Like many other pet owners, we are constantly battling against the fur that our cat leaves over just about everything we own. We own a hoover and have tried other handheld vacuums, but nothing has come close to this product for ridding our possessions of cat hair.
At around £30, the Bissell pet vacuum isn't expensive at all, it's very good value for a sturdy item. Although on first appearance, some may consider the fact that it's corded a negative, it actually means that the power isn't limited like other handheld cordless devices, which is clearly where we were going wrong before. The wire is just under five metres long, so your range of movement isn't restricted and the vacuum itself is compact with a very convenient switch on the handle where your thumb rests.
The best thing about this product is the nozzle that comes with it. There is a standard hoover attachment, a bit like one you'd use to do your stairs, which is perfect for doing a quick whip around the kitchen floor or even the interior of the car, but the real star is actually the rubberised nozzle that has little bumps on it. When removing pet hair from a fabric, the usual issue is that it sticks on so well that you can't get it off. This nozzle drags over the top of the hair and loosens them from the fabric, making it much easier to hoover up. The result is that everything is left virtually spotless of hair.
Because it's quite so effective, it's important to clean the product, which fortunately comes apart very easily. I empty mine after every use because I don't want any kind of build up and the fluff and hair pulls off very easily. My only complaint is that at 2kg, this isn't an especially light item and it can cause a slight wrist ache after extended use and it does become quite warm after extended periods. I also dislike that there is no stand that comes with it, as it doesn't need to charge on one. It tidies away nicely, but it's at a slight loose end compared to hand held ones that clip onto the wall for example.
As you know I have two cats that are always leaving cat hair and fluff all over the house especially in the summer when they are molting. I have a large pet hair vacuum cleaner but when I saw this mini handheld cleaner at a reduced price on the Bissell website I though it would be ideal to buy for those times when I just needed to do a quick clean and did not have to go to the effort of getting the large cleaner out of the very packed cupboard.
The cleaner is designed especially for picking up pet hair around the house, and is meant to be powerful at the same time. It has two different types of nozzle - a flexible rubber contour nozzle that is meant to attract pet hair and remove dirt from upholstery and stairs, and a hard nozzle for cleaning dry dirt. The cleaner can also be used on your car to clean the seats and carpets.
The cleaner is very compact and fits easily into your hand with an easy grip handle. It only measures 10" x 5" x 8" and is very lightweight and only weighs about 4 pounds. It has a 16ft cord which is great and means that it can reach lots of areas from just one socket.
It is easy to switch the nozzles on the cleaner by pressing down on the round nozzle-release button and taking the old nozzle off and replacing it with the other one which easily snaps into place.
On turning on the cleaner it is very powerful. The main problem I have had with it is that it has open air vents at the side which blow powerful air out of them during use. This means that during use the cleaner just blows a lot of hair and dust all around the room so I end up chasing it and having to do a lot of dusting afterwards as pet hair ends up everywhere. This defeats the whole purpose of the cleaner and creates more work!
The cleaner includes a dirt container which is easy to empty and should be emptied after each use. It is quite small so would get full quickly if the cleaner was used regularly but is fine for occasional use and small jobs.
The cleaner has a one-year warranty. Part of the filter has broken on mine after just a few months but I am not concerned about trying to fix it as I don't use it enough for it to be worth it.
I must admit that overall I have been disappointed in this cleaner. It is a great idea and is probably fine to clean your sofa where there is not already a lot of dust/pet hair lying around, but for use on carpets or general floors it is just not effective. I still use it for occasional jobs but mainly have returned to suing my large cleaner (or not cleaning at all for a while!)
The full price of the cleaner is £59.99 but it can often be found for about £30 on the Bissell website or Amazon. At this price it may be worth it for very occasional use but I would not recommend it at full price.
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For a long time now I have been looking for a suitable handheld vacuum with which to clean my stairs! It was all reasonably easy when we had a cylinder cleaner but, when we graduated to an upright Vax I had to resort to the brush again.
The main problem being with the stairs rather than the vacuum cleaner as they are steep and narrow - but they've been that way for over a hundred years so a change of cleaner is certainly cheaper than a change of stairs!
A couple of months ago we came across the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser. As many will know there are five cats in our household so the name of it was attractive to start with! Having also seen it demonstrated, it seemed to fit the required bill very nicely. We have had other vacuum cleaners which I thought would be suitable for the same tasks and have, unfortunately, been thoroughly disappointed - to the extent, in one case, where we exchanged the item. (The replacement is now long gone).
I have to say that I have been very impressed with this little cleaner - and yes, it IS little; the approximate measurements being 30cm x 20cm x 10cm and the weight less than 1.8 Kg. This makes it especially easy for cleaning the stair which was, of course, the main reason for getting it. The cable is longer than that on the main cleaner and I can easily clean the stairs with it plugged in either at the top or the bottom - rather than having to change half-way as I have had to previously. There is also a cable "wrap" - a Velcro-type strap - which keeps it in place when not in use.
There is a choice of two nozzles, the main one being red and a flexible soft rubbery material. Bissell say that it "works like a magnet" and, in a way, it does as the pet hairs are attracted to it and is ideal for stair carpet and upholstery. The other nozzle is a hard one better for hard surfaces and the car.
An added bonus is the inclusion of a HEPA Media filter. Something not often found in such a small item. My only problem with this is that I tend to drop it when I empty the canister, easy enough to replace, of course.
If course this is not intended to replace a full sized cleaner but for a quick and easy clean-up it is ideal. It makes a really good job of the stairs and is SO much easier than coming down backwards with a hand brush! Or, for that matter, trying to balance a heavy vacuum cleaner half-way while you change the plus from top to bottom!
I would certainly recommend this little machine for anyone who needs something for quick solutions or if, like me, they have problem areas in their house. It will certainly fit in a lot of places where bigger ones would be left wanting.
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser has reduced quite a bit in price since it was first shown at, I believe, £59.99. The latest price I have seen is £29.99 which I think is a bargain for the jobs that it can cover.
I hope that you will have found this useful and I thank you for reading.