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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Performance (no pets required), 26 Nov. 2009
This review is from: BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Cylinder Vacuum 2,000 W (Kitchen & Home)
The Bissell 'Pet Hair Eraser', as common sense would dictate, is also good for households WITHOUT pets. Just like a divers watch, you know you won't need to go 50m under the sea but it's durable enough to cope. My initial assumption was that a vacuum cleaner able to cope with pet hair, will be useful when dealing with the general dust, human hair and grime found embedded in carpets and upholstery. I was proved right. However, I have also allowed a neighbour who has a dog to try it. She too was impressed.
The package:
included are a selection of brush heads that attach to a solid metal 'extension wand' far superior to the usual plastic ones most manufacturers produce. Heads: 'Pet Hair Lifter' is the most conventional one. It has a brush switch for hard floors. I have wooden floors and the result, while not mind-blowing, did exactly as expected but with extra gusto. For carpets, a second rung can be clipped into place. This extra platform has a red velvet type of material, often seen in restaurants some years ago. (waiting staff would use it to brush the table cloth after use). This works reasonably well on carpets although I can already see that the strips of material are only stuck down fairly basically and with use could tear off.
Next, we have a pliable rubber head for reaching those awkward corners such as stairs or skirting boards. I have never seen anything quite like this before and have mixed feelings about it's effectiveness. The rubber head literally squashes, squeezes and bends into all manner of tight crevices. Only slight issue is that it seems to be the least powerful of the heads when it comes to suction. There is a noticeable loss of suction, negating the cleverness of the rubber head.
Finally, the most impressive of the attachments, the 'Wide Pet Turbobrush'. The manual states that this particular attachment is suitable for small flat areas such as cushions or beds. After experiencing it's sheer brute force, I believe they are actually underselling this rather incredible piece! This rotates with the velocity of a Eurofighter Typhoon. With the firm hard bristles it was the perfect choice for turning my old grey carpets back to white. This is the attachment that is probably the most useful. I actually prefer it to the main Pet Hair attachment, meant for general cleaning.
The device feels solid, looks good and has a handy adjustable power slider, that can reduce the 2000 watt suction if required. For me, this came in very handy. I was giving my PC keyboard a clean, removing all the debris lurking under the keys when the 2000w suction lifted the entire keyboard off the table.
A handy red light provides an immediate warning if the Vacuum becomes blocked. This allows action to be taken before smoke literally begins to appear, my experience with 2 past devices.
One slight niggle, not specifically limited to this particular model, is the need to replace the Hepa filter at a future date, and of course the bag will need to be discarded and replaced. This is of course how the manufacturers guarantee future revenue and is similar to the way the printer industry operates.
In summary, this is a well designed and effective product that could probably compete easily with the Dyson's of this world.
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