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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2010
this vacuum starts out fine and then shortly within a month or so, the dust starts to creep out of the crevices and openings; the filters, three have to be cleaned often and the vacuum is not sealed tight-- so, a disappointment--love seeing the vacuumed residue in the clear cup--needs to be improved.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 8, 2009
I have a wonderful (and ancient!) Electrolux canister vac that was passed down to me by my grandmother. The canister still works great, but the power nozzle is starting to die, and it would cost big bucks to repair or replace it, so I decided that it would make more sense to buy an inexpensive (less than $100) upright vac.

I've never owned a bagless vac before, but they're very popular so I figured I'd give one a try. Upright vacs with bags are getting very difficult to find, so I didn't really have much choice in the matter.

Long story short, I used this Bissell vac one time, and promptly packed it up and returned it to the store. Here's why:

* During vacuuming, dust and particles blew out around the edges of the dust cup, due to the seal not being very tight. This totally defeats the purpose of the HEPA filters.

* The handheld Turbo Brush is a great idea, and it does work, but you need to hold the vac with one hand and the Turbo Brush with the other hand, otherwise the vac will constantly fall over onto its side, due to the hose being too short and the vac being too wobbly when in the upright position. This can be quite a balancing act. I don't have stairs, but I suspect it would be extremely difficult (and perhaps dangerous) to vacuum stairs this way.

* Emptying the dust cup was disgusting. Simply put, there is no way to empty it without causing dust and dirt to go everywhere. When you pour it into your trash can, no matter how gently you try to do it, a cloud of dust billows up and goes all over the place.

Granted, one option would be to take it outside and empty it there, rather than doing it inside the house, but I live in a cold-weather state and I don't relish the idea of having to do that in the dead of winter or on one of our many rainy days.

I will say that there are a few things I liked about this vac:

* It has a very long cord.

* It comes with a great set of accessory tools.

* It was very easy to assemble.

* The instruction manual was written in clear, understandable English.

I really, really wanted to like this vac, and I was so hopeful that it would meet my needs... but I just couldn't live with it. It's too bad that Bissell doesn't make a bagged version of it; that would be a huge improvement.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2008
I loved this vacuum the first time I used it! The turbo brush is great. It's relatively light-weight. But, the second time I went to use it, there wasn't good suction. We looked under and the roller wasn't turning. We opened it up to find the belt was broken...after only 1 use!!!! We're taking it back. I'm bummed, because I did like it. I read reviews about this belt problem BEFORE I bought it, took a chance, and it happened to me too. Bummer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
We use this Vac Exclusively for our Home Cleaning Business. We clean them with a Shop Vac. Every 6 Months we Wash the Filters. No Bags to buy. Reliable. Durable Plastic Construction. Vac has an Achilies Heel However. The Release lever Pedal last Only About a Year. The integral Plastic Spring Breaks. Bissell does not Offer the Lever on its Parts Page. You either have to Buy it at you Local Vac Store/Repair Shop if they stock it. Otherwise you have to Order it from vacpartswarehouse.com. It is Part # 2031044. Due to our Business we have four of them in Stock. Removing the Lever is a Chore. You have to carefully spread the Plastic Frame then tap it out with a flat Screwdriver. Other wise these little machines last for ever.

Ed the C
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2009
This is a great little vacuum. I wanted to avoid another bagless vacuum, because we had a Hoover that was an absolute nightmare to empty, but this one is super-easy and no-mess when you empty it. It picks up well, both larger particles and dust and dirt. It's easy to push around and still does a great job of cleaning. It has washable filters, which makes it less expensive. But if you have dust allergies, it's nice to have another person around who is willing to clean the filters for you (it's a messy job). We've had it for about 6 months, with no problems at all so far. This vacuum is readily available for less than 70 dollars, so don't pay much more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2012
I received this model vacuum as a gift from a garage sale (bought for $10). The gifter didn't know how long it was owned or how heavily used but she did say that it was quite full of dog hair. I've been very pleased with this vacuum in the 6 months I've had it. I love that the filters are washable and I'm pleased with the suction. I don't think the "turbo brush" really does much - upholstery would be my only listed con for this vacuum. My mom has gone through two Dysons and I was not as pleased with my experience with those for the price that I am with this one. If you have $300 to spend on a vacuum a Dyson is alright, but for $89 this vacuum is great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2010
This vacuum cleaner is just okay. It clogs, doesn't suction very well and throws dust everywhere, unless you clean it out after EVERY use. We have to clean out the filters after each use, whether it's full or not and at least once a month we have to unscrew the pipes and clean them out with tweezers or whatever we can find because it gets clogged. I've had better vacuum cleaners and am saving up for a Dyson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2010
I've had my vacuum about a month and it's already broken 2 belts. Customer support is no help. They are just reading off a computer and have no idea how the vacuum works. The belt goes around a metal rod. It keeps breaking and they tell me it's the carpet setting. Other than that, it's a great vacuum. Especially the upolstery tool. If I could get the belt problem fixed, I would have no complaints.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2012
This vacuum is a high quiality $125 dollar value. You only pay $75 if you clean filters 2-3 weeks. Multi functions bare floor to high carpet on board add ons. You have your regular extender your fine extender and a few others. Overall: Cons: none Pros: bagless, powerful, inexpensive
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
After having owned and used this vacuum for about 6 or 7 years now I finally threw in the towel on it tonight. Something in the housing underneath had become broken about 2 years ago and the belt was always slipping off or worse, getting thrown off track and then breaking. I think I went through around 6 belts over the life of this vacuum. Fortunately, the belt seems pretty easy to replace if you've got some good wrist strength to put the brushes back on.

What I like about this thing was the bag-less feature on it. What I didn't like was the way it's designed - if a large clump of hair or something gets stuck in the hose and then you suddenly break it free and it sucks through, it gets stuck at the top. Then everything gets stuck at the top and suddenly no more vacuum. This happened way way too frequently for me - and when it did, you're guaranteed to get dirt, lint, hair and crud all over your hands, the floor AND the vacuum/motor compartment! Not designed well.

I don't know about the newer ones, but I swear the light on the front of mine dimmed with age. Also our hose somehow got a broken spring in it somehow and dirt was always getting stuck and clogged up in there.

When you detach the tube to suck up stuff by hand, the darn brush vacuum still blows dirt up from the base of the unit! So be careful where you detach your tube at otherwise you'll have stuff flying all over from the base.

I ended up going and picking up a Shark lift-away pro tonight - granted it's over $100 more ($188 at wally world) but after using it a few times, I'm WAY more impressed. This Bissell - if you suck up a small rug or a sock or ANYTHING - you can kiss your belt goodbye! The shark's got some electronic protection unit that prevents any damage. The shark also has more suction power and uses 2 amps less than the Bissell. The Bissell is really loud too - the Shark is much quieter. Shark also has a 5 year warranty.

The Bissell could be better! Like I said, the first time that turbo contraption at the top gets clogged, you'll be sorry you didn't invest a little more coin in a better vacuum!
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