Friday, August 26, 2016

Product Review: BISSELL - Pet Hair Eraser® Upright Vacuum

I received a Bissel Pet Hair Eraser upright vacuum to review this past week. It is amazing of the timing of these things. I just finished dog sitting for my mother-in-law, while her and my daughters went on a mini vacation. Needless to say I was excited to see it had arrived at our doorstep.

This unit is a model 1650, it is in the color of Black and ChaCha Lime, and it runs for a price of 249.99 at BestBuy.

The unit was very easy to remove from the box, and had two options of  hanging brackets to install. One optional bracket allowed for placement of the LED Lit Crevice Tool  to be on-board only or the placement of both the LEd Lit Crevice and Pet TurboEraser® Tools to be on-board. Being this came with both tools I opted to store both tools onboard. I did notice it did not have any directions, which if you know me at all, that works just fine. I only read directions if I get stuck in assembly. This assembly was ever so simple.

The provided options for this unit are:

  • Pet TurboEraser® Tool 
  • SmartSeal™ Allergen System with Febreze® Pet Odor Eliminator™ 
  • 30 foot chord 
  • Cyclonic Pet-Hair Spooling System™ 
  • Bagless Technology 
  • LED Lit Crevice Tool 
  • Swivel Steering
Coming from a 10 year old Dyson, this unit is considerably lighter, but still pretty difficult to use on stairs, with it's swivel steering. When I noticed it had a LED Lit Crevice tool, I was excited that the tools were powered, hoping the Pet TurboEraser tool had a powered mini beater-bar to do our stairs. We have three flights of stairs that are carpeted. Upon inspecting the LED Lit crevice tool, I quickly realized that it's power was isolated, the tool has batteries and a actuator switch that turns the led on when the tool is attached to the extension wand on the vacuum. I then focused my attention on the TurboEraser tool to figure out what powered it, I assumed it was air actuated, and found that it has a turbine within the path of the suction tube. At first this disappointed me, but after first use, that completely changed. The design of the air turbine on this tool is incredible. It does a fantastic job on our carpeted stairs. I can also see where the LED Lit Crevice Tool would assist with getting tight corners clean, without any doubt.

This unit at 8.5 amps, is very powerful, the chord is adequate in length, and the onboard tool storage is definitely advantageous. One of the many selling points on this unit is it's "Tangle Free Brush Roll", it works well so far. Our Dyson would need to be disassembled on a monthly basis, to cut all of the human/canine hair/fur from its beater-bar(brush-roll). To date I see no hair/fur wrapping or tangling at all. If this proves to continue, my cleaning of the house has just got easier. Another selling point is it's Cyclonic Pet-Hair Spooling System, which in turn makes dumping it's bagless can a breeze, this works well also. With that being said I feel I have to mention that on it's box and in it's ads it shows some using the competitor (Dyson) and having to reach up into the canister to dump it. I have never had to do that once on our Dyson. Hopefully with this unit I will never have to as well. 

The only thing I don't like on this unit is it's diverter valve, that switches between floor suction and tool suction. I imagine because my old vacuum did this switching automatically, once I remember I have to switch this option, I will not view this as negative.

Overall with it's price point, and it's many slick features geared to pet owners, this vacuum is surely one to check out. I would suggest this unit to friends, family and my blog readers.

** I have a material connection regarding this piece of equipment or its manufacturer. **

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