Bissell 38B1 3-in-1 Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum is simple and affordable convertible vacuum cleaner. It can be used as floor vacuum, handheld vacuum and as multi-purpose vacuum cleaner. Lightweight design enables the unit to be easily carried around, while good suction helps the unit to be used as the second home vacuum cleaner at larger homes and apartments for emergencies and quick cleanups.
Date: October 30, 2017.
The Bissell 38B1 3-in-1 Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum is designed to be used as a lightweight stick vacuum on the carpets, hard floors and area rugs. Unit is powered via 2 Amp motor providing good suction and 16 feet (~4.9 m) long power cord. Power cord could be longer, but this unit is not designed for cleaning large homes using just one wall power socket. Also, unit doesn't come with power cord rewind mechanism - it would increase the price of the unit, but also mechanical complexity and weight.
As stick vacuum cleaner, Bissell 38B1 can easily reach and clean surfaces like under beds and furniture, along the baseboards, edges, corners and similar. It doesn't have full swivel mechanism, but it is simple and lightweight and easy to maneuver around the obstacles.
Main cleaning nozzle is 9.44 inches (~24 cm) wide - very good balance between being wide enough to clean relatively large area quickly, but also being narrow enough to be able to clean around and under the furniture, stairs, chairs, tables etc.
Air filtration is combination of cyclonic separation and mechanical filtration. Mechanical filter and dirt cup are washable, just be sure not to assemble the unit until they are fully dried.
If the mechanical filter is damaged, it must be replaced.
Dirt cup is transparent, helping the user to estimate when it is time to empty the dirt cup - personally, empty the dirt cup after each use.
Dirt cup capacity is 0.75 liters and the unit weighs just 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg).
By quickly removing the handle and by keeping the main cleaning head attached to the unit, Bissell 38B1 can be used for cleaning stairs and other flat, harder to reach surfaces.
Also, by removing both the handle and the main cleaning head, 38B1 vacuum can be uses as a rather strong handheld vacuum, with or without crevice tool. Crevice tool enables the vacuum to clean narrow and tight spaces.
Bissell 38B1 is very simple to use unit, but it is highly recommended to read the manual/instructions before the first use. Just in case ...
Unit comes with 1 year limited warranty, which is actually very good for the unit in this price range.
Note: unlike larger, more expansive vacuums, there are some features that Bissell 38B1 doesn't come with:
- no air flow indicator - if there is a clog in the system, it is up to the user to detect it,
- no dirty filter sensor - when the filter is dirty, suction is decreased. Again, it is up to the user to judge when it is time to clean or replace the filter,
- no roller brush - unit lacks roller brush for deep cleaning of embedded dirt and pet and human hair from carpeted floors,
- no dual edge cleaning - there is thin area on the sides of the main cleaning head that the unit doesn't clean very well. This area is really very thin, and if you are not satisfied with cleaning along the baseboards and walls, repeat the cleaning of such areas using the crevice tool,
- no soft bumper - main cleaning head comes without soft bumper to prevent damaging the walls and furniture by hitting them with the vacuum (and to prevent damaging of the vacuum itself). Fortunately, vacuum is light and easy to maneuver, decreasing the possibility of actually hitting something. Nonetheless, be careful around the furniture and near the walls and other similar objects.
Long Story Short - Bissell 38B1 is very affordable unit that will do its job properly. We have listed several features that Bissell 38B1 doesn't have, but the vacuum cleaners that have all those features cost more, much more.
If you need simple, but reliable and versatile corded, bagless, lightweight stick/handheld unit, consider Bissell 38B1 unit.
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