PowerForce® Helix™ Bagless 12B1


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PowerForce® Helix™ Bagless 12B1

PowerForce® Helix™ Bagless 12B1
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Powerful, easy to use bagless system

  • Experience powerful suction with the Helix System for longer lasting pick-up performance
  • Large dirt cup holds more dirt for more room to room cleaning
  • Dual Edge Cleaning provides Surround Suction® to clean hard to reach areas like baseboards and around furniture
The advantages of a Helix cleaning system
The unique Helix cleaning system captures dirt and other debris using internal “ribs” that are incorporated into the Easy Empty™ Dirt Cup. This forces large particles, dust and other debris down to the bottom of the tank instead of up into the filter, helping the vacuum to work more effectively longer.
  • Main Information

    Product Title:PowerForce® Helix™ Bagless 12B1
    Model #:12B1
    Similar Models:1240, 1240U, 1240V, 1240W, 12B1C, 12B1D, 12B1E, 12B1R, 12B1U, 12B1V, 12B1W
    List Price:$47.84
    Rewards Points:48
    Warranty:1 year limited
  • Special Features

    Powerful, easy to use bagless system
    • Experience powerful suction with the Helix System for longer lasting pick-up performance
    • Large dirt cup holds more dirt for more room to room cleaning
    • Dual Edge Cleaning provides Surround Suction® to clean hard to reach areas like baseboards and around furniture
    Microban® Protection - Microban® antimicrobial product protection is built in to products during manufacturing to help provide continuous protection from microscopic organisms that can cause stains, odors and deterioration.
    Microban® Protection:
    Surface Type:Carpet, Upholstery, Low Pile Carpet
    Power Rating:8 Amps
    Filtration:3 Stage
    Cleaning Path Width:13.5"
    Cleaning System:Helix System
    Weight:15 lbs
  • Power

    Power Rating:8 Amps
    Power Source:Corded
    Air Flow Indicator - Shows you when the air flow in your vacuum has been disrupted so you know when there is a clog.
    Air Flow Indicator:
    Brush System:Rotating
    Brush On/Off Switch:No
    Power Cord Length:20'
    Automatic Cord Rewind:No
  • Filtration

    Filter:Style 9/10/12 Pre-Motor Filter
    Filtration:3 Stage
    Clean Filter Indicator:No
  • Dirt Collection

    Surface Type:Carpet, Upholstery, Low Pile Carpet
    Cleaning System:Helix System
    Cleaning Path Width:13.5"
    Surface Height Settings:5
    Dual Edge Cleaning - Additional brushes and suction on the sides of the cleaning path – great for cleaning along baseboards.
    Dual Edge Cleaning:
    Bag Type:Bagless
    Easy Empty™ Dirt Cup:Yes
    Dirt Sensor:No
  • Specialty Tools

    Multi-Use Tools:Combination Dusting Brush/Upholstery Tool, Flexible Crevice Tool
    Reach Extension Tools:Extension Wand
  • Other Specs

    Color:Midnight Blue
    Carry Handle:Yes
    Soft Bumper:Yes
    Belt Type:Style 7/9/10/12/14/16 Replacement Belt

