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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum Review

The House Method team tested the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright vacuum on carpets and hard floors and measured suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum is a no-nonsense pet vacuum that’s designed to make cleaning up after pets a breeze. Whether it’s shedding season for your dog or your cat is tracking kitty litter all over the house, this Bissell vacuum cleaner can tackle any pet mess—big or small. Keep reading to see why we think this is the best vacuum for pet owners.

Overall score: 9.25/10

The value prop

If you need a sturdy upright vacuum that specializes in cleaning pet hair, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright is a great option. It features a tangle-free brushroll that can remove embedded hair from anywhere in your home and also comes with a SmartSeal Allergen System with Febreze that eliminates pet odors.

Pros
  • The tangle-free brushroll doesn’t get tangled with pet hair, nor does it lose suction.
  • The vacuum features a SmartSeal Allergen System with Febreze that eliminates pet odors.
  • It’s designed for multi-surface cleaning, maximizing pet hair and debris pickup on carpets, hard floors, and upholstery.
Cons
  • It struggles to pick up fine debris on carpets.
  • Weighing in at 18 pounds, it’s one of the largest and heaviest upright vacuums we tested.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright design

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum has a modern, bright green design with hints of grey and purple found throughout. It’s one of the only vacuums that has a cyclonic spooling system—this patented, internal hair-management system traps and separates hair and dirt, spooling the hair together for a hands-free emptying process. Not to mention, it comes with a Febreze Odor Eliminator that makes your home smell fresh and clean while you vacuum.

Some other important design features of the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser include:

  • An LED-Lit crevice tool—This feature uncovers hidden dirt in hard-to-reach areas.
  • SuctionChannel Technology—This Bissell vacuum creates a direct suction path with powerful, edge-to-edge cleaning to maximize pickup of pet hair and debris.
  • A SmartSeal Allergen System—This system helps capture and hold dust, dirt, and allergens inside the vacuum, so they don’t escape back into the air you breathe.

Vacuum assembly

When unpacking the Bissell vacuum, the word powerful comes to mind. This thing means business. Here’s a step-by-step guide to unpacking and assembling this pet vacuum.

  1. Stand the vacuum up and slide the end of the wand into the top of the base until you hear a click.
  2. Insert the end of the hose into the vacuum base by sliding the plastic arms inward and downward.
  3. With a firm push, connect the attachable cord wrap in place beneath the existing cord wrap. You’ll know it’s attached when you hear a click.
  4. A single and double tool caddy are included with the vacuum. Take either caddy and firmly slide it on the side of the vacuum base (opposite the cord wrap).

How to install the Febreze filter

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser comes with an optional Febreze filter that can be swapped out with the filter that comes with the vacuum. The Febreze filter helps eliminate pet odors and other smells in your house.

Here’s how to install the optional Febreze filter:

  1. Press the tank release button and pull the container away from the vacuum.
  2. On the front of the dirt container, pull the tab and lift the handle up to open.
  3. Remove the yellow foam filter and replace it with the black Febreze filter.
  4. Once the Febreze filter is secure, place the dirt container back on the vacuum.

How the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum cleans

Created with pet owners in mind, this upright Bissell pet vacuum is engineered to remove embedded pet fur from all types of flooring, carpeting, and upholstery. If you or your pets have long hair, you’re probably familiar with using scissors to free tangled vacuum brushes. Unlike traditional vacuum heads, the tangle-free brushroll on the Bissell easily captures fur and hair without getting it twisted around the brush head.

Another cleaning feature on this Bissell pet vac is the cyclonic pet hair spooling system. This system allows the vacuum to push hair and debris to the top of the dust bin, allowing the bin to hold more debris without losing suction power.

When vacuuming, several floor settings enable users to remove dirt and dust from carpets of varying thickness as well as hard floors. Once you select the floor type, the head of the vacuum will raise or lower (for example, the head will get lower to the ground on high-pile carpets and will move away from the floor on hard floors).

Note: On the vacuum, there’s a yellow caution warning that serves as a reminder to change the setting of the suction knob. To use the provided attachments, turn the vacuum suction knob to align the arrow with hose/tool suction setting.

