This review is for the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, which is hoovers 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.
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).
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.
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.