In this review of the BISSELL DeepClean Premier Pet carpet cleaner, model 17N4, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this home carpet cleaning machine. We’ll also include some observations about this home carpet cleaner and shampooer that aren’t clear points for or against the unit but might affect someone’s decision to buy it.
Pros of the Bissell Deep Clean Premier Pet
You get a large gallon plus water tank on the vacuum / carpet shampooer.
The carpet cleaner comes with a hand tool great for cleaning stairs and upholstery.
This generation of the Bissell carpet cleaner turns off the beater bars when the handle is upright, such as when you use hand tools, so it won’t wear out the carpet next to the couch while you’re cleaning the couch.
This version of the Bissell Deep Clean makes it much easier to take the front brush assembly off the unit to clean, so you can get all that lint or even pet mess out of them before you put the unit in the closet.
The design of the Bissell Deep Clean model 17N4 gives you much easier access to the belts and underside so you can clean it or replace parts.
This carpet cleaner has good suction when it is attacking ground in dirt or stains in your carpet, and its brush heads thoroughly clean mud and other materials out of carpet fibers.
Cons of the Bissell Deep Clean Premier Pet
The tanks on this carpet cleaner are hard to clean. If there are bits of crumbs, dirt, biological matter and so forth in the tank, it risks getting lodged in corners and crevices of the tank and being hard to remove to avoid stinking. You can reduce this issue by rinsing the tank with rubbing alcohol and draining the tank again before you put it back in place.
It leaves carpets wet. And if it picks up big balls of pet hair, they will be deposited back on the carpet because the debris catch has problems containing them. The pet hair catcher doesn’t catch much of it; instead, a large portion of the hair ends up in the dome above the roller brushes or the brushes themselves.
Because you add shampoo to a bladder in the water tank, you run the risk of wasting soap when cleaning a small room. Conversely, there is no indicator to let you know when you are running out of soapy clean water without stopping the unit to visually check. You cannot empty the dirty water tank without losing all the cleaning solution, either.
This carpet cleaner is heavy, taking about as much effort to push around as the carpet cleaning machines you get at the grocery store. Conversely, it is drawing a lot of suction through the dozen rotating brushes, which is part of the issue.
The power cord is 22 feet long. You can extend this literally with an extension cord.
This home carpet cleaner costs about half as much as a commercial carpet cleaning machine, while offering almost as much functionality as a professional carpet cleaner. The only major issues are that it doesn’t handle pet hair as well as a pet branded vacuum and carpet shampooer should, but you can reduce this issue by vacuuming up pet hair before using this carpet shampooer/cleaner.