Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 387
Rated 5 out of 5 by GoodGirlDixie No more Golden Retriever hair "tumbleweeds"!
I bought this in my local store after tons of online research for a "dustbuster on a stick" to suck up the Golden Retriever hair all over my hardwood floors without bending over for 20 minutes straight. I wanted something cordless but those were all so expensive and had bad reviews about having no power. I also wanted one without a roller brush because the dog hair just gets tangled in the bristles and it's a mess. Some people complained that this doesn’t vacuum carpet well but it is essentially a “dustbuster on a stick” with a cord. I didn't expect this to vacuum the carpet; I have a regular upright for that. The cord is pretty long but I do wish it were a bit longer - no big deal. It wheels around easily on the hardwood without scratching but it also works great without the base/wheels on it for more precise cleaning. My only regret is that I wish I'd known I could have gotten it in a cool color for $5 less online :-) I am extremely pleased with my purchase!
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mikkehla Pleasantly Surprised
I bought this on a whim because as I was cleaning my boyfriend's house, I discovered his vacuum didn't work. All I really wanted it for was to vacuum the one small room in his house that has carpeting. Do my disapointment, it worked very poorly on the carpet. However, I found that it was amazing on the hardwood floors picking up the dog hair! That alone was worth the $20. I brought it back to my apartment where I also have hardwood floors and dog hair of my own to pick up and I just may never take it back to his house since I did pay for it! I did notice that it did work better on my very flat and non-plush area rug than his mor fluffy wall to wall carpet. If you have thick plush carpeting, do not buy this thinking you can replace your standard upright with it. If you have bare floors (hardwood, laminate, tile, etc.) it is worth every penny!
Rated 5 out of 5 by kelT Exceeded expectations for price
When I saw this I thought "it's $20 it's not going to pick anything up, but I'll try it." It's worth every penny, and since it's only $20 I'm thinking about buying one for each room of the house. It's light, easy, powerful, and actually has great suction. This is my new go to gift for friends and family.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Benjerman Perfect for all Non-Carpeted floors
When I was reviewing this on this site prior to buying it, I was skeptical about it mainly because of the price. I have tile floors throughout my apartment and wanted a new lightweight vac. I got it out of the box and put it together in seconds. I consider myself somewhat of a clean freak so I put my new vac to work right then. It is great! It is light weight yet powerfull. If its something of high quality at a super cheap price your looking for, this is the product that fits the bill. Trust me, just buy it already, you'll be glad you did!
Rated 4 out of 5 by mizell Good product - if you're realistic! (FILTER HINT!)
According to the page it says it is good for hardwood, tile, carpets, and rugs. Is this true - yes.... and no. So I'm going to break it down a little bit (my house has a 1 year old, four plants, 1 short hair cat, 1 large indoor/outdoor, tri-layer coat dog, 1 small indoor, long hair dog, farm equipment mechanic husband, & myself):
Hardwood/Tile: Yes --- PROS: It has sufficient suction to pick up everything I saw. CONS: You must go a bit slower than a large vacuum.
Carpet: YES on flat or low pile. --- PROS: It has sufficient suction to pick up cat/dog hair, crumbs, staples, small bits of paper, bits of paper towels. CONS: You must go a bit slower than a large vacuum. ///// YES on medium pile --- PROS: It will pick up the basic daily or accidental small dirt messes. CONS: You must go about half the speed of a large vacuum. //// NO on tall pile or shag --- Reason: the shag gets sucked up and blocks air flow.
Does it have a traditional brush? No. It had a squeegee.
The canister is hard to take off: It was put on incorrectly and has become stuck. Push the release button (forgotten more than most will say) and pull with slight twist side to side.
No suction: Check the filter. Being it is a small vacuum, the filter does get covered quickly with hair and light dirt particles.
Won't reach into small corners: You're using the wrong attachment. Change the head to the corner attachment.
Clean filter, just won't pick up anything: Slow down. The motor is not as powerful as a large vacuum.
I purchased mid-January. I have used it almost daily on a medium pile rug, kitchen carpet, hardwood floor, tile floor, and it preformed beautifully. My attempt on a shag rug was an epic fail. Am I happy with this product, YES! I love it!
As per my previous comment, I have a houseful of hair! It sucks up the dirt that gets tracked in and the hair that is seeming to come from every direction. Since I do have so much hair I end up dumping the canister quite often which means it's doing it's job; I can't argue with that. What I CAN argue is the carpet & rug claim. Yes, it will work, but should it replace a larger vacuum for a weekly deep clean? NO!!! The motor isn't powerful enough and the squeegee doesn't really assist with the deep clean. This isn't meant to be your "everything" vacuum, it's meant for harder surfaces and quick cleans.
