Professional reviewers aren't overly impressed with the Bissell Little Green handheld carpet cleaner's power, but a healthy cross-section of user reviewers love it. They say the Little Green is easy to use and effective at removing many stains as long as you're willing to put in some elbow grease. That said, the spray tends to soak everything and the suction isn't very strong, so your carpet will take a while to dry.
Compromise -- a bit -- for size. Researchers with a leading consumer research organization write that the Bissell Little Green "did little on our tough stains," but many owners feel differently. They say if you're willing to do some real scrubbing -- which they liken to using a manual toothbrush -- the Little Green is great for tackling small, fresh messes. A few single out pet urine as a particular challenge for this cleaner, so if you expect to clean up after pet messes frequently, you might want to consider a different model. The reservoir is a diminutive 0.375 gallon, and reviewers say the Little Green's suction isn't the strongest.
Tops in portability. The Bissell Little Green's light weight of 12 pounds and 15-foot cord make it easy to move around the room. Most reviewers seem to think its 5-foot hose is adequate, and the 3-inch cleaning tool acts as sprayer, scrubber and suction tool all in one. It's much better at spraying than sucking, though; one Walmart.com user warns that "it sprays a path of solution easily five times the size of the suction head."
Many users are also frustrated that you can't disassemble the cleaning tool or the dirty-water tank to clean them, and they say this eventually creates a stinky, dirty-looking carpet cleaner.
As basic as it gets. The Bissell Little Green portable cleaner is very basic, with no real features beyond its twin clean/dirty reservoirs. However, its PVC-free reservoirs and recycled plastic construction (at least 50 percent in the rest of the machine) are selling points for some. The feature that draws the most comments isn't quite so welcome: The Little Green is prone to leaking from various places, including the hose and the bottom or back of the machine. It's covered by a one-year warranty, but customers sometimes sound ambivalent about Bissell's customer service.
Although the ratings from this report on carpet cleaners are available only to subscribers, the introduction is freely viewable. In it, editors report that the Bissell Little Green 14007 does not clean as well as a full-size model and is ineffective against tough stains.
Review: Carpet Cleaners, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, March 2010
More than 425 Amazon.com users review the Bissell Little Green portable cleaner, giving it an average score of 4.1 stars out of 5. Owners generally find it effective, lightweight and easy to use, but several complain about the sprayer, saying it wets the carpet all around but not right under the brush.
Review: Bissell Homecare International 14007 Little Green Portable Deep Cleaner, Contributors to Amazon.com , As of December 2013
The Bissell Little Green attracts more than 350 user reviews at Walmart.com, and an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Quite a few are imported from Bissell.com, but we include them because they're often the most critical (and thus uncensored) reviews of all.
Review: Bissell Little Green Portable Deep Cleaner, 14007, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2013
The Bissell Little Green gets an average score of 4.4 stars out of 5 from about 40 BestBuy.com customers. Most users say it is effective, easy to use and a good value. The most negative review comes from an owner who says Bissell's cleaning solution gave her dog a severe allergic reaction.
Review: Bissell Little Green Compact Multipurpose Handheld Deep Cleaner - Green, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of December 2013
Barbara Whiting, About.com's guide to stay-at-home parents, recommends four carpet cleaners for targeting inevitable stains. She recommends the Bissell Little Green for handling everyday spills and spot cleaning.
Review: Top 4 Steam Carpet Cleaners, Barbara Whiting, Not dated