Rated 1 out of 5 by shpn_girl 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 RileysMom 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 Kaci 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 mscott 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 Centaur71 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 happyowner 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 Bob2533 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 Debi 2013 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 silvwolf 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 Jane521 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 Daisy40 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 jjen1604 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 madams12 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 kaleb89 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 Missy 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 Paula 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 DNoemi 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 Suzzy57 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 Shardp62 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 Stan59 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 Slowride85 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 arffy12 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 NoMo24DaD24 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 anthony25 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 LtRipleyLastSurvivorOfTheNostromo 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
Rated 4 out of 5 by GRANNY GREAT PRODUCT
THIS IS MY FIRST BISSELL VAC.IT HAS GREAT PICKUP POWER .IT IS LIGHT WEIGHT AND EASY TO HANDLE.THATS A PLUS FOR ME. NO MORE BAGS TO BUY AND HAS WASHABLE FILTER.
September 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Browlan LOVING THIS MACHINE!!
I've only owned my PowerForce Helix Bagless 12B1 for a few weeks now and have used it three times, but for the price, you just can't beat it! I have hardwood floors, area rugs, and tile in my kitchen and bath. This baby does it all! I use this machine when I do my weekly, entire house vacuuming/cleaning. I have a Bissell PetEdge for small areas of non-carpeted flooring where our dog and cat leave their hair and I use it as needed in between my weekly whole-house vacuuming. I highly recommend both machines....I love, love, love the PetEdge and have owned it for about two years now.....never had any problems with it! I really like using both machines because they're light weight, easy to use and easy to maintain. The only improvement I would make on my PowerForce Helix Bagless machine would be a longer hose for reaching behind and above cleaning needs. But as I said for such a reasonable price you just can't beat these machines....they do everything the much more expensive machines do!
September 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by KKT06 Love this vaccum!
Glad I don't need bags. Bare floor setting, perfect for cat hair pick-up! It is light weight but has great pick-up!
September 22, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by eancloud Too loud fake hose short cord
Yes it has good suction & it's lightweight. However, its very loud, the cord is very short and the hose is fake, it does NOT stretch.
September 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joann 130 Best ever!
The first time I used this vacuum I could not believe the dirt, dust & debris it picked up. I was just trying it out, had already vacuumed the previous day. I though my carpet was clean when I started out, it was not. It is an amazing machine.
September 21, 2013