The right carpet cleaner is one that turns a once painstakingly long chore into an enjoyable one that’s finished in a fraction of the time. Today, we’re going to determine which of these Hoover carpet cleaners—the Power Scrub or the Hoover PowerDash—is Mr. Right Carpet Cleaner. Regardless of which model you go with, rest assured that your carpets can be as clean as the day you first got them installed.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe FH50150

Hoover FH50150

Hoover Power Scrub

Powerful Cleaning Performance

First things first, let’s see what sort of motor the Power Scrub is packing. This carpet cleaner sports a tremendous ten-amp motor that provides powerful suction performance to remove the deepest, most hidden pieces of debris from high-pile carpeting in an instant. This combined with the SpinScrub multi-brush setup will ensure perfectly cleaned carpets in just a few passes.

Hoover FH50150

Hoover FH50150

Upholstery Tool and Accessory Bag

Anyone with pets or children will tell you that upholstery is another popular place where stains tend to congregate. Thankfully, with the eight-foot suction hose and an upholstery spot-cleaning tool, you can use the Power Scrub to permanently remove the stubbornest stains from sofas, couches, and auto interior without breaking a sweat. There’s even a handy accessory bag where users can place the upholstery tool and any backup filters they have.

Heat-Dry Carpets with HeatForce

If there’s one thing everyone should know about the Power Scrub and PowerDash, it’s that they both use HeatForce technology to blow heated air onto your carpets for quicker drying. This system combined with their powerful motors and inward airflow can dry carpets as quickly as 15 minutes after rinsing. HeatForce drying does not work with the suction hose and upholstery tool.

Correct Soap-to-Water Ratio Every Time

Have you ever tried to mix detergent with soap and produced a too watery/too soapy solution? With the Power Scrub, you can forget about screwing up soap-to-water ratios. Soap goes into a separate tank which the Power Scrub automatically mixes with water to get the right amount of froth every time. No more guesswork!

1-gallon Clean and Dirty Water Tanks

The Power Scrub, just like the PowerDash, comes with a dual-tank system that separates clean from dirty water. Combined, the Power Scrub can hold onto as much as one entire gallon of water at any time, making sure you finish deep-cleaning an entire room or carpet in a single tankful of water. The PowerDash’s water capacity is half that.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe FH50150 Review

Hoover PowerDash

Performance Exceeds Expectations

The PowerDash is equipped with a seven-amp motor. Though considerably smaller than the ten-amp beast inside of the Power Scrub, this motor does exactly what it needs to and nearly as quickly. The PowerDash also delivers high-pressure suction to remove almost all moisture from your carpet fibers while picking up small and large debris in the process. Like the Power Scrub, the PowerDash is designed to tackle stubborn stains on the shaggiest carpets and rugs you can think of.

Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner FH50700

Hoover FH50700


The filter installed inside of the PowerDash prevents hair, sand, cereal bits, dust, and other floor contaminants from getting into the motor and wreaking havoc. Though the filter works beautifully, it’s not particularly great at trapping everything (non-HEPA). If you notice a drop is suction pressure, it’s time to take the filter out and give it a quick rinse under running water. The filter has a maximum lifespan of about three months.

Antimicrobial Brushroll

The PowerDash doesn’t use traditional plastic composite bristles to deep-clean carpets, but instead, there are rubble bristles situated around the roll that remain stiff when cleaning. Best of all, the material used for the bristles are antimicrobial, meaning that bacteria and other harmful microorganisms will not last long when exposed to the brushroll. When was the last time you heard of a carpet cleaner literally beating bacteria to death?

Detachable Nozzle for Easy Maintenance

One area where the PowerDash outclasses the Power Scrub is with the detachable nozzle. When it comes time to clean the brushroll, you don’t have to attempt to pull it out by inserting a few fingers; instead, remove the nozzle and simply detach the brushroll from floorhead. Quick and painless!

Hoover PowerDash Pet Compact Carpet Cleaner FH50700 Review

Hoover Power Scrub vs. PowerDash: Which One Is the Better Carpet Cleaner?

Seeing what these heavy-duty upright carpet cleaners have to offer, it’s pretty safe to say that the Power Scrub is the superior model. Not to knock the PowerDash, but without any spot-cleaning support, this tool is used exclusively for carpets, and its lack of versatility can be understandably disappointing to some.

Hoover FH50700

Hoover FH50700

However, regardless of which Hoover carpet cleaner you get, the one thing you can rely on is a thorough deep-clean in all carpets, from delicate to rough, from low-pile to high-pile.