Bissell 20431 Powerglide Lift Off Pet Plus Upright Bagless Vacuum
- Dirt cup capacity - 0.75 liters. Buy BISSELL, save pets. BISSELL will donate $10 to BISSELL Pet Foundation for each Power Glide Lift Off Pet purchase upon activation.
- 2-in-1 vacuum with lift off technology for stairs, upholstery and more
- On/off brush switch with triple action brush roll maximizes cleaning across multiple surfaces
- Specialized pet tools remove pet hair from stairs, upholstery and other hard-to-reach areas where pet hair collects
- Smart seal allergen system helps trap dust, dander, and allergens inside the vacuum
- Febrile pet odor Eliminator filter eliminates pet odors and freshens as you vacuum
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Triple Action Brush Roll
Loosens, lifts and removes pet hair and dirt from multiple surfaces.
SmartSeal Allergen System
Capture fine dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator Filter
Only Bissell brings you a vacuum with the fresh scent of Febreze (optional use).
Go wherever your pets leave messes with Lift Off Technology.
Long Reach Extension Wand
For an even further reach, use the extension wand with specialized pet tools.
Tangle-Free Pet TurboEraser Tool
Power through pet hair and dirt across multiple surfaces with less tangles around the brush.
|BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser, 1650A||BISSELL PowerGlide Lift Off Pet Plus, 20431||BISSELL PowerGlide Pet Hair Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, 2215A||CleanView Swivel Rewind Pet (2254)|
|Cord Length||30 ft||30 ft||27 ft||27 ft|
|Brush On/Off Switch||✓||✓||✓|
|Tangle Free Brush Roll||✓|
|Hands Free Empty||✓|
|Lift Off Technology||✓|
|SmartSeal Allergen System||✓||✓||✓|
|Pet Hair Eraser Tool||✓||✓|
|Tangle Free Pet TurboEraser Tool||✓||✓|
|LED Lit Crevice Tool||✓|
Every pet parent knows that pet hair ends up in the hardest places to clean. Thanks to the lift off canister and specialized tools of the Bissell power glide lift off pet plus upright vacuum, you will be able to clean all the tricky corners, edges and soft surfaces where pets leave messes. In addition to the triple action brush roll and pet hair eraser tools specially designed for challenging pet messes, this vacuum contains a smartseal Allergen system to help trap allergens and dander inside the vacuum so they don't enter the air you breathe. Plus the Febreze pet odor Eliminator filter freshens the air while you clean. All of this makes the Bissell power glide lift off pet plus a powerful solution for any pet parent. Febreze and related trademarks are owned by the Procter & Gamble company, Cincinnati, Ohio and used under license by Bissell Homecare, Inc. Troubleshooting Low/No Suction: - Ensure hose is fully secured onto the machine - Adjust the variable suction control knob located on the hose wand base - Clear out any clogs in the machine (check the foot, hose, and tank) - Empty out dirt bin if full - Clean out both foam filters located underneath the tank, and the pleated filter located along the front of the machine base.
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Suction wise this thing cranks, it cleaned better than my previous Hoover for sure. The canister is easy to clean, and comes apart easily. It's light and easy to use.
The filter doesn't stay as clean for as long as my hoover did, I think the cyclone effect is just not as good, but like I said, it cleans great.
Now here is my problem, and why I am not going to keep this vacuum. I cannot vacuum my house without the belt falling off at least once. My carpet is brand new and never gave any other vacuum we had any trouble, but randomly the belt will just fall off. It could be made tolerable if I didn't have to remove 10 screws every time this happened. Bissell customer support was great, they first sent a new belt, then a new brush to see if that fixed it, unfortunately it did not. Now their solution is for me to take it over an hour away to a service center, I simply can't. I have had this for 3 months and there is no justifying me needing to do that for a vacuum this new. I don't have a big house and I take care of my stuff meticulously.
Unless you have super short carpet or just hard floors I cannot recommend this vacuum.
Cons- The machine does not glide over the power cord, and there is No retractable cord.
The lift off canister will not stand up alone if you place the unit upright. It has a smaller size dust collection cup.
Sometimes dust is hard to knock out from the very top of the collection cup, and I need to use a knitting needle or chop-stick to loosen the dirt/hair.
Pros- The footprint of the machine is small so it takes up less space around the house. The collection cup is easy to dump. Powerful suction for dog hair! Love the attachments and they clip on the machine.
The Lift-off is handy for vacuuming upholstery and up stairs.The machine is worth the price even with some of the issues since it does a nice job with pet hair.
WHAT I LIKE
- The suction is great.
- The 2 in 1 feature is really convenient when doing stairs and furniture.
- Very maneuverable.
- Easy to empty.
- Easy to clean filters.
- The Pet Tool works really well!
- Long cable.
- The Brush Roll doesn't get tangled with pet hair.
