When it comes to hybrid vacuum cleaners, Bissell is one of my favorite producers. And with the new Bissell Symphony All-in-One, they’ve done it again. But before we jump right into this review, let me tell you what you will find out in the next couple of minutes, if you stick around. First, you will learn all the things you need to know about Bissell Symphony. Second, you’ll see if this appliance is right for you. It may happen you don’t need both features: vacuuming and steaming. And third, you will get the a really great deal. I always keep an eye on online or offline best deals, I check for discounts on a daily basis and I update my site frequently.
A product like this should take advantage of great marketing and advertising initiatives. At least, this is what Bissell representatives though when they went ahead and filmed the video I’ve embedded bellow. Just to clear things up, the commercial is actually not a real as it may seem. Although there are a few aspects that may produce the impression that things are for real (the sounds produces by the nearby people, the presence of Craig Emmerson, a manager of BISSELL Canada, the color of the floor, the overall scene), things are actually different. According to this article from Huffington Post, kbs+ Toronto shot this commercial inside the Bay lower station, which was closed to public back in ’66. This station is rented and used from time to time for shooting movies, commercials and other related initiatives. Now, I don’t deny that the man actually ate the the hole box of pasta from the floor, I’m just saying it’s not 100% real. Even so, I’m still a little bit concerned about his health every time I watch this. Just don’t you get all spooked-up when you see it:
As a side joke, if I were a manager at Hoover, Oreck or Shark, I’d be concerned about my near future ;). Now, down to specifications:
The sheet of features
|Suction & steam power||Bissell Symphony is a cyclonic vacuum, with a good suction power. However, I must warn you, this vacuum cleaner is not meant to be used on carpets and rugs, and it is especially designed for tile and laminate floors. Anyway, you can use its airflow to gather most of the bigger debris around the house.
The steam sanitizes almost everything, meaning that 99.99% of bacteria and germs are killed by the hot airwaves. Only water can be used, so no additional chemicals. You have to hold the steam for 15-20 seconds and that's it. As not all stains are the same, you can use the High & Low Steam Options to select the right power for the job you are going to handle. Thanks to its Quick & Smart Steam Technology, the steam function is ready in just 30 seconds (it takes only 1 minute to prepare the filter when you first plug the machine), as you can see in this pic:
|Input power||Works on 120v, 60hz, consuming 1500w.|
|Tank capacity||The tank holds 400ml of water and is non-removable. The product also comes with a cup that helps you measure the water. You need 2 cups to fill the tank. The manufacturer recommends you to use distilled water, although tap water works just fine if you ask me. My guess you can use this capacity on approximately 1000 square meters which is more than an average US home has.|
|Filtration system and steam pads||The pad tray can be easily removed with the Quick-Release button. The pads are made of specially designed microfibers which are infused with Microban antimicrobial protection, eliminating not only stains, but also odors. The product comes with 4 pads split into 2 types: 2 soft, for hardwood floors, and 2 though, for scrubbing tasks. The vacuum uses rinsable filters, model number 1250.|
|Weight and Dimensions||It measures 9 x 11 x 46.5 inches and weights only 10.1 pounds with full tank.|
|Warranty||Comes with a 3-year limited warranty if you buy it directly from the producer's site., or a 2-year limited warranty if you buy it on Amazon (but it's much cheaper).|
|Accessories||Not many, since we are talking about a hybrid:
- 4 pads
- 1 water cup
- 1 BISSELL Steam Shot Hard Surface Cleaner
|Special features||A nice feature worth mentioning is the Dry Tank Technology, which maintains your dirt tank dry while you steam, thus preventing humidity from infiltrating into the vacuum part.|
|Usability||One of the main reasons why this hybrid is awesome is that it can steam and sweep at the same time. Unlike Shark's Rotator i.e. which has to be reassembled, the Symphony works by plug-and-play. You can clean the floors with one-pass and thus save precious time. And the steam capabilities are comparable and even better than those of Shark Steam Pocket Mop or Dyson Hard. The ergonomic design provides a pleasant experience: the trigger is easy to use and fits perfectly into the handle. The controls are digital. By the way, the handle can be adjusted in 5 ways. The power cord is 25 feet long, enough for most cleaning jobs.|
|Price||The price for this wonderful hybrid vacuum cleaner & steam mop is $132.99 at the moment with free shipping included. If you buy it directly from Bissell, you can choose to pay for it in 4 rates of $50 each.|
Here’s a video that quickly reviews all the key points I’ve touched above:
PRO reviews and opinions
- Works great on any bare floor, from tiles to marble and laminated wood. I absolutely love it and would definitely buy it again.
- I own 2 sheddy dogs. So far, this product does wonders. I walk now with my bare feet around the kitchen. It sanitizes everything to perfection!
- The easiest assembly ever. I’ve done it in less than 5 minutes, while drinking my coffee. The Quick Guide helped too. Thanks Bissell!
- A gallon of distilled water is just $1 at the grocery, which works great with my budget.
- The microfiber pads are easy to wash and plushy, so they don’t scratch my hardwood floor.
- Vacuuming is a breeze, I absolutely recommend the new Symphony from Bissell.
CON reviews and opinions
- 13 oz of water allows you around 15 minutes of continuous steaming. Too little for me!
- The product doesn’t work so well on carpets and unsealed grout.
- There is no on/off button, you just plug it and it starts to work. Most of us are used with an on/off switch.
Final words and VGMhy (VacuumsGuide.com Mark for hybrids)
In the case of hybrid vacuum cleaners such as Bissell Symphony, the normal VGM (VacuumsGuide.com Mark) is not suitable. I have altered my rating scale especially for this type of appliances, so along with common attributes such as the suction power, filtration system, or usability, I will also rate special features such as the steam power, the tank capacity or the steam pads quality. This is not the first all-in-one vacuum and steam mop I put my hands on. However, it certainly feels and works great, being a great competitor to Shark’s Sonic Duo, which I’ll also reviewed. Here are my rates:
Just a few other words now. First, don’t use vinegar with any hybrid vacuum cleaners. I can’t stress enough about this, a lot of people asked me this, and it is wrong. Second, after you finish cleaning, before putting the pads in your washing machine, make sure you removed all the debris and most of the dirt they have inside by pre-washing them gently. The only difference between Bissell Symphony 1132 and Bissell Symphony 1132a is the color. The 1132 is red, while the 1132a is navy blue.
Do you want to buy a hybrid vacuum cleaner and you are still undecided? Bought a Bissell Symphony and want to say something to the world? Have a better discount than this one? Post in the form bellow and increase your serenity level :).
UPDATE: Bissell just released an upgrade called Symphony Pet 1543. It has improved suction power, a new dirt-emptying system called Drop-IT and it can now use disposable Swiffer pads. Check it out.
UPDATE: I’ve just compared this hybrid to Shark Vac or Steam hybrid. Check it out.