Best Carpet Shampooers.
Carpet shampooers are the fastest way to clean messes on your carpets.
At the forefront are Hoover and Bissell – both produce the most popular carpet cleaner w/ the newest features:
fast air-dryer, dual water tanks, spot cleaning, power-lift suction (for pet hair)
To help you find the best carpet shampooer, here are my top picks – I based rankings on price, features and functions, and reading buyer reviews.
Prices on my list range, $119 – $349.
#1. Hoover SmartWash Review
#2. Bissell Proheat Carpet Shampooer
#3. Hoover Power Scrub Elite
#4. Bissell ProHeat 2X Review
#5. Bissell ProHeat Essential Carpet Cleaner
#6. Bissell 86T3 Big Green Machine
#7. Bissell 15651 ProHeat Shampooer
#8. Bissell DeepClean Premier Review
#9. Bissell BigGreen BG10 Deep Clean
#10. Coming soon!
Hoover SmartWash FH5200 is the best carpet shampooer for medium pile carpets.
It’s designed to be super user-friendly for anyone to use ~ simply push forward to clean and pull back to dry.
Type: Duel tank
New “Power Brushes” are super effective at removing dark or dry stains from most light carpeting. A few buyers bought it to remove pet grease stains (where their dog likes to sleep)!
Hoover SmartWash includes an upgraded heater for faster drying.
Buyers say it’s able to wash and dry in minutes!
Medium price shampooer w/ lots of positive buyer reviews.
Bissell ProHeat Pet shampooer is designed for deep cleaning carpets.
It comes w/ pre-treating spray — after letting it soak 5-10 mins, the Bissell ProHeat is super efficient at removing stains.
Drying: 30 mins
Buyers confirm the hot air dryer is faster than most.
PowerBrush feature makes the Bissell ProHeat the best carpet shampooer for dogs – fast at cleaning dog stains and can pick up clumps of dog hair.
For fast carpet cleaning, this is the one you want!
ProHeat also includes a hand-held upholstery dry-vac ~ clean furniture while you’re waiting for it to soak!
couches, drapes, stairs, pillows, felt seats, lounge chairs
Expensive, but lots of positive reviews!
Hoover Power Scrub Elite (FH50251) is a fast, affordable carpet cleaner.
Buyers love how quickly it’s able to wash and dry a carpeted area ~ default drying takes only 45-mins!
Drying: 45-60 mins
It uses a 2 tank system w/ automatic detergent mixing ~ super user-friendly carpet shampooer!
Weighing only 18 pounds, it’s very portable!
Power Scrub offers high-suction power + 360° brushes for faster stain removal.
Built-in heated air dryer produces 4X faster results.
Also includes 8 ft. hose which attaches to an upholstery tool.
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The Bissell ProHeat Revolution (full size) is the best carpet shampooer for urine.
It comes w/ antibacterial stain remover and sanitizes the area when finished ~ this is ideal for puppies (aka removing pet urine!).
Drying: 30 mins
The Bissell ProHeat Revolution offers powerful suction. It’s pulls in deep-carpet particles and hair tangled in the carpet.
Buyers love the new “Express Mode” for a fast, 1-hour clean and dry.
Includes 2 spot cleaning tools for upholstery and stairs.
Affordable price w/ lots of happy buyers!
The Bissell ProHeat Essential is an affordable carpet cleaner.
It comes w/ heated carpet cleaning + Power Brush to effectively lift and remove stains.
Type: dual tank shampooer
Features dual water tanks — 1 clean and 1 dirty.
Edge Sweep mode which cleans up to a carpet’s edge. (some washers are too bulky for wall borders + corners)
Includes 7 ft. hose that attaches to a 3 ft. stain tool – should be enough for short stairs and upholstery.
ProHeat Essential is a good, affordable option.
The Bissell 86T3 Big Green is one of the best carpet shampooer models for professional contractors or businesses.
It offers heavy-duty cleaning w/ XL Power Brushes — it’s able to lift and remove deeply embedded particles, odors and stains.
For cleaning the Bissell 86T3 uses duel water tanks (1 for clean water, 1 for dirty water).
Cord stretches 25 ft. and the 9 ft. hose is nice for increased distance. Buyers say it’s a great model for cleaning carpeted staircases or tall upholstery.
For maneuvering, it has forward + backward pass.
Overall, Bissell 86T3 performs extremely well on large carpeted areas.
Buyers say it’s the best carpet shampooer for commercial use.
The Bissell 15651 ProHeat is the perfect for families + pet-owners.
It out-cleans the leading carpet rental while being lighter, more affordable over the long-term, and easier to use.
Water tank: 1-gallon
What is really unique and impressive about this model is that it is actually a 2-in-1 carpet cleaner.
Portable carpet cleaner that lifts right off the main frame – great for deep-cleaning stains!
stairs, furniture, pet beds, inside car
Double row of dirt-lifting brushes, paired w/ upgraded power suction and easy-empty water tank.
Medium price carpet shampooer – perfect for families w/ pets!
The Bissell Deep Cleaner Pro Heat is a lightweight carpet cleaner.
Includes a feature to target pet stains or other spots with the push of a 1-button.
Water Tank: 1-gallon
Stain Trapper ensures the canister is tightly shut.
Like several other models, the Deep Clean Deluxe Pet also has a fast heat dryer. And Bissell’s new Edge Sweep Brushes help you reach every corner and edge of the room.
Includes clean water tank that holds 1-gal of water – good for coffee or wine carpet stains.
Overall a very good, pet-friendly carpet shampooer.
The Bissell BigGreen BG10 is another commercial carpet cleaner.
Buyers say it’s one of the best carpet shampooer for schools or business offices — it’s designed for speed and high grade carpets.
Mostly for commercial purposes, but is a nice luxury for homes with high-quality carpets.
Two powerful motors deep-clean carpets efficiently w/ the dirt-lifting brush and suction features each having their own motors, a feature that is unique to this model.
Large tank capacity of 1.75 gallons makes this model an easy choice for cleaning large spaces.
Big Green cleans on both forward and backward passes, shortening cleaning time by almost half.
Hose and upholstery tool make it easy to shampoo furniture + carpeted stairs.
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