Consumer Complaints and Reviews
I have used my BISSELL rug cleaner approximately 4 times, then it quit. I took it to the authorized service centre, where it sat for 3 months "waiting for parts". Then I was told that BISSELL would be replacing the unit under warranty, and would be contacting me. A month later, when I hadn't heard from BISSELL, I contacted their service centre. This was a total disaster, as well. My attempts to speak to someone higher up was met with a voicemail, and another week. I haven't had my rug cleaner since August, and it is now December. To summarize; I would say NEVER BUY A BISSELL! The machine is junk, their service is terrible, and the company does not stand behind their product. TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!
I think this is a great product! I see nothing but bad reviews for all companies on this site! This vacuum has paid for itself a dozen times over! Powerful suction and dirt removal and I never have had to buy a bag or belt! I just keep the three filters clean and make sure hose doesn't get passage blocked and it has never let me down! People should leave good reviews. I'm sure I'm not alone in my sentiment, 16 years going strong deserves spreading the good word! I will buy another Bissell if this thing ever finally dies from old age... nah, I'll probably repair it myself, it's part of the family now.
I just bought your Proheat 2X Pet Carpet Cleaner. I've used it 3 times and already the belt has broke. Your online help is no good. If you would get people from America they can help me through this. That would be helpful. Now I have to take it in to get the belt fixed because the belt is broke and to me that's very unacceptable for a new machine like this. I've had several Hoover that have never had issues with belts breaking ever. They just serve their use and I had to give them or throw them away. I really would like to just return them and buy a Hoover because I am now so freaking frustrated. I'm not real pleased with your brand at this point, how this is the first time I've ever bought a Bissell carpet cleaner. You should have to reimburse me for my time and the belt even though I was told it was still under warranty so we'll find out because if it's not you're not getting any more money from me and you're going to get this machine back so be prepared.
Bissell's website rejected my ship to address once, so I edited it AGAIN and it shipped to the bill to anyway. I called immediately after this happened and customer service could do nothing even though it was FIVE MINUTES after I ordered. The website also kicked off the second container of a cleaner that was a "two for" deal meaning that if I wanted two I would have to pay more. They told me to change the address with FedEx, but whoops, it was a cheap FedEx shipment which was handed off to the Post Office so they couldn't change the ship to address. Now the packages are separated and God knows when I'll ever receive them. I reordered the one part on Amazon and I'm hoping I have better luck there. This is the DUMBEST customer service and WORST website ever. I won't buy another of their products because of this. Unfortunately I own two.
I purchased my carpet cleaner and it is less than 1year old and I have had many issues with the soap dispenser and the water. Now it doesn't work at all. I live nowhere around a service center and will say this, I will NEVER purchase a Bissell product again. WalMart doesn't stand behind them and there is nowhere within 75 miles to take it for repairs. Seriously you should be able to shampoo your carpets more than 5 times. I would also like to add I do not have pets nor children if you were thinking its failure to operate was anything to do with my care or usage of this product.
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I just bought a Bissell Pro Heat Revolution/Pet carpet cleaner 2 months ago, from Tv infomercial I used it once upstairs... cleaned well. After the next couple days I brought it downstairs to use on the living room. It would not fill in the dirty water tank and all the water soaked the floor. I called and spoke with a gal that had accent issues, and after We finally understood one another, she said cut the cord and send it back to them. Did so. Now onto the second machine that they sent me to replace the first. I used it once in living room... cleaned well... Went into the bedroom the next day to clean that rug and had the same issues!!!
I called them right away. Long story short... after the gal walked me through the same scenario to try to fix, she put me on hold and then came back to say the 60 day warranty is up (from first machine mind you) and they cannot give me my money back nor can they replace the machine!!! Well Done Bissell!! At this rate you'll have thousands of unsatisfied customers and a ruined namesake for your forefathers who started business. I'm not through with them yet... I don't go down easily... They haven't heard the last of this... I want my money back. Your company is very unethical in your practices. DON'T BUY BISSELL. READ ALL CUSTOMER REVIEWS FIRST. They obviously do not care about customers once the sale is complete.
Bought PowerForce in July 2015. Called in May 2016 for brush not spinning. I was told it was the belt and replaced it. Called 8/01/2016; same issue. Was told this time to replace the brush. I would have to pay for the part because the warranty expired even though this is the second time calling to fix the same issue. I've always used Hoover and never had such a short life with their products.
