It was with some trepidation that we got an inexpensive vacuum cleaner to supplement our industrial strength Kirby. We have had disappointing results with inexpensive vacuums (from a different major brand). But this Bissell wow'ed us on the first use with how much dust, lint, and animal fur it picked up from what we thought was a fairly clean carpet!
It's lightweight for a vacuum, all plastic construction. Not nearly as loud as other vacuums we have had. Hardly even scares the dog. Works great on level 1 for hardwood, laminate and tile. At these levels the head was low enough to get under most of my cabinets and vacuums right up to the wall/corner. This vacuum is very easy to carry up and down stairs and can be carried with one hand.
I appreciate the fact that you can see the brush turning and the canister filling up and that all the tools are attached to the machine. You are more likely to use the tools if you don't have to search for them in a box or closet. It did a great job picking up dog hair.
I liked the little hand-held brush for getting pet hair off the couch. Suction overall seemed very good.
The head is very low profile and easily gets under our sofa and recliners.
Detaching the canister to empty was a snap. A one-button push to release it from the machine and a one but release to empty the canister into the trash. FANTASTIC!
I like the fact that I can tell it is cleaning and do not have to double check that the "bag/canister" is filling or that the beater brush/nozzle is turning.
The only downside so far is that you have to reach down to switch from high to low (carpet-tile/hardwood). Everything else is activated while standing.
The hose for using the attachments is a little short but seems to work well for stairs. You will have to bring the machine with you every few steps as the hose is not long enough. I'm not sure how well it would work to vacuum car floors, but it worked GREAT on Level 3 for all my area rugs without trying to suck them up! When I tried it a 2nd time I just left it on Level 3 for everything and it did great.
Overall, it seems like a very good machine.
UPDATE: I just went out of my way to look up this review because I couldn't remember if I had given it 4 or 5 stars. After using it for a while, and being really impressed with how well it gets the dirt and especially the pet fur, and how easy it is to empty, I wanted to make sure I had given it a 5-star rating. I swear, this thing must manufacturer it's own dirt - I couldn't believe how much it sucked up in a room I thought was clean.
As long as it proves to be durable, this is an EXCELLENT buy!!!