We recommend the Bissell CleanView 9595 Series for vacuuming low to medium-pile carpeted floors. If you’re on a budget, then this is a bare-bones workhorse that can hold a lot of debris and is easy to maintain.Pros
- Low price
- Easy dustbin emptying
- Washable filters that are easy to access
- Large 2.0-liter dustbin
- Excellent performance on low to medium-pile carpet
- Plastic wheels are not padded, which is not good for hardwood or other sensitive bare floorings
- Only 9.8″ of the 13.5″ wide cleaner head has suction
- 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.
The number of upright vacuum options from Bissell is overwhelming, and it’s hard to tell which model is better than the other, so we aim to inform you about the design and vacuuming performance of each model.
The CleanView vacuums are uprights with a broad price range that increases with the features available on each model. One thing to note is that the CleanView vacuums do not have the Lift-Off feature which allows you to detach the vacuum body and use the attachment tools to clean places that your vacuum’s hose won’t reach.
So where does the CleanView 9595a stand? It’s an entry-level model with basic features at a very affordable price. It’s a strong performer on low to medium-pile carpet found in most homes but lacks the features to be able to handle bare floor, such as hardwood or tile, since you can’t control the brushroll.
The Bissell CleanView 9595 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.
The CleanView 9595 comes in three different colors, green (95957), purple (9595a), teal (95956), and orange (95953). There’s no difference between the different models, and you get the same attachments and vacuum with different accents of color.
Here are a few highlights:
- 5 Floor Type Settings that adjust the height of the cleaner head
- Washable foam filter
- Hose stretches comfortably to 6 feet (reaching roughly 7.5 feet from the ground)
- Crevice Tool, Extension Hose, Turbobrush Tool, Dusting Brush
|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 belt that drives the brushroll on the Bissell Cleanview 9595 is under the vertical green plastic that extends down to the rear wheels in the picture below. The brushroll is reasonably easy to access for cleaning by removing the 7 screws holding the green cover plate in place. We’ve seen much more accessible brushrolls on other vacuums, such as the Shark ION P50 cordless upright, which you can simply pop off the top cover by pushing a button.
The downside to this vacuum’s cleaner head is that the belt blocks off the portion of the brushroll that extends to the right of the belt in the picture above. There is no suction in that area, and the brushroll spins so fast that it acts as a fan and will blow debris around when on bare flooring. This is one of the reasons we don’t recommend this vacuum on bare floors. It’s not an issue at all on carpet except for the smaller active suction area, but we found it to not affect our satisfaction with the vacuum on low-pile and medium-pile carpet.
About the 5 Floor Settings
When we started testing the vacuum, one of the first things I tried to do is see what the floor settings do by turning the knob while the vacuum is turned on. Unfortunately, there is no function to slow down or stop the brushroll, and the different floor settings only raise and lower the cleaner head.
On bare floors, the cleaner head is lowered nearly flush with the floor to maximize the effectiveness of the suction. However, the Bissell CleanView 9595 failed our bare floor test and still threw smaller debris behind the vacuum. Check out the details of the test in the Performance section below.
The CleanView 9595 is not going to be able to go very far under most furniture and wouldn’t be considered “low profile.” The front of the cleaner head is roughly 3″ tall but slopes upward toward the back of the vacuum to about 4″. The vacuum’s body can’t lean back very far so don’t expect to vacuum under a bed or couch.
We recommend changing the floor setting only when the vacuum is locked in its upright position. This takes the weight of the vacuum off the floor setting knob and will help you avoid breaking the knob.
The floor setting knob has grooves at different depths that adjust the height of the vacuum’s cleaner head by changing the height of the front wheels shown below.
The underside of the cleaner head is pictured above with the green plate removed, which exposes the belt that drives the brushroll and you can see the pivoting front wheel plate that adjusts the height of the brushroll.
As you might expect when the knob is turned to high carpet the corresponding notch on the underside of the knob raises the cleaner head, while the bare floor setting lowers it.
The Bissell CleanView 9595 has a typical bagless dustbin that empties at the bottom and easily pops on and off the vacuum body. The CleanView 9595 has a 2-liter dustbin, which is larger than your average upright. When manufacturers add on fancy features one of the first things to get cut is dustbin size, so there is some advantage to the simplistic design of the 9595.
The filter system on the CleanView 9595 is a washable foam filter with an additional exhaust filter for catching super-fine debris. It’s not HEPA quality and isn’t ideal if you have serious allergy problems or have respiratory problems.
Both filters are easy to access. You’ll find the washable foam filter in the top of the dustbin and the exhaust filter in a slide-out tray just below where the dustbin attaches to the vacuum body. The holes on the green plate where the dustbin rests are where the vacuum’s air is exhausted.
The foam filter takes the majority of the dust from the air flowing through the vacuum, so you will need to check it regularly. Cleaning it once every week or two is advised, or earlier if you notice poor suction.
We tested the Bissell CleanView 95957 on four types of flooring: bare floor (tile or concrete), low-pile carpet, medium-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet.
Most homes will have some amount of bare flooring, such as hardwood or tile, and medium-pile carpet with an area rug. We are most concerned with how the vacuum performs on a high-pile carpet in both picking up debris and dealing with the carpet thickness, as well as bare flooring which often leads to debris getting thrown behind the vacuum if it is ill-equipped.
The Bissell CleanView 9595 has no way to turn off the brushroll, and the 5-floor settings only raise and lower the cleaner head. This is a sign that this vacuum isn’t meant for vacuuming bare flooring, and indeed in our tests, it was a complete disaster. Check it out below.
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
The rice and oats were minced by the blazing speed of the spinning brushroll and thrown behind the vacuum in a spectacular fashion. The larger pieces of dog food were mostly just pushed forward by the front of the vacuum and some of the smaller pieces were picked up.
