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Casa Beta: Versus Bare Floor Vacuum Cleaner

The folks over at Bissell sent me the new Versus Bare Floor Vacuum Cleaner ($79.99) to review, and of course I obliged, seeing as my floors can always use a good cleaning and I can always use a little motivation to clean them. After thorough vacuuming and consideration, I've come to a few conclusions about the new Versus.
Here are its pros:

  • With 12 amps of power, it's got great suction, and works wonders on — you guessed it — bare floors.
  • The canister is a cinch to empty.
  • The cord wraps up conveniently around two spokes to prevent a tangling mess.
  • It's compact and stores easily.
  • Its v-shaped head rakes large debris into the center suction path as it cleans.

To hear the cons,


Here are the cons:

  • While the unusual head shape may be great at collecting large debris, it makes it difficult to get into small spaces and corners, which is more important to me.
  • The vacuum sucks too hard on area rugs and carpet, making it difficult to roll.
  • Hair seems to clog easily in the brush, but that may just be the nature of all vacuums.
  • It's not super easy to maneuver — it's certainly no Dyson Ball.

Overall, I'd say it's a quite a powerful vacuum for the price, a good option if you have bare floors and can manage small corners with a dust buster or mop. We'll see how the power holds up in a few months, though; vacuums have a knack for reversing first impressions.

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ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
We just got an awesome Kenmore a few months ago. I was afraid our enthusiasm would fade, but it's still amazing. It has an intelliclean system that lights up red/yellow/green to tell you how dirty the floor is. My hubby thinks it's cool so he vacuums all the time. And that makes it worth EVERY PENNY! We use it on our carpet and hardwood and haven't had any problems.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I am so sick of swiffering. We have hardwood upstairs and decorative concrete downstairs. That's a bummer about corners as the stairs and corners are such a pain.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i've been looking for something like this, most of my house is tile flooring. I wish I could afford to just have someone come and do the floors once a week. I'll clean everything else in my house I just hate sweeping and mopping
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