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I have a bit of an obsession with vacuum cleaners (not as much as some people on here though) so when I was offered a Bissell Easy Vac for free as a friend was clearing her house out I jumped at the chance despite having two vacuum cleaners in good working order at home (a Vax and a Hoover that I have already reviewed).
Once I got home with the Bissell I decided to strip it down and give it a good clean, not only does this make sure I am familiar with the workings of my vacuum but it also clears out all the debris of the last owner. Stripping the vacuum is pretty self explanatory as the dust canister slides out easily for emptying and all the filters are easy to remove with a little twist. I gave everything I possibly could a good wash in soapy water and allowed to air dry before reassembling.
Once the vacuum was reassembled I was ready to clean. The first thing I noticed was the shortness of the power cable measuring only 6 meters in length, this is a mark against the Bissell as I am spoilt by the more than generous 10 meter of power cable provided by my Vax. As this Bissell cable is much shorter I do need to move sockets around the home as I vacuum.
Turning the Bissell Easy Vac on is simple enough as the red power button/lever is situated on the lower rear left side of the vacuum, a quick tap with my foot and the loud and powerful 800 watt motor starts up. I find the Bissell incredibly loud for its size and when running it creates a lot of excess air which I found quite annoying at Christmas as all my cards kept blown over while vacuuming. The air produced by the Bissell is enough to blow my hair around while cleaning which gives me a slightly manic look.
Once the motor is up and running the release lever can be pressed, this is situated next to the power button/lever. When the lever is released the vacuum cleaner can be reclined to your chosen cleaning position.
Pushing the Bissell Easy Vac around the house is an easy task as the vacuum cleaner weighs in at around 5kg. Don't let the lightness fool you though this vacuum cleaner has excellent suction and gets a good grip on all surfaces.
The Bissell copes well with the various floor coverings in my home, it vacuums the lounge and dining room carpets perfectly and then moves on to the tiled hall and kitchen with no need for me to fiddle with a surface height adjuster as the Bissell automatically adjusts. During the winter I have rugs down on my tiled surfaces and I have no trouble with the Bissell switching from tiled to carpeted surfaces.
The Bissell Easy Vac picks up all day to day dirt, hair and crumbs easily with just one run over of the vacuum. I vacuum most days to keep on top of the day to day debris and hairs produced by my small long haired terrier.
The dust canister on the Bissell is quite small but this is of no mind to me as I empty the canister after each cleaning session. Despite the small size of the Bissell there is still a HEPA filter to catch micro particles and allergens; this is something I look out for in all vacuum cleaners as everyone, apart from me, in my household suffers with asthma.
The onboard tools are well situated and compact and easy to slot on to the end of the extending hose. As everything about this vacuum cleaner is compact the hose does not have the reach of larger models but it is long enough to swish around the skirting boards and the edges of furniture with the crevice tool and the mini brush is handy for running over upholstered surfaces. Unlike a lot of the modern offerings from vacuum companies the Bissell Easy Vac does not have an attachment with a rotating head which in all honesty I do not miss as I seem to spend more time stripping the rotating head down in attempt to get it working properly then I do using it.
When using the tools I was initially concerned about the stability of the Bissell, anyone who has used a Vax upright will understand what I am talking about. The Bissell is a little wobbly when the tools are used at full stretch but I am yet to have the Bissell fall over or land on me while using the tools.
I initially accepted this free vacuum cleaner with the idea of housing it upstairs in my home so as not to have to heft my large Vax around but I find myself using it more and more upstairs and downstairs and the Vax is pushed to the back of the cupboard and I have given my Hoover vacuum cleaner away.
The lightness and simplicity of the Bissell Easy Vac holds great appeal for me as I can quickly whip the vacuum cleaner around my home without breaking a sweat. Carrying the Bissell up and down the stairs is no problem as it is so light and compact, the only downsides I find is the shortness of the power cable which requires me to switch sockets while vacuuming and the loudness of the motor.
All things considered I am very happy with the Bissell Easy Vac; it is lightweight, compact, powerful and easy to keep clean. I am not sure if it is still available for purchase brand new but after my experience with the Easy Vac I would happily purchase a newer model from Bissell.
