Bissell Deepclean Lift-off Pet Review

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.

Carpet Cleaning:

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.

Attachment Cleaning:

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.

Overall:

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.

 

Overall: 6.5/10

 

Bissell Powerglide Lift Off Pet Review

The Bissell Powerglide Lift Off pet looks to be a great vacuum with a low price, powerful pet hair pickup and swivel steering that will make vacuuming the house easy. In addition the machine features a large dirt bin which should help make vacuuming easier by not requiring many trips to the garbage to empty the vacuum. The system also includes a few attachments designed to help clean the house, especially pet hair that clings to surfaces in the home. Lastly the Lift-off feature makes the vacuum easily portable for attachment usage as the base separates from the rest of the vacuum so you can hold it in your hand and carry it to wherever you need to clean.

Floor Cleaning:

The vacuum is very efficient at floor cleaning with a wide brushroll and powerful suction that make it very good choice for anyone who wants to clean carpets quickly. The brushroll makes quick work of pet hair and can clean most of it with a single pass, with the rest being picked up by the second pass. The vacuum also has good airflow and strong suction which work along with the brushroll to remove deep dirt that’s trapped in the carpet pile. In addition the swivel steering, although nowhere near as good as the Dyson ball, works well enough to make cleaning easier by allowing you to turn a small amount by just turning your wrist. Overall the Bissell Powerglide Lift Off Pet does a great job at carpet cleaning and will also work out pretty well for those who want to clean hard floors.

Attachment Cleaning:

The vacuum does well for attachment cleaning as well thanks to the attachments included and the lift off feature that allows the machine to detach the base from the rest of the machine so you can carry it around, however the vacuum feels very heavy. This may not seem like a lot but it can start to hurt when you want to clean things like stairs or curtains. The turbo brush that’s included with the machine is great for pet hair thanks to the rubber pet hair system that can be attached to the brush. The pet hair system makes cleaning pet hair a breeze by collecting it and making it easy to suck into the vacuum’s large bin.

Overall:

The Bissell Powerglide Lift Off Pet makes cleaning very easy for carpets, hard floors, and attachment usage. The vacuum performs quite well on carpets and removes a large amount of pet hair, and does great at attachment cleaning. If you can get over the machine not feeling very comfortable to lift off and carry around then this machine might be just right for you.

Score: 8/10

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Bissell Powerglide Lift Off Pet
Good overall carpet performance at a great price point.
8 / 10 stars

Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Review

The Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet cleaner looks to be a great machine from the outside, claiming pressurized spray, great suction and high speed brushes. This may all be true but in reality, the cleaning performance leaves a lot to be desired, as the machine gets the dirt out of the floor, then has a tendency to leak it back out, leaving your stains and spots worse than you started. This machine is a huge waste of your hard earned money, as it WILL leak everywhere. If you want to read on and see my full review, feel free to do so. If you want to save time, I highly recommend the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge (click to see my review).

Carpet Cleaning:

For the purposes of the review I’m only going to talk about getting the cleaning process of this carpet cleaner, by that I mean I will only review removing the dirt from the carpet. I say this as the overall carpet cleaning process of this Hoover is marred by the fact it has a tendency to spew the black, soapy, dirty water it picked up back onto your carpet. For more about that, see the section below named “Leak Problems” to see my true feelings about how well this machine cleans.

This deep cleaner differentiates itself from less expensive models in Hoover’s range of carpet cleaners as it has extra brushes, pressurized cleaning and a rinse feature. The Hoover MaxExtract branding is shared by this machine, the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro, and its more expensive brother, the Hoover MaxExtract 77 MultiSurface, which adds an auto-rinse feature, extra brushes and a hard floor attachment in the box.

The process of using the MaxExtract 60 starts like every other carpet cleaner I’ve had the chance to review. That is to say that you must move your furniture out of the way, vacuum very thoroughly with your standard vacuum, mix the soap and hot water in the deep cleaner’s tank and plug the machine in. This machine differs from some others a little bit in the best way to use the machine. Some carpet cleaners I’ve reviewed work best if you squeeze the trigger and go back, whereas this machine works best if you hold the trigger and go forward, allowing the soapy water to get scrubbed in before pulling back and allowing it to be sucked up. This machine has the unfortunate problem of both having weak suction for the amount of water it puts down, an uneven suction distribution at the floor head. What does that mean to you? For those with lighter carpets (like me), you’ll have streaks of clean carpet interspersed with uncleaned carpet. Those uncleaned streaks are WORSE than when you started as the water you added to the carpet has caused all the dirt to wick to the top of the fiber and darken the color of the carpet.

To sum up carpet cleaning with this machine, most of the time your carpet will turn out streaky and worse than you started.

Attachment Usage:

This machine comes with only one attachment,  a manual brush. I found this a bit odd, given that the lower end model, the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, comes with both the manual brush and a powered turbo brush.

When it comes to the actual cleaning, the machine does a very good job, and extracts the majority of the dirt out of the surface being cleaned. In addition it does a very good job at getting the fabric dry if you do a few dry passes at the end of the cleaning. Overall, attachment cleaning (minus the leaks I’ll talk about in the next section) is very good on this machine.