This is the third shampooer I've had in 2 years. The same thing happens. Front pops off, stops suckin water, stops spraying. I'm fed up and want to be refunded or get another one. Or maybe you should fix the problem. Several friends tell me they have same problems.
The ProHeat Pet, this so advanced deep cleaning system carpet cleaner was given to us as a gift. We used it one time, and thought it left the carpets pretty wet. We did our late spring into summer cleaning and decided to do the carpets again, however, this it basically just soaked the carpet and did not pull any water out! I would not recommend this to anyone that has a nice carpet, especially with a thick pad underneath.
I bought two Bissell Ready Clean at the same time. One for the upper level and one for the lower level. Used the second cleaner one time, put it away properly and then did not need it for several months. Took it out today to use and the cleaner leaks the whole tank full of fluid into one location. Tried customer service. Failure and any costs related to the repair are on me because it's older than a year even though it's been used once.
I am an engineer, so I thought how hard can this be. Took the O-ring out at the seat of the tank and replace. Still leaking. Opened and checked hoses, all clear, but there is a crack in the main line. No fixing this except with perhaps some industrial strength glue and then no guarantee. Money wasted. Might just as well rent a cleaner from a local "rental" place as the other unit has worn out as well after only a few uses. It might be a hassle to pick up and return, but at least they guarantee the unit. And by the time you figure out the cost to purchase your own and your time, not worth the money; or better yet, call someone to clean the carpet if you can afford it and use spot cleaner in between!
Previously we had a Hoover steam mop with dual tanks. It lasted about a year. We replaced it with a Bissell Powerfresh which was supposed to be the best. It also lasted about a year. It appears that none of the steam mops are made to last very long! They are now all made in China and don't seem to be made cheaply and to not operate for very long! We advise that all should stay away from cheaply made appliances that are made in foreign countries!!!
Comment: I had purchased a Bissell Powerlifter Pet Vac about a year ago. Model Number: 1309, Serial Number: 15019101E. It worked great and picked up a lot of pet hair. The Febreze scent was nice. It worked fine till about a month ago. We noticed it wasn't picking up the dirt and hair. It was spitting it back out. We checked the filters, the bottom one was a little dirty so we replaced it. It still wasn't working right so we thought it was the belt. We took it apart to replace the belt and it was just sitting there and wasn't connected. We replaced it and the belt wouldn't stay on the metal piece. After checking it further, it looked like the housing was melted.
I called Bissell, they said to take it to a Bissell Service Center. It had been a few weeks, so I called them. They said the vacuum housing is melted and the motor is rusted. They said it would have been caused by moisture and warranty wouldn't cover it, they also said it could not be repaired. I only had this vacuum for a year and now I have to buy another one. It should last longer than a year, since it cost $100. We used it daily to pick up dirt and hair. Normal usage should not cause it to break. Obviously there is an issue with this vacuum. We do not vacuum over anything wet so I don't understand where moisture would come from.
We are very upset and now have to come up with money to buy another vacuum, when we have been without a working vacuum for several weeks now. This is not an acceptable way to run a company. What's the point of a warranty when it won't cover anything? This issue should be covered by warranty when we didn't cause the problem. This vacuum is defective. Vacuums should not have to be replaced every year. I contacted Bissell right away. They said they would check into this problem. I never heard a response from them. They don't seem to care once the product is purchased.
I purchased our Pro-heat Pet February 10, 2015. Costing $143.00. The serial # UDC89108141761546... my family has used this maybe 6 times since purchase and now it is in the shop. We were told the unit has a leak in dirty water tubes or tank and the pump is not working and will not spray, and that if the pump was fixed it would leak dirty water all over. I am not happy about this situation at all... I called your customer service dept. and was given an ID number to give to repair shop and the shop was told that your company was not responsible and that I had to pay for the repairs... So first?? Why an ID number if you're not paying for it?? Second?? Why am I having to have this in the shop to begin with?? Why should people continue buying your products and they do not last more than 14 months... I am very dissatisfied!! And now stuck with repairing it or buying a new unit!!! Not happy at all.
I have the CleanView Complete pet, and the only thing I like is the auto cord. After 7 uses it does not have any suction. It's not worth the money. I paid 170.00 for my vacuum and I am done. We have taken apart, cleaned it and nothing... They should not be allowed to sell their products. Never again.