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Bought this EasyVac to "upgrade" from a 20 year old vacuum that barely worked. It worked fine for the first use (although very noisy). It has only gotten worse with every use, sprays dust everywhere, the brush shoots debris out the back into your feet. I tried using it again a couple days ago thinking maybe it magically started working properly and it made my room dirtier than it was before. I literally swept the carpet in my room with a broom for much better results. EasyVac is garbage.
I bought my Bissel Easyvac just over a year ago [so it is just out of warranty] and I would not recommend it. For the first few months it cleans adequately , but then suddenly in the middle of hoovering it starts laying dust and filth all over the carpet, no problem, I thought just clean the filters. To do this you must refer to the instruction manual as it is akin to de-commissioning a nuclear submarine. I washed the myriad of filters and left them out in the sun for a whole day to dry, then re-assembled it, at first it's ok but within a few hoovers it is back to spreading muck, it seems to me that it is impossible to fully clean the filters once they are dirty so I am going to dump this piece of garbage and buy a bagged vacuum cleaner [from what I've heard bagless vacuum cleaners are all rubbish and stop working properly within a year or two]. As is often the case the older technology is simpler and better.
A couple of years ago, my Grandparents decided to buy my Mum and Dad a vacuum cleaner for their Wedding Anniversary. It wasn't what you'd call a special gift (for more than one reason) but after thirty odd years of marriage, my folks were more concerned with practicalities than sentimentality! Max the Vax, as he's known as, is a complete and utter waste of space in my opinion: heavy, cumbersome and with a poor suction, I find him more-or-less impossible to use. We've had a feeling that he's been dying for some time so we wanted a cheap back up hoover just in case he goes to appliance hell down below anytime soon. At £40 from Asda, the Bissell Easy Vac was a good choice: the price tag might make it a bit of a gamble for some but, considering Max was quite an expensive vacuum cleaner by all accounts, we threw caution to the wind. After all, the Bissell couldn't be any worse than its predecessor...
SPECIFIC FEATURES OF THE BISSELL EASY VAC
For £40, you aren't going to get the most extravagant vacuum cleaner ever or indeed one that will do the cleaning for you. The Bissell Easy Vac won't astound you with new and interesting features but the fact that it's a light weight hover was one of the main selling points for us: my Mum has problems with her shoulders and the idea that this vacuum weighs less than 4.6 kg's according to the box was another good reason for purchasing this particular model. The power output of this vacuum cleaner is 800 watts whilst we're on the subject of figures. The Bissell Easy Vac is an upright, bagless hoover, meaning that the dust is simply collected from the rotating brushes at the bottom of the machine and stored in the dirt container until it's emptied by hand. The hoover comes with an attachable crevice tool to help you clean the difficult to reach areas of a room, such as the space between your bedside table and your bed, and also a dusting brush to aid you when you're hoovering flat surfaces in your house, including tables.
This Bissell vacuum cleaner boasts about its Hepa Media Filter which is designed to capture really fine dust particles such as pollen. I have to say that I wouldn't have noticed this specific feature if it wasn't for the fact that the name of this design feature was sprawled across the front of the dirt container cylinder but it's a handy feature to point out if you do suffer from hay fever or any other allergies and want to give this vacuum a try for that reason. The user's guide also boasts about the hoover's 'extra long' cord. Being the lazy type, if Mum makes me hoover the living room, kitchen and utility room all at the same time, I like to be able to plug the appliance into the middle room between the three so that I don't have to keep changing plugs. The cord, I'm pleased to say, it long enough for me to do those three rooms comfortably, but only just: sometimes I do have to unplug the hover to clean all three rooms fairly effectively but overall the cable is a good length, just not exceptionally long.
ASSEMBLY AND APPEARANCE
First things first: how easy is it to put the Bissell Easy Vac together? Well, being me, I didn't have anything to do with that aspect of the hoover. My Dad on the other hand had to assemble the vacuum and he said it was very easy: all you need to do is put the handle into the main part of the vacuum itself, making sure your hear it click and lock into place, before wrapping the power cord around the two handles above and below the dusting brush. Simples. The instructions manual comes with text and a couple of diagrams to help even the most DIY shy of people put the hover together in no time at all. If my Dad could put this together, anybody can!
The instructions manual itself is fairly useful: it explains the task of emptying the hoover very poorly but its diagrams for assembly I thought were very practical and easy to follow.
