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If your home has lots of wall-to-wall carpeting that gets lots of traffic and stains, a carpet cleaner is a worthwhile investment. If you have the storage space, owning a machine is less costly over time compared to renting or hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. Plus, you’ll have the machine on-hand to tackle stains the minute they happen and to do regular maintenance cleanings to help your carpets stay looking better longer.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab evaluates carpet cleaning machines for how well they clean pre-soiled carpet panels, how much moisture they leave behind, how long the carpets take to dry, and how easy they are to assemble, use, and store. We also test any attachments on upholstered furniture. Because we know that not all households have the same carpet cleaning needs, you’ll find recommendations from our cleaning experts for carpet cleaners that can tackle pet messes, are safe for area rugs, and fit in limited storage space. These are the top carpet cleaning machines in GH Cleaning Lab tests.

Our Cleaning Lab’s top pick is the Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro Carpet Cleaner. It can clean everything from light to heavy soil and the double brush rolls help draw even the deepest dirt out of carpets. If you need to clean in a hurry, fear not: The Express Clean Mode had our test carpets clean and dry in only about one hour, one of the reasons it earned our Good Housekeeping Seal. And because the clean and dirty water tanks are stacked (rather than side-by-side or front-to-back), the appliance has a slim design and low profile that’s easy to maneuver under furniture and to store. We’re all about less bulk!

Before you buy a carpet cleaner:

Renting a carpet cleaning machine may sound convenient, but when you factor in the coordination required to pick up the appliance and drop it off, the additional cost of cleaning solution, and remember that the rented machine is probably quite used (i.e. not as efficient as as a new cleaner may be), you may want to spring for your own. Rolling up your sleeves and doing cleaning your carpets yourself will give your carpets new life and give you the satisfaction of a super clean home.

Even so, you’re going to want to professionally deep clean your carpets every 12-18 months, according to most carpet manufacturers — and some even require it to uphold the carpet’s warranty!

  • Consider the machine’s weight. Carpet cleaners are much heavier to push and more cumbersome to use than traditional vacuum cleaners. And once you add water, they weigh even more.
  • Look for special features, like edge cleaning, rotating brushes, a heater, and attachments. Most come with attachments to clean small areas and small bottles of detergents to get you started. Depending on your needs, they may be worth the money.
  • Read over the machine’s warranty (many manufacturers post this information on their websites). While you’re at it, check your carpet’s warranty to make sure you’re not using a product that will void it.

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