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

 

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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Hoover SteamVac Review

This review is for the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, which is Hoover’s most popular model and has been on the market for years. This design is tried and tested over a multitude of years, with many variations, but always the same base of the SpinScrub brushes and a two tank system. There are many different models in the Hoover family, but this is the one synonymous with SteamVac.

Setting Up

The Hoover is an easy machine to set up and use, first you must vacuum your carpets very thoroughly, this is quite important and you should take a while to ensure that all the dirt you can pick up is removed. If you skimp on this step your carpets can be ruined. After you finish vacuuming you should use pre-treater if you have any. For pre-treater I use Zep High Traffic Carpet Cleaner (Shown Below).

This stuff is great, inexpensive and easily found. Check for it at Home Depot or Lowes.
This stuff is great, inexpensive and easily found. Check for it at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

After pre-treating you must prepare the solution for the machine to use during the cleaning process. The process to do this is pretty simple, as you must fill the clean water tank with hot water, then use the lid, which doubles as a measuring cup to add the solution to the tank. The solution is concentrated and you don’t need much to get a great end result. After you re-insert the solution tank the setup is done, and you can move on to cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning

I have tried multiple machines that claim to work on carpet, from various Bissells, to the new Shark Sonic Duo; gut none have worked as well as the Hoover. The Sonic Duo does almost nothing outside of removing spots, and the Bissell machines always leave the carpet far too wet while not getting much dirt up. This SteamVac costs less than the other machines and does a much better job at getting the dirt out. The Hoover actually dried so well that my carpets were ready to use in just an hour and a half, the Bissell would sometimes take 6 hours to dry!

The Hoover uses SpinScrub brushes which rotate in a circle, as opposed to the Bissell which work like a vacuum cleaners to only clean the top of the carpet. The SpinScrub brushes also leave the carpet feeling much better than the Bissell or the Shark. With the Bissell the carpet always felt crunchy, whereas the Hoover makes the carpet feel nice and fluffy after it dries.

Attachments

Although the Hoover is not the most intuitive when it comes to attachments the system does a very good job. I used the attachment system to clean the floor mats of the car and the results were spectacular! The water coming out of the mats was black, and the mats dried very quickly, thanks to the SteamVac sucking all of the water out of them. When the mats dried they looked and smelled great, almost as if they were brand new. The SteamVac also was very easy to clean and dry.

Conclusion

The Hoover SteamVac is a great machine, with the some of the best performance you can get in a home carpet cleaner. The price point of under $150 just adds to the great deal of the machine, and the excellent value that it holds.

Rating 9/10

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Shark Sonic Duo Review

This machine was one of the hardest machines I have ever had to review, It has so many functions, and does so many things right, yet at the same time fails at the thing it promises to do so well at. This machine will always have a place in my closet, and hopefully shark will learn from the failures of this model and craft a model to correct these problems.

In addition if you haven’t read my pre-review blogging of my experiences I would HIGHLY recommend you do that. It contains results from some of the tests I did with the sonic duo on many types of floors and in various situations. It can be found HERE.

Formula and Pads

At the heart of the Sonic Duo cleaning system is the Shark solutions and pads that are made for the machine. These formulas are concentrated (more on that later) and work with the reusable pads (that come with the refill formula). The system (at the time of writing) has four pads that can be used with it: Carpet, Carpet Stain, Hard Floor, and Polish. Each pad is unique and the pads are color coded to prevent confusion.

Here are the various pads that can be used with the machine:

Hard Floor Cleaning:

Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Solution and Concentrate
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Solution and Concentrate

 

Hard Floor Polishing:

Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Polishing Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Polishing Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Polish
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Polish

 

Carpet Cleaning:

Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Scrubbing Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Scrubbing Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Solution, Concentrate and Activator Spray
Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Solution, Concentrate and Activator Spray

 

Carpet Cleaning Performance:

When it comes to carpet performance this machine promises the moon, claiming to get your carpets “1.5 times brighter” and to remove ground in dirt from below the surface. When I first heard these claims I was quite skeptical as they sounded far too good to be true, but their “demonstration photos” showed a very large amount of improvement, so I gave Shark the benefit of the doubt, thinking of all of their previous success and hoping that they once again hit it out of the park. I eagerly got the floor vacuumed, the solution prepared and the pad attached, going slowly to let the machine try and get anything it could, waiting to see the carpets become bright and clean again, but the brightening never happened. Although I was disappointed by the lack of  carpet brightening I was very pleased to see that some of the tough stains that have been in the carpet for a great deal of time (and resisted many attempts to remove them) have vanished.