Looks-wise, there isn't much to say about the Easy Vac: it's a pleasant royal blue colour with some black and white detailing but again, nothing striking or overtly unique. One of the best things about the appearance of this cleaner is the fact that the dirt container is made of clear plastic: that way, it's easy to see when it needs emptying. The dirt container also has a 'full' mark along the right hand side so it's a good, albeit rough, guide for the user to know when the cylinder needs emptying.
The hoover is mainly made out of plastic which is light weight but doesn't necessarily feel that durable. In fact, the Bissell is so light that you can mistake it for a children's toy! In the short space of time we've owned it, our Bissell hasn't got so much as a scratch on it and whilst that's only a slight cosmetic concern, it makes me believe that the hoover is tougher than we all think, at least on the outside. The hover isn't very tall, which is good because I'm not either, so it's probably ideal for your older children who're sat on their backsides watching TV at this moment in time because it's the school holidays. Just as a friendly piece of advice to your grumpy, chore shy kids, the handle on top of the cylinder is the one you use to transport the vacuum from place to place, not the main manoeuvring handle, and I was pleasantly surprised with how effortless it was to get this hoover up and down stairs. I believe it would be a good appliance for older people or anybody for that matter that doesn't have very much upper body strength as it's not a very heavy vacuum to move around.
HOW EASY IS THE BISSELL EASY VAC TO USE AND DOES IT DO A GOOD JOB?
The Bissell Easy Vac is very easy to use although there are a few design flaws that stop this particular hoover from being fantastic. Starting off with the positives and I have to say that this hoover really knows how to collect dirt! In fact, it really puts our old Vax to shame: you can hear stones and other objects being collected into the dirt container and it literally takes no time at all to get the container full. This is largely down to the fact that the container is quite small at only 23cm in height but I can't fault just how quickly this machine collects dust. The machine is also easy to move from one room to another, largely because of the two good sized wheels at the back of the device, and the hoover is even easier to control when you press the detent lever down, allowing the handle to lower and the hoover to skim effortlessly over most floor types.
We have a mixture of laminate, tiled and carpeted floors throughout our house and I have to say that this hoover performs best on the carpeted floors. Although it's not always able to pick up dust and whatnot with just one glide, it only takes a couple of back and forth motions to really collect everything and that's another big plus in my books. With the old Vax, it would take literally ten minutes to hoover the rug in our living room but it's a two minute job with this Bissell (thank goodness for that!). Another advantage of the lowering handle means that the vacuum can reach some hard to get places, such as underneath the television stand and right up against the skirting boards, and I was pleasantly surprised with the speed and efficiency of this machine: I didn't expect it to collect some dust from the difficult to reach areas of the kitchen, such as the bases of the cabinets, but it managed to do so successfully and in no time at all.
However, the cleaning capabilities of this hoover are let down slightly when the hose is used independently to clean some of the more difficult to reach spaces within the house. The dusting brush and crevice tool do a respectable job of collecting dust and dirt, without marking your furniture at least, but nowhere near as good a job as the brushes underneath the vacuum. The hose itself is just not long enough in some circumstances which does let this hoover down significantly: with it being very light weight machine anyway, one harsh tug of the hose and the hover topples over! This hoover is a nightmare to use when it comes to cleaning stairs because of how easy it is to fall over in some cases so it's a good idea to be careful whilst using this vacuum in such situations. Yes, old people may benefit from it being a light weight machine, but another pair of hands would definitely come in handy and stop any nasty accidents from happening too.
One of the biggest disadvantages of this hoover is without a doubt the noise is creates: it sounds as if an aeroplane is about to crash into your house! The noise is borderline deafening but the saving grace is that the power is only on for a very short space of time because of just how quick and easy the hoover is to use in most circumstances. Speaking of power, the red on/off button is quite small and can be quite temperamental: sometimes the hoover will switch on with no problems at all, other times it's a struggle to get it started. The extra long power cord is also a disadvantage in some ways with this machine: it's good that I can plug it into one room and hoover another without having to keep switching it on and off and so on but you have to hold the excess cord while you're hoovering areas closer to the socket or else you find yourself running over the cord quite a bit...
In fact, Bissell's determination to make this a very compact machine has in some ways hampered its usability, not only with the power cord, but with the location of the levers and attachable devices. Sometimes, the power cord seems to get wrapped around the detent lever and also the power button which can be inconvenient when you're hoovering in a hurry. I can't help but think that if Bissell's design department had been a little savvier when it came to making this machine, such as situating the power cable on the opposite side to the all important levers, than it would have been an even simpler hoover to use.
