Bissell makes a great sweeper with a break apart handle. Why, Bissell, why?
Aug 10, 2010
Pros: Lightweight, needs no power, no bags, picks up well, made from recycled plastic/rubber
Cons: The handle segments break part when in use. Frustrating!
The Bottom Line: The Bissell Natural Sweep Dual Brush Sweeper picks up debris without electricty or batteries. Everything's great except the handle which falls apart in use. We're going to bolt it together!
We recently ripped up our wall to wall carpeting, refinished our hard wood floors, and added an area rug in the living room. I realized that I was going crazy picking up little pieces of debris from the dark colored rug but didn't want to haul out the vacuum 10 times a day. I saw the Bissell Natural Sweep Dual Brush Sweeper - 92N0A at KMart and decided it was the answer to my dilemma. And it will be when I can figure out how to keep the handle from falling apart!
* Quick Pick Ups: Easily picks up crumbs, pet hair, cereal, dirt and more * Easy to Use: Lightweight and compact; cleans hard floor surfaces, area rugs and carpet * Earth Friendly: No wasteful disposable products & Contains parts that are 1000-percent (sic) recycled plastic and is PVC-free * Natural Source of Power: No Motor using electricity and no batteries to buy
Bissell's Selling Points
Packaging and Assembly
The Bissell Natural Sweep Dual Brush Sweeper - 92N0A comes in a recycled (and recyclable) box with all the above claims on it. Inside the box is the bottom of the sweeper, fully assembled, with two large rolling brushes on the bottom and two plastic containers to trap debris.
There are three pieces to the handle and all that needs to be done is to push the wide end of one over the slim end of the other. It took me about 30 seconds to put the sweeper together.
The handle is lightweight metal with a rubber grooved hand grip. It's fairly short. I would prefer one more link to save my back from having to bend over while using this sweeper. Also included is a small brush that is attached to the handle. That is to clean off the larger dual brushes on the bottom of the unit.
The actual sweeper is a silver color and is very light. It has two plastic receptacles which dirt and debris are collected into. To empty, you just push a plastic lever and shake out the dirt. There are no bags, no filters, and this requires no electricity or batteries. It's basically a dual push broom with the dust pan inside it.
I like that the unit is made from recycled rubber and plastic and there is no waste. I don't need to buy bags or other containers and I don't use any power except for my own push power to use this.
Dimensions according to the box are 4 x 11.8 x 12.8 inches; 4.3 pounds.
I put the handle of the Bissell Natural Sweep Dual Brush Sweeper together quickly and it was ready for use. I went over a small area on my rug and the sweeper did, indeed, pick up the debris. However, after my second pass, the handle fell apart.
Figuring that I just didn't push the pieces together well, I took the handle apart and replaced each piece, pushing forcefully down on them as I connected one section to the other. They do not have threads to screw the sections together which would have been a welcome addition.
I then put the sweeper away until the next time. When the next time came, I was happily sweeping away when...the handle fell apart again. This time, it was a different part of the handle that came apart. I emptied the containers which was simple but a little dusty, causing me to sneeze a bit. I am allergic to dust. Emptying this sweeper will more than likely not be an issue for those who aren't allergic.
I then asked my husband to "fix this thing" and handed him the handle pieces and the sweeper bottom. He very forcefully put each piece together then used a rubber mallet to be sure the connections were tight. At the top of the handle, he gave it a few good whacks with the mallet for good measure. He declared my handle issues over.
Relieved, I put the sweeper to work picking up some animal hair and dust from my floor when...you guessed it, one of the sections of the handle came apart again. Frustrating!
This sweeper picks up most small particles very well and is easy to empty. It's very easy to store and use. So why would Bissell stop just short of making a really good sweeper by making such a junky handle? It drives me CRAZY!
We have decided that we will drill holes in the handle connections and use some sort of bolt to keep the sections together. My husband even considered welding the handle (He's been a welder for many years). I think we will find a solution to the handle issue but I don't feel we should have to! Bissell should have made this sweeper with a handle that stayed put. If they had to add screws or whatever, so be it. There is no reason why the handle should just come apart time after time.
Handle issues aside, I really like the Bissell Natural Sweep Dual Brush Sweeper. It picks up almost everything I attempt to pick up (but will not pick up coins which I suppose is a good thing). It uses no power and has no removable or replaceable parts. It's very convenient on carpeting, wood, tile, and most other surfaces when you don't want to pull out the vacuum cleaner or the broom. It would be exactly what I needed if I could get the handle to simply stay connected!
This sweeper is available at mass-market stores and some drugstores on and offline. Prices vary a bit but it runs from about $25.00 to $30.00. I paid $27.99 at KMart.
The Bissell Natural Sweep Dual Brush Sweeper - 92N0A has so much going for it! It is made from recycled materials and it uses no electricity or battery power. It's lightweight and really does a decent job picking up crumbs, pet hair, dust, and even larger pieces pf debris. It's not good for wet things but almost anything dry that you would sweep or vacuum can be picked up by the sweeper.
Emptying the receptacles is very simple and storing is a breeze. But the darn handle is maddening! I thought I had gotten a defective unit but I have now seen I am not the only one with this issue. People across the net are saying the same thing about the handle on this sweeper. Bissell needs to address the problem and fix it. I give this sweeper 3 stars only due to the handle issue. Otherwise, I would rate higher. I will recommend it but prepare yourself to find creative solutions to the handle issue!
Amount Paid (US$): 27.99
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Patty Therre (PattyTherre)
I am a writer, editor, researcher, and reviewer as well as a fashion and beauty fanatic. I am into fitness and like to switch up things so that fitness is fun and not a big drag like it can often be. … more