The bare floor test is where many vacuums fail. To succeed at the bare floor test, you must have the ability to decrease the speed of the brushroll, stop the brushroll completely, or have a cleaner head designed with bare floors in mind.
The Bissell CleanView 9595 is a simple upright and doesn’t have much in terms of features for handling different floor types. Just being able to raises and lower the cleaner head is not enough. That’s why it failed spectacularly with all debris types on a bare floor.
Now, the best way to handle larger debris with an upright like this is to simply use the hose with the extension wand and pick up the larger pieces. For the smaller debris, you either need to just get a broom or get a vacuum that is meant for bare floors.
Uprights aren’t as versatile as stick vacuums or canister vacuums since the cleaner head is permanently integrated into the vacuum, and the most you can do is use an attachment on the hose. Stick vacuums, such as the Shark ION F80 or Dyson V10, come with cleaner heads designed for bare floors and you can swap them out for other attachments. The Shark ION F80 has a unique cleaner head that includes two brushrolls and can seamlessly switch between carpet and bare floors.
If you’re concerned about vacuuming bare floors, here are a few Bissell vacuums that have brushroll controls.
|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
|View at Amazon|
Low-pile Carpet Test
The rice and oats were easily picked up and none were thrown behind the vacuum. The larger dog food that didn’t fit under the cleaner head was just pushed forward and we could only pick up about 50% in one pass.
Low-pile carpet offers enough resistance for the suction to prevail over the brushroll flinging debris behind the vacuum. In this test, the vacuum did not throw any of the rice or oats behind it. The CleanView 9595 easily picked up the smaller debris in a single pass, and we can certainly recommend it for low-pile carpet.
We also tried raising the height of the cleaner head by switching to the high carpet setting to see if we could pick up the larger debris, but this caused the vacuum to throw rice behind the vacuum. The further away, the cleaner head is from the floor, the less effective the suction is, and the brushroll easily overpowers it.
In the end, the best way to deal with larger debris is to just use the hose along with the extension wand. Overall this test went better than expected after the messy bare floor test, and we think this vacuum is an excellent budget choice if you’ve got low-pile carpet.
Medium-pile Carpet Test
This test was a great success and the CleanView 95957 had no trouble picking up all debris sizes and types.
This is what the Bissell CleanView 9595 seems to be made for. Medium-pile carpet is found in most homes and we’re confident you won’t be disappointed in the performance of this vacuum if this is the primary floor type you’ll be vacuuming with it.
There was no issue with pushing the dog food forward like we saw in other tests. This just seems to be a sweet spot for the cleaner head height and pile height of the carpet. We’re confident in recommending this vacuum for medium-pile carpet.
High-pile Carpet Test
The suction power on the CleanView 9595 is very strong and it had no trouble picking up the oats and rice, but struggled to pick up the dog food and roughly half was pushed to the edge of our test area.
Pushing and pulling the vacuum was uncomfortable and we don’t recommend using this vacuum on anything with a higher pile height, such as shag area rugs. The pain point seems to be not being able to control the brushroll speed as it dug into the carpet.
In general, you want the brushroll to spin faster on carpet than on bare floors, but there’s a point where it becomes too much when the carpet is thick and slowing down the brushroll would help if you’ve exhausted the height adjustments.
The test was done on the high carpet setting and this still was not enough to make it easy to push and pull the vacuum.
As you can see, the vacuum was able to pick up roughly half the dog food before pushing it into a pile toward the edge of the frame. You could continue to vacuum and push the larger debris around and finally suction up all of the dog food, and that’s why we give this a partial pass.
While this vacuum was able to handle this high-pile carpet test, we can’t recommend it as a good solution for vacuuming high-pile carpet. The brushroll speed could potentially damage soft high-pile carpet and certainly will strain the brushroll belt.
Vacuums for Thick Carpet
Vacuuming carpet with a pile height around 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 Replace the Brushroll Belt
Belts will eventually wear out over time. However, one of the most common reasons a belt fails is when a large object gets pulled into the brushroll, and the vacuum isn’t powered off quick enough.
Many new vacuums have an emergency shutoff that stops the brushroll to prevent damage to the vacuum. The CleanView 9595 isn’t that sophisticated.
Rugs, curtains, laundry, and any other object that might cause the brushroll to stop suddenly are things you need to look out for when vacuuming. As always, it’s a good idea to prepare the area you’re going to be vacuuming beforehand to avoid having to deal with it while you’re vacuuming.
The plate the 7 screws are holding also keeps the adjustable wheel plate in place. It will also pop out when you remove the plate.
The brushroll must be lined up with the groove on the cleaner head to be re-inserted. It’s also a good idea to clean any tangled up debris of the brushroll if needed.
Removing the belt is easy since you’re likely doing this to replace a broken belt. To attach the new belt, push it behind the motor’s drive shaft and onto the brushroll track. Be sure the rough side of the belt is on the inside.
Here are some of the Bissell vacuums that you should also consider if you’re looking for an affordable full-size upright.
|Bissell CleanView with OnePass (9595a)||Bissell CleanView with OnePass (1831)||Bissell CleanView Swivel Rewind Pet (2254)||Bissell PowerGlide Lift-Off Pet Plus (20431)|
|Weight||15 lbs||15.4 lbs||19.45 lbs||18.25 lbs|
|Auto Cord Rewind|
|Dustbin Capacity||2 liter||2 liter||1 liter||0.75 liter|
|Pet TurboEraser Tool|
|Brushroll On/Off Switch|
|SmartSeal Allergen System|
|Warranty||2-Year Limited||2-Year Limited||4-Year Limited||5-Year Limited|
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