Bissell Little Green Review (1400B)

8.4 Total Score

The Bissell Little Green multi-purpose portable carpet and upholstery cleaner simply works magic on stains – no exaggeration. This portable and affordable carpet cleaner punches above its weight to suck dirt and grime from the surface with precision, making it a handy appliance for any household.

  • Easy to use and set up
  • Cleans tough stains with precision
  • Lightweight, portable and simple
  • Compact and easy to store
  • Very affordable
  • Tougher stains require extra tools
  • Can’t handle large area rugs

The Bissell Little Green is a portable deep-cleaner for your area rugs and upholstery, and that’s the reason it has everybody talking, especially on TikTok where it has thousands of views on short videos. It just got us curious to find out what’s the buzz about.

It happens that the Bissell Little Green (1400B) is a portable carpet and upholstery cleaner that uses suction and a cleaning solution to remove set-in stains in your carpets and rugs, upholstery, and even car interior.

If you have a large extended family and some pets around, you understand how uncomfortable pet mess can be, and the headache of stain removal on a daily basis. However, this tiny appliance might be the best value gadget you buy this year, as its designed with a mission to help save your household the hustle of having to manual clean after your pets. Unlike other carpet cleaners, the Little Green Machine can be easily stowed away in a closet or on a shelf. If you live around NYC, you must be knowing storage space is precious, so having something small enough to fit in a closet yet strong enough to handle puppy stains and daily spills is pretty incredible.

Bissell Little Green Review upholstery

Also, while you can rent a carpet cleaning machine or hire a professional, one other alternative is a small, portable carpet cleaner like the Bissell Little Green machine. It’s designed for pets and upholstery, but is still ideal for any tight area (including your car), and is surprisingly an excellent cleaning machine that can lift even years-old stains.

The Bissell Little Green machine is ideal for anyone that has carpets in the home that get a lot of traffic. You can take it into your car, which has seen years of dirt, mud, salt, grime, and sap since it got a thorough cleanup, and it will not disappoint.

How to use the Bissell Little Green

Almost fully assembled right out of the box, you’ll be able to set the Bissell Little Green Machine in minutes. Here’s what’s included in the box:

  • Bissell Little Green Machine
  • 3″ Tough Stain Tool
  • HydroRinse Self-Cleaning Hose Tool
  • 8 oz. Trial-Size Spot & Stain with Febreze Freshness Cleaning Formula
  • Instruction Guide

All you have to do is remove the clean water tank and fill it with cleaning solution and hot water. The hose and cleaning brush attach easily, so you just have to plug the machine in and switch it on, and you’re ready to scrap some tough stains.

The Little Green 1400B machine comes with an 8-ounce Spot & Stain cleaning liquid powered by Febreze, it smells amazing. The directions indicate that you just need two capfuls of the included liquid to erase your first stain. Did we mention Bissell makes some of the best carpet cleaning solutions on the market? Now you know!

Bissell Little Green Review car

Operating the Bissell Little Green machine is straightforward. Detach the water tank, follow the directions – fill it with two capfuls of cleaning solution and hot water to the fill line. Next, turn on the switch and begin operating it, if you’ve watched a few TikTok videos the better. In case the surface you’re cleaning has some stubborn stains, you can deep clean by pretreating the stain before scrubbing.

The cleanup results are simply amazing.

The hose comes with a nozzle and trigger on the end that releases the solution onto the target area when pulled. There’s also a scrub brush on the end to scrub the stain and give the area a thorough cleaning. As you clean, the strong suction helps lift dirt, grime, and excess liquid that is deposited into the dirty tank. In the end, you’re left with clean and damp surfaces that take a short time to dry.

What we Like

It offers excellent cleaning performance

At first, it doesn’t look like it can do much. But lol and behold, the Bissel Little Green cleans like a champ once it gets going, effectively cleaning car carpets, sofas, and carpets leaving behind surfaces that are free of dirt and stains. While it takes a couple of passes to get all the dirty water out, it’s still worth it. And, if you’ve got a simple, fresh stain this clean will handle it without issue.

