What are the pros and cons of the Bissell Spot Clean portable unit, model number 5207A? And what information about this portable spot cleaner would potential buyers want to know? Note, this review is for Model 5207A, not the similar model 5207F.
Pros of the Bissell Spot Clean Model 5207A
The Bissell Spotclean portable carpet cleaner has heat wave technology, where its heating element helps keep the water you put in it hot. This does not, however, heat up cool tap water to a high temperature, and this unit is not a steam cleaner.
It comes with a three inch wide tool for cleaning stains that can’t be handled by putting the entire portable stain remover on it.
The water tanks are removable, easy to fill and empty. In contrast, many of its rivals have difficult to empty dirty water tanks. And the water tanks are easy to clean.
The “deep reach” technology helps scrub the floor to get the deep stains out.
The handle on the top makes this portable stain remover very easy to clean. Its compact design makes it easy to store.
It is easy to assemble.
The SpotClean is bigger than the SpotBot by Bissell, so this unit can clean up larger stains like where a child has vomited, not just small droplets of spilled juice.
The unit removes a lot of the soap as well as the stains, so it doesn’t leave your carpets crunchy or damp.
Cons of the Bissell Spot Clean Model 5207A
The sprayer dispenses a lot of solution, more than is usually needed.
The unit is prone to leaking, especially if you don’t seat the water tanks properly. Emptying the water tanks can be messy, too. To compound the problem is the dirty water tank is smaller than the clean water/soap tank, so you end up having to empty the dirty water tank multiple times for most cleaning jobs.
Observations about the of the Bissell Spot Clean, 5207A
This Bissell portable stain remover needs the portable machine cleaning formulas or a very similar formulation; Rug Doctor cleaners in the Bissell unit create suds you have to rinse and wipe away. Make sure you buy the right type of Bissell detergents and use it at the right ratio or else the sprayer may clog or the tank will smell due to leftover soap residue decaying over time. The scent issue with the tanks is reduced if you clean the clean water tank after putting in too much soap.
This portable stain remover weighs around thirteen pounds; it isn’t the lightest or heaviest one on the market.
It comes with a limited two year warranty. Bissell tends to require people to send the unit back to their authorized repair centers to get the unit repaired or replaced, and the replacement may not be new but instead a refurbished unit.
When the dirty water tank has one or two inches of dirty water in it, suction begins to drop. This means you have to empty the dirty water tank more often to get the best performance out of the unit.
The unit is quiet when it sits on the floor and loud if you pick it up while it is still on.
This carpet cleaner is ideal for larger messes like big pet messes (if you remove the solid mass) or large spills on carpet and upholstery. It is reasonably priced with decent performance.