Overall I have changed my ideas on how the machine works, thinking of it as a machine that removes stains as opposed to a machine that can be used for maintenance cleaning and brightening. In this regard the machine is significantly worse than a Hot Water Extraction machine or HWE, which never fail to brighten my carpets, AND remove all the stains. To sum it up carpet performance is my only complaint about the machine, and I think there will be many others in the same boat with me, having complaints about the Sonic Duo on carpet.

For carpet cleaning I cannot recommend this machine, which is a disappointment.

If you are looking for a carpet cleaner check out the Hoover SteamVac

Hard Floor Cleaning:

On hard floors this machine kicks butt! The Sonic Duo is almost magic when it comes to cleaning hard floors, the dual heads vibrating their way to a clean floor. This system works by first spraying solution out onto the floor which loosens the dirt and acts as a suspension buffer to get the dirt off of the floor and into the pad. The pads are designed with three different sections on them, a smooth and soft section to absorb and buff, a scrubby section to scrub tough dirt and spots off of the floor, and a noodle section to get into all of the nooks and crannies while mopping up the dirt and solution mixture. The pad works quite well and is always dirty after I am done cleaning a floor with the Sonic Duo, leaving the pad dirty and the floor shiny and clean. Every floor I have thrown the Sonic Duo at has seen great results, with the lone exception being the granite, however the granite is almost impossible to clean.

The Sonic Duo makes the task of cleaning a hard floor very easy, allowing you to get the job done quite quickly and leave the floors absolutely spotless. The machine lives up to the claim of getting the job done in half the time of a mop and bucket. the results are also better than a mop and bucket, as the sonic duo does not spread dirty water over the floor, instead spreading new solution over the floor before picking up the dirty solution in its absorbent pad.

Hard Floor Polishing:

If the Sonic Duo mad my hard floors shiny after they were cleaned, the polish makes them sparkle, after applying the polish my hardwood floors shined like they were brand new. This is a shine that they haven’t had for many years, but the Sonic Duo was able to do it. The polishing process starts by first going through the hard floor cleaning process and waiting 5 minutes for the floor to dry. After the floor is clean and dry the polishing pad is attached to the Sonic Duo and the polishing process begins. Polish is squirted onto the floor and the sonic duo rubs and buffs the polish onto the surface of the floor, making it shine and truly sparkle. Once you are done with the polishing process an hour should be given to let the polish dry before walking on the floor again.

Conclusion:

The Shark Sonic Duo is a great machine on hard floors, but overall it just falls flat when it comes to carpeting, getting the stains out, but not doing much more than that. I will be keeping the sonic duo in my closet, as it is an amazing hard floor cleaning and polishing machine, but will not be asking any more from it in terms of carpeted performance.

Overall, if you are looking for carpet cleaning, keep looking. If you are looking for hard floor cleaning and the occasional carpet spot removal the Sonic Duo is the machine for you.

Carpet Score: 4/10

Hard Floor Score: 10/10

Overall Score: 7.5/10

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Shark Sonic Duo Pre-Review

Please note: This is NOT a review, I am blogging about my experiences with the Sonic Duo around the house before I write a formal review.

 

Updated 5-14 for Stone Cleaning

Updated 5-16 for Hard Floor Polishing

Carpet Performance:

When it came to carpet performance I was not sure what to think. The Sonic duo made very large claims about its performance in it’s ads. When I tried it out on my carpet I found that although it had good performance at removing stains, it lacks performance in revitalizing the carpet and removing dirt. It did an exemplary job at removing stains that were set in for multiple months, however it failed to brighten the carpet as it claimed it would. The machine was easy to use, and very easy to push, however it did not do a very good job. There were still some stains that were in the carpet, and the carpet failed to get any brighter after the Sonic Duo was used as directed.

Here is a video of using the Sonic Duo:

Here is a video of the results after I used the Sonic Duo:

Hardwood Performance:

On hard floors, such as hardwood the sonic duo excelled and did an amazing job cleaning, requiring very little effort to do an amazing job at making the floors shiny and removing spots. The floors looked almost polished after I was finished, and only used the hard floor cleaner that came inside the box. The Sonic Duo required very little effort to use, allowing itself to be pushed along the floor using its Airglide technology without any real effort at all.

