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on 21 May 2006
I bought this from Amazon because it said it has duel edge cleaning (which works fine) and because of the lift-off function, which I thought would be ideal for vacuuming my 3 sets of stairs. The latter is a good idea in principle, but the attachments completely lack any power at all for picking up bits from the stair carpets. It desperately needs a turbo head attachment. I had bought a Dirt Devil some time ago to do the stairs and have gone back to using it - it is FAR superior than the Bissell, despite costing only £20. In addition to this, the Bissell is very heavy and I am in the process of having to send it back because the filter on the back 'blows off' when the cleaner is switched on and you lose suction (PS - emailed Bissell but heard nothing back!). On a positive note, it is incredibly east to empty the dust box - a good job, because it fills up quickly. All in all, this vacuum cleaner is a good idea in principle but does not stand up to being used for the purpose for which it was intended.
PS - Since first writing this review I have had to stop using the machine because the noise has become unbearable - I have tested it with a decibel meter and it starts off at 110 dB and the scream increases with use. The last time I used it to vacuum the whole house my ears took an hour or two to recover - the noise is of a level to cause damage to your ears. Also, it blows out a lot of dust whenever it is statred up. I don't know how people can give it a 5* rating - just its heavy weight alone should exclude it from that!