In this BISSELL PowerEdge pet hard floor corded vacuum 81L2A review, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this vacuum cleaner model.
Pros of the Bissell PowerEdge Hardwood Floor Vacuum
This is one of the most affordable Bissell vacuum cleaners on the market.
The unit is lightweight and easy to handle. Furthermore, it is not hard to carry this vacuum up to a second story to continue vacuuming.
This vacuum’s dust cup is high capacity.
The unit comes in several easy to assemble pieces.
You can use this vacuum on short rugs, hard floors but not area rugs. It has excellent suction given its size, though the suction declines with time even if you keep the air filters clean.
According to the 2015 Consumer Reports buying guide, Bissell vacuums on a whole see seven percent of the units needing repair in a given year. This ties with Hoover on reliability, beats Dyson and Electrolux by a modest margin and makes it much more reliable than Riccar. This is one of the most reliable vacuum cleaner brands on the market.
Cons of the Bissell 81L2A Hardwood Floor Vacuum
This unit does not get along the edges next to the walls very well, despite the manufacturer saying that it does.
When you vacuum under furniture like a table, the air flow can cause a fine mist of dirt and dander to scatter around the vacuum. This is counter-productive if you are trying to vacuum the area where the dog or cat likes to hide and leaves a thick layer of shedding.
Conversely, the canister is so big that it has trouble fitting under most furniture anyway.
It pretty much cannot pick up kitty litter. You’d be better off with a broom and pan to get that.
Pet hair can accumulate in the back of the vacuum where it is pulled into the dust cup. If the vacuum starts to experience a drop in the quantity of gunk deposited in the dust cup, there may be a clog in that airflow path – and that’s a pain to clear out.
In this BISSELL PowerEdge pet hard floor corded vacuum 81L2A review, there is information that may affect a buyer’s decision that is not a clear pro or con but should be included for the reader’s information
The V shaped head drives things on the sides of the vacuum head’s path toward the middle, but the shape prevents the vacuum from getting corners very well. The head shape also makes it almost impossible to use on stairs.
The unit doesn’t have a retractable cord. The power cord is only long enough to use room by room.
The Bissell stick vacuum has an average noise level for a vacuum cleaner.
The weakest part of this vacuum is the handle, which is prone to breaking after extended use or when significant pressure is applied to it. Make sure you don’t accidentally step on it. If the unit breaks, it is less hassle and cost competitive to buy a replacement vacuum than try to reach Bissell customer service and send it in for repair or try to find an authorized repair location.
Be careful to empty the dust cup in an area you can easily sweep up – sometimes the process of emptying the dust cup can cause it to spill or generate a fine mist of dust and dander.