Preface:The Bissell Powerglide Lift Off pet looks to be a great vacuum with a low price, powerful pet hair pickup and swivel steering that will make vacuuming the house easy. In addition the machine features a large dirt bin which should help make vacuuming easier by not requiring many trips to the garbage to empty the vacuum. The system also includes a few attachments designed to help clean the house, especially pet hair that clings to surfaces in the home. Lastly the Lift-off feature makes the vacuum easily portable for attachment usage as the base separates from the rest of the vacuum so you can hold it in your hand and carry it to wherever you need to clean.
Floor Cleaning:The vacuum is very efficient at floor cleaning with a wide brushroll and powerful suction that make it very good choice for anyone who wants to clean carpets quickly. The brushroll makes quick work of pet hair and can clean most of it with a single pass, with the rest being picked up by the second pass. The vacuum also has good airflow and strong suction which work along with the brushroll to remove deep dirt that’s trapped in the carpet pile. In addition the swivel steering, although nowhere near as good as the Dyson ball, works well enough to make cleaning easier by allowing you to turn a small amount by just turning your wrist. Overall the Bissell Powerglide Lift Off Pet does a great job at carpet cleaning and will also work out pretty well for those who want to clean hard floors.
Attachment Cleaning:The vacuum does well for attachment cleaning as well thanks to the attachments included and the lift off feature that allows the machine to detach the base from the rest of the machine so you can carry it around, however the vacuum feels very heavy. This may not seem like a lot but it can start to hurt when you want to clean things like stairs or curtains. The turbo brush that’s included with the machine is great for pet hair thanks to the rubber pet hair system that can be attached to the brush. The pet hair system makes cleaning pet hair a breeze by collecting it and making it easy to suck into the vacuum’s large bin.
Overall:The Bissell Powerglide Lift Off Pet makes cleaning very easy for carpets, hard floors, and attachment usage. The vacuum performs quite well on carpets and removes a large amount of pet hair, and does great at attachment cleaning. If you can get over the machine not feeling very comfortable to lift off and carry arounf then this machine might be just right for you.
Preface:The Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet cleaner looks to be a great machine from the outside, claiming pressurized spray, great suction and high speed brushes. This may all be true but in reality, the cleaning performance leaves a lot to be desired, as the machine gets the dirt out of the floor, then has a tendency to leak it back out, leaving your stains and spots worse than you started. This machine is a huge waste of your hard earned money, as it WILL leak everywhere. If you want to read on and see my full review, feel free to do so. If you want to save time, I highly recommend the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge (click to see my review).
Carpet Cleaning:For the purposes of the review I’m only going to talk about getting the cleaning process of this carpet cleaner, by that I mean I will only review removing the dirt from the carpet. I say this as the overall carpet cleaning process of this Hoover is marred by the fact it has a tendency to spew the black, soapy, dirty water it picked up back onto your carpet. For more about that, see the section below named “Leak Problems” to see my true feelings about how well this machine cleans. This deep cleaner differentiates itself from less expensive models in Hoover’s range of carpet cleaners as it has extra brushes, pressurized cleaning and a rinse feature. The Hoover MaxExtract branding is shared by this machine, the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro, and its more expensive brother, the Hoover MaxExtract 77 MultiSurface, which adds an auto-rinse feature, extra brushes and a hard floor attachment in the box. The process of using the MaxExtract 60 starts like every other carpet cleaner I’ve had the chance to review. That is to say that you must move your furniture out of the way, vacuum very thoroughly with your standard vacuum, mix the soap and hot water in the deep cleaner’s tank and plug the machine in. This machine differs from some others a little bit in the best way to use the machine. Some carpet cleaners I’ve reviewed work best if you squeeze the trigger and go back, whereas this machine works best if you hold the trigger and go forward, allowing the soapy water to get scrubbed in before pulling back and allowing it to be sucked up. This machine has the unfortunate problem of both having weak suction for the amount of water it puts down, an uneven suction distribution at the floor head. What does that mean to you? For those with lighter carpets (like me), you’ll have streaks of clean carpet interspersed with uncleaned carpet. Those uncleaned streaks are WORSE than when you started as the water you added to the carpet has caused all the dirt to wick to the top of the fiber and darken the color of the carpet. To sum up carpet cleaning with this machine, most of the time your carpet will turn out streaky and worse than you started.
