The CleanView 1831 is a simple, powerful bagless upright with the essential attachments needed for cleaning crevices, upholstery, and stairs.Pros
- Large 2.0 liter dustbin
- Hose reaches 7.5 feet above the floor
- Turbobrush attachment for cleaning stairs and upholstery
- Washable filter
- 5 Floor Settings (High-pile carpet to bare floors)
- Simple design that’s easy to clean and maintain
- Brushroll belt housing creates a “dead” zone for suction and agitation, which makes the effective cleaning width about 10″ of the total 13.5″ cleaner head
- Plastic wheels have no padding
- Failed our bare floor test. We recommend this vacuum for only carpeted flooring.
- Lack of brushroll control limits this vacuum’s performance on bare flooring and it’s impossible to use on thick area rugs (greater than 1″ thick)
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If you’re interested in looking at how other vacuums from Bissell perform, then check out our Bissell Vacuum Overview for a summary of all Bissell vacuums and links to our other reviews.
How We Feel About the CleanView 1831
It doesn’t make sense to hold the CleanView 1831 up next to a $500 Dyson vacuum and complain that it can’t do everything the Dyson can.
So, we’re not going to do that.
In this review, you’ll find an explanation and demonstration of the design and performance of the CleanView 1831 so that you can decide if it’s a vacuum that fits your needs.
The Bissell CleanView 1831 is a solid choice for homes with primarily low to medium-pile carpeted floors, stairs, a few pets, and no special needs for HEPA (or greater) filtration.
Bissell CleanView 1831 Compared to the CleanView 9595A
The Bissell CleanView 1831 is the second vacuum in the CleanView lineup that we’ve reviewed just after testing the CleanView 9595.
Our first question is, what’s the difference? Secondly, is the modest price increase worth it?
Honestly, the differences are small and are more about convenience than necessity.
- The Turbobrush Tool can be stored on the front of the handle instead of the back.
- The Power On/Off button is a button you can push with your foot instead of having to lean over and flip a switch on the side of the vacuum.
That’s about it. The design and performance of the vacuums are essentially exactly the same. It really comes down to current pricing as to whether or not you should buy one over the other.
For an entry-level upright, we’re not expecting too much in terms of quality-of-life features or superior build quality. What we do expect, however, is powerful suction and a fair amount of versatility in terms of the types of flooring the vacuum can handle.
Uprights are generally made with carpet in mind, and bare flooring, like hardwood, requires a more carefully designed upright vacuum with the right features.
Here are some highlights on the Bissell CleanView 1831 design.
- Height adjustable brushroll, but lacks the option to turn it off or slow it down
- Non-padded plastic wheels that are not recommended for delicate hard floors
- Large dustbin (2.0L) that is easy to empty and easy to clean
- Washable filter that’s easy to access
- All attachments can be stored on the vacuum (not piled up in your closet never to be found again)
- The Turbobrush tool that’s included is incredibly helpful for vacuuming upholstery or stairs
|Cleaning Path||13.5" (9.8" with suction)|
|Dustbin Capacity||2.0 liters|
|Filtration||Washable Pre-motor filter, replaceable post-motor filter|
|Automatic Cord Rewind|
|Part Replacement||Belt, Post-motor filter|
The design of the cleaner head is almost the same as the Bissell CleanView 9595a, and there aren’t any changes or improvements.
The advertised 13-inch cleaner head width is a bit misleading. Looking through the window of the cleaner head below, you can see the belt on the right side is roughly 3 inches from the edge of the cleaner head. That’s where the suction ends.
The reason the suction area of the cleaner head is a few inches less than the total width is to make room for the belt that drives the brushroll. The brushroll does have bristles on the other side of the belt which will knock debris toward the suction area, but the suction directly under that area is greatly diminished as the belt track completely blocks it.
Bissell did put bristles on the brushroll in the area where there isn’t suction, so at least you can get some agitation in that area and potentially push debris toward the suction area.
We feel like the reduced suction area doesn’t have a huge impact on our satisfaction with the vacuum’s performance on carpeted floors. Do keep in mind we don’t recommend this vacuum if you’re going to be vacuum mostly bare flooring. You can read more detail about this in the Performance section.
Plastic wheels are fine for carpet but can be trouble on hard flooring that is prone to scratches. Small debris can quickly cause the smooth wheels to get roughed up fairly quickly, which can cause minor abrasions on your floor that eventually add up.
We’re not recommending this vacuum for bare flooring, but it would have been nice to see padded wheels.
The 5 Floor Settings
Below you can get a good idea of what to expect from the 5 settings with the bare floor setting on the left, and the high-pile carpet setting on the right.
