If Austin Powers materialized from the movie screen and asked for a vacuum cleaner that wouldn’t destroy his shag carpet, I’d recommend the Bissell Healthy Home vacuum. This bagless vacuum lets you to turn off the brush roll while maintaining the powerful cyclonic suction, thus allowing you to vacuum shag carpet and other delicate materials that might otherwise get scratched or tangled in the brush. The brush also stops rolling when the vacuum is not moving forward, making the vacuuming experience remarkably quiet.
My first question about a vacuum cleaner, however, is always this: Does it effectively eliminate household allergens? The Bissell Healthy Home vac not only features eight cyclonic chambers to suck up allergens, but it also contains a HEPA filter within a sealed system. The HEPA filter eliminates 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size, and the sealed system ensures that no dirt or allergens get back into the air. Plus, it has built-in Microban antimicrobial protection to keep mold, mildew, and bacteria from growing inside the vacuum.
Since the Bissell Healthy Home is a bagless vacuum cleaner, you’ll never have to buy another bag again! The dirt container is easy to empty; however, emptying it can provide an opportunity for allergens to re-enter the air. For this reason, we recommend that you empty the dust bin outdoors if you have allergies.
Cons: My only two complaints about the Bissell Healthy Home stem from byproducts of its impressive power. First, it emits a warm exhaust that some people may not like; second, at 25 pounds, this vacuum is a little heavier than most. However, these two negative points are overshadowed by the vacuum’s extreme suction power. The weight helps the vacuum press down harder on carpet to pick up more debris, and included tools make it easy to clean most areas without having to lift the vacuum. The turbobrush power attachment, for instance, is ideal for cleaning stairs (and pet hair). The Healthy Home vacuum also comes with an upholstery tool, crevice tool, telescoping extension wand, and combination brush. In my opinion, the extra weight is well worth the extra suction power. With its oversized wheels, the vacuum effortlessly glides across carpet, and most people won’t even notice that it’s a bit heavier than most.
I like the Bissell Healthy Home vacuum because, without question, it gets the job done. I also like the sleek design, ergonomic grip, and easy maneuverability. The Bissell Healthy Home vacuum is comparable to Dyson bagless vacuums – but the Healthy Home vac has a much lower price tag. Overall, I give the Healthy Home four out of five stars.