Rug Doctor - Portable Spot Cleaner - Red

Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner: Identify and treat those random trouble spots on your carpet or area rug with this powerful cleaner. The motorized, handheld brush efficiently eliminates spots and stains.

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  • Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner
  • 8-oz. cleaning solution
  • Owner's manual

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Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (229 out of 246)


Remove spots and stains

This spot cleaner makes it easy to touch up carpets, area rugs and stairs.

Effectively lift out soils

A motorized, handheld brush and 12 amps of power help thoroughly eliminate spots and stains.

Precisely target trouble areas

The 4-1/2" cleaning path width allows you to pinpoint soiled carpets.

Clean large spaces efficiently

A 15' cord lets you clean a vast expanse before changing outlets.

Enjoy smooth, easy movement

Carpet-friendly wheels allow effortless mobility around the room. A retractable handle simplifies portability.

Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 246 reviews

94%of customers would recommend this to a friend



  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Innovative Machine for Small Cleaning Jobs

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    “I received a Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner sample to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.” I have a household of four fur babies, a teen, and a very active six year old. As you can imagine my rugs get a lot of action! Dirty paw prints, accidental spills, and puppy mistakes are almost a daily occurrence in my home. My house is made up of mostly area rugs on hardwood floors on the first level, a carpeted stairs, and wall to wall carpet on the second floor in the bedrooms. The rugs get tons of high traffic use with the dogs constantly going in and out and the occasional puppy blunder that needs to be immediately spot cleaned. Using a full size steam cleaner on a regular basis for small jobs and on the stairs is impractical, so the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner is the perfect solution for keeping my rugs clean and fresh smelling for those hard to clean areas and spot messes. The Rug Doctor has been around for 40 years and I have always found their full size professional-grade carpet cleaners to work magic on my rugs. Nevertheless, to constantly have to rent a machine to spot clean my rugs on a regular basis would just be unfeasible and tiresome. The Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner is handy to have for those small area jobs and works fantastic on lifting the dirt. BUT, it should not be confused with a steam cleaner, because it does not actually heat the water. You must use very hot tap water for best results and only use the Rug Doctor cleaning solutions. In fact, using any other cleaner will void the warranty and could damage your machine. In my opinion, the little machine is packed with some great features for the price including an “Easy Carry” and retractable handle, carpet friendly wheels for extra maneuverability, no tangle cord wrap, flexible hose with compact storage, motorized handheld brush with on/off switch, and easy to fill and clean tanks. It also has a very powerful suction for its size and gets down to deep clean those stains. However, one of the most attractive features for me (besides that it actually works) is that it has a slim design to fit on the stairs, which is a problem area in my home that gets plenty of foot and paw traffic. I had no problem using the machine on the stairs and it was easy to lift from one place to another. Plus, its small slim design is wonderful for trouble-free storage as well. The first time I used the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner I spilled the filthy water while removing the waste water tank. Now knowing the top of the dirty water intake hole does not auto seal off during removal, I will be more careful to lift the tank straight up for emptying the grungy water. This is probably the only characteristic of the spot cleaner I would like to see redesigned, since it could be problematic without proper handling or if the tank becomes too full. Overall, Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner is a great innovative machine for those regular small cleaning jobs. It is perfect for busy moms and individuals who have pets, small children, or want something easy to use for quick cleanup messes. I found it to effectively work in deep cleaning my rugs and a cinch to use. The machine is also fantastic for using to freshen up upholstery and car rugs! I’m very happy with its performance!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Spot Cleaner for Families!


