Bissell 1716 SpotLifter Handheld Cleaner Reviews
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Bissell 1716 SpotLifter Handheld Cleaner

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Bissell Spotlifter - Junk!

Dec 27, 2007 (Updated Feb 8, 2008)
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  • User Rating: Disappointing

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Pros:Seemed like a good concept, but not executed well.

Cons:Everything! It barely worked, was hard to use, then broke quickly!

The Bottom Line: Poorly made, broke quickly, and didn't work well when it did work. Avoid.


I have cats and a rather messy husband, plus lots of light beige carpet, so I decided that I needed something better than elbow grease and paper towels to keep my carpet looking its best. While I initially considered buying the Bissell SpotBot, I decided to save some money and go with the Bissell SpotLifter. You know what they say, pennywise and pound foolish (in other words, you get what you pay for). And boy did I get what I paid for (though it’s not like this is a cheap machine at $49.99). Eventually, after wasting money on this, I did end up buying one of the Bissell SpotBot units (which is a dream and totally worth the money).

So why don’t you like the SpotLifter you say? Initially, the pump didn’t work when I first tried it (I tried to prime it, to no avail). My first disappointment in this product. Okay, so I then tried it with me using a squirt bottle for the solution (very convenient, don’t you think – NOT).

Now basically all this does is scrub around the dirt (awkwardly) and then you have to vacuum up what it is scrubbing. You see, it has the scrubbing part on the bottom, which does not vacuum while you are scrubbing – so it’s actually like an automatic scrubbing brush attached to a wet vacuum. It left the carpet quite wet afterward since it doesn’t really suck up the liquid all that well, and the spots were still there, which required manual scrubbing (by me) which kind of defeats the whole purpose now doesn’t it? It was really only one step up from the paper towel/carpet cleaning I’d been doing before this. And it was more of a pain too.

Now, the kicker, after being used a handful of times, the scrubber stopped spinning (no matter what I tried) and now it’s just a heavy (basically as heavy and bulky as the Bissell SpotBot) wet vacuum. Oh, and did I mention that it’s a total pain to remove the solution and dirty water reservoirs?

So let’s review, it’s bulky, it’s heavy, it’s a pain to fill/empty, it really didn’t work that well to begin with, and then it quickly broke. It was basically more trouble to use this than to manually scrub and dry the stain. And of course I’d waited too long to use my warranty – grr! So my final review is that this was total junk and a waste of money!

Do yourself a favor, skip this junky model (which Bissell should be ashamed of), and get the Bissell SpotBot.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 49


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