Product Type: Bissell vacuums
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A good carpet cleaner for the home
Bissell Powerwash Deluxe
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Bissell Powerwash Deluxe
Advantages: Effective, 4 rows of brushes, 2 in 1 tank, auto adjust height
Disadvantages: Annoying low power button, cannot use on stairs/ upholstery
The Bissell does the job and does the job well. I am always surprised just how dirty the water is when I empty the tank, and can't believe that my carpets were so dirty despite not really looking it! The 2 in 1 tank is an excellent feature and this means that the clean and dirty water are kept completely separate so the water that goes onto the carpet is clean. The 2 in 1 tank also means that there isn't the need for 2 completely separate tanks as one sits within the other, meaning the body of the Bissell isn't bulky. When I had the carpets cleaned professionally, I would only get this done annually (eek, can't believe I'm admitting that!), but now I clean high traffic areas in my home at least once a month, so my carpets are always pristine, and they look it too! The power brush works deep into the pile of the carpet meaning really ground in dirt will be lifted from the carpet, but at the same time it also grooms the carpet fibres so it makes the carpet look neat too! There are 4 rows of brushes in the power brush, which is more than some professional cleaners so it is really effective at the job it does. The bristles automatically adjust to the carpet height so it won't take half the carpet fibres with it. Also, when the machine is in the upright position, even when it is turned on, it won't affect the pile of the carpet as the bristles lift up and away from the carpet fibres.
The cable is just less than 8 metres so perfect for use in a home. I find I do have to unplug it as I go around rooms but I don't mind this, it will happily allow you to complete a room without the need for over stretching or unplugging.
For soiling and stains, I have always found that they are removed easily and as the carpets dry within a couple of hours it isn't a big issue doing them fairly regularly. I don't work on a Monday so I often tackle the carpet cleaning then, ship the kids out to school, vac and then clean the carpets and then go out for a few hours coming home to sparkly clean carpets. As I clean them so regularly now, I don't notice as much of a difference but the first few times I used it, my carpets actually dried a few shades lighter! I sometimes find that the carpet is a little fuzzy after it has been cleaned and so needs to be vacuumed again, but after this process they look brand new.
It is worth bearing in mind for allergy sufferers, that regularly cleaning your carpets will improve the air quality in your home and make sufferers lives happier! We don't have sufferers in our house, but I do notice a difference in the air quality after I have cleaned the carpets.
You can also use this model on hard floors, providing you use the correct attachment and solution. I don't do this very often as we have solid oak floors and it always makes me nervous wetting them, but it is a handy option for a deep clean every 4 or 5 months.
Cleaning and maintaining:
The machine is really easy to clean and maintain and I haven't had any problems with clogging. I always make sure that I thoroughly vac my carpets before I clean them, so this will extend its life and reduce any instances of blocking. I always make sure that I empty the water tanks as soon as I finish using it. I couldn't bear to think that the stagnant water had been left to smell in a corner of my house somewhere! There is also red screen that needs cleaning, it looks a little bit like a lint screen that you find in tumble dryers, and this protects the machine from anything that has been sucked into the machine. It is advisable to clean the rollers after each use too; just a quick 1 minute job suffices and pulls away any hair that has tangled around the rollers, etc. I think general care and maintenance will ensure that it continues to do a good job.
The main let down of this particular model is that you won't be able to clean stairs with it. It is an upright carpet cleaner and therefore stairs are a no go. This is a shame, but to be able to clean stairs you would need a detachable hose with suction cleaner on the end attached to the water tank, so I can see why it is an upright only cleaner. Also, because of this, upholstery is also a no go. I didn't really know what I wanted from a cleaner before I bought this, so had I researched a bit better and thought about what I wanted a bit more, I possibly wouldn't have bought this model, but for carpets it does the job exactly as is needed. I don't know why it bothers me, but the power button is at the back of the machine, just above from the water tank. It really annoys me that I have to bend down to turn the machine on, and I don't know why they didn't put the power button on the top near the handle like most modern machines! Also, rather than the cord wrapping around the back of the unit, it wraps on the side and right up to the top of the handle, again I just find this strange, but it doesn't cause any problems of any kind, just a bit weird!
I would recommend using the Bissell cleaning fluid, as if you use another brand it will void the 1 year manufacturer's warranty. In the guidance notes, it says that non-Bissell cleaning fluid may harm the machine. I haven't ever used any other brand so I cannot comment on the accuracy of this but it is worth bearing in mind. There are different types of cleaning fluid available dependent on your needs from it, for example there is a cleaning formula with scotch guard protection, pet stain and odour removal, multi allergen formula and various scented cleaners with scotch guard (such as orange and lavender). I buy mine from Argos as they are often on 3 for 2 (they are currently on promotion) and vary in price from £16.99 - £19.99, but do last quite a while. There is a measuring cup which sits just under the handle in the tank so you can ensure that you add the correct amount of fluid, which I find really convenient. You can also buy a tough stain pre cleaner. I bought one of these when I purchased the cleaner, and I am still on the same spray bottle. I don't use it all the time but it is handy for any specific stains that you wish to target, and only needs to be applied 5 minutes before deep clean.
Weight and feel:
At just over 7kg, it is quite light, much lighter than I expected and can be easily lifted to carry upstairs. It feels good quality and doesn't feel plasticky in any way; it feels solid and like it means business.
The RRP is £169.99, but we managed to get a good deal at an independent store local to our home and paid £130 which I was really happy with. Online prices vary so do shop around.
Summary: 4 stars
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