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The Best Carpet Cleaners of 2022

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Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro

We love this classic upright carpet cleaner, that deftly removes stains and odors from your carpet with its powerful suction and scrubbing. Read More

Pros

  • Cleans quickly
  • More powerful than other carpet cleaners
  • Effective at removing odors and stains

Cons

  • Loud
  • Upright design doesn't fit everywhere
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Hoover SmartWash+ FH52000

This “smart” pet cleaner uses a sensor to optimally mix detergent and water when cleaning, leaving you with clean, refreshed carpets without the hassle. Read More

Pros

  • Cleans quickly
  • Automatically detects stains to add detergent
  • Simple operation

Cons

  • Loud
  • Upright design doesn't fit everywhere
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Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3

For really tough stained carpets, this commercial-grade cleaner is powerful enough to handle the job with a single pass. Read More

Pros

  • Single-pass commercial cleaner
  • Powerful scrub and spray design
  • Easy to operate

Cons

  • Small internal tank
  • Leaves some solution behind
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Bissell SpotClean Pro 3194

This small portable cleaner is great if you need a cleaner that won’t weigh you down, but it’s only as portable if you have an outlet nearby due to its lack of battery power. Read More

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Cleans well

Cons

  • Small tank
  • No battery
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Bissell Big Green Machine 86T3

This big, heavy professional-grade cleaner is an absolute smash hit with reviewers that adore its no-nonsense operation and supreme cleaning ability. Read More

Pros

  • Exceptional cleaning power
  • Two large tanks
  • 9-foot long hose

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Heavy
  • Pricier than competitors

Whether you have kids, animals, or just kids that act like animals, you’re bound to have to deal with some unfortunate stains or general dinginess in your carpets. While a basic shampoo or spot cleaner can help lift a stain out, you should really invest in a dedicated carpet cleaner.

These dedicated machines are like the ones you rent from the supermarket, with motors and brush heads like vacuums. The difference? They’re designed to mix detergent and water, scrubbing out stains before sucking the dirty, loose water back out. They’re extremely effective at removing even nasty stains and are a critical part of keeping your carpets clean year after year. (And unlike renting, you won't find someone else's gunk stuck to the bottom)

We’ve tested a number of carpet cleaners over the years, and we’ve generally found them easy to operate and effective at cleaning your carpets and removing odors. And while you’ll pay a little extra compared to renting a machine, after just two or three uses most of these machines–even the pro-grade ones—will pay for themselves.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro

The Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution is one of our favorite carpet cleaners, and one of the best that we’ve tested in our labs. It’s an upright vacuum-style design with a motorized brush head and an internal tank that dispenses water and detergent as you’re cleaning.

Like other carpet cleaners, it’s specifically designed for pet owners, with an attachment hose that has a filter on it to prevent debris like pet hair from clogging up the system. Though it’s loud and tricky to store, we reviewed the 2X Revolution and absolutely loved it, and we think you will also.

Pros

  • Cleans quickly

  • More powerful than other carpet cleaners

  • Effective at removing odors and stains

Cons

  • Loud

  • Upright design doesn't fit everywhere

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Hoover SmartWash+ FH52000

The Hoover Smartwash is similar to other upright carpet cleaners, but its design automatically mixes detergent based on how you're moving the cleaner. When you push it forward it cleans, pull it back it'll suck up water to dry it. That's similar to how some other cleaners operate, but when it works it makes the whole process simple as you like.

We’ve tested a previous version of this upright and we loved it. It does an exceptional job cleaning your carpet, and though it’s loud and takes up a lot of closet space, it’s a worthy addition to your cleaning routine, especially if you have messy kids or pets.

Pros

  • Cleans quickly

  • Automatically detects stains to add detergent

  • Simple operation

Cons

  • Loud

  • Upright design doesn't fit everywhere

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Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3

Not everyone needs a professional-grade carpet cleaner, but if you have a large home filled with wall-to-wall carpet this can be a lifesaver. The Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3 has a die-hard following thanks to its remarkable cleaning ability.

It’s a true pro-grade cleaner with a large internal tank and one-pass cleaning system so you don’t have to spend twice as long sucking dirty water back up once it’s clean. As you’d expect, a pro-grade cleaner comes with some drawbacks: it’s bulky, heavy, and loud. It is surprisingly easy to operate, however, and those who have used this cleaner absolutely adore it.

Pros

  • Single-pass commercial cleaner

  • Powerful scrub and spray design

  • Easy to operate

Cons

  • Small internal tank

  • Leaves some solution behind

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Bissell SpotClean Pro 3194

The Bissell SpotClean Pro is a compact, hand-held carpet cleaner that is designed to tackle small stains (especially pet stains) with a design that you can carry all-around your home. It is relatively quiet, doesn’t take up much space, and it’s easy to work with. It won’t take on the large messes or clean an entire carpet, but if you’re generally concerned with a few smaller stains, this is the carpet cleaner to get.

Pros

  • Lightweight

  • Portable

  • Cleans well

Cons

  • Small tank

  • No battery

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Bissell Big Green Machine 86T3

The Bissell Big Green is a professional carpet cleaner with two massive internal tanks, a huge 9-foot attachment hose, and a legendary cleaning ability. There is probably no carpet cleaner with a bigger following than this one, with rave reviews from over 12,000 customers online.

The reviews are really eye-opening, especially from people that tried other, less-powerful carpet cleaners. Even making a second pass over previously cleaned areas, this cleaner picks up so much more debris, hair, dirt, and grime. One reviewer said it was one of the best purchases they’d ever made, and it’s easy to see why.

Pros

  • Exceptional cleaning power

  • Two large tanks

  • 9-foot long hose

Cons

  • Bulky

  • Heavy

  • Pricier than competitors

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Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact FH50700

The Hoover PowerDash Pet is a compact carpet cleaner that has an upright design, but a relatively narrow cleaning path. It’s more affordable than some of the other cleaners on our list,
but it’s ideal if you want to clean spot stains and occasionally want to tackle a larger area. It’ll take some time, for sure, but it can clean tough carpets and remove lots of pet stains and odors with ease.

The main complaints from reviewers came down to the small size of the internal tanks. If you’re trying to clean anything other than a small area, you’re going to need to plan to refill and empty the internal tanks repeatedly.

Pros

  • Cleans well

  • Easy to use

  • Fits in small spaces

Cons

  • Narrow cleaning path

  • No signal when tanks are empty

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Bissell TurboClean PowerBrush 2987

The Bissell TurboClean PowerBrush is another lightweight, compact upright carpet cleaner that is designed to tackle small area rugs, carpets, and spot stains. It has a dual tank design so you’re not cleaning with dirty water, but the tanks are just over a half gallon so they tend to fill up quickly, as with other compact uprights.

Reviewers highly recommend this cleaner, with thousands of 5-star reviews that show just how clean this can get your carpets. It may be small, but it’s still a powerful cleaner that can get the job done without weighing you down.

Pros

  • Two tanks to separate dirty water

  • Easy to use

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Loud

  • Narrow cleaning path

  • Needs to be emptied often

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TJ Donegan

TJ Donegan

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TJ is the Executive Editor of Reviewed.com. He is a Massachusetts native and has covered electronics, cameras, TVs, smartphones, parenting, and more for Reviewed. He is from the self-styled "Cranberry Capitol of the World," which is, in fact, a real thing.

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