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Bissell 9400 Review
on November 4, 2010
I have had my bissell 9400 for a little over a year now. So, I am ready to make some comments about it.
It does a good job of cleaning and is easy to use. The only negative that I have about this machine is that it doesn't hold enough water and detergent. So, I have to stop often to refill it.
When I read the reviews before I bought it, I was a little put off by some of the comments. Here then, is what I have found in regard to the problems that others have had:
The soap jets plug up when stored for long periods. I use only the Bissell formula in my machine and when I am done, I fill the soap dispenser with water, set the machine in the bath tub and let the water run through the machine as if it were soap. I have had no problems with plugged soap jets.
The brush wears a hole in your carpet when using the upholstery attachments. It looks like Bissell fixed this one. The brush stops when the handle is raised.
The motor burns out. Well, not yet. However, I found that if the machine is overfilled with water, the waste water builds up faster than it should and the float that closes the safety door, stopping water from entering the vacuum supply, closes too late to stop the water from entering. Don't overfill! While I'm on the subject of the red safety door, I would like to mention that there is a plastic screen over the vacuum port that this door closes when activated by the float. The screen gets plugged with dirt and reduces the vacuum that pulls the water out of the carpet. This causes dirt and water to remain in the carpet. I do not remember the instructions saying anything about cleaning this screen. I suggest that you clean it often. It is easy to do. You will find the red plastic door and screen assembly in the top of the lid that you remove when filling the water. There is a thumb nail pull on the screen so that you can take it off. Just pull it out and wash it off then press it back in.
Use the right products for the machine and keep it clean and you will have clean carpets with no troubles.