Carpet Cleaner Vacuums — How To Choose The Best One

Carpets add a beautiful dimension to homes. The lush ones are expensive but they are quite sweet to walk, or even lay on. When it comes to cleaning, regular vacuuming just might not be enough. When you need to wash it, carpet cleaner vacuums can do justice.

You can see these types as vacuum cleaners that wash carpets. You might be wondering why you need to buy one of these when you can hire a pro.

Well, that is an option, but if you have more carpeted floors in your home, getting one will save you on cost.

Some carpet cleaner vacuums use heat to kill germs and allergens embedded in the fibers of your carpets. The heat also serves to dry the carpet so you won’t have to wait for prolonged periods.

You can purchase these carpet cleaner vacuums with select attachments and carpet cleaning solutions or you can just buy the vacuum alone.

As you continue to read, we will enlighten you on the details of these machines and what you stand to get. In the end, we will present you with clues on how you can confidently choose the best carpet cleaner vacuum for your particular needs.

BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Full Size Upright Carpet Cleaner, 1548F, Orange



The Real Carpet Cleaner

Cleaning your carpets and rugs take more than dry vacuuming. That will surely remove dust and debris but when the carpet needs washing the regular vacuums are not cut out for that.

Carpet cleaner vacuums are a must have if you truly want to clean your carpet and get rid of some real dirt and germs.

Carpet cleaner vacuum can be an important cleaning tool if you have a lot of carpeted floors in your home. You can keep them clean and free of germs so you can rest assured your kids and pets are safe playing on it.


The Real Deep Clean

In case you don’t know, whether you have one of those lush carpets or a budget-friendly one, lots of germs reside in their fibers. It might be too much information to let you know precisely how much; so we’ll pass.

Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner, Lightweight, FH50700, BlueOur point is the fact that your carpets look clean does not mean they are. A good wash from carpet cleaner vacuums will do a lot of good making them cleaner.

Asides the wash, some carpet cleaners use heat to loosen up dirt which in turn kills most of the germs.

These carpet cleaning vacuums have motorized brush heads that have sturdy bristles for thoroughly cleaning the carpet. Their powerful motors as well also help in extracting the dirt.

A single pass over a patch of carpet will show you how much good a carpet cleaner can do.






Neutralize Odors

Carpet cleaners have tanks for holding liquid carpet “soap”. This is mixed with water for specialized cleaning of the carpet.

A lot of these concentrated carpet cleaning solutions are formulated for neutralizing unpleasant odors. Some of them are made for tackling pet mess; so as they clean, they leave behind a fresh smell that takes out pet odors.

With these formulas, you can be sure of a clean, germ-free, and great smelling carpet all day long. They also work great for removing spot stains. With the right attachments, you can also use them to clean upholstery and get stains off them.


Go Beyond Floors

BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Full Size Upright Carpet Cleaner, 1548F, Orange

Still talking accessories, by now you already know what accessories do for vacuum cleaners. They serve the same function here too.

With the many attachment tools available to use with carpet cleaner vacuums, your cleaning is not limited to just floors.

You can clean stairs, mattresses, upholstery, you name it. Some of these carpet cleaner vacuums have an extendable hose that lets you use them like you would a canister vacuum for a better reach.


Quick Dry

Carpets are not like hard floors that can get dry in minutes after a good wipe. Washing carpets and rugs require thorough rinsing after using carpet cleaning concentrates. This process gets the carpet wet.

In an attempt to cut down the drying time, some carpet cleaner vacuums use heat after the dirty water has been sucked up.

This heat further dries up the remaining moisture left in the fiber of the carpet. The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe is a great example of carpet cleaner vacuums that use heat.

Hoover Smartwash Automatic Carpet Cleaner, FH52000, Turquoise


Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner, Lightweight, FH50700, BlueThe mere sight of carpet cleaner vacuums might be scary just to think of carrying it. In reality, you might have to carry it more often than not especially if you have many carpeted areas in your home.

The sight isn’t something you should bother about though, these machines just look big they are not heavy.

You can easily carry your carpet cleaner from room to room and up a flight of stairs, in one hand if you want.

To further help with the weight, carpet cleaner vacuums have wheels that the machine balances on.

These wheels bear most of the weight and make it easier to push the vacuums across floors.



Easy To Use

Just as a regular vacuum cleaner is easy to use, so are carpet cleaner vacuums. The controls are intuitive and straightforward.

Once you load the water tank and the carpet detergent tank, you are ready to start cleaning away. The process is fairly the same as vacuuming, back and forth movements across floors.

The controls are often located at easy to reach positions so you won’t have to bend or stretch. Switching attachment tools is also as easy as pulling one out and plugging the other in.


Parts and Accessories

You already know the attachments you have at your disposal have everything to do with what type of cleaning you can do.

With the right attachment tool, you can clean pet hairs and dander, scrub your carpets and rugs with different intensities, etc.

