Carpet cleaner rentals – which performs the best? A side-to-side comparison of Bissell Big Green versus Rug Doctor
BISSELL Big Green vs Rug Doctor – Which Did a Better Job
Carpet cleaning is one of those tasks that sometimes I put off. Like…for years. I know, it’s not right but I am not thrilled about having a professional company clean my carpets. I’ve tried it and the results were less than what I expected plus it was expensive.
I have my own carpet cleaner. A home unit that I used to use all the time when we had our dog. When she was sick she had a lot of accidents (UGH) and that thing was a lifesaver but as much as I love it, I knew that the professional unit would probably do a better job but I just wasn’t sure. Confusion and I are not friends.
I knew I needed to get my carpets clean. We have two graduations coming up this summer and with a family of 5 in a small house, the carpets definitely needed some refreshing. In order to answer the question of which machine did a better job, I rented a BISSELL Big Green and a Rug Doctor and I’ve done a side-by-side test for you. Below are my results and my recommendations.
Size and Ease of Transportation
Both units folded up easily and fit into the back of my crossover. They also fit into the trunk of my son’s car, a Toyota Corolla.
Prepping the Bissell Rental and the Rug Doctor – Getting Ready for Use
The BISSELL Rental was easy to fill and prepare for use. The machine is in four parts. The front section has three components. The bottom plastic area is where you’ll add water and your cleaning solution. It easily lifts off of the machine platform and fit into my sink for filling. I added hot water, two caps of cleaning solution (per the instructions on the bottle). I placed the water reservoir onto the bottom of the machine, snapped the dirty water receptacle on top of that and then added the lid. Everything fit together very easily.
Start Your Engines
The BISSELL Rental had a much longer plug which is great! My husband did almost all of the actual cleaning – I supervised 😉 and he was able to leave the BISSELL plugged into a receptacle in the living room while he cleaned it (the living room), and almost all of the hallway. The Rug Doctor had a very short cord which was not very convenient. When moving from room to room it had to be unplugged and another plug found. Not a major issue but we preferred the longer cord.
The BISSELL Rental:
- Can be pulled and pushed. This is a huge plus as it feels like a more natural process similar to vacuuming.
- The handle is a bit higher and it was easy for both my husband (6 foot 5 inches tall), my middle son (5 foot 7 inches tall) and myself (5 foot 2 inches tall) to use. We all were able to comfortably push and pull the machine without stretching or being hunched over.
The Rug Doctor:
- Can only clean while pulling slowly backward. No back and forth action.
- The handle is small, lower to the ground, and not very comfortable for taller users. I was fine because of my short stature but it was a bit uncomfortable for my husband as he had to hunch over.
The Nitty Gritty
Both pulled lots of dirt from the carpeting but the BISSELL Big Green definitely pulled the most…more than I expected (gross).
The BISSELL Rental did a much better job! When we compared one half of the carpet to the other it was clear that the side done with the BISSELL Rental was much cleaner and fluffier (the carpet had a bounce again once dry) and while the side done with the Rug Doctor was cleaner than it was originally it was not as clean as the BISSELL Rental side. There was such a difference, in fact, that my husband redid the Rug Doctor side with the BISSELL Rental.
An added bonus of using the BISSELL was that we were also able to do our entryway stairs because of the cleaning tool attachment and they, too, look so much better!
I was so impressed with the BISSELL Rental and the next time we clean our carpets that’s what we’ll be renting.
Rent the BISSELL Big Green at locations nationwide. Check out the BISSELL Rental homepage to find a location near you.