The Bissell SpotClean Professional Portable Carpet Cleaner 3624 is the most powerful machine in Bissell’s line of portable spot cleaning carpet cleaners. It is a small compact-sized cleaner most frequently purchased by users seeking a powerful cleaner for cleaning everyday carpet stains and spots, pet stains, auto carpets and upholstery. To remove deep stains from carpeting, Bissell Spot Clean Pro’s well-designed handtool bristles and powerful suction operates well to loosen and lift the stain.
Overall, this is a powerful portable unit that have garnered high consumer satisfaction ratings. With its 5-ft flexible hose, extra long cord and handtools, the SpotClean Pro can be easily maneuvered and used to remove spots and stains from the difficult and hard-to-reach carpeted and upholstered areas. We will take a closer look at both its pros and cons int his review.
Bissell SpotClean Pro 3624 Portable Carpet Cleaner Features & Benefits
Compact and Lightweight
The Bissell Pro SpotClean portable deep cleaner weighs only 13.2 lbs when empty. It’s also compact. This makes it easy to move about, and its small footprint is a convenient storage feature. The cleaner machine dimensions are approximately 14 inches wide, 14 inches deep and 10 inches high.
Superior Suction Power
The 5.7 ampere motor produces superior suction power that rivals larger Bissell upright cleaner models. A number of users commented that the compact SpotClean Pro removes deep stains and spills every bit as efficiently as do the larger upright cleaners, or even commercial rental cleaners.
Large Capacity Tanks
The large 3/4-gallon or 96 oz tank size is a definite convenience. Fewer trips for refills will be needed when cleaning lots of spots or items.
The Bissell 3624 SpotClean Pro portable cleaner comes with a two-tank system – one for clean water and one to collect dirty water. Two-tank systems in carpet cleaners are generally preferred over single clean/dirty tank combination set-ups.
Cleaning Path Tools and Width
Two spray and brush tools are included: a 3″ Tough Stain Brush that conveniently removes tough stains from more confined locations, such as area rugs, cushions, and vehicle upholstery. The wider 6″ Stair Tool is ideal for use in more slightly wider areas, or stairs. Users can also purchase other handtools, such as a crevice tool for cleaning hard-to-reach and narrow places.
Users who have used larger upright carpet cleaners with motorized bristle handtools usually wonder if the brushheads are motorized to rotate and scrub. The answer is no.
The bristles in the brush tools included do not rotate or perform powered/turbo scrubbing. There is a motorized brushing tool that can be purchased separately, but it hasn’t gone down well with users. For this Bissell portable unit, a non-motorized brush appears to work better, while keeping the set-up less technically complicated. It’s better to stick with the non-motorized brush tools that are included with the Spot Clean Pro package. Moving the included hand tool back and forth across the area to be cleaned is all that is needed to provide fast and efficient cleaning action.
The Bissell 3624 spotclean portable deep cleaner comes with a limited 2-Year Limited Warranty.
Bissell SpotClean Professional 3624 Carpet Cleaner Overall Review
Superb Cleaning Results
The Bissell SpotClean Professional 3624 delivers powerful cleaning results for spots and stains on carpets and upholstery. For spot cleaning, this unit’s performance equals or exceeds that of home upright or store rental cleaners, according to many users. Part of the reason for the superb results is the design of machine. The suction it delivers is significantly more powerful than is the case with most other portable units of this type. The machine does not have an overly long hose to mitigate the suction power, and users can easily focus their back and forth scrubbing efforts on the small 3-inch brushhead.
In terms of power amperage, this model beats out all other Bissell portable spot cleaners. It’s not as powerful as the new Rug Doctor Portable cleaner, which has a 10 amps motor.
Easy to Operate
The Bissell 3624 SpotClean Pro machine comes fully assembled and ready to be put into action. Filling the tank with water and formula, attaching and detaching the tools, and ordinary cleaning operations are all easy tasks. As a user, you will press a trigger to spray a detergent solution mix onto the spot and then move the brushhead back and forth to scrub and suction the water out.
For very small jobs, you can apply the water/cleaning solution with a spray bottle instead of relying on the machine’s spray trigger, and then use the powerful suction to remove the stain. For set-in stains, try to pre-treat them with Bissell carpet cleaning solution or spot removers. Pre-treating just takes a bit of foresight and not all that much effort, but it can make stain cleaning a lot easier.
The user manual is filled with useful information and is easy to follow.
Easy to Handle
The SpotClean Pro’s carrying handle makes the unit easy to carry from place to place, even with a full tank. Pulling around a larger home upright carpet cleaner can be a lot of work and is not that practical for users who want to quickly clean out small stains that occur every week or so.
The lightweight Bissell 3624 is much easier to use on stairs than is the case with rental carpet cleaners, and it is especially useful for cleaning stairway tight spots and corners. The 22 feet long cord allows the cleaner to clean a lot of different spots in the room. It also helps with maneuvering the machine when cleaning auto interiors.
Large Convenient Tank Size and Efficient Design
With a tank size of 3/4 gallons or 96 oz, the Bissell SpotClean Professional 3624 beats out other similar small portable cleaners in how much water it can handle. It saves time not having to dump and refill too frequently. Even the Rug Doctor Portable Cleaner with a 64 oz tank size cannot compare.
