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Bissell CleanView Plus 1822 Review

Bissell CleanView Plus 1822 beside a person

The CleanView Plus doesn’t offer any significant improvements over the CleanView 9595 Series, so we recommend whichever you can get the best deal on.

The CleanView 1822 works well on low-pile to medium-pile carpet but tends to throw debris behind the vacuum when on hard floors.  The Bissell PowerGlide Lift-Off Pet Plus is an excellent option for hard floors since you have control of the brushroll.

Pros
  • Excellent cleaning performance on low-pile to medium-pile carpet
  • Large 2.0 liter dustbin
  • Turbobrush Tool works great on stairs or upholstery
  • Adjustable height cleaner head
  • Washable filter
  • 3-year Warranty
Cons
  • No brushroll control
  • Brushroll belt location causes a “dead” zone for suction and agitation
  • Failed our bare floor test, which is caused by the lack of brushroll control
  • No clear advantage over the CleanView 9595 Series
  • Hard plastic wheels aren’t great on hard floors

We purchased the Bissell CleanView 1822 for $161.99, including taxes.  Our honest opinion is that the CleanView 1822 does not have significant enough improvements or better performance, as demonstrated by our tests below, to recommend it over the CleanView 9595 Series.  There is one difference between the two models worth mentioning, and that’s the warranty.  The CleanView Plus 1822 has a 3-year warranty while the CleanView 9595 has a 2-year warranty.

Now, the warranty doesn’t cover a broken belt or filter replacement, so you’re only getting coverage if there is some manufacturing defect.  It’s up to you to decide if the extra year of coverage is worth it.

 

Specifications

Cord Length30'
Hose Length6'
Cleaning Path13.5" (9.8" with suction)
Height46"
Power8 amps
Weight15.4 lbs
Dustbin Capacity2.0 liters
FiltrationWashable Pre-motor filter, replaceable post-motor filter
Brushroll On/Off
Automatic Cord Rewind
Turbobrush Tool
Crevice Tool
Extension Wand
Dusting Brush
Part ReplacementBelt, Post-motor filter
Warranty3-Year Limited

Design

How Does the Cleaner Head Work?

The CleanView 1822 has a similar cleaner head design as the other CleanView models with the 13.5″-wide cleaning path and 5 height adjustment settings. 

The brushroll is driven by a belt that obstructs the right side (as pictured) of the suction area by about 3.5″.  The area directly under the belt housing gets no agitation, and the area to the right of the belt gets minimal suction with the belt housing blocking off that portion of the brushroll.  As you can see, there are brush bristles on the right side of the brushroll past the belt, which does help get some debris into the suction area.

We tested a different CleanView model to see how the “dead” zone affects the vacuum’s ability to pick up debris.  You can see that hereSpoiler: the dead zone is precisely that, dead.

Adjusting for Different Floor Types

5 Floor Settings

Important

It’s best to only adjust the floor settings when the vacuum is locked in the upright position. Some of the weight of the vacuum rests on the knob itself as the front wheel height is changed by grooves on the underside of the knob. Fighting with the knob with the weight of the vacuum on it will eventually damage it.

The only adjustment available for the cleaner head is the height.  To do this, you need to change the knob to the setting you want manually.  The “High Carpet” setting adjusts the cleaner head higher, while the bare floor setting adjusts it lower.  

Remember, you can’t change the brushroll speed or power it off, so changing the height of the cleaner head is the only way to compensate for different floor types as you’ll see in our Performance section below.

Ultimately, this has been the biggest roadblock during testing the CleanView Series as all of the models lack brushroll control.  

The lack of brushroll control means debris gets thrown across the floor when on bare floors, and on high-pile carpet the brushroll bites into the carpet too much.  

For that reason, we still recommend the CleanView 9595 since there are no groundbreaking improvements that justify paying more for a different CleanView model.

Height of the cleaner head

“Low-profile” isn’t how I would describe the CleanView vacuum.  The cleaner head is rather tall and pushes around 4.5″ as you get near the wheels.  The vacuum body does tilt back roughly 140 degrees, so getting under a table or chairs is not a problem, but you won’t be able to vacuum under your couch with this vacuum.

underside of the Bissell CleanView cleaner head
Underside of the cleaner head
  1. The “Dead” zone where the belt housing blocks off a portion of the brushroll from the suction area and the lack of brushroll agitation directly under the belt.  This reduces the suction area to roughly 9.8″.
  2. The wheel plate that the floor setting knob adjusts to change the height of the vacuum.  The vacuum’s weight rests on the front wheels while you’re vacuuming, but locking the vacuum in the upright position takes the weight off the knob as part of the design to make changing settings easy.
bottom view of Bissell CleanView 1822 cleaner head with cover removed

