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Bissell 6594 Powerforce
Member Name: cyberem78
Bissell 6594 Powerforce
Advantages: Lightweight, powerful sucking action. Vacuums close to edge of head.
Disadvantages: Main hose too short. Power cord too long.
I went online to check out vacuum prices and was dismayed at the cost. A lot of them, particularly for the better-known brands, were hundreds of pounds. I was convinced I would need one of these super-dooper models to cope with the huge amount of strewn hair. I was on my way to purchase one of these mega priced machines when I stopped in at supermarket Asda to pick up some groceries and noticed they had a few vacuum models in stock.
The Bissell Powerforce model was mid-price in their range at only around £40.00. Although I had doubts about its possible performance given the cheaper price I decided to take a chance.
The vacuum comes boxed and is surprisingly light in weight. It is a self-assembly model and you need your own screwdriver. You must fit two supplied screws into the handle part which then attaches to the main body. The rest of the assembly is simply clipping the main suction pipe into place and attaching the various brush heads to the side of the machine. All filters and cups are already in place. A comprehensive user guide booklet provides assembly instructions as well as care and maintenance guides.
The vacuum's features are as follows: It has a 'Twist and Snap' Hose connector which is the main pipe on the cleaner. It is attached near the top and bends outwards and down to the foot hose. I find it sticks out a tiny bit but not enough to get in my way. The main hose also has stretch capabilities and doubles up as the hose used with the hand tools.
There is a long, straight hose wand/extension with a sturdy handle and an extra pipe with a slanted head as well as a combination dusting brush and upholstery tool. I find the latter hand tool marvellous as you it means you can change cleaning surfaces quickly by just using the other side of the tool. I do find the length of the main hose to be quite short compared to the vacuums I have used before. It means its more difficult to do long staircases - you have to take the cleaner up there on the stairs with you and hold it which is a bit awkward!
The vacuum has a thin 'powerfront' (the flat piece at the front of the machine), which is handy for sliding underneath the edges of sofas etc. It also has an excellent rubber guard around the front which means if you hit it off any furniture it won't scrape it. Lengthwise it is thirteen inches across. There are several height adjustments for the type of surface you are cleaning. The lowest setting should be used for bare floors, the medium setting for short and medium pile carpets and the highest setting for plush pile carpets. The main suction hole at the bottom of the powerfront is located closer to the edge than the centre and is about three inches away from the edge. There is a brush head with a spiral brush pattern and very stiff bristles. I find that this vacuum picks up from the very corner of the powerfront more successfully than any vacuum I've ever had before. You can slide it right up against a wall edge and it will pick up the dust there no problem.
To push around the vacuum feels very light and can be quickly turned to change direction. I am actually surprised that it is so easy to move given the powerful sucking action from the powerfront. It takes just one roll over any mess to completely clear it and leave the carpet looking clean and new. The brush head sometimes leaves brush marks on very short or new and fluffy carpets although it is not unsightly. It can infact help to make older carpets look as though they've just been spruced up or steam cleaned. When I am vacuuming the long power cord, which is coiled up just a tad too low on the machine, sometimes gets in the way and really needs to be held up with one hand whilst you move around. The 30ft electrical cord is also way too long for my personal needs. The power switch is at the bottom of the vacuum and is operated by your foot. It is simple to press and not too high up to mean it's an awkward task. There is also a release pedal near this power switch which puts the vacuum into one of three positions. There is upright, normal or low where the vacuum is virtually horizontal and can slide fully under tables. A wonderful help!
The cleaning system is based on a bagless three stage filter design. There are HEPA and charcoal filters involved. There are inner and outer circular filters as well as a filter cup and the dirt container. The container is easy to remove by just sliding a clip in one direction or the other and pulling it out. It can be trickier to replace though - watch out for spaces around the top of the container. The container has a central hole which means it provides less volume than it appears from looking at it from the outside. I find I need to empty it every other time I vacuum, but the process of emptying the dirt is extremely simple and quick. I do find that when vacuuming sometimes the hepa filter can blow out a sudden gust of dust or filter particles but this is only very occasionally. The inner and outer filters are cleanable and can be washed with mild detergent. As a pet owner the filters need to be cleaned more often than with normal use.
There are ten replacement parts available for the vacuum should you ever need them. These are listed in the user manual alongside the helpline and company contact details.
Overall I have to say I was actually shocked when I found this vacuum performs so well and I have to say better than my more expensive Dyson and Electrolux models. It is an excellent buy for any pet owner keen to receive a powerful clean. This just shows you that you don't need to pay over the odds for a vacuum that really works! Bissell's tagline is "We Mean Clean" and they really do!
The technical helpline for customers is:
(UK) 0845 300 7775
Their website is:
Summary: A vacuum that works wonders on dog-hairy floors!
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