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The Bissell PowerForce Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum offers an exclusive helix dirt separation system that captures more fine dust in the dirt container to keep your filters clean longer. This extends the suction power and cleaning performance of your vacuum. Five height adjustments make it easy for this bagless upright vacuum to clean almost any floor surface. The Easy Empty Dirt Cup Collection System is a clear, large capacity dirt container that allows for more room-to-room cleaning and less emptying. Washable filters save you money on replacements and on-board tools make cleaning all areas of your home a breeze!

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The Bissell PowerForce Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum offers an exclusive helix dirt separation system that captures more fine dust in the dirt container to keep your filters clean longer. This extends the suction power and cleaning performance of your vacuum. Five height adjustments make it easy for this bagless upright vacuum to clean almost any floor surface. The Easy Empty Dirt Cup Collection System is a clear, large capacity dirt container that allows for more room-to-room cleaning and less emptying. Washable filters save you money on replacements and on-board tools make cleaning all areas of your home a breeze!


Bissell PowerForce Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum, Gray/Blue, 12B1:

  • Bagless, upright vacuum recommended for carpet and above floor
  • Bagless, upright system
  • 10 amps
  • 5 height adjustments
  • Bissell PowerForce Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum, 12B1features Easy Empty Dirt Cup collection
  • Washable filters
  • Helix dirt-separation system
  • Includes crevice tool
  • Features a Dual Cleaning Edge
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Model# 12B1


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Specifications

Amps: 10 Amp
Color: Gray ,  Blue
Cord Length: 20'
Manufacturer Part Number: 12B1
Brand: Bissell
Features: No
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LOVING THIS MACHINE!!
9/25/2013

Customer review by Browlan

5.0 stars 9/25/2013 by Browlan
by Browlan

I've only owned my PowerForce Helix Bagless 12B1 for a few weeks now and have used it three times, but for the price, you just can't beat it! I have hardwood floors, area rugs, and tile in my kitchen and bath. This baby does it all! I use this machine when I do my weekly, entire house vacuuming/cleaning. I have a Bissell PetEdge for small areas of non-carpeted flooring where our dog and cat leave their hair and I use it as needed in between my weekly whole-house vacuuming. I highly recommend both machines....I love, love, love the PetEdge and have owned it for about two years now.....never had any problems with it! I really like using both machines because they're light weight, easy to use and easy to maintain. The only improvement I would make on my PowerForce Helix Bagless machine would be a longer hose for reaching behind and above cleaning needs. But as I said for such a reasonable price you just can't beat these machines....they do everything the much more expensive machines do!

Browlan
California
Gender:Female
Worst vacuum EVER
7/18/2014

Customer review by shpn_girl

1.0 stars 7/18/2014 by shpn_girl
by shpn_girl

I normally do not write reviews but this one had to be done. This vacuum was purchased for my small business and I have had it for approximately two months. The hardest thing this vacuum needed to pick up was a little sand or small gravel pieces from getting tracked in from the parking lot. I have low pile carpet, commercial grade floor mats and tile, and it did not matter what setting it was on it still worked the same, terribly. Starting with the blow out wind where it would sort of pick up and then spit it out all over is just a waste of time. Even though each time the canister would be emptied and the filters checked for anything causing it not to work correctly. There is nothing positive I can say about this vacuum. It's so bad that I would drag my home vacuum down about once a week to clean up. I can't believe anyone would give this vacuum anything more than one star, if I could have gone into the negative stars I would have. So disappointed in the Bissel Powerforce Helix

Comment from Lisa - 7/21/2014

Thank you for your review. We're sorry for your disappointment. We would like to help you. We have a great FAQ section on our website. Please click at the link for low suction to get your machine working properly. http://www.bissell.com/FAQDetail.aspx?id=1498

shpn_girl
Evanston, WY 82930, USA
Gender:Female
Best vaccum for the money!!!
7/18/2013

Customer review by Doe B.

5.0 stars 7/18/2013 by Doe B.
by Doe B.

