The Hoover SteamVac All Terrain F7452-900 is a combination carpet, upholstery and hard floor cleaner with automatic mixing and rinsing features. It has powered rotating brushes, a 12-amp motor and a 13-inch wide cleaning path with edge-cleaning capability. It's a top performer in one professional test, with high scores for cleaning, carpet drying and ease of use. The majority of owner reviews for the Hoover SteamVac All Terrain are positive; citing its effective cleaning performance and strong suction that effectively removes water from carpets.
However, there are also an unusually large number of complaints about its durability. We saw reports that the machine's plastic parts broke easily, the water tank and hose leaked and the powered brushes stopped working. Users also say the machine is very loud. The Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge F5914-900 (Est. $140) receives fewer complaints and more consistently positive reviews, and it costs less as well.
The Hoover SteamVac All Terrain F7452-900 is included in the tests of carpet cleaners at ConsumerReports.org. There are also numerous user reviews for this carpet cleaner at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Sears.com, Epinions.com and Target.com.
ConsumerReports.org tests nine carpet cleaners, including the Hoover SteamVac All Terrain F7452-900. Each machine is rated on cleaning, drying, ease of use, coverage (how much it can clean on one tank) and noise level. Editors note that machines with larger, more powerful motors, like this Hoover SteamVac, are better at lifting embedded dirt.
Review: Carpet Cleaners, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, March 2010
The Hoover SteamVac All Terrain F7452-900 receives an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars in more than 420 reviews at Amazon.com. Most of the comments here indicate that the carpet cleaner does a good job, but several users report that it leaks and the plastic parts are flimsy.
Review: Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner, All-Terrain, F7452900, Contributors to Amazon.com
At Walmart.com, users collectively give the Hoover SteamVac All Terrain F7452-900 a rating of 4 out of 5 stars in about 280 reviews. Most say they are satisfied with the carpet cleaner's performance, but several complain of durability problems, such as cracked water tanks and brushes that stopped turning.
Review: Hoover SteamVac All Terrain Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaner, F7452900, Contributors to Walmart.com
About 120 users review the Hoover SteamVac All Terrain F7452-900 at Sears.com, awarding it an overall score of 4 stars out of 5. Many reviewers say it cleans well and is easy to use, but others complain of poor durability and say it is not a good value.
Review: Hoover Widepath All Terrain Floor Cleaner with SpinScrub Brush System Blue, Contributors to Sears.com
The Hoover SteamVac All Terrain F7452-900 receives an overall rating of 2.5 stars out of 5 in more than 35 reviews Users say it is too heavy, too noisy and too easily damaged, because of its flimsy plastic construction.
Review: Hoover SteamVac F7452-900 Upright Vacuum, Contributors to Epinions.com
The Hoover SteamVac All Terrain F7452-900 gets mixed reviews from about 35 users at Target.com. Positive reviews say it cleans well on carpets and hard floors and is easy to assemble and clean. Negative reviews say it is shoddily made and tends to leak. One reviewer says most of the problems with the machine can be prevented with proper maintenance.
Review: Hoover All Terrain Steam Vac -- F7452900, Contributors to Target.com