Bissell is a manufacturer long associated with shampoo carpet cleaners. Not one to be typecast in the cleaning market, the company is developing new products each year. Their latest focus seems to be the pet hair eraser series, or in their words, “one of our best pet hair vacuum cleaners.”
As a pet owner, you need a good vacuum that can deal with all the hair and dander left behind by our furry friends. So let’s find out how the 1650A holds up!
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Model 1650A is a long name for a vacuum with several included features. It looks clean and slick and promises a very easy cleaning experience. According to Bissell’s website; the main features are 3 tools for pet hair removal that have a Quick-Release Wand, a brush roll (tangle-free), Cyclonic Spooling System for pet hair, SmartSeal Allergen System with Febreze filter, an LED-lit crevice tool, Pet TurboEraser Tool, and five-year limited warranty.
Given all those inclusions and a name like “Pet Eraser,” users have high expectations for this floor model. Let’s examine each and see how it measures up to the competition.
Suction and Cleaning Ability
Bissell vacuums are not known for powerful suction, at least not in terms of pressure. Unlike companies like Dyson, Bissell doesn’t list their suction power with the specifications. Power isn’t everything, of course, but it helps when trying to get stingy hairs out of the carpet.
This is where Bissell’s tools come to the fore. With enough suction to rate the vacuum in the midrange, the 1650A has an edge-to-edge suction distribution that can spread across different floor types. Its Tangle-Free brush gets most hair up on the first pass.
That cross-floor ability is a manual activation. The head adjusts in height for carpet, hard floors, tile, stone, or rugs.
If you are vacuuming and suspect the intake to be blocked or clogged, just look to the light near the height adjustment switch. When the light turns red instead of blue, you know to turn off the vacuum and clear any debris.
Which leads to how to clean out any blockage. Bissell proudly advertises their Cyclonic Pet-Hair Spooling System. They call it an “internal hair-management system” that spools “the hair together for a hand-free empty.” Coupled with their Tangle-Free Brush, pet parents can rest easy knowing that hairs will not tangle and bunch into a hairball no cat would ever touch.
Power and Reach
Although the company does not list suction power, Bissell does tell users that their Pet Hair Eraser 1650A runs on 8.5 amps. It’s an efficient amperage for the resulting suction power.
In terms of reach, the cord is 30 feet and the hose is 8 feet. The cord is not retractable but has two clips, separate from the hose, on which to wind it.
Canister Disposal and Cleaning
As mentioned earlier, The Pet Eraser is equipped with a Cyclonic Pet-Hair Spooling System inside a removable canister. This means that, yes, the vacuum is bagless. Not only that, but Bissell claims canister-emptying is a hands-free process. Pictures and demonstrations all refer to how the hairs do not clump and get stuck inside the tank; the 1.5-liter receptacle still needs to be removed and opened over the garbage.
Like other popular cleaners on the market, the tank can be rinsed when dirtied. A filtration filter used in The Pet Eraser’s SmartSeal System can also be washed. Other parts, like the Febreze filter, are not reusable and will require replacing as needed.
Besides hair, hair, and more hair; pet parents’ biggest concern with pets is allergens and odors. Bissell seeks to address those concerns with their SmartSeal Allergen System. They advertise a sealed environment for The Pet Eraser. Any air coming in must pass through an initial filter and a Febreze filter and is therefore contained.
Although the system is not HEPA-certified, it is a two-filter process. Incoming air passes through a (washable) pre-motor felt layer, then a post-motor filter and Febreze Filter. Users can purchase a Febreze Pet Odor Eliminator Filter in place of the pre-motor one, for extra scent. All filters need replacement around 6 months, although the pre-motor layer may be washed.
Weight and Maneuverability
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1650A is a heftier model of vacuum, designed to be a midsize, multi-use unit. It weighs 18 lbs, which is about what its competitors list for comparable models.
Bissell calls its maneuvering actions “swivel steering,” which basically refers to a hinged socket of the main body where it attaches to the head. It tilts and turns more easily than rigid vacuum heads of the past, allowing for easier cleaning around furniture and obstacles.
Bissell’s vacuum has many benefits for cat and dog owners. The company’s answers to hair and allergen issues are helpful, plus they provide three more accessories: an LED-lit crevice tool, Pet TurboEraser Tool, and Snap-On Dusting Brush.
Yes, these are standard vacuum attachments. Yes, they are not impressive enough to write home about; with the exception of the lighted crevice tool. Any vacuum user knows that dust and hairs build up in many unreachable areas that require an extendable hose. The LED light allows for reaching and seeing and is a great little perk that vacuum companies do not usually include.
Other vacuums on the pet-hair market range from small, handheld models of lower cost and smaller capacity; to larger, comparable units of a larger cost. The 1650A may not pack as much of a punch as that of, say, the Dyson Animal Ball 2 (see our review), but it is also less expensive and more of a budget model. In fact, in our pet hair vacuum top list, we consider it the best budget option available.
As just noted, this vacuum comes with a 5-year limited warranty. Bissell is determined to provide satisfaction to their customers. Their representatives respond to concerns or complaints promptly in the reviews on their website.
- Easy to empty cannister
- Retains dust very well
- Long cord
- Febreze filter leaves fresh smell
- Suction could be better
- Hard to go under furniture
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Bissell’s squeaky green design is a real looker.
Check out this promo video for a better idea of what the vacuum looks and moves like.
The vacuum’s head (top picture) was designed to deal with pet hair without clogging up like many older vacuums do (bottom picture).
The cleaning head beats the carpet with its bristles to loosen stray hairs.
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