Hoover Dual Power Carpet Cleaner was not a particularly good carpet cleaner, but it did remove stains, eventually, and its compact size is handy for some situations. This one eliminated some of the drawbacks of other small carpet cleaners we tested.
It is small, but it still had a relatively large tank for its overall dimensions. It boasts a relatively long cord, compared to some competitors and a decent cleaning path. These are all things that can matter, especially when cleaning larger spaces. The machine weighs 13 pounds, which is still lightweight when you compare it to full-sized machines. This unit was easy to maneuver, maintain and deal with in general. It has one of the easier processes for filling the tank, though it was a little hard to tell how much detergent to use.
The Dual Power truly struggled to extract water. It tied for the worst performance on that, removing only 8 ounces of water on the same cleaning tests that netted more than 30 ounces using some competitors, such as the Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner.
Like most of the compact units, Hoover Dual Power Carpet Cleaner lacks a hose or any cleaning tools, so you can only use it for cleaning carpets. You will not have a way to clean furniture or stairs. For most people, it will be worth it to invest a little more and get a lot more versatility.
It comes with just one year of warranty coverage, which is not surprising for a machine in this price range.
Like all the machines we tested, the Hoover Dual Power Carpet Cleaner removed stains from our test carpets. It just took many more passes than normal to do it. It even has a little more cord length, tank capacity and cleaning head width compared to other compact machines, but there are many other carpet cleaners out there that perform better.