The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine draws rave reviews for its cleaning performance; some owners say it has saved them from having to buy new carpet. Separate, removable water tanks make for easy refills or emptying, and a 1.75-gallon-capacity clean-water tank means you won't be making those refills constantly. Users agree that the Big Green is heavy and a real workout to move around, but they also say it's worth the trouble.
Cleans like a charm. The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine lives up to its name, cleaning deeply and then sucking so much water back out of the carpet that it's dry within two or three hours. "I have light carpet with numerous high traffic areas that I could not get clean. After using the big green, my carpet looks almost new. Well worth the price," writes one happy owner at HSN.com. That said, really bad stains can still require pre-treating and multiple passes. The clean-water tank holds 1.75 gallons so you don't have to refill it very often, and the Big Green's cleaning path is 10.5 inches wide.
A great workout. As with most heavy-duty carpet cleaners, maneuvering the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine is a hefty challenge. "Even with the large solution and collection tanks empty, this thing is *heavy*. It requires me to push and pull with both hands -- a real workout," writes one reviewer at Amazon.com. Still, owners say it's relatively easy to move around, and the removable tanks make refills a simple task. The Big Green's frame also folds down once the tanks are removed for easy transport or storage. A 25-foot power cord gives you plenty of room to roam, and a flow gauge lets you know when the cleaner tank is empty.
Basic and powerful. The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine comes with a 6-inch stair tool and extension hose. The separate clean/dirty reservoirs are removable, and spinning brushes help scrub dirt out of carpet fibers. The entire thing is covered by a limited five-year warranty.
We found only the rarest of durability complaints, and a couple of users wish for a hook to hang the power cord on. Most owners are too busy raving about the Big Green's overall performance to say much about customer service, but no news is usually good news in that department and the few comments we found were mostly positive.
More than 400 Amazon.com users give the Bissell Big Green an average score of 4.8 stars out of 5. Comments about its cleaning performance range from "good" to unreserved raves, with some owners saying the Big Green kept them from having to replace their carpet.
Review: Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner, 86T3, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
Almost 170 Walmart.com users review the Bissell Big Green, giving it 4.9 stars out of 5 overall. Almost all of these posts are imported from Bissell's website, though, which is common practice for this company.
Review: Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Carpet Cleaner, 86T3, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2013
More than 125 user reviews at Target.com average out to a near-perfect rating for the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine. However, quite a few of them are forwarded from a website called Bazaar Voice, so we wonder about their authenticity.
Review: Bissell Big Green Clean Machine - 86T3, Contributors to Target.com, As of December 2013
More than 175 HSN.com users review the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine, giving it an overall score of 4.9 stars out of 5. As you might expect from the rating, they're universally ecstatic about the carpet cleaner's performance.
Review: Bissell Big Green Clean Machine Deep Cleaner, Contributors to HSN.com, As of December 2013
Barbara Whiting, About.com's guide to stay-at-home parents, names her picks for the four best carpet cleaners. She praises the Bissell Big Green's high-pressure brush, water jets and large tank capacity.
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