WHAT I DON'T LIKE
- The container fills up pretty quickly, it'd be nice if it was bigger.
- It's a pain to have to wrap the cord up every time, an automatic retrieval would be nice.
- The Febreze filter is INTENSE. It was way too strong of a smell.
Overall it's a good vacuum. I would definitely recommend it for anyone in search of a vacuum, especially with pets.
I love this sucker (pun intended) It was amazing what it picked up that my old guy left behind! (In a slightly disgusting way) We have 3 cats and a lot of fur between them and me. I have long hair and I have had to clean off the beater brush once in a few months. I call that fair.
The only draw back, that dang hose has no stretch! You end up pulling over the vacuum, or banging your head when it falls on you while cleaning along trim. It's worth it though. You come to an agreement with the vacuum on how things are going to work. I like to think that over time the hose will start to relax like a 30 year old marriage and stretch itself out a little bit.
The attachments are nice. The furminator seems to work well.
All in all, if you have pets and not an overly large house (I'm lazy though. Vacuum once a week. 2100 sq feet mostly carpet and have to empty 2-3 times) buy it.
Now for the negative, the one and only thing this vacuum is on the heavy side. I dont have alot of carpeting so for me this isn't a problem, but if I did I dont think I would have purchased it. It gets tiresome because it's not self propelled.
All in all I am very pleased with this product.
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I have purchased and returned after only 10 minutes of use. To begin with... yes this vacuum is nice looking and the canister removal and emptying is fairly easy to use and was a snap to put together. I have an "old" Bissell PetHair Cyclonic Bagless and it has served me VERY well these past 6 years. I love my vacuum and I always like to encourage companies who have great products.
However, as mentioned I used this vacuum for 10 minutes and immediately noticed a lack of suction. This is sold as a pet vacuum and could not pick up litter from a porcelain floor. I have to turn the brush on to clean litter off a porcelain floor?
Upon inspection I notice the canister intake doesn't insert into any piece, it just "leans" on a rubber washer type seal. A fairly large gap is noticeable and an obvious loss of suction is the end result. I tested this "connection" by maneuvering the vacuum and noticed the gap gets larger as I moved to the right. Obviously twisting the frame and thus pulling the 2 pieces apart.
This is a MAJOR design flaw as there is nothing to hold the 2 pieces together. Pictures included. Remember that this is a vacuum and when I say large gap, we are talking about mm's if that. But for a vacuum that says it has a "Smartseal allergen system helps trap dust, dander, and allergens inside the vacuum" ??? And there are gaps in the thing? Are you serious?
Now at this point I say... okay. Hey I am not usually picky and I can fix that by putting a simple tie-wrap or a rubber sleeve. Problem solved.... Not that bad of a problem.... it still doesnt pick up litter on the first try but hey I can deal with that by passing 2-3 times. Whatever.... I empty the canister and place it back on the vacuum. Start it up and WTF? Now I have a loud, almost unbearable whistling coming from the vacuum. Alright lets call Bissell customer service.
Super polite and very willing to help me with my problem. I explain that I am getting no suction and that now I have a loud whistling. He agrees that it is KNOWN that these models tend to whistle and that it can be solved by removing the canister and cleaning the seal on the bottom of the canister. Okay that makes sense... so I remove the canister and to my astonishment there is ALOT of litter in the filter and indeed on the seal. ( Pictures Included ) I clean it and tell the guy that, yes indeed the seal was dirty and the whistling stopped.
But then I clicked... used this for 10 minutes! And there is litter escaping the canister and ending up in the filter and between the seal. And I am supposed to remove the canister every 10 min and clean out the seal to stop the whistling. No... I inform the customer service rep that I find it disappointing and annoying that they were aware of this problem and still allow Amazon to sell them.
In the end I have made a return with Amazon that went really smooth and easy have been reimbursed. I was also told by the customer service rep at Bissell that if I was unable to make the return to contact them and they would take charge of the matter. Which was very appreciated.
ATTENTION! This review is more against this specific model rather than to Bissell. I want that to be clear. I am VERY satisfied with my old Bissell Pet Hair vacuum. Its really solid. But I CANNOT RECOMMEND this model.
I could not be happier with my purchase
Solar systems are consumed in another dimension, and their mass-energy is converted into cat hair and vomit on my rug.
This little blighter gets it all. It's a huge step up from my built-in vacuum, and makes a mockery of my poor, overworked Roombas. Yes, the canister is small, but if you are looking for a "pet friendly" vacuum because you too have a multi-dimensional, physics violating fuzz emperor, this is the mid-range suction system for you.
* Excellent pet-hair attachments. Arguably THE single most compelling reason to buy this vacuum. Takes my Dyson brush attachments to the cleaners (literally, haha). Does an excellent job on furniture *without* damaging expensive textiles.