The wheel plate and cover plate are removed in the photo above, and you can see how the belt attached to the motor and brushroll.  The suction hose is off center which is standard throughout the CleanView Series.  The gray cylinder to the right of the suction hose is the underside of the floor setting knob.  When you push the release pedal to begin vacuuming the wheel plate rests on the knob, and depending on which setting you’re on the wheel plate either adjusts higher or lower.

rear wheels of the Bissell CleanView 1822
Plastic Rear wheels

We’ve had mixed feelings about the wheels on the CleanView vacuums.  They’re hard plastic that is easily scratched and roughened up.  Given that this vacuum isn’t something we recommend for hard floors, you’ll probably be using this vacuum on carpet anyway, so it’s not an issue.  Having a soft rubber padding is what we prefer on vacuum wheels if we’re going to be vacuuming hardwood, tile, or some bare floor that could get scratched easily.  

Scratches begin building up quickly on these wheels, and they get rough.  It’s not pleasant pushing around a vacuum that sounds like you’re dragging your trash can out to the road.

How Does the CleanView 1822 Filter Air?

Post-motor Filter (Left), Pre-motor Filter (Right)

The filter system on the Bissell CleanView 1822 is not HEPA, but it is a 2 stage filter system with a washable foam filter and replaceable exhaust (post-motor) filter.  This is pretty much the standard across the CleanView vacuums as they all at least have a washable foam filter.

If filter quality is important to you, then consider the Bissell PowerGlide Lift-Off Pet Plus, as it has the SmartSeal Allergen System.

Pre-motor filter location
Pre-motor filter is located in the top of the dustbin
Post-motor filter location
Post-motor filter is located in the tray below the dustbin

Both filters are easy to access in the locations shown above.  The most important thing to remember about cleaning your filter is to wash it thoroughly and let it sit out to dry for at least 24 hours.  If moisture gets into the vacuum, then it’s going to stink horribly, and it’s next to impossible to remove the smell.

About the Dustbin

The CleanView 1822 has a 2.0-liter dustbin and houses the pre-motor filter.  You empty the dustbin, just like most other bagless vacuums, by opening the bottom hatch.

The Bissell CleanView 1822 dustbin with both ends open
The top lid holds the pre-motor filter while the bottom releases the contents of the dustbin

Keeping the dustbin and hoses clear of clogs is important to maintain suction power and avoid straining the motor.  Emptying the dustbin once the contents reach the Fill line is always a good idea.  

The multi-cyclone system located in the center of the dustbin can easily be removed and cleaned along with the filters.

Twisting the multi-cyclone cylinder clockwise releases it from the dustbin
Multi-cyclone component removed

To remove the multi-cyclone system from the dustbin, open the bottom hatch and grab the cylinder in the center then twist it clockwise.  That’s it.  You’ll want to check and make sure debris doesn’t get stuck inside the multi-cyclone system and wash it accordingly.

Accessories

Extension Wand, Crevice Tool, Dustbin Brush, Turbobrush Tool

The CleanView 1822 comes with the standard attachments that are included with most CleanView vacuums.  All of the attachments are used with the vacuum’s 6′ hose.

The Turbobrush tool has an air-driven brushroll that is great for vacuuming stairs, pet bedding, vehicle interiors, and furniture.  Given that it’s only powered by the air flowing through the vacuum, you want to make sure you clean any obstructions from the brushroll on the tool.  Allowing hair or fibers to build up around the brushroll can create resistance and reduce its effectiveness.

All attachments can be stored on-board the vacuum
  1. Turbobrush Tool (on front)
  2. Dusting Brush
  3. Crevice Tool inside the Extension Wand

The Crevice tool fits inside the Extension Wand and they use the same clip.  Being able to store all the attachments on the vacuum itself is a huge help when you actually need to use them.  You don’t have to go digging through a closet or lose track of them.  


Performance

Our vacuum tests are done on 4 types of flooring: bare floor (concrete or tile), low-pile carpet, medium-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet.  

 

Test Debris

Oats used for vacuum tests
Oats

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 used for vacuum tests
Rice

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.

Dog food used for vacuum tests
Dog Food

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

Failure

Oats and rice were thrown behind the vacuum due to the rapidly spinning brushroll. Most of the dog food was unable to be picked up by the cleaner head due to the size. You could adjust the cleaner head to a higher setting, but even more debris would get thrown behind the vacuum.

Before Bare Floor Test
Bare Floor Test After

As was expected, the lack of brushroll control on the CleanView 1822 means most of the small debris gets thrown behind the vacuum. Oats and rice are scattered beside and behind the vacuum, which you can see in the image below.

