If you’re looking for the best carpet cleaner money can buy, we’re going to save you some time: you’re looking for the EDIC Galaxy 2000. Specifically, you want the 500 PSI model with the external 2000 watt heater . That’s right–it comes with a heater capable of providing a continuous source of near-boiling water at 210 degrees. The EDIC is a commercial grade carpet cleaning extractor, and it’s the kind of industrial-scale carpet cleaner we use in high end hotel contract work, for massive enterprise situations, or in day-to-day small business. We’ve used them in laundry and janitorial situations, in restaurants and dormitories, and everywhere in between. It’s above and beyond what most people will need for single family homes, but if you fall into a special case as an exceptionally meticulous homeowner, or are a business type looking for the best carpet cleaner made in the USA for and by professionals, this is what you’re looking for. We own two, despite how much they cost (they’re not cheap). Are they worth it for our needs? Absolutely.
What Kinds of Galaxy 2000s are available?
There are range of Galaxies currently on the market; the 12-gallon extractors have 2000 model numbers while professionals with even greater needs can purchase the 2700 series which come with 17-gallon solution tank. You can buy them with or without heat (the HR-appendix in the model codes) and with a variety of PSIs from 100 (SX) to 150 (IX) to 200 (JX) to 250 (KX) all the way to 500 (CX).
The Pros of the Heated EDIC Galaxy 2000
The main pros to the Galaxy have to do with the fact that it’s a professional tool for professional use. American Extractors didn’t cut corners in most parts of its construction; the machine is a beast inside and out (and yes, we’ve taken it apart to peek inside). The fact that it comes with an external heater already sets it apart from 99% of carpet cleaners on the market, as you’re going to have a continuous source of hot water for as long as you’re on the job. The fact that it’s external instead of internal is another advantage, as this keeps the internal components going longer since they aren’t enmeshed in a plastic case to roast at 210 degrees with the water you’re heating.
Heated EDIC Galaxy 2000 Cons
One of the biggest cons of the heated Galaxy is its meager 2 year warranty for parts and labor. A tool at this level should come with at least a 10 year warranty, especially considering the environments in which it’s going to be used. However, the body itself, which is made of polyethylene, or high-end plastic, does come with a lifetime warranty, which helps take the sting out of some repairs. The heater core also has a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.
The heated Galaxy 2000 features, as noted above, an external 2000 watt heater capable of maintaining 210 degrees Fahrenheit. We tested it with a thermometer at 5 minutes and 15 minutes and temperatures were typically within 5 degrees of this figure, which was reassurring. Solution pressure, per American Extractors, can be adjusted between 50 PSI and 500 PSI. Within the (huge) box, you get a pair of 50 foot power cables, a 25 foot vacuum hose, and a 25 foot solution hose, in addition to a hose bag. The hose bag isn’t very useful, to be honest, but it’s designed to help you keep the hose assembly in place. The solution tank has a 12 gallon capacity while the recovery tank holds 11 gallons. A pair of vacuum motors included deliver up to 150″ of lift.
The entire assembled extractor weighs a not-so-svelte 85 pounds and is 18 inches wide by 31 inches long by 36 inches long. If you skip out on the external heater, the height drops by an imperceptible inch and the weight drops to 78 pounds. Compared to the Bissell Big Green BG10, it’s significantly heavier (the BG10 weighs 42 pounds), wider, and longer, but it also cleans at a level the BG10 isn’t designed to compete with. This is a machine you’ll keep for decades, and with any luck, you’ll pass it on to your employees when you retire from all the money you’ve made using it.
When using a tool like the Galaxy, there are a few specifics to keep in mind. First of all, you’re going to need to run a water line to it to operate it with continual hot water. We apologize if this seems painfully obvious, but we’ve had a number of jobs where we weren’t able to get to work on schedule because the staff on site didn’t realize we weren’t going to carry perpetually hot water onboard for a three hour job. Next, you’re going to need separate circuits in which to plug in the two power cables; one is for power and the other is for the heater. Naturally, if you’re not using the heater, you won’t need the second power source. The extractor uses 110 household volts, but again, the plugs need separate circuits or you’re probably going to trip whatever circuit breaker you’re plugged into each time you get the heater going. You can also buy a double jet wand.
Finally, keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need the top end Galaxy; it depends on the kind of work you do. If you don’t need the heater, you can save some money by avoiding it. Similarly, American Extractors also sells a lower PSI model. However, don’t skimp on what you need just to save a few hundred; get what you need the first time and you’ll save both time and money.
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