Bissell CleanView Swivel Pet Review
Pros: Pet hair attachment, convenient
Cons: Poor carpet, hard floor cleaning
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Bissell CleanView Swivel Pet
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|Pros||Pet hair attachment, convenient||Good price, cleans carpet well, picks up pet hair with ease||Easy to push and pull, lift away feature||Inexpensive, great for pet hair, solid carpet cleaning||Light, cheap, simple|
|Cons||Poor carpet, hard floor cleaning||Not impressive at cleaning hard floors||Struggles with cracks||Insufficient on hard floors, so-so ease of us||Horrible cleaning, creates larger mess, poor suction|
|Bottom Line||While this vacuum does well with pet hair, it failed to impress with just about everything else||If you are searching for a new vacuum on a budget, then this is a great bet||The ease of this machine makes you feel like you can vacuum for hours||If you are shopping on a particularly tight budget for a new vacuum, this is a good option||This model does a better job of making a bigger mess out of basic cleaning tasks and is more burdensome than useful|
|Rating Categories||Bissell CleanView S...||Shark Navigator Lif...||Shark Navigator Lif...||Eureka PowerSpeed||Dirt Devil Endura R...|
|Carpet Cleaning (35%)|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|Hard Surface (10%)|
|Pet Hair (10%)|
|Specs||Bissell CleanView S...||Shark Navigator Lif...||Shark Navigator Lif...||Eureka PowerSpeed||Dirt Devil Endura R...|
|Water Suction Guage (inches of water)||50"||72"||72"||48"||49"|
|Model Number||2252||NV356E S2||NV352||NEU182A|
|Vacuum Head Width||13.5"||11.25"||11.25"||13.25"||11"|
|Measured Brush Width||12.25"||9"||9"||10.5"||8.5"|
|Measured Weight||13.7 lbs||14.8 lbs||13.6 lbs||10.5 lbs||10.2 lbs|
|Variable Suction Control||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Brush On/Off Switch||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Measured Power Cord Length||27.00'||26.00'||24.75'||23.75'||19.50'|
|Measured Noise||76 dBa||73 dBa||73 dBa||76 dBa||77 dBa|
Our Analysis and Test Results
If you are only looking to clean up pet hair and are hoping for an inexpensive upright to do it with, then the CleanView Swivel might be a decent choice. However, this isn't the use case for most people, and this vacuum's mediocre hard floor and carpet cleaning performance makes us reticent to recommend it.
We started our testing process by comparing and assessing how well each vacuum cleaned up different sorts of messes from both low-pile and medium-pile carpets. The CleanView Swivel Pet delivered poor results, struggling with fine messes and leaving plenty of flour on low-pile and medium-pile carpets, even after multiple cleaning passes. It did a little better with medium-sized debris, but not too much. It still left plenty of oats on both types of carpets and struggled to pull the fragments and dust from the carpet fibers. It also struggled with rice on both low and higher-pile carpets.
This vacuum also didn't do particularly well with larger types of debris either, struggling to pick up items like Cheerios. We found that it was hard to set the vacuum height to effectively pick up larger and smaller types of messes on the carpet. Cereal tended to get pushed and displaced rather than collected.
Ease of Use
Our next set of tests rated and scored how the CleanView performed regarding overall convenience and ease of operating. We looked at how easy it was to clean different areas and surfaces and assessed the noise level.
This vacuum has a few different options for flooring types, with a knob on the front of the brush roll to manually switch between them. It isn't clear what the numerals correspond to without consulting the manual, and there isn't an option to turn the rolling brush off. Still, this vacuum isn't overly loud and does well at cleaning edges and corners, though it is a little too tall to reach very far under furniture. It can only reach about 6 inches under couches and chairs, which is 2 inches shorter than the test group average. It also doesn't have the longest cord, limiting the reach and general user-friendliness.
Our next set of tests focused on agility and maneuverability. The CleanView has swivel steering, so it's easy to maneuver around even semi-cluttered furniture layouts, but it didn't have as tight of a turning radius as other models. It's fairly easy to push or pull across most surfaces, but it can drag a bit on fluffier carpet.
When it comes to cleaning stairs, this model could have been better. The hose on this vacuum can only reach 5 feet, and at 14 pounds, it isn't incredibly heavy, but it isn't the lightest. More frequent carrying up and down the stairs and an average weight hurt this model's overall handling score.
Hard Surface Cleaning
Our next metric assessed cleaning up various messes from hard floors, with a section of laminate serving as our test surface. Unfortunately, the performance of this product dropped a bit here. It struggled with medium-sized debris, delivering lackluster results when cleaning rice or oats. It did a little better with fine or larger items, successfully cleaning more of the Cheerios and the flour we tasked it with, but it was still far from the top-tier vacuums when it comes to cleaning power.
We pushed these products to their limits with our final metric, tasking them with cleaning up pet hair from a local groomer pressed into a section of carpet. The CleanView Pet did very well in this regard — as the name would suggest — picking up 99% of the hair we laid out. It also did a great job of getting the hair to the collection bin rather than getting tangled up in the brush roll.
Should You Buy the Bissel CleanView Swivel?
The CleanView Swivel is an inexpensive vacuum and an okay option for cleaning pet hair. However, if you are looking for a more general-purpose cleaning tool, you're better off looking elsewhere.
What Other Upright Vacuums Should You Consider?
The Bissel CleanView Swivel is a decent vacuum focusing on pet hair performance, but there are much better options for all-around performance. You can get better all-around performance at an affordable price with the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional. It is the best dollar-for-dollar performer unless you spend a premium on premium performance from elite models like the Shark Vertex or Shark APEX DuoClean Zero-M.
— David Wise and Jessica Riconscente
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