This carpet cleaner is a highly designed solution to stain cleaning problems on your carpets and pet odor, thanks to a large number of innovative features. One of them is the Pet Hair Basket inbuilt into the appliance for solving a pet-hair problem and preventing hair clogging in the dirty water tank. Moreover, it is equipped with the brand’s HeatWave technology, which constantly supplies warm water, providing more cleaning power.
In our review, we will have a deeper look at how this appliance helps to eliminate the mess that our furry friends can make, and get carpets literally shining again. What is more, we will also highlight even slight differences between the Bissell 17N4P and 17N4 models, and provide their comparison to other machines.
Features & Benefits of Bissell DeepClean Premier Pet Carpet Cleaner 17N4
12-Row DirtLifter Brushing Power
Although the majority of Bissell appliances feature six to ten rows of brushes, this model is equipped with 12 rows of dual and rotating Powerbrushes. It enables you to remove stains soaked into your carpet weeks or months ago. These rotating brush heads also help to revive the carpet pile, making a carpet softer and nicer to walk on it than it has been for years.
For you to compare, the more basic Bissell 8852 Deep Clean Essential is equipped with only six rows of DirtLifter brushes. So, the 17N4 model is obviously more effective.
Pet Hair Basket
This little neat component captures annoying clumps of hair, especially of pet hair, preventing them from clogging inside the water tank, where they usually get stuck and cause more odor problems every time you are cleaning your carpet. Such a basket is a feature that most carpet cleaners currently available on the market are missing, so Bissell gets bonus points for coming up with such a clever innovation.
Constant Warm Water
Thanks to the inbuilt HeatWave technology, the Bissell 17N4 model provides you with a continuous warm water supply while you are cleaning your carpets. Filling the tank with about 140°F/60°C hot water, you get its temperature maintained due to the Heatwave technology.
Of course, it might not seem like an extremely important feature for a carpet-cleaning appliance, or at least it will not until you have to make multiple trips back to your sink to get more warm water to get rid of stubborn stains. Obviously, cold water works almost perfectly to remove most stains. However, if you need a really deep cleaning, warm water is the best and easiest way to achieve amazing cleaning results.
There is hardly a more annoying thing than when you try to clean the carpets but cannot reach the very edge of the baseboard just using your appliance. Why is this annoying? Just because you have to clean that one or two-inch strip of the carpet with bare hands instead of using the machine. Bissell EdgeSweep allows cleaning your baseboard right up to its very edge, so no stain can be left after your cleaning assault when you use this powerful carpet cleaner.
Large Water Tank
The Bissell Premier Deep Carpet Cleaner 17N4 features a large 1.25-gallon water tank thanks to which you will have to make much fewer trips back to your sink for additional water, so you can clean more and quicker. A water tank of high capacity on any carpet cleaner obviously makes your daily chores a lot easier and less tiring.
Pet Stains Tools
Cleaning those stubborn and awkward pet stains is much simpler now thanks to the specialized Bissell DeepReach pet stain tool. Its package has the pricier Pet Stain Trapper tool, which features a removable container for catching and suctioning larger messes even before their reaching the machine. Due to these tools, users get tons of suction power and precision control, so that you can make short and easy work of even the oldest and worst stains.
Sometimes users of carpet cleaners complain about their carpets being soaking wet after cleaning so that it takes days to get them dry as a result. The Bissell carpet cleaner does not have such a problem since it sucks up as much water out of the carpet as it is physically possible, hence reducing the time it takes carpets completely to dry out.
This Bissell carpet cleaner appliance comes with a three-year limited warranty. Such a warranty period is surely the most generous one among those that are currently available for carpet cleaners of this class. The most regular grade models usually provide one or two years. As a rule, extended warranties cost $20 per year.
Having a 22-feet cord, this Bissell carpet shampooer makes it more than real to clean the floor space of several hundred square feet without looking for additional power outlets.
