Pros: Dries carpet very well; leaves carpet clean and refreshed. X-Long Cord. Built-in heater.
Cons: Breaks if you park your car on top of it! Water tank should be bigger.
I bought this deep cleaning Bissell about 3 years ago. My sister borrowed it from short thereafter. She wanted to shampoo her home, and car. She had finished vacuuming her home, then started on her car. She was inside, refilling the water tank, when her husband came home, and drove over it with his car! Long story short, I never got it back, and my sister has a car that smells (to this day), like wet dog.
So after trying a few different models, I bought this Bissell 9400 again.
This vacuum has got to be in my top 2, and since this one cost less than $500; I'm calling it #1. It weighs less than many other deep cleaners, and because of this can be maneuvered quite easily with one hand. My family purchased this machine a couple years ago. At the time, I had 2 dogs, a 7 year old boy, and my baby girl was just being potty-trained. My puppy peed in the a corner and there were numerous juice stains all over the carpet. Then, my in-laws announced, they were coming to visit the following week.
I bought this Bissell off Ebay, for not even $175 after shipping. It comes with it's own cleaning solution, or you can buy some from just about any store. But I'm thrifty;I like to make my own, I use gain or Tide (whichever is available). Mix about 1/2 cup, or 4 oz (remember: the more you use, the more suds you get, and the more you suds will have to rinse), with some hot water.
Some More Good Things:
The Bissell 9400 has a built-in water heater; "to heat the clean water", before it sprays it onto your carpet. This provides better cleaning, and sanitation. Another perk, is the extra set of brushes (12 rows of brushes), giving you that deep down cleaning. The thicker plastic is much better than some of the other companies "cheap thin" plastic. In my 3 years, I haven't had anything fall off, or break off this vacuum.
How does it work?
This product works about like you would expect to.
1) Put water in the machine's bladder (little plastic flexible container used to hold water).Put cleaning formula (Soap) in separate formula tank.
2) Using machine now, run over carpet with vacuum, spraying water and cleaning solution as you go. Easy to do, just press the trigger.
3) Scrub with brushes. Push forward while pressing trigger, then pull backwards while trigger released.
4) Suck up water and dirty solution.
5) Rinse again by throwing water.
6) Suck up cleaning solution again, if you did this right it should be cleaner than before.
If 6 is not as clean as you prefer, repeat. The first time I steam cleaned my carpets, the water was nasty looking. I kid you not, it looked like hot chocolate.
7)When you think your finished and your carpet is cleaned... Run over it once more with just fabric softener (same kind you use in the washer), in formula tank. Somebody told me, they use febreze, I have never tried it, but it should work My family just prefers lavender Downy. This will give your home a nice clean, smell that will last months. Also, when you walk on your carpet, or dry vacuum you kick up some of that scent again! Your house will smell nice for months longer than without this tip.
The Bissell 9400 comes with a extra long cord so you don't have to keep unplugging, and replugging. This deep cleaner will more than pay itself in no time. Plus, you will never have to rent one of those "germ-fill" rentable wet vacuums, at your local supermarket. (Do they ever clean those?)
Downside: Well, it doesn't seem work right, after somebody hits it with their car! Might be a durability problem! I'm just kidding, but...
The bladder (water tank), needs to be bigger, but unless your cleaning a huge room, you probably won't notice. I usually fill my clean water tank twice per bedroom... once to wash, and again to "throw down" fabric softener. You also need to remember to go slow, don't expect to clean your entire living room in 5 minutes. The slower you go the cleaner; and drier, your carpet will get.
WARNING: DON'T use on pricey area rugs. Sorry, Nana, I'll never live that mistake down. DON'T use around small children and pets,(most carpet cleaners are noisy, so you may scare them).
This steam cleaner comes with some nice attachments. You get 4 attachments for your car, or upholstery cleaning. I highly recommend you steam clean your car at least once a year, (especially, if you have children). You get an attachment for you bare floors. I never used this in my life. (Thank you Bissell, but I have a steam mop.) I actually reallylike the small container of scotchguard they give you. If you never scotchguard-ed your carpet, I would give it a try. Try it on a small area first; maybe right in front of your front door. Mud, juice, and normal eveyday messes, won't stain so easily next time.
All deep cleaners work pretty much the same way. Some don't clean your carpets that well, and some leave your carpet soaked. This vacuum really surprised me. I was expecting it would take a couple days to get the carpet really dry. This time the carpet dried in less than 1 hour. I highly recommend this wet/dry vacuum (5 stars). I have bought this same carpet steam cleaner 3 times now. (The first one my sister broke. The second for my family to use, and a third, for a family member's house warming gift.) That should tell you how much I really like this product!