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Hoover F8100900 Platinum Collection Carpet Cleaner

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Avg. consumer rating = 83/100 

The F8100900 Hoover Steam Vacuum gets very good consumer reviews.  According to Hoover this Steamvac was “Rated #3 for carpet cleaner ratings and reliability in a 2010 report by a leading consumer magazine”

Several quality sources provide consumer ratings for the Hoover F8100900 and these are compiled in the table below.  This is a respectable sample size (not huge but not too small) and the ratings are quite good.

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.3 stars out of 5  49
 Best Buy  4 stars out of 5  23
 Walmart  4.13 stars out of 5  15
 Target  4 stars out of 5  14
 Epinions  5 stars out of 5  1

The Hoover F8100900 Steam Vacuum (or carpet cleaner) is equipped with Hoover’s new MaxExtract technology (this is actually Hoover’s first product to use the technology).    MaxExtract technology is really marketing-speak but this is supposed to provide very effective carpet cleaning via an advanced combination of multi-action agitation, carpet washing  (using dual scrubbing, multi-directional brushes), dirt removal (high velocity suction pulls up the dirty water) and direct heat drying.  This provides a dry carpet within hours (a claim substantiated by many consumer comments).

The F8100900 has a 12 amp motor (with brushroll shutoff) and comes with a computer controlled system for carpet or rug cleaning.  The unit also features integrated spot cleaning and one can choose between two spot cleaning settings – there is a Stream setting for smaller spots/stains and a Spray setting for larger areas.  Also, the F8100900 has an AutoRinse feature that rinses the carpet with fresh water thereby reducing the detergent left in the carpet/rug.  To aid in carpet drying the Hoover F8100900 Steamvac applies direct heat which reduces drying time substantially.

There are also a number of onboard tools that come with this steamvac:
- Powered scrubbing hand tool
- upholstery tool
- crevice tool

These onboard tools attach to the Hoover’s 96-inch-long stretch hose.  The Steamvac also comes with several LED lights:  A high intensity blue LED headlight helps to illuminate the area/stains you are working on, and Illuminated wash and rinse lights indicate when these modes are working.  There is also an indicator light to tell you when the tanks need to be emptied or refilled.

Path width on the Hoover steamvac is 13.25 inches and tank capacity is 128 ounces (clean water tank) and 96 ounces (dirty water tank).  The unit comes with a fairly long cord – 30 feet, and has dimensions (L x W x H) 20” x 15” x 44”.  This is not a lightweight machine however, weighing in at a hefty 28.5 lbs, and this is an area of concern for some consumers.  Like a few other Hoover’s the F8100900 Platinum carries Hoover's best-in-class six year limited warranty.

The steam vacuum comes with a 16 ounce bottle of cleaning detergent.  Some consumer comments have indicated that "recommended" shampoos for this machine are the Platinum detergent and the Hoover SteamVac Ultra carpet and upholstry detergent (we have not substantiated this).  There are also comments that the Platinum detergent is a bit pricey and that the Hoover SteamVac Ultra carpet and upholstry detergent is more reasonably priced.

A review of consumer comments regarding the Hoover F8100900 yields the following common likes and dislikes:

PROS
- Does a very good carpet cleaning job
- Long power cord
- Machine mixes detergent and water for you
- Strong suction extracts much of the water from the carpet (short dry time)
- Emptying and refilling tanks is easy

CONS
- Fairly large and heavy
- Lots of plastic in the construction
- Cleaning cylinder brush can be a pain


Steamvac Brochure
You can see some good images and quick explanations of differenct steamvac features in this Hoover Steamvac (F8100900) Brochure.

Steamvac Manual
And if you want even more product detail you may wish to view the Hoover Steamvac (F8100900) manual.
 

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