You can easily pick up the larger debris, like dog food, with the hose so this isn’t an impossible task.  However, that’s not the point of these vacuum tests.

The CleanView vacuums generally do a terrible job on bare floors, so that’s why we recommend them for low-pile to medium-pile carpet.  You’ll see why next.

Debris behind vacuum after bare floor test

Low-pile Carpet Test

Partial Pass

The CleanView 1822 easily picked up the smaller debris, but much of the dog food was pushed forward into a pile. At this point, you could change the cleaner head to a higher setting or use the hose to pick up the larger debris.

debris on low-pile carpet for test
Before Low-pile Carpet Test
dog food leftover after low-pile carpet test
After Low-pile Carpet Test

This is consistent with our other experiences with CleanView vacuums.  The smaller debris is easily picked up with none thrown behind the vacuum, but the larger dog food is too big to fit under the cleaner head. 

For this test, we set the cleaner head to the setting just above bare floor, which raises the cleaner head slightly.  You could go an additional step up and do a better job on the dog food, but some smaller debris does get thrown behind the vacuum.  It’s nowhere near what we experienced on the bare floor setting, so that is one reasonable solution to this problem.  Also, at this point, you could simply use the hose to pick up the large debris that gets pushed into a pile.

Medium-pile Carpet Test

Pass

All debris was easily picked up and the vacuum was comfortable to push and pull on this carpet.

debris on carpet for medium-pile test
Before Medium-pile Carpet Test
clean carpet after medium-pile test
After Medium-pile Carpet Test

This is always the best test with CleanView Series vacuums.  There’s enough flexibility in the carpet fibers to allow the dog food to fit under the cleaner head and the strong suction and agitation pull all the debris up very quickly.

There are no problems pushing and pulling the vacuum on carpet in the medium-pile category, so we highly recommend this vacuum if you have carpet in this category, which most modern homes do.

High-pile Carpet Test

Pass

All of the debris was easily picked up, but the vacuum was tough to push and pull on this thick carpet. The pile height is around 1″ for this carpet, so we feel this is the upper limit for using this vacuum.

debris on high-pile carpet for vacuum test
Before High-pile Carpet Test
clean carpet after high-pile test
After High-pile Carpet Test

In terms of cleaning performance, this test went as well as the medium-pile carpet test, which is excellent.

The trouble is that carpet this thick (greater than 0.75″ pile height) is a problem for a vacuum with such a powerful brushroll that can’t be slowed down or stopped.  It bites into the carpet uncomfortably and is difficult to push and pull around.

In the short term, you probably aren’t going to notice any problems.  However, this is undoubtedly wearing down the belt faster than it should and potentially could damage your carpet if it’s a soft-style thicker carpet.

Shaw and Mohawk, two of the largest carpet manufacturers in the world, recommend not using a vacuum with a brushroll that you can’t turn off for carpets with 1″ or greater pile heights.  If thick carpet is something you’re worried about, check out the Soniclean Soft Carpet Upright Vacuum.

Comparison Table

Bissell CleanView Plus (1822)Bissell CleanView with OnePass (1831)Bissell CleanView Swivel Rewind Pet (2254)Bissell PowerGlide Lift-Off Pet Plus (20431)
Bissell CleanView 1831Bissell CleanView 2254 Bissell PowerGlide Lift-Off Pet Plus 20431
Hose Length6'6'8'6'
Cord Length30'25'27'30'
Weight15 lbs15.4 lbs19.45 lbs18.25 lbs
Auto Cord Rewind
Edge-to-edge Suction
Dustbin Capacity2 liter2 liter1 liter0.75 liter
Swivel Steering
Turbobrush Tool
Pet TurboEraser Tool
Brushroll On/Off Switch
SmartSeal Allergen System
Lift-Off Canister
Warranty3-Year Limited2-Year Limited4-Year Limited5-Year Limited
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Final Thoughts

The CleanView Series is an excellent choice for a budget bagless upright vacuum if you primarily have carpeted floors in your home.  The attachments give you the essential tools for cleaning a variety of surfaces around and above the floor.  The large capacity dustbin is incredibly helpful if you have several pets or a large family since it means fewer trips to empty it.  

Most people are drawn to cordless vacuums these days, but if you have a home with a lot of carpet, it’s good to have a powerful upright vacuum to do a deep cleaning every once in a while.  The CleanView Series is a great budget choice for that job if you’ve decided to invest in a much more expensive cordless vacuum.  You don’t need a super sophisticated upright to vacuum most carpet, so if you have medium-pile or low-pile carpet, then the CleanView Series is a good choice.