Seriously, these are SO much better than the standard little crappy brushes on other vacuums - the rolling red fabric brush is a workhorse on cleaning dust, the occassional clothing lint, and most-importantly, the never-ending amounts of orange cat hair off all my velvet living room furniture, while brushing the nap up all nicely at the same time. I am used to vacuuming and then brushing my furniture all the time (the price I pay for that luxury of a velvet chesterfield and chairs is a bare-minimum hour invested every week, and usually it's two or three times a week as company comes over and Fluffykins Fuzzbottoms decides to stretch herself out for afternoon naps).
The other green rolling attachment works great on my linen-covered basement couch, and linen or wool chair seats, bed fabrics, and drapes, without pulling or damaging the fibers.The extending "standard" brush is great for getting around the staircase, and leads me to the other great Pro of this vacuum, which is the detaching base.
* Excellent utilitarian functionality in the design concept. The detaching canister on this upright makes this really convenient for staircases, furniture, cars, and drapery, and this is where this vacuum shines.Great idea for an upright vacuum, and definitely adds some additional convenience and maneuverability. This was much nicer to vacuum the inside of our car, especially with the green rolling brush, than the usual shop vacuum. Being able to then tote the canister back inside and use it as an upright to vacuum around the foyer is a great convenience.
*Bagless - Definitely fewer and fewer vacuums are still using bags because most companies realise that design is old, inconvenient, bad for the environment, expensive, and overall just sheisty, so I'm glad that this one is convenient bagless canister with an easy to empty bottom-open design, and easy to wipe plastic.
*Lack of power - I know, I know, I can't compare the sucking power of a Dyson to anything else. But my 10 year old Dyson SUCKS, and in comparison, especially in the upright position, this vacuum just blows. In upright form, it is WAY heavier than even my hefty upright Dyson - a point my boyfriend even noticed the day he was helping me out before company was coming over. In spite of this noticeable weight though, the little bitty foot lacks grip and suction and struggles to remove hair (pet hair OR mine) from my flatwoven wool rug, and can only do a so-so job on my flat carpet tiles in my basement. Really lacking power, with all the weight being in the body rather than down at the foot to give it more grip, is a HUGE drawback in this vacuum, and docks a star.
* Bad Build designs. - This was weirdly designed in a lot of ways, and a lot of those ways are bad. I could understand all the buttons and push levers have been designed to be used with the left hand/foot to keep from accidently hitting with your right (I'm a lefty but can appreciate that things are designed for the majority) , but the placement of them, and then the cord placement and wrap design, attachment placement, etc. is just awkward with use. I find the cord coming out from where it does in the bottom is ALWAYS getting tangled, stuck, or I'm tripping on it, and the cord wrap for storage is too small, too awkwardly squeezed onto the bottom left side, and by far the most annoying from any vacuum I have ever used in my entire life. The buttons are inconveniently placed for use when the vacuum is upright and running, the attachment holders are awkwardly bulky at the back of the vacuum, and don't comfortably or securely hold the nice, heavy rolling brush attachments. The front-wrapping suction hose is awkwardly positioned over the buttons and canister, and I'm not a fan of the oversized handle on it. This is a shame because it's such an excellent idea to have a detaching canister upright vacuum, but then it's like the details of the overall design were just rushed out on Friday at 5pm before a long weekend. No thought to all the little details makes this finicky and clumsy when it could have been much better.
*Questionable quality of construction - Some parts of this vacuum seem excellent value for the price - good solid feeling specialty attachments, cord is well coated and solid, filters are good, canister plastic is solid, etc. ... However, it's INCONSISTENT. The standard black plastic hose extender and plain, regular attachment are cheaper quality plastic compared to the specialty brush attachments. The handles are hollow, weirdly cheap and flimsy feeling, the plastic hose head seems of poorer quality than the hose itself and it doesnt seem to have any kind of secure snap or rubber seals to attach it back into the base, the opening clasp on the canister is weirdly cheap and clicky feeling like it's going to snap off after a few more months- it goes on and on. I don't like the inconsistency of the quality of all the parts. At $300, and a Bissell, these should all be good-feeling quality construction, instead of 2/3rds of normal Bissell make, and 1/3rd of some knock-off suspect parts in how they feel and work. Especially given the heavy weight of this vacuum, I should not be able to find cheap and flimsy parts here and there.
Overall, the pet hair attachments are fantastically good and the concept of a detaching canister upright is excellent for utilitarian use in households. However, this seriously needs to go back to the design board in terms of how it all fits together while in use, and more QC should be done to review the material make and construction of all of the various components.
For the price, I'm torn on recommending. I will continue to use this for my furniture, as I have a household with cats and expensive fabrics that require a lot of particular maintenance, and this works so well for this. However, I STILL now lug out my other upright vacuum to do my basement carpet and my rugs because I need the reliability of good suction power that this one lacks, which is a serious problem for an upright vacuum.