Discarding of the dust in the dirt container is also problematic with this hover. In order to get rid of the muck the vacuum has o so successfully collected, you have to be some sort of a magician by pulling the release handle and then lowering the dirt cylinder at the same time. You almost certainly have to kneel down in order to do both of these actions at once so perhaps this hoover isn't the greatest thing in the world for anybody that suffers from lower back or knee complaints. As I mentioned, the dirt container is on the small side so you have to be prepared to empty this machine quite a lot to make sure it stays working coherently. Having said that, when it does come to getting rid of the dirt, the hoover is very efficient: the dirt seems to just fall out very easily into the bin and the space between the hole where the dirt goes into the container and the wall of the container is just about wide enough to wipe any excess dirt off using a piece of kitchen roll.
However, the durability of this machine's insides is somewhat questionable to me: after only a handful of uses, the drive belt had snapped in half and thus needed replacing. At the time, the hoover was vacuuming a few specks of dirt on a tiled floor so that shouldn't have caused the belt to snap completely. Although it was easy to change the drive belt, largely down to the fact that my Dad can read the instructions booklet and the box contains an extra drive belt, it certainly shouldn't have been cut after only a couple of uses. If it happens again with the second belt, we shall be returning the machine to the shop but...
WOULD YOU WANT A REPLACEMENT OR YOUR MONEY BACK?
As you can tell from this review, I have very mixed feelings about the Bissell Easy Vac. Yes, it's a light weight, easy to store and easy to use cleaner that does its job very well considering how little money we paid for it. Yet, there are many design faults and hiccups that make the positives of the hoover seem negative in some situations. My Mum loves this hoover and finds it really quick and efficient to use and happily puts up with the noise that the machine creates for those reasons. I, on the other hand, think that the design could have been better but I do agree that its suction is very good which is a pity as it means that I don't have an excuse for not hoovering anywhere anymore because of how burdensome the Vax was to use!
Overall, I think I can just recommend this hoover as long as you can put up with its design faults and have an extra pair of hands at the ready when you're cleaning stairs and other areas where the hose on its own might not be long enough. Although it's only really an Easyish Vac to use in many scenarios, for £40 I think the Bissell Easy Vac is a reasonable buy, in spite of some annoying niggles along the way.
My most interesting hoover to date. I dont do MUCH housework, being 19 and arguably veryy lazy!
But when i picked up the Bissel from ASDA for £38 i was actually eager to try out this bagless craze. The first use was really good, picked up all my little brothers crummies from the THICK living room carpet, and the attachments did exactly what the said on the...box. got into all the corners and was sure id done a great job. MUM COMES HOME... different story.
Turns out that all the dust... and seemingly more that id picked up on the living room carpet was just getting blown back out behind me...
an interesting design flaw. The air outlet obviously runs through the collection chamber and THUS blows out what you pick up at a slightly slower rate.
Took my Hoover back to ASDA who didnt take it back because TECHNICALLY, there was nothing wrong with my particular product - apparently.
The Bissell is light and easily manouverable, and has very good suction. in terms of its overall cleaning ability, id have to say it was questionable, and i have noticed that one or two of the more positive reviews are written by users with a GREY CARPET... i wonder if its always been grey!
If you want your hoover to PICK UP dust and dirt WITHOUT spitting it back out at you... Dyson's the way to go.
'you get what you pay for...usually'
Bought Bissell Easy Vac from Asda @ £43.
Was impressed with the suction but it blows a lot of air & dust out.
The second time using it, it burnt a hole in my living room carpet.
BISSELL arranged for a collection and tested it out and found nothing then blamed me for the vacuum tipping over when using the tools - the tools had not been used as the carpet just had a general clean. They basically did not want to know, no communication by email and just by letter (which takes time) while responses by email from ASDA same day
ASDA were very good at refunding me for the cleaner & for the damage to carpets however it did take 3 weeks to get sorted out.
Would not recommend Bissell.
Only good point was that it was Light weight and good suction, design was very plastic looking.
When I moved into my first flat I was on a tight budget, so when I saw this in Asda for £25 I thought I'd spotted a bargain. Most hoovers seem much more pricey, so I bought one.
