Bissell Powerforce Helix on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/BISSELL-PowerForce-Bagless-Upright-improved/dp/B079VPVNJM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1534973384&sr=8-2&keywords=powerforce+helix+vacuum&linkCode=ll1&tag=cewhitebooks-20&linkId=e3e45e46e79a39d1b9f7403dfa133705&language=en_US
Shark Nv352 (sealed system and brushroll shut off): https://www.amazon.com/Navigator-Lift-Away-Anti-Allergy-NV352-Lavender/dp/B004Q4DRJW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1534973419&sr=8-3&keywords=nv352&linkCode=ll1&tag=cewhitebooks-20&linkId=85b12d06dd3284e19e226641e1100c69&language=en_US
The Bissell Powerforce Helix Bagless vacuum may be one of, if not the cheapest full size upright vacuum cleaners on the market, so the question is not is it bad, but rather how bad is it. Spoiler alert, not as bad as I was expecting.
Links in the description and lets get started.
The Bissell Powerforce Heix is indeed a very cheap vacuum but it does have some things to recommend it besides its price, for example It is lighter than most upright vacuums at only about 13 lbs.
It has a five level height adjustment from bare floors to high pile carpets though I though I only tested it on a low and medium pile test carpet, I found that it did pretty good. It picks small to extra large pieces of debris on its high setting and it does a fairly good job of deep cleaning when you switch it back to a lower setting. Not too suprising since decent carpet cleaning is the wheelhouse of just about any upright vacuum.
Its power was pretty good for its price range, I got about 62 inches of water of suction which is above average for lower end bagless vacuums as far as airflow which is slightly more important metric it achieved 56 cfm at the hose. Which is decent for a vacuum in this price range, but still fairly low.
Another plus is that unlike many other cheap vacuums you can easily disassemble the entire cyclone unit without tools for cleaning it out, which I really wish other bagless vacuums were designed to do, and which I highly recommend doing periodically if for no other reason than to reduce the bad smells that will show up over time with this unit.
Moving on to the negatives, Like most cheap uprights you cant turn off the brushroll for vacuuming hard floors which means that the spinning brush tends to kick debris out of the back of the unit. Though I should say that on its hard floor setting it did this less than I expected, certainly less that the cheap hoover models like the t series and tempo which also do not have a brushroll shutoff switch.
Its also not very good at picking up medium to larger debris in hard floor mode, so to make a long story short, like most cheap upright vacuums its not great for hard floors.
So despite not being great at hard floors it does better that its competitors in the same price range with hard surfaces.
Obviously at this price you should not expect a sealed system or hepa filter, and Powerforce Helis does indeed leak like a sieve, so if you have alleriges or asthma please consider spending the extra money on a sealed system like any Shark vacuum which tend to be the cheapest you can get into a sealed upright vacuum.
Its tool set is decent but the hose is pretty short and the tools are cheap and its pretty awkward to use the hose for picking up larger debris. Also it has a fairly short power cord at 22 ft.
You get a 2 year warranty and you probably will need it since it is obviously cheaply made but that is to be expected.
So to answer the question how bad is the Bissell powerforce Helix, well, its not that bad, certainly worth what they are charging, but I still would avoid it if you have a lot of hard floors, if you use the hose and attachments a lot, or if you have allergies that could be affected by the clouds of dust you are ceratin to inhale.
Links in the description for prices and reviews of all the vacuums I have mentioned here.
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