I recently purchased this at my local Wal-Mart store in Corpus Christi, Texas. It took me a long time to select and research the purchase of my new vacuum as I wanted a product that was effective, had a HEPA filter and was priced near $100.00. This vacuum fits the bill and looks great too! This product is also well designed/built and made in Korea.
I've used it a couple of times and you would not believe how effective this vacuum is at cleaning carpets. The first time I used it was on a carpet that I had just vacuumed a couple of days before with my old unit - - the Bissel PowerTrek brought out container fulls of hair and sand from our carpet. Both our carpet and the house immediately smelled cleaner.
The PowerTrek has a long cord, extension tube and a handy "power brush" attachment that does a great job of picking fur off of the drapes and furniture. Although it does not have a "roller stop" feature when you use the attachment, the unit, when placed in the upright position, lifts the roller brush into the highest position so it will not come into contact with most carpets while using the attachment.
The Bissel PowerTrek uses "type 7" filters and belts. After reading several reviews on vacuums in general, I think it's important to give some important tips on keeping your vacuum working effectively. Clean your filters often and change the HEPA filter every few months; since we have cats with fur and kitty litter we change our HEPA filters every two months. The foam filters should be replaced annually and change your belt every six months. Belts will stretch and reduce suction long before they break. Make sure you adjust the head to the correct hight, since using it at too low a setting will cause premature belt failure.
The good news is that the Bissel PowerTrek HEPA filters are very economical and a great deal (in the $5.00 range at the time of this review). Belts for the PowerTrek are about $3.00 and the foam filter element set runs about $6.00 -- all currently available at Wal-Mart. It will not hurt your pocketbook to keep your new Bissel PowerTrek filter systems in peak shape!
Finally, the Bissel PowerTrek is a beautiful vacuum. The rich blue color will not go out of style during the life of your machine. I highly recommend the Bissel PowerTrek with Revolution technology, especially if you live in a home with multiple pets.
Was this review helpful? (33) (1)
Thank you! You have successfully submitted feedback for this review.