When it comes to cleaning, looks really can be deceiving. We like to think a quick vacuum is all it takes for the lounge, car or rug to be ‘clean’. But the unfortunate truth is that dirt, germs and dust have a way of getting deep into our fabric surfaces, without us even noticing.
Thankfully, the BISSELL SpotClean range – available at Harvey Norman – is here to help banish this unseen muck. Armed with three BISSELL SpotClean models promising to de-grossify every room in the house and every corner of the car, two of my friends and I set out to see what’s really lurking in those everyday surfaces.
The three BISSELL SpotClean’s we reviewed were:
Read on for our full BISSELL SpotClean reviews.
BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional Portable Carpet & Upholstery Washer Review
Reviewed by me!
Having seen some very satisfying videos of what carpet & upholstery washers are capable of, I was very keen to unleash the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional Portable Carpet & Upholstery Washer around the house. The first thing I thought I would clean was my bedroom armchair. A couple of years old now, it’s seen its fair share of binge-watch sessions and gaming marathons. Plus, it had a good few months of service as my home-office chair during the 2020 lockdown.
I vacuum the chair regularly, but I could see the arms had started to discolour a little. There were also a few unknown marks in the fabric that probably weren’t there when it was new. Time then to give the fabric a freshen-up.
Setting up the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional Portable Carpet & Upholstery Washer
Getting the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional Portable Carpet & Upholstery Washer ready for use was as easy as could be. First, I filled the tank with warm water and two ‘fluid ounces’ of the cleaning solution. Luckily, the cap on the bottle has a measure to help us Aussies make sense of those funny American units!
Next, it was as simple as coating the fabric in the solution, scrubbing away to agitate and loosen the ground-in dirt, and then vacuuming – which turned out to be surprisingly fun! Sucking up the liquid was addictive, especially with the clear window on the tool letting you see it all come up and out of your fabric. The crevice tool made it really easy to get the fluid out of the top and bottom cushions.
The chair looked better and I knew there were far less germs living in it now. Weirdly though, I was a little disappointed that the chair hadn’t been dirtier. The liquid in the dirty water tank was only slightly grey, which didn’t quite feel satisfying enough. I wanted to see tons of filth being lifted into the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional Portable Carpet & Upholstery Washer!
Luckily, downstairs lurked a much bigger and better test – our 3-seater lounge.
A Dirtier Challenge for the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional Portable Carpet & Upholstery Washer
I realised that the whole time we’ve had it, this poor lounge hadn’t been shown a lot of love. Sure, we’d clean up those everyday spills and messes. However, apart from the occasional vacuum, it had never had a decent scrub.
Well, what better opportunity to start attacking nearly five years’ worth of dust and dirt than with this BISSELL upholstery cleaner?
With three tools at hand – the 3- and 6-inch upholstery tools and the Deep Stain tool – I felt I had everything I needed to make the fabric look just as good as new.
While I suspected there would be more dirt lurking in the soft suede pile than my much newer armchair, nothing could have prepared me for the liquid horror the BISSELL upholstery cleaner would end up sucking out!
After applying the solution, it was time for a really good scrub with the Deep Stain tool – making the most of its rubber nodules and tough brush fibres.
Next up, the BISSELL SpotClean extraction phase!
As I moved the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional Portable Carpet & Upholstery Washer down further towards where the legs would normally rest, it looked as if chocolate milk was being pulled out of the fabric. Disgusting yet satisfying, it did indicate that the BISSELL cleaning fluid was doing its job well.
Moving towards the sides of the cushion where dust and debris naturally fall, things got even worse. The little dark-brown channels of dirt were just shameful – I wondered where they even came from.
I’ve got to say, the most satisfying part was attacking a big ink stain that a long-forgotten pen must have left behind. The vivid, psychedelic blue coming up through the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional Portable Carpet & Upholstery Washer had me in a trance.
What was left in the dirty water tank afterwards was putrid. A solid, brownish-grey mass of yuck. I guess I got what I asked for.
Please, though, don’t judge me for it!
And, hey, at least the lounge now looked amazing once again.
A couple more thoughts about the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional Portable Carpet & Upholstery Washer
In terms of cleaning time, the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional’s 2.8L tank meant I was able to clean the entire 3-seater lounge without having to stop and refill. It made things quick and easy.