    I received a Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner for review. All opinions are my own. My home is a mix of rugs and carpet. The rugs being over 10' x 7' make them not so easy to replace cost wise so the investment in a Rug Doctor made perfect sense for spills, stains and spot cleaning. In addition to that, the only carpet in my whole house belongs in the playroom/entertainment room. Sigh. I don't think I need to explain what happens to a floor when you have playdates. Regardless, I was pretty excited to test out the spot cleaner on old stains and new spills! First of all, the Portable Spot Cleaner is nicely tucked together which allows it to travel easily. There is a carrying handle, but also an adjustable handle that pulls out waist length to move around the house. The little wheels travel just fine on lower carpets, but I couldn't say if they push as easily on plush. The hose wraps around the front while the cord wraps around the back. Very efficient and great if your Mom comes over and wants to steal it like mine! I didn't have any problem getting the water containers out. Although I would suggest having your Cleaning Solution already open when filling it as the shape doesn't allow for you to set it down. You'll have to hold it and add the solution. It requires hot water from the tap and has clear distinct lines for water level and cleaning solution. The noise level is pretty high, but I kind of expected that as it generally means it has power suction (which it does!). It did take me a moment to get the idea of how to use it since the cleaner doesn't automatically come out and instead you have to push a button on the handle labeled SOAP. I found that it was easier for me to spray the soap on and let it sit a moment rather than spraying while doing the job. However, the nice part is that the handle is also motorized so you don't have to do the scrubbing! The brushes push apart the carpet for you! I LOVE this. You can turn it off and do the scrubbing yourself on big jobs though. Sometimes it does take some elbow grease. The suction on this little Rug Doctor is amazing, quite frankly. You can see it pulling the excess cleaner and dirt out of your carpet or rug. It leaves only a slight dampness behind that isn't really noticeable unless you're looking for it. I cleaned various types of spots and spills, spills were easier as they were new. Many spots came right up, but there were a few very old stains that have more than likely already dyed the carpet fibers that only faded. I ran it over these about 3 times and the Spot Cleaner faded it enough to smooth with the rug. This didn't bother me and is a lot better than having a hugely visible stain and again, I don't think it is due in part to the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner more so than these stains have had time to dye the fabric. It was very horrifying seeing how dirty my rug was once I was done cleaning. On the good note, it meant this baby is doing its job! I used it on my couch that doesn't have removable cushion covers and it now looks gorgeous! I wholeheartedly recommend this not only for spots on rugs and carpets, but also for upholstery and furniture. Overall, it's very simple to cart around and isn't too much heavier than a vacuum or you can roll it. This makes traveling with it a breeze. It is a great spot cleaner to have on hand for spots, spills and high traffic areas. It may not pull up very old stains that have dyed the carpet, but it will fade them. It does a great job pulling up most other stains, can be used on stairs and furniture! It's super easy to get everything started and put away when your finished. It also is more cost efficient than purchasing new rugs or carpet and is a lot easier than using umpteen amount of different hand cleaners and trying to scrub the life out of your nice rug. I love this portable spot cleaner and I wholeheartedly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Give Your Elbow a Rest!

