I had a 25 year old Bissell that was a real PITA to hook up and use. And I needed to get the carpets cleaned in my park home at a campgrounds and didn't want to a) use the old one, or b) hire the job out to a professional. For $XXX, I thought that this unit did just fine! I also like the availability of having attachments (including a crevice tool) to work with. Not sure I really like the cleaning solution/dirty water "bladder box", but time will tell.
I immediately opened and uses my cleaner because I was hosting a baby shower the following day. It got up all of the embarrassing stains with ease. I have 4 very active children who all play soccer. We tend to track in a lot of dirt. my carpet looks almost new. There were some areas that were really bad that look better but just not as good as others.