Love the idea, but not the (current) finish. If you have all hardwood or tile floors, no rugs at all, and a very minimum use for the upright fuction, this is a good choice. In my little bungalow, I have all wood or tile flooring besides one utility front door mat, one (large) flatwoven rug in my dining room, and then two rooms of carpet tiles in my basement, and I think that is too much carpet for this vacuum to handle. If you want the full utility of this, unfortunately I just dont see the cleaning power being good enough for everything, and especially not a house with a lot of carpet or rugs.
The machine is heavy (16 pounds), but still, it's easy to recline it and to swivel it. The detachable part has the main weight, so I felt uncomfortable to hold it while I was cleaning the stairs and the hose is too short to my taste. The stairs brush tool is absolutely great, cleaning very efficiently.
Carpet / flat floor on/off button is easy to reach which a bliss.
The cord is very long - 30 ft.
All the tools are being stored on the vacuum.
The suction power is amazing, didn't lose its strength with a fool bin!
The Pet Hair Eraser Tool attachment works great, just it is not that comfortable to hold. My hand got tired before I finished to clean duvet cover. It efficiently cleaned duvet cover, sofa upholstery, curtains, clothes and some other fabrics.
Dusting and Crevice Tool is excellent to clean under the difficult to move furniture, and alongside with Long Reach Extension Wand, it is reaching the farthest corners.
Just when I was trying to vacuum ceiling's corners and light spots, it was not that convenient to hold the body of the machine in one hand and attempting to reach the upper parts of the walls with the other. As I have already mentioned the hose is too short and has to be held tight to prevent it retracting back.
I love that the vacuum is bagless and has a transparent canister that easy to see through and helps to catch the moment when it's time to empty it.
The Febreze pet odor Eliminator filter is a suffocating nightmare which I I immediately sent off to the garbage bin outside to scare our local skanks and raccoons off. Luckily the regular filter is being preinstalled.
If my review was helpful at all, please click the "Helpful" smiley button below.
Today we will be taking a look at the 'Bissell Powerglide Lift Off Pet Plus'. Prior to this vacuum, we were using a cheap entry level Bissell vacuum. For this review, I vacuumed for some hours both of our multi-level carpeted floors and stairs numerous times and used the full functionality of the vacuum, including it's included addons.
=== PROS (+) ===
+Solid construction and build quality;
+5 year warranty (best offering in the vacuum business);
+Fully detachable tank/hose for easy cleaning (stairs, vehicles, etc.);
+Instructions are clear and simple to use;
+Removing dirt from canister is simple (see video - no mess!);
+Extended hose and motorized brush component attachments included;
+Extra long power cord;
+Cleverly designed as vacuum can tilt left/right, making cleaning under chairs/furniture easy;
+2 Filters included (one unscented; one scented with Febreeze - not the original scent)
=== CONS (-) ===
-Pet brush attachment is not motorized;
-Handle extension not present, making it slightly inconvenient for those who are tall
-Warranty requires you to drop off the vacuum at a certified repair centre
=== CONCLUSION ===
Overall, we found the performance of this vacuum exceptional - it blew away the cleaning power of our inferior, cheaper entry level Bissell and managed to do a much better cleaning job. The most appealing feature is the detachable canister - wow!! It makes such a difference in convenience when cleaning stairs and hard to reach places.
Please note that if you having breathing issues such as asthma, the Febreeze filter included is overwhelming in scent - luckily a standard unscented filter is also included. If the Febreeze filter smelled like the original spray, I could tolerate the scent however this is not the came - it's a very strong perfume scent.
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This machine is light enough for this 64 yr old and powerful enough that the place feels clean.
It is incredibly easy to remove the portable canister to do stairs and there is no loss of power.
I would wish it was better on uncarpeted floors (more 'one and done') but I suspect there's a setting or button I haven't found yet. I still would not give up this vacuum though. :)
Does it suck? Yes and yes, meaning some things about it leave much to be desired and, in a good way, it can really suck up everything you need it to.
Out of the box I found the construct a bit cheap. It felt cheap assembling it. The maximum contents level of the canister is very small, like after two minutes of use I had to empty it (and yes I vacuum regularly). It would have been nice to have a retractable cord, especially for a 30 ft cord. Winding it around the posts gets kind of cumbersome. There isn’t a light which is not a game changer, but still a nice to have. The final observation is about the Pet Eraser. What do I really do with this? I guess I need to play around with it. Also, from what I can see there isn’t an attachment option on the vacuum for the Pet Eraser.
All in all it works great as a vacuum as far as I can tell. The detachable canister is nice for cleaning the stairs but in hindsight I would have kept my Hoover Windtunnel Pet and purchased some rendition of a handheld vacuum for the stairs. Oh well, lesson learned!