Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge

I am writing this Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge Review because dirty carpets happen. In my house, with pets and people, our carpets get spilled on, splattered on and stepped on with dirty shoes on a regular basis. I love getting a deep steam cleaning done every year. But, it can be expensive to hire a special company to do yearly cleanings.

Renting steam vacs from a grocery store are a cheaper option, but still involves some hassle. It also involves hauling that gigantic machine back and forth from the store to your car and from your car to inside your house. It suddenly dawned on me that I could just buy a well-made steam vac like the one I am reviewing here.

Hoover is a tried and true brand and this model is great not just for once-a-year thorough cleanings. It also works great for every day, on-the-spot clean ups. With pets in my house, this is an essential machine.

It works just like a regular vacuum, only you need to fill the main tank with hot tap water. It comes with a special detergent, but once you go through it, you are free to use any good detergent for steam vacs.


  • The best feature, in my opinion, is the clean-surge fingertip control. This applies an extra big of detergent to the surface you are cleaning. Perfect for those major spills.
  • The spin scrub feature really digs into and loosens dirt in heavily trafficked areas. You do not have to run the machine over and over certain spots. It gets dirt up fast on the first pass.
  • The two-tank system separates clean and dirty water for you. This is one feature I love.
  • The 3-speed brush roll control is great for adjusting the machine just the way you need it. High works on normal cleaning, low works for gentle cleaning and off gets you the spill pick up help you need.
  • The motor is a full 12-amp motor which means this machine is powerful and can tackle any mess.
I don't know how I survived on a regular vacuum alone in the past. It is a little on the heavy side, but considering it is holding water it is not too difficult to move around as you work. It does not do a great job of cleaning hard surfaces, so stick to using it for carpets. The tanks are easy to remove and refill. It makes going over the freshly cleaned carpet easy to rinse with clean water.

Product Performance

If there is anything negative I have to say about this product it is that while it is referred to as a SteamVac, guess what? It does not produce steam. That is a little confusing to some buyers. It works with really hot water but you will not get it to produce steam. It is also not good for hard surfaces or delicate Oriental rugs.


The vacuum is almost 20 inches by 14.2 inches by 30 inches and it weighs about 29 pounds. When you have it shipped, it will weigh over 30 pounds so be aware of that if you need to bring it up a flight of stairs or if you are paying for a special expedited shipping or sending it as a gift. It comes with a 1-year warranty.


  • Ability to apply extra cleaning solution when need with a touch of a finger
  • Spin scrub 360 degree feature for extra dirty areas
  • Separate tanks for clean and dirty water makes filling and emptying tanks a breeze
  • 12 amp powerful motor for real cleaning power
  • 3 speed brush control for normal or gentle cleaning


  • Does not produce actual steam
  • Not good for hard surfaces
  • Avoid using on delicate Oriental rugs


For the price, this is an amazing tool to have for home or office use. It helps me get my carpets a lot cleaner than my regular vacuum does. You can buy special pet cleaning detergent for it, but the one that comes with it is decent. Without fail, this carpet cleaner gives you a deep-down clean each time you use it.

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge Rating

The spin scrub brushes get at carpet fibers from all sides. This works to loosen up large bits of dirt and really gets the cleaning off to a great start. The heated cleaning is just great at thoroughly cleaning the carpet and removing dirt. The clean-surge gives that extra blast of power that you need to get at big messes or heavily trafficked spots. The hand tools lets you get at upholstery and carpeted stairs with ease.

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge