Bissell Cleanview Helix 82H1 Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review


Avg. consumer rating = 81/100 

The Bissell 82H1 seems to be fairly popular and gets good reviews from most consumers. It is also inexpensive (under 100USD) and is purported to be effective on both carpets and bare floors. Bissell has been providing floorcare products for over 125 years and they are best known for carpet cleaners (they are also fairly active in the community).

Bissell Cleanview Helix 82H1 Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner is a bagless upright with HEPA filtration.  It is equipped with a 12 amp motor and uses Bissell’s patented Helix dirt separation system that – according to Bissell – ensures effective separation of dirt and debris thus protecting the motor and fan and ensuring continued performance.   The unit offers 5 different height options and a fairly wide cleaning path of 13.5 inches.

Consumers have commented that the 82H1 comes with good attachments.  The following come with the vacuum:

- Dusting Brush/Upholstery Tool (for furniture, tabletops, etc.)
- 11'' Extension Wand (provides an extended reach)
- Crevice Tool (for accessing hard to reach areas)
- Turbo Brush (for upholstery and stairs)

This Bissell is also bagless.  There is a long-standing debate between vacuum cleaner consumers over which approach is best – bagged or bagless.  Although there are more and more bagless vacuums appearing on the market these days, there are still die-hard bagged aficionados.  Generally speaking bagless vacuum cleaners use a "dirt container" that is filled, emptied and re-used, as opposed to a disposable bag.  It is typically easier to dispose of collected dirt and debris with a bagged vacuum cleaner, however these require the purchasing and "throwing away" of bags – and, in some cases, suction can be diminished if the bag gets too full.  With a bagless vacuum cleaner it can be more of a chore to empty the dirt container (while keeping yourself and surroundings clean – often a major problem), however you do not have to purchase or toss away bags.  It should be noted however that bagless vacuums often have filters that need to be maintained or replaced and they rely on seals to prevent the dirt-container from leaking. 

The Bissell 82H1 also uses a washable HEPA (post motor) filter.  HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and is a filter that removes 99.97% of all airborne particulates of 0.3 microns or larger that pass through it.  This level of filtration provides for cleaner more breathable indoor air.   It is particularly popular with allergy sufferers.  Quality HEPA filtration relies, however, on the fact that the unit passes ALL intake air through the HEPA filter prior to exhausting it – otherwise particulate matter is bypassing the filter and being introduced back into the surrounding environment.  Some vacuums do this effectively, others do not.

The 82H1 Helix also has soft bumpers to ensure no marking of furniture and baseboards, dual edge-cleaning, carrying handle, motorized brushes, a 27 foot power cord (not bad but 30+ would be better), a headlight (useful feature for improving visibility under furniture and dimly lit areas) and a clear, wire-reinforced hose allowing for easy detection of clogs (which some consumers claim can happen).  This vacuum weighs in at 15.5 lbs and has the following dimensions in inches (WxHxD) 15 x 44 x 12.5.  Like many of the more modestly priced vacuums these days the Bissell Cleanview Helix 82H1 Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner comes with a 1-year parts and labor warranty. 

What are consumers saying? 

According to a number of quality sources, consumers have given the Bissell 82H1 fairly good ratings as shown in the following table.  We've just updated this (March 2016) and from the 2009 ratings of 88, the vacuum has dropped to 81.  Vacuum ratings very often drop over time and a rating of 81 for a 7-8 year old vacuum is actually quite good.

Ratings Updated March 2016
 Source  Consumer Rating  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.1 stars out of 5  592
 Walmart  3.9 stars out of 5  220
 Overstock  4.3 stars out of 5  55
 Viewpoints  4.2 stars out of 5  57
 Sears  4 stars out of 5  636


The common Bissell Cleanview Helix 82H1 likes and dislikes commented on by consumers are provided below:

- Low price
- Easy assembly
- Powerful suction
- Good on carpet AND hardwood floors
- Appears to be good with animal hair
- Useful attachments

- Small dirt container
- Filters need to be cleaned often
- A bit bulky
- Hose sometimes gets clogged
- Sometimes falls over when using attachments




0 # joe 2014-10-08 14:56
is this normal for hot air to be coming from side where the long heppa filter is? maybe I need to replace but none available in town here. I\'m afraid I might burn up vacuum.
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0 # Lu 2013-02-18 17:00
This vacuum has a foam cover over the filter that gets very dirty each time you vacuum. If you have dust allergies, do NOT buy this one. It\'s a nightmare to clean that foam piece. YUCK! It wasn\'t a lot of money but I\'m sorry I spent it on this vacuum.
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0 # Andrea 2012-11-20 13:17
I have 3 cats and 2 dogs. This vacuum is not for people with pets! Trust me on this! Dirt and hair gets trapped in both upper and lower filters and in the dirt cup. It\'s a very dirty filthy job to clean it out. And you must do it almost every time. Mind you I have only 2 area rugs to vacuum, the rest is tile and wood. Additionally I\'ve only owned it for 6 months and it has absolutely no sucking power through the attachments. And the hose on it is so short the vacuum falls on you all the time. And why do they put that stiff plastic tube at the end of the hose where the attachments connect. It\'s very hard and unflexible to use. I\'ve owned a lot of vacuums in my life. I hate this one the most.
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0 # dm 2012-05-16 11:32
Worst piece of junk ever to be called a vacuum. Poor design (placement of switch, telescoping extension for attachments which doesn\'t, limited capacity, dirty, messy emptying, constant need to clean filters otherwise won\'t work properly, cord not set up to stay out of the way when cleaning)and not well thought out. Don\'t waste your money.
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0 # nikki 2012-02-10 03:15
Just bought it loved it at first until i took out the attatachment to clean borders. air still comes out bottom and there is nothing to stop dirt from spitting out where the attachment goes in....HELP
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0 # Avari 2012-01-26 13:58
I have cats, and every time I use the Bissell Vacuum the cat hair seems to get clogged all around the teal part in the upper cup (the \"cleanview helix\" area) so it doesn\'t all fall down into the middle cup (the part you can take out to empty). This causes a lot of dirt to get stuck up there in the top as well, resulting in a huge mess every time I empty it. (I literally have to put my hand up in there to pull out the stuck fur and clogged up dirt, and it\'s really gross having to handle all the gunk that you just vacuumed up.)

