Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner

I’m always on the lookout for a good portable carpet cleaner, so I was pretty happy to stumble across the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner. I almost couldn’t wait to give it a spin, but unfortunately, I had to wait as I was busy testing another cleaner. However, as soon as I got the opportunity, I got one of these units and gave it a test spin.

Although it is kind of on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, it isn’t the most expensive unit on the market – which was a relief to my pocket book. When I received it, I noticed that it had a 15-foot power cord, had a 64-ounce tank, had a 5.5-foot cleaning hose and weighed around 15-pounds. And you would think from those specs that this unit would be bulky and hard to use. However, I didn’t really find that to be the case.

Thanks to its telescoping handle and its wheels, it was pretty easy to move from room to room. Sure, I would have liked to have had a longer power cord – at least 5 more feet – this unit was still fairly easy to move around. And since it had a larger than normal tank, it was easier to use than some models because I didn’t have to refill it so frequently.

The only real problems I had with this unit was that 1) it was loud, 2) its power cord was sort of short and 3) the sprayer kind of leaked at times. While one and two are self-explanatory, number three is not, so I’ll explain what I mean to you.

I noticed that after using it, once I turned the sprayer to a different angle it would dribble water. It was massive leaking but it was definitely something that I just had to mention. Of course, it may be just how I was using it because I have noticed that not many people mention this defect in their personal reviews of this product.

One of the things I really like about this carpet cleaner is it’s motorized brush. It really lessens the amount of elbow grease I have to do while I am cleaning. And anything that lessens my workload gets an additional point from me.

Overall, I think that the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner is a good carpet cleaner. It’s not the most inexpensive, the lightest or the fanciest, but it does do a good job at cleaning up stains out of upholstery and carpeting.

8.3 Total Score
Bottom Line

Ease of Use
  • Cleans well
  • Easy to move from room to room
  • Decent tank size
  • Well built
  • Loud
  • Sprayer may leak at times
  • Power cord could be longer
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