Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3 Pet Pack Review: A Good Cleaner for Families with Large Dogs

The Rug Doctor is one of the best home carpet cleaners on the market. It’s also the cleaner you’re most likely to see in the store with a big “rent me” sign attached. We’ve used it and its smaller (and larger) brethren for years, and figured it was time to put together a review for it. In short, it’s not the best mid-priced cleaner out there (that award would go to the Bissell 86T3), but it’s definitely a strong competitor. Here’s what we like the most and least about it: it works well for large houses and it’s one of the best cleaners we’ve found for dealing with the various things large dogs bring home (or leave behind).

Pros of the Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3

What we like best about the Rug Doctor is that it does a thorough job with most carpets. It has trouble with shag and shag-like carpets, but it’s miles beyond almost any other carpet cleaner you’re going to find in a department store. Many owners (including several on our team) report that their Rug Doctors paid for themselves after a few years of use, and it’s hard to disagree with the results. The construction is also top notch in most areas with features we’re happy to see, like bigger water tanks, impact resistant waste tanks, and a lack of gears that will break down in a year or two like in so many cheap carpet cleaners. It also doesn’t leak, which, unfortunately, is not something you can take for granted in every carpet cleaner.

Cons of the Rug Doctor X3

Construction is flimsy in a few areas, including in the brushes, which sometimes seem to stop working prematurely. Although the Rug Doctor comes with a 5 year warranty, we’d like to feel like it’s something we’d never need (instead of eyeing our machine at the 4.5 year mark and wondering if something would snap in six months). It also doesn’t have quite the power of the big green Bissell (but very few machines do). And while we haven’t ever seen significant leaking issues, we do know a few other professional cleaners who’ve received the odd defective unit.

Using the Rug Doctor Pro with dogs and cats

To put it simply, our favorite reason for owning the Rug Doctor is because of the marvelous job it does on dog and cat stains. Some of us have dogs that struggle to see the benefits of urinating outdoors. Some of us have cats that insist on eating houseplants (and then throwing them up strategically around the house). We all have our war stories. The point is that the Rug Doctor, when used responsibly, can help as part of a therapy and recovery plan. It cleans pretty much every kind of animal-induced stain we come across, and we come across a lot.

Conclusions – is the Rug Doctor worth it?

In conclusion, we get that the amount of money you need to buy a Rug Doctor is what people would normally only spend on TVs, dishwashers, washers, dryers…Actually, when you think about it that way, it’s not an absurd amount of money at all relative to the use it gives you. Sure, you could rent one; the models in stores have always served us well when we’ve needed them for the odd task. However, if you have the choice and the funds to match, the Rug Doctor is worth buying. It’s not the best cleaner out there, but it’s pretty close.

You can buy the Rug Doctor X3 on Amazon here, while the Bissell 86T3/Q is available 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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Bissell 86T3/86T3Q Big Green Carpet Cleaner Review: 3 Reasons it’s Worth Buying

Bissell has been in the carpet cleaning business for a long time, so when they claim they’ve got the best carpet cleaner on the market, we’re more than happy to take a closer look. The truth is that the awkwardly named 86T3 / 86T3Q doesn’t disappoint: it’s not an industrial cleaner, but it’ll get the job done for pretty much anything short of factory work. And it’ll give the commercial machines a run for their money in those situations (believe us; we’ve used them all). However, there’s no denying that the Big Green, as it’s affectionately called, isn’t the cheapest carpet cleaner out there. Is it really worth as much as it costs?

We made it our goal to find out. And for us, the answer was generally yes, but under specific conditions: let’s look at them.

1. You have a whole house to clean.

At the risk of being obvious, if you live in a tiny house, you probably don’t need a Big Green. There are always exceptions, of course; one staff member bought one because she was determined to get her deposit back (and she did!). However, in general, if you don’t have more than a small room’s worth of carpet to deal with (like so many fans of HGTV and hard wood floors), then you’ll probably be fine with a standard smaller carpet cleaner. But if you’ve got several rooms full of carpets or a larger property (or several), then you’ll definitely want to make an investment.

2. You have a small zoo (or baseball team).

Similarly, the reason for cleaning will impact the tool you need. Some people simply like nice carpets, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Others have pets that weigh more than they do (hello Great Dane and St. Bernard fans!). Others have small animals that decided the great indoors made a much better bathroom than the great outdoors. Still others have a herd of tiny elephants that never take their shoes off when returning from elephant school. Whatever your situation, if you find yourself constantly on your knees cleaning who-knows-what from your carpets, you might want to consider a tool that’ll make the whole process much easier, if not enjoyable.

3. You expect to use it at least once a month.

If you’re only planning on using a high-end cleaner like a Bissell 86T3 or a Rug Doctor X3 every once in a while, you might be better off renting one instead of buying it. It depends completely on your financial picture as well as on the costs of renting vs. owning (we apologize for sounding like a personal finance adviser). On the other hand, if you feel likely to use it at least once a month, then you’ll definitely save in the long term by making a commitment to buy instead of by trying to rent one each time your in-laws and their five untrained chihuahuas come over.

4. You’re tired of spending money (and time) on lesser cleaners.

Finally, the most convincing reason for our team to buy a Big Green is because it gets tiring buying, wearing out, and replacing lesser carpet cleaners. It’s not just about the money; it’s about your time. If you’re on the verge of gaining certification in small appliance repair due to the weeks of your life you’ve spent trying to figure out why your carpet cleaner has stopped working or started leaking for the 475th time, you’re a prime candidate for a Big Green. Or if, like us, you don’t like paying for lots of cheap things before getting the expensive thing anyway, you should just skip those steps and go straight to what’ll get the job done, and done well.

You can buy the Bissell 86T3/Q on Amazon here, while the Rug Doctor X3 is available 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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