Top 5 Best Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning Machines

Maybe you are looking to do your own carpet cleaning business and do not know what kind of machines are appropriate for this type of business and if so, do not worry (I was the same when I started)

The first thing you have to know and that you have already realized is that there are many types of machines, you have already heard of the portable and the mentioned “dry cleaning” and among others.

I will give you a list that under my own experience are the best in the market to give a good service to your customers, this also has to do with your budget since I will give you the list of the best machines.

A commercial carpet extractor works by injecting cleaning solution and water into carpet or upholstery and then vacuuming it out with powerful suction.  Carpet extractors are known by many names including steam cleaners, carpet cleaners, portable carpet cleaning machines, portable cleaning equipment, etc and are the best carpet cleaner machines.

I will talk about the commercial machines since these are the best for this type of work.
There are also portable machines but for the moment I will mention more professional machines.

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The list is not ordered in order of better or worse. I simply explain some of its characteristics.

Sapphire Scientific 370 SS Truck Mount.


  • Carbon fiber-style details and backlit front bezel
  • Smallest cubic size in the industry
  • CRI seal of approval
  • Intuitive control panel simplifies operation
  • Last step chemical injection ensures peak performance

The Sapphire Scientific 370SS has a HOT new look with carbon fiber-style details and a backlit front bezel. This top-selling truck mount delivers the hottest water of any truck mount in its class coupled with the strongest vacuum and best fuel efficiency.

Narrow, Space-Saving Profile

The 370SS features the smallest cubic size in the industry. It’s narrow, space-saving design takes up only HALF the footprint of other models, leaving you plenty of space on the truck for extra equipment and supplies.

Patent-Pending Heat Diverter System & Thermostatic Control

A unique patent-pending heat diverter system keeps the blower cool, preventing overheating and minimizing maintenance.

The thermostatic controls allow for complete temperature control up to 250°F (121°C).

Built Tough to Last

The 370SS features one of the most rigid frames ever built, which reduces vibration and increases reliability.

It also has a unique powered through-frame cooling system that directs air over drive belts, extending belt lifespan, reducing maintenance and downtime.

User-Friendly Design

The intuitive, user-friendly control panel makes operation easy and efficient, saving you time and eliminating frustration with complicated controls. In particular, owners of the 370SS love the convenient waste pump-out switch, which simplifies pump-out operation.

Save Water and Chemicals!

Sapphire truck mounts never need to bypass fresh water to the waste tank, allowing for more efficient use of the water on your truck.

Last-step chemical injection ensures efficient chemical use as well as peak performance from the water pump system.

Standard Equipment:

  • One low-profile 12 in. 4-jet titanium alloy wand
  • One 50 ft. section of 0.25 in. solution hose with quick connects and shut off valve
  • One 50 ft. section of 0.25 in. solution hose with quick connects
  • One 50 ft. section of water supply with quick connect
  • Two 2 in. × 50 ft. sections vacuum hose
  • One 2 in. hose connector
  • Battery box
  • Installation kit
  • Operation and service manual


Power Plant: 20 HP Kohler Command gasoline engine operating at 3,000 RPM

Solution Pump: General HTXS1813S with an electric clutch operating up to 1,500 PSI  and up to 3.4 GPM at 1,478 RPM

Vacuum Pump: Gardner Denver TriFlow® Tri-Lobe 406 positive displacement blower. Vacuum to 13” Hg and flows up to 317 CFM

Waste Tank: 90 gal.

Frame Construction: TIG-welded 0.125 in. × 2 in. powder-coated aluminum box tubing

Frame Finish: Corrosion-resistant powder coated

Heat Exchanger: Single-stage finned tube coil

Vacuum Port: Single 2 1/2″

Belt Cooling: 100 CFM through-frame air injection system

Chemical Injection System: Last-step injection

Weight: Console weight (with standard waste tank and hoses) 966 lbs

Dimensions: 16” x 38” x 45”

Sapphire Scientific Rage Truck Mount.

  • Value-priced with superior engineering
  • Easy to operate
  • Narrow profile – only 17 inches wide!

