Hoover F8100-900 Platinum Collection Carpet Cleaner Review
The Hoover F8100-900 Platinum Collection Carpet Cleaner is the only "platinum" carpet
cleaner in their lineup. It utilizes Hoover Max Extract technology, along with a host of other features, to help
deep clean carpets in a way that other home carpet cleaners can not. That said, we're anxious to dig deeper and
take a closer look at this machine, as well as help you to discover if this is the right cleaner for you and your
Hoover F8100 Carpet Cleaner Specs And Features
- Easy assembly
- Powerful 12-Amp Motor
- Computer control system
- MaxExtract system for professional quality carpet cleaning
- 2 separate water tanks for clean and dirty water
- Dual multi-directional SpinScrub brushes for deep cleaning
- High velocity suction
- Tank status indicator system
- Spot cleaning functions
- Spill mode option
- Brush edge cleaning
- Separate carpet/rug cleaning settings
- Auto rinse system
- Direct force heated drying
- 30 foot power cord
- 8 foot hose
- On board tool caddy that includes upholstery and stair cleaning tools along with a powered hand tool
- 16 ounce container of carpet detergent
- 6-Year warranty
Hoover Max Extract Carpet Cleaner F8100 Review
Right out of the box, this Hoover carpet cleaner was designed for quick and easy assembly.
The only tool needed is a Phillips screwdriver to use on tightening the nuts and bolts when you slide together
the upper handle into the body of the machine. Then you simply snap the tool holder onto the back of the cleaner
and position the hose around the carrier. You're done and ready to clean.
Computer Control System
One of the more unique aspects of the Hoover 8100 carpet cleaning machine is the computer control system on the
handle. It features controls and indicator lights that tell you when the detergent tank is empty, when the clean
water tank is empty, and when the recovery tank is full.
You'll also have a rinse indicator light, wash indicator, cleaning selector dial, a surface selector lever, and
the power on/off button. Essentially, all of your controls are right in front of you so that you can do everything
from one central location instead of having to move all around the machine in order to do specific tasks. And...
you're not having to "guess" as to whether your machine is actually doing what you hope it is. For example, if you
are using the rinse setting you'll immediately know by the indicator light that yes, the machine is doing just
Powerful 12-Amp Motor
You have the power of a 12-Amp motor on this cleaner that makes easy work of dirt, grime and stains in all types
of carpet and tiled surfaces.
Hoover has incorporated it's patented Max Extract technology on this carpet extractor that gives it an
incredible ability to thoroughly clean any type of carpet. It features multi-action and multi-directional scrubbing
brushes to get out the absolute most amount of dirt from your carpets.
It also utilizes high velocity suction to get up more water, and a heated forced air drying system to leave you
with dryer carpets in much less time than other cleaners will.
2 Separate Water Tanks And A Detergent Tank
There are separate tanks for the clean water, dirty water and the carpet cleaning detergent that make things
much less messy than having everything located in one combined tank.
The dirty water recovery tank is located in the base of the machine and is very easy to remove. You simply lower
the handle, grab the tank handle and lift it out. Then, remover the lid and empty the dirty water. When finished,
you just set it back in place on the machine.
The separate detergent tank is located on top of the clean water tank. To remove it you just pull it away from
the handle, fill it with Hoover carpet detergent, and then slide it back in place. (Click Here to go to our Hoover
Carpet Solution Review)
Do the same with the clean water tank; pull it out and fill it with hot tap water, and then slide it back in
place. (Never boil or microwave the water or you could damage the machine.) When you slide it back in place you
slide it until you hear it make a loud "click". That assures you that it is fully engaged and ready for use.
Dual Multi-Directional SpinScrub Brushes
Another one of Hoover's features with this machine is what they term their Dual Scrub technology. What this is
all about is that they combine their unique powered SpinScrub brushes into multi-directional action for an even
greater cleaning ability. They surround the carpet fibers and get out the dirt from all angles. I have to admit
that it works quite well and is much more powerful than carpet cleaners with the single brush rollers. On another
note, there is a brush shut off that is handy in instances where you simply want to use it to clean up a liquid
spill on your kitchen floor, etc.
