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Hoover Power Scrub FH50150 Review

By: Kelly Burgess on May 24, 2017

Bottom Line

The Hoover Power Scrub FH50150's rotating brushes and powerful suction do an excellent job of lifting dirt and stains from the carpet, even on light-colored carpets and dark, set-in stains. It also leaves carpets relatively dry thanks to its forced air drying system.

Pros

  • Leaves little residue
  • Fast drying time
  • Many included accessories
  • Rotating brushes for scrubbing

Cons

  • Short power cord
  • Some leakage issues
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Breaking it down

Features

Loaded with accessories. The Hoover Power Scrub features a two-tank system; one tank holds cleaning solution and the other fresh water for rinsing. The tanks have a total one-gallon capacity. The package includes a bottle of Clean Plus 2X Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner (Est. $7 for 32 oz.) that, by itself, gets excellent reviews for performance. The Power Scrub also comes with a stair cleaning tool, upholstery tool, crevice tool and powered hand brush. A mesh storage bag holds all of the included accessories. The Hoover Power Scrub has an 11.25 inch cleaning path, which is wider than some commercial-grade machines.

Performance

Goes after ground in dirt. Reviewers give the Hoover Power Scrub FH50150 plenty of raves for its terrific performance on all types of carpet, and many say that it has transformed their dirty carpets, making them look nearly new again. The spinning brushes pull out even ground in dirt, and we saw a number of comments from pet owners who purchased this carpet cleaner to deal with old pet stains and were thrilled with the results. The Power Scrub's suction is powerful enough to remove most excess moisture so that the carpet dries more quickly, and the forced heated air speeds the drying process even further, reviewers say. The included accessories get mixed reviews for their effectiveness in cleaning stairs and upholstery; some say they work well, others are less enthused, saying they don't nearly match up to regular carpet performance.

Ease of use

Simple to assemble; use. The Hoover Power Scrub FH50150 is easier to use than many comparable carpet cleaners, say reviewers. Removing the two tanks requires just a flip of a lever and they fill from the top. The detergent is mixed and diluted automatically when you push the trigger in cleaning mode, and the switch between cleaning and rinsing is as simple as turning a dial. When the dirty water tank is full the machine turns off automatically. The brushes and nozzle snap off for cleaning and the included hose -- for using the accessories -- is simple to attach and detach. There is some assembly required, but just a few steps. Although the Hoover Power Scrub is considered lightweight at 18.1 pounds, quite a few users note that the fully-filled tanks add about 8 extra pounds. However, there are grab handles in several places on the unit that make lifting and carrying somewhat easier. Many say the 20-foot power cord is too short.

Durability

Few complaints. The Hoover Power Scrub FH50150 was our Best Reviewed carpet cleaner in the previous version of this report. At that time, only real quibbles we saw with it were scattered durability issues -- although not enough for there to be a unifying theme. For this update, we fewer complaints of both leakage and breakdowns, making it an even better choice now. Hoover customer service also gets excellent reviews for its responsiveness. The Power Scrub comes with a two-year warranty.

Our Sources

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2017

Around 9,060 Amazon.com users review the Hoover Power Scrub FH50150, giving it an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners say it does an excellent job cleaning even light-colored carpeting and is very easy to use. Many say the Power Scrub works well even with just hot water and no chemicals. It's very popular with red wine drinkers, who say it's saved them many a ruined carpet.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of May 2017

The Hoover Power Scrub earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 1,380 reviewers; 97 percent of reviewers would recommend the carpet cleaner to a friend. BestBuy.com also provides additional user reviews posted to the Hoover.com website, but lists them separately from the feedback left by its own customers.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of May 2017

The Hoover Power Scrub FH50150 does not fare as well at Walmart.com as it does elsewhere, earning an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5 in more than 885 reviews. There's a reason for that though: some reviews are imported from Hoover.com and owners tend to leave extremely low ratings there. In each case, Hoover customer service reaches out to the reviewer offering to solve the problem, but there are no follow up reviews posted to upgrade (or downgrade) from the original review.

Editors of Coit.com, Not Dated

Editors of Coit.com, a professional cleaning service, recommend five home carpet cleaners based upon side-by-side comparisons and their evaluation of features. The Hoover Power Scrub FH50150 is their number one pick for its light weight, low price and features.

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