I confess. I have converted. After being a devout Eureka Vacuum Cleaner user for several years (I liked my last one so much I purchased two of them - one to keep upstairs and one to keep downstairs) I have made the switch to Bissell.
My conversion wasn't a planned event. My husband purchased a Bissell bagless vacuum cleaner for use in his business. Once I used it, I was hooked. This vacuum cleaner is light weight, has real suction and there are no bags to mess with.There are two things I really love about this vacuum cleaner - 1) it's cleaning power, 2) the fact that I can dismantle it and rinse all filters under the faucet. No bags to purchase and replace. With a little practice, it's not hard to take apart and put back together. It's easy to tell at a glance when the cannister needs to be emptied. A simple flip of the unlock switch and the cannister is ready to empty.
I do have a couple of problems with this machine - the first is a problem I have with most machines. Vacuum cleaners are not quiet. My normal vacuum cleaner shopping routine includes plugging the display models in and powering them on to see how loud they are. If the decibel level is such that I'm likely to get a headache within a few minutes of using it, it's a no go. This one rates a 5 out of 10 on sound but I have yet to find an affordable vacuum cleaner that is relatively quiet.
The other problem I have regards power cord length. The Bissell bagless vacuum does not have the extra length cord that my old Eureka had. I miss those few extra feet when I'm trying to vacuum the family room and have to stop halfway and plug the machine in again.
Would I have purchased this machine had I not tried it out first? No way. I've never been a fan of bagless vacuum cleaners. The machine looks too lightweight and the price was so affordable I'd have wondered why it was so cheap.
Now that I have discovered this machine, I've told family members and friends. The Bissell bagless vacuum cleaner is light enough to carry upstairs, powerful enough to deal with whatever your lifestyle throws at it (long hair, pets, small children, etc.) and easy to maintain. As long as the cannister is emptied regularly, this vacuum cleaner is a power house.
Bring on the Bissell. I have more important things to do than hassle with the vacuum cleaner. I want something that's easy to use and gets the job done right. No more wasted time hunting the right bag, changing belts and un-clogging hoses.