I was thrilled to get my Hoover Max Extract 60 in the mail. I have wanted a professional carpet cleaning for a while now I but couldn't see wasting the money when I could just get a carpet cleaner and do it myself. First off, though, a few notes about the instructions for use and the assembly. The Max Extract was incredibly easy to assemble. It was pretty much ready to go out of the box. All I had to do was pull out a bolt, push in the handle, and screw the bolt back in to attach the handle to the base. That was it! I think that might be the fastest I've ever assembled any appliance. The instructions were pretty good with just one thing that was unclear to me. As is often the case these days one manual is made for several different models of the product and that created a bit of a stumper. The directions for use are divided in a sort of flow chart for models that have the auto wash/rinse feature and those that don't. The auto wash/rinse feature automatically washes (with soap) when the trigger is pulled and the Max Extract is pushed forward and rinses when the trigger is pulled and the machine is being pulled backward. One part of our confusion was that we couldn't easily determine from the manual or the machine if we had that feature or not. The other part of our confusion was that the directions didn't make it clear how to rinse if you did not have this auto feature. Our assumption was that you had to turn the dial to wash when going forward and then turn the dial to rinse and pull it backward but this step was not specified in the directions. After using it the first time we think our model did not have the auto feature and turning the dial manually seemed to work. Getting the machine ready to use was as easy as putting it together. It is very clear even without the manual how to add the water and detergent and empty the dirty water but the directions were good in this area. The room we decided to do was a bit of a dirty test. We have very light tan carpet and a very black lab that sleeps underneath our bed. As you can imagine if you have a dog that sheds, this part of the carpet was quite dirty and it has not been shampooed in years. As directed, we vacuumed the room thoroughly and got all the dog hair up (you can never get ALL the dog hair up but we got it pretty good). The Max Extract was easy to push with its large wheels and while the auto feature for wash and rinse would be very nice it wasn't really that bad to flip the dial back and forth manually. The floor dried pretty quickly. It was mostly dry just from using dry strokes with the Max Extract but with a fan on it was completely dried within an hour. The area where the dog sleeps under the bed did not come completely clean but, in fairness, I don't think a professional company would be able to get that completely clean at this point. I will try again with some pre-treatment in that area (the manual recommends this but I didn't do it this time). All in all, I would say we were very pleased with this model in terms of ease of use. You can get it up and going in no time. It didn't completely get rid of our worst stain but I think it did clean the floor well and there was a whole lot of dirt in the water that we discarded. Please note: I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own.
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