Pros: Lots of power, onboard attachments, vacuums well, quiet, inexpensive
Cons: buying bags again
My vacuum finally gave out so time to research a new vacuum cleaner. I had decided on a couple different ones, one being the Bissell Cleanview bagless. Sunday came and I looked through the paper and spied the 3545-1 on sale for $65.
14 lbs. 12 amps 7 height adjustments 13.5" cleaning path
on board attachments: crevice tool, ext. wand, combo upholstery/dusting brush tool.
post-motor and pre-motor filters, extra belt storage, 25 ft. cord., 2 year warranty
The vacuum is all but assembled. One snap in handle and a screw to secure and you're ready to vacuum(you do have to set up the bag also). I was pleasantly surprised when I began, its very quiet(for a vacuum)and almost runs itself! It if very easy to move and picks up well. We have one dog, one cat and one kid--enough dirt, hair, fur for a decent demonstration and it did a very good job on the carpeting. One of the areas we have carpet on(well, astroturf) is our enclosed porch--it picked up the junk on the porch, which included some staples from rescreening, potting soil and leaf litter without even a cough--no problem with clogging. I also noticed less problem with the "after cleaning" experience. The filters work great! The air comes out of the vacuum very clean--no dusty smell.
I did use the crevice tool and ext. wand to clean around the baseboard and I thought it did a fantastic job. I've never been impressed with dusting brushes--this one did better than most, cat hair is very stubborn ally to dirt--I've had two vacuums that did not pick up cat hair well(Fury, Kirby). The Powerglide did pick it up off of the chair pillows much better than the others.
Another great feature is its weight--very light. We have two floors and lugging a heavy vacuum is not one of my favorite chores. It's under 14 lbs and has a carrying handle which makes it easy to carry. It's also very quiet--I can listen to music while vacuuming-a feat never accomplished in my past vacuum experience.
I've listed buying bags as a Con. That is only my preference..I became spoiled since I haven't had to remember bags in the past 4-5 years. All parts can be bought online, through Bissell(filters & belts cost about $3, bags 3@$6)although Best Buy had the bags for $5.
I've had great experiences with Bissell Cleaning machines in the past and that was one of the reasons that I picked a Bissell. I didn't want to spend alot for the vacuum. There are many under $100 options, but I got a lot more from this vacuum than any of the others I've tried or friends have. I think this is a great buy.