Bissell PowerForce Upright Vacuum Cleaner Series - Decent Vacuums At A Good Price

 

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The Bissell PowerForce Upright Vacuum Cleaner Series is available in many different models. This review covers the PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum 71Y7, the PowerForce Bagless 6583 and 6584, and the PowerForce Turbo Bagless Upright Vacuum 6585, available at Wal mart stores and online at Amazon.com.


Bissell Powerforce Vacuum

Price: $42.00 – $65.00 (MSRP)
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PROS
  • Easy to assemble and use.
  • Tools and hose conveniently located on vacuum cleaner.
  • Generally well rated in customer reviews.
  • Maneuverable with good suction.
CONS
  • Belts break often.
  • Filters require frequent washing.
  • Clogs easily.
  • Durability issues.
BOTTOM LINE
For an inexpensive, entry-level vacuum, the Bissell PowerForce upright vacuum cleaner is a decent vacuum in its class. We give Bissell a few additional points for using recycled materials in the vacuum’s onboard accessories.

 

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Bissell PowerForce Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review

Key Features

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The Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum 71Y7 is equipped with an onboard hose and basic accessories.

The Bissell PowerForce Bagless Upright Vacuum 6583/6584 models have a 10 amp motor, 13-1/2" cleaning path, and are equipped with onboard cleaning accessories.

The Bissell PowerForce Turbo Bagless Upright Vacuum 6585 sports a more powerful 12 amp motor, 15" cleaning path, and a turbo hand tool.

Click here for a side-by-side comparison of these four Bissell PowerForce vacuums.

Overview

Controls on the Power Force are straight forward. The bagged PowerForce 71Y7 on/off switch is located on the top left corner of the chassis. The Bagless models utilized a large red foot activated switch at the base. All vacuums have a foot activated handle release to go from “parked” to vacuum mode with three handle positions.

 

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The floor height adjustment is a large, 5 position, dial type knob in the center of the floor head. It is easy to adjust to suit the floor surface type. The one major flaw with the PowerForce vacuum cleaners is that the brush roll is always active, whether you’re vacuuming bare floors or doing above floor work. This can lead to carpet and bare floor damage if left in one spot too long and reduced bare floor performance as the brush roll tends to flip debris out from under the floor head when on hard surfaces.

Replacing the vacuum bag and cleaning the filters on the PowerForce 71Y7 is fast and easy. The bag is accessed through the front bag door and filters are located in the bottom of the bag compartment and on the side of the vacuum cleaner. On the PowerForce 6583 and 6584 bagless models, as well as the PowerForce 6585 Turbo bagless vacuum cleaner, the Easy Empty™ Dirt Container is a breeze to empty. Pre-motor filters are conveniently located in and under the cup below the Easy Empty™ Dirt Container. The post motor filter is located on the front of the vacuum cleaner. All filters in these vacuums are washable, with the exception of the PowerForce Turbo vacuum cleaner which utilizes a replaceable, post motor HEPA filter.

Performance

Suction on the Power Force vacuums is generally good and the brush roll effectively loosens dirt and debris. Performance on carpets is acceptable, however, bare floor cleaning is not very good. Above floor cleaning is fair, though cumbersome as the hose is stiff and too short to get to things much above waist high. With the additional wand and tools, reach of the Bissell PowerForce is extended somewhat.

Overall, PowerForce vacuums are well liked in consumer reviews. Comments range from easy to assemble and use, to tools and hose conveniently located on vacuum cleaner, to good maneuverability and suction. Those less satisfied with their PowerForce vacuum note frequent belt breakage, clogging problems, and durability issues. Our test vacuums performed satisfactorily and without complication.

For an inexpensive vacuum, the Bissell PowerForce bagless upright vacuum cleaner is a decent performer. It is somewhat noisy, though typical of vacuum cleaners in its price range. It is an acceptable vacuum for modest sized homes. We give Bissell a few additional points for using recycled materials in the vacuum’s onboard accessories.

Models in the Bissel PowerForce Vacuum Cleaner Series:

Bagged models include: 71Y7, 46E5, 3525, 3530, 3537
Models available outside the USA: 3522, 3522B, 3522D, 3530-D

Bagless models include: 6579, 6579-3, 6583, 6584, 6594, 65832, 65833, 65834
Models available outside the USA: 6579C, 6583C, 6594B, 47M6-E, 75Q1-E

Turbo models include: 6585, 6585-C, 6596
Models available outside the USA: 6596C, 82H5-E


Consumer Reviews of Bissell PowerForce Upright Vacuum Cleaners

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Comments

  1. I have had my vacuum for less than a year. It constantly clogs. Now it doesn’t have any suction and there are no clogs. I have checked everything (new bag, belt, etc.) and it’s still not working…junk.

  2. The design of this particular model (6583) is such that it quickly loses suction, even without clogs or obstructions. We found that it failed upon its third use, unable to suck up the least amount of dirt. Unfortunately, we’ve found this to be common among the cheaper uprights and the Bissell line in particular. If a product is designed so poorly that it cannot maintain its function after two uses, it becomes worse than useless. In my opinion, Bissell has discovered that people would rather throw out an inexpensive vacuum cleaner after it fails than go through the hassell of having to return it for service. Never again, Bissell.

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