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Bissell Big Green Deep Carpet Shampooer

As we all know, Bissell makes superior products.  The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine is easy to use and in my opinion, the best carpet cleaner for homeowners with pets. This website will list the many reason why I believe this.  I own the Bissell Big Green Commercial Shampooer and have a German Shepard dog and a animal rescue cat.  This product has been a blessing to my family and I, especially since we have two small children that play on the carpet daily.

The machine handles very well and maneuvers easily. The machine encompasses a commanding dirt lifter power brush that rotates the entire time the machine is in operation. Combined with the constant suction of the cleaner you will be removing dirt on forward and backwards passes reducing the amount of time needed to clean. The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine comes with large capacity clean and dirty water tanks to allow for more cleaning time and less trips to the bathroom. It’s also worth mentioning that the dirty water Bissell water storage tankstank is easy to empty without spilling dirty water on the floor. The machine comes with a two year warranty and has excellent online reviews.

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My Opinion

At El Paso Best Carpet Cleaning for the reasons mentioned above is why I personally own the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine. In fact, I have owned several and have been very impressed. (I owned a rental company) The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine has proven to be a quality product. I personally feel that this is the best option for anyone wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep their carpet clean on a regular basis without hiring a professional technician every month.  Because the product overalls exceeded my expectation of general carpet cleaning I recommend it for pets in general. One of its best features towards removing pet hair and pet dander from the carpet is its rotating chevron brush located directly on the front of the machine.

FAQ’s

 

Does the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Professional Grade Carpet Shampooer have one or two motors?

This seems to be the prominent question on everyone’s mind so let’s address it first.  My answer is yes and no.  Say what?  OK, we need clarity here.  This professional grade shampooer has a single motor that propels the water into the carpet fabric and extracts the water from the carpet fabric.   The other motor rotates the brush on the front of the unit to break up the dirt within the carpet.  So while one motors purpose is to vacuum the carpet cleaning solution, it is the other motors purpose to rotate the bright red brush which scrubs the carpet.   So, yes both units have two motors, however only one motor controls each component of the machine.

The advertising campaign by Bissell is that the Commercial Grade Shampooer has two motors by labeling the shampooer- Bissell Big Green Commercial BG10 Deep Cleaning 2 Motor Extractor.  This is true but it also applies to the Professional Grade machine as well.  They just conveniently left off this part in the title to boost the sales of the commercial grade carpet cleaner.

 

So what’s the difference in the Bissell Big Green Commercial BG10 Deep Cleaning 2 Motor Extractor and the Bissell 86T3/86T3q Big Green Deep Cleaning Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner Machine?

The Bissell 86T3/ 86T3Q Big Green Deep Cleaning Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner Machine and the Bissell Big Green Commercial BG10 Deep Cleaning 2 Motor Extractor Machine are of the same size and dimensions.  Both units have product dimensions of 20.5 inches long, by 11 inches wide and 42.2 inches tall (when the handle has been extended).  Both products feature a 25’ cord that enables the consumer to cover a very large portion of thier home at one time.   The BG10 as well as the 86T3 are equipped with a large 1.75 gallon clean water reservoir and a 1.75 gallon dirty water reservoir that allows the user to clean longer and make less frequent stops.  Anyone familiar with carpet cleaning knows how annoying it can be to make frequent stops to empty or refill the water reservoirs due to smaller capacity.

Another feature I personally enjoy that both units have is the design of the water reservoirs themselves for filling and emptying the reservoirs.  I personally own the BG10 for my home.  After using the shampooer the first time I noticed how easy these storage tanks were to use.  With an absolutely well-designed handle on top of both units, carrying around the reservoir tanks made filling and emptying very easy.  The top fill reservoir tank has a large opening that can easily be filled with your mixture of carpet shampoo and hot water.  The dirty water reservoir tank has a curved opening on the side that makes pouring out the dirty water very convenient.  Its design help prevent spills while emptying the tank.  From past experiences, this is a huge bonus.  During shampooing the carpet in the house with other units I have routinely spilled dirty water on the bathroom floor from poorly designed dirty water reservoir tanks.

The misconception…

Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions between the BG10 and the 86T3/ 86T3Q is that the commercial carpet shampooer has two motors and the 86T3 model only has one.  Of course why wouldn’t this be confusing given that Bissell advertises the BG10 as Bissell Big Green Commercial BG10 Deep Cleaning 2 Motor Extractor Machine.   This is simply an adverting perk for consumers.  The truth is that both shampooers have dual motors to deliver superior results. One of the motors powers the Chevron Brush underneath for a better scrub.  The other motor is designed for the suction of the machines water extraction component.

Another difference in the two units if that the Bissell Commercial Grade B10 has detachable cord.

