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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2008
It's lighweight for one of these things, but leaves carpet damp. I was ok with that trade-off, because I used it very little.

But shortly after a year of light use one of the internal hoses split. Past the warranty cutoff, so hoover won't help. Machine is unusable and repair as expensive as new one.

This is an internal hose that gets no wear; it split because of design flaw or defect. If you get this, don't expect it to dry your carpet and don't expect it to last very long.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2008
I got this while it was on sale, and was very pleased. It does a good job of cleaning both carpet and furniture. It is light and easy to move around, much easier than the vacuum.

It does have some drawbacks to the design. The intake and outake canisters are a little tricky to open at first but you get the hang of it. Also, to drop the handle back you have to press on the right hand foot pedal and it is a bit hard to get it to release.

As another poster pointed out, it does not suck up the water really great. This is only a problem when you have really tough stains that get overly wet. For normal use, simply pushing it over the spot a few imes without pressing the water release will dry it sufficiently. On the whole, I would say it is an excellent all purpose steam cleaner. However, if you want to clean up pet stains, you might need something that is more like a wet vac that can suck up a lot of water.

I did not have any problems with it cleaning all the stains on the carpet. The carpet looked like new afterwards, with a nice soft nap - and so did the furniture.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2007
It is a nice steamer unfortunately not as shown on TV. It did a good job cleaning carpet but left carpet wet. It took approximately an hour with the help of heather that we own to dry the carpet out. Other than that it did a good job. We moved to our apartment few years ago and we tried to clean the stains on the carpet but without any success. The steamer could not take them away since they are old stains but light them down so it is not that noticeable. So, I am pretty happy with the steamer. I wish it could dry the carpet as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2008
Long story short:

Used Bissell Products a long time...

Bought this SteamVac

This machine pulled a full tank of black dirt out of a 5 foot piece of rug, and when rinsed again with water instead of soap, there was NO, repeat NO residual dirt and debris...

Finished the rest of the rug with it, rinsed....absolutely perfect...

It drys very well too...very fast...just go over your carpet a couple times after scrubbing and rinsing...it dries in 20 minutes or less...

The spinscrub is VERY EFFECTIVE at getting in the carpet pile, unlike Bissell machines that just beat it to death and pull out all the fibers and clog the filters as well.

I used the Bissell Quicksteamer, the Powersteamer, a Little Green, and one of those useless little hand cleaners that work like a handheld vac:

They are useless. No power, NO comparison to this machine.

I cant be more simple in describing it. 12 amp moter power DOES MEAN POWER
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2007
I purchased this carpet cleaner because of the "lite" in it's name. I have a neuromuscular disorder and can't push around heavy things very long. I was very pleased with how easy it was to use and how light it was. So many machines are so heavy you can't move them anywhere after the water tank is filled. I was surprised how clean my carpets were after one use. I would definitely recommend it. I only gave it four stars because the plastic water containers have plastic latches. They may break at some point if you are not careful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2009
I bought this cleaner because my Bissel conked out, and our dogs are, well, dogs.

Let me get this out of the way first. It works well. It cleans the carpet, and gets out the dirt, as evidenced by the black water that comes out of our rug.

That being said, it's strangely designed in ways it shouldn't be. Firstly, there are 2 tanks, one for clean water and one for waste. They are not labeled, and they look identical. There's a button on the front that says "tank release" that's also the same for both tanks. Not helpful. Then you figure out which tank you are to put water in (it's the one one the right) and the manual says to put 2 capfuls per tank of water. Ok great. But the cap has a big point on the top so you can't set that down. So if you are holding the tank, the cleaning solution, and the cap, you've got 3 hands. Congrats. Seems silly.

So you've got the tank attached and you're ready to go so you grab the handle; the triangular-shaped handle that's designed to dig into your hands as you work. So you're finished getting your hand reshaped by the handle, and you go to dump the waste tank. There are 2 clips on the top that have to be released to open it (again with the pointy top) so you have to set the filthy waste tank on the floor and release these 2 clips. How about one clip with a hinge?

Finally you get back to finish the job after fighting with the tank, and you've got wet soapy shoes, because you've been, well, shampooing. So you go with your wet soapy shoe to hit the smooth rounded button and it slips right off the smooth rounded power button several times. Finally you jam your heel into the thing and off you go. I don't know who designed this thing, but they certainly never used it.

That being said, I like it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2008
This machine does nowhere near the cleaning job of the 5200 series. I think the problem is an engineering issue - with the weight of the water tanks on the back of the machine, over the wheels, instead of over the brushes and suction in front, there's not enough contact with the carpet to suck out the water, and the brushes aren't effectively engaged. I solved this (partially) by tying a brick onto the front. I notice another reviewer pushes down on the front while his wife runs the machine. But my old 5200, which lasted for years, had much better suction as well as brush action. So only buy the Agility if you can't handle the slightly heavier weight of the 5200 machines, because it does a very poor cleaning job and leaves the carpet very wet, which, with time, might be damaging to the carper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2008
This product was purchased initially because of the weight and versatility, having both the rug tool and the upholstery tool which worked well on stairs and small areas. The machine works very well and certainly meets my needs. I removed the cord rack from the back as I found it to be cumbersome. The only problem I have with the machine is the foot lever on the right to lower the handle. It is very stiff and awkward to release. As far as cleaning and performance, the cleaner does an excellent job and the carpet dries relatively quickly. For the price, I found this to be an excellent buy. I would purchase it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2008
I purchased this machine a a little over a year ago, I didn't use it very long before the hose that carries the water to the tank tore in half. I ordered a new hose back in August 2007, and still haven't received anything, customer service has not been helpful at all. Just one frustration after another. Save yourself a big headache and don't even deal with Hoover!
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