I have a love/hate relationship with vacuums. Mostly because while I don’t give them a lot of thought, I am pretty picky about the kind I want. Which means that I can’t find one that really fits the bill exactly. So when Bissell offered to send me their CleanView Deluxe vacuum to test it out, you know I had to say yes.
Would it measure up to my needs?
My first test was putting it together. I hate reading instruction manuals, and would rather put it together intuitively. Sometimes that doesn’t work, of course, but I lucked out here. Within moments of unpacking the box, the vacuum was all assembled. Under seven minutes! I could easily figure out which piece went where (ok, with the exception of one brush attachment that Nick took care of), and there were only two screws needed tending to.
So we’re off to a good start.
Now, truth be told, I don’t do the vacuuming in our house. I leave that to Nick. So being the generous Mom that I am, I let him try out the vacuum first. Both of us agreed rather quickly on one thing – the suction is amazeballs. Way better than our current vacuum. Whether it was a little bit of dog fur or errant Cheerios underneath the couch, it was all sucked up in the blink of an eye. No more going over and over and over the area. Because, really, who’s got time for that? Or as Sweet Brown famously said “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
Ever since bagless vacuums hit the marketplace, that is the only kind I buy. Because it means it’s one less supply I need to buy and stock, and it makes it easy to empty out the dirt cup without all that dust and dirt flying everywhere from a bag that is collapsing mid-empty. And this Bissell vacuum is bagless.
More bonus points.
It is also pretty lightweight, which means I can carry it upstairs and downstairs without grunting or groaning. And it also means that the kids can easily use it too. And I’m all for more kid involvement when it comes to housecleaning.
Years ago, we had a canister style vacuum cleaner that cost nearly $300. The thing weighed a ton, had a short hose, and it had a bag, which I think, in my very unscientific opinion, is worse for allergies and such. And honestly, it wasn’t even that powerful a vacuum.
So the fact that this Bissell CleanView is under $100? Crazy town.
I would buy it for its suction power alone. Because with two kids, two cats, and a dog, goodness knows the more power, the better. And because it sucks everything up in one pass, it saves me time.
And that, my friends, is golden.
*The kind folks at Bissell sent me this vacuum to review, good, bad, or indifferent. All the above opinions are totally my own – I wouldn’t have it any other way.