Bissell TurboClean PowerBrush Pet Review: Lightweight Carpet Cleaner

One of the biggest issues with a full sized carpet cleaner such as the Rug Doctor Mighty Pro or Bissell Big Green would be the sheer weight. While both of these machines have great deep cleaning performance, these weigh a ton!

Imagine carrying 50 pounds worth of carpet cleaner up and down a flight of stairs.

You could opt for the lighter Bissell PowerLifter but it still weighs 16 pounds.

The Bissell TurboClean PowerBrush is one of lightest carpet cleaners available at just 12 pounds.

But there will be compromises to be made if you opt with this lightweight carpet cleaner.

This machine will have less power than any of the three variants above and does not have any hose or nozzle. So you’ll need a separate portable cleaner to do upholstery and stairs.

If you don’t mind those limitations, this is a great option in smaller homes with lots of carpet.

A quick look at the features

  • Bissell’s lightest full-sized carpet cleaner to date at just 12 pounds
  • Agitation from the 4-row rotating DirtLifter Powerbrush will help remove pet stains on carpet
  • 2 tanks system separates dirty and clean water
  • Collapsible handle reduces vertical footprint and makes storing this easier
  • Removable nozzle makes maintenance easy
  • EdgeSweep bristles helps this machine reach baseboards and around furniture
  • 5” cleaning path
  • 1/2 gallon tank capacity
  • 4 amp motor
  • 20 foot power cord
  • 1 year warranty


  • Lightweight carpet cleaner at just 12 pounds
  • Separate water clean and dirty tanks prevent cross-contamination
  • Decent size water tank despite being a lightweight carpet cleaner
  • DirtLifter Powerbrush provides decent agitation
  • Collapsible handle makes it easier to store


  • No attachments to clean upholstery or stairs
  • Weak motor may not perform as well as larger carpet cleaners
  • Some issues with quality control

What to expect from the Bissell TurboClean PowerBrush?

Bissell created this product specifically for pet owners who live in small homes. The compact design, collapsible handle and roller brush will do a decent job at cleaning pet stains.

Dual tank system

Despite being a lightweight cleaner, it still has two separate water tanks which I think is a must have in any carpet cleaner.

I don’t like one tank carpet cleaning systems because of the cross contamination issue and the smaller capacity which makes it necessary to empty it more often.

Here’s a close look at the dirty water tank…

The TurboClean PowerBrush doesn’t require as much trips to the sink thanks to the half-gallon capacity.

DirtLifter PowerBrush

To help clean pet stains, this machine comes with the 4-row rotating DirtLifter PowerBrush. I must caution you not to take this literally. This machine only has one roller brush. It is just Bissell’s fancy terminology for it.

The good news is bristles on this beater bar are really stiff which helps a lot in terms of agitation. However, it does not stretch all the way to the edge.

If you look at underneath the main nozzle, there is a gap where the belt is and the brush so it will clean the edges as well despite the edge bristles.

You will need a separate portable carpet cleaner to clean baseboards and tight areas around furniture.


The biggest selling point of this product would be the weight. This machine only weighs 12 pounds and will work best for folks who don’t want to lug around a 50 pound machine.

It literally weighs as much as a dumbbell that you can carry up and down a flight of stairs.

Collapsible handle

Storing this machine also won’t be a problem thanks to the collapsible handle that reduces its vertical footprint. If you live in a small apartment or condominium, this is a must have feature.

Bissell DeepClean Oxy formula

To get the best results, Bissell recommends that you use their “Deep Clean + Oxy” formula to rid your carpets of pet stains. The standard package comes with a 8 ounce sampler bottle for you to try out.

If you have lots of pets, I suggest getting the “TurboClean + Eliminator” package to help you keep your carpets fresh and free from pet stains.


Bissell backs this product up with a 1 year warranty.

Cleaning performance

If you look at reviews, the majority of consumers were fairly satisfied with how this carpet cleaner cleans carpet. A lot of them had pets which isn’t a surprise. After all Bissell markets this machine as a pet stain cleaner.

Being lightweight makes it a great option

What endears this machine to consumers would be the weight or lack thereof. At just 12 pounds, this variant is much lighter than the 50 pound monsters like the Rug Doctor Mighty Pro.

However, take note that it will not deep clean as well as larger cleaners because it does not have as much agitation or power.

For spot cleaning tasks

Some consumers say it is a great option for maintenance clean ups to keep stains from piling up in the first place. The lightweight nature of this machine means it’s a great option to remove stains on high traffic areas.

Some even keep the tank filled with cleaning solution for spot cleaning duties.

One tip shared by one of the consumers on fresh pet urine would be to just use the suction first before using any cleaning solution.

Tips from Bissel

Watch this video on how to get the most out of this lightweight cleaning machine…

The important takeaway from this video is to use slow and steady passes and allow the brushes to do the work. If you go too fast, you’ll leave too much of the cleaning solution behind.

Only use hot tap water

One downside that this machine has is the lack of a water heater. But remember that most modern carpet cleaners don’t have this feature because of the plastic components manufacturers use.

Bissell recommends using only hot tap water not exceeding 120 degrees. Using boiling water can damage and deform the water tank and void the warranty so please avoid doing so.

Always vacuum before using a carpet cleaner

Before using a carpet cleaner, make sure to remove all dirt from carpet using a good upright vacuum.

This will help maximize the performance of a vacuum and help it deep clean better.

Some potential issues

The lightweight machine does have some issues most has to do with power. While it does well at cleaning pet stains, it may not work as well on tougher stains line wine stains.

It lacks the power and agitation of more robust carpet cleaners that weighs a lot more so there’s a tradeoff in selecting this over heavier options.

Lastly there are complaints about quality control issues about breaking plastic parts and components not working after a few uses.

Product specifications

ModelBissell TurboClean PowerBrush
Power3.4 amps
Cleaning path9.5"
Cord length20 feet
Hose lengthN/A
Water tank1/2 gal
Weight12 lbs.
Specialty toolsNone
Warranty1 year

Where can I buy this?

You can buy the Bissell TurboClean PowerBrush from Amazon for less than $90 without the Stain Eliminator solution. With the latter, you’ll need to pay a little more than $110.

This will be eligible to their 2-day free shipping if you join Prime. And Amazon also sells extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.

To wrap up

If lugging around a heavy 40+ pound carpet cleaner isn’t your thing then the Bissell TurboClean PowerBrush is a good option. It weighs only 12 pounds so it won’t wreck your back.

However it does not have any specialty tools like a hose and nozzle so it will be strictly a floor cleaner.

Performance also won’t be as good as its bigger sibling the Bissell ProHeat 2X because it’s got a smaller motor and thus less agitation.

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