I have been cleaning houses for over 7 years now and I have used many of my customers vacuums, some cheap and some very expensive ones (that tout that they never lose suction! but you can't lose something you never really had in the first place...lol) yet none compare to my Bissell Power Force. It is the only vacuum I ever buy, it will pick up the dirt left behind after using those expensive others and it is a fraction of the cost. I have even sold a lot of the people I work for on them and they have bought themselves one. I will not buy any other vacuum than this EVER! This vacuum lasts a long time under daily use by this housekeeper, and the fact you can wash all the filters keeps it smelling clean for each of my customers as well. When asked about vacuums...I will only ever recommend this Bissell Power Force to anyone for ease of use, cost, suction, ease of use of it hose and attachments, its light weight, ease to clean etc...This is my testimonial from a housekeeper of over 7 years who uses this vacuum daily! It is worth every penny of it's low cost!

Doe B.
Bryant, AR, USA
Gender:Female
Color me IMPRESSED!!!!
8/23/2012

Customer review by Susan-B-Happy

5.0 stars 8/23/2012 by Susan-B-Happy
by Susan-B-Happy

I have owned many vacuums over the years that were very costly. I thought they did a decent job as I am very particular about my floors. I needed to purchase a new one so I compared Oreck, Dyson, Shark and others that would be very good but also very pricey. I have used Bissell carpet cleaning machines for many years and have always found each one to be better than the last, but had never used their vacuum. So I found the PowerForce Helix on sale and decided to try it, I had nothing to lose. I am so impressed with this cleaner. It pulls up so much dirt it seems as though it is getting it from the ground under the house. Others have complained about the cord length, I simply use an extension cord and problem solved. No complaints here, I am one HAPPY camper. Thank you and when this one needs replacing I will definitely buy another BISSELL.

Susan-B-Happy
Fort Payne, AL, USA
Gender:Female
I have loved every Bissell I've owned until this one...this one is like" that other brand" (Terrible!)
7/13/2014

Customer review by RileysMom

1.0 stars 7/13/2014 by RileysMom
by RileysMom

I have owned several vacuums over the years, and most of them have been Bissells. I have loved every one of them until this one. The last two I had were similar models, similar price and worked GREAT. Granted they only lasted a year or two, but at the time I had a German Shepherd so nothing would have lasted longer than that. I no longer have the GSD so have less hair and dirt to pick up. I expected this vac to work great considering....WRONG! The first time I used it it was spitting dirt out the back! It also blows so much air out the front that it sends papers etc. flying off tables and counters! I am not a "returner" so I kept it and thought maybe something was connected wrong or loose or something...I have since been through the whole vac and not found anything wrong with the set-up. I guess I am stuck with it now until I get a new one. I am just so upset that I can't trust the Bissell name anymore. I didn't even think about what brand to get when I was buying it because, like I said, I have always had good luck with Bissell. I won't make that mistake again. Back to reading reviews before I get a new one. Bissell, Please consider taking this model off the market.

Comment from Lisa - 7/15/2014

Thank you for your review. We appreciate being a BISSELL customer for so long. We do have some great tip to share to get your machine suctioning again. Please see this link: http://www.bissell.com/FAQDetail.aspx?id=1360

RileysMom
New Hampshire, USA
Gender:Female
Found one flaw...
12/13/2013

Customer review by Debi 2013

4.0 stars 12/13/2013 by Debi 2013
by Debi 2013

I truly like the Powerforce & how well it cleans, especially with 3 dogs in the house I constantly clean. I utilize the hose alot as well to vacume my couch & loveseat. but one day, sun was shining in the window just as I went to use the hose to do my couch. I turned on the vacume & suddenly seen dust flying out of the hole where the hose attaches to use for floor vacuming. I felt I was wasting my time cleaning with the dust just flying back out all over & had never noticed until the sun was shining in. SO, I cleaned the vacume cleaner really good, took totally apart & washed every part. Went to clean again with the hose & STILL the dust flies out of the tube where the hose attaches for the floor use. Feeling let down, like Im cleaning for nothing because then I have to dust AGAIN after I vacume. :(

Comment from Lisa - 12/20/2013

Thank you for your feedback. When cleaning with the tools, make sure the height adjustment is on the highest setting, this will lift the rotating brush off from your floor. Also, it's best to vacuum first where the machine is placed on the floor before using the tools. The machine has such strong suction, it's just trying to pick up what's in the carpet.