The Upgrades of Bissell Professional Pet Carpet Cleaner 17N4P
This appliance is actually an upgraded package of the regular Bissell 17N4 model. Since such a similarity can be confusing for customers, here we share with you what we know. In fact, they are the same machine, though the Bissell 17N4P features some more advanced options and accessories. In short, the Bissell 17N4P is equipped with:
- The six-inch Stair Tool and the pricier Pet Stain Trapper tool, comparing to the three-inch stain tool and the DeepReach pet tool for the 17N4 model.
- A tougher DuraStrength Nozzle (in other words it is a reinforced cleaning nozzle).
- Three-trial size Bissell’s cleaning solution bottles one trial size solution bottle.
Pet Cleaning Conqueror
It goes without saying that loving pets are easy and nice but doing cleaning up after them is quite tough. However, having a carpet cleaner such as the Bissell DeepClean Premier can make this kind of work easier for you. The combination of rotating Powerbrushes and HeatWave technology means that you can get rid of almost any domestic pet stain.
Fast Drying Time
The creators of this Bissell’s model have invested much effort and time into calculating the very amount of water to be laid down while cleaning any given carpet. Thanks to the ‘Surround Suction’ feature, you are ensured that even if there is excess water left behind, it is quickly removed, allowing carpets to dry much more quickly afterward.
This carpet cleaner requires very little assembly (up to three bolts in total). It is so easy in usage that anyone can handle cleaning the carpets for you. Surely, the fact that it is extremely easy to use will encourage you to enjoy its performance again in the future, and ensure that your carpets will be cleaned easier and more quickly and then stay clean longer.
Comparison to Other Carpet Cleaner Machines
The Bissell Premier Pet Carpet Cleaner 17N4 is a budget friendly advanced pet cleaner model of Bissell. Although it is obviously a choice that many pet owners adore, it is a good idea to make a comparison of this Bissell cleaner to other popular models. It will allow to understand the advantages and disadvantages of this model and the possible alternatives. Hence, customers can be sure to pick the best available model for their needs.
A lot of users compare this model with the Bissell 8852 ProHeat Essential Carpet Cleaner (more basic model) and the Bissell Deluxe 36Z9 (next model up).
Pet Hair Basket
The Pet Hair Basket guarantees to catch pet hair and to prevent it from collecting in the dirty water storage and jamming the opening. It is extremely useful for having the whole space available in the dirty water storage and keeping suctioning of the machine clear and in good performing condition. Its deep reach pet tool helps to clean out those embedded pet stains easier and more quickly. Moreover, you can purchase this deep reach pet tool separately to use it with other cleaners such as the more basic Bissell Deep Clean Essential 8852. However, the Pet Basket is inbuilt into the appliance.
The Pet Hair basket is a unique feature of Bissell’s carpet cleaning machines. You will not find anything similar in hoover appliances, that is why choosing between these two units, your choice is quite obvious.
Advantages over the Bissell 8852 Model
The Bissell 8852 comes without a Pet Hair Basket. It may be a reason why pet owners who face up the problem of pet hair around their place prefer to get the Bissell 17N4 model, which provides a more efficient and easier user experience. Thanks to having more brush rows, the Bissell 17N4 also provides more cleaning power comparing to the Deep Clean Essential 8852.
Comparison with The Bissell Deluxe 36Z9 Pet Cleaner
Being extremely similar to the Bissell DeepClean Deluxe 36Z9, the Bissell 17N4 is still currently the most popular model of Bissell produced with pet cleaning features and costing about $60-70 less.
However, the Bissell 36Z9 features a few pros over the Bissell 17N4. First of all, it comes with the Clean Shot feature spraying extra detergent for cleaning stains and spots, a more intensive tool for cleaning pet stains (can be bought separately), larger Edge sweep brushes, and a metal-reinforced front nozzle.
