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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2007
I needed a good working, and affordable vac to clean up my small college dorm room's carpet (It's not a very plush carpet). This vac surprised me! So far it's been working out fantastic! The long handle is detachable and so is the top head so you can convert it into the familiar dust buster. It's small enough to store under a bed in a dorm room. It has a pointed wand attachment too. This certainly isn't something you would want to use as a main vac for a house, but it's great for the dorm. The cord length seems to work great for my 16'x12' dorm room--so it does NOT operate as a cordless, so no worries about the battery dying out on you. It's bagless so the canister has to be emptied...

which brings me to my only complaint about it... everything seems to get stuck to the filter... hair, dust and dirt... so it's not just a matter of emptying the canister. You have to pick everything off the filter, and it has a tendency to get inverted so you have to pull it out to clean it good. So my suggestion is to clean it over an open trash can... and for the dust you just can't seem to pick off, use a lint roller on the filter and it seems to clean it up well. (which is why I give it 4 stars instead of 5)

Otherwise, great vac for the price paid (Approximately $20 at Wal-mart).
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2008
I purchased this product at a local store for $20. I have all hardwood floors, 3 dogs, an African Grey Parrot, and will tell you this product does a great job! Before, I would use a dust mop in between regular vacuuming and this cuts the time in half, yes half! When done, you just empty the cup, wipe it out, clean the filter put it away. WORTH EVERY PENNY.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2009
I was researching stick vacuums for my parents who have a multi-level home with a mix of carpet, linoleum and hardwood floors. The main vacuum, also a Bissell Bissell 82H1 Cleanview Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner (which has been fantastic by the way)is a bit too large to pull out for spot cleans. I initially had purchased a Shark cordless, but I only got a few minutes out of it before the suction power (from the Ni-Cd battery) pooped out. It was also cumbersome to switch to a hand vac.

The Feather weight is a wonderful replacement. After the battery debacle, I knew I wanted a corded vac. This Bissell has a fairly generously sized cord so I can move around nearly the whole kitchen on one outlet. The detachable handle is tall enough for me (I'm about six feet even), and the cord wraps around the molded hooks nicely when not in use. The floor attachment does NOT swivel, but that's not really a huge issue in terms of usage - the vac is so lightweight it's inherently maneuverable. The floor attachment has no 'beater bar' to send debris flying. On hard surfaces this is great because the suction alone is more than ample to pick up even old, nasty Cheerios. Performance of thick carpet is fairly limited though...

The floor attachment does not 'lock' onto the vacuum body, which I was at first concerned about. However, the fit is excellent and snug so I can push and pull the vac across the floor with out it coming apart. Using the vacuum as a 'dustbuster' (without the handle or floor attachment) is great as well - the nozzle is wide enough to get debris on stairs and what not, and the included edge cleaner is great for getting stuff out of hard-to-reach areas.

Cleaning is a snap - the filter is washable, and the bagless dirt trap keeps everything contained well. To clean the filter, I like to flick it gently from the inside to avoid touching the junk that's picked up off the floor. In fact that's really the only major downside to this cleaner - there may be more physical contact with the picked up debris than some owners would like.

The only other downside is that there is no place on the unit itself to attach the little edging nozzle that comes with the vacuum. This is an easy fix - I followed another reviewer's advice and just used two rubber bands to keep it on the handle. Problem solved!

