Rated 2 out of 5 by Messy in Melbourne Questionable
I have only 'tried' to use this unit once. I bought it specifically to clean upholstery. I was using it for about 15 minutes when I realized the brushes were already broken. You could see little pieces of plastic broken where the gear was. The suction does NOT suck! My chair was wringing wet and I had to dry it off with a towel. The spray nozzle won't stay on which is frustrating. I did call Bissell and they are sending me a new machine. My unit was only 1 week old and this happened the very first time I used it. I hope the new one is better.
April 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Linda63 Works well.
I bought this to clean my stairs. I also own a floor model Bissell and have used it to clean my stairs but it's very difficult to accomplish. I cleaned the carpeted stairs today. It took about 2 hours. The cleaner did a good job but would be better with stronger suction. It removed very little of the solution. My carpet is 19 years old. Even after cleaning, the carpet was very matted. I read online about using a steam iron and towel to remove stains. I tried it and it brought the carpet back to life. It took about an hour to do 14 steps. I used a carpet rake after steaming. Now it looks like new. I'm glad I bought this cleaner as it makes cleaning stairs much easier.
March 11, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Destini989 Plastic Gear worn out and not replaceable?
I have a Spotlifter 1716 that is a little over a year old, rarely used (Maybe 6-8 times) and already the plastic gear on the side that turns the brushes has worn out and I can't find a replacement part anywhere. This is an easily replaced part, why are there none available??
March 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by kerri311 Worked OK until it broke into pieces
Purchased this just 13 months ago. It worked well as long as you made sure to fill bin with hot water each time. Unfortunately I started noticing little pieces of blue plastic left behind each time I cleaned. Today the entire bottom side that is blue plastic broke to pieces causing the entire machine to not work. I'm just one month shy of being covered by warranty and they unfortunately don't sell the piece I need to replace.
January 29, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cappi Brush mechanism is not any good for tough stains
I have had this machine about 2 weeks and the brush mechanism already is worn out because it is made of plastic. I have only used it 4 times. In my opinion this machine is a total waste of money.
January 22, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by KentuckyTony Spot Lifter Review (1716-B)
It is easy to figure out how to use. The User Guide is very concise and clear.
A tad heavy for one-handed use.
The suction seems weak and the carpet seems too wet after done. (I will experiment with the tilt of the unit for better suction.)
The price seems about right.
December 28, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kerstie Loved the old model without the powerbrush
I had one of the old Bissell Spotlifter models for years. This model had a brush, but it wasn't the agitating brush, which was just fine. This old model had a great sprayer which was automatic and didn't have to be 'pumped' and then you wait and then pump again.
The very best thing about the old model was the fact that it was flat/flush to the floor....you didn't have to tip it 45 degrees to get the suction head flush to the floor! With the old model you could spray, brush, and suction all at the same time! It was great! This tipping 45 degrees is cumbersome and not user friendly at all.
I had this newer unit for about the last 5 years and never really liked it because of the pump sprayer and tip to suction function. It finally quit working and now I'm looking at what to buy.
I have researched the Little Green Portable and the Spotlifter 2X. I won't buy the Little Green due to the reviews of the cleaning difficulty, thus resulting in a smelly machine. The Spotlifter 2X looks to be designed more like my old Spotlifter, flush to the ground. BUT, I'm hesitant on purchasing because it's rechargeable and many of the reviews say it only runs for say 5 minutes. This is definitely not enough time to clean up a mess. Also the rechargeable battery just doesn't last like it should.
I'd love it if you had a model designed like the 2X, but was a plug-in unit. Just a basic hand held model like my 'old one' would be great to see again.
December 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joybell FANTASTIC!
This little machine is a miracle worker! Stains come right up and my carpet looks so much better! Wish I had bought it much sooner!
So easy to operate and cleanup is a breeze. Thanks Bissell!
December 19, 2013