BISSELL Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet Cleaner 1400B

The BISSELL Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet Cleaner 1400B is not only a carpet cleaner that is a little green as far as its color but is also green in the sense that it’s environmentally friendly. It’s a unit that’s engineered with sustainable design elements which include PVC-free tanks and hose and a design that incorporates a high percentage of post-consumer recycled plastic. I liked the idea of having a carpet cleaner that was environmentally friendly, so I hurried up and got this unit to see just how well it performed around my home.

When I first received this unit, the first thing that I noticed is that it was about 9-inches by 18-inches by 13-inches and weighed approximately a little under 10-pounds or so. I also noticed that it had a power cord that was only about 15-feet long – which was a bit of a disappointment and means that I will be using it with an extension cord to handle some spots on my carpet that are hard to reach.

The next thing I did was to fill up its 48-ounce tank and get to work cleaning a few messes I had around the house. One of the first messes I tackled was some juice that my niece had dribbled on my couch. A nice big purple stain courtesy of her grape juice. It was a stain I wasn’t sure I was going to get out but thanks to the 1400B, I powered right through it.

After it successfully tackled that stain, I decided to try it out on a “pet stain” that my dog had left on my area rug in my dining room. While it did take a couple of passes to clean it up, it eventually did get it out. Which is funny because I never figured this unit would be a good carpet cleaner for pet stains, but that did turn out to be the case. I found that surprising because this is a traditional spot cleaner and not steam powered. The water isn’t even heated in this unit but it still did a great job.

I tried it out on a few other projects around my house and noticed that in each case this carpet cleaner really did a great job. I was pretty happy with it and then I noticed a big problem with this unit. A design flaw that I just couldn’t ignore and cause me a bit of a problem.

I noticed that dirt gathered on top of the brush, under the plastic. Unfortunately, the plastic guard doesn’t come off, so it was really hard for me to clean this part of the brush. And it’s for that reason I had to knock off points off of what is ordinarily a pretty good cleaner.

While it’s difficult to clean under the plastic guard on top of the brush, I did feel that overall this spot carpet cleaner is a good one and has a few things going for it. Namely, it’s cleaning power and its lower cost.

8.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

Quality
8.5
Ease of Use
9.0
Performance
8.0
Features
8.5
Value
9.0
PROS
  • Cleans well
  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Inexpensive
CONS
  • Power cord could be longer
  • Hard to clean under plastic brush
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