Bissell Auto Care Proheat VS. Little Green Proheat

Discussion in 'Interior Car Care' started by JackalS4, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. JackalS4

    JackalS4 Virgin Detailer

    Canadian Tire has a special July-10-17th on "Bissell Auto Care Proheat" models ($99.99 CDN, see below).

    Basically, i'm wondering if this is at all any different from the Little Green Proheat i've heard so much about. It's strange, all the specs and details (9 amps, heated, 48oz tank capacity etc) seem exactly the same (plus it looks identical except for the colour).

    Have a look:

    Bissell Auto Care Proheat - Products - Auto Care ProHeat(R)
    Bissel Auto Care ProHeat Vacuum | Canadian Tire

    Bissell Little Green Proheat - Products - Little Green

    So does anyone know off-hand of any differences?

    P.S. Will these units do anything for salt removal on interior carpets? If not, might I be better off with a different approach (currently using "Detailer's Pride - Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner" and a stiff brush, gets out almost everything salt-wise, but not all)?

  2. slanguage

    slanguage OD On Detailing

    I have the bissell lgm and it looks identical to the car one. i would go with whatever one is cheaper. i do love this thing and has worked great for me. I use folex in mine and i mist the area with it before using the folex with the machine.
  3. JackalS4

    JackalS4 Virgin Detailer

    Cool stuff, thanks!

    I've heard about the Folex stuff myself too, i'll def. give that stuff a shot soon...
  4. flash gordon

    flash gordon Banned

    Yea what he said(Slanguage) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^:popcorn:
  5. JackalS4

    JackalS4 Virgin Detailer

    Thanks again for the input gents! :)
  6. JackalS4

    JackalS4 Virgin Detailer

    For anyone curious, Bissell themselves have confirmed they're the same thing, just the Auto Care is a different colour and comes with an extra fitting apparently geared toward cars.

    Picked mine up days ago, but much, much too busy to even be able to look at it right now! :doh:
  7. slanguage

    slanguage OD On Detailing

    thanks for the update. whats the extra fitting?

    keep us updated!
  8. Jorgen

    Jorgen Virgin Detailer

    What voltage does it work on? 230V or 110V?
    Seems hard to find anything like this in Sweden.
    We have 230V and 50hz.
  9. JackalS4

    JackalS4 Virgin Detailer

    It's called a "Sliding crevice tool", and is basically a really thin, long rectangular tube with small brushes on the end, or not, depending on how it's "extended". Looks intended for seat crevices and tough to reach interior spots. As far as I know, the LGM does not come with this fitting.

    Can be seen here in the 3rd pic over "Sliding crevice tool":
    Vacuum Cleaners, Vacuum - Auto Care ProHeat(R)

    There's no mention of it that I can see, it's just a standard North American plug/ it'll likely be 110V, but not too sure on compatibility.. :(

    From the Bissell site, send them your question though, they have good service and should get back to you quickly!
  10. Jorgen

    Jorgen Virgin Detailer

    i sent a e-mail to the UK department. Hoping for a good answear. :thud:
  11. JackalS4

    JackalS4 Virgin Detailer

    I guess we'll see! :D
  12. JackalS4

    JackalS4 Virgin Detailer

    Finally got to use it and it really is great. Completely removed some minor salt stains in my friend's 2008 Cobalt SS turbo's interior.

    They were however minor, and i'll be curious to see how the serious salt stains I always seem to end up having to deal with react to the Bissell!

    Easy to use, fittings seem really good, suction is sufficient, feels like quality, and the solution feels like it will last a really long time. Feels like a really good "all-in-one" kind of tool.

    Trying to think of any downsides...well...perhaps the vacuum hose is slightly on the short side, and that it may take several slow passes to pick up all/most of the liquid (mostly just for stained spots). But these have not bothered me much at this point anyway.

    So in all, very happy with the purchase and looking forward to using it from here on out!
  13. corrswitch

    corrswitch Jedi Nuba

    Hi All,

    Just bumping this thread cuz its great knowledge.