I went online to order parts for my 1189 floor sweeper. Found out online, had to have a US address, so called. Spoke to a woman with very poor English, corrected her mistakes several times. After 35 minutes on the phone placing the order, spelling the address, giving my card number going over and over everything, I was asked if my billing was the same as my delivery address, which it isn't as I am a snowbird with two houses, one in Florida and one in Canada. Then I was told I had to have the two addresses the same, stupid or what. I explained that this is impossible because my bank is in Canada where I live, for over 8 months of the year. Isn't it about time Bissell moved into the 21st century. I must admit after complaint for ever the supervisor sent me one of each item required free of charge, but that is not the point. I should have been able to order the parts required hassle free.
OMG... I cannot believe that Bissell would make a product that is so inadequate. I found a lot wrong with this newly purchased item, Bissel Spot Clean. Larger brush, deep clean brush, sprays water... OUT THE SIDE OF THE BRUSH... not the bottom where it should go! When brush was change to smaller brush, it sprayed, but didn't pick up dirty water! Packaging looks great, but the quality of the product was very, very inadequate. Hopefully I can exchange it.
I ordered replacement steam mop pads online and when I went to go check the status about a week or so later, it said it was cancelled. I didn't cancel the order! So I call the customer service line and they tell me that my card got declined. Funny, because I've been using my card a lot online at other retailers lately (Christmas stuff) and they are the only one with a problem. I asked if it was standard practice for the company to cancel an order and not notify the customer at all and they couldn't give me a straight answer. They also couldn't tell me why, if my card was declined, did the order supposedly originally go through and I be sent a confirmation e-mail. The guy just kept telling me he could he could place the order again but mind you, I had already been waiting a week and now I had to wait even longer because you guys decided to cancel the order without notifying me? Um, no.
Then he tried to offer me free regular shipping as some sort of consolation. Obviously he wasn't paying attention to the original order because I already had free shipping. Finally he offered expedited shipping but then, again because he wasn't paying attention to the original order, tried to charge me more than I had originally paid. Not going to happen. I told him that I had gotten a platinum member discount and used a promo code. He applied the member discount and then AGAIN tried to make me pay more. After telling him for the third time that I wasn't going to pay more than my original order he tells me that the only way he can apply another discount to my order is to sign me up for their stupid e-newsletter. By this point I'm super frustrated and just want my order placed so I agreed. I give him my card info, he says it went through and gives me an order number.
Exactly one week later I get a call from a female customer service rep to tell me that my order was cancelled AGAIN! No joke, without pausing at all she says to me, "I'm calling from Bissell, your order was cancelled, it doesn't say why, do you want me to place the order again?" "What do you mean you don't know why?" Granted I'm pleased to have at least gotten a phone call the second time but she never once apologized on behalf of the company. And when I asked again why the order was cancelled, she just said the system didn't say and she obviously had no intention of finding out the problem. Up until this happened I thought Bissell were pretty awesome. I have one of their carpet cleaners, steam mop, and SpotBot. I even convinced my mom to shell out for a SpotBot and told her to replace her Shark steam mop with one from Bissell. Now I'm going to tell her to run the other way as fast as she can.
Bissell Pet Hair sweeper is crap. I bought this machine, paid 30 bucks hoping it would really work. I noticed the suction was low and it picked up very little pet hair. So I figured there was a problem and took it apart - BUT I couldn't put it back together again! I looked online to find "how to's" and there was nothing. More wasted money.
I have made a huge mistake by subscribing to their newsletter. They kept bombarding me with emails. At first I clicked on unsubscribe which took me to their website but nothing happened and I found no forms to fill in and they kept sending me marketing emails. I filled in a contact form on their site asking them to stop sending me emails. I replied to one of their emails asking them to stop sending me emails. I clicked again on the unsubscribed button and followed the instructions and this time I filled in unsubscribe form. Nothing works, they are still sending me emails. I'm really fed up and I don't know who to turn to in order to stop them from spamming my mailbox.
I bought this vacuum two years ago. Used maybe 15 times at the most. It now won't run. It was great while it worked -- especially on pet stains. NOW, when I call it is out of warranty and they refer me to their service centers in my area. NONE of those service areas will work on this vacuum because it's not worth the price they charge. I SHOULD HAVE HAD IT REPLACED when I told them that. They just said it was out of warranty -- so basically good luck! Would never ever buy a Bissell product again.