Debi 2013
Lebanon, MO
Gender:Female
Wasn't expecting what I got with how much I paid.
9/30/2013

Customer review by LtRipleyLastSurvivorOfTheNostromo

5.0 stars 9/30/2013 by LtRipleyLastSurvivorOfTheNostromo
by LtRipleyLastSurvivorOfTheNostromo

So here we are. I honestly never thought I would be writing a review about a vacuum. But this vacuum... this vacuum is too good not to. We needed a new vacuum because our old one finally bit the dust *cough* dirt devil *cough cough*. We are moving into a home with no carpet in 3 months so we didn't really want to spend a lot on a vacuum. We purchased this thinking it would just be "OK" but boy were we wrong. You should have seen how much dust and dirt was in our carpet! And our carpet looked clean beforehand! super gross right? AND this vacuum is so light. Crazy light. It just zooms around the house. But seriously, this vacuum is great. I will never purchase another brand besides Bissell from here on out. Thanks for helping keep my house clean Bissell :') Truly yours xoxo

LtRipleyLastSurvivorOfTheNostromo
Jacksonville, NC, USA
Gender:Female
Great Vacuum and Great Price
11/1/2013

Customer review by DNoemi

4.0 stars 11/1/2013 by DNoemi
by DNoemi

I bought this vacuum because my sister had one and worked well with sucking up pet hair (she has a white German Shepard that sheds a lot). I have 2 cats and this vacuum sure does the job at sucking up everything at a very competitive price. I love this vacuum and it really keeps my house clean. I used it on my rugs and carpet and tile but not on my hard wood floors- I use the hose and brush for the wood floors as the main vacuum area with the wheels scratched my floors when I pushed it around on the hard wood floors. Air is forced out through the front and can cause dust to fly around but overall, it does the job of sucking everything on your floor and getting your floors cleaned up. Great product, highly satisfied. I had the vacuum for 5 months now. Would recommend it!

Comment from Lisa - 11/6/2013

Thank you for your review. Make sure to have the height adjustment dial set properly for your floor level.

DNoemi
Detroit, MI, USA
Gender:Female
Got dogs, great product
12/16/2012

Customer review by Kermit

4.0 stars 12/16/2012 by Kermit
by Kermit

I use to be a diehard hoover fan till I got a great deal on my first Bissell on amazon. The helix replaced my previous bissell that died after 6 grueling years of use cleaning up after my 5 dogs. This bissell cost a quarter of the first but you certainly can't tell. It performs just as well. Between the area rugs, the hard wood, and the tile, this cleans equally well on all surface as long as you have the level setting correct. The only complaints are that the cord is short, I wish it had the power head like my other, and when the dirt cup gets too full of hair it backs up into the upper chamber even if it isn't packed in the lower chamber. Aside of that I love it. Highly recommended for those wanting to control pet hair with out paying hundreds for something else.

Kermit
Erie, PA, USA
Gender:Female
Not happy!
2/17/2015

Customer review by TwoDogMom

1.0 stars 2/17/2015 by TwoDogMom
by TwoDogMom

I loved my PowerForce vacuum for 6 weeks. That's how long I had it before the brush quit turning. I checked to see if the belt had broken, it had not. Thinking it may have stretched, I replaced it, but the brush still did not turn, then it broke. I have purchased Bissell products for two decades and they served me well until the last few years. The motor in my PetEraser vacuum had to be replaced after one year, the motor in the carpet shampooer died the second time I used it, now I am without a vacuum again. While both motors were covered by warranty, it was a great inconvenience being without a vacuum and getting stuck with a wet carpet. Dirt Devil, here I come!

