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Not just a feather duster
Member Name: steves001
Date: 11/12/12, updated on 11/12/12 (238 review reads)
Advantages: Lightweight; bagless; price
Disadvantages: Mains powered - not cordless
As this appliance is mains powered, no charging is required and there is no need for a separate charger. It can be a handy tool for lightweight cleaning, but it does have to be plugged in and the mains lead has to be wound manually. I'm no expert but I have found this a useful addition to our household cleaning arsenal, if not a complete substitute for existing tools. It's certainly better suited to family members who now struggle with heavier appliances.
~~About this review~~
I wouldn't normally review anything that I hadn't acquired new, but I was sufficiently impressed with this to make an exception. It was no longer required by elderly relatives who had moved from a two storey house to a bungalow and now have help with the cleaning. So the lightweight Bissell was actually more use to us now - hence this brief review.
Our specific model number appears to be '3105J'.
~~A hybrid design~~
When I first saw this appliance, it struck me as slightly odd: a kind of 'dustbuster' on a stick, or a cross between a carpet sweeper and a 'hoover'. But it actually makes sense, at least for us. I always associated Bissell with manual carpet sweepers, but in fact they produce quite a few lightweight sweepers nowadays, both manual and electrically operated. These seem to have various specialised features, including dry and wet, steam and other functions. But this model seems relatively simple and inexpensive.
Although this comes with a crevice tool and will convert to a handheld, in practice we mainly use it in upright mode, as we already own a cordless 'dustbuster'. Others may find this versatility more useful.
~~Performance & Usability~~
The cleaning performance seemed a little disappointing initially but was significantly improved once the filter had been thoroughly cleaned. Clearly this is no Dyson but then neither is the price! The power consumption seems low too, at just 150 watts. For a machine with a fixed bristle attachment, it picks up reasonably well from hard surfaces (e.g. kitchen and bathroom) and carpets. The long cable copes well with stairs too.
This is in practice quite a good all-rounder. It's handy for upholstery as well as floors, though for a very quick clean up I still tend to prefer our cordless as there's no cable to complicate matters. I also still use the main 'hoover' for heavier duty cleaning.
The FeatherWeight controls are clear and simple enough to use. While the slider switch is situated quite low down, this presents no real difficulty as the whole appliance is so light and easy to lift. There's a simple latch to release the handle and transform the tool to a handheld. This may also be used to allow adjustment to the length of the handle, though we've kept this at its maximum for our purposes. This vacuum is bagless and easy enough to empty too. It must be easy enough to use as it never even occurred to me to ask about a user guide and I've had no problems at all, so far.
~~No more lugging or bending : weights and measures~~
At under 1.6kg, the FeatherWeight is said to be 'Up to eight times lighter than most upright vacuums'. A quick comparison of specifications listed on other manufacturers' websites appears broadly to support this claim.
The full height of 118cm is roughly comparable with other upright vacuum cleaners.
~~Availability and price~~
Currently available direct from Bissell for £39.99 with free delivery option (see address below).
~~Brief technical specifications~~
From Bissell website:
Dimensions: 118 x 11 x 24 cm
For full details, please refer to manufacturer's website.
Potentially useful for anyone struggling to cope with a heavy vacuum, this is an inexpensive lightweight appliance that's full height but can also be a hand vac. It can also save some time and effort more generally.
* Bissell website : www.bisselldirect.co.uk
* Product details : www.bisselldirect.co.uk/featherweight-1
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Summary: A handy product for anyone struggling to cope with a heavy vacuum
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