woman cleaning floor with bissell crosswave

Is it worth the money?

A few weeks ago, my Artist client got me a new toy. It was the BISSELL® CrossWave® All-in-One Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vacuum (Amazon, $249.99). I won’t mention the fact that she sprang this new toy on me right as I was grabbing her old mop to do the floors, or that some assembly was required. Or that I was supposed to leave in 30 minutes. That’s neither here nor there.

So I sat down and opened the box. The assembly was actually pretty easy. You attach the bottle of cleaning solution to the back, snap in the dirty water tank and roller brush and away you go! It took longer to read the directions. The Bissell CrossWave is a vacuum and mop rolled into one. You can literally vacuum and wash your floors at the same time! It’s sort of like a carpet cleaner but it can also clean multiple surfaces like hardwood floors, tile and vinyl. The head of the machine sprays the solution on the floor and then sucks it up while the roller brush picks up the big stuff. Watch the video below to see it in action. I actually cringed when it sucked up the bowl of spaghetti.

After my first use, I can safely say I am hooked. Doing the floors is my least favorite thing about cleaning houses and the Bissell CrossWave cuts the time and equipment in half. 

And it cleans carpets too. You can switch from the bare floor setting to the carpet setting with the push of a button. Different roller brush attachments (Amazon, $23.99) are also available for varying surfaces and degrees of impact on the floor. While Bissell sells several solutions for different surfaces and a multi-surface cleaning solution, I like the fact that you can put any kind of solution in the tank that you want. Personally I like to use more natural solutions to clean floors like Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. And you will never realize how dirty your floors are until you see what is in the dirty water tank.

There have been some reported problems with it, like the rubber ring on the solution bottle wearing out and leaking, but it comes with a two year warrantee and most parts that may wear out are replaceable. And like with any machine, proper maintenance is key. You have to clean your Bissell CrossWave after each use. See this video on How to Clean the Bissell CrossWave.

All in all, I am really enjoying using it and I wish had one for my house. Maybe my clients can pool their money together and get this Cleaning Lady a well deserved Christmas present.

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