(Commonly you may find the Bissell B10N2- take note that this is only the older version of the B10.)

B10-

Easily identifiable by its external  large yellow cord, Commercial use, larger areas, has two large 1.75 gallon

Yellow cord on Bissell Deep Green Commercial Carpet Cleaner

Bissell Commercial Shampooers Cord

tanks, easy for storage,  edge to edge suction, faster drying times,  no assembly required,  25 ft cord, large cleaning radius,  clean forward and backward,  1 year warranty. No attachments. Weighs in at 42 pds

 

86T3 has a 5 year home warranty, does not have surround suction or edge to edge suction meaning it would take more passes to clean an area, comes with a 9ft hose stair attachment.

Both have a 25 foot cord, the commercial cord is detachable.

 

How does the Bissell Carpet Shampooer handle pet hair, pet dander, pet messes?

Part of living with our furry friends is that we have to clean up after them.  The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer is perfect for pet owners.  I personally have a cat and dog that run in and out of my house on a regular basis.  I have seen the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer work effectively at removing pet hair and mud from the carpet fabric.  This shampooer has a particularly strong suction making extraction of debris such as pet hair that gets lounged in the carpet easily removable.  Bissell also offers a specially formulated solution just for homeowners with cats and dogs living inside their homes.

There are numerous questions on the internet that ask if the Bissell carpet shampooer models are effective against the removal of pet urine.  Whether you have stains from cat or dog urine on your carpet, the Bissell carpet shampooer will do as good a job as, if not better than any other unit on the market.  The Bissell carpet shampooer isn’t specifically designed for pet’s mishaps, however its overall design is focused on superior deep scrubbing making it effective against pet urine stains.

 

Does the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer spray hot water into the carpet?  Does the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer come with a water heater component?

THERE IS NO HEATING ELEMENT.  The answer to both of these questions is “no”.  Neither the commercial grade nor the professional grade Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer comes with any element to heat the solution prior to saturating your carpet.  Many times carpet cleaners, carpet shampooers, and carpet steamers are used interchangeably.  So if some says they have a Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Steamer and are referring to the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer discussed here they are simply using terminology that is inaccurate.

The water component of the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer’s temperature is dependent upon how hot of water the operator places into the water reservoir.  Obviously this water does not need to be so hot that it can cause burns to persons in the vicinity but it does need to be warm enough to assist the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer in effectively doing its job.  By spraying warm water into the carpet fabric there is a greater chance that the dirt, grime, bacteria, pet dander, pollen, etc will break loose from the carpet fabric to be extracted by the shampooer.

 

Will the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer fit in the truck of my car?

Excellent question.  Since I have traveled often with my Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer this one comes easy.  I own a Honda Accord and a Honda Civic.  The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer does fit in both trucks with its handle collapsed.  However, the unit itself has to be laid down on its side.   The truck lid on my vehicles would not close with the unit standing upright.  Again the dimensions of the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer are 20.5 inches long, by 11 inches wide and 42.2 inches tall (when the handle has been extended).

Laying the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer on its side can cause what little water is left in the unit to leak out.   This I have learned from first hand knowledge.   The simple trick here is to remove both the clean and dirty water reservoirs from the unit prior to laying it on its side.  This simple step will curb any drainage and makes transporting the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer simple.

 

Is the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer easy to maneuver? 

The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer has two large wheels on the back of the unit that does make it easy to move around even when you’re not shampooing with it.  However, the unit itself weighs 48 pounds making it one of the heavier carpet cleaners on the market.  If you’re looking for something lighter you

Back Wheel on the Bissell Carpet Shampooer

Back Wheel on the Bissell Carpet Shampooer

may want to consider the Hoover FH50150 Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner which only weighs 18.1 pounds.

 

Does the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer extract all of the water from the carpet?

No, but no carpet cleaner will.  The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer has strong suction that will extract a large amount of the water and solution injected into the carpet.  Dependent upon how much water is suctioned up depends on several factors such as how much water was injected to start with, how fast the operator is moving the machine, and how thick the carpet is.

 

Does the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer require only Bissell Carpet Cleaning solution?

Of course Bissell recommends this but the answer is “No”.  The unit will operate on any carpet cleaning solution.  However, depending on the type of cleaning and quality desired you may want to consider using one of the specially formulated Bissell products.  The chemicals in these products are designed to help break up and remove their specified source.  For instance, Bissell’s 2X Professional Pet Urine Eliminator Full Size Machine Formula is specifically formulated to remove pet urine stains and odors.  It also advertises that the chemicals in the product discourage pets from urinating in the same spot again.

 

Does the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer come with the upholstery or stair accessories?

