We bought the Bissell Crosswave Pet Pro 2306a and put it through all kinds of tests to see how it compared to the original Bissell Crosswave and some of its other competitors, and we have some definite opinions about it.
The first thing we noticed when unboxing the Crosswave pet pro is that other than the color there isn’t too much that’s different from the original version. It’s the same machine as the original Crosswave except that the pet pro comes with the pretty useful pet hair strainer, a different type of brush roll which is supposed to be better at resisting tangles. The device also comes with two of them instead of just one.
Similarly, it comes with two bottles of solution instead of just the one on the original. So all pretty useful upgrades even though they aren’t huge changes.
The Crosswave Pet Pro is fairly versatile. It can be used as a dry vacuum on both hard floors and carpet. It is good at pickup on both surfaces as well.
The main use of the Bissell 2306A is washing hard floors. We like to think of it as an electric mop. The unit can pick up huge nasty spills or just be used the way you would use a regular mop, for routine jobs.
The Bissell Crosswave comes with a button for area rugs, which changes the spin rate of the brush. Honestly, we can’t imagine the device to be effective on area rugs other than very surface level cleanings.
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How it Works
Fill the clean water tank with warm water and solution up to the indicated lines. Hit the button to turn it on and then press the trigger to spray water and soak the brush. Typically you make a few wet passes followed by a few passes without the trigger pressed to dry the residue.
First, we tried a few simple wet tests and found out that the Bissell Crosswave 2306A did well with very little residue. It works excellent, even with only a few passes.
As we increased the thickness of the spilled material, it still picked it up good, but there seemed to be a little bit more residue left. Nothing that a few more passes wouldn’t fix, but it is worth noting.
We tried Spaghetti for an even thicker spill, and again, it was nearly a perfect pickup. You have to increase the number of passes to clear the residue entirely.
We tried a number of dried on tests where we took mainly grape juice, letting it dry to a sticky hard consistency. We got different results depending on how much material was used and how fast we cleaned. 15 fast passes with a lot more material or 3 very slow passes with exactly one tablespoon of grape juice. In general, we would say the Crosswave performed pretty good, especially considering how stuck on that juice was. We were not sure what made it so sticky, but yeah the Crosswave got it.
Before we get to the negative points, we want to quickly describe another test, where we used the Crosswave to clean really dirty spots on an old studio floor. We found the Bissell 2306A wet/dry vacuum to be pretty effective when used in this way and particularly easy to use and maneuver.
So we said at the beginning that we have definite opinions about the Crosswave so here is the deal as far as we see it. We think the Bissell Crosswave is great for normal mopping jobs with very little debris involved, i.e. not for actual nasty messes. The reason we say that is that the way the units are designed; they require you to clean them after every use if you use them for big spills. So its like a zero-sum game. Yes, you conveniently cleaned up that spill, but now you have a chore to do, you have to clean your Crosswave.
Do we like the Bissell Crosswave? Yeah, we do! We think the unit is incredibly convenient, but only for light mopping jobs. It is an electric mop and it is good at saving time on those light jobs. But only use it to pick up nasty spills if you think the cleaning of the unit afterward would be less painful than cleaning up the spill by more traditional means.
We bought the BISSELL Crosswave Pet Pro on Amazon so we could get the fast shipping and excellent return policy. The price will likely change over time, so click this link to check the current price of the BISSELL Crosswave Pet Pro on Amazon.