This page contains all the information you could ever want to know about the carpet cleaner brand Bissell, and answers many commonly asked questions about their products.
Anna Bissell ran a small store in Michigan and the bee that harrassed her bonnet was sawdust – it got everywhere and beating the carpets was a temporary and ineffective solution.
Her husband Melville got on the case and he created a mechanical carpet sweeping machine that was an instant hit. By 1883 there was enough demand for this new labour-saving decide to warrant building a factory around it, in the city of Grand Rapids. Anna became the first female CEO in America and presided over a rapid expansion.
More than a century later, the company is still determined to bring deep cleaning solutions into our homes.
The Top 5 Bissell Carpet Cleaners Compared
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Which Bissell Carpet Cleaner Is The Best?
As you can see in the comparison table above, the Bissell range of carpet shampooers spans a lot of price points, motor power, and weight. The Cleanview Proheat has the highest number of satisfied customers, but the other models are newer and will probably catch up quickly.
The Cleanview is one of the best on paper, especially in terms of value for money, but the newer models are lighter and have some interesting new technologies inside. You can read about them all in our full reviews (see next section) but if we had to pick one to recommend, it’d be hard to choose between the 2X Revolution and the StainPro 10. Compare Bissell’s products to selected rivals by checking our Best Carpet Cleaner Guide.
Bissell Carpet Cleaner Reviews
We’ve reviewed most of the models widely available in the UK. Here are the links to those articles, with the latest reviews listed first:
- PowerClean StainPro 10 Review
- InstaClean Pet Review
- PowerClean StainPro 6 Review
- PowerClean StainPro 4 Review
- ProHeat 2X Lift-Off Review
- ProHeat 2X Revolution Review
- CleanView Reach (37Y8E) Review
- CleanView ProHeat (34T2E) Review
- CleanView QuickWash Review
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Bissell Carpet Cleaners Work?
Absolutely. In this video you can see a chap who brought his Bissell with him on holiday (!) – and he was right to, for his dogs made a mess on the carpet. It’s a good video but you can skip to the 10 minute mark to see a kind of before/after shot.
Note how much dirty water you get – all that dirt was in your carpet, and after using the machine, it isn’t. So I think yes, these machines totally work!
How Good Are Bissell Carpet Cleaners?
They are very good. Vax is the most popular in the UK, but I feel like Bissell is catching up in terms of reputation and sales, and their focus on offering a heated clean in most of their models is slowly but surely paying off. Bissell models tend to be a bit more expensive than Vax, partly because they come with the heated clean apparatus.
Of course, you might want to buy British, in which case know that Vax is based in Droitwich while Bissell is American.
Are Vax Models Good for Pets?
Yes. See the video above for proof! They also have special models designed with pets in mind – see the InstaClean Pet Carpet Washer in the comparison table above.
Do Bissell Carpet Cleaners Kill Fleas?
They will kill most fleas – the heated clean should finish them off, and it’d be a very lucky flea indeed that survived the whole cleaning process (including vacuuming the carpets before you washed).
What Accessories Are Good?
In the video above you can see a great demonstration of the usefulness of the ‘crevice tool’. Anything that lets you get into corners, small spaces, anything for stairs or cars – these will all add a LOT of value to your purchase and are worth paying a few pounds extra to get.
Where Can I Buy a Bissell Carpet Cleaner (and Solution)?
These products are widely available in local retail stores, and of course, online. We recommend buying from Amazon for an extra level of customer service, but you might have a shop nearby with friendly staff who know their carpet cleaning onions.