Bissel has made several ProHeat carpet cleaners over the year, but one of the most recent is the Model 1986 carpet cleaner. It is available as a stand-alone carpet cleaner and vacuum cleaner and a pet stain and odor removal bundle that includes the same carpet cleaner. Let’s look at the pros and cons of this Bissell carpet cleaner before sharing a few observations. These observations about the Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro model 1986 are not clear pros or cons, but they may affect someone’s decision to buy this pet specific carpet cleaner, so we’re including them in the review.
Pros of the Bissell Proheat 2X
Pros of the Bissell Proheat 2X Pro Pet
It is really only designed for stairs, upholstery, and low carpet. Don’t try to use this pet carpet cleaner on ultra-thick carpets. The suction is middling, so it won’t pick up heavy debris like pebbles or large crumbs buried in the carpet, either.
A common complaint is that the unit works best with hot water. The problem is that despite the Pro Heat name, there is no heater inside of it. Instead, you have to heat up the water before you add it to the machine. This is a hassle factor. However, you can’t pour boiling water into it or the engine will get hot.
The solution tank occasionally leaks. The problem gets worse as the unit ages. The problem is almost certain to occur if you have trouble assembling it. Note that if there is water in the unit when you received it, it is someone else’s return and the seals will have degraded.
The roller brush sitting on the carpet continues to run while you’re using hand tools. The problem is that this can rip up the carpet if you don’t stop cleaning the furniture to move the carpet cleaner. If the carpet cleaner is sitting on a hard surface or slapping on a hard object like a power cord, it will rip up the brush and wear out the roller belt. Never let it sit on hardwood floors. In fact, it should never be run on hardwood floors due to its steam output.
You cannot store the attachment hose on the machine, and the hose isn’t permanently attached. One solution is to disconnect and reconnect the attachment hose when you’re cleaning upholstery and stairs, but then you run the risk of making a mess with a wet hose. This is a step down from the old model that allows you to disconnect the hose from the vacuum while channeling the waste to the carpet cleaner’s dirty water tank.
The Bissell ProHeat 2X Model 1986 carpet cleaner is designed for light pet stains on thin carpet and upholstery. There are a few minor issues to be aware of. If you’re going to use it on floors and furniture it is designed to handle, it is an affordable, effective way to cope with pet messes and other spills in the typical home.