Highly recommend for it's light weight, powerful suction, fairly low noise, and my impression of a high build quality. This thing would be great for apartment dwellers, people who don't want a cumbersome, heavy vacuum, and those with predominately bare floors. I would look elsewhere if you have carpets, however - this guy doesn't exactly glide across them. Nothing thicker than an area rug in my opinion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2010
I received this as a gift and have used it on the main level of my house, which consists of hardwood, ceramic tile and two area rugs. It seemed to work decent on the hard surfaces (nothing I'd call amazing), but the whole reason I wanted a stick vac was to be able to also clean my area rugs without having to switch to a regular vacuum to get the job done. I was NOT able to do that with this stick vac. It would probably do ok on very low-pile rugs, such as indoor/outdoor carpeting, but my area rugs are probably around 1/2" high and it basically just pushed the lint wads around on them. I had to stand there and swipe over the rugs for what seemed like forever to get it clean, and will definitely not be using it for that purpose again. So if you are someone who is hoping to glide across all your hard surfaces with area rugs sprinkled in between with only ONE vacuum, look elsewhere, as this one will annoy you to no end. I've realized that I think what's important for successful clean-up on carpets is the simple addition of a brush-roll (like on regular household vacuums). This stick vacuum does not have that, it only has a hole that the suction comes from, and one thin bristled comb-like bar that drags along the floor. I've been reading reviews on the Eureka Quick-up, which has a roller brush that stays off while on hard surfaces, but spins when switched to the "carpet" setting. That might be my next try.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2007
I bought this vacuum a few months ago. I needed a handheld vacuum to help clean up all the spills from my toddler (Oh's and other crumbs). I thought the addition of the long stick handle to be very helpful, it means a lot less bending. It picks up great and does the job I need it for. I don't have pets so I don't know how well it does with something like that. I've really just used it for small pick-up jobs. Overall very useful vacuum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2014
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I have three large birds (2 parrots and a cockatoo) and anyone who has ever lived with large birds knows that they throw food and constantly molt feathers of all sizes. Picking up bits of discarded seeds or nut shells along with lighter-than-air down feathers is a DAILY chore, and I'd had it with trying to pick up downward-facing pistachio shells, etc. with my dust broom and dustpan! This lightweight, plug-in vacuum was PRECISELY what I needed! It's easy to assemble and break down into a hand-held when needed, it's wonderfully easy to empty, it comes with a crevice tool that's easy to install or remove, I don't have to worry about running down a battery, and best of all, it's got GREAT suction and picks up everything with ease! Some other reviewers have complained about having to unwind the cord (which is just the right length) but I think it's a small price to pay for how wonderfully this little gem works!! Others have mentioned that it doesn't stand up by itself but I have NO problem with that - what on Earth do you expect from a featherweight vacuum?? Plus, I have a lady who comes to my home periodically to do deep cleaning and she tells me she has several other clients who own and LOVE this little vacuum. I can't recommend it highly enough!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
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Love the size, weight and customer reviews for this product. My home has very few carpets and are just small accent carpets, so I don't need a large cleaner to lug around. I ordered it then immediately found it for 1/2 the Amazon price, I immediately returned the item with full refund!
I did purchase this vacuum cleaner from another source and feel the suction is totally lacking. It works great on hardwood and very low pile carpeting but lacks good suction, even when the floor attachment is taken off. The cord is way too short! I had to relocate to severa outlets within one room, it is exhausting on your forearm also. Disappointed by Bissel overall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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If you are small and need something light-weight to do your bare-floors quickly and easily...you'll love this!! I'm 5'3" and this was very easy to put together and use, and I didn't have to bend. It is so light and easy to push...I was smiling while using it!! I love that it has a plug so that it never loses suction, an upholstery attachment, and it is also easy to empty. I use it daily in my kitchen, bath, front room, and halls on my main floor. It is easy to store, also. I'm very happy with it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2010
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I love my new stick vac. I had been using a traditional vacuum, and it was so heavy to lug around. The stick vac works great on our cement floors. We have three cats and it picks up cat hair great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2014
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I think I paid $30 when I bought this but I would not pay more as it's only served me when hoovering the hard floor. I poured freshner powder about the living room ready to hoover it but had to resort to my handheld Black & Decker as this would just not pick up. I think my Bissell sweeper did better at sorting the powder than this did and it only cost half the price.

Bissell should not advertise that it is fine for carpets and such because it simply isn't strong enough to do a good job. It gets by, sure, and will pick up cardboard bits and fluff if it feels like it. It's true saving graces are that it is in fact very light and bagless with detachable handheld mode. I cannot moan at that and the attachment is good for corners and such so it does have it's good points.

This is fine if you have mostly hard floors or cannot stand hauling some of the stupidly-heavy Vacuum cleaners around. I'll just use it for now until I want to bother storing something bigger. Go for this if you just want a handy Hoover for upstairs or something like that, else put a bit more green for something stronger.
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