Since the machine is small and lightweight, users can carry the entire machine to the sink and fill empty/refill tanks at the same time. When filling, the tank’s flat bottom provides a level of stability that makes the portable cleaner very easy to use. All-in-all, the tanks are easy to fill, empty, and clean.
Large cleaning tasks may require a full tank of water, plus two capfuls of this cleaning formula. For smaller jobs, filling the tank half-ways and adding a single capful of detergent will usually suffice. The Bissell 3624 spot cleaner uses water efficiently, and users are often surprised by the volume of cleaning that can be done a single filling of its portable tank.
Ideal for Pet Messes
The Bissell Spot Clean Pro 3624 is frequently purchased and performs very well for the purposes of pet stains cleaning. It’s small portable size means its easy for users to take out from the closet for quick cleaning up of messes and odor-causing stains left by pets, before they get a chance to set-in. Yes, even old stains succumb to the combined cleaning solution and powerful suction.
Ideal for Cleaning Car Upholstery and Carpets
This portable cleaner is also just the right size and has lots of power for cleaning automobile interiors like the carpets and upholstery. Hand brushing and manual dabbing up of water may work, but is tedious and often leaves better results to be desired or a lot of soap in the upholstery. Paying someone for auto detailing can be costly. Many users find it less expensive and simpler to own a high powered portable deep cleaner like the Spot Clean Pro 3624. It makes the job of DIY auto detailing convenient, and there is the freedom to clean off stains anytime without have to pay a service person.
If you have Hunter Douglas blinds in your home, you may no longer need to send them out to be cleaned, or clean them in the bathtub. One user happily used his SpotClean Pro to clean these types of blinds in a snap.
Dry Time Is Great
Drying time should not be an issue. A lot of users have commented on the fast drying time. You will not be able to suction out all the water. Even professional cleaners usually fail to suck all of the water out of carpeting. In most cases, users should not experience any dampness an hour or two after carpeting or upholstery has been cleaned. It’s also important to keep the room well ventilated.
The SpotClean Pro has a small footprint, and since the hose is secured along the side of the unit rather than around the base, this small footprint becomes a convenient storage feature. A lot of users have commented on how much they like the way the hose neatly wraps around the side of this carpet spot cleaner. The hose does not need to be detached or wrapped around the base of the tank without be a means of securing it (messy!).
Things to Look Out For
For Stains And Spots, Not Large Areas
The Bissell SpotClean Professional 3624 carpet cleaner is designed for cleaning stains and spots off small-sized patches of the carpet; such as pet urine or accidents, or for cleaning auto carpets and upholstery, or everyday carpet stains from dirty footprints to coffee, red wine or other food stains. It is not meant for cleaning entire rooms or even a large area of the room. For those jobs, a regular home upright carpet cleaning machine, or a lightweight carpet cleaner will be more appropriate.
Vacuum The Spot Area First
When using this cleaner, users need to vacuum the spot area before running the cleaner on it. The cleaner may still pick up pet hair and other types of particles missed by the vacuum, but it is not meant to suck up a lot of solid stuff or hair. This can clog the hose and cleaner drainage system.
No Automated Cleaning
This Bissell model does not have the automated “set it and walk away” cleaning feature. The Bissell Spotbot Pet deep cleaner is the model with this feature.
The Bissell SpotClean 3624 has no wheels for transporting it around. This may at first seem to be a disadvantage, and a number of users have lamented on this. On the flip side of the equation, Bissell’s engineers might have thought that the lack of wheels will make the machine less heavy and more compact to be carried around. It’s also one less moving part to worry about. However, if you do feel that the presence of wheels would make your spot cleaning experience much easier, compare this machine with the Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner. It cleans just as well, and has wheels built-in.
Use Bissell Branded Cleaning Solutions
Be aware that using cleaning detergents other than the Bissell branded formulas will void the warranty. Unless you have a lot of experience with using non-Bissell detergents with Bissell cleaner machines, it’s probably better to play it safe and stick with one of Bissell’s proven cleaning detergent solutions.
Bissell branded formulas are made to work just right with their machines to provide results. The machine package comes with a trial size bottle. A very popular item often purchased with the Bissell Spot Clean Pro 3624 is the Bissell 2X Pet Stain & Odor Portable Machine Formula. It is specially formulated for use with Bissell portable machines.
Should You Buy the Model 3624 Carpet Cleaner?
This is one of the most powerful suction-type portable carpet cleaning machines on the market that is easy to maneuver and use to get results. It is the #1 choice for a good portable deep spot cleaner for many shoppers.
The Bissell SpotClean Pro 3624 is a well-engineered, compact, and powerful cleaning appliance. It is easy to use and maintain and it is ideal for removing everyday spots and stains, such as pet stains, coffee or foot traffic stains. It also works very well for cleaning auto interiors, being both powerful and compact. If you are looking for a high-powered spot cleaner that’s easy to use and cleans extremely well, it’s hard to go wrong with this machine.
Not sure if this model is right for you? Check out a video review of this machine. To compare the Bissell SpotClean Pro 3624 with other portable cleaners, check out the Portable Carpet Cleaning Machines Reviews section.