High Velocity Suction
The suction capability with the Hoover F8100 is enhanced through its high velocity suction technology. This
gives the machine added power in getting up leftover water out of the carpet, unlike some units that leave your
carpets far too wet afterwards.
Spot Cleaning Functions
There are 2 different modes you can select from for doing any type of spot cleaning you need to do. You'll find
a 'stream setting' that provides a steady stream of cleaning solution directly on a spot or stain in your carpet
that you want cleaned. Next, they have a 'spray setting' that provides a steady spray of cleaning detergent for
those high traffic areas that need an added boost of cleaner in order to get them looking fresh again.
The convenient 'spill mode' on this cleaner is another nifty little feature that can be used on those occasional
kitchen spills that need suction only to get picked up. It's almost like having a mini "wet vac" if you will.
Brush Edge Cleaning
The design of this Hoover carpet cleaning machine is one that allows you to clean right up against the baseboard
trim and walls without the fear of damaging them. The rubber edges prevent scratching or marring the surfaces.
Separate Carpet/Rug Cleaning Settings
You'll find controls that allow you to set the machine for use in normal cleaning of your carpets, or you can
set it for a more delicate action in cleaning area rugs that do not require heavy duty cleaning action.
Auto Rinse System
The auto rinse feature on this cleaner is a cool added benefit that we really like. This patented feature will
provide you with a rinse only cleaning to use in getting up any detergent residue, leaving you with fresh and very
clean carpets. With other machines you have to either remove the detergent tank, or they simply do not have any way
of using a rinse only spray.
Direct Force Heated Drying
Not only do you get the advantage of having high velocity suction in getting up the water and detergent, but you
also get heated direct forced air drying to aid in drying the carpet much quicker than other models. It is not a
huge benefit, but it does provide some extra help in reducing the drying times.
30 Foot Power Cord & 8 Foot Hose
There is a 30 foot power cord with the Hoover F8100, as well as an 8 foot hose for use with the included
cleaning attachments. That's an ideal size for most homes and allows you to clean multiple rooms without having to
unplug the cord and find a new outlet.
The 8 foot stretchable hose is also a nice size that lets you clean stairs, furniture and auto interiors without
getting in the way or being too short.
On Board Tool Caddy And Cleaning Tools
Hoover includes a variety of cleaning tools that fit nicely in the convenient tool caddy on the back of the
machine. Included is a powered SpinScrub hand tool for use on upholstery and steps, another upholstery tool and a
crevice tool for hard to get to areas.
Includes 16 Ounce Carpet Detergent
Also included in the box with the carpet cleaner is a professional strength 16 ounce container of Hoover carpet
When it comes to carpet cleaner warranties, seeing one that has a 6-year warranty is simply unheard of. In fact,
I've yet to find another one like it in this class of machines. It gives you peace of mind in knowing that if
something goes wrong in the next six years, you don't have to worry about it. I have to hand it to Hoover for
standing behind their platinum carpet cleaner with this type of warranty.
Summary of Reviews
The Hoover F8100-900 Platinum Collection Carpet Cleaner is an excellent machine to use at home or in an office.
It does what it says it will do... and it does it very well. It has many excellent features for a home carpet
cleaner in this price range that you generally only find in more expensive commercial models.
Reviews from other users have been very positive as well, with a high 4.5 star rating on Amazon alone. Users
have commented on this machine being very easy to use, the nice computer control system built into the handle, as
well as the unheard of 6-year warranty.
"Our carpet is like new again and it did a better job than any rental. Spend the extra money on this
product and you'll be happy you did..." D.Koss
"All I can say is WOW!!!!! This machine cleaned my badly stained carpet beyond expectations! I have
used store rental machines in the past, but this machine did a better job..." R.S.Doyle
(Read Amazon Reviews Here)
We share their sentiments with this Hoover carpet cleaner and agree that it is one of the better choices in a
home carpet cleaning machine. It gets a well deserved 5 star rating. (Currenty, you can also get Free Shipping
directly to your front door for this particular Hoover model)