Rated 4 out of 5 by Bissell user Great lightweight vacuum with a design flaw
I've used this style vacuum for years now. My father has one also. It has great suction and is lightweight. I love that I don't have to make a mess emptying a dirt cup. The onboard hose with attachments is great for quick upholstery cleaning and getting in corners. The hose does stretch over time which makes it difficult to keep in it's clip, so it tends to pop out of the base easily. My only real issue with the design of this vacuum is the wheel assembly with axle. I have had to replace this multiple times on more than one machine due to the cheap plastic nubs used to hold it in place. They break off quickly with normal use. A simple metal pin through them could deter this. I have already contacted the company to fix this flaw, but apparently that has not been done. I am once again having to order this part which broke again recently. I have to buy a few to be sure I have a replacement for when the new one breaks...which it definitely will. I like this vacuum enough so that it's still worth the additional trouble and expense, but it's a shame that such a simple flaw that could be easily corrected keeps this from being a great product. It's not a high-end machine, but for the price, it's hard to beat.
September 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sweetie pie This vacuum works very well. i have had 5 and ordering #6
my big complaint is the stiff cord which i constantly run over and
have to tape. if you change your bag this vacuum works well.
we used many in cleaning apts. buildings and they will usually last 2 yrs, that is commercial use.
the mechanism that keeps sweeper standing is usually is the first thing to go so i would like them to improve on both of these issues otherwise i think it is a great sweeper for the money.
i recommend the power force with the bags.....
September 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by jamie81 Owned this model for years and years!
Love how it works!! I've bought 3 more vacuums (including the shark) after this because we have pets and the bagged vacuums smell...but I have always come back to this one. The mechanisms are made really cheap and within the first year have had to fix 3 things on it...but as far as functioning...it works great! I will use it for as long as it holds up and will be buying a Bissell again.
August 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sandra Light and easy to push around
I have allergies to dust and dust mites and this vacuum has been helpful in controlling those allergies. It is easy to push around. The reason I did not give 5 stars is that the hose does pop off quite frequently as does the power cord from the groove above the slot for the hose. Otherwise, it is easy to fix if the belt comes off (I vacuum from tile to carpet. This has only happened once in 3 years). It does an EXCELLENT job vacuuming tile. My water after mopping is barely soiled. So much cleaner than when I would use a broom. Also, it is very easy to change the bags. For those reviewers that say dirt blows everywhere, I ask if you have checked the filters and ensured they are intact. Also, it has been my experience that if you have these problems so soon after purchasing it, the retailer will exchange it. In addition, the on board tools are handy and easy to quickly access when cleaning. I would recommend this vacuum.
August 24, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by tb1234 The worst
The worst vacuum. The lid is always falling off, the hose will not stay connected as you are vacuuming, and it blows dust and dirt everywhere.
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DeeDee This Vacuum glides easily
I had a minor stroke a year ago & our old vaccum became very hard for me to use. We bought the Bissell PowerForce at our local retailer & I'm so pleased with it. I have no problem pushing it on our carpets, it glides so easily. I'm able to put the attachments together and pull apart easily for along the baseboards in the rooms with hardwood floors, even on days that my muscles aren't cooperating. I was so thrilled with my vaccuum, we went and bought one for my mother who had knee replacement surgery and bought us another one for upstairs! We did however have to replace the roller in our first vaccuum, but it could be due to going from carpet to hardwood throughout our home. I would still highly recommend this sweeper! :) I also own a Bissell Carpet Cleaner and everyone borrows it! Guess that says how great it works too! Thank you Bissell!
July 28, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by frugal waste of money
dont throw good money at this machine. It did not last at all blows dirt and doesn't suck dirt up at all. I bought at wal-mart. Its just a big ball of plastic now. Not even worth the repair. Just save your money and get a high quality vacuum at sears.
July 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by tuscansmom blows dirt everywhere!!!!
This vacuum does not work beyond 4 months. even with a brand new bag, it blows dirt and particles everywhere. It ruins my whole day. So frustrating. I just want a vacuum that works!!!!!!!! Ive resorted to using a broom on the carpets because, at least I get the big pieces up. When it did work...briefly, the attachment hose would fall out constantly blowing stuff everywhere!!!!! so annoying!
June 14, 2014