hose. It’s also compact enough to store on a closet shelf.  

Bissell Big Green Professional Carpet Cleaner

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Bissell Big Green Professional Carpet Cleaner

For big jobs

Reduce the time it takes to clean a carpeted room with a machine that can clean on the forward and backward pass with an extra-large PowerBrush. This machine is built to resist tipping over, so there’s no worry about the dirty water tank spilling in your home. The included five-year warranty lets you buy with confidence. 

Bissell SpotBot Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner

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Bissell SpotBot Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner

Best for pets 

Machines can wash your clothes, your dishes, and vacuum your house, so why not have one that can clean spots on your carpet? The SpotBot from Bissell offers hands-free modes that are pre-programmed to clean new and old stains. Spraying cleaner, using the brush, and activating suction are all automatically operated by the machine. 

Hoover Smartwash Automatic Carpet Cleaner

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Hoover Smartwash Automatic Carpet Cleaner

Automatic drying 

Your cleaning solution will be automatically mixed by the Hoover Smartwash. When you push the machine forward it cleans your carpet, and when you pull it backward it uses the HeatForce drying feature. There's also a button to lock into drying mode only when you've finished cleaning. 

Hoover Clean Plus 2X Carpet Washer Solution

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Hoover Clean Plus 2X Carpet Washer Solution

General cleaning 

Once you pick a carpet cleaner, you'll also need a cleaning solution. Hoover offers this fresh linen-scented detergent, which is safe to use in their products and with other leading brands. It's a concentrated, non-toxic, and phosphate-free formula that only requires three ounces of solution per gallon. 

Bissell 2X Pet Spot & Stain Portable Carpet Cleaning Formula

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Bissell 2X Pet Spot & Stain Portable Carpet Cleaning Formula

For pet messes

Ideal for compact and deep-cleaning Bissell machines (like the SpotBot), use this solution if you have pet messes that leave unpleasant odors in your carpets. It doesn't contain any phosphates, dyes, or heavy metals, and can also be used on upholstery. Bissell Pet Foundation benefits from every sale of their products. 

Keeping carpets clean

They say a clean home is a happy home, but when you have carpet, a few spots can bring down the mood of a room. If you’re going to ditch professional services for whole-room cleanings, then consider the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner. The washing solution is operated by a trigger on the handle, and the additional rinse mode will make sure there's no residue left on your carpet. Plus, the extra tools will help you tackle all your smaller cleaning jobs.  

For those who want to stick with professional cleanings, but need something to remove small spills or pet messes now and then, the Bissell SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner is an excellent choice. It won’t take up too much real estate in your hallway closet or laundry room, and the five-foot hose gets to those tight spaces easily. It also has a specialized tool for the stairs, so there’s no more lugging a full-size cleaner up and down them.