Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro Review: Cheaper Alternative to the Rug Doctor

One of the biggest issues with the Hoover PowerScrub Deluxe was the lack of agitation from the five spinning brushes.

When you put it side by side against the much more expensive Rug Doctor, its brushes are David to Rug Doctor’s Goliath. Base on that alone, you can see why there’s a difference in performance.

But a lot of folks cannot or will not buy the Rug Doctor because it is expensive. The Might Pro X3 costs around $400 while the Rug Doctor Pro Deep carpet cleaner is close to $450!

If you don’t want to spend that amount on a deep cleaning carpet cleaner then you’ll have to look at the Bissell ProHeat 2X.

It’s actually more expensive than the Rug Doctor FlexClean machine. But get this deep cleaning machine has two roller brushes that will provide more agitation.

Is it worth at asking price of close to $250? We’ll find out in this review.

A quick look at the features

  • Dual DirtLifter system digs deep into carpet fibers to loosen and remove ground-in dirt
  • Twin water tank system ensures that clean water is separate from the dirty water that’s sucked from the carpet
  • Comes with a 7 foot hose with spot cleaning tools for upholstery
  • 2-in-1 pet and upholstery tool helps remove pet stains
  • Bissell even includes a trial size Professional Pet Urine Eliminator + Oxy Formula capable of removing even skunk odor
  • EZ clean brush roll cover makes it easy to clean the roller brush
  • CleanShot Pretreater helps you pretreat carpet stains
  • Express clean mode allows carpet to dry in just one hour (according to Bissell)
  • One gallon tank capacity
  • 3 year warranty


  • Cheaper than a professional grade Rug Doctor FlexClean machine
  • Will deep clean carpet
  • Hose and spot cleaning tools allow this to clean upholstery as well
  • Express mode allows this machine to clean area rugs
  • Long warranty


  • Not the cheapest carpet cleaning machine right now but it is worth every penny
  • Noisy
  • No water heater
  • Water tank is small

What to expect from the Bissell ProHeat 2X?

One unique feature that the carpet cleaner has that separates it from the Rug Doctor would be the two roller brushes that provide twice the agitation.

Dual DirtLifter Power Brushes

Bissell calls this the Dual DirtLifter Power Brushes. These are two roller brushes with stiff bristles that dig deep into carpet to clean dirt.

It’s a big reason why this carpet cleaning machine is one of the more popular options in Amazon.

When you compare it to the Rug Doctor that only has a single roller brush, you’ll know that this will have better agitation.

There are two power modes.

Express Clean

The express cleaning mode has will dump less cleaning solution on the carpet or rug. And it’ll work well if you’re in a hurry because it dries up in just an hour according to Bissell.

Since uses less water and suction, you can use this mode on area rugs that may not need as much agitation.

Deep Cleaning Mode

Use this mode if you need to deep clean carpet. It will work on most types of carpet from thin to thick pile because the roller brush automatically adjusts to the height of the carpet pile.

This mode will take longer to dry up because it uses more water and cleaning solution.

But it will give you the best results in terms of deep cleaning. Take note that you’ll still need to vacuum your carpet prior to using this. And you can check out our guides on upright vacuums and canister vacuums if you’re looking for one.

EZ Clean Brush Roll Cover

One of the biggest issues with carpet cleaners would be maintenance. Bissell makes it easy with the ProHeat 2X Revolution thanks to the removable brush roll cover.

This gives easy access to the roller brush for cleaning and maintenance purposes.

2-in-1 Pet Upholstery Tool

This machine is more than a carpet cleaner. It comes with a hand tool they call the pet upholstery tool.

So this machine will also work well on upholstery as well. It will also double as a tight area cleaner on spots the main cleaning head cannot reach.

You’ll see it below on how to use this tool on tight spots.

Cleaning Performance

Before anything else, please watch this video from Kode1996 to see how this carpet cleaner tackles carpet that has not been cleaned for a month.

You’ll also see how to load the cleaning solution plus other features.

In a nutshell, the way the ProHeat 2X cleans carpet is impressive. You can clearly see the difference between the dirty and clean part. It was also able to remove several pet stains on other parts.

The cleaning process though is slow and this is really the proper way of using a carpet cleaner.

If you go too fast, you don’t allow the brush to do the job. And the machine will not be able to pick up water/cleaning solution residue.

Expect to wait a few hours for the carpet to dry up.  Use this properly and you’ll have a machine that will match a pro-grade machine for much less.

Just look at this screenshot of the video…

The Bissell ProHeat 2X was able to clean all if not most of the stains on carpet and almost restore it to its original glory.

Take note that this machine does not come with a water heater. So you’ll need to pour hot water on the clean water tank along with Bissell’s carpet cleaning solution.

Here’s another video from Ibasaic…

Again, the results are positive. You can see through the dirt water it was able to suck up the amount of grime it was able to remove.

It also comes with several attachments capable of cleaning tight spaces between furniture and edges.

One potential issue I see here would be the water tank. If you’re cleaning an entire home, you will need to empty it often.

Performance is really a strong point of this machine. The twin brush system clearly does a good job when it comes to agitation. You’ll notice that the carpet in the video looked relatively clean. It was still able to pick up dirt and groom it as well.

Product specifications

ModelBissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro
Power6.8 amps
Cleaning path11"
Cord length25 feet
Hose length8 feet
Water tank1 gal
Specialty tools2-in-1 Pet Upholstery Tool

3" Tough Stain Tool
Weight19 lbs
Warranty5 years

What consumers say?

This carpet cleaner is a popular option among pet owners. Whatever pet stain your pet leaves, this machine is capable of removing it, whether it’s pet hair, urine or any other contaminant.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a Siberian huskie or a British bulldog, the ProHeat 2X will pick up whatever pet hair is on the carpet.

The twin roller brush system clearly does the job well. Despite the complaints of some folks that it did not perform well, the majority vote is positive.  I’m thinking that for the minority, they may have been going too fast.

Like what I’ve said earlier, when using a carpet cleaning machine, you’ll have to go slow. And allow the brush to do its work.

You’ve also seen in video reviews how much dirt this machine picks up.

Cleaning the roller brush is also easy with the brush roll cover that pops out. You will have full access to the two brushes and remove hair and muck in there.

Where can you buy this?

You can buy the Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution from Amazon for less than $250. And it is eligible for Amazon’s two day free shipping if you join Prime.

Amazon also sells extended warranties if you think the 3 years isn’t enough.

This is also available in Bissell for slightly more but you wouldn’t get the fast shipping and extended warranty options.

To wrap up

The Bissell ProHeat 2X is a great option if a pro-grade carpet cleaner is too expensive.

One advantage it has over a product like a Rug Doctor would be the weight savings.

This product weighs literally half less than the Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3. And it has enough agitation to clean most types of carpet.

One potential issue would be the dirty water tank. On paper, one gallon sounds a lot but in reality it’s on the small side. Depending on how big the room and dirty the carpet is, you will need to empty it after one or twice per.

It should be a non-issue since emptying it is easy.

Overall this is a great option in homes with lots of carpet. And it’s cheaper than a pro-grade cleaner.

1 thought on “Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro Review: Cheaper Alternative to the Rug Doctor”

  1. Under con you have no water heater, but it is called “Pro Heat 2X”. One would expect that it has a water heater on board. What exactly does it heat?

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