Best Carpet Cleaning Machine for Pet Urine


Introducing a new pet into your home can be so rewarding, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. House training your puppy or kitten can be a messy process.

Similar challenges come with caring for a sick or aging pet. Problems like urinary incontinence are common in older animals. The result is stained carpets that smell strongly of pet odors.

Urine stains and odor can be especially difficult to remove from carpets. Even if the surface appears clean, the smell lingers in the fibers. It’s extremely unpleasant living with the problem and especially embarrassing when guests visit.

To deep clean urine-stains, you’ll need a specialized carpet cleaning machine for pet urine.

We’ve researched extensively to find a machine that removes new and old, dried pet urine while also eliminating odors. A quality carpet cleaning machine can be pricey, so you need to buy right the first time. Here are our handpicked favorites for pet owners.

Top Rated Carpet Cleaners for Cat and Dog Pee

1. Rug Doctor Deep Clean


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Unrivaled suction and speed. It washes, scrubs and sucks in one swoop making it the fastest cleaner of the lot.

The Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner is packed with features. It is a professional grade machine fitted with dual cross action brushes which clean the carpet pile from all directions as you run the machine over the surface. The super boost spray at the back of the unit allows you to pre-treat areas before running over them with the machine’s brushes and cleaning solution. The powerfully suction efficiently lifts the water and grime into the dirty water tank. Carpets take as fast as 4 hours to dry.

Unless you have a particularly stubborn stain you need to work on, one pass over a section of carpet and you’re done. Cleaning and suction are completed in one stroke.

The upholstery tool is ideal for cleaning stains on stairs, allowing you to get into those tight corners. The additional reach you get from the 7,7-inch hose makes it convenient to clean car seats, furniture, mattresses, and curtains. a

Tools can be stored on the tool caddy and the collapsing handle makes it compact for easy storage.

There are reports of the clear plastic breaking over time, but this is avoidable if the machine is used correctly. If you do experience breakage on a part, there is a 2-year warranty on the machine.

The Rug doctor is your match if need a deep cleaning machine that’s quick and powerful.  Both old and new urine stains will lift effortlessly, leaving an odor free surface.


  • Super Boost Spray feature for spot cleaning
  • Sprays, scrubs and sucks in 1 swoop
  • Multi-functional carpet and upholstery cleaner
  • Powerful Suction


  • We simply haven’t found one worth noting

Before we get to the Hoover (our second choice), check this clip to see just how much better the Rug Doctor performs over the Hoover…

2. Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe with PetPlus Liquid


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Powerful Carpet Washer with upholstery hose fitting at a great price.

The Hoover Power Scrub is another multi-purpose machine with both carpet and upholstery cleaning capabilities. Its exclusive 360 degree SpinScrub Brush System efficiently loosens dirt, making it extremely effective at deep cleaning and eliminating pet urine stains.

It also has a unique dual tank system so you can wash your carpets with detergent and then rinse them with clean water afterward.

Once you’re done cleaning and suctioning excess water from the carpet, the machine can also blow hot air onto the surface to speed up drying time.

The only drawback we spotted was that the plastic panels of the machine are known to crack if given a hard bump, so be sure to not steer into walls or furniture.

If budget is a factor, this quality machine has the best price for the largest functionality. (It really should cost more!)


  • Excellent value for money
  • Dual tank system for soap water and clean water
  • Multi-functional carpet and upholstery cleaner
  • Blows hot air for faster dry time


  • The after-wash rinse requires another run of the machine over the carpet which makes cleaning longer

3. Bissell Big Green Professional Carpet Cleaner Machine


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Quite pricy, but this professional carpet cleaner is by far the strongest on the list!

We couldn’t put it first for home use because, at the commercial-end of the price range, it’s simply not for everyone.

If the price isn’t holding you back, this impressive machine is designed for use in hotels and rental apartments where pets are allowed, so rest assured, it will do an unbeatable job in your home too.

Just look at it in action on a highly soiled carpet…

Two large capacity tanks mean you can clean large areas without having to stop to top-up. The stain tool lets you spray and scrub difficult stains and has a 9-foot hose (The longest we’ve seen) for easy reach.

The only negative point we could find on this machine is the price. You may initially hate spending the money on this, but once you see the results, you’ll be very glad you did.

If you have more than one pet and more than just the occasional pet stain from urine or vomit, this professional machine along with its 5-year warranty is well worth the investment.

This machine is also and an excellent investment for anyone managing apartment rentals or if you run a pet-friendly guest house or hotel. Floors will never be fresher smelling or cleaner looking.


  • 5-year warranty
  • Multi-functional carpet and upholstery cleaner
  • Powerful suction reduces drying time
  • Excellent reach from 9ft spot cleaning hose


  • Expensive… but worth every penny!

4. Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro


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Very convenient 2-in-1 pet upholstery tool that dry vacuums and wet cleans.

This attractive appliance may look similar to the Hoover holding position number two above, but this machine has one very unique and convenient feature. Its 2-in-1 Pet Upholstery tool allows you to dry vacuum the area before you wet clean any stains underneath.