What to note about the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum

Though an LED light attachment tool comes with the vacuum, the head of the upright vacuum does not come with a light, so navigating and cleaning under furniture may be difficult. A few more factors to keep in mind:

  • This Bissell pet vac is one of the heaviest we’ve reviewed. Carrying 18 pounds up the stairs is not a task for the elderly or for those who have an underlying injury.
  • The included Febreze filter is really potent at first.
  • Though this Bissell vacuum effectively cleans a variety of surfaces, you must be familiar with your carpets to receive the full benefits. We had to play around with the four carpet settings before finding the most effective one for each surface.

How big is the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright?

Dimension Measurement
Height 46.8 inches
Length 13.5 inches
Width 12.4 inches
Cord length 30 feet
Dust canister 0.39 gallons

Accessories included with the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum comes with some impressive attachments like the LED light crevice tool and the Pet TurboEraser tool. In addition to the Bissell vacuum attachments, a Febreze filter is included to replace the unscented filter.

LED light crevice tool

This tool uncovers hidden dirt and allows you to see debris you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed.

Pet TurboEraser tool

The Pet TurboEraser tool is designed to remove embedded hair from carpets and upholstery. It’s much narrower than the normal vacuum head, making it ideal for cleaning your fur-collecting stairs.

Note: Plastic tool holders are included on the vacuum to store the attachments, but they’re extremely difficult to get on and off the vacuum (we even broke a piece during assembly), so be careful when switching them out.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright vs. Bissell Powerlifter Pet Vacuum

Bissell provides a variety of vacuums specifically meant for cleaning pet hair and other pet debris. Compared to the Bissell Powerlifter Pet Vacuum the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright has more power and a bigger dust bin to handle any type of pet mess.

Power rating
Filtration
Cleaning path width
Dust bin capacity
Weight
Power cord length
Accessories

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright

Power rating

8.5 amps

Filtration

SmartSeal Allergen System

Cleaning path width

12 inches

Dust bin capacity

0.4 gallons

Weight

18 pounds

Power cord length

30 feet

Accessories

LED light crevice tool, Febreze PreMotor Filter, Pet TurboEraser® tool, and snap-on dusting brush

Bissell Powerlifter Pet Vacuum

Power rating

8 amps

Filtration

Multi-Level Filtration

Cleaning path width

13.5 inches

Dust bin capacity

0.2 gallons

Weight

14.5 pounds

Power cord length

30 feet

Accessories

Crevice tool, extension wand, Pet TurboEraser®, pet hair eraser tool

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Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 8.75/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum removed the Cheerios and pet hair in a single pass. Unfortunately, the vacuum dropped the ball when it came to cleaning finer materials like coffee grounds and kitty litter. It actually shot the kitty litter back out at us during testing! It took more than seven passes to clean up the mess, and we were overall not impressed with its hard floor performance.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

This Bissell pet vac had no problem sucking up the Cheerios and pet hair on high-pile carpet. Unfortunately, the kitty litter and coffee grounds proved too challenging and required more than seven passes to be removed. The vacuum also left a faint stain on the high-pile carpet after going over the coffee grounds.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

This test is when those settings we mentioned earlier really come into play. The dial on the vacuum head has four carpet settings, and it’s crucial that you adjust it for low-pile carpet cleaning when vacuuming low-pile carpets. As with the hard floor and high-pile carpet tests, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser did exceptionally well removing the Cheerios and pet hair.

We’re glad to report that it also successfully removed the kitty litter from the low pile carpet (without shooting it back or rubbing it into the carpet fibers). When it came time to test the coffee grounds, the Bissell vacuum suctioned most of the grounds in fewer than four passes; however, it left a faint stain after going over the coffee grounds, just as it did with the high-pile carpet test.

Maneuverability

While the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum is bulky in comparison to other upright vacuums, it’s flexible enough to maneuver around furniture. The only downside to this vacuum’s design is its weight. Attempting to push an 18-pound machine can prove challenging for those with limited strength.

Usability

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is incredibly easy to use. Before cleaning a surface, select the type of surface you’ll be cleaning. There are four different options that are listed on a small knob on the head of the vacuum:

  1. Bare floor
  2. Low carpet
  3. Premium soft carpet
  4. High carpet

After choosing the surface, push the head of the vacuum down with your foot and start your cleaning session. We found the Bissell upright vacuum extremely easy to control on hard floors and low-pile carpets. There’s a bit of resistance when pulling the vacuum back on high-pile carpet.