Here is a video of the Sonic Duo on hardwood:

Tile Performance:

On tile the Sonic duo does a great job of scrubbing away tough stains, using its weight, cleaning formula and fast moving heads together to form a great cleaning combination. The three all work together to power away most stains and dirt on the floor with just one or two passes. Some stubborn stains required a little more, and for those I just turned the speed up and held the Sonic Duo over the spot for a few seconds. When I did that almost every time the Sonic Duo would get the spot off of the floor.

Here is a video of the Sonic Duo on Tile:

Stone and Granite Performance

On stone and granite the Sonic Duo is quite good with the scrubby strip on the hard floor pad loosening the dirt and the noodle part of the pad getting into all of the nooks and crannies. Here is a picture of the Hard floor pad where you can see all three parts of the pad, soft, scrubby, and noodle:

The three work quite well and get a LOT of dirt out of the floor, which can make the pad quite dirty very quickly but gets the floor SPOTLESS! The stone was amazingly clean after I finished cleaning it. The granite on the other hand got streaky after I used the formula, however I do not blame the Sonic Duo as the water is quite hard here, and the granite gets streaky with almost anything.

Here is a video of the Sonic Duo cleaning stone:

 

Hard floor polishing performance:

Although the sonic duo does a good job already on hard floors and gets them quite shiny, Shark sells a polish that can be used on the floors to make them shine even further. I picked some up (my Sonic Duo didn’t come with any) and got to work. The Sonic Duo does a great job at doing all of the work for you, and allowing the floors to get out their true beauty. The process is very easy, makes the floor spotless, and does not make the floor slippery, like some waxes and polishes. The polish is a great value, and I highly recommend picking some up if you have a Sonic Duo.

Here is a video of me polishing the floor with the Sonic Duo:

HAAN SI-70

As you may or may not know I have hard floors in addition to carpet, both in my house and in my testing areas. These hard floors get dirty just like the carpets and also need a thorough cleaning like everything else. I previously used a Bissell machine to clean my hardwood, tile and linoleum until my hard water broke the steam release valve and steam started shooting out the side and the unit died. After an autopsy was conducted and the machine was buried I went on the hunt for a new one.

Hard Floor Performance

The HAAN SI-70 has a pretty good trick up its sleeve compared to many other machines on the market in that the steam unit can be pulled out and used as a handheld unit. This is great (and I have a whole section talking about it later) but most people are buying this machine for its performance on the floor. This machine does a good job on the floor, using 212 degree steam to clean the floors and microfiber pads to scrub the floor and absorb the water left behind. This steam dries very quickly and does a very good job at cleaning, although some stubborn spots persisted and I had to take out the hand unit to blast them away. This machine had a few troubles getting coffee spots off of hardwood, but outside of that did a very good job.

Carpet Performance

The HAAN SI-70 also has a carpet attachment that can be put on the unit for steaming your carpets and area rugs. This is nice for sanitation purposes and to get even more dirt out of the carpet. When I tried the carpet steamer I was able to remove more dirt after I steamed than after I just vacuumed. In addition the steamer was able to remove a large amount of smell in the carpet. The steamer also snaps on easily and can be ready to use in just a few minutes.

Attachment Performance

One of the coolest features of the machine, and something that isn’t available with other machines is the unique ability to use attachments. This feature is quite easy to use as you just have to squeeze two buttons and the steam unit detaches from the main body. After the steam unit is detached it can be used to steam off stubborn spots on your floor, or an attachment put on. In the box there are attachments for a small cleaning head, a grout cleaning brush and a 90 degree elbow. All of these attachments just slide onto the steam unit and are ready to use instantly. All of these attachments work pretty well at cleaning, with the steam unit generating a very powerful stream of steam.

Overall

With the average price of the unit being $129.99 the machine is a good buy, with sales being able to drop the price down to $99.99 a wallet friendly price. Although this machine isn’t the cheapest in the steam mop field, it does a great job and has AMAZING build quality compared to its competitors. While most other machines creak and flex the HAAN stays solid. I feel the machine does a great job on my hardwood and tile, getting most of the dirt. On linoleum the machine also cleans quite well getting everything I put down and let dry. To say it bluntly, this machine works. This is a machine where you don’t work for a good clean, a good clean works for you.

Score 8/10

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