I have rented the rug doctor from safeway on several occassions, most recently two weeks ago. The original is 24.99, the wide track is 26.99 and the hand tools are 3.00. I did not buy any soap to go with it. I just used 2 gallons HOT water and 1 cup of white distilled vinegar. The carpets were filthy! We moved in almost a year ago when we bought our house and had a professional come in to clean, but we live in Washington (wet, muddy shoes 3/4 of the year) and we have a 2 y/o boy, who happens to be potty training. The vinegar/hot water worked great.
Last weekend I found the steamcleaner I had been looking to buy, deeply discounted ($75 down from $189.99) so my husband bought it! It's a Bissell Proheat x2 Turbo. I have gotten to use it a few times already (like I said little boy in the house who is potty training..) and it's great. Still only using vinegar and water.
at 2:58 AM on Sep. 10, 2009