Professional Carpet Extractor Comparison: We Review the Aqua Power C4 vs Mytee Mytee Lite II

When it comes to commercial, industrial-grade carpet cleaners, efficiency is key. Most career carpet cleaners  we know aren’t using domestic-grade cleaners like the Hoover Max Extract line (although some are); they’re more likely to be using tools like the EDIC Galaxy 2000, because time is money, and fast, reliable extractors means money in our pockets. However, comparisons and reviews of the tools we depend on can be hard to find beyond word of mouth, which is why we’re making the effort to review  the leading pro extractors on the market. Today we’ll take a look at the Aqua Power C4 Carpet Extractor and the Mytee Mytee Lite II Carpet Extractor, and let our team figure out which they’d rather have on an all day job. If you don’t run a business but simply want a clean home and are tired of renting cleaners, here are two you might want to consider buying (although in such a case we’d also recommend the Big Green or Rug Doctor).

Pros and Cons of the Aqua Power C4 Quick Dry Hot Water Carpet Extractor

We like the Aqua Power C4 because it’s one of the most reliable extractors on the market, as well as one of the best extractors we’ve ever used. One of our staff members has been using his for a number of years and has around 700 operational hours with it without a breakdown. That kind of reliability is priceless. Another associate uses hers to manage the carpets in a 60 unit apartment complex she owns; the testimonials speak for themselves.

On the surface, the C4 bears a not-so small resemblance to the Rug Doctor X3, and this isn’t a coincidence; one of the founders of Rug Doctor left the company and founded Kenti Investment. However, while the Aqua Power is significantly more expensive, it also does a much better job cleaning. In fact, the only machine we’d put above it in cleaning capacity is the EDIC Galaxy, which costs twice as much.

It’s important to keep in mind that while the C4 can be used with cold water, it’s designed to be used with hot (not boiling) water, and it is pulled backwards, which can make it a bit tricky to navigate in tight spaces. You’ll want to use a wand or hose attachment for stairs and upholstery. While you use it, the cleaning solution mixes with the hot (e.g., tap hot) water in its 4-gallon tank, the brush cleans the damp area, and then the vacuum cleans dirt and removes moisture from the carpet. The C4 weighs 44 pounds, is 19″ deep, 12″ wide, and 27″ high not counting the handle, which is adjustable. Despite its heft, it’s easy to pull and can handle any flat environment with ease. It’s a great machine, and we regularly turn to ours for taking care of pretty much any carpet system we come across.

Pros and Cons of the Mytee Mytee Lite II Carpet Extractor

The Mytee Lite II is another excellent high-end carpet extractor. Unlike most cleaners on the market, it has an in-line heater (like the EDIC Galaxy, but at half the price), giving you 210-degree hot water on-demand to help tackle grease stains and blast away dirt. Unlike with the C4, a vacuum hose (15 feet long) and an upholstery tool are included, which saves a bit of money if you’re stretching your budget to bring one home. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which we find very reassuring. At 48 pounds, it weighs slightly more than the C4, and at 50″ tall, 31″ long, and 28.5″ wide, it’s also a larger device. However, it does excellent work and feels much smaller than its dimensions would suggest when in use. It’s particularly strong when it comes to auto detailing, due to its ability to act like a giant shop vac. We know a number of associates who use theirs both professionally (e.g., in car detailing, in car washes) and personally (for personal houses, vehicles, etc). Construction out of the box is simple and it’s also simple to operate.

Conclusion – which high-end cleaner is right for my home / business?

In conclusion, we can’t say enough good things about the C4, but we also think highly of the Lite II; the better machine for you will depend on your specific needs. If you’re like most carpet cleaners on our team or in our network, however, you’ll spend many happy years with the C4. On the other hand, if you do car work or need a hot water supply while cleaning, the Mytee II is king in the under-$1000 market.

You can buy the Aqua Power C4 extractor on Amazon here, and you can buy the Mytee Lite II extractor here.

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Reviewing, Comparing the Best Carpet Cleaners Under $200: Hoover Power Scrub FH50150, Max Extract 60 FH50220, Dual V WidePath F7412900

If you’re looking for value, you’re looking for the Power Scrub.

