Do you want a serious steam carpet cleaner, something that gets close to the performance of a professional cleaner without the cost? The Hoover Platinum Collection carpet cleaner might be the right one for you, but read our full review to understand the positives and negatives of this machine.
First of all, what is it like to use this carpet cleaner? It’s powered by a 12 amp motor, it is a pretty standard motor size for home carpet cleaners that have more serious cleaning capabilities. What gives this cleaner so much ability is the technology it uses to scrub, rinse and dry. It’s computer controlled. All you have to do to start a cleaning cycle push a button and turn a dial.
While you are cleaning, this machine uses Dual Scrub (multi-directional) technology and SpinScrub brushes (which are common on Hoover carpet cleaners) to gently and thoroughly clean your carpet. In other words, it scrubs your carpet really well.
There are also two spot cleaning settings, for varying levels of cleaning challenges. For light spot cleaning, this machine dispenses steam onto the carpet. For heavy spot cleaning, this machine will spray rather than steam.
Once you are done scrubbing, the AutoRinse, suction and heating actions help to rinse and dry the carpet. It rinses the carpets with fresh water, so there is less chance of soap getting left on the carpets.
There is also a powered hand tool that you can use to scrub stairs and upholstery. This can come in handy for many surfaces and tough to reach spots.
There are some other features that make this a more capable machine than some of the cheaper options. It has large water tanks, a long power cord, a wide cleaning path and an LED light to help detect stains on the front. Let’s take a look at the specs and features.
Hoover Platinum Collection Carpet Cleaner Features & Specs
- 12 amp motor
- SpinScrub brushes and multi-directional action for thorough scrubbing
- Fresh water rinse with automatic rinse function
- Direct heat helps drying
- 2 settings for spot cleaning
- SpinScrub powered hand tool for stairs, upholstery and more – with a 96 inch stretch hose
- LED lights help indicate stains
- Minimal assembly design
- 30 foot power cord
- 13 1/4 inch nozzle width
- 128 ounce clean water tank
- 96 ounce dirty water tank
- Separate detergent reservoir, no pre-mixing needed
- 16 ounces of detergent included
Now that we’ve covered the details of this machine, let’s see what people are saying about it. We can always learn a lot by reading other peoples opinions.
Excellent Cleaning Abilities…
How well does it clean? One reviewer notes that they wish they had taken pictures the first time they used this carpet cleaner, it did that impressive of a job. Another mentions compares this Hoover to a Bissell that they used to use – they said that this Hoover gets all the detergent and water out of the carpet and the carpet dries fast, whereas the Bissell they used to have didn’t get much of the detergent back out of the carpet and the carpet took about a day to dry.
Buyers are amazed at how much water comes back out of the carpet. They say that because of how well this machine rinses and sucks water and junk back out of the carpet, there is not as strong of a chemical smell left behind.
No Detergent Mixing…
The fact that you don’t have to mix detergent with water before using this carpet cleaner is a nice perk that a lot of owners find very useful. Not only does it save you the trouble of having to pre-mix your water, but it can also be more efficient in that you can reuse anything you have left over after a cleaning cycle.
The Spot Cleaning Settings…
One reviewer notes that the spot cleaning settings are easy to use and that you can actually see the water or steam coming out the front of the machine, which makes it easy to target your areas. The ability to switch between the steam and spray spot cleaning is nice for water efficiency.
The Dial Control…
What about the dial control? Owners note that it is very easy to switch between the various settings, and that you don’t need to reach into any weird places on the machine to do so. All the settings are handled with the flick of the dial.
Owners of this machine also say it’s easy to see what mode the machine is in due to the indicator lights for each of the clean, rinse and dry settings. This makes this carpet cleaner easy to use and understand, and is part of the reason why so many people love it.
The Dirty Water Bin…
One buyer mentions that the dirty water bin can be sloppy to handle if it is very full. But then on the contrary another buyer mentioned that the dirty water bin is much easier to clean than other carpet cleaners.
Easy to Clean?
How about cleaning this machine? People that own this machine say that the dirty water bin is easy to clean as we had mentioned earlier. The scrubbers come off the machine so that you can clean them more easily. Some people say that the brushes are pretty good for collection nasty lint and other junk, but that they are also glad because it means that stuff isn’t left behind in the carpet. Just be sure to clean this unit frequently, like any other steam carpet cleaner, and you’ll be able to keep it in good performing condition.
Build Quality and Weight…
How about the build quality? Owners of this machine say it is large, heavy and made of plastic. Some people are a little concerned about the plastic construction and feel that they need to be very careful with it. Others say it they have problems with parts breaking after a while. But the 6 year warranty comes in handy for the few that have had problems.
Even though there is a lot of plastic the construction, one reviewer notes that it is “hard” plastic, it feels tough.
Also, many people note that the clear plastic used extensively makes it very easy to see the water, and they can get a feel for how well a particular area is cleaned by watching the water and seeing how clean it looks.
Reviewers that have to lug this machine up stairs say that it can be a little tough, since the machine is big and the handle is somewhat awkwardly placed.
One reviewer mentioned that the heavy nature of this machine seems to allow it to dig into the carpet with it’s brushes a little better than some.
People that buy this carpet cleaner are generally very happy with it’s cleaning capabilities. They say that the extra cost is worth it. The 6 year warranty is also something that you get along with the higher cost, most other Hoovers only have a 1 year warranty. This is a very nice perk.