This is a big time saver as you don’t need to bring out the vacuum cleaner for small areas before spot cleaning engrained dirt. This makes removing odors and cleaning your pet’s bed or his favorite spot super convenient.

The carpet cleaning system has an express clean setting what cleans and dries within an hour. This is ideal for area rugs or regular carpet cleaning. The deep clean function will take about a day to dry thoroughly.

With the word “ProHeat” in its name, we were expecting it to heat the water, but it does not. It only maintains the temperature of the water you put into the tanks. Regardless, the machine performs perfectly and delivers on its promise of lifting urine and other pet stains.


  • 2-in-1 pet upholstery tool that collects pet hair
  • Multifunctional carpet and upholstery cleaner


  • Doesn’t heat water by itself

5. Bissell Spot Clean Pro Portable


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Powerful, portable stain remover, ideal for smaller jobs.

It may be small, but it delivers powerful suction and effortlessly works at removing stains.

Weighing in at only 17 pounds, it is an ideal portable machine for use on more than just carpets. Take it anywhere in the house, including mattresses, sofas, and even awkward spots like stairs or hanging drapes.

It’s easy to fill, easy to use and easy to clean.

The hose has been known to crack after extensive use, which is to be expected on any machine where the hose is exposed to kinking from more complex cleaning tasks. Fortunately, the manufacturer offers a 2-year warranty should it need repair or a replacement part.

If you don’t need a bulky cleaner, but rather a compact cleaning machine for localized areas, then the Bissell Portable SpotClean is perfect. It’s ideal for smaller apartments, area rugs and upholstered items.


  • Ideal for spot cleaning pet urine and other “accidents”
  • Lightweight & Portable
  • Flexible hose for easy reach of stains and upholstery


  • Not suited to cleaning large areas

6. Bissell Cordless Pet Stain Eraser


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Conveniently cordless and perfect for spot cleaning pet accidents.

Add a small amount of cleaning solution and the Bissell Cordless Pet Stain Eraser will remove stains on carpets, curtains, mattresses or furniture. It’s also ideal for cleaning up little spills.

It’s a powerful stain cleaner with everything you need built into the machine. 2 Lithium-ion batteries are included and offer you 15 minutes of cleaning time.

For stains, all you need to do is spray the area with cleaning solution, scrub the area with the brush attached to the base of the machine, and then suck the loosed dirt and moisture up.

If you’re looking for a cordless carpet cleaner to handle the occasional little accidents by pets or kids for that matter, you will not be disappointed.


  • Small, lightweight and easy to use
  • Cordless and convenient
  • A cheap solution to pet stains
  • Quick reaction time to spills


  • Not suited to cleaning large areas

Buyers Guide


Best for Larger Areas

The Rug Doctor, Hoover Power Scrub PetPlus, Bissell Big Green Professional and the Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro are all designed to masterfully clean large areas. They deep clean professionally and suck up the dirt and water, leaving a spotless area you’ll most definitely be proud of.

The Bissell Big Green Professional does however have the largest water tank capacity so you won’t have to refill as often as with the others. The Bissell Big Green is also designed for commercial use so if you regularly need to clean very large spaces, then it’s the machine for the job.

The Rug Doctor has the longest power cord of 28 feet so you get the biggest reach without an extension cord.

Best for Spot Cleaning

All the machines above have a spot cleaning feature that will work wonders, but, if you’re only spot cleaning the occasional small mess, then the handheld, cordless Bissell Cordless Pet Stain Eraser would be our first pick.

Why? Well, it’s small, light and doesn’t need the setup of the larger machines. It may be more pricy when comparing it with a larger multifunctional machine but for the convenience it offers, it’s a perfect spot cleaning, odor removing gadget for pets… and children behaving like pets.

Most Affordable

The Bissell Portable SpotClean Professional and Bissell Cordless Pet Stain Eraser are the most affordable machines but they are also the smallest and suited only for smaller areas and spot cleaning.

If you are looking for a larger, more traditional carpet cleaning machine, then the Hoover Power Scrub is the one to order. It can clean large surfaces but also has a hose attachment for cleaning stairs and other upholstered surfaces. For what you get in one machine, it is incredible value for money.

Most Portable

The Bissell Portable SpotClean Professional and Bissell Cordless Pet Stain Eraser are our winners of the most portable title. They weigh 13 and 5 pounds respectively.

Benefits of a High-Quality Carpet Cleaning Machine

  1. No more back-breaking scrubbing of pet stains manually
  2. Saves you money on professional carpet cleaning services
  3. Cleaning is quick and efficient, saving you time
  4. Removes both old and new stains completely
  5. Eliminates odors by deep cleaning
  6. Deep cleans high traffic areas really well
  7. Multi-purpose machine attachments allow you to clean more than just carpets
  8. Liquid vacuum function can be used to clean up other liquid spills too

In Conclusion

We are confident that depending on your personal needs, any of the above cleaners will change how you feel about cleaning up messes after your pet. Whether you’re removing cat urine or dog wee, a quality machine is a game changer. Instead of focusing on the effort required to clean up an unfortunate accident, you’ll be able to fully experience the joy that your pets bring to your home.

Let us know which machine has worked best for you and if the results were all you’d hoped for.

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