Hubby and I have had the same trusty vacuum cleaner for our whole married life and it hasn’t been working as well as it should for a while now so when Bissell offered to send us their new PowerGlide Cordless Vacuum Cleaner I was beyond excited. Yes, I am that person that gets excited over vacuum cleaners.
You see, I don’t really hoover in our house. That’s one of Hubby’s jobs. Why? Because the vacuum is heavy, the lead gets in the way and it’s just not the easiest job in the world. So when the PowerGlide arrived yes, I was excited!
The Bissell PowerGlide came in the smallest vacuum box I have ever seen and took no time at all to put together. When ready to use the Bissell PowerGlide looks quite streamlined and compact – it’s quite small compared to other upright vacuum cleaners.
The battery comes out to charge and takes two hours – which gives enough charge to last for 45 minutes use. Before it arrived I didn’t think that 45 minutes was very long but when you’re doing solid hoovering, and turning it off to move furniture etc 45 minutes is actually quite a long time – way more than we need for one vacuuming session.
We first used the PowerGlide as a standard vacuum – on our rugs in the lounge and in the hallway upstairs. It has great suction and the rotating brushes really help to get everything up off your carpet. You can also turn the brushes off for hard floors although we didn’t find it worked as well on our wood and lino floors downstairs as it does on carpet.
The PowerGlide can then be detached from the base to give a lift off canister that you can take around your home – or out to the car – and using the hose attachment you can easily vacuum everything from skirting boards to curtain rails and all those nooks and crannies that a conventional vacuum can’t reach.
The Bissell PowerGlide comes with an extra attachment with a nozzle and also a brush end that can be added when using the hose attachment. We found that the hose as a whole works best without the attachment – and this gives the best suction. As soon as the nozzle or brush ends are added the suction levels do decrease.
We’ve used the PowerGlide to vacuum everything in our house and have cleaned the car too. It’s great to have a lightweight vacuum cleaner without a cord, making it incredible versatile. The hose attachment is great for using down the sides of car seats and in all those hard to reach places but we don’t often add the attachment any more as the suction is disappointing. We also don’t often remove the canister from the vacuum base as we find it just as easy to move the whole vacuum from place to place – and then at least we can put it down, whereas the canister doesn’t stand upright on it’s own.
Overall the Bissell PowerGlide has it’s place in our home. I don’t think it is as powerful as the ‘animal’ vacuum cleaners we are used to and anyone without pets would love this vacuum cleaner. It’s lightweight, easy to steer and takes up hardly any room at all. A great investment for a family home although I wish the attachment was better.
The Bissell PowerGlide has an RRP of £249.99