Bissell OptiClean Vacuum

ericwiJanuary 13, 2014

-we recently bought one of these vacuum cleaners, and I thought that others might like to know how it works. This is a fairly small canister vacuum. It has a plastic "dirt cup" assembly that is emptied after an hour of cleaning, or more often if necessary. There are no bags to replace, but there are several filters to keep clean, and two of these are pleated paper filters that will need to be replaced eventually. The vacuum is powerful, and is very good for cleaning furniture and bare floors, wood and tile. I was able to get a 5 by 8 carpet clean, but I had to remove the "cleaning nozzle" intended for carpets, and use the steel wand, with no attachments. It took me about 20 minutes to do a 5 by 8 carpet, that had been heavily loaded with dog hair. I don't think this vacuum would work out well for those with wall to wall carpeting, but if you have mostly bare floors, with a few smaller area rugs, you might do OK. There are two foam filter pads that must be periodically rinsed clean, and allowed to dry. Also, the pleated paper filters will need to be removed and shaken out after several hours of use, and eventually they will need to be replaced. The dirt cup assembly is plastic, and can be easily washed in warm soapy water, rinsed clean, and allowed to dry. If the filters are kept clean, the vacuum will maintain suction, and it should continue to clean well. It is true that there are no bags to replace, but cleaning the filters is a periodic chore, so this vacuum will require some DIY maintenance to keep it operating well.

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I don't have one. I have tried a couple of other brands and always come back to Hoovers. They have never let me down.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 11:37AM
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We have had the Bissell OptiClean for a month now, so I will post some additional comments. I sent away to Bissell for an extra dust cup and also the two filters it carries. This allows me to vacuum for about an hour. When the first dust cup fills up, it can be popped out in seconds, and the clean dust cup is inserted. The dust cups are both emptied at the same time, and the filters are removed. The foam filter can be cleaned by washing in warm water & detergent, and allowed to dry. The pleated paper filter can be vacuumed clean, with a shop-vac or something similar, and this will extend the life of the filter. I don't know how long the pleated paper filters will last, and this is significant, because they cost around 10 dollars each. We have a carpeted hallway, and I was able to get this area clean by using a stool, which I sat on, and vacuuming the carpet with a small nozzle, by hand. I think it took about 20 minutes, where it might have taken 5 minutes to do the same area with an upright vacuum. However, the carpet got really clean, so it may be that the Bissell OptiClean is doing a better job. It sure picks up a lot of dirt.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 10:00AM
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It sounds complicated. I cleaned so many carpets being a land lord for 20 years, I hire mine done now. LOL

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 2:06PM
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well bissel are not that great brand in the first place.
if you want a sodil poweful vac, go for hoover or dyson (preferably hoover)

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 11:43AM
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