The biggest contributors to dirty carpets are children and your pets. Purchasing your own carpet steamer can be more convenient than renting one, especially if you need to clean your carpets fairly often. Before buying your machine there are several things that you need to look into in order to find the best machine to fit your needs.
Hoover SteamVac Plus
This is a fairly inexpensive and features strong cleaning machine. It is simple to use and is easy to clean up after your finished. It includes 5 spinning brushes, and works on bare floors and upholstery.
Bissell PowerSteamer ProHeat Plus
This is a carpet steamer that features a heater that keeps the cleaning solution warm. It also has a nozzle that cleans in both forward and reverse. Another feature is the power brush attachment that gets deep into the carpet to remove dirt and it automatically adjusts to the height of the carpet. It works on bare floors but is not recommended for hard wood floors.
Bissell Big Green Clean Machine
This is a canister style vac that features a powerful rotating brush with high-powered water jets. This carpet steamer has a 2 gallon water tank where as most upright vacs have a one gallon tank. Can also be used as a dry or wet vacuum.
Bissell Little Green Clean Machine
This is a smaller version of the Big Green Clean Machine and is used for stain removal. It features high-pressure jets that break down the dirt or stain and powerful brushes to scrub up the stain or spot. This unit is good to have in conjunction with an upright carpet steamer.
Dirt Devil Easy Steamer
This is a very lightweight and affordable carpet steamer. This unit does not contain a motorized brush, but is a full size steamer and contains a one-gallon tank for cleaning solution.
Eureka Deluxe Steamer
This machine features a looped handle to help with control, and the handle folds down for easier storage. It is a pretty basic carpet steamer and cleans carpets, bare floor (not wood flooring), stairs and upholstery.
This is just the top 6 of the best carpet steam cleaners on the market. The one that is best for you depends on what type of flooring you have in your home, and the type of “traffic” that your carpet sees on a daily basis. If you do not have children or pets in your home, it would probably be more cost effective if you rent a machine which can be done from almost any home improvement store.