In this review of the Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro, model number FH50220, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this home carpet cleaning machine. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this carpet cleaner and shampooer? And what details about this Hoover carpet cleaner might affect your decision to buy it without being a clear pro or con?
Pros of the Hoover Max Extract 60 FH50220
This carpet cleaning machine has a list price of around $230, but you can often find it on sale for around $160. Hoover sells carpet cleaner and deodorizer for about $10 for 32 ounces, while the pet specific stain remover by the manufacturer has a higher price per ounce.
This carpet cleaner cleans just as well at its edges as it does in the middle. It is not recommended to use this carpet cleaner next to wooden baseboards, because it can spray hot water onto the wall as you clean the edges of your hallway.
It has separate tanks for clean and dirty water, so you won’t see the cleaning performance decline as the dirty water piles up.
This carpet cleaner weighs about 22 pounds. This is much lighter than many industrial grade carpet cleaners that this machine cleans almost as well as.
This carpet shampooer and carpet cleaner can clean carpets, upholstery and even car seats.
The Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro carpet cleaning machine has an invaluable safety feature if you clean upholstery or stairs often. It turns off the brushes on the bottom of the unit when it is set upright while you use the hand tools, so it won’t rip up the rug while you’re cleaning the couch.
The Hoover home carpet cleaning machine is easy to assemble. And this home carpet cleaner is easy to use.
Perhaps most importantly, this home carpet cleaning machine does almost as good a job cleaning up most messes as the professional grade machines.
The machine gives you the option to turn off the soap dispensing while you make a “rinse” pass, saving soap and letting you simply rinse/steam carpets.
Cons of Hoover Home Carpet Shampooer
The water tank’s capacity is not nearly as great as many professional grade carpet cleaners. You’ll have to refill the clean water tank regularly unless spot cleaning.
When the handle is tilted back during use, the clean water tank leaks a little through a gasket.
In order to have warranty work done, you usually have to send it to a repair center that can take days or up to two weeks to make the repairs. If you need a replacement part, it can take a month to receive it so you can do the repair yourself.
The filters in this carpet cleaner need to be cleaned and replaced often.
This carpet cleaner has moderate suction but doesn’t get all of the water out of your carpets. Expect to wait several hours for your carpets to dry after using it.
The cleaning solution is separate from the water tank. This can be useful if you want to clean the floor with soap and water and then make a separate pass with only clean water to remove all of the soap or remove all traces of residue from the floor. This feature is great if you need to remove the soap residue left by some other carpet cleaning process. The feature can be annoying if you run out of carpet shampoo while cleaning the floor and find that you’ve cleaned half the living room without any carpet shampoo.
The scrubbing brushes are reliant on a drive shaft in the vacuum cleaner that isn’t very durable. If you run the scrubbing brushes in very deep carpet or run them against a thick gooey mess that generates significant resistance, they are prone to breaking.
This carpet cleaner doesn’t come with tools for steam cleaning hard floors.
The Hoover Max Extract 60 carpet cleaning machine for home use gets points for performance, ease of use, efficiency and versatility, as long as you are aware of the need to let carpets dry afterward.