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 168 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Don't waste your money or time It is the worst vacuum I ever owned and I have had many. The wheels are plastic so they don't roll like a vacuum made with quality parts.. It picks up dirt just fine, but try cleaning out all the canister and filter parts and you could have vacuumed your house all over again. It is a mess. I do not have kids so there isn't much dirt to pick up but after I vacuum I have to take the whole vacuum outside so dirt doesn't fall all over the clean floor. I wish I had been warned but that' s life. If you didn't buy this yet don't do it! October 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cleaning This vacuum has suited my 1-bedroom apartment fine. It has good suction, the filter is easy to clean, and the attachment has been great. Overall it's a great vacuum for a great price. December 4, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good cleaner but This is a good unit...but the one we bought is only 6 months old and now it's not working. I take it apart and clean it after every use. There is a service center in town, which I didn't think I would need after 6 months of use. November 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product, great price We have 2 children, 4 cats, a dog and a bird so there is no shortage of hair, dust and feathers in our home. We have had a central vac system but the suction is not great and the power head seems to move the dirt and hair around instead of into the canister. When our oldest daughter moved to an apartment, she bought a Bissell upright vacuum. We were so impressed with the cleaning results, we bought the same model for our home. It is amazing how much deep-down dust it pulls from the carpets and pet hair is no longer a problem. I highly recommend this vacuum. November 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wow!!! I bought this vacuum so I didn't have to carry my heavy Dyson down stairs to vacuum my area rugs. It was just a supplement.....but I took it up upstairs to test it out on my white carpet (like a kid with a new toy). I am amazed at what it pulled up that my Dyson left behind! First time use and I had to pull it apart to clean the filter. So people, I own 5 vacuums from Rainbow, Dyson, Miele....which I spent thousands combined and they don't compare to this and I service my vacuums yearly. So with the cost of this vacuum I could say....go ahead- you'll be impressed! August 8, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Worst vacuum EVER I normally do not write reviews but this one had to be done. This vacuum was purchased for my small business and I have had it for approximately two months. The hardest thing this vacuum needed to pick up was a little sand or small gravel pieces from getting tracked in from the parking lot. I have low pile carpet, commercial grade floor mats and tile, and it did not matter what setting it was on it still worked the same, terribly. Starting with the blow out wind where it would sort of pick up and then spit it out all over is just a waste of time. Even though each time the canister would be emptied and the filters checked for anything causing it not to work correctly. There is nothing positive I can say about this vacuum. It's so bad that I would drag my home vacuum down about once a week to clean up. I can't believe anyone would give this vacuum anything more than one star, if I could have gone into the negative stars I would have. So disappointed in the Bissel Powerforce Helix July 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by I have loved every Bissell I've owned until this one...this one is like" that other brand" (Terrible!) I have owned several vacuums over the years, and most of them have been Bissells. I have loved every one of them until this one. The last two I had were similar models, similar price and worked GREAT. Granted they only lasted a year or two, but at the time I had a German Shepherd so nothing would have lasted longer than that. I no longer have the GSD so have less hair and dirt to pick up. I expected this vac to work great considering....WRONG! The first time I used it it was spitting dirt out the back! It also blows so much air out the front that it sends papers etc. flying off tables and counters! I am not a "returner" so I kept it and thought maybe something was connected wrong or loose or something...I have since been through the whole vac and not found anything wrong with the set-up. I guess I am stuck with it now until I get a new one. I am just so upset that I can't trust the Bissell name anymore. I didn't even think about what brand to get when I was buying it because, like I said, I have always had good luck with Bissell. I won't make that mistake again. Back to reading reviews before I get a new one. Bissell, Please consider taking this model off the market. July 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love this Vacuum!! I have bought several vacuums after doing a lot of research on reviews, specs, etc, and have always been disappointed. This Bissell vacuum, I purchased because my previous vacuum had broken (like all the others,) and I bought it without any prior research because it was a great price. WOW! I am amazed by how well this vacuum works, and what an amazing price!! I wish I had bought this vacuum a long time ago. Does great with cat hair and cat litter, which has been a huge issue with all my prior vacuums. Love it!! July 11, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by sucks the dirt up and then shoots it out the back. I would vacuum my wood floor and the dirt I just went over would be sucked up and then shot out the back. It was if I never used the machine. The roller is always turning whether it is for bare floors or carpet and I found that the suction was minimal, did not even suck up my hand. June 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gives Dyson a run for their money! This machine RAWKS! I not only use it for overall cleaning but pest control too (Roaches and spiders beware; MWAHAHAHA) Anyway, this Helix is WAY better than my Dirt Devil vacuum that hardly worked. Well done, Bissell! BTW, If you come out with a hose tool to clean ceiling fan blades, I'll make it SIX stars! ;-) March 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for the price I love my vacuum cleaner, this is the 2nd one, first one the motor started going out after 5 years. We only do normal vacuuming in our house. Only thing is I need to find out how to clean it to get the "dusty" smell out of the machine. The air that comes out while cleaning really smells like a dirty house, but I only assume it's the dust that it picks up. February 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by this is a great product this is our second power force 12B1 ...gave the first to our daughter for part time cleaning jobs ! this vacuum is made very strong , never loses suction , easy to change & clean the filters , good on board tools , great price @ Wal-Mart , the 20' ft cord is a little short so I simply added a 5' ft extension cord , keep up the good work Bissell January 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Found one flaw... I truly like the Powerforce & how well it cleans, especially with 3 dogs in the house I constantly clean. I utilize the hose alot as well to vacume my couch & loveseat. but one day, sun was shining in