Comparing features of 5 of the top portable carpet

Product Comparison: Portable Carpet Cleaners

by Paige Estigarribia

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Do you have stained upholstery or pet stains on your rugs or carpets? Spilled coffee or juice on the dining chairs? If these plague your house regularly, maybe you've been thinking about purchasing your own steam cleaner, but those big, upright steam cleaners can get a little pricey. And because they are as big as a vacuum, they need sizable storage space too. Handheld steam cleaners might be your answer. They are smaller, perfect for stains and spots, and easier on the budget too. Here are five portable carpet cleaners worth considering if you're dealing with tough stains and easy storage.

Bissel Little Green ProHeat Compact Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner

This little cleaner has a water heater inside that will heat your tap water up before it cleans. It uses the power of continued heat to tackle the stains, but it weighs more than ten pounds, so be prepared to carry.

Bissel Spotlifter 2X Portable Deep Carpet Cleaner

This cleaner is actually a hand-held cleaner with the benefit of being cordless too! But keep in mind that when charged, it will typically run for about 15 minutes. It also has separate clean and dirty water tanks for easy cleanup.

Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner

This portable cleaner claims to have more suction than other carpet cleaners and a motorized cleaning brush, which could provide better deep down cleaning results. It also travels well on carpet, but it is on the pricier side for portable rug cleaners.

Bissel Spot Clean Portable Carpet Cleaner

Heatwave technology makes this a unique portable carpet cleaner, and it also comes with a deep reaching tool to help get stains out from hard-to-reach places. The heatwave technology helps keep the temperature constant throughout cleaning, and with separate tanks, a slim design, and a relatively reasonable price, this may be a good bet for hard-to-reach stains.

Bissel Little Green Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet Cleaner

This model is a little different from the Little Green Proheat mentioned above in that it doesn't have the same built-in water heater that the ProHeat has. Relying on tap water, you can clean carpet and upholstery stains, and the price is easier on the budget too.

If you've found yourself regularly paying someone to come and clean tough stains from carpets and upholstery, then investing in a small steam cleaner might be a decision you're trying to make. Obviously, you can use good ol' elbow grease too if you're trying to get stains out. But if a steam cleaner is where you are headed, hopefully this list gives you some tips and ideas if you're searching for your own portable carpet cleaner.

Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.

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