Attachment Usage:This machine comes with only one attachment, a manual brush. I found this a bit odd, given that the lower end model, the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, comes with both the manual brush and a powered turbo brush. When it comes to the actual cleaning, the machine does a very good job, and extracts the majority of the dirt out of the surface being cleaned. In addition it does a very good job at getting the fabric dry if you do a few dry passes at the end of the cleaning. Overall, attachment cleaning (minus the leaks I’ll talk about in the next section) is very good on this machine.
Leak Problems:As you can probably guess from the title of this section, this machine has some major leak problems. It got to the point where the machine was leaking in ways I did not know where possible at the end of my review testing. Here’s a list of a few of the various leaks I encountered:
- Clean water leak at rear of machine
- Dirty water drip from bottom of machine
- Spewing black water from exhaust when using attachments
- Shooting black water out into carpet when moved too quickly
- Leak from dirty tank when being carried to be emptied
- Leak from clean water tank into bottom of machine when left alone and unplugged
- Dirty water not being sucked up nozzle and deposited out the front when machine is turned off
Overall:Overall the machine does not do a good job at all when it comes to cleaning. I cannot recommend this machine at all, and would highly recommend you look at other machines.
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Preface:The Bissell CleanView OnePass vacuum is a cheap, light-ish weight vacuum that promises a lot, like being able to get completely clean in one pass. The machine makes a lot of promises about cleaning performance, and in the end, it does a very good job for the price point. The machine come with good attachments and decent build quality, but the real great feature of the machine is the technology they used on the floor head.
Floor cleaning:The floor head is designed very well, and the machine fulfills on it’s promise to clean in one pass most of the time. There are times when the machine fails to get everything in one pass, but on the standard VacBin test track the Bissell CleanView OnePass performed very well on the common household dirt tests. The OnePass is also very good at getting pet hair, and is great for anyone that needs to clean up after a shedding pet. The floor head has many specialized features including a brushroll that has varying bristle lengths. The various length bristles help effectively agitate your carpet by getting both the deeper levels and the surface level. In addition Bissell took a page out of Dyson’s book and attempted to make the floor head seal to the carpet. The machine works very well on carpeting, yet it has trouble on hard floors. If you are looking for a vacuum to do both carpets and hard floors, this is not the machine for you. The brush cannot be disabled, and as such will kick any debris you encounter out of the back of the machine toward your feet.
Attachment useage:The Bissell CleanView OnePass does alright at attachment cleaning, but it feels like the attachment system was designed as an afterthought to the floor cleaning. The CleanView OnePass has a short hose that will topple the machine if you pull it too far, yet the attachments are well designed. The machine can feel a bit awkward to use at times because of the short hose and the, but if you are not using the attachments often this won’t be too much of a problem.
Filtration:The Bissell CleanView OnePass has a HEPA filter onboard, but unfortunately, the filtration system is not sealed. This means that dirt and allergens that are sucked up can be blown right back into the air. In addition the CleanView OnePass vacuum is a two stage cyclonic system, in laymans terms there are only two cyclones in the machine, with the inner cyclone being large, and therefore inefficient. To the average consumer, that means that the pre-motor filter (the yellow piece of foam above the bin) will need to be washed often, and the performance will degrade much faster than a system with more cyclones.
Overall:The Bissell CleanView OnePass vacuum cleaner is not the best machine out there, yet for the price point it offers great performance if you can live with an unsealed filtration system and a short hose. In addition, if you have hard floors, this probably isn’t the machine for you. That said, if you have mostly carpets, and don’t use the attachments often, this is a great choice for a lower budget!
From the first time you see the DC44, you can tell that it’s not your average vacuum cleaner. Dyson took a lot of risks on this innovative machine, and you can see it from a first glance. Yet, at the same time some of the most innovative things are inside the plastic housing, nestled tightly together and hidden away from view. Things like the Dyson Digital Motor, a motor that provides amazing performance, yet sips power and is very lightweight. Other innovations are easier to see, like the carbon fiber on the brushroll that helps reduce static cling on hard floors.
The Dyson DC44 comes with two different heads to clean carpet. The first head is the general purpose floor head with a motorized brushroll. This head does a great job, and is very maneuverable thanks to their V-ball system which allows the head to pivot around corners and objects simply by turning your wrist. This head does a very good job at getting carpets clean, even if you move it quickly as you pass over the carpet. The only problem I have found with this head is how quickly the brushroll gets tangled with hair, but that is a minor problem due to how easy it is to remove the tangled hair (it just takes a quarter turn of a quarter to completly remove the brushroll for cleaning).
