Bissell’s Upgraded Viral Carpet Cleaner Is Even Better Than the Original

published Dec 12, 2023
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As the owner of a 2-year-old French bulldog, I’ve spent the last two years patching (and re-patching) scratches in the walls, disposing of shredded toy stuffing, and wiping dirty paw prints off the furniture — it’s just part of puppyhood. But nothing compares to the struggle of removing accidents from the floors and upholstered furniture. I won’t get into which specific accidents are the worst (okay, it’s the ones of a liquid variety) and why (fine, because they set in almost immediately), but I will tell you what has saved me: this Bissell steam cleaner

Quick Overview

A Quick Look at the New Bissell Little Green HydroSteam Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner

  • Powerful and quiet steam cleaner with three modes for pet accidents, spills, stains, and more. 
  • Works on multiple surfaces and includes multiple tools for versatility. 
  • Large easy-to-remove clean and dirty water tanks. 
  • Currently on sale for $199.99, down from the usual $229.99.

What Is the Bissell Little Green HydroSteam Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner?

The Little Green Hydrosteam Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner is a compact and portable steam cleaner that works magic on upholstery, carpet, and fabric that might be on the receiving end of your pet. It’s one of Bissell’s newest launches, as it only just dropped this fall. 

Originally, I was the proud owner of a classic Bissell Little Green upholstery cleaner — you know, the one that went viral on TikTok during peak pandemic times. It worked great, and I had little to no complaints until I upgraded to the new pet-specific Little Green Hydrosteam. This one has all the features I love about the original Little Green, but with improvements that are especially essential for pet owners, like three different cleaning modes, a quieter run, and more.

Credit: Caroline Mullen

What’s So Great About the Bissell Little Green HydroSteam Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner?

First, it’s pretty powerful. I loved the original Little Green because it sucked dirt and grime right out of my carpet and couch cushions, but the Hydrosteam is somehow even more powerful, requiring fewer passes over the surface to effectively extract stains and moisture. 

With more power you’d think it would be louder, but in fact, it’s mercifully quieter than the original model. This is doubly beneficial in my house — one because I’m very sensitive to loud sounds, and two because it doesn’t rile up Ozzie like the screaming upright vacuum does. This means that I can at least clean up his mistakes without him barking and biting at the hose the entire time. (He’s a pretty good boy, I swear). 

As a step up from the original, the Hydrosteam has three different cleaning modes that work for different jobs. There’s Steam Mode for cleaning hard surfaces and disinfecting upholstery, Wash Mode for enzyme-based pet accidents, and SteamWash, a combo of the two for particularly tough and oily messes. This is the most essential function, because when you apply heat to dry and crystallized pet urine, it actually makes the smell worse — I learned this the hard way. So for Ozzie’s indiscretions I use cool water and plenty of detergent, and for other stains I can use the steam or hot water. 

Another upgrade: The water/cleaner solution that comes out of the nozzle is a finer mist than the original machine, so it’s less likely to be concentrated in a certain area (requiring more suction passes), and it better disperses the solution. 

Credit: Caroline Mullen

This machine was recently put to the ultimate test when I dropped a full paint sample container onto our nearly brand-new rug. Naturally, this also occurred while I was in the middle of baking two Thanksgiving pies — hey, when it rains it pours! After a few seconds of panic, I lept into action. First, I used paper towels to remove as much of the paint as possible and scrubbed the stain with a stiff-bristled brush to loosen any paint that seeped to the bottom before hitting it with the new-and-improved Little Green. Because wall paint is water-based, it needs to be kept wet in order to get the stain out — if it dries, you’re pretty much stuck with it. Thankfully, it was easy to repeatedly mist the cleaning solution over the stain and keep it hydrated, and with just laundry detergent and water I removed the paint almost entirely. I say “almost” because if I stare and squint at a certain spot on the carpet long enough, I swear I can see it — although it’s very likely that it’s just a me-problem. 

Credit: Caroline Mullen

Now, not only can I say that the Bissell Little Green Hydrosteam saved our rug from a paint fiasco, but if you’re a pet owner like I am, it’s also an invaluable tool to have at your disposal. Set-in stains and smells never stood a chance.

Buy: Little Green HydroSteam Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner, $199.99 (normally $229.99)