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Bissell 1400-5 Handheld Cleaner

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Lean, Mean, Green Cleaning Machine

Feb 20, 2004
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Pros:small enough to carry around, strong enough to take care of almost any stain

Cons:No heater, but then again, we've never needed one.

The Bottom Line: If you need a quick clean-up method for small spills and stains around the house, this is a GREAT cleaner to have around.


The Lean Mean Green Cleaning Machine

Home improvements can be fun … or at least that's what my wife keeps telling me. We're near the completion of our laundry room remodel (including our new Whirlpool Duet Washer & Dryer, and I’ve been having fun learning cabinetry, plumbing and electrical wiring (with help, of course). I’ve also been making a huge mess. Enter the Bissell Little Green Machine.

Both my wife and I had owned earlier Bissell handheld SpotLifter carpet cleaners and loved them. When we went to Best Buy to get our new washer and dryer, the nice folks there threw in a free Little Green Machine for our money. I won’t say how much we spent – just that I can’t believe that I spent that much in Best Buy and didn’t walk out with a big screen TV (see my "My Wife is a Evil Woman" review later...)

Anyway, my wife seemed pretty excited about this freebie, but my attitude was more two-fold: "I spent how much ... and no TV?" and "Well, it’s bigger – that means it’s better, right?".

[ • SPECIFICATIONS • ]
• HEIGHT: 13 3/4"
• WIDTH: 8 1/4"
• WEIGHT: 9.65 lbs
• POWER: 3 amps
• CORD LENGTH: 15'
• HOSE LENGTH: 5.5'

[ • LOOKS • ]
This machine looks pretty cool – a combination of white plastic and green translucent plastic – and has a futuristic look and feel to it. The handle makes for easy transport and the wand (you know, where the magic happens!) is long enough to reach most places. The cleaner reservoir is substantial enough to handle almost any job and the cored long enough to give you the freedom to move around. However, when filled with cleaning solution, it might be a little heavy to lug around overly much (luckily, it sits readily on the ground!). It comes with the basics – including a small bottle of cleaning solution – and the Tough Stain Tool attachment – basically a brush for scrubbing harder stains.

[ • USE • ]
Unfortunately, we had use for this cleaner almost immediately (sick dog – I’ll say no more). WE filled the reservoir, powered the 3 amp motor (which was surprisingly sufficient for the task) and started cleaning. The sprayer dispersed a decent stream of cleaner over the dirty area, covering it in only a few strokes. The nozzle and brushes made short work of the stain, sucking up the fluid and dirt effortlessly. The suction was more than sufficient to easily remove all of the soil and leave the carpet mostly dry. In fact, it worked so well that we actually found that the carpet in that one spot was cleaner than the surrounding surface (which then prompted a FULL cleaning…).

As for the machine itself, it is easy enough to take around the house – and to use in almost every place you can make a mess. The reservoir holds a good amount of cleaning solution, so you can take care of fairly large jobs – or keep it around for numerous smaller ones – without refilling. We personally use the Bissell cleaning solution since we have always had great luck with it on our carpets.

Once the job is done, cleaning the cleaner is simple. The dirty water reservoir comes off in a snap and empties via a spout at the top. A plug at the bottom comes off to allow you to rinse out the reservoir as well. To clean the machine itself, we just run warm water through the hose and reservoir. Works like a dream.

There are two other models of this machine (the 1425 and 1425-1) which come with internal heaters and 9 amp motors – we’ve never seen a need for these, but I could see why it might be useful for some people.

[ • FINAL THOUGHTS • ]
We’ve only had a few occasions to user our new machine, but every time it’s proved simple to use and gave great results. Even I’ve found it to be a quick, easy solution to spills and dirt. Although we got ours free, it is available for purchase for $69.99 at Best Buy. It isn’t my big screen TV, but it is proof that good things do come in small (green) packages.


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