We bought this Bissell after seeing it advertised on Ideal World (but found it cheaper on the Bissell website).
We were just about to sell our house and move to Yorkshire where hiring a rug doctor was not going to be as simple as in Coventry.
We pretreated our carpets where there had been more use (eg by doors) and then set about cleaning, first impressions were very good, the colour of the water made you wonder why the beige carpet didn't look black. It was the following day when the carpet was fully dry and we vacuumed that the results were so obviously good. The pile of the carpet lifted and gave a newer cleaner look.
Where this bissell has the advantage is that it keeps the water in the tank warm therefore you can put less cleaning fluid in and still acheive good results.
The cleaner itself is heavy, but has a long lead and useful hand tools for furniture and upholstry.
I have just finished helping clean my daughters flat before she moves and although she has had a poorly kitten, the carpets are all now clean and fresh and all was accomplished in an afternoon.
I bought this model of Bissell about 4 years ago from Ideal World (shopping channel) and I think it cost £119 with 3 free bottles of shampoo plus free p&p.
To be honest I don't buy much now from Ideal World as I find them difficult to communicate with - but on this occasion I decided to go ahead for 4 reasons-
1. The price - £35 cheaper than John Lewis
2. Free delivery on this heavy item
3. 30 day money-back guarantee
4. Loved the demo on TV
I've been very pleased with this carpet shampooer, but I've also had a few problems with the design so will be contacting Bissell very soon.
The unit itself is fairly heavy, especially when full, but then it IS a powerful machine.
Instructions are easy - you just fill the tank with warm water, add the shampoo and off you go...
There are 2 settings
1 is for carpets
1 is for hard floors and furnishings
The main part is for carpets but there is also a hose with a brush which is great for doing the stair carpet or for 'spot' cleaning as well as cleaning small areas.
There are a variety of fragrances - I like the original and the lavender. Bissell also do them in orange, for hard floors and homes with pets. You can buy these cheaper on ebay...
The machine itself does the trick if you follow the clear instructions
However, as I said earlier, I have experienced a couple of problems -
1. it is difficult to clean as much of the body is moulded together - I'm finding that ot is clogging up now & I can see the dirt & fluff but no way to remove it
2. the carpet brush roller (which does all the work as far as I can tell) has now collapsed so I think it must need replacing - agian something I can't fix myself
BUT don't let me put you off - this is a great machine!
We bpought this carpet and upholstery cleaner just over a month ago and have used it a couple of times in different rooms.
When you first unpack your cleaner you will find the following parts in the box:
Main body of the machine
Tough stain tool
spraying crevice tool
Spare brush drive belt
and a bottle of shampoo.
At this stage I would recomend that you read the manual before you try to assemble the cleaner. I found it fairly easy to assemble.
It has the following features:
SmartTemp, automatic temperature control heats the cleaning solution as it is applied to the carpet.
SmartMix, mixes the shampoo with tap water at variable settings, water only,Normal mix suitable for most cleaning jobs and High Traffic for cleaning heavily soiled areas.
Dirtlifter powerbrush,gently grooms the carpet as it lifts out deep down dirt,self adjusting brush height for all carpets.
Tank in TankThe clean tap water is held inside a bladder and as you clean the bladder empties and the dirty water is collected in the tank outside the bladder.
Flow indicator,as the name suggests lets you see when solution is being applied.
Ready tools dial, set this to floor cleaning or tools/pre-heat as required.
The machine comes with quite a long hose attatched for cleaning upholstery and stairs with relative ease. Attatching the tools is easy.
Although the machine is fairly heavy I think most people would be able to use it without too much trouble. When we started to clean our carpet we didn't think it was too bad but when you see the colour of the water it sucks back up it will shock you. We have four kids so you can imagine the spills that can occur on an almost daily basis.Our lounge is 23feet x 18 feet but it only took about 30 minutes to clean.Drying time will depend on how much solution you use on the carpet but do try not to walk on the carpet till its dry.
I also cleaned our fabric suite using the turbo brush attatchment and it brought the colours out just like new, they looked faded before cleaning but now they are almost as bright as the day we bought the suite, again it only took me about 30 minutes to clean.
We found that it did a good job of cleaning our carpets, it wont bring them back to "like new" but it will make them look a lot better.
Bissel reccomend their own shampoo but we found that in some shops it can be as much as £14 for a 750ml bottle,very expensive. We found carpet shampoo in B&Q priced £6 for a 5 litre bottle and it cleaned just as well as the Bissel shampoo.But for some reason Bissel say that using non bissel shampoo may harm the machine and invalidate the guarantee.
At around the £180-£190 mark it is an expensive machine but I think it will pay for itself through time. All in all I think this is a good machine with good cleaning power and well worth the expense.
We bought a Bissell Proheat Protech deep clean due to having a very pale carpet in our new home - the intention was to keep our new carpet looking fresh, and free of marks !
Firstly the Bissell is very noisy, and extremely heavy/bulky. It also drinks carpet shampoo ( which I add is expensive! ) If your intention is just to freshen up your carpets, yes, it does it's job.. though it is also a long job as you have to keep going over and over the carpet at a very slow pace to get the best result - HOWEVER do not be misled or fooled into thinking these "cleaners" remove stains - in my experience they do not, even if treating a potential stain immediately. Perhaps we just had a misconception of a deep "cleaner" - which is not the same as a stain remover.
We bought our Bissell just over a year ago. Soon after running out of warranty, it has been delivered to the local recycling centre. Why? Simply the quality of manufacturing is poor. This is acceptable at first, but after a year or so of use, not heavy by the standards of most vacuum cleaning it leaked, the screws holding it together were coming out of their threads and the machine consumed the very expensive carpet shampoo like a drunkard in a brewery - and yes we did adjust the settings. Yes, the machine does lift a lot of dirt and crap off your carpet, but you have to lift a lot of money out your wallet for what you get - and at the end of the day you may be better hiring a cleaner from your local DIY store like Focus. We are going to try the Hoover Brush 'n' Wash, which is about £70 cheaper and may be better value. One thing is certain, we wouldn't buy another Bissell.
We've got two dogs and with those come smelly carpets. Fed up of getting professionals in to clean the carpets we bought a Bissell Pro Heat Deep cleaner. What an investment. Its easy to use, quick, limited effort needed and good results. Our carpets have come up a treat. We used it on the carpet in the caravan and the results were good too and the sofa's cleaned up remarkably well. The onboard tools are easy to use, but obviously slower than the full unit. Some of the internal bits are a bit flimsy and Ive already broken one just by opening the water container, however dont let it put you off as it still works well without it or if you break something else replacements are readily available as some things are guaranteed. Initial outlay expensive, but the rewards are very pleasing indeed. One of my best home gadgets!