Most carpet cleaner vacuums come with few attachments based on what model you get. But most of these brands offer some specialized tools for sale separately. So, if you find one that matches your need, you can go for it.



How Carpet Cleaner Vacuums Work

BISSELLProHeat 2X Revolution Max Clean Pet Pro Full-Size Carpet Cleaner, 1986Carpet cleaner vacuums use a liquid formula created specifically for carpets to clean. We suggest that you use only the carpet cleaner formulas made by the machine’s manufacturer.

One of the main reasons is that Bissell and Hoover, the major manufacturer of carpet cleaner vacuums, voids your warranty if you do otherwise.

Another reason is to be sure you are using the right combination. This will help you avoid any damage to your machine or any other complications.

Some of these cleaning concentrates come in spray bottles. For others, you need to pour in a dedicated compartment in the machine.

If you stick with the same brand cleaning solution, you will know which to use. To be on the safest side, buy your carpet cleaner vacuum as a bundle with the carpet detergent.



The process

The cleaning process starts with you either spraying the carpet with the cleaning solution or running a pass over the carpet while dousing it with the detergent. You will have to leave it on for some time (refer to user’s manual) to work its magic.

Hoover Power Scrub Elite Pet Upright Carpet Cleaner and Shampooer, Lightweight Machine, Red, FH50251PCThe machine has two main tanks, one for holding clean water and the other for collecting the dirty water. After filling up the right tank, the actual cleaning can start.

These machines have powerful motors that make the vacuuming happen.

Some machines are designed to heat the water to up to 210oF while in the tank. Other designs use inline heating mechanisms that only heat the water as it jets out.

As you move the carpet cleaner vacuum over the treated carpet, heated water (or not) is splashed over the carpet while the power brush scrubs it. Almost immediately, the vacuum sucks up the liquid dirt into the dirty water tank.

For the sake of clarification, not all carpet cleaner vacuums use heated water to rinse. The cleaning effect often lies with the brush design.

Some machines use motorized brush systems while others use the movement of the vacuum to turn the brush. However, the hot water will kill more germs.

Furthermore, some carpet cleaner vacuums emit hot air in order to dry the carpet after washing. For the most part, they succeed at it.


Types Of Carpet Cleaner Vacuums


BISSELLProHeat 2X Revolution Max Clean Pet Pro Full-Size Carpet Cleaner, 1986Most carpet cleaner vacuums come in this type because it is the most efficient for this type of vacuuming. The motor(s) are close to the ground to make it even more efficient.

As uprights are known to be great on carpets, these carpet cleaners are true representations of that.

Just like the regular upright vacuums, some of these machines have flexible hoses that let you reach into places you would not have been able to with an upright.

These hoses make them clean like canister vacuums. With these types, you can clean stairs, tight corners, upholstery, etc.

These upright carpet cleaner vacuums are also available in commercial grades. Those are the ones that are designed to handle the heavy-duty and regular jobs. They have stronger parts and often dual motors to handle the tough jobs thoroughly.



BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat Portable Spot and Stain Carpet Cleaner, 2694, BlueThese are the small and portable carpet cleaners. It might be a bit too much to call them that especially since they are not ideal for a full-scale carpet cleaning.

Handheld carpet cleaners are usually best for spot cleans. They might be useful to clean an entire area of carpet but it will require a lot of time and effort.

There are some few carpet cleaner vacuums that can transform from uprights into handhelds.

Those types relieve you the stress of going all out just to clean a small spot on your rug or sofa. All you have to do is lift-off the handheld part and get to work.



How To Choose The Best Carpet Cleaner Vacuum For Your Need

As you have seen, it might be a great idea to have a carpet cleaner vacuum in your floor cleaning arsenal. If the majority of the floors in your home are covered in carpet, it stops being an idea but a necessity. That will most likely raise the problem of which to choose.

Since you are reading this, that problem will soon be alleviated as we will give you an idea of the factors to consider. These will point you in the direction of how to go about selecting the right carpet cleaner depending on your needs.


Deep Cleaning

If you want to truly clean your carpet and get rid of all germs and allergens, your best option is a carpet vacuum cleaner that uses heat. It is the heat that will eliminate the germs and allergens lurking within the fibers of your carpet.

You can either go for carpet cleaners that heat up the rinse water or those that use hot air to dry. Whichever one you go for, the heat will help to eliminate all contaminants.



If you have carpeted stairs and carpets in the rooms upstairs, you will need to carry the carpet cleaner around. You don’t want to be stuck with a carpet cleaner the weight of a dumbbell you struggle to lift. You will always dread using something like that.

Don’t get so carried away with the weight rating the manufacturer tells you. They probably weighed the machine while it is empty.

You, on the other hand, will be using it while it is fully loaded. You will need to fill the water and the detergent tank. Those additions can add up to 15 pounds to the weight of the machine. Are you getting the gist yet?



BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat Portable Spot and Stain Carpet Cleaner, 2694, BlueYou would want to look out for ergonomic features that make the carpet cleaner easy and convenient to use.

