What every best Carpet Cleaners has:
- A large tank.
- Extra tools and attachments.
- Powered brushes to scrub out dirt.
Editors of Reviews.com tested 10 of the most popular, top-rated carpet cleaners to recommend their three top choices. Criteria included performance, features, efficiency and usability. Testing is very well detailed, with before and after pictures of very dirty carpets to back up their picks.
In this free-to-the-public article detailing their testing of carpet cleaners, the three top choices are named, as well as two to avoid. Elsewhere on this site, the full test is available to subscribers.
This is the best source we found for user feedback on carpet cleaners, and some models attract hundreds or thousands of reviews. Reviews also tend to be very detailed and thorough, examining performance from set up to storage. A few carpet cleaners stand out for their high ratings. Many users come back after a year or more to offer updates on durability.
Walmart has more reviews for carpet cleaners than any other source except Amazon. Reviews tend to be mostly thorough. We noticed some reviews that were imported from the manufacturer's website for Bissell and Hoover models.
Best Buy doesn't sell as many different carpet cleaners as some other online retailers, but several of the models they do offer get plenty of reviews. Best Buy includes reviews from other websites, but keeps those separate from reviews posted by its own customers.
Target sells a wide variety of carpet cleaners, but the Bissell machines are far and away the most popular, a few even attract hundreds of comments and get close to perfect ratings. Reviews tend to be very detailed and include helpful comments from pet owners about what types of stains they needed help with.
Rug Doctor and Hoover are the top-rated carpet cleaners at Home Depot, but they have quite a few less reviews than at other sites. We also noticed that the reviews for highly-rated cleaners elsewhere get lower reviews here. Home Depot brick and mortar stores also rent Rug Doctor Carpet Cleaners for about $30 per day. This is another site that includes reviews from manufacturer sites alongside those of its customers.
Like Home Depot, Lowe's sells several brands of carpet cleaners, but it once again imports many of its reviews from the manufacturer's website. Lowes locations rent both Bissell and Rug Doctor commercial grade carpet cleaners for about $25 to $30 per day, depending upon the model.
Top Ten Reviews say they conduct testing, and a few comments here seem to indicate that was the case here. However, there are so few test notes -- we'd love to see more as well as photos that are not from the manufacturers' websites.
Editors of Coit, the website of a professional cleaning service, recommend five home carpet cleaners based upon side-by-side comparisons and their evaluation of features. However, it's not clear if they tested any of these models.