Bissell Multi-Purpose Portable Upholstery Cleaner

Last updated date: October 2, 2020

DWYM Score

9.6

Bissell Multi-Purpose Portable Upholstery Cleaner

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We looked at the top Upholstery Cleaners and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Upholstery Cleaner you should buy.

Update as October 2, 2020:
Checkout The Best Upholstery Cleaners for a detailed review of all the top upholstery cleaners.

Overall Take

Weighing only 13.8 pounds, this cleaner is easy to maneuver, as well as easy to fill and use. The 3-inch inlet provides a concentrated spray for maximum power, which helps you remove those stubborn stains. The build is eco-friendly, with all parts being recyclable, and Bissell donates up to 10 dollars to its pet foundation when you activate your purchase.


In our analysis of 50 expert reviews, the Bissell Multi-Purpose Portable Upholstery Cleaner placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Buy Bissell, save pets; Bissell donates up to 10 dollars to the Bissell pet foundation for every pet product purchase, upon activation

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.0
7 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
8,548 user reviews

What experts liked

Consumers report that this spot cleaner is lightweight, easy to use, and has excellent cleaning power. They also praise it for holding up well up over months – even years – of use.
- BestReviews
It has a spray function and strong suction capabilities.
- Steam Cleaner Master
The tough stain remover tool has a tiny three-inch inlet to concentrate as much inward pressure as possible to permanently eliminate stubborn messes.
- Smart Homes for Living
The Little Green is eco-friendly and it is recyclable (almost completely), with the hose being 100% recyclable
- Carpet Cleaner Lab
Bristles of the brush are very easy to clean
- Cleaner Picks
Easy to carry and clean with a lightweight design
- Spot Carpet Cleaners
The machine has good suction power, and together with a good detergent solution mix, even older stains get taken out.
- Carpet Cleaner Machines Reviews

What experts didn't like

Occasional hose issues. A few problems with motor burning out.
- BestReviews
Not the best for long cleaning sessions over two hours
- Steam Cleaner Master
The Bissell 1400B is NOT a steam cleaner, nor does it have an onboard heater to bring water up to a hot, sanitizing temperature.
- Smart Homes for Living
The tanks are somewhat clunkier, so pay extra attention when putting them back on
- Carpet Cleaner Lab
The plastic cap is NOT removable
- Cleaner Picks
Has low suction
- Spot Carpet Cleaners
The main complaint appears to be that the catch tank and nozzle tend to get dirty quickly and are not easy to clean.
- Carpet Cleaner Machines Reviews

An Overview On Upholstery Cleaners

As part of your household cleaning chores, you dust your furniture and vacuum your carpets. But you may be missing a large part of your home while you clean. For many households, it’s easy to neglect the sofas and chairs that family members and guests use regularly. Chances are, you even drink and eat while seated in those places, leaving behind crumbs and sticky residue.

Sweeping away dirt and debris is as easy as swiping over it with the attachment tool that came with your vacuum cleaner. You may find it even easier to use a battery-powered handheld vacuum. Even a once-monthly cleanup can make a big difference in refreshing your fabrics and reducing allergens.

But suction can only remove dirt and debris. If you have stains, you’ll need some type of cleansing action to remove it. Finding the right cleaner that will do the job without hurting the fabric isn’t difficult. There are plenty of options that can do the job. You simply need to narrow it down to the type of upholstery cleaner you need.

For serious stain removal, you may want a piece of equipment that makes application easy. These cleaners are similar to vacuum cleaners and usually have brush attachments to combine suction with cleanser application. These can be more expensive and tougher to store, though.

You may find it easier to go with a spray or foam upholstery cleaner. The biggest benefit of these is portability. You can clean your car’s interior and furniture with the same bottle. Some even come with an attached brush to keep everything in one place. Before you buy one without an attached brush, make sure you have a hard-bristle brush to dig into those set-in stains and a clean, lint-free cloth for applying water to rinse the cleanser.

The Upholstery Cleaner Buying Guide

  • If you go with a piece of equipment, consider how lightweight it is. One that is heavier in nature may pack more power, but you’ll also have to deal with carting it around while you work.
  • In addition to removing the appearance of stains, make sure the cleaner you choose has active ingredients that eliminate odors.
  • Some cleansers use enzymes to eliminate stains and odors without using chemicals. This makes it effective while also keeping it safe for pets and children.
  • Before using upholstery cleaner, vacuum all dirt and debris from the surface. This will ensure you don’t grind dirt deeper into the fabric, creating more work for yourself as you clean.
  • Make sure you check the fabric tag on your furniture before using a solution on it. The labels use code, but you can easily look up what those codes mean. A tag marked “W,” “WS” or “SW” means you should only spot clean using a specific type of upholstery cleaner. “S” means you should spot clean without the use of water, using a dry cleaning solvent, and “X” means you should never use water or solvent-based cleaner on the material.
  • Whatever cleaning process you use, be careful not to over-moisten the area. Use only the amount of water or solvent you need to get the job done.
  • After cleaning, let the sofa completely air dry before sitting on it or covering it. If possible, point a fan at the area to dry it as quickly as possible. If water soaks into the cushions without drying properly, it could lead to mildew.
  • When using a new upholstery cleaner, test a small area before applying it more liberally. Choose a spot that is on the underside or in an area that is out of sight. This will help you ensure that it doesn’t discolor or change the texture of the fabric.