Another thing I found interesting about the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional Portable Carpet & Upholstery Washer box, was this very interestingly-shaped 3-in-1 upholstery tool.
I quickly realised it was made for stairs – how clever! Stairs are hard to vacuum, making them a natural home for dirt and dust. This BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional tool was shaped just right to clean this heavily-trafficked area of the home.
Having proved itself against some very tough opposition, in my opinion the BISSELL SpotClean Turbo Professional SpotClean was right up there with the best carpet and upholstery cleaners in Australia.
Was the rest of the BISSELL SpotClean range as great? It was time to see what a couple of good friends thoughts.
BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat Professional Carpet & Upholstery Washer Review
Reviewed by Beth
The BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat Professional Carpet & Upholstery Washer – featuring innovative Heatwave technology to maintain consistency of water temperature – was up next.
Who did I know that needed some cleaning help from this BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat tool? It was probably juvenile to immediately point the finger at my sister, but that didn’t make it any less true!
My sister Beth has a busy life as a full-time primary school teacher, and cleaning things isn’t exactly at the top of the priority list. Her car particularly is a bit of a disaster area. I wouldn’t call it ‘neglect’, but only because I want to stay in her good books.
With my sister thinking about selling the car, I thought this little BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat unit would give its interior the ideal freshen-up. Car interiors, especially fabric ones, are absolute dirt magnets. After over six years of only occasional vacuums, it was well past time for a deep clean.
Cleaning the car with the BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat Professional Carpet & Upholstery Washer
Much like our filthy lounge, plenty of decidedly off-colour water could be seen making its way up through the BISSELL Upholstery Cleaner from those dirty car seats and carpet. Just like a chocolate milkshake, only crunchy, and not in a good way whatsoever.
Beth was really impressed with how small and light the BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat was. “It was so easy to get in and out of the car. I liked how it fit on the seats so I had lots of room to move around and really get into those tight spaces.”
Just like me, Beth loved the ease-of-use the BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat offered. “It couldn’t have been easier to figure out – spray, scrub and vacuum. It was super easy to fill up and empty as well. I loved that the water stayed warm the whole time.”
Not only did the BISSELL formula work well on all the mashed-in dirt, it left the Mirage smelling fresher too.
“The car had a nice clean scent after I was done, the BISSELL formula smells really good!”
Sounds like something that might be on the shopping list, then?
“For sure. It was really interesting to see the dirt being sucked up – fun and gross all at once. I’d buy a BISSELL SpotClean ProHeat Professional Carpet & Upholstery Washer for myself just for that!”
BISSELL SpotClean Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner Review
Reviewed by Jennifer
Much like the BISSELL SpotClean that Beth used, the BISSELL SpotClean Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner – which I gave to my good friend Jen – also features Heatwave technology for consistent water temperature.
Jen and I are both clean freaks. We love sharing those viral videos of things being pressure-washed and coming up like new.
With two small children who tend to see their plate as more of a suggestion for where food should go, Jen usually has stains aplenty to attack. This made the BISSELL SpotClean Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner perfect for her.
“One night my youngest one threw some pumpkin soup onto the rug – normally a disaster, but I fired up the BISSELL Carpet Cleaner and it pulled it straight out with no trace of the mess. It was just amazing, better than the bucket and sponge – that’s for sure.”
The BISSELL SpotClean Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner comes with BISSELL’s Stain Trapper tool, which includes a smaller tank within the tool separate to the machine’s dirty tank. I knew Jen would know what it would be ideal for!
“I saw that stain trapper tool and thought it would be great for when my dog has puppies. The little ones can leave all sorts of messes on the floors before they’re trained and I wouldn’t want that going into the machine, so the trapper would be perfect.”
“I also did my car mats with the BISSELL SpotClean Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner and they came up great. They were really muddy with all the rain we’ve had and my old vacuum couldn’t pull all the dirt up. I wasn’t expecting this little BISSELL SpotClean to be so powerful, but it definitely blew me away.”
Sounds like another big tick for the BISSELL SpotClean range. Three out of three certainly ain’t bad.
Where To Buy The BISSELL SpotClean Range in Australia
Ready to attack the invisible muck in your home? To see the whole BISSELL SpotClean range, shop online or at your local Harvey Norman store where our friendly, expert staff will help with any queries you have!