If you told me earlier this year that in a few months’ time I’d be doing another vacuum cleaner review I would’ve thought you were pulling my hose. Yet Here I am again with another machine to be put through its paces. And I ask myself, “why is that”? Well, when you have a cat you realise how important this piece of equipment is in the home to maintaining a clean living environment for both you and your pets.
This time we’re looking at the Bissell Power Lifter Pet model. It’s an upright vacuum cleaner designed to tackle pet hairs left on both floors as well as soft furnishings. I’ve known of the brand for a long time mostly associated with carpet sweepers. As the brand “Hoover” became synonymous with vacuum cleaners so had Bissell become for sweepers. So I was very interested to see how this model would stand up to the challenge of cleaning up behind our two furry felines.
The four things that I have to deal with on an almost daily basis are cat hairs, left over cat food crumbs, cardboard scratch pad pieces and the occasional piece of stray cat litter which makes it passed the mats in front of the trays. Being especially designed for pet households, it was good to see that the Bissell was actually able to pick up all of these on the first pass. Occasionally I had to run the cleaner over a patch again but I would do that with any cleaner with a particularly soiled area. The Bissell has height adjustment for use on all carpet piles. We have very short pile carpeting throughout the flat so used the lowest setting. There’s also an attachment that can fitted so that the cleaner can be used more effectively on non-carpeted areas.
Both Oli and Nubes love to stretch out on the sofa when we’re not home so we often find a fine covering of hairs on the seats and back cushions. The material is woven so I was a bit worried about them being caught in any attachments. The Bissell’s TurboEraser™ attachment has soft plastic paddles which are rotated by the moving air. These were able to pick up hair and other items without snagging the fibres of the cushion material. Another useful attachment is the crevice nozzle which has a dual function, one being the standard tool to get right into narrow spaces. This tool also has a setting to turn the whole length of the nozzle into a flexible dust and hair attractor. I found this very useful for getting into the area between my sofa pieces as the rubber fingers “grabbed” any hairs attached to the fabric.
One last attachment came with the Bissell; the Pet Hair Eraser™ Tool. It looks a little bit like those fabric covered gadgets used to pull hair and lint off clothes. And that’s exactly what it is but with the added bonus of any lint and hair being sucked up directly into the cleaner. I found this especially useful on Oli and Nube’s scratch trees where the materials seem to collect and hold on to hair creating a thin covering on all surfaces. Oli seems to like licking these although I think it’s better that they get removed – less chance for fur balls. One thing is for sure, the suction when using the hand tools is very strong. In fact it’s so strong it can restrict the hose length a little. This can be overcome by bringing the cleaner closer to the place that you are cleaning.
In terms of weight, the Bissell is comparable to our old Dyson so no issues with carrying it up and down the stairs. Talking of stairs, it’s good to see that Bissell has allowed enough cord length to. get from the top to the bottom without needing to re-plug the cleaner in. The waste collection canister is a pretty standard size comparable with other cleaner in the same class. We were able to clean all 3 rooms in our place and the stairs without the need to empty the container.
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