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Very Pleased - Worth the Money for Sure!
on April 22, 2008
I recently purchased this carpet cleaner, got a great deal and only paid $105 for it. I was initially confused because it is called "Lite" on this site but nowhere on the box or papers is the unit called "Lite". I compared the weight of this machine to the regular Hoover SteamVac and they were exactly the same. I liked the design of this one better so I purchased it.
I used it to clean several rooms of carpet so far that have not been cleaned (other than regular vacuuming) in 5 years. I thought it did a great job. Before we purchased this unit, we rented a Rug Doctor to do one of our rooms upstairs. This Hoover unit got the carpets just as clean as the Rug Doctor did. The water output looked pretty much the same level of dirtiness with both machines. The biggest difference was the carpet was left wetter with the Hoover. That was easily handled by setting up a few fans and within 4-6 hours the carpet was dry to the touch and was completely dry all the way down by 8-10 hours.
The Hoover was SO easy to use I almost couldn't believe it. The unit was ready to use right out of the box, all you had to do was fill the water tank. I loved that the motion was basically the same as vacuuming and it was no harder to move this machine then a regular upright vacuum. I used the water spray for the first pass and then usually made 2 more passes with just suction. I was able to finish my rooms very quickly. Based on the look of the water returned after cleaning, the Hoover did a great job of extracting the dirt from the carpets. To me that's the most important thing.
In doing my research to purchase a carpet cleaner, I found that there is no perfect product. The ones that get the carpet drier are usually large and bulky to use. The lighter-weight ones like the Hoover do a great job with the cleaning but don't extract as much of the water leaving the carpet wetter. I feel that for the price, you can't beat this Hoover. It's so easy to use in every way, from set-up to cleaning to clean-up, that having to set up a few fans to help the carpet dry faster is well worth it. For the price and the ease of using the machine, this is one of the best out there.