Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic Review [Detailed Analysis]

Updated: 16th September 2020

Here’s my honest and in-depth review of Hoover SmartWash PET Complete (FH53000) Automatic carpet cleaner.

This is more than a mere carpet cleaner; it’s a carpet washer that weeds out the toughest stains out of carpets and other surfaces like a pro.

An upgraded version of Hoover SmartWash+ Automatic, it comes with a Spot Chaser Pretreat Wand and an advanced 2-in-1 Antimicrobial Pet Tool.

Read this Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic carpet cleaner review before making an informed decision of buying this carpet shampooer.

Really ease to use and maintain, effective on all stains, stunning design

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Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic Carpet Cleaner Review

It’s my duty to tell you that this is going to be one of the most epic reviews you’ve ever read. Without further ado, let’s dive deep down into detailed aspects of Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic carpet washer.

Key Specifications

  • 18.9 X 13 X 43.5 inches
  • Product weight: 20.5 lbs
  • Power source: Corded
  • Cord length: 22 feet
  • Power rating: 10 amps
  • Clean water capacity: 1 gallon
  • Cleaning path: 12 inches
  • Detergent capacity: 16 ounces
  • Dirty water capacity: 0.5 gallon
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Accessories: 2-in-1 Antimicrobial Rubber Nub Tool, Spot Chaser Pretreat Stain Solution, Paws & Claws Carpet Cleaner Shampoo, 8-ft hose, and Storage Bag


  • Surface Type: Carpet, rugs, stairs, upholstery, furniture, auto, hallways
  • Stains Type: Pet stains, wine, coffee, grape juice, mud, and other extra-tough stains.
  • Removable handle that turns into Spot Chaser Pretreat Wand
  • Automatic mixing of solution, spraying, scrubbing, and suction
  • Two cleaning modes: Wash & Dry, Dry Only
  • FlexForce Pet PowerBrushes for deep cleaning
  • HeatForce for hastening the drying process
  • Quick-release cord
  • Removable brush cover, brushes, nozzle, water and solution tanks


Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic is undoubtedly the most advanced carpet shampooer in its segment. With its fully automated functioning and stunning design, it lures you at the first sight.

Powered by ~1200 Watts (10 amps) motor, Hoover SmartWash is incredibly powerful. You can actually feel the suction power when it’s sucking up filth off your carpet.

For this reason alone, it can be an absolute carpet cleaner for you to clean pet messes, both old and new. And not just pet stains, but different kinds of stains such as food and beverage spills, oil stains, and footprints.

To make the job easier, you can pull out the Spot Chaser Pretreat Wand, sprinkle pretreatment solution on the stain, and then run the machine over it.

The FlexForce PowerBrushes, featuring long bristles, does a commendable job of agitating the settled filth, thereby making it easier for the nozzle to suck up the dirty solution from the carpet.

If the stain is still there or you want to clean upholstery, furniture, stairs, or car interiors, attach the 2-in-1 Antimicrobial Nub Tool along with the 8-feet hose, and use the combination to weed out the toughest of the stains.

The HeatForce mechanism remains activated for as long as the machine is in the working mode. As a result, the washed carpet area dries up earlier than anticipated.

In terms of performance, I can say that it simply outperforms many of its competitors in the same price range with its bundle of automatic features.

Ease of Use

While using Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic upright carpet cleaner, you’ll feel like you are just vacuuming your carpet. It’s actually so easy to operate it.

Featuring Automatic Cleaning technology, it just asks you to push it forward to activate washing mode that removes stains from your carpet and pull back to activate drying mode that sucks it dry. And if you feel the carpet is still damp, simply switch to Dry mode with a click of a button.

Using Spot Chaser Pretreat Wand is more like playing a point-and-shoot game wherein you have to kill tough stains by shooting pretreatment solution jets at them. Since the Wand is the part of the handle, you just need to put it back in the stem to continue with the carpet cleaning operation.

Talking about its tank capacities, the clean water tank is around 1 gallon and the dirty water tank is around 0.5 gallons. The detergent tank can hold up to 16 ounces of the shampoo. You can easily clean a large carpet area as per these measurements. However, you may have to empty the dirty water tank twice in the process.

In sum, with many of its functions automatic, its use is hands-free most of the time.

Ease of Assembly

With only a few parts, assembling it is a breeze and for that, too, you won’t need any tools.

For increased comfort, the on/off switch is located at a relatively accessible point, i.e. foot paddle.

To use Spot Chaser Pretreat Wand, you simply need to unplug it from the stem at the click of a knob. Put it back by simply inserting it into the stem.

There are dedicated slots for clean water, dirty water, shampoo, and pretreater. The ergonomically-designed tanks are easier to handle, whether it’s refilling, cleaning, or emptying.