    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I received a Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner to facilitate my review, but my opinions are mine, all mine and not influenced by outside sources. Two words: Life Saver. Or, they could be "Carpet Saver". Seriously. We have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 kids, and a hubby who tends to track odd things in on his shoes. Luckily only 50% of our house is carpeted - we just bought our new house in February, our old house (literally old - built in 1817) had all wood floors throughout and no carpets, so now having half our house carpeted is a new adventure in spills, spots and (ahem) hairballs. Yes, the life of a pet owner is a never ending sequence of miscellaneous clean-ups. The Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner has been a huge help in keeping those random messes clean - I'm picky about keeping things clean, I don't want guests coming over and deciding that having four-legged critters roaming about is a bad thing. Before getting the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner, I was using those spot cleaners in a can - you know the ones, you spray the foam, let it sit, then scrub scrub scrub. And still you have some sort of staining left behind, no matter how much elbow grease you put into action. The Rug Doctor is easily portable – lighter weight than the full version, with wheels (wheeee!), and a telescoping handle that makes it easy to move the machine wherever you need it most. I had no trouble whatsoever carrying it upstairs to where it was desperately needed, and as I moved from one area to the next to re-clean the areas that weren't cleaned thoroughly from the spray can, the handle made it easy to pick it up and move it short distances. I love that the top of the motorized brush is clear plastic – being able to see how much water was being sucked up was a plus, so I could gauge how much water was still in the carpet before moving on to the next problem area. The cord is a good length – I didn't have to keep relocating it moving around our master bedroom, then on to the kids' rooms to clean up random messes. The suction strength is excellent – I felt confident that the underlying yuck was getting sucked up efficiently so there would be no trace left behind. The size is perfect for our needs – and so easy to store when not in use. I was extremely impressed at what a great job it did getting the residual stains removed from previous accidents – I was worried that they were now set in, since I couldn’t get them completely gone with good old fashioned elbow grease and that spray can spot remover. My OCD side is very, very happy. The residual stains are completely gone, and I can sleep easier at night. The machine does come with a small bottle of cleaning solution so you can start tackling those little jobs right out of the box - emphasis on ‘little’, only because it would take forever if you were thinking you would do your whole carpet with this particular unit. They have much bigger ones for the big jobs – there’s a reason this is called a “Spot Cleaner”, and it’s exactly what we needed! If you have pets, or kids, or a messy husband – I would highly recommend you pick yourself up one of these and have it handy. Your elbow and sanity will be forever grateful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Carpet Cleaner


    I received a Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner sample to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Having just had my third child a few weeks back, my house is beyond chaotic (which I expected) but the problem that bothers me the most is the horrible carpet stains around my house. Just last week, my daughter spilled the infant's formula all over my living room carpet. If you do not know, formula stains badly and I thought I was out of luck until we took out the Rug Doctor. In no time at all, the formula stain was gone along with the horrible remnants of food stains, dirt, and even the dreaded wine stain, that has been unpleasantly stained deep in my carpet. I have tried many products before to try to get the stains out of my carpet, but inevitably I ended up hiring a carpet cleaning service to get the stains out. I just never found a vacuum that had enough force to clean up the stains and it would take me all day to get out one small stain. Now with my Rug Doctor, I never have to worry about stains in my house again since the Rug Doctor works so well! When I received the Rug Doctor, I was nervous to set it up because it came in a big package. Lucky for me, there was ZERO set up other than removing the Clean Water tank. I simply filled it with warm water and then added the soap to the fill line. I will tell you that the clear and removable water tank (which has an easy open and close cap) will get you very far in getting out lots of stains. I was surprised to see that I got so many stains removed and still had plenty of water left in the tank. Once the clean water tank is filled, I was ready to use my Rug Doctor. I absolutely loved the Rug Doctor's exclusive motorized handheld brush and the way the machine turns on with the press of a button. The suction of the brush is incredible. It actually has 2x the suction power of other carpet cleaners on the market and allows me to get a good, deep clean. I did not have to use much force or get down on my hands/knees to get the stains out. The vibrating brush did this all for me. Once I was done cleaning the living room carpet, I was ready to bring it on my stairs. Thankfully the Rug Doctor was so easy to maneuver and the slim design allowed me to fit it on my very narrow stairs. I had no problem taking it from point A to point B because it has an "Easy-Carry" handle, similar to a suitcase handle. They thought of everything when they invented the Rug Doctor! Other features I love with the Rug Doctor include the no tangle cord wrap and flexible hose with compact storage, which allows me to put away the Rug Doctor and not have to trip over any of the cords when I take it in and out. It also has carpet-friendly wheels for extra maneuverability and moves along easily on all carpet types, from rugs, to wall-to-wall carpet areas, and to even the interior of your car. The Rug Doctor is an incredible product that will help you deal with all those horrible stains and get your carpet looking new again! From its sleek design to the versatility of carpet areas that the Rug Doctor can be used on, you will have a great product that will work! I highly recommend the Rug Doctor!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product! Cleans Great, Compact


