Bissell 18M9W Rewind CleanView Pet Review
You'll like the price but you wont like the performance.
The Bissell 18M9W is one of many bulky, inexpensive upright vacuums you'll find at any "big box" retailer, usually stored on a carpeted shelf alongside other models that are virtually indistinguishable but for color. This particular vac runs around $88 on sale, which is remarkably affordable. For that money, you get an okay vacuum for all-around cleaning, though it's really only designed to work on short pile carpet.
Design & Usability
Yet another unwieldy upright.
Because this is an upright vacuum, all its 16.34 pounds have to be lifted everywhere it goes—up stairs, into a closet, over a threshold. It’s bulky, and there aren’t many places to get a good grip on it, as well. It has quite a wide brush, too, which makes it hard to maneuver around smaller rooms or ones crowded with furniture.
The controls on this machine are quite spread out: a pedal on the base of the vacuum unlocks it from the upright position, another pedal retracts the power cord (hence the "Rewind" moniker), a height adjuster is located on the front of the unit, and a power switch is found in the middle of the cleaner’s left side. Worst of all is the lack of a brushroll on/off switch, which means there's a good chance you may scratch hardwood floors over time if you insist on cleaning them with this machine.
This cleaner's hose is the sole source of suction. When decoupled from the cleaner head, it does allow for some movement away from the vacuum itself, but stray too far and the whole device will tip and clatter to the floor. Another problem: once again, the big brushroll keeps on turnin’, just sitting on your carpet in the same spot where it will pulverize those poor little fibers.
Unlike the Dyson-style dirt holders that detach completely—filter and all—from the body of the vacuum, only the nasty part of the Bissell’s dirt holder slides out when you push the appropriate lever. It’s lighter and easier to hold than a whole filter/dust holder assembly, but you risk getting some dirt on your hands; if you're lucky, you'll know where it's from. A foam prefilter sits below the dirt holder, and another disposable paper filter on the side of the unit provides HEPA filtration. This isn’t a sealed HEPA system—just one that’s capable of meeting the criteria.
Features & Performance
Not bad for $88.96. Just make sure you don’t try it out on hardwood floors.
This is a vacuum made for homes of the ‘80s and ’90s, when rooms were uninterrupted rectangles and every flat surface was covered with carpet. We’ve even seen some houses with carpeted bathrooms and kitchens. If we lived in one of them and didn’t want to bother with putting down tile or hardwood, this vacuum would be a nice bet—especially if there were pets in that house. If, however, you only stop watching HGTV when it’s time to call your contractor and have the latest and greatest solid flooring surfaces installed, this vacuum probably won’t be the best choice. It’s got a powered brushroll that agitates dirt up from the deepest recesses of carpet, but roughs up wood floors and large chunks of debris like a nightclub bouncer. There's no way of turning it off.
Like most inexpensive bagless uprights, it’s hard to handle and not ideal for wood floors.
It’s hard to argue against a vacuum that costs only $88.96. The Bissell 18M9W Rewind CleanView Pet does a decent job lifting dirt and debris off all kinds of floors, and no other vacuum in its price range outshines its performance. However, one cannot turn off the Bissell 18M9W Rewind CleanView Pet’s brushroll, which makes it less than ideal for wood floors. It’s also hard to carry up stairs and gets bogged down in heavy carpet.
We’ve tested vacuums that cost three to four times as much that do a worse job on general dirt removal. That said, we’ve also tested vacuums that cost only twice as much that do an exponentially better job. The Bissell 18M9W Rewind CleanView Pet is ideal for someone with short carpet, since that’s where it really stood out in our evaluations.
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