The second head is the mini motorized head, which is much smaller, lacks the V-ball tech, and has much more space in between the bristles. This head is great without the wand for cleaning a small intense spot, or for cleaning tight areas. Perfect examples where this head would perform its best would be a pet bed, a small area of carpet or the floor mats of a car. This head concentrates the suction of the machine to a smaller area therefore making it ideal for small messes as opposed to everyday cleaning.
Hard Floor Performance:
The vacuum performs very well on hard floors when using the general purpose head thanks to the good suction and effective brushroll. Dyson designed the DC44’s brushroll with carbon fiber filament, which works on hard floors to minimize static electricity. In practice this means that there won’t be dust stuck to the floor with a static charge after you are done vacuuming. Overall, the performance of the DC44 on hard floors is quite good, and it does a great job at cleaning up quickly.
The DC44 comes with 2 main attachments in the box, with more available on Dyson’s website for purchase if the need arrises. The first is the crevice tool, which works pretty well and has a wide opening for large objects to enter. That said, the crevice tool is nothing to write home about and really isn't that special. What IS special is the second attachment, a combination tool that dusts surfaces and sucks up large particles. The tool is special as it converts from dusting mode to straight suction mode very easily by pressing a catch and sliding the bristles back, allowing you to easily change modes while cleaning.
The DC44 is a great machine for cleaning up messes, big or small with its compact size, powerful suction and well designed tools. Although the price might be slightly high, the performance, reliability and ease of use make up for the high perceived price. Overall, this is a machine I keep in my home, and I use it many times a week because it does a great job and helps keep the house clean before a mess piles up.
This vacuum promises a great deal of things both in the advertisements and even on the box of the product itself. It claims to have more power than a Dyson DC40 upright vacuum cleaner. Shark then goes further and shows the Rocket next to various upright vacuums in their advertisements. Shark markets the machine as a replacement for an upright vacuum. Unfortunately the Rocket simply lacks the performance to compete with an upright vacuum, and has other flaws that prevent me from recommending the Shark Rocket to most people in the market for a vacuum. Read on for more information about why I can't recommend the vacuum.
CarpetThe Shark Rocket is quite easy to push on carpet, at most times feeling almost self-propelled due to its light weight and fast brushroll. That said, the ease of use is negated as you will be spending a great deal of time going over the same spot multiple times if you want to actually clean your carpets. Unfortunately, the Rocket seems to lack much weight on the cleaning head, as such the brush cannot dig deep into the pile and get out any dirt. Furthermore, the dirt that is on top of the carpet is often either pushed forward (this is called "snowplowing" by the vacuum industry) or shot out the front as the suction is too weak. The Rocket was also bad at pet hair pickup, leaving most of the dog hair on the floor rather than in the bin. In addition, the Shark doesn't have a HEPA filter or a sealed bin (more on this in the Design Flaws section below), which caused me to launch into a sneezing fit after using in (in fact, it took 3 takes to get the Carpet section of the video review because I kept sneezing). This means that the dust and dirt that you just spend time picking up will be blown out the exhaust and land on your floor again. Overall, the carpet cleaning experience is inexcusably bad, and a sick joke for a machine claiming to "Out clean full-sized vacuums" (Shark's website and the Rocket box).
Hard FloorsThe Shark Rocket has two ways of cleaning hard floors: the Dust-Away attachment, or the standard cleaning head with the brushroll. Both of these methods have their problems, and neither will do a great job at getting your floor clean. To start, let's talk about the standard head. First, the head sits low to the floor and will not suck up large particles, instead pushing them along. Second, you cannot turn off the brushroll, only turn it to low speed, which will still kick the dirt that enters the head out. Third, the suction is too weak, and as such dirt won't get picked up. On the Dust-Away side, things aren't much better. First, the suction channel is raised too high for the weak suction to be used effectively. This means that most dirt and dust will not get picked up by the Rocket. You can see this in the review video as the honey nut scooters were pushed across the floor and not picked up. Second, the vacuum will not stand up by itself and will fall over quite easily when in this mode, even when leaned against something like a wall or a chair. Third, the pad tends to simply push most of the dirt along the front edge, which can end up scratching your floors.
AttachmentsThe one area where the Shark Rocket does well would be attachment usage. The Rocket's light weight allows you maneuver it into tight spaces and get the dirt. The Rocket comes with three attachments in the box: a wide dusting tool, a combo brush, and a crevice tool. All three tools are good quality and do a good job at getting dirt and cleaning most items. Once again the lack of good filtration is a problem as the dirt that you just collected is being blown out the exhaust.
Design FlawsDue to the sheer number, I simply put my findings into a bullet pointed list.