Leak Problems:

As you can probably guess from the title of this section, this machine has some major leak problems. It got to the point where the machine was leaking in ways I did not know where possible at the end of my review testing. Here’s a list of a few of the various leaks I encountered:

  1. Clean water leak at rear of machine
  2. Dirty water drip from bottom of machine
  3. Spewing black water from exhaust when using attachments
  4. Shooting black water out into carpet when moved too quickly
  5. Leak from dirty tank when being carried to be emptied
  6. Leak from clean water tank into bottom of machine when left alone and unplugged
  7. Dirty water not being sucked up nozzle and deposited out the front when machine is turned off

Overall:

Overall the machine does not do a good job at all when it comes to cleaning. I cannot recommend this machine at all, and would highly recommend you look at other machines.

Score: 2/10

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Bissell CleanView OnePass Review

The Bissell CleanView OnePass vacuum is a cheap, light-ish weight vacuum that promises a lot, like being able to get completely clean in one pass. The machine makes a lot of promises about cleaning performance, and in the end, it does a very good job for the price point. The machine come with good attachments and decent build quality, but the real great feature of the machine is the technology they used on the floor head.

Floor cleaning:

The floor head is designed very well, and the machine fulfills on it’s promise to clean in one pass most of the time. There are times when the machine fails to get everything in one pass, but on the standard VacBin test track the Bissell CleanView OnePass performed very well on the common household dirt tests. The OnePass is also very good at getting pet hair, and is great for anyone that needs to clean up after a shedding pet. The floor head has many specialized features including a brushroll that has varying bristle lengths. The various length bristles help effectively agitate your carpet by getting both the deeper levels and the surface level. In addition Bissell took a page out of Dyson’s book and attempted to make the floor head seal to the carpet.

The machine works very well on carpeting, yet it has trouble on hard floors. If you are looking for a vacuum to do both carpets and hard floors, this is not the machine for you. The brush cannot be disabled, and as such will kick any debris you encounter out of the back of the machine toward your feet.

Attachment useage:

The Bissell CleanView OnePass does alright at attachment cleaning, but it feels like the attachment system was designed as an afterthought to the floor cleaning. The CleanView OnePass has a short hose that will topple the machine if you pull it too far, yet the attachments are well designed. The machine can feel a bit awkward to use at times because of the short hose and the, but if you are not using the attachments often this won’t be too much of a problem.

Filtration:

The Bissell CleanView OnePass has a HEPA filter onboard, but unfortunately, the filtration system is not sealed. This means that dirt and allergens that are sucked up can be blown right back into the air. In addition the CleanView OnePass vacuum is a two stage cyclonic system, in laymans terms there are only two cyclones in the machine, with the inner cyclone being large, and therefore inefficient. To the average consumer, that means that the pre-motor filter (the yellow piece of foam above the bin) will need to be washed often, and the performance will degrade much faster than a system with more cyclones.

Overall:

The Bissell CleanView OnePass vacuum cleaner is not the best machine out there, yet for the price point it offers great performance if you can live with an unsealed filtration system and a short hose. In addition, if you have hard floors, this probably isn’t the machine for you. That said, if you have mostly carpets, and don’t use the attachments often, this is a great choice for a lower budget!

 

Score: 8/10

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Dyson DC44 Review

From the first time you see the DC44, you can tell that it’s not your average vacuum cleaner. Dyson took a lot of risks on this innovative machine, and you can see it from a first glance. Yet, at the same time some of the most innovative things are inside the plastic housing, nestled tightly together and hidden away from view. Things like the Dyson Digital Motor, a motor that provides amazing performance, yet sips power and is very lightweight. Other innovations are easier to see, like the carbon fiber on the brushroll that helps reduce static cling on hard floors.

Carpet performance:

The Dyson DC44 comes with two different heads to clean carpet. The first head is the general purpose floor head with a motorized brushroll. This head does a great job, and is very maneuverable thanks to their V-ball system which allows the head to pivot around corners and objects simply by turning your wrist. This head does a very good job at getting carpets clean, even if you move it quickly as you pass over the carpet. The only problem I have found with this head is how quickly the brushroll gets tangled with hair, but that is a minor problem due to how easy it is to remove the tangled hair (it just takes a quarter turn of a quarter to completly remove the brushroll for cleaning).

The second head is the mini motorized head, which is much smaller, lacks the V-ball tech, and has much more space in between the bristles. This head is great without the wand for cleaning a small intense spot, or for cleaning tight areas. Perfect examples where this head would perform its best would be a pet bed, a small area of carpet or the floor mats of a car. This head concentrates the suction of the machine to a smaller area therefore making it ideal for small messes as opposed to everyday cleaning.

Hard Floor Performance:

The vacuum performs very well on hard floors when using the general purpose head thanks to the good suction and effective brushroll. Dyson designed the DC44’s brushroll with carbon fiber filament, which works on hard floors to minimize static electricity. In practice this means that there won’t be dust stuck to the floor with a static charge after you are done vacuuming. Overall, the performance of the DC44 on hard floors is quite good, and it does a great job at cleaning up quickly.

Attachments:

The DC44 comes with 2 main attachments in the box, with more available on Dyson’s website for purchase if the need arrises. The first is the crevice tool, which works pretty well  and has a wide opening for large objects to enter. That said, the crevice tool is nothing to write home about and really isn’t that special. What IS special is the second attachment, a combination tool that dusts surfaces and sucks up large particles. The tool is special as it converts from dusting mode to straight suction mode very easily by pressing a catch and sliding the bristles back, allowing you to easily change modes while cleaning.

Overall:

The DC44 is a great machine for cleaning up messes, big or small with its compact size, powerful suction and well designed tools. Although the price might be slightly high, the performance, reliability and ease of use make up for the high perceived price. Overall, this is a machine I keep in my home, and I use it many times a week because it does a great job and helps keep the house clean before a mess piles up.

 Score: 8/10

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