The Bissell SpotBot carpet cleaner is awesome. It works best for people who take off their shoes before entering the house and keep their carpet generally clean. And, when the occasional “oops” occurs, you pick up the SpotBot and let it do its job. The SpotBot has two tanks—one for clean water and one for waste water. The clean water tank contains marks on the side that indicate how much water and cleaning solution to add. Each full tank lasts for about 3 cleaning cycles (i.e., 3 spots) and uses up 8 oz. of cleaning solution.
So, why use the SpotBot instead of a standard carpet cleaner? Well, the best analogy would be the SpotBot operates like the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie Platinum Edition. Set it and forget it. Just plug in the SpotBot, fill the water tank, and push either the Surface Stain or Set-In Stain button to start the cleaning cycle. At this point, you can walk away for a few minutes until the cycle ends and the machine starts beeping. No standing in one place pushing the machine back-and-forth for a few minutes. It’s not the ideal tool if you have to clean a lot of carpet. However, for the occasional spill, it works great.
In all seriousness, I think the SpotBot is the ideal baby shower gift. Whenever a baby spits up, and all babies do, sometimes the spit up (or vomit) lands on your pristine carpet instead of the burping cloth. That’s the time to bring out the SpotBot to remove the milk stain from the carpet.