I would purchase this for a friend: If that friend has harder surfaces. If their house if mostly carpet, it wouldn't do much good in any place other than kitchen and bathrooms.
QUICK WASHING HINT ON WHITE FILTER: Every few days I wash it with liquid dish soap. 1) Rinse the filter in warm water to remove stuck in hair and loose dust. / 2) Put soap in your hand like you were going to wash them & create suds. / 3) After suds have formed cup one hand around the filter and gently twist the filter side to side with the other (washing machine movement). / 4) When it's clean, rise in cold water. / 5) Leave overnight to dry.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Altfineart Does exactly what I wanted it to
i bought this to vacuum up dog hair off of my hard floors, no carpets. I have had several back surgeries and the constant twisting motion and bending to scoop up with dust pan really bothered me and my heavy vacuum was well just to heavy. This little vacuum works wonders gets all the dog hair up wonderfully. As others have said the cord is too short so I just added an extension cord to it that I leave attached all the time the cord winder holder is big enough to allow me to wrap both the cord and extension cord making it very easy and solving the short cord issue. To keep track of the crevice tool I wrapped a couple of rubber bands around the pole and slip the tool through them to hold when not in use. To take care of the issue of cleaning the filter I use an old roll of packing tape, every few times I empty I stick some tape to the outside of the filter basket and easily pick up and remove the embedded dirt. Sounds like a lot of adjustments but I went through 5 or 6 small vacuums trying to find one that would pick up Pug dog fur and not die within a couple months. I also tried the disposable pad things but that got way to expensive since would take 1/2 a box to do the whole house every couple of days. The Bissell 38B1L has been working for over a year and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon!
Rated 5 out of 5 by yetta7 I love it!
I was looking for something small that worked good and this was a great buy. I purchased the dirt devil small vacuum first and it was horrible. After reading reviews on this one, I decided to try it. I normally don't post reviews but I will from now on because they are always so helpful to me. I use this vacuum on my floors and in my bedroom that has carpet. It really does a great job. The carpet in my bedroom is not high, therefore, I don't know if it will work on all lcarpet. Love it!
Rated 5 out of 5 by hs421 OMG! This vacuum is a little gift. IT REALLY WORKS
I cannot believe how well this little vacuum really works.
I use it on my lineoleum floors as well as wall to wall carpeting.
I could not believe the very reasonable price
Its well worth more money,, but that is our secret
I highly recommend this to everyone
Rated 5 out of 5 by sl2011 Great Product
This little vac is wonderful. By far the best thing I've found to clean hardwood floors. I will never go back to my upright. The best 20 bucks I've ever spent.
Rated 4 out of 5 by scoobiedoo123 awesome for someone in a wheelchair.
It is very easy to use since I need to constantly manuver the wheelchair to vaccuum various areas of the house. Good quality for a small vac. Easy to empty container. Money well spent.
Rated 5 out of 5 by spicynoodles66 Change your life for under $20
If you have a lot of tile of hardwood and you are done sweeping up hair and dust and food from under the kitchen table, THIS IS FOR YOU. It will cut your cleaning time by 75 percent and you will not be sweeping stuff from place to place, it's just gone! No more crouching with a dustpan! We have birds, and it takes three seconds to be birdseed free. It takes 30 seconds to clean up after play-dough, and a two year old eating rice is no longer a scary thought.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Danigirl6842 This is fantastic, I love it!
This is the best vacuum I have ever owned! And I have had a few..but this one is light weight, has duel functions and I would never go back to using another type! I saw this one being used in a hotel, and just had to get myself one. I figure if a hotel uses it daily then my small home would be fine with it , and it is.
Rated 3 out of 5 Okay on hard surfaces
I bought this vacuum because I just moved into my first apartment and had no money. So for the price it works great on the linoleum in my bathroom and kitchen but it doesn't work at all on the carpet. It wont even pick up any crumbs or hair on the carpet.
So don't buy if you're planning on using it on carpet.
Rated 4 out of 5 by LottaCarTravel Good for its intended uses
Think of the 38B1L as a plug-in dst bstr with attachments making it easy to quickly vacuum wood, vinyl, concrete or similar flooring, stairs, furniture (with crevice tool), cobwebs in corners, etc. It's not a heavy duty upright vacuum so don't compare it to that. The 16 foot power cord sure beats the battery situation (which begins to deteriorate after the first use). Take off the attachments for doing floors and stairs and use it as you would a dst bstr. When needed, take it all apart, empty dirt into trash and easily clean the filter. When it's dry, put everything back together. It's about 20 bucks, well worth the price and will surely last a lot longer than any of the dst bstrs we've had in the past.