In addition, the filter at the very bottom (under the removable cup) gets dirty quite often, and when it does the vacuum starts to lose suction. Cleaning the filter is quite a chore, and also very messy. (the inner part has a lot of grooves which are hard to rinse out, and the outer part is a foam sponge that needs to be rinsed out because it gets very(!) caked with dirt.
So again, you have to handle the mess you just vacuumed up, which makes it more of a chore than it is worth.

Now to be fair, if you don\'t have pets or fluffy carpet that picks up a bunch of fuzz, this vacuum may work a lot better for you.

From now on, I think I\'m sticking with bagged vacuums though.
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0 # maggie 2011-06-02 10:40
The only problem I have is that the Filters has to be clean often. It can get messy.. :)
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0 # Alvin 2011-05-08 01:26
Bought it today after reading all the good reviews on other sites. Only paid $75 and I fail to see why anyone would even consider paying up to 6x the price for a Dyson or other that MIGHT do a marginally better job than this baby. Lightweight, easy to maneuver and assemble, POWERFUL! True, having to clean the cups and pre-motor filters is not as simple as just putting away the old bagged models. But, not having to waste all that time hitting the same spots 3 or 4 times to (maybe!) pick everything up is worth it to me. Especially considering all \"stuff\" it pulls out of the carpet. Like many of the others\' reviews I read, I was AMAZED at how much dirt, etc. I had to dump out of the cup. We vacuum (at a minimum) once a week and the carpets \'looked\' clean. Apparently, our old Dirt Devil MVP just doesn\'t cut the mustard any more. (Off to the yard sale pile it goes!) Yes, it can be a bit messy when emptying the cup out, but it\'s definitely no worse than tossing a full bag out only to have it huff a big cloud of dust into the air when it hits the bottom of the receptacle or fold in half on it\'s way there.
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0 # saw 2010-10-13 18:43
We bought this vacuum only a few months ago. Worked great at first but the hose stopped working and started spiting out dirt. Turns out the hose got clogged. We had to take a homemade rod and stick it through the hose multiple times. Big clogs of crap came out of the other end. Now it works like it did when we first bought it. Seems this may have to be done on a regular basis....
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0 # Claudia 2011-01-11 16:02
The quickest way to unblock a clogged hose is to throw a handful of change down it and the weight will bring all the clogged stuff down with it.
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0 # JiL 2010-09-05 07:47
The Bissell Clean View Helix model 82H1 is by far the best vacuum I\'ve ever owned (in 45 years of marriage). Using the attachments, emptying the dust bin, cleaning the filter and adjusting for different carpet levels or to the floor are as easy as pie! I purchased it about a month ago, so hope it continues to perform as well.
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0 # ktg 2010-08-21 08:29
We bought this vacuum a few months ago and really like it. But, over time, it seems like it is harder to push on the carpet. Was wondering if anyone else has had a similiar experience...
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0 # BK56 2010-09-26 12:44
I have the same problem. When I first bought this 6 months ago I had no problems, but now it seems like a workout to use it. When I use it on the higher frize carpet, it has alot of resistance going forward. The adjustment seems to work when I check under the machine and the brush spins, so the belt should be ok. The only thing I can think of is that the brushes are wearing out and maybe now it won\'t pull itself anymore.
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0 # MO 2010-08-06 00:18
sue438 I am having the same problem that you have. My Bissellis gets clogged and then spreads dirt.

What is frustrating is that the dirt container doesn\'t even have dirt. I am so mad because this happens constantly.

I turn it on and after a few minutes it starts to leave trail marks of dirt. I am going to return it back to the store tomorrow.
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0 # sue438 2010-03-15 15:34
having a big problem in which it spits out dirt or whatever is in there i have tried several right ways but it still does it doesnt fill up all the way before it throws out dirt not a happy camper with this since it is one popular name
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0 # bryan85 2010-06-25 12:06
sue438 is that how you really talk? try putting words together so people can understand what you are trying to say.
anyway, i just got this vacuum and so far it works great.
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0 # Bunks 2010-01-01 15:17
It is a great vacuum. It works well on carpet and pet hair. I have had it since it first came out in July. The dirt container is normal Bissell size and the filters are washable expect the HEPA filter, that is a paper one that Bissell says to replace every three months but mine I use for 6 months. The hose has not clogged and the tools are good. I think Bissell vacuums are the best.
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0 # sue 2009-12-07 03:19
this website contains good souces of consumer comments, as well as pros and cons in dotted points. this is exactly what info I have been looking for, great website, well done.
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