    Turns out my rubber mat was leaking salty water to the carpet underneath.
    I' m considering one of these machines to clean and extract the salt water.

    Are either of these machines suited for the task? Or it'll take an extractor? (out of my budget range)

    I tried drying the car but its too cold in this Canadian winter and worried about any rust that might form so want to ensure its clean.

    What do you think?

  14. pektel

    pektel DB Forum Supporter

    Do what you can with the LGM. I have one, and to me it does leave a little to be desired in the suction department. You can always follow with a wet vac. I use my LGM quite a bit. I only use distilled water in it though. All chemicals are sprayed directly onto the carpet from a spray bottle.
  15. corrswitch

    corrswitch Jedi Nuba

    I purchased the proheat version using the bissell solution that comes with it.

    So here is my review:

    The brush was not that good so I combined it with a stiff brush to loosen things up.

    For minor salt stains, it got rid of it but the larger and harder pieces still remained.

    I had to spot clean with 303 carpet cleaner with a stiff brush.

    Maybe I was wasting a lot of product but it took the entire trial size 8oz to clean my entire car. (mid size)
    I think it'll take 1/3 to 1/2 a bottle on average for each car.

    As others mentioned, the suction was not that great, the carpet was still a bit damp and required several passes and time to dry.

    I wished the hose was longer as well.

    Overall, its an ok product but its not good enough on its own.
  16. dave_zok

    dave_zok Guest

    I just ordered the auto proheat version, and looking at the specs it lookes like it has a better amp rating and it heats the water, as the LGM does not. Also a couple more attachments.
    I only got the auto version becaue its about 15 bucks more and it heats the water.
  17. dadswrld

    dadswrld Birth of a Detailer

    I have one of these and I had to get a extractor.

    My problem with it is;

    1. The hose is too short
    2. You will use a lot of the product that they sell for the machine
    3. The suction is not strong enough to make quick work for extracting.
    4. The extra power attachment spins to slow to be able to penetrate the fabrics
    5. Tanks are too small if you plan on doing a decent size car or van
    6. Recovery tank too small as well, it would really upset you when you have to dump often

    Things I liked;

    1. it's heated
    2. You can see when all or most of the dirt has been picked up
    3. Nice crevice attachment w/brush, really helps in tight places
    4. Probably more useful for spot cleaning and indoor use.

    You get what you pay for. I'm selling mine. It's a decent machine for the "Little" things and that's it.

    Better to save up the cash and buy the one that will serve it's purpose in more ways than one.
  18. Emile

    Emile Welcome to Detailing

    I have a Pro Heat. I like the included Turbo Brush that spins on its own, but agitating first with a carpet brush works better.

    You don't have to use the Bissell carpet cleaners, you can use your own product(s) and load it up in the tank.

    The machine is much more effective than using just a carpet brush, some cleaner, and a microfiber towel but a hot water carpet extractor will be much better.

    The machine is designed to suck up the dirt/stain, not to make the carpet completely dry. It may take several attempts to get clean results.

    Unfortunately, when I use the heat function, the nozzle sprays the product all funky and I've read that the heat eventually wears out/destroys the nozzle so I never turn on the heat anymore.

    Make sure to rinse the brush/suction tool and the recory tank after every use, so the machine keeps running at its best.

    Overall, the machine is definitely worth the price...better than working by hand, but not as good (or nearly as expensive) as a carpet extractor.

    This product is not only for my car, it works well on carpet at home if my dog has an accident or throws up on the floor.
  19. dave_zok

    dave_zok Guest

    What product do yo uput in it. I have" Adams Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner 1 Gallon" from detailers Domain. Can i use that or should i try something else
  20. vtec92civic

    vtec92civic Nuba Guru

    LGM is pretty good. Only thing is the heated version only is said to warm the water by a extra10+ degrees it's not like a professional extractor where it heats the water over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Costco here is having a great sale on them. Might have to go get one.

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