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Bissell CleanView Swivel Pet Review

While this vacuum does well with pet hair, it failed to impress with just about everything else
Bissell CleanView Swivel Pet
Credit: Bissell
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Price:   $120 List | $118.44 at Amazon
Pros:  Pet hair attachment, convenient
Cons:  Poor carpet and hard floor cleaning performance
Manufacturer:   Bissell
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Dec 7, 2021
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  • Carpet Cleaning - 35% 4.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6.0
  • Handling - 20% 6.0
  • Hard Surface Cleaning - 10% 5.0
  • Pet Hair - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

Overall, we can't say that we readily recommend the Bissell CleanView Swivel Pet upright vacuum. While it is fairly easy and convenient to use, we found that this vacuum failed to distinguish itself when tasked with cleaning various messes off of carpet or hard floors. It did very well when it came to collecting pet hair, aided by the included pet hair attachment, but is far from our favorite for overall performance.

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Pros Pet hair attachment, convenientGood price, cleans carpet very well, picks up pet hair with easeInexpensive, easy to clean with, good cleaning performance on hard floorsInexpensive, great for pet hair, solid carpet cleaningLightweight, inexpensive
Cons Poor carpet and hard floor cleaning performanceNot particularly impressive at cleaning hard floorsStruggles with pet hair, mediocre on soft floorsLackluster at cleaning hard floors, so-so ease of useStruggles with difficult messes, so-so cleaning ability with pet hair, can get clogged
Bottom Line While this vacuum does well with pet hair, it failed to impress with just about everything elseIf you are searching for a new vacuum on a budget, then this is a great betWe think this canister vacuum is one of the best options if you are shopping on a slim budgetIf you are shopping on a particularly tight budget for a new vacuum, this is a good optionWhile being light and easy to handle, this product struggles with more intense cleanup challenges
Rating Categories Bissell CleanView S... Shark Navigator Lif... Eureka Mighty Mite Eureka PowerSpeed Bissell Zing Bagles...
Carpet Cleaning (35%)
4.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
3.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Handling (20%)
6.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Hard Surface Cleaning (10%)
5.0
6.0
6.0
3.0
4.0
Pet Hair (10%)
9.0
9.0
2.0
9.0
4.0
Specs Bissell CleanView S... Shark Navigator Lif... Eureka Mighty Mite Eureka PowerSpeed Bissell Zing Bagles...
Vacuum type Upright Upright Canister Upright Canister
Model Number 2252 NV356E 3670G NEU182A 2156A
Dirt Collection Bagless Bagless Bag Bagless Bagless
Cleaning Path Width 13.5" 11.25" 10.5" 13.25" 10"
Measured Brush Width 12.25" 9" N/A 10.5" N/A
Measured Weight 13.1 lbs 14.4 lbs 10.3 lbs 10.1 lbs 9.2 lbs
Variable Suction Control No Yes Yes No Yes
Brush On/Off Switch No Yes N/A No N/A
Measured Maximum Reach 28' 31' 30' 25' 24'
Measured Power Cord Length 27' 30' 18.5' 24' 15' 6"
Automatic Cord Rewind No No No No Yes
Measured Noise 76 dBa 73 dBa 74.5 dBa 76 dBa 72 dBa
Swivel Head Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Carry Handle Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Soft Bumper Yes No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

If you are only looking to clean up pet hair and hoping for an inexpensive upright to do it with, then the CleanView Swivel might be a decent choice. However, this isn't the case for most people, and this vacuum's mediocre hard floor and carpet cleaning performance makes us reticent to recommend it.

Performance Comparison


The CleanView is an overall so-so vacuum in our opinion.
The CleanView is an overall so-so vacuum in our opinion.
Credit: Laura Casner

Carpet Cleaning


We started off 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 only so-so results, struggling with fine messes and leaving behind plenty of flour on both low-pile and medium-pile carpets — even after multiple cleaning passes. It did a little better with medium messes, but not by too much, still leaving behind plenty of oats on both types of carpets and struggling to pull the fragments and dust from the carpet fibers. It also struggled with rice on a fluffier carpet, though it delivered acceptable results on flatter carpet.

We weren't overly impressed with the carpet cleaning performance of...
We weren't overly impressed with the carpet cleaning performance of the CleanView.
Credit: Laura Casner

This vacuum also didn't do particularly well with larger types of debris, struggling to pick up items like Cheerios. We found that it was hard to set the vacuum height so that it would effectively pick up larger and smaller types of messes on the carpet, with cereal tending to get pushed around rather than collected.

The CleanView tended to push Cheerios around rather than collecting...
The CleanView tended to push Cheerios around rather than collecting them.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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 also assessed the noise level. The CleanView did better in this regard, receiving a score just above average.

This vacuum includes a few attachments and is quite easy to use.
This vacuum includes a few attachments and is quite easy to use.
Credit: Laura Casner

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 super 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 tall to reach too far under furniture. It can only reach about 6 inches under couches and chairs and doesn't have the longest cord.

The manual knob to adjust for different floor types.
The manual knob to adjust for different floor types.
Credit: Laura Casner

Handling


Our next set of tests focused on agility and maneuverability. A key way we test this is by cleaning a set of stairs. The CleanView has swivel steering, so it's easy to maneuver around even semi-cluttered furniture layouts. It's easy to push or pull across most surfaces, but it can drag a bit on fluffier carpet.

The swivel steering makes this very maneuverable.
The swivel steering makes this very maneuverable.
Credit: Laura Casner

When it comes to cleaning stairs, the hose on this vacuum can reach about six steps, making this a fairly painless task as well. It is also light enough at 13.1 pounds that it isn't too much trouble to carry up or down the stairs if needed.

The hose and pet hair attachment can be very handy.
The hose and pet hair attachment can be very handy.
Credit: Laura Casner

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 very 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.

The CleanView didn't do too well at cleaning oats on hard floors.
The CleanView didn't do too well at cleaning oats on hard floors.
Credit: Laura Casner

Pet Hair


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 — earning a top score after picking up over 98% of the hair we laid out, with only a few strands eluding it. It also did a great job of getting the hair all the way to the collection bin rather than getting tangled up in the brush roll.

Value


This inexpensive vacuum is a good value if you are primarily concerned about pet hair but not necessarily if you are looking for a more general-purpose cleaning tool.

Conclusion


Overall, we were impressed with how well the Bissell CleanView Swivel Pet did at cleaning up pet hair, holding its own against models that cost quite a bit more. It also is decently easy to use and maneuver. Unfortunately, this vacuum didn't do the best with most messes on hard or soft floors. It could be a good option if you only need it for pet hair and light-duty cleanup but isn't ideal for handling heavier cleaning challenges.

David Wise and Austin Palmer

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