The CleanView Deluxe 1819 was a pleasant surprise. It had excellent performance on all our floor tests, including bare flooring and high-pile carpet. It is the best performing CleanView vacuum that we’ve tested.Pros
- Passed all our performance tests
- Auto Cord Rewind
- Washable Filter
- Turbobrush Tool
- 8′ Stretchable Hose
- Easy maintenance
- 3-year Warranty
- No swivel steering
- 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
- Hard plastic wheels
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How We Feel About the Bissell CleanView 1819
The CleanView Rewind Deluxe 1819 surprised us on the bare floor test and the high-pile carpet test. Our expectations with the CleanView Series vacuums have been low when it comes to both of these tests because of the lack of brushroll control. Being able to turn off the brushroll avoids the common problem of debris getting thrown behind the vacuum; however, none of the CleanView vacuums have this feature.
The CleanView 1819 had no trouble on our bare floor test despite not being able to control the brushroll. There may have been one or two pieces of rice that got tossed around, but nothing like the wood chipper-like spray we saw from the other CleanView vacuums.
On our high-pile carpet, the CleanView 1819 didn’t dig into the carpet like we saw with the other CleanView models and was easy to push and pull around. Again, this was the best performance we’ve seen on the high-pile carpet from a CleanView vacuum.
Based on visual and sound comparisons, we suspect the speed of the brushroll on the CleanView 1819 is slower than the other models. This is a good thing because the other CleanView vacuums have felt uncomfortable on the thicker carpet. We have no proof that this is true, but either way, the 1819 has the best performance we’ve seen from the CleanView vacuums.
What About the “Dead” Zone?
The brushroll on the CleanView vacuums is driven by a belt that occupies about 1.25″ of the cleaner head’s suction area, and blocks off about 1″ of the brushroll from the vacuum’s suction channel.
Now, for most vacuuming situations, you likely won’t notice the effect of the dead zone since we tend to push and pull the vacuum multiple times are an area. However, if you’re vacuuming against a wall base or furniture, you might notice it struggles to pick up debris on the side of the cleaner head sectioned off by the brushroll belt.
With that in mind, you need to vacuum with the opposite side of the cleaner head against the wall base for better performance.
The dead zone isn’t very noticeable and is not a reason to avoid this vacuum, in our opinion. We have been satisfied using the CleanView vacuums in normal household vacuuming situations, but when doing thorough tests, it does become apparent if you’re laser-focused on any debris that gets left behind.
The CleanView Rewind Deluxe 1819 is a full-size bagless upright with four attachments included and has an automatic cord rewind feature. With the Bissell CleanView Series vacuums, the largest dustbin is 2 liters, but as we’ve seen the cord rewind feature occupies quite a bit of space that was available to the dustbin on models that lack the rewind feature. That’s why the dustbin on the 1819 is 1 liter, one of the smallest among the CleanView vacuums.
Here are a few highlights of the CleanView Rewind Deluxe.
- 13.5″ Cleaner Head
- 5 Floor settings from bare floor to high carpet
- 2 filter system – washable pre-motor filter, replaceable post-motor filter
- 8 Amps
- 27′ Power Cord
- 1-liter dustbin
- Weighs 15.4 lbs
How Does the Cleaner Head Work?
Below you can see the fully assembled cleaner head alongside the cleaner head after we’ve removed the cover plate and front wheel plate. As you can see, the brushroll belt is easily accessed, and the brushroll can be removed for cleaning once you’ve taken off the cover plate.
Taking off the cover plate is easy, but it would have been nice to have a way to remove the brushroll from the top as we’ve seen on other vacuums.
Changing Floor Settings
The floor settings knob is located on the cleaner head itself. Due to how the knob’s function is designed, you’ll want to set it to the floor setting you plan to use while the vacuum is locked in the upright position.
Once you hit the release pedal the front wheel plate rests on a notch on the underside of the knob. This means the weight of the front of the vacuum is resting on the knob, which makes it much more difficult to change, and trying to force it can damage the knob.
The bare floor setting lowers the front of the cleaner head while the high carpet setting raises it.
There’s only so much space available on the front of the vacuum, so with the addition of the cord rewind feature some of the dustbin space had to be taken away. We’ve found that 1 liter is plenty of space and the cord rewind is worth the trade-off.
Keeping the Dustbin Clean
One of the nice features of the CleanView Series vacuums is how the dustbin can be completely taken apart for cleaning. It’s a good idea to clean the cyclone piece at least once every month or two. You also will want to check it if you notice reduced airflow (poor suction).
