In this review, we’ll look at the pros and cons of the Bissell Spotbot Pet. Its model number is 33N8A. This Bissell handsfree portable spot cleaner is one of the few designed specifically to tackle pet stains. What are its strengths and weaknesses? And what information isn’t a clear pro or con but potential buyers would want to know?
Pros of the Bissell Spotbot Pet 33N8A
These spot cleaners are portable little high power vacuum cleaners that wet the spot with carpet detergents, scrub it and then vacuum it. The Spotbot is a low maintenance model, just put water and cleaner in one tank, remove dirty water from the dirty tank.
The spiral brushes thoroughly clean the carpet all the way down to the root.
The Spotbot Pet has Microban surfaces for several components; if you can’t clean every square inch of the surface, it won’t stink up a storm as a result.
Bissell offers decent service when the unit has problems, such as parts wearing out or tanks breaking. However, there isn’t a new warranty with the same warranty period (one year) as the brand newly purchased unit.
You can get five or six normal cleaning cycles out of a single tank or you can get two to three deep cleans; the option allows you to get more cleaning sessions out of one tank if you only have one bad stain and two or three medium grade ones.
It can work on off-white carpets without leaving a bad off-color stain due to dark messes like poop. However, it won’t work without redistributing some color from messes on all white carpet, though running a separate manual cycle will reduce this effect in most cases. You can reduce this effect by cleaning the same spot with the hose to get the last amount of cleaning solution and debris out of the carpet when it is done with both a manual and automatic cycle.
Cons of the Bissell Spotbot Pet Spot and Stain Cleaner
This model tends to start leaking after a year. What compounds the problem is the fact it usually leaks from the dirty water tank.
The suction of the spot cleaner tends to drop off after a year, so while it gets floors clean, the spots it cleans get progressively damp.
Nasty gunk tends to collect in the hoses used for the manual scrubbing head unless you clean them, and they are not easy to clean.
Observations about the Spotbot Pet 33N8A
This portable spot cleaner beeps when it is done, and it won’t stop until you turn it off. This is annoying to some customers.
Do not use this machine on loop rugs – it will rip it up. However, it doesn’t have a problem with shag carpets or thicker carpets in general.
The Bissell Spot Bot Pet does a decent job cleaning up pee stains, but it leaves a mildly wet spot after removing the pee stain. You can run it on a manual cycle to remove the wet spot.
This portable spot cleaner is one of the few options that thoroughly removes most pet stains. It is one of the better choices for off white carpet, especially if you recognize that it needs two or more cycles to not leave an off-color stain on that same carpet.