August 24, 2015
As promised here are my comments after doing some carpet cleaning today. I cleaned about 180 square feet of high traffic area in our house.
The Bissell 1548 worked fine, however my concerns were warranted. The fresh water tank, and especially the dirty water collection are too small. Not unlike other home carpet cleaning systems. I found that on the Deep Cleaning setting, following the instructions to make two "wet" passes and two vacuum passes, I had to refill the clean tank, and empty the dirty water tank, every 40-50 square feet. To me this is annoying. The back and forth to the sink simply happens way too often.
The collection tank is small to begin with. Then the automatic shut off system turns it off when the tank is less than 1/2 full. I will include a photo.
If you don't mind changing the water four times in a smaller than 15 square foot room then you may be pleased with the Bissell 1548.
I tried it on the Express Clean mode (much less cleaning solution applied) which would seem to last through a whole room, but I didn't think that did a good job of cleaning. Bissell recommends using the Deep Cleaning mode.
I can say one very positive thing about the Bissell 1548; the dual brush system works very well. I'm comparing it to the 7 year old Hoover F5880 we have. That Hoover's brushes were simply to little and too soft to do much scrubbing.
Other than the brushes I don't see anything that sets this product apart from other home carpet cleaners.
Now a few comparison comments between this Bissell and our old Hoover. Both seem to do an equally good job at cleaning the carpet and depositing dark dirty water in the collection tank.
- The old Hoover has better vacuum suction. It returns more water from the carpet than the Bissell.
- The old Hoover has a large cap for the clean water tank. Invert the cap, fill it with cleaning product, and dump it into the tank. This is easier than the Bissell which requires me to fill the hot water to a fill line (hard to tell when there is a foam in that tank), then fill to a second line with solution.
- It is easier to rinse the dirty water tank of the Hoover than the Bissell.
- The Bissell brush system is far superior to the old Hoover system.
- The overflow shut-off system for the dirty water tank works much better in the Bissell than the old Hoover.
I recommend this Bissell for those who don't mind exchanging water often. Still I find very little, other than the brushes, to differentiate this from other systems on the market. The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer, FH50150
is less expensive and receives high reviews on Amazon.com.
As for me I intend to donate my old Hoover, and this Bissell, to my offspring for their homes. I will be ordering a Bissell BISSELL Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner, 86T3/86T3Q for twice the price but way over twice the tank sizes.
First Impressions after unpacking, assembling, and reading the operating instructions.
1) Easy to assemble.
2) The tanks are easy to remove and reinstall.
3) I really like the two rotating brushes - this was a key point for me selecting this product.
4) Not that this is all that important but it is a nice looking machine.
5) Long power cord.
6) It has a bare floor mode
7) Hose and fittings to do stairs and furniture, or car floors and upholstery.
8) Light weight
1) The fresh water supply is only one gallon.
2) The dirty water tank looks to be about one gallon too but the "fill" line is much lower and the dirty water tank will shut off when it is less than half full. There is a float in the dirty water tank that will shut off dirty water collection when the tank reaches a very low line on the tank. Having to change the clean and dirty water tanks was one of my big complaints about our old rug cleaner. I hope this is better than it looks.
I intend to clean some carpets tomorrow and will return with a report on that outcome.
One thing I was curious about was this is called a ProHeat cleaner so I assumed it had some sort of built in heating system to keep the water hot. It does show HeatWave Technology. I guess you have to trust it because there is nothing that is visible to the eye related to heating the water. There is no switch to turn the heater on or off. There is no "warm up time" specified in the manual.
Amazon encourages us to compare products. The carpet cleaner we've owned for several years is a Hoover F5880 SteamVac Ultra. I must say that product produces no "steam" so it too seems to be a bit of false advertising to me.
There are three things that bother me about our old Hoover.
1) The four soft small brushes on the bottom rotate side-by-side but there is a small gap between them. I've never felt they offered much scrubbing action. They are like four 3" disks with a soft brush around the edge of each disk laying flat on the carpet and rotating.
2) Both the fill tank and the dirty water tank are small. The clean water tank is 1 gallon (same as this Bissell) and the dirty water tank is perhaps also 1 gallon. However "full" means quite a bit less than full for the dirty water tank.
3) There is a "float disk" that shuts off collection of dirty water when the dirty water tank is full (or less than 1/2 full). The float disk will rise just based on the foam in the dirt water (I'm always careful to buy the carpet cleaner marked "low suds or low foam). Also the float disk will rise and shut the collection of dirty water off if I move the machine a bit too abruptly which can jostle the float disk. Then I have to turn the machine off and wait for the float disk to drop before I can restart.
All of this means the Hoover carpet cleaner will clean far less of a room's carpet and I have to shut down to refill the fresh water tank, and empty the dirty water tank. I just did an 11' x 11' room last week and had to fill and empty the tanks FOUR times for that rather small carpet. Very annoying. I would say it takes me twice as long as it would with a machine with larger tanks, and a properly operating dirty water shut off system.
The amazing thing is I've been so unhappy with the Hoover that I researched carpet cleaners and actually thought I had ordered the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine ($400). I then checked my Amazon Vine (free products to review) queue and wonder of wonders this Bissell was there for the asking. I went back to see if I could cancel my Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine but in fact I had not hit the last button to order it so it was not actually on order. Wonderful. This Bissell 1548 ProHeat 2X Revolution has the same brush system as Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine so I thought I'd struck it rich.
At this point I have the new Bissell with much better brushes, but it seems the tank size issue I've had with the Hoover may still be the same. In fact other than the brushes the Bissell 1548 and the Hoover F5880 seem to be rather equivalent machines. It is entirely possible that I will try this new Bissell 1548, give it to one of my children for their home, and order Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine when all is said and done.