While our top recommendations for home-based carpet cleaners are the Big Green in 1st place and the Rug Doctor in 2nd, we realize that not everyone has the budget or room to use such massive (though wonderfully capable) appliances. So what’s the next best thing? That’s what we’re here to discuss. If you can stretch your budget to $200, the good news is that there are actually a number of respectable carpet cleaning solutions that’ll do a comparable job to what you’d get from a high end Bissell or Rug Doctor; the trick is to have realistic expectations and know where to spend your money. Today we take a closer look at 3 of our favorite carpet cleaners at the $200 or under price point and compare their strengths and weaknesses: the Hoover Power Scrub FH50150, the Hoover Max Extract 60 (FH50220), and the Hoover Max Extract WidePath (F7412900). All three do great jobs, but your favorite won’t necessarily be ours, so read on to learn more.

Pros and Cons of the Hoover FH50150 Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

We were most taken by the Power Scrub and found it a tremendous value at its price point. At 19 pounds, it’s the lightest of the 3 carpet cleaners but also features heated cleaning, which is the equivalent of a hair dryer attached to your carpet cleaner to dry your carpets in significantly less time than through typical air drying. It wasn’t as effective as the heating system in the 60, but it dried carpets more quickly than the WidePath. We also like the presence of separate tanks, a feature that makes filling, emptying, and rinsing each much easier than when dealing with combination tanks.

The setup couldn’t be more straightforward out of the box: you screw in a pair of screws to connect the handle and you’re done. We found it did a good job with a range of carpeted and upholstered surfaces and equaled the other two Hoovers in this comparison despite costing significantly less. The only thing we’d like to see from it is a greater ability to work out certain pet stains; the two Max Extracts were stronger in this area. Naturally, we’d also like it to run a bit more quietly to avoid scaring the pets (while our dogs didn’t mind the sound, one of our cats treated it like a vacuum cleaner and fled the room).

Pros and Cons of the Hoover Max Extract 60 Pressure Pro Carpet Deep Cleaner (FH50220)

The Max Extract 60 is the cleaner you want if your priorities are cleaning (where it did a great job) and carpet drying (where it was by far and away the winner among the three). It literally dried carpets in about half the time of the WidePath and in about 2/3rds of the time of the Power Scrub. An additional feature we loved (that was also present in the Power Scrub) was the ability to add the detergent to an additional compartment kept separate from the hot water tank. This allowed us to control whether or not we wanted to use detergent (because sometimes we wanted to simply rinse parts of the carpet), saving our cleaning solution and our time. In terms of cleaning, the Max Extract 60 did the best job of the three, even though it wasn’t a situation where it ran away from the field. On regular stains (coffee, milk, wine, etc), all three cleaners did an equally good job, but when it came to pet care, we preferred how the 60 left our carpets and furniture.

Pros and Cons of the Hoover Carpet Cleaner Max Extract Dual V WidePath Carpet Cleaner Machine (F7412900)

Finally, we also took great pleasure in using the WidePath. However, it was by far the heaviest of the 3 carpet cleaners (it weighs 27 pounds, compared to a typical 22 pounds for the 60 and a svelte 18 pounds for the Power Scrub). Depending on how much you value portability or whether you have any weight restrictions, this could be a deal breaker. However, if you’re in good health and want a bit of a workout, you’ll get one with the WidePath. Its main advantage over the competition is the fact that it takes a bit less time to cover the same ground due to the wider cleaning surface it attacks. Like the other two Hoovers, it also features a two tank system, but unlike the other two, it unfortunately doesn’t feature a heated drying system.

Conclusion – what’s the top carpet cleaner under $200?

Under $200, we feel these three carpet cleaners do a better job than any other full-sized or portable cleaners on the market right now. The best will depend on your needs. In the end, most of us either preferred the Power Scrub or the Max Extract 60, depending on whether we prioritized portability or drying time and cleaning ability.

You can buy the Hoover Power Scrub FH50150 on Amazon here, the Hoover Max Extract 60 (FH50220) here, and the Hoover Max Extract WidePath (F7412900) here.

If you find our research on PMC helpful, you can support our efforts to keep maniacally reviewing home cleaning tools by shopping through this Amazon link. Canadians can use this link. We promise to keep fighting the good fight against every horror children, animals, and grown, yet messy humans can inflict upon a clean home.

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