Bissell 3-in-1 Vacuum

Date Wed, May 14 2014

I waited a while to write this review because I wanted to see how my stick vac held up. It’s been a good two months — at least? — since I bought the vacuum. I bought the Bissell 3-in-1 Vacuum to replace my slowly-dying Swiffer Sweeper Vac, which was taking longer and longer to charge and not sufficiently sucking up much of anything.

Bissell 3-in-1 Vacuum

The Bissell 3-in-1 Vacuum works on low rugs and hard floors

The Bissell 3-in-1 Vacuum is essentially a handheld vacuum (dust buster) with a floor attachment that runs on wheels and a handle to make it into a small, corded vacuum. The floor accessory works on both hard floors such as tile or wood. It also works well on my low area rug and every other rug I have in the home. Low carpet will work okay with the Bissell 3-in-1 Vacuum, but you won’t have much luck with carpet with longer fibers. However, it does work okay to clean up fur and such from the surface of my carpet.

In comparison to the Sweeper Vac, the Bissell 3-in-1 Vacuum has held up well and picks up both the hair and cat fur that the Swiffer cloth was able to pick up as well as larger chunks of debris suck as cat litter or food crumbs that the Sweeper Vac wasn’t able to trap. The Bissell is able to do this because it runs on wheels and is a little higher than the Sweeper Vac. This means that it doesn’t fit under all furniture. The canister also means that I can’t quite push the Bissell was far under furniture as I could with the Swiffer, which has a much thinner handle.

However, the Bissell absolutely excels in suction power because it’s corded. There’s no loss of suction as the battery dies. Ultimately, I’m not using much more electricity with the stick because it only takes a few swipes to get all the dust and debris, and I had to charge the Swiffer before every time I used it, anyway. I can go from hard wood to area rug, which my Swiffer vac couldn’t do. There isn’t a 360-degree head, which would be nice, but the head of the floor attachment is small enough to get into corners and such.

When you remove the attachment and handle, you can use the dust buster on your furniture and drapes. The vacuum also comes with a crevice tool, which is useful if you need to go into the cracks of your sofa or between appliances and cabinets.

While the Bissell 3-in-1 Vacuum is certainly louder than my Swiffer Vac, it’s more powerful and versatile, too. Of course, I have to empty the canister every few times I use it, and the fur and hair that builds up will cause it to work a little harder, but it does a much better job at sucking overall. Plus, I’ve never had to completely wash the filter — although you can wash it with water and let it dry or buy a new one — because sucking hasn’t been impeded.

This particular model is only available at Wal-mart, but it costs less than $16. A regular Swiffer runs you $10 and I spent around $25 on my Swiffer Vac so this is a damned good deal.

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