A good portable carpet cleaner is hard to come by, especially a cordless one that can deliver enough suction power to remove pet stains while also having sufficient battery life to complete the demanding task. The Bissell 20037 Pet Stain Eraser offers the perfect balance between power and battery, allowing you to clean deeper with each charge.

Bissell 20037 Pet Stain Eraser Portable Carpet Cleaner

Bissell 20037 Pet Stain Eraser

Our full review of the 20037 Pet Stain Eraser will tell you everything you need to know about this portable carpet cleaner.

Spray, Scrub, Suction Action

The Pet Stain Eraser tackles the dirtiest, most concentrated pet and grime stains using a triple-pronged attack involving a detergent sprayer, a stationary brush, and powerful suction. A combination of the three lifts and removes the stubbornest pet stains without leaving residual odors in the process.

Bissell 20037 Pet Stain Eraser Portable Carpet Cleaner Review

Bissell 20037

To get the best results out of the Pet Stain Eraser, make sure to fill eight-ounce tank with warm water and detergent (a trial bottle of Spot & Stain + Oxy formula included). To get rid of urine stains, we recommend using cold water.

Cordless Convenience

The Pet Stain Eraser is a cordless handheld unit that offers a ton of flexibility when it comes time to spot clean all sorts of surfaces. The greatest benefit of going cordless is that as long as there’s power in the battery, you can clean anything and everything, from auto interior to upholstery and even garments.

Easy Maintenance

Taking care of the Pet Stain Eraser is as easy as can be. The brush and suction nozzle are removable to make cleaning grit and debris out of these components a simple process of rinsing and drying. The tank should also be rinsed between each use to prevent residual odors from contaminating your floors during the next cleaning cycle. After everything has been thoroughly cleaned, all of the pieces snap back into place in a jiffy.

Bissell 20037 Carpet Cleaner

Bissell 20037

15-minute Cleaning Time

The biggest disadvantage that corded appliances have is their limited runtime. The Pet Stain Eraser, on a full charge, can deliver up to 15 continuous minutes of deep carpet cleaning. This may seem underwhelming, but remember: this is a handheld unit that’s used specifically for spot-cleaning, not entire-carpet cleaning.

15 minutes is more than enough to remove highly concentrated stains and odors from small areas. To get the battery up to max capacity, the Pet Stain Eraser needs to charge for upwards of four hours.


On an empty tank, the Pet Stain Eraser weighs in at a mere 4.6 pounds. Compared to corded handheld carpet cleaners, this is actually considerably heavier. However, the majority of it weight comes from the rechargeable battery so there’s a slight sacrifice of convenience for portability.

Overall, a 4.6-pound carpet cleaner is nothing to complain about, and it’s lightweight enough to lift onto all sorts of surfaces without pulling any shoulder muscles.

Bissell 20037

Bissell 20037

Leaky Tank

Here’s something where a large number of customers have experienced. The Pet Stain Eraser’s tank is difficult to fit securely into the unit, meaning that leaking is almost guaranteed. The leaking doesn’t reduce its maximum runtime by much, but this could mean that the very same debris you’ve removed from carpets fall back onto your floors in the middle of cleaning.

Make sure to empty the tank of water and detergent BEFORE charging since any fluids in the tank since any remaining fluids will leak out.

No Onboard Heater

A lack of an onboard heater is nothing to go bonkers over. After all, in order to stay as lightweight as humanly possible, a built-in heater as a non-essential feature had to be left out of the equation. Remember that not all stains require the dissolving power of heated water (remember: urine stains) so there is a plus side.

No Charging Dock

Something we can’t ignore is the lack of a charging dock. Instead, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way by of AC adapter. This may seem nitpicky, but since the majority of its lifespan is spent charging, it would be nice if it could at least look good while doing so. The charging port is protected by a sliding door that prevents water from seeping into delicate components (a handy feature considering the leaky tank).

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Verdict: Should I Get the Bissell 20037 Portable Carpet Cleaner?

The Bissell 20037 Pet Stain Eraser’s one glaring flaw is the leaky tank. Even when it clicks into place, water and detergent always find a way to seep out, regardless of what orientation you’re holding it.

If you can get past that, or if you can run the tank completely dry during its 15-minute runtime, then the Pet Stain Eraser is a magnificent cleaner that removes stains and odors permanently.

Bissell 20037 Review

Bissell 20037 Pet Stain Eraser Review

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