Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Hand Vac Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 91/100 

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Hand Vac is designed to vacuum up pet hair. Consumer comments indicate that this handheld does exactly what it was designed to do. It also gets very good ratings from those who have used the machine -– typically about 9 out of 10. It is one of the better-rated handhelds that we have had the opportunity to review. Another plus is that it is inexpensive.

Consumer ratings gathered from a number of quality sites has indicated very satisfied buyers - for the most part.  When averaged, these ratings generate an overall score of 91/100 which is quite high.  The consumer ratings can be seen in the table below:

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.4 stars out of 5  116
 Walmart  4.74 stars out of 5  98
 Best Buy  4.6 stars out of 5  11
 Target  4.6 stars out of 5  5

Vacuum Features
The Bissell 33A1, like most hand vacs, is bagless.  It also a corded vacuum (not battery operated) and generates suction using a 4 amp motor.  The cord is a respectable 16 feet long which is fairly long for a handvac but would be considered short compared to a standard canister or upright.  The 33A1 comes with two specialized nozzles that are inter-changeable via a nozzle release button.  The specialized nozzles include a flexible rubber contour nozzle that is effective at removing pet hair from stairs or upholstery, and a hard nozzle that is designed to make vacuuming up dry dirt and debris easier (the hard nozzle is also good for cleaning the inside of an automobile).  The cleaning path of the vacuum is 2.75 inches.

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Hand Vac is touted as lightweight and indeed some people feel that it is light, but there are several comments that it is too heavy.  It weighs in at approximately 4 pounds.  As mentioned previously the 33A1 is bagless and the clear, plastic dirt container should be emptied after every use (dirt container volume is 1.0 quarts).  This unit also comes with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter.  HEPA filters remove 99.97% of all airborne particulates of 0.3 microns or larger (like many pollens and allergens).  These are popular with those suffering from allergies or asthma. 

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Hand Vac is a little odd shaped (see image) and the vacuum dimensions are 10 inches by 5 inches by 8 inches.  The vacuum comes completely assembled and also includes a polarized plug to reduce the risk of electric shock.  It has a 1 year limited manufacturer warranty on parts and labor.

A review of consumer comments from across the net indicates the following common Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Hand Vac likes and dislikes:

- Very good at picking up dog and cat hair
- Strong suction
- Inexpensive
- Long cord for a hand vac

- Cleaning and replacing filter can be a bit tricky
- A bit bulky for some
- Exhausts on the sides and can blow debris around

This handheld vacuum has made our list of Best vacuums for pet hair

Also, if you are absolutely against a corded handheld vacuum Bissell also make a Cordless Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum. But the corded version shown on this page often gets better consumer ratings and reviews



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0 # L 2016-08-11 01:06
I'm a wheelchair user with a new service dog who sheds! I'd welcome advice. I have very little upper body strength. I need a small ultralight handheld or stick for pet hair. For floors I use swiffer. Thanks
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0 # Nigel 2016-08-12 19:08
Hi L,

There are a number of options here but you may want to first look at the "eureka quick up 169J". It is a combo stick vac and handheld vac. It is very lightweight. And it has a brushroll which helps it perform on carpet. It is also very inexpensive. It is corded however and only has a 15 foot power cord. You can find this on Amazon quite easily.
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0 # Daphney Long 2010-03-03 16:22
I LOVE this vac! It is well worth the $, so affordable for what a great job it does! If you have a dog or cat...this is a MUST!
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