Bissell PowerForce Helix Review
I purchased this vacuum, the Bissel PowerForce upright in October 2013. It is the very first bagless vacuum that I have ever owned, and I must say that (at least so far) I am very pleased with it. It is powerful and maneuverable, and I was quite surprised by how quiet the unit's motor is while in operation.
One should keep in mind, however, that there is some maintenance involved with this vac. There are two filters that are accessed by removing the dirt tray in the front of the unit. One of the filters is more-or-less a foam ring that slides over another filter which resembles a car's air filter (on a much smaller scale of course). According to the direction booklet, these two filters need to be cleaned after "every few" operations. To clean the filters, you are instructed to simply rinse them out in the sink with nothing more that warm tap water. Next, you just let them air dry before re-installing them back into the vacuum. All this is just fine, but one thing they don't tell you is that the smaller filter takes days to dry, as it is partially made from some type of thick paper as opposed to the foam ring which takes just an hour or so to dry. These filters supposedly last for the lifetime of the vac, but we shall see about that!
The Bissell does come with some nice features, such as a crevice tool, and an upholstery tool, and an extension wand. All of these are handy and pretty much a must have with any vac.
All-in-all I will have to give the "thumbs up" to the Bissell PowerForce for its overall value. If you factor in price, features, attachments, and power, this nifty little vacuum really does do the trick!
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