Hoover FloorMate Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner, FH40160 Review

When you think of floor cleaners, the words bulky, leaky, and heavy may come to mind. However, the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe is a slim-nozzle hard-floor cleaner weighs under 15 pounds, making it anything but cumbersome. Thanks to an auto-shutoff mechanism, you’ll never have to worry about dirty water spitting out onto your clean floors.

This hard-floor cleaner comes with two specialized spinning brushes that counter-rotate at high speed. The wash selector allows you to clean and dry your floors at the same time, and separated tanks mean dirty and clean water won’t intermingle. When necessary, you can disperse extra detergent by simply pressing a button.

With the FloorMate Deluxe, even maintenance is convenient. The dirty-water filter is rinsable, and the floor nozzle detaches for trouble-free cleaning. You can also remove either brush assembly by simply popping it out of the nozzle – no screwdriver required.

SpinScrub Brushes

Hoover’s FloorMate Deluxe comes with a SpinScrub brush assembly for hardwoods and another for tile. Both assemblies have four individual brushes that rapidly counter-rotate to hit dirt from all angles thanks to the cleaner’s 3.5-amp motor, and switching between the two brush styles only takes a minute.

Transparent Floor Head

At 11.5 inches, it may take a little more time than you’d like to clean the hard floor in a large room. On the flip side, the nozzle’s slim width makes it easy for you to maneuver the Deluxe, and the cleaner won’t take up a ton of storage space. The nozzle is surrounded by a wraparound bumper to protect your furniture, walls, and baseboards from accidental chips and scuffs.

Wash and Dry Modes

In addition to interchanging the SpinScrub brushes, you also have the ability to raise and lower them. The dial on the Deluxe has a wash mode and a dry mode. In wash mode, the brushes lower and spin, cleaning and drying your floors simultaneously. In dry mode, the brushes rise and stop spinning, and only the water-suction mechanism remains active.

Clean Boost Control

There is another control on the handle called Clean Boost. When you push this fingertip button, an extra dose of cleaning solution is meted out onto the floor, allowing you to tackle stubborn messes and grout stains in as few passes as possible.

Large, Separated Tanks

Instead of one divided tank, Hoover smartly chose to put two completely separate tanks on the Deluxe hard-floor cleaner. Each reservoir is crystal clear, allowing you to view the water supply easily, and both tanks boast a 1.5-quart capacity.

A release button lets you quickly remove both tanks. The dirty-water tank contains a sensor that powers off the floor cleaner’s suction to prevent overflows. The clean-water reservoir’s cap does double duty as a measuring cup, so you’ll always have the correct detergent-to-water ratio.

Lightweight Maneuverability

Compared to those ridiculously heavy rental floor cleaners that are red and start with the letter R (you know which brand we’re talking about), the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe is featherlight. Weighing just 13.8 pounds, the Deluxe undercuts the weight of those rentals by two to three times.

Soft, smooth wheels make it a breeze to roll the Deluxe from one spot to the next, and the D-shaped handle prevents hand fatigue. The power cord measures 20 feet, which is a decent length. A quick-release hook allows for fast unraveling, and the huge bottom hook ensures the cord stays secure during transport.

Easy Maintenance

Keeping the Deluxe in working order isn’t difficult. The nozzle, brushes and tanks are easy to remove and clean. Press the button on the floor head to detach the nozzle and rinse the interior. You don’t need any tool to take out either brush assembly, and you don’t have to clean the brushes while they’re attached to the nozzle. Since the dirty-water tank’s foam filter is rinsable, you won’t have to shell out money for replacements.

User-Friendly From Start to Finish

From the moment you turn the quick-release cord hook to the few minutes, it takes to rinse dirt off the detachable components, using the Hoover FloorMate Deluxe is a hassle-free process. Although there isn’t an edge brush or any variable-speed spinning option, the hard-floor cleaner does come with two types of counter-rotating SpinScrub brushes.

The nozzle and both tanks are transparent, and the controls allow for some cleaning customization. With their large capacity, you’ll save time refilling and emptying the tanks. Due to the suction-shutoff feature and the separated tank design, you won’t make a mess on your just-cleaned floors. Combine all these convenient features with the Deluxe’s lightweight design, and you get a hard-floor cleaner that’s several steps ahead of the competition.