Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Turbo 37601

Bissell Lift-Off Revolution Turbo 37601 Review
Vacuum Cleaner Rating: 4 stars out of 5 for an innovative design but troublesome filter system
Price: $179.99
Suction Rating: 622 pennies
Buy The Bissell Liftoff Revolution Vacuum Cleaner

Before I get into the meat of this vacuum cleaner review I would like to thank everyone involved in my first video vacuum cleaner review, and by everyone I pretty much mean me. It was a labor of love though!

I was extremely impressed with the filter system. It’s definitely clear that Bissell has made a concerted attempt to manufacture a vacuum cleaner that keeps your home clear of dust, allergens, and animal dander. There are three separate filters, two of which can be washed with water and reused and a HEPA filter. The HEPA filter is rated to remove dust from circulating in your vacuum cleaner as small as 3 microns and can’t be washed. If you live with allergies or have people in your home who suffer from allergies you’ll definitely appreciate the lengths Bissell has gone to make your living environment allergen free.

It’s difficult to determine if the dustbin on many canister vacuum cleaners has been attached correctly. As demonstrated in my video, the Bissell Liftoff has a locking lever that visibly lifts the canister and makes a locking sound when you’ve properly inserted the canister. Your Sensei has had instances where thought he attached the canister properly and wound up with dust all over his face!

What am I forgetting? Oh yeah! The reason why it’s called the Bissell Liftoff! The canister can be detached from the cleaning head making this vacuum cleaner excellent for homes with stairways or the thorough housekeeper that can’t stand cobwebs on the ceiling or dust difficult to reach corners. It is on the heavy side though it can stay upright just fine on its own.

I would have preffered to see a vacuum cleaner in the $18O price range include a drive system that helps propel the vacuum cleaner forward. It does fine without one, but I still would have liked to see Bissell include a self propel feature.

Maintaining the filter system can be a bit of a pain. Higher end vacuum cleaners like Dyson have much easier filter systems to maintain; in exchange Bissell offers a vacuum cleaner with a somewhat comparable filter system for less than half the price and your Sensei is satisfied with that. Oh, and make sure you clean out the filters at least once a month, clogged filters will disrupt the flow of air in your vacuum cleaner!

The Turbo Brush is a gimmick. It stops working almost as soon as you place it up against a surface. The Turbo Brush / Power Paw trend is gaining speed and these attachments do seem to sell vacuum cleaners. The problem is I just don’t know why. Almost none of them work. The spinning brushes inside these attachments including the one packed in every Bissell Liftoff Revolution Vacuum Cleaner box is powered by air. These attachments need to be powered by electricity before I’ll take any of them seriously.

Final Analysis
The Bissell Liftoff Revolution is a solid vacuum cleaner by Bissell. It offers plenty of suction and features and almost justifies the $180 price tag. My major gripe with the Bissell Liftoff is the price – it’s a little high. I would like to see it sell for $20 bucks cheaper, and then the Bissell could move in to higher territory. The Bissell Liftoff has earned 4 stars out of 5.

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