Thursday, 26 March 2015

Review: Bissell Vacuum Cleaner

I think it is fair to say that I am not very “modern.” As a history student I find this quite fitting actually. I don’t know how to use the TV, I don’t have all mod cons and nor do they interest me. I am always one for having things that are “classic” – and by that I sort-of mean ancient. My vacuum cleaner is no exception. I bought it when I first moved into my old house in Manchester (which is still for sale by the way, £69,950 – grab yourself a bargain…) I digress. I bought the vacuum cleaner in 2005. So it’s ten years old, and I always say “Oooh it’s great – so powerful, cracking little hoover – ten years old – classic.” It cost me somewhere in the region of £32.
In the back of my head I have sort-of known that this little vac is probably not doing its job. I mean it has great power, and as it’s a vac I can get in all the nooks and crannies. Unfortunately I have lost most of the attachments and it is looking a tad worse for wear. But still… does the job, right?
This is where the problem lies. It really doesn’t do the job. I probably vac once a week. Maybe. Cleaning the floors has never been a real priority of mine, I’ll be honest – but I am trying.
Anyway, you know how I know it doesn’t do the job? Well, because of this review. I was offered to test the Bissell vacuum cleaner for a few weeks. I do have to send it back (boo!) but I said yes to the review. I must have known in the back of my head that I do need a new vac, and road testing a modern fandangled sparkly one would be the best way to go about this, right?

So anyway, I did I quick whip around my bedroom, literally just to do a quick initial test of the machine, and lo and behold...

What a disgrace. I was mortified. I clearly have fallen completely behind with technology. So then I did our bedroom again, nice and slow and thorough, and again - FULL.

Also, there was the small matter of the wig that could have been made out of the hair that was wrapped around the bristles.... DON'T JUDGE ME!!

What follows is my review of this amazing vacuum cleaner. I am honestly gutted that I have to send this back.

What the Spec Says:

"edgeREACH™ technology is a one-of-a-kind innovative mechanism that provides superior edge and corner cleaning. The MultiREACH includes a two-way folding handle that offers users greater flexibility. The handle flexes forward which allows easy cleaning under furniture while being able to compactly fold back for easy storage." 

Even an idiot like me can assemble it. Really simple. Charge it for a few hours, lasts for 40 minutes and you’re good to go. The main cylinder can be taken out for easy emptying, and you can also use it like a hand-held vac to do your car or the stairs.
What it does

This vac is the ultimate in “picking up crap” – apologies for the colloquialisms, but it is true. It has every conceivable attachment for every part of your carpet. The main attachment head has a little spinning bristle brush inside. This is what makes the magic happen – it literally acts like a tractor on your carpet, lifting the shag piles up, and sucking all the dirt out. (Too many saucy jokes to be had in the last sentence, but this review is written by me so what did you expect?!) The bristle brush action can be turned on or off, so I cleaned my laminate floor with this with the bristles off, as I only required the suction (which is unbelievably powerful.)
It also has a button that you can turn on to reach the edges of your skirting boards. You press the button and it sucks in from the edge. I can’t tell you how all this works, but it just does.  The head swivels in all directions, and the stand actually collapses at the flick of a button so you can clean right underneath your couch or bed without having to move it. Amazing scenes.
It is incredibly light and very easy to manoeuvre. I have SPD (wonky pelvis) from carrying the babies and cleaning the floors can be one of those jobs that really irritates it, but this cleaner is so light that there is no messing around.
I cleaned my rug. It looks like new now, no kidding.
How I found it
Can you tell that I love this yet?
ALL the pros. You don’t need me to praise this vac any more. You can read about the specification on Bissell's website listed below if you want more information. If you want a new vac, and you have the cash to spend then I highly recommend this one.
The price for this is around £250. This is the only downside to me. This is more than I can afford at the moment to spend on a vac. But then again I am a student, a mum of three and I am trying to sell a house, so my financial situation and my priorities are quite tight. If I had the money spare I would definitely purchase this - I have dust allergies and I sneeze all the time. It's no wonder. My house was clearly crying out for this amazing mod con. You really do get what you pay for. I am very sad to see it go back. I think that it would be better if they let me keep it. Maybe I could start my own campaign using a hashtag and everything?

It’s got a certain ring to it, no?

To have a look at these amazing fandangled new machines do visit Bissell Direct. And if you buy one, try not to make me TOO jealous will you....

This post was linked up with Colette from We're Going on An Adventure's review linky which she runs every Tuesday! 

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  1. What are they going to do with it when you send it back, they can't sell it ? they should let you keep it and you can keep on saying how well it's working. #result

  2. That looks like one incredible vacuum! I've heard great things about Bissell, wonder if I'd love one as much as my Dyson? x

  3. Sounds great but I wonder how I would clean the bristles, it would be quite a job! My hair falls out a lot so i'm sure i'd have the same problem. I also think it's a bit mean of Bissell to take it back from you, surely it's not likely that they will be able to sell it once it's been used

  4. This looks fab! What a shame you have to send it back though x

  5. I can't quite tell form your review whether you like this or not?! Looks great and sounds pretty awesome. There's something satisfying in looking at all the crap that the hoover has sucked up, isn't there. Is #keepkerrieshousecrapfree trending worldwide yet?

  6. Oooh I love a good vacuum, I have a bit of a thing for looking at them online and deciding which one I want next....anyway, that sounds wrong, but this is definitely going on that list! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  7. That is so cruel to let you try it and then take it back, I would love to review a vacuum! I have 3 in my house and they are all rubbish... cant handle my kids mess!

  8. Keep the friggin thing!What are they going to do jail you?You're doing them a favour.By the way,is it a pet wooly mammoth you've got?Try keeping the sheep outside as well.


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