Having trouble getting dirt off your carpets? Feel like vacuuming is not enough? Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3 might be the answer to all your troubles. Why? Well, we shall see that in this review. There are more than enough claims that it leaves no trace of debris behind. To get a clue of what this simple yet efficient carpet cleaner can do, let us go through some of the reasons it stands out compared to other carpet cleaners. Before we start, let’s outline what we’re serving today:
- what is Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3, how good is it, which are its key specs and features
- how it compares to other models from the same producer, more specifically the Rug Doctor Wide Track and the Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner
- how it compares to similar units from other producers, more specifically to the Bissell Big Green
- when to buy it / when to rent it, and where to find it cheap
The product infographic
As the name suggest it, this is a mighty shampooer which goes deeper into your carpets to take care of almost all the dirt that might be hiding there. The producer brags about how their product performs better compared to other deep carpet cleaners. This unit is marketed as a commercial system. Commercial cleaning systems have 2 important characteristics: they are made of better materials and their components (belts, motors, brush rolls) are designed for intense, heavy duty usage. Domestic equipments, compared to their commercial versions, have a lower reliability. But let’s see just how much truth lays in these statements. Let us go through some of the specifications that best describe the Mighty Pro X3:
|Suction & scrub power||When it comes to suction, this unit has a clear advantage over other similar carpet cleaners. The system works in 3 phases:|
Compared to other deep cleaners, this machine removes 50%-80% of the water used in the cleaning process. Some people reported over-wetting accidents, and the producer doesn't recommend you to make more than 2 passes on each carpet spot, to prevent this phenomenon.
|Input power||This product works on 120-volts, consumes 11 amps, which is lower than Bissell's Big Green (which works with 12 amps). As the producer recommends, you should plug this appliance in a grounded outlet. The power cord has, besides the standard plug, a grounding conductor. This may prove to be a decision factor, especially for those of you who live in older households.|
|Tank capacity||As expected, this unit has 2 separate tanks, one for dirty and one for clean water. The clean water tank is built-in (is located at the bottom of the cleaner) and can accommodate 3 gallons of solution. Given its location, you can use either a bucket or a shower to fill it. The recovery tank is 3.9 gallons. This high capacity allows you to clean more and refill less, but the twist is the unit becomes tougher to maneuver.|
|Filtration system||Has a dome filter located on top of the recovery tank. The air expelled by the vacuuming circuit is filtered by a standard foam filter.|
|Weight and Dimensions||Measures 26.5” x 11.5” x 22” and weights 39 lbs (with empty tanks). It's quite heavy, and with both tanks full, it requires a bit of work to move it around.|
|Warranty||5 years of limited warranty, 30 days money-back guarantee and the lifetime support show just how serious Rug Doctor is when it comes to their products.|
|Accessories||A universal hand tool and hose set - great for cleaning your car, the stairs or other tough to reach areas around the furniture.|
Depending on the type of package (Pet Pack, Family Pack), you may also get some cleaning solutions which, by the way, are highly concentrated and very efficient, non-toxic and bio-degradable:
40-oz. bottle of Pet Formula Carpet Cleaner
17-oz. Urine Eliminator spray
40-oz. bottle of Oxy-Steam Carpet Cleaner
17-oz. Spot & Stain Remover Trigger spray
|Special features||Folding Handle - improves usability, adjustable in height between 32.5" and 36.5".|
CRI seal of approval - for soil and water removal, as well as gentleness on sensitive carpets and rugs.
|Usability||This product performs exactly like the one which can be rented for approximately $30/day. The only difference between these is the color: the rentals are red and this product is blue. There are a few usability issues which I would like to cover:|
|Price||If you need it for just a day or so, you can get a rental at $29.99/day. But if you want to buy it, the Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3 comes at approximately the same price of having a professional cleaning company to do the carpets for you. Sometimes, it gets discounted, so make sure you check this deal out.|
Now that all the features are covered, let’s move over to some comparisons.
Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3 vs Rug Doctor Wide Track vs Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner
|Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3||Rug Doctor Wide Track||Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner|
|Tank capacity (clean/dirty)||3/3.9 gallons||3.7/4.8 gallons||1/1.1 gallon|
|Scrubbing power||Vibrating Brush||Vibrating Brush||Dual Cross Action Brushes|
|Hose length||12 ft||12 ft||7.7 ft|
|Power cord length||28 ft||28 ft||28 ft|
|Weight||39 lbs||44 lbs||25 lbs|
For domestic use, the newest Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner is perfect: it’s lighter than the other 2, with a larger cleaning width. However, if you want a more powerful unit, with bigger tank capacity and more scrubbing efficiency, you should consider either the Might Pro of the Wide Track.
Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3 vs Bissell Big Green
|Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3||Bissell Big Green|
|Tank capacity (clean/dirty)||3/3.9 gallons||1.75/1.75 gallons|
|Scrubbing power||Vibrating Brush||DirtLifter Powerbrushes|
|Hose length||12 ft||9 ft|
|Power cord length||28 ft||25 ft|
|Weight||39 lbs||40 lbs|
Both carpet cleaners have very similar features. Both have almost the same weight, the same cleaning width, the same cord length and even the same type of warranty (5 years). Bissell however has a smaller tank, but due to it’s scrubbing technology, it also uses less water. If I were to choose among these 2, I would choose the Bissell, but keep in mind this is a subjective decision.
Final thoughts and VGMcc (VacuumsGuide.com Mark for carpet cleaners)
All Rug Doctor products are easy to assemble. The unit is almost ready to be used, as soon as it gets out of the box. There a very few complaints about the price, but the good thing is that I can help you with that.
There are many customers who are satisfied with the Mighty Pro X3. Lots of positive reviews praise its powerful suction. Compared to other carpet cleaners, it definitely performs better. Here’s my VGMcc:
In summary, Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3 is an improvement over the previous Rug Doctor machines. Most of these machines had a weak suction as their major drawback, but as we can see, the Mighty Pro X3 has been greatly improved at this level. The other thing that gives it much more credibility is the fact that it has received a Carpet and Rug Institute Seal award, as a result of its effectiveness when it comes to cleaning. CRI’s certification means it meets all the requirements for the carpet cleaners to be use in domestic households. A combination of positive reviews and astounding features makes IMO the Mighty Pro X3 worth buying. What do you think? Have you ever rented one of these? Or better yet, do you own one? Please share you thoughts.