Hoover F5914900 Steam Vac with Clean Surge Carpet Cleaner Review

When I first received the Hoover F5914900 Steam Vac with Clean Surge Carpet Cleaner, I honestly didn’t expect much from it. Out of the box, it looked kind of unassuming. I was basically just a carpet cleaner body, a couple of tanks, a handle assembly, some nuts and bolts, a hose bracket, upholstery tool, nozzle cleaning tool and an owner’s manual. It wasn’t until I had it fully assembled – a process which took about 10 minutes – before I got an idea of what this unit could do.

This Hoover had a 12-amp motor, a 3-speed brush-roll control (off, low and high) and separate tanks for the clean water and the dirty water. So far so good, I thought. I then decided to put it to the real test: cleaning the 3 rooms of carpet I had set aside for it. That is when I noticed a couple of problems.

The first thing I noticed was that this unit didn’t have a trigger lock, which may not be a big deal for some of you but is for me. Keeping my finger on the trigger all of the time left my hands feeling kind of sore – especially after I was using the unit for awhile. It would’ve been nice if a trigger lock had been added.

Another thing that I noticed is that I really didn’t like how this unit was designed. I didn’t like the lack of power in the hand tool and I didn’t like the fact that I had to lean the unit back remove the dirty water tanks. Sure, this unit was lightweight and easy to maneuver but it also felt like it was cheaply made with all of the plastic. It just didn’t feel durable.

Sure, this unit did a fine job of cleaning my carpet and I have no complaints about this unit once I had it set up and running. Just cleaning the carpet, this cleaner did a fine job. However, it didn’t do that great of a job on my upholstery or stairs.

Overall, this is an alright unit for someone looking for a cheaper carpet cleaner to use occasionally around the home. After all, it did get the job done. I just wouldn’t expect a whole lot out of it.

8.1 Total Score
Bottom Line

An alright unit for someone looking for a cheaper model to use occasionally around the home. After all, it did get the job done. I just wouldn't expect a whole lot out of it.

Quality
7.5
Ease of Use
8.5
Performance
7.5
Features
8.3
Value
8.5
PROS
  • Cleans well
  • Inexpensive
CONS
  • Hand tool doesn't work too well
  • Design could be better
  • Feels cheaply made
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