Rated 5 out of 5 by champagnesmom wow!
i will never use a broom again! this is awesome! the only flaw: wish the cord was longer. 16' isn't bad, but 20' would be perfect. it works great on tile, laminate and my area rug. used it a bit in the bedroom and it was fine but for large carpeted areas, you should use a 'real' vacuum. great suction, easy to assemble, easy to dump. well worth the $. no more dog hair flying around. this is a great buy. i dumped it after each room ( i have very large rooms) and was amazed at the amount of stuff it picked up. between this and my mr clean magic sponge mop, i am getting rid of all of my other cleaning appliances.
Rated 5 out of 5 by rykane Awesome!
I am super happy with my purchase! I am a college student and I bought this vacuum for my dorm room. I wanted something small, powerful, and easy to store. This vacuum fits what I wanted perfectly and the price is awesome as well! Our dorms are tile and it picks up everything with ease. I also have a rug that I use this for and even though I can tell that it probably would not be a good vacuum if you want it primarily for carpet it works perfectly fine for my little rug. It fits easily in my dorm room which is a major plus since I don't have much room to spare. Definitely worth it!
Rated 5 out of 5 by ColoradoCowgirl AWESOME!
I was looking for a smaller, yet powerful, vaccum to replace my canister Electrolux. I have found it! I too have 3 dogs and live on a ranch where dog hair, dirt and mud are an everyday occurance. I let the dirt go for days dreading the heavy vaccum. After reading the reviews I went to my local Walmart and bought this Bissell. Brought it home and immediately put it together and used it. IT WORKS GREAT! I have hardwood floors with cracks between the boards and it even got the dirt and pebbles out of the crevices. I have a Bissell carpet cleaner and another upright and I love them all. THANK YOU BISSELL!
Rated 5 out of 5 Bare Floors, Pet Hair
Like others have said, this is a wonderful tool for getting rid of pet hair on the floor. I have wood flooring and don't want to risk scratches, so I can't use a lot of vacuums with roller bars that have no option to turn them off. This is a great little tool that virtually attracts pet "tumbleweeds" like magic as it goes by. Because of its size, it's much easier to get under some furniture than even with a broom. Also, when using the crevice tool, I can reach nooks and crannies that would be difficult to access with a broom. I like the size - it's very convenient to quickly whip out for a quick go-over. The ease of adjusting from floor vac to crevice tool to hand vac is easy. I had the whole thing assembled for the first time in mere minutes, and was done cleaning my home within 15 minutes of getting home from the store. Cons: the cord is on the short side, as others have said, so get an extension cord dedicated to it, and just wrap it on the machine with the regular cord. Also, the hand vac by itself isn't that great at getting fur of the furniture without some assistance. Finally, as one other reviewer mentioned, the crevice tool doesn't have a storage spot on the machine, so try just using a rubber band to hod it onto the stick. Easy! And for just about $20, you can't go wrong!
Rated 3 out of 5 by AshLaSh :(
I have two miniature schnauzers and carpet. In the winter, between their haircuts, my dogs shed. I got this "vacuum" for Christmas. It does great on hard floors but it does NOT work at all on carpet! I am thankful that I got this as a gift, but I am going to be purchasing a new, better vacuum (with brushes) very soon.
Rated 1 out of 5 by yoursunny cracks in plastic
There're many cracks in plastic. It seems that there is a problem with plastic injection moulding process.
These cracks will grow longer after a period of use.
Rated 5 out of 5 by busymom1987 So happy I bought this!
I saw the reviews on this item yesterday and bought it in the store for $14.87. I can't believe how well it works. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats and it takes the fur off the hardwood floors, couches and curtains like a champ. So light too! I read that it doesn't work on carpets but I vacuumed my stairs (which have very thin carpet) like 5 minutes. I have shaggy rugs and as long as you don't push down it works on them too. Short cord though, but I have lots of plug ins through the house.
Rated 2 out of 5 by MLPA Hated this one
I absolutely hated this vacuum, its definitely not made for carpeting or area rugs. It picked up okay on the hardwood floors, but on my area rugs it did absolutely nothing. I recently bought another stick vac, the blue Eureka (also sold from walmart) for a few dollars more and it is by far, sooooo much better than this one. I would not recommend this to anyone unless you have zero carpeting in your home.
Rated 5 out of 5 by DeafChef Perfect for small places.