The cleaner head is nearly flush with the floor on the bare floor setting, and the brushroll does come into contact with the floor. The bristles protrude roughly 0.1″ below the bottom of the cleaner head, so they will gently brush the floor when on the bare floor setting. There is no option to turn off the brushroll.
The bottom of the cleaner head sits about half an inch from the floor when on the high carpet setting. Keep in mind when the vacuum is on carpet that it will sink into the carpet due to the weight. If you’re unsure of the height of your carpet, you can use this table below as a reference. Mark the height of your carpet fibers on a toothpick, paper clip or another small item you can use to reach the base of your carpet, and then measure.
The dustbin houses 3 critical parts of the vacuum: the pre-motor filter, multi-cyclone system, and the dustbin itself which holds 2.0 liters of debris up to the “Fill” line.
In our tests, we had no issue emptying the dustbin without having to use our hands to pull out any tangled up debris. Not all dustbin designs are such that you can easily remove the entirety of the inside components for cleaning. For that, we have to give this simple design a thumbs up.
You can completely remove the inner multi-cyclone component by opening the bottom hatch as if you were emptying the dustbin and rotating the center column clockwise.
This design makes for easy cleaning of the dustbin insides and the cyclone piece. If you have a terrible habit of not emptying the dustbin before getting above the Max Fill line, then you certainly need to check for clogs and remove the inner piece when it’s time to wash the filter.
A vacuum at this price point typically leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to extra features and attachments. However, we’re glad to see you get the Turbobrush Tool that works great on stairs, couches, vehicle interiors, pet bedding, and much more.
The Turbobrush Tool is driven by the air flowing through the hose, not an electric motor. This means it’s essential to keep the brush free from tangles and hair buildup to keep it spinning at its maximum speed.
The other attachments are typical and are great for picking up larger debris that the vacuum’s cleaner head might not easily pick up, such as dog food.
All of the attachments that come with the CleanView 1831 can be stored on the vacuum itself. No losing them in your closet never to be seen again. They’re ready when you need them.
Our vacuum tests are done on 4 types of flooring: bare floor (tile or concrete), low-pile carpet, medium-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet.
The Bissell CleanView 1831 has the same performance as the CleanView 9595 series. It shines on low to medium-pile carpet, but struggles on bare floors and high-pile carpet.
The lack of brushroll control severely reduces its effectiveness on bare floors due to debris getting thrown behind the vacuum instead of making its way through the suction channel. We cannot recommend this vacuum for homes with primarily bare flooring.
If you’re looking for an affordable and powerful vacuum to handle your home’s carpet, then the CleanView 1831 is a great option. However, thick area rugs with over a 1-inch pile height will be impossible for this vacuum to handle as it’s just too thick.
|up to 0.25"||0.25" to 0.5"||0.5" to 0.75"||More than 0.75"|
Oat pieces come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Their rough texture causes them to cling to carpet fibers, which makes for a great way to test a vacuum’s suction and brushroll agitation.
Rice is relatively heavy and smooth. It tends to sink down into carpet which helps us judge a vacuum’s suction. Additionally, when rice goes flying behind a vacuum on bare floors, we know we’ve got a failure.
Large pieces often get pushed around instead of suctioned up, so dog food is a great way to test the limits of what size debris a vacuum can handle.
Bare Floor Test
As we suspected, the lack of brushroll control means much of the debris gets thrown behind the vacuum instead of making its way into the suction channel.
We did this test with the vacuum on the bare floor setting, which lowers the cleaner head as close to the floor as possible. While this helps maximize the effectiveness of the suction, it also means the larger debris can’t easily make it under the cleaner head and into the suction channel.
We saw the same result with the CleanView 9595 series and expected this to perform the same. If you were able to reduce the brushroll speed or turn it off this test would be a success.
As we mentioned, the vacuum was set to the bare floor setting, but we also tried it on the other settings just out of curiosity, and it only made the problem worse.
If bare floors are a concern for you, then here are a few vacuums from Bissell that have brushroll control and perform better on bare floors.
|Bissell PowerGlide Lift-Off Pet Plus (20431)|
On/Off Brush Roll
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|Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (1650A)|
On/Off Brush Roll
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|Bissell PowerGlide Pet (2215A)|
On/Off Brush Roll
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Low-pile Carpet Test
There was no debris thrown behind the vacuum, and the CleanView 1831 was able to pick up the smaller debris with no trouble but struggled to pick up the last of the dog food.
This is where we see a significant improvement in the test results. Low-pile carpet is common in offices where there is heavy foot traffic. It’s easy to clean and is comfortable to walk on. We recommend this vacuum for low to medium-pile carpet as the test results are nearly the same except in the case of large debris, such as dog food, where it takes a few passes to get it all picked up.
