Product: Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner
Rating: Strong Recommend*
When living with light carpets and having kids and pets, dirt and stains seem to continually pop up and grow like mold patterns. Instead of strategically arranging your furniture or going through the trouble and expense of renting a cleaner / having a professional come out to your home, you'll be very pleasantly surprised at the ease of use and fair cost of buying your very own carpet cleaner. Come see how the Hoover MaxExtract 60 fared in our test lab.
Unboxing & Assembly
At first glance, the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner is massive, but thinking back to the unwieldy Home Depot rental unit we had a few weeks ago this thing was compact and extremely easy to handle. When unpacking the MaxExtract, be careful not to miss the little accessories that are just tossed in the box. While working through the quick setup guide we spent quite some time searching for the scrub hand tool and hard floor squeegee tool accessories before reading later on that they were "available on select models only."
One screw holds the handle to the base and we wonder about the long term durability of the plastic. We'll see in the long run how it holds up to constant use and lugging around by the handle. The clean water tank has two fill holes, one for water and one for solution, and installs with a satisfying heavy click, although it requires a little more muscle than some might be used to (my sister struggled with it while her husband and I easily clicked it in).
There was a bit of leakage but it's clean water, so just make sure you're not on hardwood floors. There's an extra long handheld hose that wraps twice around the back of the vacuum. The underside has 6 bright green individual little SpinScrub® rotating brushes that Hoover likens to "treating your carpet to a deep, massaging salon shampoo."
Hoover offers a lot of different types of cleaning solution depending on your application. At $10 to $20 per bottle, the solution gets used up quickly and could be expensive if you're cleaning a large enough area fairly frequently. A small 16oz. sample bottle is included in the box which we mostly used up in our review, although to be fair we were being quite liberal with the trigger in our test area. Be sure to note if your bottle has concentrated solution and needs to be mixed with water or not. There are indicator levels in the fill container that are very helpful.
Be sure to use a regular vacuum cleaner on the carpet/rug first to remove dirt and dust. Also be careful around furniture, wood flooring, and trim that might get wet and stain your carpet because of the moisture from the MaxExtract. So move/cover your stuff as necessary before getting started.
How to Use the MaxExtract
Our model had a manual toggle between wash and rinse cycles. The instructions aren't extremely clear but we figured out that when you press the trigger on the wash cycle it uses cleaning solution on the floor and the rinse cycle just cleans with water to help get rid of the soapy suds. The manual explains to set the unit to the wash cycle and while holding the trigger go forward the length of your carpet and then backwards over it again, maintaining that trigger finger the entire time. Then remove your finger from the trigger and go forward and backward over the same line again. When the trigger is not pressed, the MaxExtract works like a wet vacuum - and in fact it can be used to vacuum water in a pinch, although the instructions stress not to submerge the unit and to be very careful to wash your hands when handling the plug and such.
Hoover recommends at minimum these two forward and backward sweeps per line, once with wash and a second time with just vacuuming to aid in drying. You can repeat any cycle as often as you want, depending on how dirty the area is or how quickly you want to aid the drying process versus air dry. Our very first attempt was quite a success, although instead of the minimum two wet strokes and two dry strokes as suggested we tripled the number of sweeps. We also use a few rinse cycle sweeps now and again as the carpet was quite sudsy after the wash cycle. The stains we first tested on weren't crazy but on a white carpet and after years of trying to manually clean them up, the MaxExtract knocked it out on the first try. Excellent.
Dirty water tank
The results as shown in the before/after pics came out beautifully. You can see the dirty water tank above and compare the color to the carpet (as well as see some dirt pieces in the tank floating around).
We did try a much worse stain on another rug though that did not clean up much at all, which was a bit disappointing. The stain itself was pretty severe though so we don't knock it too much in terms of performance of the MaxExtract.
The MaxExtract has quite a few uses that let you clean more than just big carpets and area rugs. Aside from functioning as a wet vac, you can also clean your hardwood floors and tiles/grout. You'll need to purchase and use the specific cleaning solutions for your application though. There's also a series of handheld attachments that let you clean tight corners, stairs, and even upholstery. You'll need to make sure your furniture is marked as cleanable with wet solutions though before having your way with that living room sofa.
One of the nicest things about the MaxExtract is how clean it is to use, especially when compared to the rental unit we had tried before. Aside from the clean water tank dribbling a little bit of water when first installed, there dirty water is very tightly contained within the separated dirty water tank. The dirty water tank pulls out of the unit easily and has a drain plug for simply dumping out the dirty water as well as a large hatch to open it up completely for a full cleaning. There's absolutely no mess, even with a tank full of dirty water. Nothing drips back out through the vacuum at all.
Retailing for around $200, the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Carpet Deep Cleaner is quite reasonably priced. The size and weight are compact for the type of vacuum and it's ease of use and slickness of components are extremely smooth. Despite the $200 cost of entry and expensive solutions that get used up quickly, it still beats the cost of having to drive out and lug home a rental unit from the local hardware store. All in all a very sturdy and well performing carpet cleaner that operates smoothly and effortlessly.
Pros: Manageable size and weight compared to rental models; very clean and easy to operate; gets out reasonable spots and stains; extra long handheld hose; big clean water and dirty water tanks that snap in and out easily;
Cons: Flies through expensive cleaning solution; Couldn't pick up the most terrible of stains;
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