Spring is well and truly here and with it brings that crazy need to totally clean the house from top to bottom. I love nothing more at this time of the year, then to throw open the windows and wash all the curtains and wipe down all the glass. Another thing I like to give a deep clean at this time of year are my carpets. When we found out I was pregnant we went out and bought a vax carpet cleaner, I wanted to have a way of washing the carpets myself, knowing we would have a little one soon rolling about on the floor.
However it’s a pretty difficult product to use alone, I just can’t do it without my husband. It’s also incredibly noisy and leaves the carpets wet so we have to go out with the windows open to allow them to dry.
Since getting my hands on a Bissell vac & steam* I’ve been able to go over my carpets both quickly and easily. After turning on, it takes my machine exactly 24 seconds to heat up fully. I can them choose to use either a high or low steam, or the vacuum function. It also has the capability to be used as a steam mop and vacuum together making it twice as quick to do these two jobs.
The Bissell vac & steam comes in one box and is very easy to put together. It came with two machinr washible mop heads (one soft and one scrubby) two fragrance discs, a measuring jug and an instruction manual. The fragrance discs slip into a net pocket on the inside of the mop head. The mop heads are vary easy to put on, one side is slightly longer than the other to match the shape of the steam head, and it’s fully elasticated around the edge making it very secure. The head then pushes straight onto the machine, I found if I pUt the head on the floor and then lined the machine up, I could push it straight on.
The machine has a 380ml water tank which is simple to fill using the provided measuring cup. To fill the tank, you pull down a flap which creates an opening for you to slowly pour the water in. The tank is clear so you can easily check how much water is in it. The Bissell vac & steam comes with a Anti-calc filter built in to help prevent limescale clogging up the machine.
It has a very usable 7.5m cable to make cleaning a lot easier, not having to faff about moving the plug is a huge plus for me, and the machine weighs in at 4.4kg which is pretty heavy for a steam mop. But because this steam mop also houses a cyclonic vacuum I think this is understandable.
The mop takes 24 seconds to heat up before its ready to use, and cleans my kitchen and bathroom floors up beautifully. It even cleans up Tias foam playroom floor really well which is handy, it gets so muddy in the winter as you walk through it to gain access to our back garden.
You select high/low or vacuum using the small panel buttons on the front of the handle. These are a tad difficult to see without lifting the machine back but I’ve not found this an issue. The handle is fully adjustable which is good if my husband wants to use it, he’s taller than me so he can make the handle taller easily. To remove the mop head to either change the mop attachment or remove the old one for cleaning, you simply put your foot on the little foot plate at the back and lift the machine up. It comes off simply and easily with no fuss or mess, the mop heads wash in the washing machine and dry very quickly.
I’ve found the vacuum to be pretty decent, it’s not as good as my Dyson and I wouldn’t choose to do the while house with it. But for quick spills it’s perfect, and I love the fact you can steam mop at the same time. I would be lying if I said this didn’t excite me when I read I could do that. On the side of the machine is a very handy quick guide for getting started, I found this very handy for the first time I used the machine.
The scrubby mop head is ok on the carpets but not brilliant. We have a toddler so often find cheerios, cornflakes ect ingrained daily into the carpets. Our carpets are a deep plum colour so you can see every single crumb. I think if this machine had additional scrubby attachments, it would be the perfect. I have found that by holding the mop head directly over the problem areas and holding down the steam button I can soften the problem area, but it won’t always be enough.
So my overall scoring of the Bissell vac & steam would be a 9/10. Yes it’s a bit heavy but not overly so and it is two machines in one. The one thing I think that would make it better would be for it to have attachments. You can purchase your Bissell vac & steam direct from Bissell here for £149.99.