Moreover, the Bissell Deluxe 36Z9 comes with the same power, water tank capacity and the number of brush rows as the Bissell 17N4 does. According to the most pet owners’ reviews, the Bissell Premier Pet Carpet Cleaner 17N4 provides good features and enough cleaning power to serve as a powerful domestic pet carpet cleaner. However, customers who have many pet stains and large areas to clean could prefer the extra features offered by the Bissell Deluxe 36Z9.
If you are still confused and do not know which model to buy, you can consider the updated Bissell Professional 17N4P set, which is in-between 17N4 and 36Z9 models. It is the same appliance as the basic Bissell 17N4, however with the additional pet stain trapper tool feature instead of the deep clean pet tool, two additional bottles of trial sized detergent and a reinforced nozzle.
Heatwave technology of the machine keeps the water warm, providing better cleaning performance.
No Actual Inbuilt Heater
Unlike Bissell ProHeat 2X Advanced Carpet Cleaner 1383, this model has no actual inbuilt heater. Its Heatwave Technology keeps the filled-in hot water warm. Of course, including a water heater could be an amazing idea, however, it is not always a positive feature. Some users think that such an upgrade only complicates the design as well as makes the appliance more at risk of malfunctions.
If you are interested in getting a machine with an inbuilt water heater, another Bissell cleaner for your consideration is the Bissell ProHeat Carpet Cleaner 89108. It is marketed as an ideal cleaner model for pet owners since it features the Deep Reach pet stain handtool (the same as the Bissell 17N4).
The Single “Bladder” Tank of Bissell
Many users are fine with the single “bladder” tank system of Bissell, whereby a single tank contains both the clean as well as dirty water. The tank in a “bladder” bag which is made of flexible and strong material keeps the clean water. The advantage of such a design is that it saves time and diminishes troubles of dealing with two separate water tanks. In spite of this, more customers appear to prefer appliances with a two-tank system. Obviously, it is so since a two-tank configuration is more straight-forward to use and easier to understand.
If you prefer to go with such a two-tank configuration, Bissell has designed a brand new carpet cleaner, the Bissell 1548 ProHeat 2X Revolution. It features two separate tanks for clean and dirty water. Moreover, you may choose such other options of Hoover machines as the Hoover Dual V or Hoover SteamVac. The Bissell 86T3 Deep Cleaner can be one more alternative, but being a professional grade machine, it is surely much more costly. The regular upright carpet cleaners of Bissell incorporate only the “bladder” configuration.
Things to Consider
While the Bissell’s Carpet Cleaner model for pet owners is considered not loud in terms of commercial carpet cleaner standards, however, it is significantly louder comparing to your average vacuum cleaner. Most users do not consider it really a big problem. However, it should be mentioned and taken into account, especially for picking the appropriate time to clean your carpets.
Bissell Branded Carpet Cleaning Solutions
The Bissell user manual warns that random carpet cleaning solutions or shampoos used while cleaning with its appliances could cause damage to a carpet cleaner, and, moreover, void the warranty. However, there is a great variety of available Bissell cleaning formulas – from pet specialized ones to those with a special fragrance that can bring your rooms and carpets back to life.
Some customers do use solutions of other brands and inform that they have got great results with it. However, unless you are sure what you are doing, you should better to use Bissell-brand cleaning shampoos and solutions. Since they have showed amazing performance, we do not see a reason to take extra risks. There is a list of the most popular solutions that are recommended for purchasing and using with this cleaner:
- Bissell 2x Professional Deep Cleaning Formula;
- Bissell 2X Pet Stain & Odor Full Size Machine Formula.
The Bissell DeepClean Premier Pet Carpet Cleaner 17N4/ 17N4P: Which Model to Choose?
Many customers agree that the Bissell 17N4 carpet cleaner helps them to clean carpets to professional standards, providing pet-friendly domestic conditions for their feline and canine friends. It is able to offer more to pet owners comparing to the Bissell 8852 Essential. Comparing to the pricier Bissell 36Z9, it provides almost equal cleaning performance, only without a Clean Shot spray for soaking stains and spots with detergent.