The Professional Grade carpet cleaner does come with these accessories.  The Commercial Grade carpet shampooer does not but you can purchase them separately.

 

How long is the cord on the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer?

The cord length is 25 ft for both units.

 

Do I have to vacuum the carpet prior to using the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer?

It is recommended from Bissell themselves, as well all other manufactures of carpet shampooers, that you do vacuum the carpet prior to using a carpet cleaner.  Have I shampooed my carpet without vacuuming?  Absolutely, but it’s not a common practice I condone because the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer is designed to remove the dirt and debris that the vacuum misses.

 

Can I control the amount of water solution I spray into the carpet?

Not really.  You can control when the water solution is injected into the carpet by pulling the trigger but the

red trigger actuator on bissell commecial carpet cleaner

Red trigger actuator

only way to spray more into one particular spot is to move the machine slower.  Since the rate of spray coming out is always consistent you really don’t have much control here.  I believe this is an area Bissell can improve upon.  My last carpet shampooer had a saturation button that would double the amount of spray injected into the carpet which was designed for the high traffic and stained areas of the carpet.  This was a nice feature that allowed the operator to focus on specific areas more aggressively.

Can I use the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer on hardwood or tile floors?

The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer is designed only for carpet.  It will be ineffective on hardwood surfaces.

 

Does the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer work with 220V?

The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer only comes with 110V accessibility.  A voltage convertor will be needed to use the machine with a 220V.

 

Does the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer leave behind a white foamy crust on the carpet?

No.  Not if used correctly.  If you experience this particular issue then more than likely you are using too much carpet cleaning solution.  Double check your measurements to ensure the correct ratio of formula to water saturation.

 

Does the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer work well on rugs?

Yes.  The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer will clean most all rugs.  I do warn to use caution around the edges of rugs.  The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer has a very fast rotating brush and very strong suction which can cause damage to the edges if they get sucked into the machine.

 

Is the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer better than the Rug Doctor Carpet Cleaner?

Obviously this is an opinionated answer, but my answer here is absolutely.  When comparing the features, price, reviews, and handling of both units it’s no question that the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer is the better option.

 

How much formula of carpet cleaning solution is recommended per tank? 

Bissell Commercial Carpet shampooer dirty water tank

Dirty Water Reservoir Tank

The clean water storage tank holds 1.75 gallons of water.  Bissell recommends two cups of formula for a full tank of water.   (1 cup per gallon)  The cap on the clean water tank is marked with a fill line.

 

How close to the walls will the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer clean?

The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer cleans up to approximately 3/4 of an inch from the wall.  The strong suction prevents water from standing against the base board.

 

How do I shampoo my stairs?

The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer has an attachment that will conveniently allow you to clean the stairs. The accessory has a 9’ hose which will cover half of the stairs before moving the machine to the opposite end.

Clean Pet Hair from Your Stairs with Ease with a 9' hose

Clean Pet Hair from Your Stairs with Ease with a 9′ hose

How will I know when the clean water is empty?

The tanks themselves are made of white plastic that can be seen through, however it’s difficult to see the clean water amount at times that still remains in the tank.  Bissell designed a flow indicator on the top of the machine to let the operator know when the machines clean water storage tank needs to be refilled.  If the trigger actuator is pulled on the handle and the flow indicator is not spinning then the clean water tank needs to be refilled.

 

How can I stop the rotating brush?

When you lock the handle in the upright position the rotating brush will stop.   This is mainly used when you’re operating the Bissell accessories such as the upholstery and stair cleaners.

 

How long does it take for the carpet to dry after using the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer?

Again this depends on how much water saturation is used, how much time is spent suctioning the carpet, how many passes are made, and how thick the carpet is.   My carpet is almost always completely dry with 15-20 minutes after using Bissell Carpet Shampooer.   I used fans and open windows to circulate air to expedite the cleaning process.  If I need the carpet to dry quickly, I can have it dry within only a few minutes.

 

How long is the warranty for the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer?

The professional grade cleaner has a 2 year warranty.  The Commercial grade machine has a 1 year warranty.

 

How many amps does the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer use?

The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer is a 12 amp machine.

 

Is shipping for the Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampooer free?

This site uses an affiliate program provided by Amazon.com.  (See disclaimer at the bottom)  Amazon advertises that purchases over $50 have free shipping.

Bissell Features advertised:

Powerful Suction

Edge to Edge Cleaning

Large Capacity clean and dirty water tanks

Easy to fill solution cap

Flow indicator that lets you know when its time to refill the carpet cleaning solution clean water tank

Equipped with a large rotating brush for deep scrubbing

Cleans on forward and backward passes

Designed to remove tough stains

 

Best carpet shampooer for cats and dogs

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