At first this hoover was fine, it picked up most dirt and dust although some spots did need going over a few times, but I figured - you get what you pay for. It's lightweight and reasonably compact, and it's bagless, with a rather clever little conmpartment which just clicks off to empty. Very simple to use indeed. I was really pleased with my purchase, and even reccommended it to a few friends.
However after a couple of weeks' use (using it around twice a week), I noticed it wasn't picking up dirt as well. Worse still, it appeared to be leaking dirt onto my carpets! Not good. Also, even though this is a very noisy hoover to begin with, the noise was getting horrendous. I thought I was imagining things at first, but alarm bells started to ring when I noticed a strong burning smell coming out of it... in fact, the smell was so strong, my dad noticed it a few hours later when he visited and asked "what's that burning smell?" He's very good with appliances and told me the motor had gone.
I've noticed a few good reviews on here, so maybe I got one of a faulty batch. However there is another bad review from someone who had a similar experience to me on here, so this suggests it's not uncommon for these hoovers to go faulty. Needless to say, I shall be returning mine to Asda and demanding a refund.
I bought this vacuum cleaner from Asda for £30 as a quick and cheap way to clean up pet hairs. It wasn't easy to put together- my machine's handle didn't fit too well so I had to take it to pieces to make it work without it coming out of the socket during use. The motor is extremely noisy and scared the living daylights out of my cats. It did pick up the cat hairs but it also took the surface off the vinyl in my kitchen and toilet area while it was standing upright as I used the hose to clean in awkward areas. I complained to Bissell who said I had not been using it correctly but offered to send me a new one anyway. I declined their offer as a replacement machine was just as likely to do further damage. I have used upright cleaners for over 30 years and never had this happen before. Bissell are sending me my money back but I wouldn't give another one of their cleaners house room.
My new charcoal grey carpet looked good but as it has a very deep pile I found it extremely difficult to vacuum using my sanyo upright cleaner, it being on the heavy side. After a week or two of struggling to push the vacuum over it, I thought the purchase of a lightweight, cheap vacuum was needed.
Firstly I purchased a Woolworths ex stock basic vacuum from Poundstretcher, as Woolworths had ceased to trade by then. On noticing no hose or crevice tool, I returned this unused.
Next stop, Sainsbury's where I looked at their own brand, basic lightweight cleaner but I found this far too heavy and it didn't look particularly well made.
On shopping in Asda, I spotted the Bissell Easy Vac for a very reasonable price, in my opinion of £30. It went onto the trolley and to the checkout.
I am quite pleased with this vacuum. It picks up well which is the main thing. The best thing about this model from my point of view is the fact that it is light in weight and easy to manoeuvre, which is a must for me. It is light enough to carry upstairs. The hose isn't long enough to vacuum the stairs but it is small enough to rest on a stair while cleaning. It is bagless and very easy to empty. Also, this vacuum is small and easy to store.
It is on the noisy side but I don't really find this a problem. A longer hose would make this a better vacuum. Dust tends to clog in the hose.
It blows out quite a lot of air. Needs emptying frequently, though not really a problem as this is quick to do.
I don't regret purchasing this as it seems to do the job easier than most upright vacuums would. As a second cleaner it's ideal. It would be good for the elderly to use or anyone with muscular problems.
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I bought the Bissell Easy Vac from Asda for £30. Before I bought it i looked at some online reviews of the product on thier website a I had not heard of Bissell before and everything I read was really possitive. I live in a small 2 bed house and needed something lightweight to get up and down the stairs and which was small enough to keep in a small corner of the airing cupboard, this vacuum seemed like a great option. When I first got it, it was great, picked up really well, was easy to empty and the hose stretches suprisingly far to get in to all those hard to reach areas. Its bagless and the onboard dustbin has a capacity of 750ml so doesn't need emptying too often. However one day not long after I bought it I noticed something on the carpet which the vacuum wasn't picking up so I got down on my hands and knees with the hose. It wasn't until I got a closer look that i noticed that it wasn't dirt it was in fact a singe in my carpet. It wasn't there before I started vacuuming so I back tracked around my house to see if there were anymore. There was one on the landing, one on the stairs and another in the middle of my living room. On closer inspection of the vacuum we couldn't see anything that could have caused this to happen but we did notice that the flex of the power lead was coming away, something you wouldn't expect to happen so soon after buying an electrical item. We immediately took the vacuum back to Asda, who were very helpful, they contacted Bissell for us who told us to take pictures of the affected areas and send them off with 2 quotes for new carpet. This seemed acceptable for the damage caused and we did as they asked straight away. We waited a while to hear from them and we eventually got a letter back, along with the letter was a questionaire. We filled this out and sent it back and are still waiting to hear back from them, the whole process seems to be taking a very long time. We are currently trying to sell our house and big singe marks as soon as people walk in is not the impresion we hoped for. As all the other reviews I have read seem to be possitive I can only assume that I was unfortunate enough to buy a fault product, still Bissell as a company are not the easiest to deal with.