Hoover provides a storage bag that you can use to store all the accessories and cleaning solutions in one place.

Ease of Maintenance

Here’s where Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic woos its owners – and future owners!

As mentioned earlier, you don’t need any tool to assemble the machine. Now you also don’t need any tool to clean the machine after a carpet washing session. Everything comes apart easily, except when there’s any technical problem.

The removable brush roll cover or nozzle comes off easily in just one step. Keep it under running water to clean filth. You can scrub it if there’s a need.

The removable nozzle further gives you access to remove brush rolls. You don’t need any tool to unscrew brush rolls, simply twist them to remove, wash them under running water, and scrub if needed.

To clean the suction hose, you can fill clean water in a container and place the 2-in-1 Pet tool over the surface. It will suck water that’ll eventually pass through the hose before reaching the dirty water tank, cleaning the machine in the process.

Lastly, Hoover provides a 5-year warranty on SmartWash PET Complete Automatic. If anything goes wrong with the components or workmanship, you can claim it under the warranty.


Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic weighs just 18.5 lbs; moderately light given it’s a full-sized upright carpet cleaner with a handle that’s a Wand in disguise!

Since you can detach the Spot Chaser Pretreat Wand, the height of the machine reduces considerably, making it easier for you to move and store appropriately, whether in the tool shed or the car trunk. When you’re carrying it in your car, place it securely to avoid tumbling and breakdown.

The ergonomic placement of the handle in the front allows you to lift it with both hands, one on the front handle and another on the wand. Its rubber wheels and average weight makes it easy to move it around.


It produces equally good results on stains of different types and carpets of varying textures. With its 2-in-1 Antimicrobial Rubber Nub Pet Tool, you can tackle messes anywhere – carpets, stairs, hallways, upholstery, furniture, and auto interiors. The 8-feet hose makes it convenient for you to reach every nook and corner.

Be it urine, poop ‘episodes’ or musky smell, you will find this guy eliminating all this effortlessly. It tackles other stubborn stains – wine, mud, juices, grease, etc – with equal proficiency.

When dealing with old stains, you may have to make more than a couple of passes. And if the stains still persist, you can use the 2-in-1 tool to wipe them off with a little extra effort. The rubber bristles on the tool are really good at agitating ingrained filth in your carpet.

Customer Reviews

I found more than 90 percent of the reviews on SmartWash PET Complete positive. People praised it for the convenience it provided to them, in terms of ease of operating and cleaning.

Not only did it make their job easier, but it was also effective in eliminating the toughest stains. SmartWash PET Complete is an all-rounder that works on all kinds of stains and different types of surfaces.

However, reports of its leakage were also found, though very rare. Another problem mentioned is its fragile tank cap. In this case, you will have to contact the manufacturer as your local store may not be able to help you.


  • Fully automated functioning
  • Easy to assemble
  • Powerful brushes to remove all the debris
  • The removable nozzle for convenient cleaning
  • Dries quickly with powerful air jets
  • Comes with an accessory storage bag to make storage easy


  • Since its height is not adjustable, it can’t be used on tall and thick carpets such as Berber (more of a caution than a con though)
  • Saturates the floor with water if you leave it at one place
  • Small dirty water tank
  • A relatively short cord

Final Overview of Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic

Overall Score — 8.9/10

Also Consider: Hoover SmartWash+ Automatic Carpet Washer Review

SmartWash+ is the predecessor of Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic carpet shampooer. Both of these function in the same way, fully-automated cleaning mode.

However, there’s only one major difference – Spot Chase Pretreat Wand not available in SmartWash+ Automatic. It means you cannot pretreat pet stains, or other messes, before running the carpet cleaning machine over them.

But you can also do without the Wand. Simply apply pretreatment solution over the stain using a spray bottle. It can be a little inconvenient, though.

And since there’s no Wand, you neither get an attachable pretreat solution flask nor a sample bottle of it.

The second difference, but not a major one, is that there’s no Dry Only mode in SmartWash+ Automatic. So it may take a little longer for the carpets to dry after a thorough wash.

Rest everything remains the same – effortless cleaning, superior performance, and an awesome design!

Talking about the cost, SmartWash+ is very reasonably priced. If you have got a limited budget of under $200, go ahead and buy SmartWash+ Automatic carpet cleaner.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why should you buy Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic?

With its automated functioning, powerful suction, and wet/dry modes, the Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic is a great buy for the pet owners who need a fast cleaner that is easy to sterilize.

What concerns me is that for its service and spare parts, you will have to contact Hoover, a do-it-yourselfer may snap off this delicate machine. The higher price point may also disengage buyers.

But the overall functionality and convenience suggest that you should definitely go for Hoover SmartWash PET Complete Automatic carpet cleaner.

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