I needed a steamer, quick, and decided to go the “used” route. This carpet steamer review is some of the research I did for this purchase. (I ended up getting a Bissell for $20.)
Bissell QuickSteamer Light, Green, asking $50 – at Walmart **** NA, at Bissell, a comp costs $99. Possibly a different one at $125. Ebay comp at $44 + postage. Great reviews. Low price, but the seller is asking for a lot.
Dirt Devil Easy Steamer asking $50 – I had one of these. The rubber parts wear out after a couple years of use. It works really well, though. $20 comp on Ebay, and expensive parts. There was a blue model from 2012 that’s no longer sold. There’s a 5 amp version that’s $90 everywhere.
Bissell ProHeat 25A32 asking $59 – a midrange steamer with a heater. Comp new $130. This is better than the QuickSteamer, above. This tier of products have heaters to help dry out the carpet.
Bissell QuickSteamer Light asking $35 – A white version of the green machine, but lighter. Probably weaker.
Bissell ProHeat Revolution Pet $90 – Retail is $250. 5 year warranty.
Bissell Big Green 86T3 $300 – pro-style, new condition. Retail price is $400 everywhere. Fewer attachments, but seems to be the most durable unit. 5 year warranty.
Hoover Steam Vacuum $70 – “all terrain” works on carpet and hard floors. Similar new model is $160 or so, but prices range a lot. 1 year warranty. Seems to be some problem with people getting the seals tight.
Rental at Home Depot is $22 for 4 hours. Rug Doctor is $29 at the Food 4 Less. Cleaning solution is $15. Total cost is around $50.
The best deal seems to be the $90 Bissell Revolution Pet, but the warranty may be non-transferable. Second best seems to be rental. I’m inclined to rent.
Next up is to look at the thrift stores some more. They price steamers at around $30 to $40, so, it’s possible that the midrange and high end steamers will be priced low enough to justify a thorough cleaning and refurb, in order to resell it.
What Constitutes a Good Price?
A lot of these sellers seem to be asking 50% of the retail price. That is absurd, because most of these have 1 and 2 year warranties. I would assume that these older units will require a parts change, costing around $20, if you can find the part. At $50 for the unit, that’s a TCO of $70 for one year… of a device that costs $100 to $150 brand new, with a warranty.
$20 is a more realistic price. I know, $20 is very low – but these machines, new, are pretty cheap. Each seller is in competition with “new and warrantied”.