The Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum (Cat. No. 81L2A) is a vacuum specialized for pet owners with hardwood floors. It is a stick vacuum cleaner with a unique V-shape, which makes it ideal for vacuuming around legs of furniture. It uses cyclonic action to provide the vacuuming power instead of using a brushroll. It works best on hardwood, linoleum, or tile floors. The V-shape will direct larger debris towards the vacuum’s center, so that it will pick it up more easily, while the light debris will get sucked up by the edges of the vacuum.
Let's look at its pros and cons in greater detail:
- Low price: The Bissell PowerEdge will usually sell for under $50. That makes it an affordable choice for light tasks, while you can buy a more heavy-duty (and expensive) model for thick carpets and deep cleaning.
- 20-foot cord: The power cord is 20 feet long, which is adequate in covering most of a room without having to unplug the unit and looking for another power outlet.
- V-shaped, pivoting head: As we mentioned, the V-shaped head is designed to vacuum around legs of furniture without having to move the furniture around. There also is a pivoting swivel head which improves its mobility as well around chairs, cabinets, and corners. The stick can be lowered until it’s parallel to the floor, to allow you to reach underneath a table or bed.
- Adequate for even large debris: The Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Vacuum is able to pick up large debris as well. (The upper limit is paper clips and large screws--these don’t get sucked up as well.) The ends of the V-shaped head direct the debris towards the center of the V, where the suction is the strongest. In that way, it functions like a dustpan as well as a vacuum: instead of pushing away some debris away from the head, it funnels it towards the middle. It will also do a good job along straight edges, such as along a baseboard.
- Rubber material on the bottom to attract hair: The Bissell PowerEdge has a rubber-like material on the bottom which attracts pet hair. At the same time, since it has no brushroll, it has the advantage that the pet hair will not clump around the bristles of the brushroll.
- Filter: The Bissell PowerEdge has a paper filter between the dirt cup and the motor, to prevent any dirt from clogging the motor and compromising its performance. The filter should be removed periodically and cleaned--but it can’t be washed. There is also a red hair trap in the dirt cup to make the pet hair clump up. Make sure to clean that as well when emptying out the dirt cup. (Without a filter, the motor can fill up with dust, which can cause it to overheat.) The filter should be replaced every 6 months to a year, depending on use.
- Not enough for plush carpets: The brushroll is a set of bristles that rotates in the head of most vacuum cleaners, which is what does the work of agitating a carpet’s bristles to loosen pet hair and dirt that has sunken deep inside the carpet. The Bissell PowerEdge doesn’t have that brushroll. So it will be adequate for various types of hard floors and low-pile rugs, but can’t do very well on plush carpets. You’ll have to supplement this device with a vacuum for thick carpets and upholstery.
- Debris gets stuck in corners: The V-shape of the vacuum’s head is an interesting way of vacuuming around legs of a table or other furniture. But it doesn’t do a very good job in the corners of a room. In fact, the V-shape will blow or push debris into the corner, and it isn’t always so convenient to get it out.
Who Will It Suit the Best:
- Pet owners with only low-pile area rugs and hard floors: The Bissell PowerEdge will be adequate for you if most of your house is covered with tiles, linoleum, or hardwood. It will allow you to vacuum right up to your pet’s litter box or food bowl. Also, if you have a low-pile rug or carpet, this Bissell model can be all you’ll need. But for thicker, plush carpets, you might need a vacuum with more features and brushes.
Small apartment owners: The Bissell PowerEdge will be sufficient if you are a pet owner in a small house. It will be enough to do a quick job in picking up a spill of dry food or cat litter.