The CleanView 1819 has a suction power indicator located on the top of the dustbin. This gives you a way to see if there’s potentially a clog or if the filter is too dirty. If the suction is not optimal, the green strip will start turning red.
Accessing the Filters
The pre-motor filter is located in the top of the dustbin. You’ll need to detach the dustbin and open the top lid to access it. The pre-motor filter is a simple washable foam filter that is common throughout most of the CleanView vacuums.
The post-motor filter is in a tray below the cord rewind system. The vacuum’s air is exhausted through the sides of the tray.
Bissell doesn’t recommend washing the post-motor filter, as it’s meant to be replaced every 3-6 months. We’ve seen them recommend up to 9 months on other CleanView models. One thing you can do is shake off the post-motor filter if it starts to accumulate dust, or even use another vacuum to clean it off.
- Wash the pre-motor filter once every week or two
- Shake off the post-motor filter as needed and replace once a year
- Let the pre-motor filter dry for at least 24 hours after washing it
We’ve been pleased with the attachments that are included with the CleanView Series vacuums, most importantly the Turbobrush Tool.
The Turbobrush Tool is used with the vacuum’s hose to clean stairs, upholstery, pet bedding, or even vehicle interiors.
The attachments can be stored on the vacuum, as shown in the image above.
- Turbobrush Tool (on the front)
- Dusting Brush
- Crevice Tool and Extension Wand (Crevice Tool fits inside)
One thing to keep in mind with the Turbobrush Tool is that it is driven by airflow, so you’ll want to make sure the brushroll stays clear of hair buildup that can cause resistance. Thankfully, Bissell made it easy to take apart and clean, much easier than the vacuum’s cleaner head.
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.
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
Surprisingly, the CleanView 1819 performed nearly flawlessly on the bare floor test. No debris was thrown behind the vacuum and most of the dog food was easily picked up.
The lack of brushroll control has been the Achilles’ heel for the CleanView Series when it comes to vacuuming bare floors. With the CleanView 1819, it’s an entirely different story. There was no significant amount of debris thrown behind the vacuum, and it was able to pick up most of the dog food without issue.
We did this test with the cleaner head set to bare floor, as it should be. With larger debris, such as dog food, you can tilt the vacuum back and set it down on top of the debris if it gets pushed around instead of getting picked up. You can also use the hose to pick up larger debris as well.
It’s also possible to swap to a different floor setting that raises the front of the cleaner head higher, but this usually causes debris to get thrown behind the vacuum on bare floors.
Low-pile Carpet Test
Another flawless performance from the CleanView 1819. All the debris was easily picked up and nothing got thrown behind the vacuum.
We have consistently seen good cleaning performance on low-pile carpet from all the CleanView Series vacuums. For this test, we used the floor setting just above bare floor to get some extra clearance for the larger debris.
Medium-pile Carpet Test
Another flawless performance from the CleanView 1819. All the debris was picked up without anything getting thrown around. The vacuum was comfortable to push and pull on the carpet.
Medium-pile carpet is the most common carpet type in homes these days. It’s also a sweet spot for the CleanView Series, and we can recommend any CleanView vacuum for medium-pile carpet.
High-pile Carpet Test
This test went just as well as the medium-pile test with all debris getting picked up and no trouble pushing or pulling the vacuum.
This was the best experience we’ve had with a CleanView Series vacuum on high-pile carpet. As we mentioned before, the CleanView 1819’s brushroll doesn’t seem to bite into the carpet as much as the other models. We suspect the brushroll spins a bit slower, which provides plenty of agitation.
If you have carpet with a pile height over 1″, then we don’t recommend the CleanView Series vacuums. You’ll want a vacuum that can turn off the brushroll. For that, we recommend the Bissell PowerGlide Lift-Off Pet Plus.
The CleanView Rewind Deluxe 1819 is our favorite CleanView vacuum. The strong performance on all floor tests, 8-foot hose, and the convenience of the cord rewind system make this a great budget upright vacuum. You still get plenty of dustbin space for a large home with pets, even though it’s on the smaller end of the CleanView vacuums.
The “dead” zone on the cleaner head didn’t really hurt our experience with this vacuum. We tend to push and pull the vacuum multiple times over the same area anyways, and it just isn’t noticeable. The only time it is an issue is if there’s debris on carpet right against the wall base, but most of the time you end up using the hose for this case anyway.