Ever since hand held rug cleaners were put on the market I believed I've always had one, and this one by far is the best I have yet owned! Let me get straight to the point of my header because that's why you're reading this review!
It's been my experience that it doesn't matter what make or model portable rug/upholstery cleaners in in terms of your hose & nozzle head getting clogged. Especially I f you own pets, fur is going to jam it up every time. It also doesn't matter If you are cleaning a runner or a large area rug. It's just the nature of the beast. Nozzle heads usually don't need replacing but they get gross & I've tried everything to clean them. Then often you will find that if you can find a hose that the manufacturer hasn't discontinued, good for you! If not, it is expensive. I figured this tip out years ago when my husband & I could not even afford a hose. We took the whole machine apart. Not only was the base of the hose clogged with fur & other gunk, it extended far into the interior. So, if you think replacing the hose will completely solve your problem, think again. We then of course killed the machine!
So far, for over at least ten years this has been MY full proof method. Before you begin cleaning, fill a bucket with tap water, cold or hot. If you don't have the strength to carry that like me, just fill it 1/4 of the way & refill 1/4 of the way & add water when needed. As you are cleaning, every 5 minutes are so, put the nozzle into the bucket of water and make sure it is running freely through the hose. If it's not, keep pumping water through until it does. After you clean your rug, do it once more. This little bit of upkeep will save you money and a ton of frustration.
As to this Bissel, many of you probably don't understand why others rave about the solution tank having a flat bottom. Once you've had flat, you never go back! This machine has great suction. Don't stop passing over the area once you no longer see the foam, that's when you will really see the dirt come up! It's design makes it very compact which makes it easy to store and pleasant to look at! One last tip. I purchased the kit for pets. Because of what they track inside, I use both pretreatment solutions. I have been using about 1/3 of the recommended amount of shampoo. By using all 3, your rug will definitely get clean & definitely save you a lot of time sucking up foam. For such messes, I recommend hot water for both the tank & the bucket for obvious reasons!
I highly recommend this Bissel SpotClean for upholstery and small to medium rugs!