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Bissell Momentum Cyclonic Upright 82G7-1

*Est. $100
Reviewed
June 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Bissell Momentum Cyclonic Upright 82G7-1

Pros
  • 7 brush-height settings
  • Excels at cleaning edges
  • Adequate for pet-hair removal
Cons
  • No brushroll on/off setting
  • Motor often fails within a year
  • No replacement for TurboBrush belt
  • Messy to empty dirt canister

The Bissell Momentum 82G7-1 is a bagless upright vacuum cleaner with seven pile-height adjustment settings. The 15-inch brush head has dual-edge suction, allowing more versatility when cleaning along baseboards and corners, owners say. However, this vacuum earns far less praise from reviewers than other pricier models. The biggest gripe, owners say, is that the brushroll cannot be turned off for use on bare floors, causing dirt to scatter. Some owners also complain about dirt escaping from the attachment hose when it's removed for use or when emptying the canister.

While some owners praise the Bissell Momentum for its low price, relatively large cleaning surface and ability to pick up pet hair, we found numerous complaints of durability issues, such as plastic parts breaking (sometimes during shipping) and belts breaking during the first or second use. Unhappy owners complain loudly about the TurboBrush, which uses a belt that isn't available as a replacement unit. Instead, owners must purchase an entire TurboBrush unit (*Est. $30), which is about one-third the cost of the vacuum. If you're looking for a bagless upright with an affordable price tag, the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus ($100) gets better feedback overall.

ConsumerReports.org includes the Bissell Momentum 82G7-1 in its latest roundup of upright vacuum cleaner testing, evaluating each model on a variety of factors including both carpet and bare floor performance, ability to pick up pet hair, noise and emissions. This was the only professional review of the Hoover Momentum we found, so we turned to consumer reviews to round out the overall opinion. We consulted nearly 300 owner-written reviews found on Amazon.com, Target.com, Walmart.com and Kohls.com.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

ConsumerReports.org evaluates more than 80 upright vacuums in its latest roundup of vacuum cleaner testing. Each tested model is rated for its ability to pick up pet hair, maneuverability, airflow, noise, emissions and performance on both carpet and bare floors. The Bissell Momentum 82G7-1 is among the upright vacuum cleaners included in testing.

Review: Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org

2. Amazon.com

Nearly 100 owners have weighed in with feedback on the Bissell Momentum 82G7-1, which has an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. There are numerous complaints citing durability issues, such as the motor failing within a year and plastic parts breaking (sometimes prior to arrival in the box). The most common complaint, however, is that the brushroll cannot be turned off, making bare floor cleaning messy and potentially dangerous for delicate hard floors.

Review: Bissell Momentum Upright Vacuum, Bagless 82G7-1, Contributors to Amazon.com

3. Target.com

More than 75 owners offer opinions on the Bissell Momentum 82G7-1, contributing to an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. While more than half the reviews are positive, the remainder give the Bissell Momentum just 1 or 2 stars, citing broken belts on the first or second use and messy operation. Several owners say the dirt canister must be emptied outdoors to avoid dust flying everywhere, while others report that dust escapes from seams and when the extension hose is removed from the main unit.

Review: Bissell Momentum Cyclonic Upright Vacuum, Contributors to Target.com

4. Walmart.com

About 70 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Reviews are less detailed than those on Amazon.com, but much more positive. Owners praise the multiple attachments that come with this model, but there are some complaints about durability -- specifically, the TurboBrush, which operates on a small belt that's not available as a replacement part. If the belt breaks, owners must purchase a complete replacement TurboBrush, which costs about one-third the cost of the vacuum.

Review: Bissell Momentum Bagless Upright Vacuum, 82G7-1, Contributors to Walmart.com

5. Kohls.com

The Bissell Momentum 82G7-1 has an average rating of 3 stars out of 5, based on feedback from more than 30 owners. Some reviewers say this vacuum has great suction and picks up pet hair well, but others cite durability issues, a loud noise that can't be explained and an attachment hose that doesn't stay in place during use.

Review: Bissell Momentum Bagless Vacuum, Contributors to Kohls.com

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