- No HEPA filtration
- Bin leaks dirt due to lack of a seal
- Cord attached and bin not removable (when you want to empty the small bin, you must take the cord with you as the bin is attached and not removable)
- Does not stand up in any mode
- Weak suction
- Filters get dirty fast
- Snowplowing is a problem on carpet
- No option to turn off brush
- Small bin
- Cord hook not ergonomic at all
ConclusionOverall the Shark Rocket is a very disappointing machine, because it promises so much, yet delivers so little. Overall, I cannot recommend the Shark Rocket in good faith as the machine does not perform anywhere near as well as it should, especially for its price ($150-250 depending on package). Perhaps Shark will fix these flaws and release the Shark Rocket 2, but until then, I would stay away from the Shark Rocket.
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The full written review has been uploaded, CLICK HERE to read the SHARK ROCKET REVIEW
The videos are now being uploaded for the Shark Rocket, here are the videos that are currently online:
Unboxing and First Look
Watch below or CLICK HERE to watch in in a large player on YouTube (Recommended)
Review and Test
Watch below or CLICK HERE to watch in in a large player on YouTube (Recommended)
VacBin now has a Shark Rocket vacuum and will be posting an unboxing soon. The review will be up shortly, along with more info! In the mean time, Here are some pictures of the box:
One side of the box
Another side of the box
As many of you know the Shark Rocket vacuum was recently unveiled and put on sale by Shark. Shark is now using the Rocket branding on two machines, the Shark Rocket PRO vacuum, which is just a Shark Rotator in a new color scheme (you can even see the Rotator label on the front) that machine can be seen in the picture below.
The other machine is called the Shark Rocket, and this is a brand new machine. The new machine looks a lot like the Dyson Digital Slim vacuum and many people are looking for a comparison of the Shark Rocket VS the Dyson Digital Slim. The simple truth is that they are two very different machines with different purposes. The Shark Rocket is designed to be an upright replacement whereas the Dyson Digital Slim is designed to be a quick pickup machine.
PrefaceThis review is for the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, which is hoovers most popular model and has been on the market for years. This design is tried and tested over a multitude of years, with many variations, but always the same base of the SpinScrub brushes and a two tank system. There are many different models in the Hoover family, but this is the one synonymous with SteamVac.
Setting UpThe Hoover is an easy machine to set up and use, first you must vacuum your carpets very thoroughly, this is quite important and you should take a while to ensure that all the dirt you can pick up is removed. If you skimp on this step your carpets can be ruined. After you finish vacuuming you should use pre-treater if you have any. For pre-treater I use Zep High Traffic Carpet Cleaner (Shown Below). After pre-treating you must prepare the solution for the machine to use during the cleaning process. The process to do this is pretty simple, as you must fill the clean water tank with hot water, then use the lid, which doubles as a measuring cup to add the solution to the tank. The solution is concentrated and you don't need much to get a great end result. After you re-insert the solution tank the setup is done, and you can move on to cleaning.
Carpet CleaningI have tried multiple machines that claim to work on carpet, from various Bissells, to the new Shark Sonic Duo; gut none have worked as well as the Hoover. The Sonic Duo does almost nothing outside of removing spots, and the Bissell machines always leave the carpet far too wet while not getting much dirt up. This SteamVac costs less than the other machines and does a much better job at getting the dirt out. The Hoover actually dried so well that my carpets were ready to use in just an hour and a half, the Bissell would sometimes take 6 hours to dry! The Hoover uses SpinScrub brushes which rotate in a circle, as opposed to the Bissell which work like a vacuum cleaners to only clean the top of the carpet. The SpinScrub brushes also leave the carpet feeling much better than the Bissell or the Shark. With the Bissell the carpet always felt crunchy, whereas the Hoover makes the carpet feel nice and fluffy after it dries.
AttachmentsAlthough the Hoover is not the most intuitive when it comes to attachments the system does a very good job. I used the attachment system to clean the floor mats of the car and the results were spectacular! The water coming out of the mats was black, and the mats dried very quickly, thanks to the SteamVac sucking all of the water out of them. When the mats dried they looked and smelled great, almost as if they were brand new. The SteamVac also was very easy to clean and dry.
ConclusionThe Hoover SteamVac is a great machine, with the some of the best performance you can get in a home carpet cleaner. The price point of under $150 just adds to the great deal of the machine, and the excellent value that it holds.
