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Hoover Smartwash Review

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Updated November 17, 2022
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With 1200W and 10 amps, the Hoover Smartwash is no stranger to suction power, lifting pet hair as if it were child’s play, and making it the best vacuum for pet hair. Vacuuming isn’t its only job, however; it can also wash your carpets. Scrub away accidents, too, with the best steam vacuum—nay, the best pet vacuum on a budget. For more great recommendations, visit our best vacuum cleaner review list.

Why We Like It – Hoover Smartwash

When you have pets, the Hoover Smartwash Carpet Cleaner is the kind of rug doctor you need if (or when) accidents happen, due to its ability to wash, vacuum, and dry your carpet.

  • Can wash, dry, and clean your carpet
  • Keeps clean water & dirty water separate
  • Automatic cleaning solution dispenser
  • Power cord is a bit short

Power, Speed & Efficiency

The Hoover Smartwash Home Carpet Cleaning Machine is one powerful machine. It wields its 10 amps and 1200W with ease and efficiency through its 12-inch cleaning path. Pushing forward cleans the carpet of pet hair from pet carpets; pulling back warms the carpet, speeding up the drying process. Cleaning solution is dispensed automatically, so you’ll never have to press buttons. The Dyson V11 Vacuum is good at vacuuming, but it sure can’t wash your carpets.

Related: Read our helpful Hoover SmartWash Advanced Pet Upright carpet cleaner review

Bin Capacity, Maintenance & Durability

The Hoover Smartwash has multiple bins: a 20 oz for cleaning solution, a gallon tank for clean water, and another one for dirty water. All of the aforementioned bins are kept separate—especially the dirty water, so you’ll always get a clean pass through. That’s more than even the Miele Complete C3 Marin can account for. For maintenance, simple dump and rinse and it’s good to go. However, cord length may feel a bit short; 22 feet is just below good.


What really sells the entire package is the Hoover Smartwash Automatic Carpet Cleaners’ price. You can pick up what’s arguably the best carpet cleaner on a budget, for just $225. You can even save a bit and get one bundled with a cleaning solution (all come with a pet tool). Sure, you’re trading vacuum bags for a carpet cleaner, but you don’t have to use the Hoover Smartwash often—just every few months or once a year. When not in use, the Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner can serve as the main vacuum.

Related: Check out the latest Hoover vacuum cleaner review

Hoover Smartwash Wrap Up

Aside from a slightly shorter 22-foot power cord, you have every reason to own a Hoover Smartwash. It’s the perfect tool to have if you live side-by-side with a pet or two. Accidents can and will happen; your carpets don’t have to constantly remind you of that. Use the Hoover Smartwash to clean and vacuum the mistakes away.

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