The Good: Inexpensive, Good sucking power, Easy to assemble, Easy to clean, Veryy quiet
The Bad: Not the most powerful home vacuum, Cord is not retractable
The Basics: The Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is a good replacement vacuum that will serve most households quite well.
A few years ago, I found an amazing vacuum cleaner in the form of the Bissell Cleanview Rewind Pet vacuum (reviewed here!). That vacuum has served my household exceptionally well for the past three years and while the latch that locked to keep the vacuum's handle upright has stopped working, I did not see that as a reason to replace it. My wife, on the other hand, wanted a new vacuum and given that the key selling point of the Rewind Pet for us was its amazing ability to vacuum up all of the Siberian Husky hair in the house, following Myah's death, I could see that getting a brand new, shiny vacuum cleaner was a good idea. Given how successful the Rewind Pet was at keeping our apartment clean for the past few years, Bissell easily earned our repeat business. While I was out of town, my wife picked up a Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner for our home and I arrived home to discover the simple joy of a new, highly-functional vacuum cleaner.
The Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is a very simple canister-style vacuum and the 1834 is noticeably less-powerful than the Rewind Pet we had before. The Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is surprisingly light, though; already, I have found that using it to vacuum our stairs is much easier than with any other upright vacuum I have previously used. The Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner continued the experience we had which found that Bissell vacuums had great durability, despite its light weight.
The Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner came unassembled, so our first task was to get it out of the box and put it all together. Anyone with a Phillips head screwdriver can put this together, probably without even looking at the directions; the assembly is pretty intuitive for both attaching the handle and affixing the tube. One simply needs to attach the base to the handle assembly and connect the hose and they all come together in one way. The handle has two pieces which snap into the base and screw together to form the solid drive shaft of the vacuum. The Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner my wife purchased is predominantly red for all of the front pieces (that are not made out of clear plastic) and black for all of the components along the drive shaft of the vacuum.
Properly assembled, the Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is 44" tall by 14” wide by 12" deep at the base. This is an efficient-looking canister vacuum cleaner with a handle with a guard that actually makes it very easy to maneuver the vacuum. The drive shaft holds the tube, so the handle is not encumbered by the tube which is transporting the sucked up matter from the ground to the canister. The 1834 has the belt and motor assembly in the base of the vacuum, which rotates the brushes. There seems to be suction from the canister area, though, even without the brushes rotating and sucking (which makes sense because the hose on the back of the vacuum detaches in order to get into tough areas). The canister is attached to the front of the handle assembly and snaps in easily. The tube winds around the back of the handle assembly.
With the Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner vacuum properly assembled, it simply needs to be plugged in to power the unit. The cord is attached to the back of the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, which is a step back from the Rewind Pet vacuum we had before. Instead of having a cord that is internally-wound, the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner has a fully-extended cord that attaches to the back of the vacuum's base and has to be wound on the back of the handle. The cord does not stay wound well on the back of the vacuum, which lowers the ease-of-use of this vacuum.
When activated, the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner makes very little noise. My cat Elim does not leave the room when I vacuum with the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner and our other two cats only seem to leave the room or room immediately adjacent to the vacuum when I start moving it. When they are a room away, they do not seem to be bothered at all by the vacuum actually being on.
As for the vacuum's power, the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner works quite well. Even without Myah around, there is still Siberian Husky hair around our apartment and the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner has been steadily finding it all. After a month of solid use, the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner has continued to clean our apartment exceptionally well; with each pass, the vacuum seems to find even less lingering hair from our dear, departed Myah. Elim, however, has been shedding a bit more and the vacuum always gets his hair up exceptionally well.
Because the transport tube comes in the right side of the base, the right side of the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner has stronger suction than the left side on this vacuum cleaner. Suction on the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is quite good, but there is a noticeable difference between the quality of the suction on the right and on the left.
The vacuum easily removes dirt and hair and every other form of solid matter I’ve been able to find so far from carpets and walls. Because the hose may be detached from the base, this vacuum has quite a bit more versatility than most uprights and it may be used to get cobwebs as well . . . assuming the cobwebs are within five feet of the base of the vacuum, as that is about the length of the vacuum’s hose. The Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is easy to move over any level of carpet or hardwood, which makes it easy to clean with.
Use of the assembled Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is exceptionally easy. There is the standard release lever on the base of the unit which allows the handle to be unlocked. This allows one to push or pull the vacuum at an angle, as opposed to perpendicular with the floor. The Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is activated by a power pedal near the bottom of the back of the vacuum cleaner. The pedal is not as convenient to use as a power button on the handle, but it is functional. The Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner vacuum may be used on low carpets (or bare floors), medium pile carpets or even longer carpets, with the height of the base being adjusted by a simple knob on the front of the base.
As the canister gets filled up – easily visible as the canister is attached to the front and transparent – the vacuum continues to vacuum with decent force. When the canister is filled, simply unlatch the canister from the handle assembly and empty the canister. The press of a button allows all the crap in the canister to drop out, like the canister has a trap door! The top of the filter twists off and the filter itself may then be dumped into a garbage bag. You can even wash the filter and canister out, but that just puts dirt and dust down the sink. Either way, it is exceptionally easy to get the hair, dirt and dust one vacuums up out of the canister without putting it back in the air, simply by operating the release right in the container one is dropping the matter into!
The Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner comes with a pair of attachments: an adjustable rotating brush and a little brush which attaches to that or to the hose itself. I’m not wild about attachments, but both my wife and I used the attachments and found them easy to use, though the sucking power was diminished. The vacuum worked great on the floors and for sucking up matter through the hose directly when we detached it from the base.
Ultimately, the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is a good home vacuum cleaner from Bissell, even if it is not the most powerful model the manufacturer makes . . . even in a similar price point.
For other vacuum reviews, please check out my reviews of:
Cheetah Ash Vac II vacuum cleaner
Kenmore 31079 vacuum
Dirt Devil KWIK vacuum
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