    I received a Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner sample to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. My husband and I were very excited to received our new Rug Doctor. At first, I was wondering if the compact spot cleaner would be able to get our mammoth carpet jobs done, but this product far exceeded our expectations. We have four kids. Three of these kids are younger boys, and one is a teenage girls. When we moved into our home two years ago, our carpets were pristine because the previous owners did not have any kids. That didn't last long. Anything and everything that can be dropped, spilled, wiped, or spewed onto this carpet has been, and up until now, I've done my best to get down on my hands and knees and scrub. I was absolutely amazed when a stain (from a year and a half old "spew" - I'll spare the details) came up within minutes with the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner. Then, across the room, we made huge progress on getting up a red energy drink spill (more like purposely dumped by a 2 year old). It's no longer bright red! With just one treatment, it has faded to light pink. We're going to try again soon, and we're hopefully that the stain will eventually be so light that it will not be seen. I love that the spot cleaner is so portable, that we took it out to the carport and used it on the uphosltery in our car. The previous owner of our car was a smoker, and when water is spilled or dripped onto the seats, it leave a soot/smoke ring that makes us look pretty trashy! After using the spot cleaner on the seats for about 30-45 minutes, there was a noticeable difference, and no longer smell pungent cigarette smoke odors when we turn on the A/C now! The Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner is light weight, it's fun to use, an the cleaner that comes with it knows how to do it's job. I really like the fact that even though it uses water/cleaner to get the carpet and upholstery clean, it also sucks the majority of the moisture back into the holding tank so that you're not left with soaking wet floors. The dry time is pretty quick. My favorite features: - Size: The system is so compact that it's easy to use and easy to store. HUGE plus with a large family in a small house! - Portable on Wheels: I love the "luggage" like retractable handle where I can pull the Rug Doctor around the room or carport without having to bend over and pick it up. - Scrubber: The scrubber works great, but what's best about it is that part of it can be turned on to give a motorized scrub while cleaning. - Ease of Use: The system is so easy to use that we can put our 7 year old to work on the carpets and we don't even have to lift a finger. - Cleanup: My husband likes that there is a filter to grab larger particles so you can dump the dirty water directly down the sink. So easy. All in all, we have already recommended this product to our friends and family, and we will continue to do so. The price is great, and it's much better than having to rent clunky cleaners! Great product, Rug Doctor!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Too difficult to use


    I received a Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner sample to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I used the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner for the dozen mystery spots that appear on my wall-to-wall carpet every day. What I liked about it is that the suction is good and it does clean some stains. What I don't like about it is: It does not clean all stains; some stains it lightens by varying degrees but does not remove even after repeated passes. All set-in stains were only slightly lightened, not removed. It's heavy and bulky. I can't move it around myself, even though I have a low-pile carpet, because the little wheels dig in and won't budge; I have to have my husband bring it out for me. (I am tall, and not elderly or disabled in any way.) It takes too long to set up. Long before we have it ready to work, I could have sprayed cleaner on the stain and wiped it up. It is eardrum-shatteringly loud to use, especially in a small room, because your head has to be near the motor; I would not recommend using it without earplugs. The brushes area of the cleaning head is poorly designed. It looks like there are a lot of scrubbing bristles, but most of them are stationary; only one row actually scrubs, so you're maneuvering this big head around with only one row of bristles actually doing anything. The "pull handle" is very hard to get out, and sticks repeatedly when I try to fully extend it. The water tanks can be tricky to remove; if you don't pull them at the right angle, they won't budge. My husband is a big man, and he has struggled to remove the tanks. In addition, even with average fingernails for a woman, I found that the indentations around the handles are not deep enough for me to get my fingers in there and grab the handles; I am completely unable to remove the tanks. I'd suggest testing before you buy to be sure that you'll be able to do it. The water-spraying function is where this product totally fails for me. You have to hold a button down to get the water to come out; there is no way to make it stay down without holding it. I have hands as big as a man's, and I could barely hold the button down and move the cleaning head over the rug at the same time; my finger slips off after a couple of seconds, so I have to keep stopping and re-positioning my hand in order to keep the water flowing. For anything other than a tiny stain, this is a real pain. My husband's hands are stronger, and he can do it the way it's supposed to work, but unless we find a way to strap the button down I won't be able to use the this product myself without more struggle than it's worth. The Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner does not clean better than any other method, and not as well as simple hand-cleaning. It is so hard to use that I am unable to use it by myself. I do not recommend this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must Have for Pet Owners