I bought this hoover as a replacement for my old one. I saw it in Asda when I was doing my weekly shop and bought it there and then as it was £30.00.
This hoover has many pros. It is lightweight so if easy to carry up and down the stairs. It is bagless and therefore really easy to empty. You just need to pull out a lever that in turn releases the dirt container. It is a multi level cleaner so there is no need to change any settings meaning that I can go straight from wooden flooring onto carpet. It has on board tools for when I need to hoover all the fiddly bits.
The only pros I can think of are small and petty ones. The cable could do with being a bit longer. It is rather noisy. The dirt container needs emptying after every use but that's more my fault as I do the full house each time I use it.
This powerful little hoover is well worth the price.
I have a miele, a very good vacuum, but to expensive to buy bags for. So i serched out to find a sutible bagless vacumm. I came across this bissell at asda direct. I knew bissell was a good name, so i took a first glimps at it and said yes to myself, so i got one. To be honest, i was expecting nothing much, i thought it would be poor quality and have a low suction motor. It is completly the oposite. The fit and finish on this is very good, considering i paid £10 for it at asda direct. My ambition was to keep it as a spare and for cleaning the car, but now it is a universal product for my house. It looks nice and has a good crevice tool and a soft dusting brush along with a very strong hose. This couldn't be easier to empty, very hygenic. The suction is very nice, i say that because if you have a to strong suction, the machine usually tips over, this is strong enough to quickly remove dirt, but not to strong to make it tip over. Also very well disigned. Very strong and sturdy but so light, i can lift it up with my litle finger. I have 2 dogs and 2 kids, so the houese gets messy in a day, but a joy to use this cleaner to do it with. I highly recomend this to anyone.
after purchasing loads different vacum cleaners and not having much luck with them i found this fab one at b and q very cheap it is very light weight as i have spinal problems and cannot do heavy lifting. i love the colour blue and its distinct lack of things that can go wrong its easy cleaning tools and ckear container so that you can see wat you are collecting and wen it needs emptying. the foot pedal in red makes it east to distinguish what pedals to switch on and the black for reclining, with it being very light it is easy to manouever aroung the house and very easy to empty with a large grey button at front of the cylinder for easy access, it is east to open for people with issues with finger mobility as i have, the filtration system is brilliant and easy to clean , for a dust free atmosphere , it lifts pet hairs very easil and feathers of parrots to , i thouroughly recommend this hoover to anyone at last a hoover that can do what its supposed to do .
I bought this vac for my elderly (86 years!) mother and wow! this is a fairly powerful wee thing which she finds easy to manoeuvre and handle.
Initially after I purchased this for her, I was a bit concerned that it looked too "plastic" and may not be up to the job. I have to admit to being a bit of a Dyson snob - HOWEVER I was sufficiently impressed at the amount of dirt/dust which was sucked up in this machine (boy my mother's carpets were either pretty grubby - yeuch, or this is genuinely a nifty wee vac).
The only downside I can think of, is the removal of the dirt container which my mother struggled with (her dexterity skills aren't the best), however I found this very easy to remove and dispose of the dirt.
In conclusion, I would thoroughly recommend this vac which my mother can easily lift out of her cupboard and quite happily hoover her carpets without humping around a bit brute of a machine.
I too say "well done Bissell"!
I really don't understand the views of the previous poster. I paid £49.99 for this machine and I am delighted with it. No, it's not built like a Bentley, but a few scratches on the plastic don't really bother me when it's tucked away in the cupboard, and to be honest, I'd rather the vacuum got scratched than my furniture!It's light, easy to use, and seems to do a remarkable job of getting dirt out of the carpet. I like that the controls are at the bottom as it means there is no need to bend over, and I found the dirt container and filters easy to remove, unlike the previous reviewer.You get what you pay for, and in my opinion, this is more than worth the money. Well done Bissell!!