One of them is the control; how intuitive is it? Are the button controls within reach, or you have to bend over?

For those carpet cleaner vacuums that have flexible hoses, how long is it? Will it be long enough to clean your entire flight of stairs or you will be stuck in the middle without a socket nearby?

What about the length of the electric cord? Some models have cords about 20 feet while others reach about 60 feet. Are you comfortable with using extensions to run your carpet cleaners?


Tank size

BISSELL Proheat Essential Carpet Cleaner and Carpet Shampooer, 1887If you have a big home, you will definitely want to go for a carpet cleaner vacuum that has a large tank. Unless you are comfortable with refilling every now and then, however, it will affect your productivity and drain you.

It only makes sense to have a tank large enough so you won’t have to refill all the time. But also keep in mind that a large tank means a heavy cleaner when fully loaded.

One trick you can use to avoid the burden of the weight is to do all the cleaning you need to do before needing to carry them.

That way, the clean water tank will be empty or nearly. The dirty water tank will be almost full and ready to empty. So, you will end up having to carry the machine at its lightest weight. That surely makes it easier to carry up the stairs.




Attachment tools are important to let you do all the types of cleaning you want. You might want to watch out for the ones that come with the carpet cleaner vacuum of your choice.

If you don’t get the exact one you want as a bundle, you might have to buy it separately.

Your carpet cleaner brand might offer it as a standalone, or you can look out for those universal types that are compatible with different carpet cleaner vacuums.

If you have pets, you might want to opt for carpet cleaner vacuums that are labeled for pets. Those ones come with the specialized pet tools that easily pick up pet hairs and dander lying deep within your carpets.

They also come with carpet solutions that are specially formulated for cleaning pet messes and neutralize odors. Buying these as a bundle will save you some money which is always a good thing.


Some Downsides

If would be a bit unfair to talk about carpet cleaners and not mention some of its downsides. Some of them you might have already noticed and some are not so apparent.

If you read our guide on steam vacuum cleaners, you will notice that we mentioned they are safe to use. We did not say anything of such here. That does not mean that carpet cleaner vacuums are not safe to use.

If they are not safe, they would not be in production talk more of becoming a thing in the floor cleaning industry. What we are saying is that some care must be taken.

If you will be using the carpet conditioner, carpet shampoo, carpet cleaner solution, or whatever name they come in, you must take precautions.

These solutions are made with chemicals and they emit fumes when they are used. These fumes can contaminate the atmosphere in your home and that is bad for allergy and asthmatic sufferers.

What you can do while using these carpet detergents is to ventilate your space. Keep windows open and fans running so that the chemical fumes can flow out.

That way, you won’t clean your floors of one type of contaminant while you keep inhaling another.

Let’s face reality

Another thing worth thinking about is that carpet cleaners require much more than regular vacuuming. With regular vacuums, you just need to run the machine over your carpet and suck up dirt.

With a carpet cleaner, you will have to move furniture to clear a good amount of space. Though there are carpet cleaners that are maneuverable and low-profile enough to get under furniture. In most cases, that is not enough.

After creating the space, you need to fill the water tank and the cleaning solution tank. Then things start to get heavy. When you are done cleaning, you have to clean out the dirty water tank. You better don’t leave it for another time.

BISSELL Proheat Essential Carpet Cleaner and Carpet Shampooer, 1887



This might be the most irritating downside of all. Regular vacuum cleaners are noisy, at least some of them. Carpet cleaner vacuums are noisier, and that is most of them.

Some of them can generate up to 80 decibels, honestly, that is loud. 85 decibels is the recommended level for using ear protection.

To be fair, technology is fast improving, so it might not be long till we find carpet cleaner vacuums that are ‘endurably’ noisy.

So, if you have noise allergy, you might want to get ear protection or pay attention to the noise level.

When it comes to the latter option, you don’t want to rely on the manufacturer’s rating. We pointed out why in our backpack vacuum cleaners guide.

You might want to check the reviews section if you are buying online. If you are buying from a store, we are pretty sure the salespeople can dare to turn it on.



The heads-up information above is certainly not to change your mind about carpet cleaner vacuums. They certainly are great products as you can already tell. By the time these machines restore the vibrancy of your carpets, all your efforts will be worth it.

The reason we brought you that information is to be sure that you are using your carpet cleaner machines safely and properly. We also don’t want you to get so excited and rush to get one without getting all the information you need.

Now that you know all you need to about carpet cleaner vacuums, you still shouldn’t rush to get one. We know you are excited, the possibilities excite us too. But first, you need to pay good attention to the consideration factors.


Now you are here, stock full with information about carpet cleaner vacuums. We are aware that it can be difficult to choose among the numerous options available. That is why you went through this article digesting its contents.

It is our hope that the information you now have will help you choose with confidence. We will leave you with your deliberations.

Once you have made up your mind, you can go ahead and buy the carpet cleaner vacuum you chose and watch your carpets and rugs glow.