The Bissell Cleanview Helix and the Bissell Cleanview Helix Deluxe are both bagless Hepa filter vacuums. The 1.7 liter capacity tank is spacious and plainly visible. It has a 27 foot cord, centrally located on the backside of the handle. Weighing in at 16 pounds, it is heavy enough to feel sturdy, yet not burdensome. The Bissell Cleanview Helix Deluxe weighs in at 15.1 pounds, and also comes with “ribs” in the tank to keep dirt and dust particles at the bottom of the canister, a side-mounted cord holder, as well as an air flow meter to indicate if there is a clog in the filter. Both models have 5 adjustable heights for various floor coverings, and beefy 12 amp motors for exceptional power.
Bissell Cleanview Helix Pros
The Bissell Cleanview line make cleaning an ease, with great suction power. There are no messy bags to contend with, or questioning if the bag is full or not. All the attachments snap onto the body, and the upholstery attachment, visible just above the canister, has its own set of brushes built in, to thoroughly clean furnishings instead of just sucking up what’s loose like the traditional attachment. It is a very streamlined machine, and doesn’t take up a lot of storage space when not in use. The muted colors allow users to set their machine in the corner without standing out like a sore thumb. The canister and filters are lifted into position with a simple sliding lever locking them in place. This helps ensure the dirt and dust particles that you have just gathered aren’t released back into your carpet. Also, the canister and filters can be washed easily with dish soap and water. The price is very reasonable, often found for a $100 or less, depending on model. Replacement belts and filters can be purchased separately; they do seem more expensive than replacement bags for their bagged counterparts, but financially it is a good investment to have a second set of filters on-hand. The Bissell Cleanview also runs very quietly, compared to other machines.
Bissell Cleanview Helix Cons
The drawbacks to the Bissell Cleanview line are varied but minimal, at best. Products like carpet freshener do clog the filters quickly, so alternative carpet freshening products would be a safer idea. Filters can also become musty smelling after time, if not aired out properly. Disposal of the dirt can be a little messy, when maneuvering the canister and filter assembly out of the main body.Some customers complain that the bristles on the upholstery brush are very stiff, and could potentially damage more delicate fabrics. There is a slight design flaw with the hose attachment, causing dirt to escape when the hose is not stowed away. The steering can be a little clunky or stiff; more than one Bissell Cleanview Helix review described it as “steering a car with four flat tires.” Some also complain about the length of the cord; while 27 feet may sound quite lengthy, it may be a stretch for some houses to vacuum without changing outlets multiple times to reach all corners of a large room. It can also be thrown off-balance easily while using the attachments, which can disrupt the suction until it is set back upright.Some consumers mentioned that the screw that holds the handle onto the body comes loose with use, as well.
Overall, this is a solid machine, and well worth the purchase. It is budget friendly, and would make a good purchase for someone moving out on their own for the first time. It holds up under the wear and tear of a family, but is also small enough to work for a single person. It is an excellent vacuum for pet owners, but those who have long-haired furry companions may have to empty the canister more frequently. Customers have purchased the Bissell Cleanview Helix as a secondary machine for use upstairs instead of carrying a vacuum up and down stairs, or within a small apartment. This would be a great machine for apartment living with shared walls; since the machines run so quietly, it should not bother neighbors with shared walls, or who live downstairs. It may also be a good option to purchase this machine to use while researching a heavier duty vacuum to purchase.