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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Review

This vac excels at picking up pet dander and is a great choice for those that don't want to spend a ton
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser
Credit: Bissell
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Price:   $73 List | $72.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Fantastic at picking up pet hair, great value
Cons:  Not the best for tight spaces, can’t clean small gaps or corners
Manufacturer:   Bissell
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Oct 5, 2021
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  • Dust & Dirt - 20% 7
  • Tough Messes - 20% 8
  • Hard-to-Reach Areas - 20% 5
  • Battery Life - 15% 8
  • Convenience - 15% 7
  • Pet Hair - 10% 9

Our Verdict

If you are on the hunt for a quick and easy way to clean up small messes without sucking away your savings, then you should consider the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser. This vacuum holds its own with the top products while retailing for much less. In particular, this handheld vacuum does exceptionally well with tougher messes and pet hair, though it isn't the best suited for cleaning all the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in your home. However, it is one of the best handheld vacuums you can get in its price range.

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Pros Fantastic at picking up pet hair, great valueGreat for getting those hard-to-clean areas, good valueGreat for tough messes, inexpensiveVery compact, inexpensiveCheap, good at dusting
Cons Not the best for tight spaces, can't clean small gaps or cornersLackluster battery life, takes two hands to operate, loudNot great with pet hairStruggles with tough messes and pet hairPoor battery life, difficult to clean pet hair
Bottom Line This vac excels at picking up pet dander and is a great choice for those that don't want to spend a tonA great all-around vacuum that excels at cleaning hard-to-reach areas and pet hairThis vacuum is impressive with tougher messes and won't break the bank, though it has a few shortcomingsWe think this is a great choice if you are looking for a highly portable or compact option for cleaning up light messesUnless you are only planning on dusting, we would recommend an alternative choice
Rating Categories Bissell Pet Hair Er... Black+Decker Flex V... Black+Decker HHVI32... Bissell AeroSlim Black+Decker HHVI31...
Dust & Dirt (20%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
8.0
Tough Messes (20%)
8.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
Hard To Reach Areas (20%)
5.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
Battery Life (15%)
8.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Convenience (15%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Pet Hair (10%)
9.0
8.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
Specs Bissell Pet Hair Er... Black+Decker Flex V... Black+Decker HHVI32... Bissell AeroSlim Black+Decker HHVI31...
Model Tested 2390A BDH2020FL HHVI320JR02 29869 HHVI315JO42
Measured Weight (no tool) 2.6 lbs 3 lbs 2.4 lbs 1.2 lbs 2.1 lbs
Measured Weight (with heaviest tool) 3 lbs 3.1 lbs N/A 1.3 lbs 2.1 lbs
Usage Type Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry
Dust Capacity 0.73 L 0.5 L 0.61 L 0.1 L 0.94 L
Wet Capacity N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Measured Runtime Without motorized brush: 20 min 42 sec
With motorized brush: 17 min
15 min 15 min 24 sec 15 min 23 sec 12 min 20 sec
Charge Time 8 hours 4 hours 13.5 hours 2.75 hours 10 hours
Charging Indicator? Yes Yes No Yes No
Washable Filter? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Noise (at arms length) 71.4 dBa 82.5 dBa 83 dBa 74 dBa 81.5 dBa

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Pet Hair Eraser is a great option for tough messes and pet hair, and the battery life is among the best of the models we tested. The icing on the cake? The price is very approachable and more than fair for the level of performance this device offers.

Performance Comparison


The Pet Hair Eraser is great at erasing - you guessed it - pet hair.
The Pet Hair Eraser is great at erasing - you guessed it - pet hair.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dust & Dirt


To start off, we evaluated and ranked how each vacuum handled light messes that you would typically encounter around your home. We scored each product on how it did at removing statically charged fine particles, caked-on dirt and grime, and how it cleaned dust and dirt from the top of a baseboard and in the corners of a window sill.


This vacuum is at a bit of a disadvantage right from the start in these tests, as it doesn't come with a dusting brush — forcing us to use its upholstery attachment for these assessments. However, we were pleasantly surprised by its performance in our first test, where it only took about 22 seconds to clean all of the statically charged flour off of a plastic sheet.

Dusting a large area with the crevice tool isn't very efficient, but...
Dusting a large area with the crevice tool isn't very efficient, but this vacuum still completed this test in a respectable amount of time.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Pet Hair Eraser also did very well at cleaning off dried-on dirt and mud from a flat surface, matching the speed and efficiency of the top products. We used the upholstery tool for this, which is somewhat oddly shaped and not ideal for small edges or corners. We found cleaning baseboards, shelves, and window sills to be a bit awkward.

