So: you need a new carpet cleaner. Maybe your old one broke. Maybe it's just time for an upgrade.
Whatever the reason, you need a cleaner that will work out the toughest stains while still being gentle on your carpet.
And, let's face it:
Not all carpet cleaners are created equal.
Every carpet cleaner has its strengths and weaknesses. Some are better for food and grease stains, some are great for covering large areas quickly, and some are better for pet owners. And when you need a carpet cleaner that does a little bit of everything? Enter the Bissell ProHeat 2x.
The Bissell ProHeat 2x carpet cleaner is a perfect solution for the everyday dirt and mess of an active household. The heated water tank combined with special cleaning solution is strong enough to tackle deep-set stains and pet odors in your carpet. It's a great all-in-one carpet cleaner designed to be tough on dirt and oils, while also removing pet dander and deeply ingrained pet hairs.
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The Bissell ProHeat 2x isn't something to take lightly - in both a figurative and literal sense. Weighing in at 26 pounds before you add any water, this carpet cleaner can be a little heavier than your average model.
That said, the Bissell ProHeat 2x also gives a heavy duty clean that can remove most stains with a single pass. As its name implies, the ProHeat 2x comes with 2 of Bissell's patented DirtLifter PowerBrushes. The brushes work in tandem for a deeper clean; the first brush softens up stains and dirt spots, allowing the second brush to sweep in and finish up the job.
Once the dirt is loose, the ProHeat's Surround Suction technology ensures everything is quickly sucked into the dirty water reservoir. Add in the internal water heater and CleanShot spot cleaner, and you have a solid carpet cleaner that's ready to tackle even the toughest messes.
To get started with the Bissell ProHeat, all you need to do is make sure the clean water tank is filled and that you have ample cleaner solution for your job. When you plug the Bissell in, you should see a spinning flow gauge that will alert you if either clean water or solution is too low. You can also set the desired water temperature - up to 190 F - for the deepest possible clean.
Once your levels and temperature are all set, you can choose one of five settings. Light clean is for a quick clean that uses less cleaner fluid while still getting deep down into fibers. Normal clean is your standard cleaning setting, great for regular dirt, dust, and pet hair. Heavy Traffic is, as its name implies, for the most trafficked parts of your house: hallways, entry rugs, and other extra dirty floors.
The ProHeat 2x also has two extra settings for extra utility. Water Rinse runs hot water without cleaning solution to make sure you get all the soap out of your carpet, or to allow you to clean if you're out of cleaning solution. Lastly, Air Dry gives you a way to dry your carpet with a few passes of hot air, ensuring your floors are walkable as soon as possible.
For best results with the Bissell Proheat 2x make sure to follow a slow rhythm of forward and backward passes to let the double DirtLifter PowerBrushes to do their job. It's also a good idea to always use a water rinse after your main wash to pull up any extra dirt and soap, while clearing the soap out of your cleaner's internals for maximum longevity.
Due to its relatively large size and price tag, the Bissell ProHeat is probably overkill for your average quiet household. On the other end of the spectrum, its water reservoir and cleaning tanks are large, but not large enough for big industrial jobs. That said, it's a perfect fit for medium-large homes with children, pets, or smokers.
The Bissell ProHeat comes with a couple extra features out-of-the-box that can be used to adapt to a number of situations. The spot-cleaner sprays additional cleaning solution in front of the machine to blast stains and tough spots, softening them up before deep cleaning.
Included in the box is also an upholstery attachment for your furniture and uneven upholstery. The attachment is a small nozzle that fits on the end of the cleaner's hose, and is designed to provide the same cleaning power while staying gentle on your furniture.
You'll also get a medium-sized bottle of Bissell's cleaning solution, to get the deepest possible clean. The cleaning solution does a great job of removing dirt and stains, but the ProHeat does seem to require quite a bit to work optimally. You'll want to buy a bigger bottle of cleaning solution before tackling any major jobs.