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I had, had my eye on a carpet sweeper for ages so took the plunge last year after seeing a Bissell one for £11.99 in Home Bargains. This is just a basic sweeper, it's called 'Sturdy Sweep'. On the Home Bargains website the sweeper featured is 'Carpet Mate' and is different to the one I bought off the shelf so I can only presume the one I have is newer in store. The box it comes in is good quality, glossy and blue and white. It's small, compact and light making easy to carry around and buy. The box has all sorts of information printed on it. The sweeper claims to be suitable for all floor types: Good for pet hair. Suitable for hard and carpeted floors. Sweeping width 23.5cm. Sweeper size W23.5, D7cm. Sweeper height (which isn't adjustable) 110cm Inside the box you get the sweeper and the handle which comes in pieces- this is the only assembly required. I was a bit worried that I'd have to put the bristle brush in etc but no it's already to go. Also prior to buying the sweeper I'd looked up reviews where people had said the handle was rubbish and came apart during use and how much better a screw rather than a push together handle would be- this model is screw together. It was dead easy to do this and also easy to screw the handle to the center of the sweeper head, none have come loose even during use (well maybe a little). The sweeper head itself has one large bristle brush running down the middle, small bristle tufts in each corner and a dust collection pan either side of the brush. To empty the pan there's push sections which you just lightly depress to pop open; it's all no bother to do. The sweeper is totally manual you don't plug it in, charge it or use batteries; it's alot quieter than a vacuum too. But does it work? Yes. I have a variety of flooring, wood, tiles and carpets. This is so simple to use you just push it backwards and forward over the floor. The dust and debris get flung up into the pans on the forward and backward motion. On the carpet I was surprised at just how effective it is at collecting bits. When I open the pans I'm always surprised at how much stuff is in there, particularly hair that wasn't visible to my eye; just goes to show that the vacuum cleaner must miss a lot of hair stuck in the carpet. Going by how much human hair it collects I should imagine pet hair wouldn't be a problem for this sweeper. It does get pretty close to the edges of the room if you sweep along it, obviously it's not as thorough as a vacuum hose attachment but it's close enough for me. The sweeper handle lies down flat so you can get it under the beds and stuff which is handy for storage too. The wooden and tiled floor is a different story though, it tends to just push bits around, don't get me wrong it picks up eventually but it's quicker for me to get the broom out. I would recommend having this sweeper, especially for a quick whip about in relative silence. It's much easier than getting the vacuum out, plugging it in and dragging it 'round; the sweeper justs waits in the corner ready for action- it's much lighter than the vacuum as well. I've had for months and upto now it's still like new. There doesn't appear to be any wear on the brush and the pans are still secure. 4 stars from me it would be 5 but it's not so good on the wooden floor or kitchen tiles.
Recently my Mother bought me an excellent vacuum cleaner. Until I moved into this flat that I now call home and found that on laminate flooring it was pretty useless, so like many people do I have been using a sweeping brush and a mop after which have given me satisfactory results to be fair however it was absolutely killing my poor old back and my floors were getting really yukky with sawdust from my hamsters and bits on the floors cos I just dreaded doing it so much. I decided that I needed a sweeper of some kind. I did own one a while ago which was simply a really cheap and awful thing and I really thought it was awful so I decided to look in my Argos book for a sweeper from a brand I have heard of before but still I didn't want to pay out the earth for it and I spotted this one costing only £9.99 and from Bissel. The Packaging: It comes in a cardboard box with the floor sweeper being dark blue and then you get 3 black poles and a long handle and on one of the poles there is a long fluff comb which attaches securely on and off there to help you get the fluff out of the machine rollers. All the poles securely twist in making this appliance long handled There are no instructions given in the box but seriously its so easy to do it even I could lol and we are told on the box how to do it. This looks nice enough and of course it is manual so no batteries or plugging in is required. The base, sweeper is a classy dark blue colour and on that we are told that it is Bissel Carpet Mate. It has one large brush to the centre of it and then to thinner black brushes that go either side of unit. There are two emptying out slots which you simply slide and empty which are large areas for picking up bits into (dustpans). This is a solid feeling carpet sweeper though the one negative I have with this is the noise it creates when in use. On my laminate flooring it really doe make a noise and I can't say I can go over bits once and they lift, actually they do if they're little bits but the larger bits take a little more effort to get up. I like the way though that the handle on this is sturdy and stays upright and you can fold it down really flat for storage, I don't like the way I can't get into corners with it and that's it not a one sweep and done item however it is far easier and less back breaking than a broom ever was and for me this has been a very good investment indeed! Available from Argos costing £9.99 and the item number is 02000.
I have a Henry hoover, which I am really happy with, I also have a Bissell carpet sweeper, which this review is going to be about. Picture this if you will, you've spent the whole morning cleaning, dusting and hoovering, your house is lovely and tidy, then it's lunch time, you all sit up at the table and tuck into a nice lunch. No matter how hard you try to keep your house looking pristine, there will always be a collection of crumbs under the table which quickly spread around the room. This would happen in my house on a regular basis, then a friend suggested I get a carpet sweeper, I remember my Nan used to have a carpet sweeper, I always thought they were for old people or people who had trouble lifting a regular hoover. I got my Argos book out and found this Bissell carpet sweeper, it cost around £10, I thought this was a fairly cheap price to pay to keep my house looking neat and tidy. Well what can I say, it's fantastic, I use it on a regular basis, it's quick and easy to use, light weight, it doesn't use any electric, theres no power cord to get tangled up in, it's compact and requires very little storage space, it's far easier to use this when cleaning under the beds, it also gose further under the lounge furniture than my Henry does, the kids think it's a novelty and are quite happy to use it. Basically its a well made metal box with a pole handle, underneath is one large roller brush and two smaller ones, which sweep all the dust and dirt into two compartments, another bonus, theres no messy dust bags to dispose of, you simply lift the two under flaps and tip the contents into your rubbish bin once you've finished using it. Attached to the pole handle is a cleaning tool, it looks like a curved comb and you use it to comb the roller brushes to remove any hair or dirt thats been caught around it. In conclusion, I love my carpet sweeper, I feel it's saving me money as I don't have to get my Henry out everyday, which does use elecricity, it's great for picking up crumbs, every day mess, pet fur and my daugthers long hair, it will never replace my Henry though as my only critisims are: it doesn't sweep right up to the edges and corners, you can't really sweep the stairs with it and it doesn't work so well on hard floors (wooden, laminate, tiles etc).
I bought one of these when I was pregnant and couldn't face getting the hoover out everyday. Its great as its light and picks up all the little bits you get which don't really warrant getting the hoover out for. I give the lounge a quick run around every morning and then again as and when needed. I bought it in Argos for £9.79 and it was money well spent. It was cheaper than a lot of other makes. You have to put the pole together but they just screw into each other and is very simple to do, you also receive a comb with it to untangle any hair in the brushes and this clips onto the handle for storage. My daughter (6) even likes using this and always runs it around for me as it is very light for her to use. It has twin emptying dustpans underneath which is very easy to tip into the dustbin. The only downside to this is that the handle is not very long, I am 5'10" and think it would be good if they gave you a couple of extra pieces for the pole so you could choose what hight you want it to be.