This machine is a bit odd in a number of ways, it tries hard to be a hybrid, a Microsoft Surface of sorts in that it tries to be two things at once. On one hand it tries to be a full size carpet cleaner, with the full performance (and weight) of any other unit. On the other hand, it tries to be a portable spot cleaner, with smaller than usual tanks, easy carry handles and a small footprint for placement on stairs and other surfaces. Bissell tried hard to make a machine that fills two needs, and in the process, makes a machine that’s awkward for all tasks. The machine works well at cleaning, but it does come with tradeoffs that you have to decide if you can live with compared to the competition and other devices on the market.
When it comes to the actual cleaning of carpets the machine does pretty well, getting out most common spots and stains along with average household dirt. The machine also does a good job at tackling pet stains, but has a bit of a problem with pet hair, even if you vacuum the carpets before cleaning. The pet hair will start to ball up in the roller brushes, and can cause the solution to not be sprayed into the carpet properly. That said, if you use a good vacuum, and take your time vacuuming the carpets before you use the Bissell Deepclean Lift-Off Pet, you should be just fine. The only problem I really ran into with this machine is the smaller than average tank sizes for a full size carpet cleaner. This means that as you clean your carpets, you will have to refill the clean water tank, and empty the dirty water more often than most machines. In addition the machine’s low center of balance makes pushing and pulling it feel heavy and hard.
The Deepclean Lift-off Pet has a feature that allows the cleaning unit to be lifted off the handle and base. This feature, called Lift-off, is designed to make cleaning stairs, cars, and upholstery much easier as you don’t have to mess with a heavy or bulky base unit. When used in this mode the machine works well, and does a good job at getting stains clean with a little bit of work and elbow grease. The carpet cleaner comes with a few attachments inside the box, which should help make cleaning easy. The only problem I found using the machine for attachment cleaning was in the weight of the machine. In making the tanks big enough to be passable for a full size carpet cleaner, they made the machine bulky and heavy. This makes the Deepclean Lift-off Pet awkward and hard to use in some spaces. Particularly on stairs, where the cleaner’s large size can make it feel like it will fall off the stair you set it on, even if it never does.
To sum it up, in trying to be a jack of all trades, the Bissell Deepclean Lift-Off Pet does a good job, but has some serious ergonomic issues. That said, the machine comes at a lower cost versus buying a carpet cleaner and an attachment cleaner. In the end, if you can live with the cleaner feeling heavy and awkward, along with needing frequent fillings, then this may just be the machine for you. The machine cleans well, and has a long list of features that are sure to get your carpets, cars and upholstery clean.