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Carpet Cleaners - Hand Held vs Full Size Models

Updated on December 19, 2012

Is Your Carpet Clean Enough for the Red Carpet Event?

You can have a carpet clean enough for any red carpet event in your home without having to rent bulky cleaners by owning your own affordable carpet cleaner. Gone are the days when we needed to rent a carpet cleaner. Today appliances are affordable and pay for themselves after only two or three uses. It is also more convenient to have the appliance in your home so you do not need to reserve, rent, carry home and then back to the store the same day. This page will showcase handheld, portable, and upright models of carpet cleaners so you can find the best one for yourself or as a gift. Looking for a great housewarming, wedding, back to college or just a "thinking of you" gift?

Scroll to the bottom of the page for updates, comments, feedback, and the most popular items from this collection of carpet cleaners.

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Handheld Carpet Cleaners

Perfect for small spaces and spot cleaning

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Bissell Little Green

Earth Friendly Deep Cleaner made from post-consumer recycled plastic; PVC-free tanks and hose

Hoover Spot Scrubber

Multi-Surface Spot Scrubber Cleaner Five-foot stretch hose for an easy extended reach.

Dirt Devil Spot Scrubber

Easy fill tank and rotating power brush for deep, effective cleaning

Upright Carpet Cleaners

There is no job too large for these full size models

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Bissell ProHeat Upright Deep Cleaner

6-row DirtLifter PowerBrush; floating suspension self-adjusts to all carpet heights

Hoover SteamVac Spin Scrub TurboPower Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge

SpinScrub powered hand tool attachment for upholstery and stairs

Royal Commercial Carpet Cleaner/Extractor RY7940

Dual counter-rotating revolving brushes clean all sides of the carpet fiber

Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine

Long reach hose and tough stain tool make cleaning stairs easy

Bissell Quicksteamer Multi Surface

Light Weight Deep Cleaner: Weighs less than 13 lbs

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner

Powerful 12-amp motor; 3-Speed Brushroll Control and 8 foot stretch hose.

Features to look for when buying a carpet cleaner

What would you add to this checklist?

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arpet cleaners are essential for regular maintenance of your carpets and upholstery. Spray cleaners are alright occasionally for spot cleaning but they only clean the surface dirt. The best cleaning comes from a carpet cleaning appliance. The best appliances have several of the following features. Check each candidate you are considering and check to see if these features are important to you and if they are available with the unit you are purchasing.

  • Easy to fill reservoir - removable, light and/or comes with a portable measuring cup
  • Long enough cord OR Ample battery life for the job (if cordless)
  • Easy to lift (if applicable) and will reach the jobs you need done
  • Uses the supplies you want to use to clean your home

Little Green in Action - See the Little Green Bissell features demonstration


Ask yourself a few questions before deciding on the right machine for your needs.

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Choosing between a hand held or upright model may be easier to determine by answering a few questions. Ask yourself how big is the job? Larger jobs may require an upright. If portability is a primary concern than it may be wise to choose from the hand held or lightweight upright models.

Consider the following:

  • Do you need a heavy duty machine?
  • Is the depth of the carpet low or high?
  • Do you need a lightweight machine?
  • Do you have pets indoors?
  • Do you have difficult high traffic areas?
  • How often do you rent a machine or hire a cleaning service?

Save money compared to carpet cleaner rentals or services -- Extend the life of your carpets and flooring with proper cleaning

HAAN SI-60 Select Multi-Level Steamer

Best selling Upright...well it is on this page.

I have been noticing this upright HAAN SI-60 Select Multi-Level Steamer is getting some sales on this page. So i thought I would showcase it here so you can see if it is what you had in mind when you dropped by here.

Watch a review...


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    7 years ago

    nice lens

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    Deb Bryan 

    7 years ago from Chico California

    @TravelingRae: Thank you TravelingRae!

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    7 years ago

    I have a Bissell little green machine. No regrets. It's a great product that's very versatile. I use it in my RV to clean the carpet and soft furnishings. I love that it has a super long cord.

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    Deb Bryan 

    7 years ago from Chico California

    @Sojourn: I have the Dirt Devil handheld spot scrubber. I really like it. I would like to get an upright next and the Hoover SteamVac is at the top of my list.

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    Deb Bryan 

    7 years ago from Chico California

    @RuthClaire: Thank you Ruth!

  • GypsyOwl profile imageAUTHOR

    Deb Bryan 

    7 years ago from Chico California

    @anonymous: (((Lesley))) The kids are more important ⥠I think it is even more important to have a handheld when you have kids.

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    7 years ago

    Oh, I need that handheld spot scrubber! Going on my Christmas list! I used to have one but lost it to someone along the way. Time to replace. Great lens!

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    7 years ago

    Nice Lens! Very informative cleaning tips. Thanks for sharing some of your ideas GypsyOwl at least other people may know the new methods that are more convenient and easier household cleaning.

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    7 years ago

    I love the selection of carpet cleaners you have here. I love the hand held models, that would be great for my car. What would be better for my car is keeping the kids out! lol That's why I drive a car that is 20 years No new stuff til the kids move out. Love you sis.


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