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Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum Review

UPDATED: Mar 21, 2018
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This is adequate for picking up pet hair and other annoying debris on hardwood floors and rugs.
  • Affordably priced
  • Long, 20-foot cord
  • V-shaped pivoting head
  • Can pick up large debris as well as fine dust
  • Excellent filtration
  • Not strong enough for plush carpets
  • Doesn't pick up debris in corners
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Pros
  • Affordably priced
  • Long, 20-foot cord
  • V-shaped pivoting head
  • Can pick up large debris as well as fine dust
  • Excellent filtration
Cons
  • Not strong enough for plush carpets
  • Doesn't pick up debris in corners
Bottom Line
This is adequate for picking up pet hair and other annoying debris on hardwood floors and rugs.
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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:

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

Comparison

Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum

Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum

Dyson V6 Animal

Shark Rocket TruePet Ultra-Light Upright Corded Vacuum

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum

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Bottom Line
This vacuum is equipped with all the features for removing pet hair, either from carpets or from upholstery
This is adequate for picking up pet hair and other annoying debris on hardwood floors and rugs.
The target audience for the Dyson V6 Animal is pet owners whose pets shed a lot of hair. But there's an added advantage: If you're a cat owner, you're probably familiar with your cat kicking out pieces of litter from their litter box.
You can use the Shark Rocket TruePet as a handvac, to reach into all the different spaces in your car that need to be vacuumed, if your car is within reach of the 30-foot power cord.
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser weighs less than 5 pounds, so it’s no hassle to carry it up a flight of carpeted stairs. The 16-foot cord should give you sufficient reach.
Pros
  • Has primary filter and HEPA filter to remove 99.97% of impurities
  • Bagless
  • Telescoping wand
  • Auto-wind cord
  • Attachments: crevice tool, pet turbo tool, upholstery tool
  • Affordably priced
  • Long, 20-foot cord
  • V-shaped pivoting head
  • Can pick up large debris as well as fine dust
  • Excellent filtration
  • Lightweight, around 5 pounds
  • Long wand, extended reach
  • Washable filter
  • Converts to a hand-held vacuum
  • Variety of attachments
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Dust-Away™ hard floor attachment
  • 2X-Capacity Dust Cup
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight and small
  • Good for removing lint as well
  • Filters
Cons
  • Must manually adjust the vacuum's brush roll to different floor heights
  • Somewhat heavy at 17.8 pounds
  • Doesn't do well on debris in corners--need to use attachments for that
  • Not strong enough for plush carpets
  • Doesn't pick up debris in corners
  • Long charge-up time
  • Must empty the dirt bin frequently
  • Have to hold down the trigger all the time
  • Manual adjustment to the floor type
  • Doesn’t stand upright
  • Cyclonic design requires going over a section repeatedly
  • No auto-rewind
  • Rubber nozzle not good on loop carpet
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