Pros / Strong water extraction means less waiting for carpets to dry.
Cons / There are no specific brushes on the cleaning head for edges.
Verdict / This carpet cleaner is easy to maneuver, maintain and has plenty of attachments. Best of all, it will leave your carpets looking great.
Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe offers the right mix of features and capabilities at the right price. Many of the carpet cleaners we compared were very good at one or two things and bad at a lot of others. This machine was not as flashy as some, or particularly amazing at anything; it was noticeably above average for almost everything we measured, except for price, noise and weight.
Our tests confirmed it cleans effectively. With each pass, you can feel it scrubbing and doing its job. It cleared dried grape juice in just four passes – tied for the second best of those we compared. It was also second best for water extraction collecting 28 ounces in the same amount of testing time as some that collected less than 10 ounces. It also has a heated air feature to help dry carpets even faster. Soggy carpets are one common complaint about using these machines, so getting water extraction right is a huge win for the Power Scrub.
This unit has a good price tag. You can find it for less than $150. That is more than fair for what you get. This machine offers lots of cleaning power for each dollar of that investment.
The cleaning path is over 11 inches, which will help you cover a lot of ground quickly, but is not so wide it makes storage inconvenient. The cord length is only average compared to others, but 20 feet will be plenty for covering most rooms without stopping to find a new outlet. Tank capacity is 4 quarts, so you won't have to stop and empty it constantly, but it is not so big that the machine is heavy and hard to move.
This is not the lightest machine we compared, but it was still easy to steer around obstacles. It also has a built-in handle that will make it more portable if you need to take it up and down stairs.
The Power Scrub Deluxe was easy to set up. There is no need to measure soap and water. Just fill the tank with each and the machine mixes it in the proper amounts for you. This machine is also easy to clean. It pulls apart in the spots that matter so you can empty and clean the tank, clean brushes, and refill with little effort.
We didn't expect these machines to be quiet, but some of them were so loud and so high-pitched that we wanted earplugs just to stand near them. There were a couple machines that were quieter including the Bissell PowerLifter Powerbrush and the Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner. That being said, the Power Scrub Deluxe was not painfully loud as the worst offenders.
This carpet cleaner comes with a long hose and a nice selection of attachments for cleaning your whole home, not just carpeting. You get an upholstery tool, stair tool, crevice tool and spinning brush tool for stubborn messes. They can all be stored in an included mesh bag that hooks onto the carpet cleaner. It lacks any specific brushes for getting the edges when cleaning carpets. It seemed to get far enough into the corners in its normal mode for most people, but if you are picky about that, you can break out the hose and crevice tool for a trip around the edges.
Hoover backs up this product with lots of customer service options and a 2-year warranty. There were units with longer warranty coverage, but 2 years seems fitting for this machine's price point.
The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe offers just what we were looking for in these machines – whole home cleaning at a fair price. It is not the flashiest machine, but it is sturdy and steady. It cleaned our test stains quickly and left the floor relatively dry. It is compact enough to be convenient, but not so tiny that you have to stop and empty or refill every few minutes. It is the best machine for most people.