In this review of the Bissell brand PowerLifter Power Brush carpet cleaning machine, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this carpet shampooer. We’ll also share observations about this deep carpet cleaner that aren’t clear pros or cons but may affect a potential buyer’s decision to purchase the unit.
Pros of the BISSELL PowerLifter PowerBrush 1622
This is an affordable carpet cleaning machine. It costs around a hundred dollars at full price for the Bissell PowerLifter carpet shampooer. You can buy “bundles” that provide different carpet shampoos and/or sprays, though that costs more. Bissell pet stain specific shampoos cost around $20 a bottle. The pet stain bundle includes Bissell brand pre-treatment spray containing oxy clean can be bought stand-alone and costs ten to fifteen dollar per bottle.
This carpet shampooer tank is easy to fill with clean water and easy to drain. Conversely, it is light because of its relatively small size, so you’ll need to make multiple trips to refill it if doing more than spot cleaning with this carpet cleaning machine.
This vacuum takes little effort to assemble.
It comes with a one year basic warranty.
The unit comes with a measuring cup so you don’t put in too much shampoo. The danger of putting in too much shampoo is that it will coat the inside of the tank and start to stink after you put the unit away. If you put in far too much soap, the mixture can clog the sprayers, as well.
This unit is lightweight and easy to handle. It weighs around twenty pounds empty, less than thirty pounds with a full water tank.
The long cord lets you clean over a large area before having to unplug and re-connect it. This model, though, does not have the built in cord rewind that some other Bissell carpet cleaners have.
The unit is easy to clean after use.
Cons of the BISSELL 1622 PowerLifter PowerBrush
Suction is weak. You will need to make several passes to pull up all the water from the carpet and likely need to wait for the carpet to dry even after that.
Don’t use this machine to try to pull up pet hair out of carpets. Long hair can wrap around the brush roll and clog it, and a large volume of short pet hair can clog it, too. Clean up the cat’s coughed up hair balls manually before running the carpet cleaner over the remaining mess. The more often it clogs on pet hair, the sooner you’ll have to replace the belts. The same clogging issue can occur with lint.
This carpet shampooer gets tangled up in thick carpets. It is ideal for short carpets.
You see the best results cleaning with hot tap water for general stains, but you should use cold water on pet stains to remove it without leaving an odor.
This unit does a better job on small stains but not set in stains. Set in stains and tough stains may take half a dozen passes to be pulled up.
This is an affordable carpet shampooer for spot cleaning, as long as you aren’t trying to tackle thick carpets or pick up large amounts of pet hair. Don’t use this carpet cleaning machine in place of a vacuum cleaner but for spot cleaning the spilled food, drink and pet messes. This Bissell carpet cleaner will pay for itself in just a few uses if you keep it in the closet and break it out when your pet makes a mess or child spills fruit juice, instead of rushing to the store to rent a full sized carpet cleaner.