Let's face it - this machine is not meant to be the whole house vacuum. But if you lives in a small place or need a machine for quick touch-ups, this is for you. I live on site at my work place, and don't need or have space to store a full size machine. I can tell you that this thing cleans every bit as well as full sized vacuums on low-nap (think commercial carpets) It also does a great job on bare floors. The smaller width of the carpet head is great for cleaning tight places where a full sized head doesn't fit. One word of advice - to maintain full suction and get the best cleaning, you have to clean the filter in the dust cup after EACH use. It only takes a moment. Simply shake the loose dirt into a trash container and rinse the remaining dust under warm or cool running water and allow the filter to dry before reassembling and storing your machine. The first time you rinse the filter, you will see why it is important, and just how much dusti this machine is lifting. If you keep the machine clean, it will keep your surfaces clean. Get a fresh filter once a quarter if you are using the machine regularly and this machine will take care of you for a while. It is certainly worth the money, and even with replacing filters, it is a better value than many larger or more expensive machines.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bond123 First off I am completely satisfied with this purchase although upon opening the package I was worried when I saw the flimsy looking design. I wanted something to vac pet hair off pergo flooring and was concerned about this having the suction power to do anything as it is essentially a hand vac with a handle and floor attachment but it works fine. If you are thinking of buying it to use on quick carpet clean ups then you probably wouldn't be happy. The bagless design is also a plus keeping the costs of bags out of the loop. I gave it 4 stars out of 5 only because the cord could be a bit longer.
Rated 4 out of 5 by LibraChik Better Than Using a Broom
Pros: Very low price, style, lightweight, narrow cleaning path on floor attachment allows for easy maneuvering in tight spots, easy clean up since the dust filter stays intact on the bottom half of the dirt canister, the rubber strip on the bottom of floor attachment helps push and guide dirt into the suction, it also loosens particles from low shag carpet into the suction, dirt does not get blown around since motor is up higher on the unit, picks up car litter from sandy to very small pebbles, picks up cat food, cat hair, even spiders (ugh). It is quiet, works okay on short pile carpet, but only that kind. Great for quick jobs and it is better than using a broom IMHO.
Cons: Wimpy 2 Amp motor, dust filter gets clogged quickly requiring frequent emptying in order to maintain suction power, suction is weak when floor attachment is on due to narrow suction airway, wish the cord was longer.
All in all, it does what I need it to when it comes to quick vacuum clean up around cat litter area, kitchen and bare tile floors, even area rugs. For heavier jobs, I have my Dyson :-)
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bekah75 Cute, but not worth it!
It does not pick up anything on carpet, not even a lil bit. But does well on hardwood floors. I didn't want to buy a big, bulky item because I have no room to store and I only have 2 area rugs and capet in bedroom...the rest is hardwood floors. I guess I will have to look into something that works for both floor types.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Calvin121 Eh...It's $20 bucks, you get what you pay for.
It's not a great vacuum for carpet or floors. For instance, there are no bristles at the bottom so its not very effective at picking up things that are on carpet. Also, it does not work on glitter or anything of that nature because it can't really suck it up. So, overall, its great if you just need a handheld vacuum, but the attachment is close to useless.
Rated 5 out of 5 by reviewsbymom02 FINALLY!!! Something inexpensive that WORKS!!
After reading the reviews on this, I finally decided to give it a shot (even after a 1/2 hour of sitting in walmart wondering if it would actually work). Best $20 I have ever spent! I despise sweeping...dust bunnies go flying, they are impossible to sweep up, plus dog hair! What a mess...This little vacuum is such a time saver! It will pick up dust bunnies, dog hair, dirt, rocks, heck..even pennies. No more dirt piles for dogs to go running through just so you can sweep all over again. It's small and will fit into small places (like under the table and chairs). This does a great job on rugs too! I wouldn't recommend it for carpets, but as a replacement for that old broom...don't hesitate...go buy it!!!!!
Rated 5 out of 5 by memaw501 excellent and the price is excellent also.
I really like this little sweeper. It is wonderful for my hardwood floors. I have a large area rug and use my vacuum cleaner on it, but only had a dust mop for the hardwoods. This does an excellent job and it is so light. I love it for all the other rooms of the house that are not carpeted It picks up dirt and cat hair so good I can not believe it. I am so happy I made this purchase.
Rated 5 out of 5 by ph4um Great For Bare Floors!
Don't let the price fool you.Wow this vacuum sucks! In the way you want it too! Picks up dirt and hair off bare floors. Breaks down to old style "dust buster" which gets between close spaces where the vacuum head won't fit. While broken down to the "dust buster" style will clean your sliding glass door track too. Sucked the dog hair off my couch. Just a great buy for your money. Don't walk, run and buy one now if you have tile or laminate flooring.