In this review of the Bissell Spot Clean, model 3624, we’ll give the pros and cons of this professional grade portable carpet cleaner. And we’ll provide information that isn’t a clear pro or con but potential buyers would want to know.
Pros of the Bissell Spot Clean 3624 Carpet Cleaner
As a professional unit, it has a two year limited warranty. Pay attention to the rules for when you can return it if it fails after you first buy it, because some vendors only let you return the Bissell spot clean in the first few weeks after you buy it, especially if it is a used or refurbished unit.
It has a very long 22 foot power cord. You’ll be able to clean many spots around a house with minimal effort.
The professional Spot Clean model 3624 portable carpet cleaner has far more tools than its rivals and even other Bissell spot cleaners. It has a long flex hose, touch stain tool and stair tool.
It applies a lot of cleaning solution with each pass, though you may need to make a second pass with the hand tool to remove soapy water left by the unit.
The unit does a decent job of cleaning up pet messes, but it performs best with pee stains or wet/dry messes like vomit only after you’ve removed the solid chunks.
It has both a large soap tank and a large waste water tank given its size.
You can use the same carpet cleaner to clean couches and carpets.
Cons of the Bissell Spot Clean 3624 Carpet Cleaner
This isn’t a steam cleaner. And it doesn’t heat up the water to keep warm water warm.
The hand tool has poor suction even when simply picking up the sprayed on soapy water.
You have to clean the suction gate regularly, and this is a hassle.
You can’t attach the attachments to the unit when they aren’t in use.
Emptying the waste water tank is a hassle. You have to tip up the carpet cleaner, the water rolls down a slot and then it pours out. However, this is an improvement over prior versions of the Bissell professional portable spot cleaner. Because you pour water out of this slot in the tank, debris can accumulate and stick in the section around the pour slot, and it is hard to clean. But you have to clean it, or the unit will stink when put back in storage.
You want to use the Bissell portable machine carpet cleaner formulations with this carpet cleaner, not the soaps that go in the larger units. When the spray head clogs, there are a number of ways to clean the spray tip to get it cleaning again. Using soaps not designed for this model are one of the reasons it may clog in the first place. Putting in too much soap relative to the amount of water is another.
This carpet cleaner weighs around 16 pounds, but it has a handle to make it easier to move from spot to spot.
The unit will run for a year with occasional use, six months with heavy use. You’ll see decreasing cleaning quality that requires multiple passes to clean specific spots before it stops working altogether. However, if cleaning quality is going down, make sure the water tank isn’t leaking and the sprayer is still spraying soap solution before assuming it is a mechanical failure.
This portable spot cleaner is called a professional unit, but it is designed for home use. This is one of the better carpet spot cleaners to get if you want to enjoy the same set it and forget it cleaning technology on couches, rugs and carpets. It does a decent job on pet messes as long as you clean up the solids first.