In this review of the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer, model number FH50150, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this carpet cleaner and shampooer.
Pros of the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer
This Hoover carpet cleaner and shampooer costs around $220 at full price but you can find it on sale for less than $150. Refurbished models are even cheaper.
This unit uses a two tank system so that only clean water is used on your carpet. One tank systems mix the debris in with the clean water so that it does a worse job as the work progresses.
The Hoover model FH50150 lets you select whether to use the wash water with shampoo or pure water. The pure water option lets you remove any soap residue left in by the shampooer or clean the floor after someone else’s dry cleaning of the carpets left them sticky or dirty.
This machine’s design results in equally good clean across the shampooer/cleaner head, minimizing how many passes you have to make. And it is narrow enough to fit behind a lot of furniture without having to move furniture to clean spots. Its relatively smaller size makes it easier to store, as well.
This unit is easy to assemble.
The controls are conveniently placed.
It comes with an upholstery tool, hand tool and bag to hold these tools.
Hoover has very good customer service when problems are reported about these carpet cleaning machine. This can be a challenge if the authorized repair shops they refer you to are fifty or a hundred miles away.
Cons of the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer
This unit does better on carpet than upholstery. The upholstery cleaner does have brushes that spin under pressure, but it doesn’t have good suction to compensate, so even multiple high pressure passes to get things clean may leave the upholstery wet and potentially grind in what you were trying to remove.
These carpet cleaning machines last a year or two before something like the handle or other components break. The components holding the brush heads, in particular, are prone to rust and freeze them in place if the vacuum head doesn’t dry out immediately after use or there is water leaking onto them.
The cord on this carpet cleaner is relatively short, though extension cords help mitigate this problem.
The smaller tank size means you are emptying and refilling the water tanks more often unless only spot cleaning or working in a small apartment.
The unit weighs eighteen pounds, though it is heavier when the water is included.
Hoover sells carpet shampoo for less than thirty cents an ounce as well as pet stain and odor remover that costs a little more per ounce.
The dirty water tank’s stopper pops up when the tank is full so the machine turns off, so it is clear when you have to empty the dirty water tank. This ensures that you don’t keep going and overflow the dirty water tank. Be careful not to bump the carpet cleaner when this happens or you may splash dirty water onto the newly cleaned carpet.
Clean pet hair out of the carpet cleaner brushes to ensure that it does a good job. If you have pet hair or dander in the floor, vacuum it before using this carpet shampooer for optimal performance.
When you empty the water reservoirs during the middle of the cleaning job, the suction drops off and, without a second pass of where the carpet cleaner was sitting, those spots will be off colored because they were not adequately cleaned. And if you let the machine sit idle while you’re cleaning upholstery, you’re at risk of over-wetting the carpet on which it sits.
This is a relatively affordable, lightweight and maneuverable carpet shampooer perfect for apartment dwellers or those who need to spot clean on demand. You have to take care with this model to get the floors thoroughly cleaned.