Carpets make homes feel warm, comfortable and luxurious. However, they also come with a need to invest more time in cleaning your home because they are much more difficult to clean when compared to hard floors.

Hoover Power Scrub Elite vs. Hoover Smartwash

Hoover Power Scrub Elite

Although vacuum cleaners will generally do a decent job if you have dry stains, your life will get much more difficult when you find yourself having to deal with wet stains such as mud, spills, or pet messes. This is because the moisture easily gets embedded into the carpet fabric and removing it becomes a big nightmare.

With a good carpet cleaner, this whole process is simplified and shortened to become something as easy as vacuuming. However, you need a good carpet cleaner if this is going to be successful. You don’t want to find yourself with a device that will need you to make many passes before it can remove all the stains from your carpets.

Hoover Smartwash vs. Hoover Power Scrub Elite

Hoover Smartwash

Today, we are going to be comparing two very popular and effective carpet cleaners. These devices do a great job of removing most stains from carpets of different designs and sizes. These carpet cleaners are the Hoover Smartwash and the Hoover Power Scrub Elite carpet cleaners.

Let’s jump in.

Cleaning Power

Let’s start this comparison by looking at how each of these devices performs in the most important aspect in a carpet cleaner: cleaning.

Hoover Power Scrub Elite

Hoover Power Scrub Elite

Hoover Smartwash Automatic Carpet Cleaner
This carpet cleaner has been designed with one thing and one thing only in mind: to get your carpets clean with minimal effort. It has been designed to ensure that using it feels like using an upright vacuum cleaner. With its automatic cleaning technology, you only need to push it forward to clean, then pull it back to dry.

The results speak for themselves because there are very few carpet cleaners that can come close to delivering the results that this carpet cleaner delivers. The 10A motor develops strong suction that can suck up dirty water from the carpet to ensure that there are no remnants of that ugly stain that has been on your carpet for weeks.

This carpet cleaner comes with two brush rolls that rotate in the same direction to ensure that your washing pass is as effective as possible. The bristles on these brush rolls have been arranged helically to ensure that any dirt or debris present in the carpet fibers is thoroughly agitated regardless of whether the carpet is a low, medium or high pile.

Hoover Smartwash

Hoover Smartwash

For best results, it is advisable to first vacuum the carpet before you bring in the carpet cleaner because it has been designed to remove stains by shampooing rather than dry vacuuming.

Hoover Power Scrub Elite Pet Carpet Cleaner
It may be the younger sibling to the Hoover Smartwash, but this does not mean that it falls short when it comes to cleaning performance. With a 12-inch cleaning path, this vacuum cleaner will quickly remove the stains on your carpet.

It has two cleaning modes: Quick Clean that will take away stains that are not strongly embedded deep into the carpet fibers and leave your carpet to dry in less than 45 minutes. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more thorough cleaning solution, then the Deep Clean mode will be a better alternative for you.

It has been made with the needs of the pet owner in mind, so it does a particularly good job cleaning up pet messes. It also comes with a 2-in-1 antimicrobial pet tool that will make it easy for you to reach those pet stains wherever they may be. You can use the rubber nub on this tool to remove stains as a result of pet messes or the bristle insert if you are looking for tougher scrubbing.

Hoover FH50251 Power Scrub Elite

Hoover Power Scrub Elite


This comparison would be incomplete if we didn’t mention how each of these carpet cleaners performs from a drying perspective because drying is the second most important aspect of a carpet cleaner. You don’t want to find yourself with a clean but wet carpet that will stay wet for days before you can finally enjoy it.

Hoover Smartwash Automatic Carpet Cleaner
As mentioned earlier, drying on this carpet cleaner is done by pulling the carpet cleaner backward and it will suck up all the dirty water along with the tough stains embedded in your carpet. You don’t need to turn any knobs or press any button for that to happen. As a result, the cleaner is very easy to use.

Drying uses Hoover’s HeatForce technology that blows warm air through the carpet fibers to ensure faster drying. Once you are satisfied that your carpet is clean, you can tell the cleaner to only dry the carpet and it will stop dispensing more liquid. This will get most of the wetness to reduce drying time.

Hoover FH52000 Smartwash

Hoover Smartwash

Hoover Power Scrub Elite Pet Carpet Cleaner
This carpet cleaner also does an amazing job drying your carpets. In Quick Clean Mode, you will be able to get most of the stains out while maximizing drying time. It also uses Hoover’s HEatForce technology to give you a drying time of under 45 minutes after the Quick Clean mode.


The Hoover Smartwash Automatic Carpet Cleaner is a great choice if you are looking for a top-of-the-range carpet cleaner that will get your carpets clean and dry with minimal effort. It is easy to use and does a great job.

Hoover Power Scrub Elite Carpet Cleaner

On the other hand, the Power Scrub Elite is an affordable alternative that still does a great job cleaning and drying your carpet. It has a Quick Clean Mode that will clean your carpet and get most of the water out to leave you with a clean and dry carpet in less than 45 minutes.

You don’t have to worry about measuring the cleaning solution for mixing with the clean water because both these carpet cleaners will do it automatically.

Hoover Smartwash Carpet Cleaner

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20.5 x 11 x 42.2 in 17.3 x 9.8 x 45 in 15.2 x 10.1 x 43.5 in 10 x 14 x 14 in 22.8 x 14.2 x 28 in
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