Use this chart to see how the different carpet steam cleaners that we reviewed stack up against each other. There is a wide variety in specs and cost, so this should help you visualize the main differences between each machine.
|Hoover SteamVac SpinScrub TurboPower Carpet Cleaner||29 lbs.||8 ft.||20 ft.||128 oz.||128 oz.||12"||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||1 year||$150-$200|
|Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine||53.2 lbs.||9 ft.||25 ft.||224 oz.||224 oz.||10.5"||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||5 year||$500-$600|
|Royal Commercial Carpet Cleaner/Extractor||56 lbs.||8 ft.||30 ft.||128 oz.||128 oz.||12"||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 year||$250-$300|
|Bissell Quicksteamer Powerbrush Lightweight Carpet Cleaner||17.6 lbs.||N/A||20 ft.||64 oz.||64 oz.||8.5"||No||No||No||No||No||No||1 year||$100-$150|
|Hoover SteamVac Dual V Widepath Carpet Cleaner||26.9 lbs.||8 ft.||25 ft.||128 oz.||128 oz.||14"||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||1 year||$150-$200|
|Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge||20 lbs.||8 ft.||25 ft.||128 oz.||128 oz.||11"||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||1 year||$100-$150|
|Hoover Platinum Collection Carpet Cleaner||35.8 lbs.||8 ft.||30 ft.||128 oz.||96 oz.||13.25"||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||6 year||$300-$400|
|Bissell ProHeat 2X Select Upright Carpet Steam Cleaner||34.7 lbs.||8 ft.||30 ft.||128 oz.||128 oz.||12"||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||5 year||$200-$300|
|Hoover MaxExtract All-Terrain Carpet Steam Cleaner||25.4 lbs.||8 ft.||20 ft.||128 oz.||128 oz.||13"||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 year||$200-$300|
|Hoover MaxExtract77 Multi-Surface Carpet Steam Cleaner||22.5 lbs.||9 ft.||20 ft.||128 oz.||128 oz.||13"||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||2 year||$200-$300|
What can we learn from this chart? The two most expensive carpet cleaners that we reviewed offer the best warranties, by far. Nothing else can touch the 5 year warranty on the Big Green machine or the 6 year warranty on the Hoover Platinum.
The only model that doesn’t have a hose with hand tool is the Quicksteamer, but that is understandable as it is sold as a portable, quick cleaner machine.
The capacity of the water tanks doesn’t vary too much. The larger models however have larger tanks (once again the Big Green Machine and the Hoover Platinum).
Cleaning path width varies quite a bit, this might be worth scrutinizing depending on your situation. The heating features are nice on some of the models too. Overall, you really can’t go wrong with any of these machines. We would suggest avoiding the Quicksteamer unless you need a small machine for spot cleaning. All the other machines will work well as home/apartment workhorses for excellent carpet cleaning.
Special thanks: We would like to thank our reader Bill, who suggested we add weight to this comparison chart – good idea!