This machine was one of the hardest machines I have ever had to review, It has so many functions, and does so many things right, yet at the same time fails at the thing it promises to do so well at. This machine will always have a place in my closet, and hopefully shark will learn from the failures of this model and craft a model to correct these problems.
In addition if you haven't read my pre-review blogging of my experiences I would HIGHLY recommend you do that. It contains results from some of the tests I did with the sonic duo on many types of floors and in various situations. It can be found HERE.
Formula and Pads
At the heart of the Sonic Duo cleaning system is the Shark solutions and pads that are made for the machine. These formulas are concentrated (more on that later) and work with the reusable pads (that come with the refill formula). The system (at the time of writing) has four pads that can be used with it: Carpet, Carpet Stain, Hard Floor, and Polish. Each pad is unique and the pads are color coded to prevent confusion.
Here are the various pads that can be used with the machine:
Hard Floor Cleaning:
Hard Floor Polishing:
Carpet Cleaning Performance:
When it comes to carpet performance this machine promises the moon, claiming to get your carpets "1.5 times brighter" and to remove ground in dirt from below the surface. When I first heard these claims I was quite skeptical as they sounded far too good to be true, but their "demonstration photos" showed a very large amount of improvement, so I gave Shark the benefit of the doubt, thinking of all of their previous success and hoping that they once again hit it out of the park. I eagerly got the floor vacuumed, the solution prepared and the pad attached, going slowly to let the machine try and get anything it could, waiting to see the carpets become bright and clean again, but the brightening never happened. Although I was disappointed by the lack of carpet brightening I was very pleased to see that some of the tough stains that have been in the carpet for a great deal of time (and resisted many attempts to remove them) have vanished.
Overall I have changed my ideas on how the machine works, thinking of it as a machine that removes stains as opposed to a machine that can be used for maintenance cleaning and brightening. In this regard the machine is significantly worse than a Hot Water Extraction machine or HWE, which never fail to brighten my carpets, AND remove all the stains. To sum it up carpet performance is my only complaint about the machine, and I think there will be many others in the same boat with me, having complaints about the Sonic Duo on carpet.
For carpet cleaning I cannot recommend this machine, which is a disappointment.
If you are looking for a carpet cleaner check out the Hoover SteamVac
Hard Floor Cleaning:
On hard floors this machine kicks butt! The Sonic Duo is almost magic when it comes to cleaning hard floors, the dual heads vibrating their way to a clean floor. This system works by first spraying solution out onto the floor which loosens the dirt and acts as a suspension buffer to get the dirt off of the floor and into the pad. The pads are designed with three different sections on them, a smooth and soft section to absorb and buff, a scrubby section to scrub tough dirt and spots off of the floor, and a noodle section to get into all of the nooks and crannies while mopping up the dirt and solution mixture. The pad works quite well and is always dirty after I am done cleaning a floor with the Sonic Duo, leaving the pad dirty and the floor shiny and clean. Every floor I have thrown the Sonic Duo at has seen great results, with the lone exception being the granite, however the granite is almost impossible to clean.
The Sonic Duo makes the task of cleaning a hard floor very easy, allowing you to get the job done quite quickly and leave the floors absolutely spotless. The machine lives up to the claim of getting the job done in half the time of a mop and bucket. the results are also better than a mop and bucket, as the sonic duo does not spread dirty water over the floor, instead spreading new solution over the floor before picking up the dirty solution in its absorbent pad.
Hard Floor Polishing:
If the Sonic Duo mad my hard floors shiny after they were cleaned, the polish makes them sparkle, after applying the polish my hardwood floors shined like they were brand new. This is a shine that they haven't had for many years, but the Sonic Duo was able to do it. The polishing process starts by first going through the hard floor cleaning process and waiting 5 minutes for the floor to dry. After the floor is clean and dry the polishing pad is attached to the Sonic Duo and the polishing process begins. Polish is squirted onto the floor and the sonic duo rubs and buffs the polish onto the surface of the floor, making it shine and truly sparkle. Once you are done with the polishing process an hour should be given to let the polish dry before walking on the floor again.
The Shark Sonic Duo is a great machine on hard floors, but overall it just falls flat when it comes to carpeting, getting the stains out, but not doing much more than that. I will be keeping the sonic duo in my closet, as it is an amazing hard floor cleaning and polishing machine, but will not be asking any more from it in terms of carpeted performance.
Overall, if you are looking for carpet cleaning, keep looking. If you are looking for hard floor cleaning and the occasional carpet spot removal the Sonic Duo is the machine for you.
Carpet Score: 4/10
Hard Floor Score: 10/10
Overall Score: 7.5/10