Noise

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser measures about 77.5 decibels, which is similar to the sound a washing machine makes. Fortunately, the loudness of the vacuum can be reduced by using the different suction settings.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld

Convenient and affordable, this hand vacuum is incredibly versatile. With up to 20 minutes of battery life, you can easily remove pet hair from your car without lugging a heavy canister or extension cord or you can use it around your home to pick up other pet debris.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright maintenance

Maintaining the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is quite simple. We recommend emptying the dust bin whenever it gets full, checking the brushroll for tangles and blockages, and replacing the filter every three months (or as needed).

Emptying the contents of the Bissell vacuum can be achieved in under 15 seconds. Removal is quick and easy, and you don’t even have to touch the contents.

Filtration

You know this vacuum is for pet lovers when you discover the filters are designed to trap allergens and expel cleaner air into your home. This Bissell pet vacuum even comes with a bonus Febreze filter to eliminate odors. Like all Bissell filters, these filters should be regularly washed.

Is the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright a good value?

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum is an overall good vacuum for cleaning up pet hair, but we wouldn’t recommend it as an all-around vacuum for finer messes. If you’re the owner of a long-haired pet and are looking for a vacuum built to tackle embedded fur on carpets and furniture, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser has what it takes.

Who should buy the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright?

We recommend the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser if you’re looking for the following:

  • An upright vacuum—This is the most traditional vacuum option and provides more powerful, entire-home cleaning. Though uprights are heavier, they tend to have multiple accessories to allow you to reach tight spaces.
  • A vacuum that cleans up pet hair—Because this Bissell has a Pet Hair Eraser tool, it does a great job at lifting and removing pet hair embedded deep into carpets.
  • Multiple floor level cleaning options—This upright vacuum includes four floor cleaning options, ranging from hard floor surfaces to high-pile carpet.
  • A low-maintenance vacuum—With its tangle-free brushroll, this vacuum is built to avoid tangled messes.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright specifications

Below is a list of the most important Bissell Pet Hair Eraser specifications.

Specifications
Type Upright
Manufacturer Bissell
Model Pet Hair Eraser
Height 46.8 inches
Length 13.5 inches
Width 12.4 inches
Weight 18 pounds
Floor type All floors
Dust bin capacity 0.4 gallons
Power cord length 30 feet
Cordless or corded Corded
Bagless Yes
Warranty 5-year limited

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright Vacuum.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 3.9 stars out of 5 843
Bed Bath & Beyond 4.5 stars out of 5 327
Walmart 4.9 stars out of 5 207
Best Buy 4.6 stars out of 5 587
Sylvane 4.5 stars out of 5 10

Customer reviews

Using my Dyson I just could not get up all the pet hair embedded in the carpet or rugs and I was always having to cut the hair loose from the brushes. I was at the point of wanting to get rid of all rugs and carpet until I read about this Bissell vacuum with no tangle hair technology, so I read some reviews and decided to buy before removing the rugs and carpet. WOW, yes WOW it does what it claims and with ease. Of all the hair that I vacuumed up, not one hair was wrapped around the brushes and it was all separated into the container separate from the loose dirt. Even the handheld turbo brush did not have one hair wrapped around the brushes. If you have pets that shed, I highly recommend this.” — Amazon review

I was very impressed by how much dirt it got up. I vacuum regularly and didn’t think my carpets were that dirty. So far, I love it on the carpet, however, on the tile floor it didn’t seem to work as well.” — Amazon review

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Frequently asked questions

Does the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright remove more than just pet hair?

Yes. This Bissell vacuum can remove pet hair in addition to other debris like kitty litter.

Is there a smaller version of the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser?

Yes. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser comes in an upright and handheld model. We recommend the upright vacuum for homes with multiple pets or pets with long hair who shed often. We recommend the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser handheld vacuum for those with pets who don’t shed as much and make minimal messes.

Can this vacuum clean hard floors and carpet?

Yes. It comes with four floor settings that allow you to adjust the cleaner head to the type of surface you’re vacuuming on. The four options are bare floor, low carpet, premium soft carpet, and high carpet.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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