The Bissell CleanView Helix 82H1 earns mixed feedback in reviews. It's one of the least expensive upright vacuums we found (*Est. $80), and many owners say it's a great value. This upright vacuum has a 13.5-inch cleaning path and five pile-height settings, although there's no on/off switch for the brushroll. Some reviewers say this is a problem when cleaning bare floors, because it can send dirt and dust flying instead of sucking it up. On the other hand, the Bissell CleanView Helix 82H1 excels at picking up pet hair with the handheld TurboBrush attachment, designed for use on stairs, furniture, upholstery and similar surfaces.
However, reviewers say the TurboBrush's drive belt tends to break easily, and it isn't sold as a replacement part. Instead, owners must replace the entire TurboBrush (*Est. $30) -- more than one-third the price of the vacuum cleaner itself. We also read a number of complaints about the dirt canister; several owners say they empty it outside because dirt and dust tends to escape. The Bissell CleanView Helix 82H1 is backed by a one-year warranty. Note that this model is different from the Bissell CleanView Helix Deluxe 21K3, which boasts a 15-inch cleaning path and air-flow indicator and is backed by a three-year warranty.
The Bissell CleanView Helix Deluxe 82H1 isn't covered in any professional reviews or comparison tests, so we turned to consumer reviews to evaluate this upright vacuum's performance over time. We consulted more than 800 owner-written reviews in all from Amazon.com, Target.com, BestBuy.com, Kohls.com and Viewpoints.com.
About 330 owners contribute to an average rating of 3.6 stars out of 5. There are a few common complaints, including dirt being expelled from the base of the unit when the hose or other attachments are being used, and a dirt canister that is very messy and difficult to clean. Owners say most of the dirt and dust becomes trapped on the filter instead of making its way through.
Review: Bissell CleanView Helix Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Bagless, 82H1, Contributors to Amazon.com
Nearly 225 owners comment on the Bissell CleanView Helix 82H1, leading to an overall average score of 4 stars out of 5. Owners say when the Bissell CleanView Helix is working well, it has great suction, but there are numerous complaints of malfunctioning parts and dirt escaping when using attachments.
Review: Bissell CleanView Helix Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Target.com
The Bissell CleanView Helix 82H1 earns an average rating of 4.2 stars (out of a possible 5) in about 75 owner-written reviews. Most owners are pleased with the value of the Bissell CleanView Helix 82H1, and many say it does an excellent job on pet hair. There are some complaints of broken belts and other durability issues.
Review: Bissell - CleanView Helix HEPA Bagless Upright Vacuum - Black, Contributors to BestBuy.com
In about 55 owner-written reviews, the Bissell CleanView Helix 82H1 earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. The written reviews are very brief, but most owners say this vacuum is a good value for its price and works well to sweep up pet hair. However, there are some complaints that the Bissell CleanView Helix is noisy, and emptying the dirt canister is a messy task.
Review: Bissell CleanView Helix Upright Vacuum, Contributors to Kohls.com