Let’s get the legal jargon out of the way, in accordance with FTC guidelines I am noting that I received two Bissell 17G5 PROlite Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner. One vacuum was given for review purposes and the second is a product to be given away in the contest on this page. The review vacuum will be thoroughly cleaned and donated either to My Sister’s House or to a family through my church’s food pantry. I’d like to thank Bissell for the opportunity to review their product and pass it along to someone in need.
Wake up, it’s time for the review.
First thing that impressed me about the PRO Lite vacuum is the fact that it has a limited five year warranty. If I’m going to pay for something I need to know that it’s not going to crap out right away. I want all of you to know that I ruined all of my geek cred* and took the time to read the manual, just for you. I learned about the warranty and it covers home use, this means if you’re running a cleaning business the warranty does not apply. The warranty naturally doesn’t cover those parts that should be replaced from time to time on any vacuum – fans, filters, beater bar / brush, hoses, or belts. Also, for peak performance you have to clean and replace those parts as needed. There are thorough directions in the manual which is available as a pdf. Neat.
*I hope you’re happy because now I have to turn in my card later today.
Assembly was a piece of cake, I did need a Phillips head screwdriver to attach the handle to the base, it took all of thirty seconds, but I decided to lie down for a nap because reviewing is hard work. Whew.
There are several things I really like about this vacuum. First as I have hardwood I really like that the wheels are rubber, they won’t scratch the floor even after they have suffered wear and tear. Nice.
I also really like the clear portion over the beater bar / brush. Sure, looking at hair and string isn’t exciting, but it’s good to be able to just glance see whether or not the brush needs to be cleaned without unplugging the unit and turning it over.
The dust cup is easy to remove, empty, and replace. Like bagged vacuums the dust receptacle is on the back of the unit rather than the front.
Lastly, I like that the hose, while a part of the main unit isn’t in a place where it will have to be frequently reattached during normal operation. (That’s a complaint many Dyson owners have for the model I own. I personally don’t have that issue, but I can see where someone could.)
How is it in use? I liked it. First I tried it out on my hardwood, which meant turning off the rotating brush. This is done with a button located just under the power, quite convenient. As expected it picked up pet hair, crumbs, and the random Lego. As with other vacuums I have used, I could not squeeze into the annoying area underneath my cabinetry -you know that no man’s land that serves as the place where all crumbs go to die. I’m sure you feel my pain.
All of the attachments are stored in a provided bag rather than on the appliance. This has both a positive and a negative. If you have a safe place to store said bag great! If you don’t and have children who insist that the accessories are toys better than any that can be found at the store, then you may have to spend time hunting down said accessories. On my vacuum the accessories are stored on-board and I’m constantly having to guess where the children have absconded with the various tools.
After trying out the soft brush for dusting, I proved the hose has plenty of reach for even our taller shelves, I took the unit upstairs for the true test, carpet. I should note that this is called the PRO Lite as it is intended to be easy to transport from room to room while cleaning. You’ll be glad to know I made it up the stairs with no trouble, the unit is easy to carry.
I was pleased, it pulled dog hair and dust out of both shag style and plush carpeting, the crevice tool is shorter than some, but adequate for the job. What more can you ask? I have a Dyson and while I did not save one week’s worth of dust and dirt to compare with the next, but estimate-wise I’d say it pulled a comparable amount of dirt from the floor covering. That’s what everyone wants to hear right?
I had no problems while reviewing the vacuum and at $199.99 (the MSRP) I believe it to be reasonably priced. Remember reviews on Home-Ec 101 are subjective, based on my personal experience and taste.
Now it’s time for the giveaway.
You know you want your very own Bissell PRO Lite Vacuum and you can have one, if you’re lucky.
Here’s how I run a giveaway. Each US or Canadian reader (I’m paying for shipping and it won’t be international, sorry) has up to three ways to enter:
- Comment. Please use a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.
- Mention this contest on your own blog, Facebook, or messageboard/forum and post the link to that mention in a new comment. (Don’t spam a forum, only do this if a) it’s allowed and b) you’re a regular participant. I do expect manners, ’cause I’m mean.) To grab the link to your Facebook post, right click the timestamp below the post after it has posted on your wall. Choose copy this link and paste that url into your new comment.
- Tweet about the contest and link the url of the tweet in a new comment.
To grab the url (that’s the link) of your tweet, right click the time-stamp (that’s the part that says 30 seconds ago or about 8 hours ago) and select copy link. Paste that into your comment.
Comments must be received by Saturday December 12, 2009 at 9pm Eastern. Participants who comment more than 3 times forfeit their chances. The winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on Sunday December 13, 2009. Got it?