Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hardwood Floor Bagless Stick Vacuum Cleaner - Model 81L2A

Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hardwood Floor Bagless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Model 81L2A is very popular and rather affordable corded, bagless, lightweight stick vacuum cleaner. Bissell 81L2A PowerEdge Pet comes with several rather specific features, including V-Shaped cleaner head, rubber squeegees, center inlet for larger debris, edge inlets for extra cleaning of the edges and corners etc.

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Bissell 81L2A PowerEdge Pet Features and Specifications

Bissell 81L2A PowerEdge Pet is optimized for cleaning various types of debris from the bare floors and, up to the point, from low-pile carpets. Although it does feature good suction, it lacks motorized brushroll for picking up dust, hair and other debris from medium- and high-pile carpets.

bissell 81l2a swivelUnit is rather lightweight, weighing 7.5 pounds (~3.4 kg). Thanks to the V-shaped cleaner head, large wheels and swivel mechanism, Bissell 81L2A can easily maneuver around floor objects and obstacles, allowing the user to clean edges and corners that are very hard to clean using 'classic' cleaner head designs. All of this, saves both time and effort.

Bissell 81L2A is powered using 6 Amps (720 W) motor, providing very good suction. Power cord is 20 feet (~6.1 m) long, allowing the user to clean relatively large area using just a single wall power socket - IMHO, slightly longer power cord would be nice, but 20 feet is enough for most situations.

Power cord is manually wrapped around cord wrap hooks. Unit doesn't feature automatic power cord rewind system - such system would increase the weight, complexity, and in the end the price of vacuum.

Note: Bissell 81L2A features thermal motor protection - if there is a clog or blockage somewhere in the system, air flow through the motor, and thus its cooling, is decreased. In order to protect the motor from overheating, thermal protection in such situations shuts off the motor. If/when that happens, turn off the unit, unplug it from the wall and following the steps given in the manual clean clogs and blockages. After letting the motor to cool down for 30-35 minutes, thermal protection will automatically reset itself and the cleaning task may continue.

Power switch is located on the top of the vacuum's body. Note that the unit operate all the time at the 'full throttle'.

Bissell PowerEdge Pet V-Shaped Cleaner Head

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V-Shaped cleaner head has no moving parts and it is very simple to maintain. Cleaner head width is 11.35 inches (~28.8 cm) allowing the user to clean large area rather quickly.

V-Shaped head features two rows of rubber squeegees, designed to agitate and to help pick up various types of dirt from bare floors like tiles, laminate, vinyl and similar. Smaller dirt is vacuumed right away, while larger debris is pushed toward center inlet to be vacuumed. Also, V-shaped head features edge inlets for thorough cleaning of the various edges and corners, commonly found at homes and apartments.

Dirt bin is transparent, allowing the user to see type and amount of vacuumed dirt. Dirt bin can be emptied quickly, directly into the trash can. Dirt bin should not be filled above the 'Full Line'. Also, Dirt bin is hand washable - never machine wash it and always dry it thoroughly before reassembling the unit.

bissell 81l2a filterAir filtration is good, which is very important, especially for people with pets and kids. Air filtration is based on cyclonic action, pre-motor mesh air filter and foam/pleated combination air filter.

Foam/pleated air filter is easy to maintain air filter. Foam part can be washed with mild water and soap, while pleated filter is not washable - it can be tapped onto the trash can, and replaced when/if needed.

Note: never assemble the unit with wet filters and never use it with wet filters or no filters at all. Although Bissell 81L2A is simple to use and maintain unit, it is highly recommended to read the manual thoroughly, before the very first use.

Unit can be stored in upright position, but since it can be tipped over, be sure not to let pets and kids play around it.


Long Story Short: if your house or apartment has mostly bare floors like tiles, marble, vinyl, hardwood, laminate and similar and you need simple, but quick and affordable cleaning solution for various types of dirt commonly found at home, including dust, sand, pet and human hair, plant dirt, dry pet food etc, consider Bissell PowerEdge Pet 81L2A stick vacuum cleaner.

It is lightweight and agile, has good suction, picks up dirt from bare floors very well, it is easy to use and maintain and in the end, it is very affordable unit that comes with one year warranty.

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