A consensus of reviews indicates that the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge F5914-900 carpet cleaner delivers great results at an affordable price compared to the competition. Both professional reviewers and owners alike praise the SteamVac, often noting that it works better than other machines they have tried. The SteamVac uses five spinning brushes and has two tanks, one to dispense hot tap water for cleaning and one to collect dirty water. The Clean Surge feature delivers an extra squirt of solution for tough stains. The machine also comes with an 8-foot hose, a spinning hand tool and an upholstery tool.
Users say this model does a great job of getting the carpet dry after cleaning, but they wish it had a larger dirty water tank. We found some complaints about durability, often involving loss of suction or power to the spinning brushes, though on the whole this machine appears to be more reliable than most. However, users say that if it does break down, getting repairs can be difficult. Overall, the SteamVac gets better ratings than more expensive Hoover models, including the Hoover SteamVac All Terrain F7452-900 (*Est. $250) and the Hoover SteamVac Dual V Widepath F7411-900 (*Est. $200) .
The Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge F5914-900 is included in professional tests at ConsumerReports.org, and it also receives positive reviews across the board from users, including more than 2,400 at Amazon.com and hundreds more at Target.com, BestBuy.com and Epinions.com.
ConsumerReports.org tests nine carpet cleaners, including the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge F5914-900. 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, were better at lifting embedded dirt.
Review: Carpet Cleaners, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, March 2010
More than 2,400 users weigh in on this carpet cleaner, nearly all of whom give this model a 4- or 5-star rating. The Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge F5914-900 scores an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Negative reviews mention the machine's plastic construction and the small size of the dirty-water tank.
Review: Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge, F5914-900, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 260 owners weigh in on the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge F5914-900 at BestBuy.com, giving it an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Most reviews discuss both pros and cons of the machine. Nearly all of the owners report that this carpet cleaner does a great job; there are a few complaints about flimsy construction and mechanical failures.
Review: Hoover -- SteamVac with Clean Surge -- Patriot Blue and Opaque, Contributors to BestBuy.com
About 70 owners rate the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge F5914-900 at Epinions.com, where it earns an overall rating 3.5 stars out of 5. While the majority of the reviews here say the machine cleans well and gets carpets dry, several complain about its weight, loud operation and durability.
Review: Hoover SteamVac F5914-900 Upright Vacuum, Contributors to Epinions.com
More than 25 reviews on this site reinforce what other users say: The Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge F5914-900 delivers great results for a fair price. One user notes that he got better results when he used hotter water than what Hoover recommends.
Review: Hoover Deep Cleaning SteamVac, F5914-900, Contributors to Target.com