We used the upholstery brush to loosen stuck on dirt and debris.
The Pet Hair Eraser doesn't have a great attachment for cleaning the...

Tough Messes


For our next round of tests, we moved on to assessing how the Pet Hair Eraser dealt with messes that are a bit harder to clean up. We scored each vacuum on how well it cleaned up flour, oats, and Mini-Wheats cereal from different fabrics and carpets. We also measured the wind speed and airflow generated by the motor. This vacuum performed very well in this metric.


Initially, we looked at how well the Pet Hair Eraser did at cleaning up flour from a section of automotive-style carpet. We spread out a tablespoon of flour on the carpet and then attempted to clean it up, and this powerful device did a phenomenal job. Using its motorized brush tool, it easily collected the most flour from the carpet on the first pass of all our tested vacuums. It then got the carpet the cleanest of the bunch after multiple passes. It did similarly well at collecting oats, easily getting 99%+ of all the oats we spread out on both a couch cushion and on a section of carpet, only leaving trace amounts of dust behind. This vacuum also did fine at collecting Mini-Wheats with the motorized attachment, but it became clogged if we used any of the other tools.

The Pet Hair Eraser has a motorized brush which makes quick work of...
The Pet Hair Eraser has a motorized brush which makes quick work of oats.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Finally, we hooked each vacuum up to a sealed box with an anemometer mounted over the opening to measure the airflow each vacuum generated. Looking at this recorded airspeed, the Pet Hair Eraser got registered speeds of 1210 fpm — about average for the group.

Hard-to-Reach Areas


Next, we evaluated and compared how easy it is to clean some of the smaller and harder-to-access areas of the home with each vacuum. We specifically scored based on how effectively each vacuum cleaned out a sliding window track and on how far it could reach under various sized gaps, similar to if you were cleaning under a sofa or other appliance. This Pet Hair Eraser had its most mediocre showing in this metric.


The Eraser did quite well at cleaning out a window track, easily sucking up all of the mess with its crevice tool. However, it didn't do very well at reaching deep into narrow slots. It could only reach about 7" into a 3" wide slot, which was a shorter than average reach for products in this lineup. It did a little better with a narrower 1.25" slot, able to clean up to 5.75" underneath — just a bit further than the group average of 4.6".

The crevice tool on the Pet Hair Eraser is thin making it easier to...
Even with the crevice attachment, the Pet Hair Eraser didn't have a...

Battery Life


Our next metric compared the battery life of each handheld vacuum. We started each vacuum with a full battery, then ran them until they quit.


This vacuum lasted for 20 minutes and 42 seconds before dying without the motorized brush head. Using this brush, the time was reduced to 17 minutes, still an impressive showing for these type of devices.

The motorized brush head on the Pet Hair Eraser is great for...
The motorized brush head on the Pet Hair Eraser is great for cleaning, but it can drain your battery faster than stationary attachments.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


Our next series of evaluations ranked and scored how easy to use each vacuum is. We looked at both weight and noise level, as well as ease of storing the different attachments and emptying the collection bin. The Pet Hair Eraser also did well in this group of tests.


This vacuum is about average in weight, weighing in at 3 pounds with its heaviest tool attached and 2.6 pounds with no tool attached. It is also on the quieter side, though it has a slight whine that can be annoying.

The Pet Hair Eraser is on the quieter end of handheld vacuums.
The Pet Hair Eraser is on the quieter end of handheld vacuums.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We like that the Pet Hair Eraser has a larger than average collection bin and that it is fairly easy to empty, though we wish it had a convenient way to store and manage all the tools or that some of them were integrated into the main base.

Pet Hair


As its name suggests, the Pet Hair Eraser finished our testing process with a strong showing in our pet hair metric. We scattered some donated pet hair from a local dog groomer on a cushion and on a section of carpet, then tried to clean it as best we could with each vacuum.


The Pet Hair Eraser did a phenomenal job in both tests, collecting over 99% of the hair from each test patch with only a hair or two remaining after two passes.

The Pet Hair Eraser has an upholstery brush if you prefer not to use...
The Pet Hair Eraser has an upholstery brush if you prefer not to use the motorized brush on leather.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


This vacuum is a great value, offering the best performance in its price range. If you don't want to spend a ton to tidy up after fluffy, this is a great choice.

Conclusion


If you are searching for a handheld vacuum at a fair price, then the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is a fantastic option. It holds its own against much more expensive models for cleaning up tough messes and pet debris, though it isn't the easiest to use for small areas and narrow gaps and slots. Still, if your main priority is getting fur off your chairs and couches, this is a great option.

Austin Palmer and David Wise