the window just as I went to use the hose to do my couch. I turned on the vacume & suddenly seen dust flying out of the hole where the hose attaches to use for floor vacuming. I felt I was wasting my time cleaning with the dust just flying back out all over & had never noticed until the sun was shining in. SO, I cleaned the vacume cleaner really good, took totally apart & washed every part. Went to clean again with the hose & STILL the dust flies out of the tube where the hose attaches for the floor use. Feeling let down, like Im cleaning for nothing because then I have to dust AGAIN after I vacume. :( December 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great system It is a wonderful machine I have had no problems with the system I use it both for carpet, rugs, and hard floors. November 25, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not the quality Bissell product I expected. The belt breaks easily...I have had this vac only since August 2 ,2013..Today is Nov.25, 2013. I check the roller before vacuuming each and every time. I adjust the height when changing carpet level. I don't know if the belts are faulty or the vacuum. The belt snaps and breaks at the point one end is connected to the other each and every time....the belts don't have time to get worn enough to break or stretch...This will be the fourth belt I have replaced and just getting to the 4 month anniversary of purchase...I have never had trouble with a Bissell vacuum, or any other Bissell product. The trouble with this one is getting old fast! November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product has a lot of cleaning power for little cost. It cleans so deeply, quickly and wonderfully. WOW! November 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Vaccum Ever! Love this vacuum. Previously had a higher priced vacuum and this one works better than it ever did. Gets dirt you don't even know is there. Love the bagless feature and the washable filter. Light weight. Great value for the price. Would recommend to everyone. November 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good product; easy to clean I really like your product; I have owned a bagless Bissell vacuum before. It picks up dirt easily and is easy to clean. I only wish it had better attachments that would more easily clean furniture such as sofas. November 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by best vacuum This is the best vacuum have ever owned I love it. It doea everything I need it to. November 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dust Bunnies Beware! Still loving it! There has been no decrease in function. On the days when I don't want to move furniture I just use my wand and reach under with great results. No more hidden end dust bunnies for me! November 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by good vacuum I love that this vacuum doesn't lose suction but I do wish when you use the lowest setting the brush would stop moving. November 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Vacuum and Great Price I bought this vacuum because my sister had one and worked well with sucking up pet hair (she has a white German Shepard that sheds a lot). I have 2 cats and this vacuum sure does the job at sucking up everything at a very competitive price. I love this vacuum and it really keeps my house clean. I used it on my rugs and carpet and tile but not on my hard wood floors- I use the hose and brush for the wood floors as the main vacuum area with the wheels scratched my floors when I pushed it around on the hard wood floors. Air is forced out through the front and can cause dust to fly around but overall, it does the job of sucking everything on your floor and getting your floors cleaned up. Great product, highly satisfied. I had the vacuum for 5 months now. Would recommend it! November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Blue Monster This is the best vacuum out there that's why it's my blue monster it picks up everything and more it's light an powerful and has all the attachments that you need to get your carpets an floors clean October 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great suction This has very good suction, better than the Dyson I had been using! Light weight and easy to empty. I would have given 5 stars but the hose is too stiff and not long enough. Wish I could combine Kirby hose with this vacuum :) October 22, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by The price was right . So i took it home. set it up and cleaned the carpet.I was impressed with the power of The machine. it did well. but Good job great price . but, not very user friendly . It will only last a short time unless you clean the all the filters after every use. October 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Sweeper we have ever owned! Absolutely one of the best vacuum sweepers that my wife and I have ever owned. Far superior than the Hoover brand vacuum we had owned prior to this purchase. Our Bissell cleans better and there are no more bags to buy, which is a wonderful feature. The suction is definitely better and my only suggestion for improvement would be either a longer hose or more extensions. This model was also very affordable for folks like us with a limited budget. I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a good, affordable sweeper. October 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Vacuam I got this vacuam for a good price but wasn't to sure on how it was going to work because I usually would buy a more expensive vacuam. Since the economy is so bad and I am very limited on to what I can spend at this time, I bought this vacuam. Boy, what a surprise! This vacuam works EXCELLENT and is also very light which makes it easier on my back. Not only did I get a good price, but I got an excellent vacuam. October 17, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Wishing there were more..... I guess for the money what do I have to complain about.....really? Well I would wish the vacuum came with an extra at least 1 ft more on the hose, and an additional 1 ft on the electric cord too. The add- ons would be nice if the carpet attachment wasn't so rigid as well. Just a few thoughts overall a okay product Bissell, but guess they wont be calling me to design any new products in the near future. October 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by excelent One of the best vacuums i ever have pick up everything good deep clean love it October 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wasn't expecting what I got with how much I paid. So here we are. I honestly never thought I would be writing a review about a vacuum. But this vacuum... this vacuum is too good not to. We needed a new vacuum because our old one finally bit the dust *cough* dirt devil *cough cough*. We are moving into a home with no carpet in 3 months so we didn't really want to spend a lot on a vacuum. We purchased this thinking it would just be "OK" but boy were we wrong. You should have seen how much dust and dirt was in our carpet! And our carpet looked clean beforehand! super gross right? AND this vacuum is so light. Crazy light. It just zooms around the house. But seriously, this vacuum is great. I will never purchase another brand besides Bissell from here on out. Thanks for helping keep my house clean Bissell :') Truly yours xoxo September 29, 2013
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