If you're looking to spend $100 or less for a lightweight carpet cleaner, reviewers say the Bissell Little Green is a handy and effective machine. It weighs 12 pounds and has two small tanks for holding the cleaning solution and the dirty water. Unlike the pricier Bissell SpotBot Pet Deep Cleaner 33N8 (*Est. $140) , which automatically scrubs the carpet itself wherever you park it, the Little Green must be operated manually. It has a 5-foot hose attachment with a 3-inch stain tool that sprays the cleaner and suctions up the backflow. Although one professional test found its cleaning performance lackluster, most users report that it does a good job on small stains.
However, users do note some drawbacks with the Little Green: They say that the sprayer covers too wide an area, the suction is weak (leaving carpets wet) and the dirty-water reservoir is hard to clean. Still, most consumers say the Little Green is easy to use and a good value. Another plus for some consumers is its use of recycled plastics and eco-friendly cleaning solutions. A similar model, the Bissell Little Green ProHeat Deep Reach Spot Cleaner (*Est. $145) has a built-in water heater, but there are few user reviews available on this model and available reviews aren't as positive as for the Little Green.
As with other portable carpet cleaners, we rely chiefly on user reviews because professional tests of carpet cleaners typically focus on upright models. We found hundreds of reviews on consumer websites that gave us a strong sense of the Little Green's strengths and weaknesses. There is also a write-up of the Bissell Little Green 14007 at About.com, and ConsumerReports.org devotes a few sentences to it in the introduction to its carpet cleaner report (although this model is not included in the ratings).
The Bissell Little Green 14007 gets an overall rating of 4 stars from about 275 reviewers. Users generally find it effective, lightweight and easy to use. We saw several complaints about the sprayer, which users say wets the carpet all around but not right under the brush. There are also some complaints about poor suction and a few about leakage.
Review: Bissell Little Green Multi-Purpose Compact Earth-Friendly Deep Cleaner, 1400-7, Contributors to Amazon.com
In more than 175 reviews, the Bissell Little Green 14007 earns an overall score of 4.4 stars. Users like its performance, portability and low cost. As at Amazon.com, there are some complaints about the wide spray and weak suction. Other users say the tank is hard to clean.
Review: Bissell Little Green Floor Cleaner, 14007, Contributors to Walmart.com
About 60 reviewers at Epinions.com give the Bissell Little Green 14007 an overall rating of 3 stars out of 5. Most find it easy to use and effective on stains, as well as reasonably priced. Complaints focus on the spray nozzle, which delivers too wide a spray and tends to clog. One user notes that this machine "requires a lot of elbow grease."
Review: Bissell 1400-7 Bagless Canister Vacuum, Contributors to Epinions.com
Although the ratings from this report on carpet cleaners are only available 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
In roughly 30 reviews, the Bissell Little Green 14007 earns an overall score of 4.3 stars out of 5. Most users say it is effective, easy to use and a good value. The most negative review comes from a user who says Bissell's cleaning solution gave her dog a severe allergic reaction. Eight out of 10 users say they would recommend the product.
Review: Bissell -- Little Green Compact Multipurpose Handheld Deep Cleaner -- Green, Contributors to BestBuy.com
About 40 users give the Bissell Little Green 14007 an overall score of 4.6 stars out of 5. Users say it cleans well, has good suction and is lightweight. There are few negative reviews, but the most common complaints are that the spray is too wide and the unit is too heavy to carry around during use.
Review: Bissell Little Green Compact Multi-Purpose Deep Cleaner, Contributors to HSN.com
About.com's former guide to stay-at-home parents, Barbara Whiting, includes the Bissell Little Green 14007 in a roundup of recommended carpet cleaners. In a short paragraph, she gives the Little Green a green light for spot-cleaning carpets and upholstery spills and says it's a good addition to an upright cleaner. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
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