The Motherloot Blog: Product Reviews

bissellI am a huge fan of Bissell products and everything that I have ever bought from the company has been a roaring success in our house. We have the Bissell Quick Steamer and the Bissell Steam Mop. Both of these little vacuums get a workout in our house, but I have yet to find a cordless vacuum that I am happy with. We bought a Shark which I absolutely loved until it burned out two years later. The next investment was our Dirt Devil Vibe. The suction was great for about a month and then it just stopped picking up. Since then I have been making do with a good old-fashioned broom and pan, but I always keep my eyes peeled for a cordless vacuum that works.

Bissell sent over their new Bissell Versus Cordless Bare Floor Vacuum and I couldn’t wait to open it up. As with all cordless vacuums it requires a good charging before it will work so I had to wait until the next day to use it. Upon it charging, I was ready to roll and I had two willing and messy children to help me break it in. After a morning breakfast of cornflakes (for Ethan) and Cheerios (for Emily), we had the perfect scenario for testing out this vacuum.

The first thing you will notice about this vacuum is that it is an unusual shape. The design might not make sense at first, but when you are trying to get in those crevices around your furniture, it makes complete sense. It is a V-shape design that allows you to get right against your kitchen table and chairs without having to manuever around it. It does require a little manuevering though when you are trying to get around the outer perimeters of your room, but you just line it up against the wall and push around that way.

This vacuum has great suction and within minutes, I could see that it had picked up every last little cornflake bit and Cheerio.  Again, the design factor comes into play on this model because the V-shaped design helps so that you aren’t scooting stuff around (as I had experienced with other cordless models) and actually suctions it into the center.

While intended for bare floors, you could also use this vacuum on low pile carpeting. The vacuum is brushless so you aren’t having to deal with trapped hairs and threads underneath. Best of all, it is bagless and has any easy to release cup where you can dump out what you catch…like Cheerios or cornflakes!

I would highly recommend this vacuum and can’t wait to put it to the Clark test and see if it can survive a few years of hard work in our house.

Here are a few easy tips for picking a cordless vacuum that will be a good fit for your family:

1. You will be much happier with whatever you are purchasing if you can test drive it. Borrow one from a friend or just take them through a spin in the aisle. It would be ideal if you could use it, but if you can’t just try pushing it around to see if it glides easily.

2. Pick a store that has a good return policy. Many times, picking a good quality cordless vacuum is a game of trial in error. In the case of the Shark, I read a story of one lady who had went through three in a month so it is good that the return policy would allow her to do that.

3. Online stores are great and might have more affordable pricing on these, but the pure and simple fact is, if it is defective or you just plain hate it, you have to ship that back. Who wants to be running a sweeper over to the post office? Physical stores are better in this case.

4. Sometimes extras (which cost extra) aren’t worth it. Stick to the basic functions and look for ones that offer the best sweeper for your money.

5. Just like all things, the highest price does not make it the best. Some of the higher priced models had a lot less power than this one so make sure you read the box carefully before buying.

A big thanks to the Bissell company for letting us take their product for a test drive!

Suggested Retail Price: $59.99

Website for More Details: Bissell Versus Corldess Bare Floor Vacuum

What has been your experience with cordless vacuums?  Please feel free to share by leaving a comment!



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    Thanks for the review. I have bought 4 cordless vacs in the past and they were all junk. I said I’d never buy another one but maybe I’ll give this one a try after all. I don’t vacuum every day like I should because it’s such a hassle dragging out the big heavy duty vacuum and with this I would use it every day.


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    With three small children and a dog, we rely on a good vaccuum to keep the house clean. I’ve yet to find one I like. We also have a fair amount if tile, so I may try the steam mop you mentioned. I hate the bucket and mop routine, and I’m probably the only one that’s not a fan of the swiffer… I just don’t feel like it cleans well and if I’m making the effort, I want the results. With an infant, I need a clean floor, so I appreciate the reviews. Thanks!


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    enteresting i will have to try this i clean 3 other houses and people are always asking me if i could recomend a good vacume


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    Is this an infomercial from Bissell or what? Why would Bissell”send over the new vacuum”? I think this one was from the marketing department. Mentioned all the other new Bissell appliances, too! I would seriously question this review.


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    I can just picture you getting excited as the kids spill their cereal.

    I have to admit that this is one product that I haven’t tried yet. But it looks promising.

    @Kyra a lot of companies will send products to bloggers to review and test. The blogger is under no obligation to post a positive review.


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    Betty- I actually use primarily Bissell products b/c of the success rate in our house. We do have a Halo UV Vacuum that I really love too that is not a Bissell product.

    I did receive this product to review and to offer my honest opinion on it. I am extremely happy with it and that is the honest truth. I am personally a big fan of Bissell though and their products have had a high success rate in our house.

    I am happy to challenge any other cordless vacuum company to send their product over so I can give it a try in our house. We have burnt out numerous other models and this is the first one that has truly picked up well and (so far) has not burnt out on me!

    Laura- I think you will be really pleased with the steam mop. We have put ours to good use in our house and I feel like it gets my floor a lot cleaner than the Swiffer. I will admit it though, the Swiffer is a great quick fix when I don’t have the time to steam :)

    Thank you for this feedback and I hope the purchasing tips are useful!


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    To “VReady:” Quit yelling (with your all-caps) and learn how to spell maneuver correctly. Your critique fails to explain with sufficient detail why you think this is a bad product.


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    Thanks VReady, I may have spelled maneuver incorrectly also. (Thanks to Tom for that alone.) I found your review very helpful. It is hard to maneuver close to the base boards. Pretty easy. Thanks for the caps, it brought attention to your review.


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    So you reviewed the Bissell Versus a year ago. Are you still loving it? We just moved into a new home with lots of tile and wood and I need a vac to pick up all the little hairs and dust before I steam clean.


    Amy Reply:

    Still absolutely loving it- it is still the only quick sweeper that we use in our house. I give it two thumbs up (STILL!) :)


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    I have been doing research online on cordless vacuums. My experience has been that they all seem to lose power to pick up over time. Is your Bissell still going strong…I mean as strong as when new?


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    How does this work on the corners? And hows the suction? Rowenta’s vacuum also has an unusual shape, an arrow shape, completely opposite this one that is designed to reach corners better.


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    Sounds like this is a good option for homes that are mostly tile or hardwood. My experience with Bissell has been good – I have a Bissell steam cleaner that’s kept its suction well for years.


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