Of course, it works much, much better on tough stains or tougher jobs, but you can supplement it with other tools. In particular, you might need to apply a carpet cleaner to the carpet separately so it can soak in and bind to stains and grime.

The Bissell Little Green can only apply the cleaner as part of a mixture of clean water. And while it comes with bristles on the brush head to agitate dirt, it’s best as a final step to move fibers while it’s sucking dirty water out.

BISSELL Little Green Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner,...
  • Every Purchase Saves Pets. BISSELL proudly supports BISSELL Pet Foundation and its mission...
  • Removes Spots & Stains. Lift away messes from carpets, upholstery, car interiors and more....
  • Strong Spray & Suction. Remove tough pet stains with strong spray and suction.

Lightweight and easy to set up

From a convenience perspective, the Bissell Little Green is a tough nut to crack. The only real prep you need to do is fill its water reservoir with hot tap water and plug it in. As already mentioned, you might need to pre-treat tough stains before you turn it on, but you’ll be up and running in under 5 minutes.

Using the Bissell Little Green is also quite easy. When empty, it doesn’t weigh much, and both the water reservoir and the unit itself come with a plastic handle to carry around. It can weigh quite a bit when full, but the machine can still be moved up and down stairs with much ease, unlike larger carpet cleaners.

It cleans tight spaces with ease

Perhaps the major benefit of the Bissell Little Green over larger carpet cleaners is that it cleans with a small brush head. Of course, it will take longer to clean a large carpet, but for smaller spaces like cars, stairs, wall-to-wall corners, and other upholstery this is the real deal – even if you were going to rent a large carpet clear for very large spaces.

The brush head won’t clean the very tight spaces – for instance, it can’t clean under car seats without removing them – but it will handle 95% of the job with ease.

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What we don’t like

For large area rugs, you need patience

The Bissell Little Green 1400B comes with a small brush head that can clean a few square inches at a time, and for most areas, you’ll want to make at least two passes. If you’re trying to clean even a moderate area rug that’s more than 5 feet in either direction, you going to spend some time at it. A larger professional carpet cleaner would clean the entire thing in half hour.

Tougher stains require extra tools

As I mentioned above, for insanely stubborn stains and given the Bissell Little Green machine’s brush head and the small amount of detergent it can spit out, it’s not going to cut it. Yes, it may eventually work, but it takes a lot of tries. At least the tools required aren’t expensive, it won’t hurt to invest in a stronger carpet cleaning solution, some extra time, and a set of drill brushes to get the job done.  

Another link missing here is a vacuum. Using a bigger vacuum like the Shark Vertex Pro, you’ll need to vacuum up as much as possible before you start cleaning with the Bissell Little Green machine. This machine has a vacuum function built into it, but that’s only meant for extracting dirty water and not much else.

Should you buy the Bissell Little Green?

Absolutely – if you have small rugs and carpets, a car, pets, or kids in your home, this is a must-have. The Bissell Little Green multi-purpose portable carpet and upholstery cleaner will set you back very little money, not even close to what you’ll pay for even a basic detailing for your car or to rent a professional carpet cleaner. But it will pay for itself promptly. If your car is a disaster, you’ll likely spend over $300 or more just to get it cleaned once.

For a third of that cost, you can get the Bissell Little Green machine and just always have a carpet cleaner at hand when you need it. Again, you’ll be surprised at how much dirt and grime and dust gets into your carpet through regular life.


BISSELL Little Green Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner, 1400B

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Sure, the Bissel Little Green machine isn’t great for large open surfaces, but it isn’t meant to be. It’s great for stairs and small areas that often see extra foot traffic. If you ever need a portable, affordable and useful carpet cleaner for your home, the Bissell Little Green machine should be on your shortlist – it works like a champ.

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Bissell Little Green Review (1400B)
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