Comment from Lisa - 2/25/2015

Thank you for your posting. We're sorry for your trouble and do want to help. BISSELL always provides a warranty. Your vacuum has a one year warranty and we can help. Please click at the link for a BISSELL Authorized Service Center location. http://www.bissell.com/service-centers/?zip=Enter%20your%20zip%20code&distance=50 The BISSELL technician can help with your deep cleaner also.

TwoDogMom
Swissvale, PA, USA
Gender:Female
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Is this vacuum easy to assemble? What tools are needed? Being elderly I am concerned as to ease of assembly. Thank you for any info.
by Suzanne 5/6/2013
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  • A. Yes. There are two screws to attach the handle, and then connecting the hose to the vacuum and then to the base.
    by Windmill19789/18/2013
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  • A. The only assembly is two screws to attach the extended handle (requires only a small screwdriver - philips or straight). Then you attach the hose at both ends and you are done.
    by KyLadyJan6/23/2013
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  • A. YES. This was super easy to assemble. 2 screws to attach the handle. Easy. I think it was a phillips screwdriver. Took me 5 min.
    by sxyhpychk15/26/2013
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  • A. simple. although I had my Son in Law put it together. 1-2-3, it was done.
    by beanies265/20/2013
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  • A. Extremely!
    by Gurleygirl5/20/2013
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  • A. Very easy to assemble. All you have to do is use a phillips head screwdriver to attach the handle. Everything else clicks in.
    by gimmedagoods5/20/2013
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  • A. Very easy to assemble. My 14 year old son did it for me. No tools required.
    by ali20135/19/2013
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  • A. 2 screws with a phillip screw driver and put hose on, ready to go! I was done in less than 5 minutes.
    by Craftchic5/11/2013
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  • A. Yes it is very easy to assemble. All that is needed is a flathead screw driver for two easy to get to screws
    by denisefromtroy5/10/2013
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  • A. Extremely easy to assemble and not sure I needed any but maybe a screwdriver? Such a great vaccuum would recommend to anyone.
    by CaliCutie5/8/2013
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  • A. Yes, several rooms in our home have laminate. Just put the setting to bare floor. It works great.
    by BUCKEY196011/13/2012
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  • A. Worked on mine. Didn't see any dust being kicked around.
    by Noliesonbuys10/20/2012
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  • A. No, it barely works on carpet.
    by ToyStoryFan17/19/2013
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  • A. It does not work very well on smooth floors, because the brush roll does not stop spinning (it kicks dirt). You may be able to get away with it if you raise the height all the way up so the brush does not contact the floor, but what I do is sweep the floor and then use the crevice tool to suck up the dirt pile.
    by Manikchia11/2/2012
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  • A. Yes, you just have to adjust the height on the bottom wheels.
    by Ginid9/4/2012
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  • A. yes I have been using it on the floors
    by Vickie2169/4/2012
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  • A. Yes it has an adjustment for bare floors.
    by Corrin4448/26/2012
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  • A. yes, there is 5 setting, from hardwood floors to high carpets.
    by raiderspunky8/24/2012
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  • A. Yes it worked on my wood floors
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It's shown in the pics but not listed as an accessory, only the crevice tool and extention wand are.........
by an anonymous customer 8/22/2012
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  • A. Yes it does. It clips on the back of the vacuum so it may not be seen in pictures.
    by ryrysmom0910/26/2012
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  • A. Yes it comes with the brush. it is the triangle shaped one.
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  • A. Yes there is a small piece that you can put on the extension wand or the hose to do your furniture or drapes.
    by angel50149/23/2012
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  • A. It has a triangular-head upholstery brush that snaps into the back for storage. It is reversible from a brush to a toothed surface (good for "scraping" fabrics that hair really sticks to). It does not have a powered, rotating upholstery brush.
    by Manikchia9/20/2012
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  • A. Yes, it does.
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  • A. Yes it does.
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  • A. Yes it does
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