I bought a sweeper model 2402. I think it has several design problems that make it a product Bissell shouldn't be selling. The handle is so short that I have to bend to be able to use it. After 3 minutes, I had the worse back pain ever!! It doesn't pick up things like pet hair!! It makes like little rolls, and that's it!! So the carpet looks awful after you use it.
I purchased this machine in April of 2015. Called to let customer service rep know my machine was not picking up in June I wanted to return it. Rep said it was too late for me to return but said he would send me a glider. Well I tried that still didn't pick up. Called back again, next rep informed me that we can troubleshoot the machine. I informed him "I received a product that is supposed to work, I should not have to troubleshoot anything and I just wanted to return this item."
He then informs me there are no returns after 60 days??!! Are you kidding me, what company doesn't believe in their product to have a warranty that covers it for at least a year?? I am so upset, paid $215 for this piece of crap, only used 3 times, and now they will not refund me my money. I will never buy a Bissell again. Next time Wal-Mart where I am guaranteed a refund with my receipt or at least a store credit towards something else. I am so upset at myself for not reading these reviews first!!!
I have the BISSELL PROHEAT DEEP CLEANER - the item I of well over $250 for. Does not clean. It barely even picks up!!! This thing just makes a lot of noise! I should have saved my money.
Have to go to service center an hr and a half away for inspection. Cord on 5 month old BISSELL vacuum completely shredded. I have no time for that so have to eat 100 cost. Should have just bought Wal-Mart 50.00 vacuum. I will never buy their products again. How dangerous.
Bissell cleanview multi cyclone for pets - Worse vacuum ever. Worked the first few times, maybe two!! Cleaned it three times because every time it's used, dirt pours out, and pet hair. A piece of junk. My $200 could have been on something better!
Bissell steam cleaner 94e9-t - This is the second mop purchased that has not lasted. Unit stops producing steam. Small appliance repairman could not help. Maybe inexpensive item in relation to others on the market, but now that I have had to buy two in less than three years, it's not so economical.... surprising lack of quality for Bissell product. I hope the neighbors ask why I put it in the trash!
Bissell little green machine pro heat 1425-1 - This has been working for me for years now but this morning 1-28-2015 while I was using my machine the part which sucks the solution out of the carpet broke on the plastic part that meets the floor handle. Upon contacting the Bissell company to get a replacement part so I can repair they state to me that they do not sell parts for consumer repair but I will have to go to one of their authorized dealers which is farther than 50 miles away from me or purchase a new machine. The repair cost $99 + the cost of the part and does not include the cost for labor and gas to get to and from the repair facility altogether is far more than I paid for my machine. The machine cleans well but suction hose is not long enough, power cord not long enough and with their poor customer service, not a happy camper.
Had my Bissell about 4 years, all of a sudden, one day it was working, the next day it wouldn't spray the water or shampoo solution. Called Bissell customer service, got someone who spoke "broken English" that I could barely understand. Followed their instructions to try and clear the problem, got nowhere, nothing resolved. Tried working on it myself the next day, still no luck. Called back to Bissell customer service, went thru the same junk, no results. Was referred to a Bissell service, found one in my area. He was very rude and unprofessional. Gave him my Bissell on Nov 17th. He never called me until I reported him to the Bissell company. He gave me my Bissell back on December 3rd, stating it was irreparable but he didn't know what was wrong with it. I picked it up, took it to another dealer and they told me Bissells are "irreparable". I believe them. Now I'm stuck with a dirty carpet for the Christmas Holidays. I'll never buy another Bissell!
Absolutely the WORST vacuum I have ever owned. The design is so bad that it clogs up around the filter and nothing makes it down into the canister. I have to use a wire hanger to reach up in the tiny space around the filter to pull the dirt from around it. Definitely not designed for pet hair. By the time I am done vacuuming, my entire front it dirt from messing with it and the floor is still not clean because it clogs in a matter of a few minutes. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS MACHINE!
I purchased a carpet cleaner from Bissell some years ago, Model 1640-4. It is in excellent condition and very usable, but they quit making the foam filters for it. I have searched and searched and they are just not available, all websites say discontinued. I find it quite unfortunate that they sold an expensive cleaner like mine was when new and then quit making the foam filters for it. It seems such a simple item for them to continue to make. I can understand discontinuing other seldom used parts, but the filter is a consumable.
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