    We have 4 cats, 3 dogs, 2 preschoolers, and a teenage boy. As you can imagine, messes happen, and often! Whether it's a spilled drink, grapes crushed into the carpet, mud, dirt, or even pet messes, it seems I am cleaning my carpet a few times a week, at least! This can be pretty annoying, especially when using a huge, bulky, full-sized shampooer. Luckily, the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner does everything our large shampooer does, only better. The suction and scrubbing action is absolutely amazing, and this unit is highly portable. It's lightweight, and I love the luggage-style handle. This makes it very easy to move from place to place. We have used this on SO many different stains, from blood and mustard to cat gak and doggie diarrhea. Some of these stains were in odd places, so I can't really say how long they had been there before treating them. We have found that no matter how old or set-in the stain, the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner removed them completely and quickly. The scrubbing brush is motorized, which definitely saves time while cleaning, and it also really gets down deep into carpets. I have found that when using this to clean pet messes, we don't experience any remarking later on. This is a huge plus, since with so many pets, getting stains and odor out is key when trying to prevent accidents. Changing the water and cleaner is also very easy. (MAJOR brownie points there!) Usually, I have to have my husband use our large shampooer since it's hard to snap the pieces in. With this Rug Doctor Spot Cleaner, I can have it ready to go in no time flat. Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with pets, kids, or both! It's been an absolute life-saver, and keeps our carpets looking clean and fresh between deep cleanings. This little gem is portable and powerful, making it our go-to product for any messes that come our way. **I received a Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner sample to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.**

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Little Dynamo of a Cleaner!


    Our dog was recently diagnosed with cancer. She's lived a wonderful, full life at 11-years-old, but is now seeing some dreary days. She's having a difficult time making it to the door and outside to go the bathroom. As a result, our rugs are taking a beating. The Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner has literally saved the day. The product came packaged nicely, was very easy to remove, and had minimal excessive packaging (which is good for the environment). It arrived almost completely assembled, so there was no fiddling with parts or hefty directions. The directions for cleaning are easy to follow. The unit is definitely portable - equipped with a roller-luggage retractable handle and long reaching cord. There is no need to bend over or pick it up while in use. I was impressed with how easy it was to fill and replace the tank. On several machines that I previously owned, it was like trying to fit a square into a hole. This is not the case with the portable Rug Doctor. The machine is extremely lightweight, so that even the kiddos can help, when needed. The nozzle and sprayer are easy to operate, the scrubber is motorized to aid in cleaning, and the suctioning is powerful! The rug was left feeling only slightly damp, not sopping wet like experienced with other brands and models. The dry time was quick, too. We didn't have to wait hours upon hours before we walked on the surfaces. The spots that we tackled were between a month and a few days old. Each and every spot came clean--even the nastiest that appeared to have been accidentally stepped in by our pooch (who no longer has the best balance either). There are several places where the dog has tried to hide the fact that she had an accident. Most rug cleaners would not be able to reach these spots. The compact design and portability of this Rug Doctor machine is second to none. It was able to get to even the most elusive areas. I highly recommend the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner to anyone with kids, pets, or lively life partners. It's ideal for quick cleanups and can tackle tough jobs. **I received a Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner sample to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.**

    I would recommend this to a friend

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