Review of Bissell's CleanView Complete Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum
Bissell's CleanView upright vacuum has both good and bad points, which I'll address individually below.
-- The vacuum's principal plus is that it offers some powerful suction, both when the carpet sweeper is engaged and when vacuuming with the hose. It's been a delight sucking up dust from remote corners. (The vacuum is new, however, and its performance may falter over time.)
-- The vacuum has a suction power indicator that tells you when its suction is compromised. If the indicator shows green, all is well, but red means that you've got a blockage or other problem somewhere. This happened to me the other day. The vacuum was working fine, so far as I could see, but I noticed that the indicator had turned to red. I checked for blockages but didn't see any, and the suction coming through the hose was fine. So then I checked the filters. It turned out that the pre-motor filter (which pretty much just looks like a sponge) was already covered with dust. I took it out and manually removed the dust from the filter. When I put it back in, the indicator turned green right away. Thing is, given that the vacuum was performing well, I would never have thought to check the filter at this stage, so having the indicator actually served a purpose.
-- You can turn off the rotating brush on this machine. This is great because it means that when you're using the hose the vacuum brush isn't still rotating, chewing up your floor.
-- Cord rewind. This may be a standard feature on uprights these days, but I'm underscoring it anyway because I find it to be so incredibly handy.
-- Accessing the vacuum's filters and removing the inner cyclone from the dirt tank are easy, which makes maintenance easier. (But see below re. access to the floor brush.)
-- The flexible hose disconnects easily from the back of the machine. This is great because it makes it easy to check for and clear clogs.
-- Most of the vacuum's parts store firmly on the machine, but the triangular edge tool doesn't have a storage spot. I don't know why you'd offer a tool as standard and then not provide a storage spot on the machine for it.
-- The flexible hose is extremely stiff and, given its stiffness, not long enough to use comfortably. If you attach the extension wand and crevice tool to the hose--the maximum length you can obtain with the accessories that ship with the vacuum--you can't reach a standard-height ceiling without having to exert some force to stretch the hose. This may not sound like much, but if you're doing a lot of reaching with the hose, it can become tiring quickly. Another downside is that while pulling on the hose you're also pulling the vacuum cleaner. If you don't hold the vacuum with one hand it will topple over, which can be dangerous if you're vacuuming around breakable objects. I ordered two extension wands from Bissell's site (they're $3.50 each plus shipping) so that I can extend the length of the hose and make future jobs a little easier, but of course those now have to be stored off the machines.
-- The vacuum has a very wide footprint. That means that while it would be great for cleaning big rooms, it doesn't fit around furniture and get into tight spaces as well as a smaller vacuum would.
--The Bissell is very hard to push--even with the carpet setting on its lowest setting--when compared with my old vacuum (a Hoover Wind Tunnel). Just pushing the vacuum around one or two rooms turns into a bit of a workout.
-- I mentioned the suction indicator above. I was surprised that the pre-motor filter had to be cleaned after I'd only used the vacuum three times. (Admittedly, that third vacuuming job was a doozy.) Fortunately, the filter wasn't difficult to clean.
-- When vacuuming, balls of dust easily get stuck above the inner cyclone inside the dirt tank. That means removing the inner cyclone will probably be necessary pretty often when you're emptying the tank. Fortunately, this isn't hard to do.
-- As mentioned above, the triangular edge tool does not have a storage spot on the machine.
-- In order to get to the floor brush--which you have to do sometimes to clean it or to replace the belt--you have to remove seven screws. This is a great nuisance. One of the great pluses of my old vacuum (again, the Hoover Wind Tunnel) is that you can access the belt and brush without using a screwdriver at all. It's fantastically convenient.
In sum, the Bissell offers good suction and for the most part is well-designed, with easily accessible filters, on-board storage for most of the tools, and a flexible hose that detaches easily from the machine. The suction indicator and on/off switch for the brush are also nice features. The vacuum is hard to push, however, has an inconveniently large footprint, and its stiff flexible hose makes using the hose with the crevice tool or other attachment a chore.