Hoover SteamVac Review

This review is for the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, which is Hoover’s most popular model and has been on the market for years. This design is tried and tested over a multitude of years, with many variations, but always the same base of the SpinScrub brushes and a two tank system. There are many different models in the Hoover family, but this is the one synonymous with SteamVac.

Setting Up

The Hoover is an easy machine to set up and use, first you must vacuum your carpets very thoroughly, this is quite important and you should take a while to ensure that all the dirt you can pick up is removed. If you skimp on this step your carpets can be ruined. After you finish vacuuming you should use pre-treater if you have any. For pre-treater I use Zep High Traffic Carpet Cleaner (Shown Below).

This stuff is great, inexpensive and easily found. Check for it at Home Depot or Lowes.
This stuff is great, inexpensive and easily found. Check for it at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

After pre-treating you must prepare the solution for the machine to use during the cleaning process. The process to do this is pretty simple, as you must fill the clean water tank with hot water, then use the lid, which doubles as a measuring cup to add the solution to the tank. The solution is concentrated and you don’t need much to get a great end result. After you re-insert the solution tank the setup is done, and you can move on to cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning

I have tried multiple machines that claim to work on carpet, from various Bissells, to the new Shark Sonic Duo; gut none have worked as well as the Hoover. The Sonic Duo does almost nothing outside of removing spots, and the Bissell machines always leave the carpet far too wet while not getting much dirt up. This SteamVac costs less than the other machines and does a much better job at getting the dirt out. The Hoover actually dried so well that my carpets were ready to use in just an hour and a half, the Bissell would sometimes take 6 hours to dry!

The Hoover uses SpinScrub brushes which rotate in a circle, as opposed to the Bissell which work like a vacuum cleaners to only clean the top of the carpet. The SpinScrub brushes also leave the carpet feeling much better than the Bissell or the Shark. With the Bissell the carpet always felt crunchy, whereas the Hoover makes the carpet feel nice and fluffy after it dries.


Although the Hoover is not the most intuitive when it comes to attachments the system does a very good job. I used the attachment system to clean the floor mats of the car and the results were spectacular! The water coming out of the mats was black, and the mats dried very quickly, thanks to the SteamVac sucking all of the water out of them. When the mats dried they looked and smelled great, almost as if they were brand new. The SteamVac also was very easy to clean and dry.


The Hoover SteamVac is a great machine, with the some of the best performance you can get in a home carpet cleaner. The price point of under $150 just adds to the great deal of the machine, and the excellent value that it holds.

Rating 9/10

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9 thoughts on “Hoover SteamVac Review

  1. i have had hoover steam-vacs and i absolutely love it 100%, it does an excellent job cleaning your carpets, there are no other steam-vacs that can even compare to hoover, they are the best, i have had the bissel which in my oppinion is no good, they have nothing on hoover, hoover cleans your carpets and most of the time they look like brand new even if they are old and worn like mine are my last hoover was used so much the motor finally gave out and i am definitely getting ready to buy a new one, good luck to you that use and waste your money on other steam cleaners, im sticking to my hoover 100%!!!!!

  2. Great review. I am torn between the Hoover SteamVac that you reviewed and the Bissell Big Green Cleaning Machine. Have you ever used the later one? If so, how would you compare the two. I know the price point is significant but I am really interested in getting my carpets as clean as possible so I wanted an educated opinion.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  3. For the same money, would you recommend the Hoover Max Extract Dual V WidePath Carpet Cleaner, F7412900 or the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer, FH50150? The FH50150 handle seems a bit cheap and flimsy, but I like the light weight and the tanks seem more simple to remove and install. The F7412900 is 12 amps versus 10 amps.


  4. Can this highly recommended carpet cleaner also be used on tile/grouted floors? I need something that does both surfaces and you give the hoover 60 and 77 very discouraging reviews. PLEASE HELP!! I NEED clean floors and to STOP obsessing!!
    Thanks so much!!

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