There is a plastic strip that serves as a guard for debris that gets blown towards the back of the vacuum, which we’ve seen on many different types of vacuums. We suspect the issue on bare flooring is that there’s still a gap between the guard and the floor and the blazingly fast brushroll quickly throws debris behind it. However, even our very low-pile carpet is enough to keep debris from getting blown behind the vacuum as the guard is mostly flush with the carpet.
This vacuum did eventually pick up the last of the dog food, but it took a few passes to get the larger pieces to go under the front of the cleaner head. You could adjust the floor setting higher and get a different result, but this is going to vary depending on the thickness of your carpet. Given how short our low-pile carpet is this result was surprising. We expected some debris to get thrown behind the vacuum, but there was no issue.
Medium-pile Carpet Test
This test couldn’t have went better. The CleanView 1831 easily picked up all debris. If your home has lots of carpet, then we’re confident you won’t be disappointed in this vacuum’s performance.
As we’ve seen with the CleanView 9595 series vacuum, medium-pile carpet is where the CleanView 1831 shines. The brushroll offers great agitation to get debris loose from carpet fibers, and it easily picks up larger debris, such as dog food.
The CleanView 1831 felt comfortable pushing and pulling it on the medium-pile carpet, and the brushroll did a great job of pulling up the oats that typically want to cling to the carpet fibers. We did this test with the floor setting on the notch just below high pile carpet, so the 4th highest out of 5 settings. You could certainly adjust it to the highest setting if you felt like it is uncomfortable to push or pull without having to worry about debris getting blown behind the vacuum.
High-pile Carpet Test
With the floor setting on High Carpet, we were unable to pick up the large dog food easily. On thicker pile carpet the vacuum sinks and the available floor settings aren’t enough to lift the cleaner head high enough on this nearly 1″ thick carpet. It only took a couple more passes at the dog food to pick it up, so we give this a partial pass.
To safely vacuum high-pile carpet, you either need a lot of height adjustment, brushroll speed control, or both. The CleanView 1831 was challenging to push and pull around on our high-pile carpet, and this is due to the uncontrollable speed of the brushroll and it biting at the carpet. With that said, it was manageable, and it did an excellent job of cleaning the carpet, but we suspect the brushroll belt will wear out much faster if you have high-pile to plush carpet.
Due to the thickness of this carpet, the vacuum sinks into the carpet, and the lip of the cleaner head did push some of the dog food instead of picking it up. This is another case where we were able to continue vacuuming and picked up the dog food, but it took a couple passes.
We cannot recommend this vacuum for high-pile carpet despite it mostly being able to handle this carpet test. The brushroll could potentially damage soft high-pile carpet and the strain on the brushroll belt will certainly cause it to fail sooner than if you were just vacuuming typical medium-pile carpet.
Vacuums for Thick Carpet
Vacuuming carpet with a pile height nearing 1″ requires certain capabilities to be done safely and effectively (i.e. without damaging the vacuum or carpet). While we were able to clean our high-pile carpet with the CleanView 1831 we don’t think it’s a great option for carpet of this thickness.
The largest carpet manufacturers in the U.S., Shaw and Mohawk, recommend the Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright for thick frieze-style carpet with a pile height of 1″ or less.
For carpet thicker than 1″, Soniclean recommends using a vacuum without a brushroll, or one with the ability to turn it off and rely on suction alone.
Vacuuming frequently reduces the amount of dust, dirt, and hair that build up around your home. If you have a large home with a few pets and extra humans, then keeping up is a lot of work.
Hair is the biggest problem when it comes to maintaining your vacuum. It can wrap itself around the brushroll and interior of the dustbin and cause even more buildup of dust.
- Watch for clogs
- Keep hair from building up on the brushroll
- Wash the pre-motor filter as often as needed
- Clean the Multi-Cyclone System inside dustbin
Clogs generally only occur if you’re vacuuming large debris that can somehow get wedged in the suction pipe and allow debris to accumulate. Pet hair can be another cause for clogs if you constantly have to clean up large amounts of pet hair and large clumps form in the pipe. The best thing to do is to check the connection points for the hose and dustbin for visible signs of a clog.
You can also easily detach the hose entirely for a better look at the vacuum’s piping to lookout for clogs. If you notice decreased suction, then that’s a sign you might have a clog or need to wash the filter.
How to Change the Brushroll Belt
First you’ll want to lay the vacuum on its back and remove the 6 screws hold the cover. The cover also holds the front wheel plate in place and it will detach easily when you remove the cover.
You can also follow this routine when you need to clean the brushroll if you are having trouble getting it as clean as you’d like without removing the bottom cover.
That’s all there is to it. Once you’ve got the plate off you can slide the brushroll out of the cleaner head and remove what’s left of your failed belt, or slide the belt off if you’re trying to clean the brushroll.