The Sapphire Scientific Rage is designed to give you the most power and performance in an entry-level truck mount. Designed for single-wand operation, the Rage gives you the cleaning power you want at the value price your business needs.

This unit features premium components, durable construction, and state-of-the-art engineering. It’s narrow profile measures just 17 inches wide, leaving you plenty of room for other supplies on the truck.


Power Plant:  18 HP air-cooled Kohler gasoline engine

Vacuum Pump: Tuthill 3006 dual-lobe oil-lubricated blower. Vacuum at 13″ Hg and flows up to 311 CFM 

Solution Pump: General TX1810S17 delivering up to 1,000 PSI and up to 2.7 GPM at 1,478 RPM

Waste Tank: 90 gal. (75 gal. at shutoff). TIG-welded 3/16-inch marine grade aluminum

Heat Exchanger: Single stage finned tube coil 

Vacuum Port: Single 2 in 

Weight: Console: 520 lbs; Waste tank: 160 lbs; Complete kit 858 lbs

Dimensions: 17″ x 36″ x 39”


Prochem Everest HP650 Truck Mount.


  • Outstanding vacuum for restoration and dual-wand operation
  • Easily diagnose cause of shutdown
  • Helps reduce downtime

Before designing the Everest, Prochem decided to survey the cleaning and restoration industry to find out exactlywhat cleaners were looking for in a truck mount. The results of these ideas is Prochem’s next generation of truck mount — the Everest HP650. The Prochem Everest HP650 Truck Mount provides outstanding vacuum pull for water damage restoration and/or dual-wand operation.

This is the perfect choice for both carpet cleaning and water restoration.


  • Power Plant: 68 HP Hyundai Engine, 3,600 RPM
  • Blower: 650 CFM Tri-flow Blower
  • Solution Pump: General Emperor Pump
  • Heating System: Three-Stage Heat Exchanger
  • Chemical System: Last Step Chemical Injection
  • Recovery Tank: 100 Gallons
  • Pre-filter Box: Easy clean up between jobs without opening waste tank
  • Auto Chemical Prime: Automatically primes chemical system making set up easy

HydraMaster CDS™ 4.8 OverDrive Truck Mount.


  • Superior heat performance
  • Space-saving design
  • Dependable performance

The HydraMaster CDS 4.8 has proven to be a very popular van-powered truck mount for two decades.

Featuring OverDrive™ Power Train Technology, it removes the hard work from severe residential and commercial cleaning jobs. Additionally, it has a straightforward design that makes training your crew easy. The CDS 4.8 gives you two solution outlets for dual-wand capacity, 3 speed settings, and a one-hundred-gallon waste tank for non-stop cleaning. Its 14″ tank footprint also provides plenty of room for other equipment.

Power Plant Power transfer with electronic speed control

Solution pump Plunger pump, 4.0 GPM, 1,200 PSI, electric clutch controls

Vacuum Pump Dominator™ 4007 Tri-Lobe, HydraMaster exclusive design, 400+ CFM (helical gear drive, dual oil bath [no grease fittings], oil level sight windows)

Heat Exchanger Engine heat recovery. Multi-parallel exchanger system, max temp 235°F

Chemical System Stainless steel, last-step chemical injection, meter controlled 

Recovery Tank 110-gallon MaxAir™ recovery tank; marine aluminum, epoxy finish. Easy clean vacuum filter. Easy clean stainless steel lint basket, 48 1/2″ x 14 1/4″ x 38 1/2″

Fuel Consumption 1.5 GPH

Dimensions 23″ x 41.5″ x 61″


HydraMaster Boxxer XL Truck Mount.


  • True dual-wand capability
  • 400+CFM (static measurement), attains 245°F temperature (185°F continuous flow at 1.25 GPM)
  • The Boxxer XL is 20% quieter than a comparable slide-in truck mount
  • Handles residential and commercial cleaning jobs

These are our most favorite commercial carpet cleaning top and even several of those machines are incorporated into our business!

We hope and have helped you clear your doubt, I clarify that there are also portable machines but if you really want a business with happy customers these are the best machines.

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