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Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off 66E1
The best dirt and stain removal
Bissell’s DeepClean range are the only carpet cleaners we tested that completely removed dirt and other tough stains. Thanks to the lift-off canister, the 66E1 doubles as a convenient spot cleaner, too.
The DeepClean Lift-Off we tested, the now-unavailable Deluxe Pet 24A4 model, was able to wash a heap of potting soil out of our test carpet in just a handful of back-and-forth passes, whereas every other model left something behind (or just smeared the dirt around). That’s enough of a reason to pick the DeepClean Lift-Off—we now recommend the 66E1 model— but for bonus points, it’s also an excellent spot cleaner. Using either its main scrubber or its hose tool, we were able to totally remove tough stains—including dried red wine and bacon grease—that every other cleaner struggled with. Even better, it has a lift-away canister (identical to our favorite standalone portable spot cleaner, as far as we can tell) that makes using that hose a little more comfortable. One downside is that this line of carpet cleaners is generally heavy and bulky, though you’ll use it so infrequently that you probably won’t mind. It’s also pretty expensive—and the price has actually risen recently. And we also found that it left our rug much more damp at the end of a cleaning session.
Hoover Turbo Scrub Carpet Cleaner FH50130
Cheaper, nimbler, okay at cleaning
Although it left behind some dull stains that the Bissell cleaned up in our tests, this Hoover is much cheaper, smaller, and lighter. It could keep rugs looking pretty good between professional cleanings.
The Hoover Turbo Scrub Carpet Cleaner FH50130 is not quite as good a cleaner as the Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off, but it is smaller, lighter, and more maneuverable, for a lot less money. We found that the Hoover left the dirtiest parts of our test rug looking a little dull, and it struggled to clean up red wine and ink stains (even when we used its scrubbing hose tool). But if you hire a professional every year anyway, you could use this Hoover to keep the fibers looking relatively bright between those visits. It also has a heat-dry feature, so you don’t have to wait as long to walk on your carpet again after a cleaning.
Source: The NY Times
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