In our BISSELL ICON cordless vacuum cleaner review you'll learn from Spotless Florida Service by extensive tests that this is a pet hair vacuum cleaner with a significant difference. We'll tell you right up front, this is a fantastic product that gets the job done.
Setting up the BISSELL ICON Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review
Over the years we've reviewed lots of vacuums in a bid to find one that has a great balance of battery life, weight and power, you all know how important house cleaning is for us, so finding the right tools to make the process of cleaning easier is all we need!
Now I can comfortably add anti-hair wrap brushes or tangle-free brushes as some manufacturers call them, into the mix after reviewing one some months back. These types of brushes essentially stop hairs from tangling around the bristles.
Update December 2021: Does The Bissell Icon Cordless vacuum still tackle pet hairs as well as it did?
As always, we like to update our vacuum reviews with short and long term usage reports. After all, it's no good to spend a significant amount of money on a vacuum cleaner designed to cope with dog hairs if it begins to fail after only a year.
I am pleased to report the Bissell Icon Cordless vacuum is still powering through our multi-dog (and cat) household with the same efficiency as it did when we first put it to the test.
Our updated conclusion is; the Bissell Icon Cordless is a robust, lightweight vacuum cleaner that is now available at a really affordable price. It is simple to put together, very easy to use and it does get the job done - even after a year of hard use.
I can only equate it to the lure of cordless cleaners when they were relatively new. Once you get used to the freedom of cordless, you have to come up with additional reasons to tip the scale towards favouring a corded vacuum.
Of course, it can be done sometimes, but the convenience of a cordless vacuum for when we do house cleaning usually wins out in our home unless there's been a particularly bad shedding session (almost like my three dogs, Mia, Danny and Chris, have challenged each other to shed as much as possible to win a prize that only they and the cat know about) and I need the type of unlimited use which can only be provided by a corded cleaner.
Front to back - Mia, Chris, Danny
BISSELL ICON Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Anti-Hair Wrap (a game-changer)
I fully accept anti-hair wrap brushes are a little different to how we look at cordless as a feature on the surface now, but when you spend around 40 minutes vacuuming, it's a bit of a relief to know that emptying the dustbin is the last job and you're done.
You don't have to get into the brush and untangle the hairs (let's be honest, both human and canine) blocking the bristles from doing their job next time. Instead, you're finished. It's done. And you can relax, until next time.
I'm hoping it's a new design feature that will soon run across many well-known vacuum brands because so many set out to appeal to pet owners and in my experience, once you try this feature, you quickly get used to it.
But why am I going on about it? Well, recently we were offered the chance to review a new BISSELL ICON cordless vacuum cleaner (RRP £349.99). This vacuum combines cordless with a tangle-free (anti-hair wrap) brush.
First impressions of the BISSELL ICON cordless vacuum cleaner
The BISSELL ICON cordless vacuum cleaner is stylish, combining shades of chrome, grey and subtle blue-green. It looks great and the set-up is easy.
As well as what's needed to use it as an upright vacuum, it also comes with an LED crevice tool with a retractable brush to allow it to convert into a handheld cleaner, a plug to recharge the battery and two tools attach to a wall and stand the cleaner up ready for use.
The manual covers everything you need but it's all pretty intuitive and everything slots in easily.
The brush head connects to the bottom of the chrome pole and the top, holding the battery, controls and dustbin, attaches to the top. It's that simple.
Where to plug the charger into the BISSELL ICON
The BISSELL ICON's power buttons and tangle-free brush head up close
The instructions for emptying the dustbin are attached on a laminated piece of paper to show how to remove the dustbin before emptying. They're also attached with a label to the dustbin.
The release button for the BISSELL ICON dustbin
BISSELL ICON cordless vacuum cleaner pros and cons
- It's lightweight and evenly weighted from top to bottom, so when you use it, it doesn't feel top-heavy. I think it is the kind of weight (just over 3kg) that most people will be able to comfortably use - this is not something that can be said for all cordless vacuums.
- It works fine as a handheld, it does what you want it to adequately.
- It's cordless.
- It has a brush that stops hairs from tangling. I've said a lot about this already. Suffice to say it's a great feature in my opinion.
- The dustbin empties easily and it has a Smart Seal Allergen System so you don't get covered in dust and debris emptying it, useful if you have allergies I expect - or just don't want to get covered in dust.
- It has a lot of bright lights. It has lights on the front of the handle to let you see what power/speed you're using and what you have left in battery time (three bars indicates fully charged). It also has lights on the front of the brush head so you can see where you're going in dim light (dark corners, crevices etc).
- Its battery gives up to 50 minutes of run time, depending on the power setting used (there are three options) with a high powered 25V lithium battery and the power doesn't fade when the battery life has gone from three to one. It also uses a motor that goes up to 675km/h according to BISSELL (although I'll be honest, I've no idea what that means, I presume it's good? Motor enthusiasts can let me know either way).
- It moves from carpet and rugs to the hard floor easily without needing to adjust the brush head or setting/s.
- It comes with a two-year warranty and the cost is reasonable at less than £350 (at the time of writing Amazon has a £100 discount)
- The dustbin is pretty small for our home (it has a 0.4-litre capacity). Albeit we have more pet hairs than the average home I'd expect with three dogs and a cat, but I found that if I managed to cover all of our downstairs surface areas without emptying the dustbin halfway through I was doing well. It's not a reason not to buy it, but it's something to be aware of.
- I felt that I got the best results using the higher setting which meant I got maybe 25 minutes or so of cleaning time before needing to charge. That really allowed me to cover all of downstairs, spanning the lounge, kitchen and conservatory, the carpeted stairs leading upstairs and if I was lucky, maybe the upstairs hallway or bathroom. I needed a full charge, which took around four hours before I could go again and finish the job.
BISSELL ICON cordless vacuum cleaner review: summary (3 reasons to buy)
- Great value
- Excellent dustbin size and battery life
- Anti-hair wrap is a genuine game-changer (you'll never want to go back)
Should you buy the BISSELL ICON cordless vacuum cleaner?
In short, yes. We highly recommend it. And we test a LOT of vacuum cleaners for dog owners.
The biggest issues we had with the BISSELL ICON cordless vacuum cleaner really were the dustbin size and battery life, but those are very specific to our particular household.
It's possible the vacuum cleaner has not yet been invented that won't cause us issues in this regard. For your average one dog home, these issues wouldn't present a problem at all.
I mean, not everyone is going to have four pets competing in a shed-athon week in and week out, meaning a bigger dustbin is advantageous. And not everyone is going to want to vacuum the house from top to bottom in one go.
So all in all, I do think this is a tremendously well-balanced vacuum for many people and many pet owners too.
The BISSELL ICON Cordless Vacuum Cleaner gives you the ability to:
- Finish vacuuming without fretting about the battery going dead
- Empty and set to charge without having to get your hands in between the brush bristles to untangle hairs is something that once you've tried it, you'll expect as standard
- A perfect balance of weight, at just a little over 3kg is something I think many people of all ages will find useful too
BISSELL ICON Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Best Price
At just under £350 as standard, with a two-year warranty, the BISSELL ICON Cordless Vacuum Cleaner gets our full recommendation.
If you're in the market for a robust, well-balanced vacuum cleaner that can take care of the heavy-duty aspects of your dog's worst shedding weeks but needs a cleaner that has flexibility and is lightweight to operate, this is the one.
You can purchase it today with a discount of £100:
BISSELL ICON Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review: Tried & Tested in a Pet Home
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