I’ve been using the Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo for years now and decided it was time I tell you why I’m such a fan of this thing.
You should know up front: this is NOT a hired post! This is just my experience with a cleaning tool that I’ve come to love and rely on every day. If you want to find out about other things I use in my home — and why I like them — check out my list of Recommended Cleaning Products.
Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo Review
Carpet Sweepers Make Floor Cleaning Easy
Keeping floors free of pet hair, crumbs, and all the other little messes that accumulate on them makes a big difference in how clean your home looks. That’s why I wind up using my carpet sweeper pretty much daily between deeper cleanings.
I grew up in the 1970s when carpeted kitchen floors were in style, something that makes me cringe to remember. (It was a different world back then.) Using a broom didn’t make sense, so we ran the carpet sweeper after dinner each night then vacuumed the carpet thoroughly on Saturday mornings.
A Carpet Sweeper Beats a Broom
It wasn’t until I moved into my first apartment during college that I realized how much better carpet sweepers are than brooms. It seemed like whenever I used a broom, I’d flick dirt from one place to another, then have to go over the area repeatedly. When I’d sweep the mess into the dustpan, there was always that fine line of dirt I’d need a damp paper towel to clean up.
I waitressed for years in college, and one of our tasks was to “Bissell the restaurant.” I guess when it comes to carpet sweepers, the Bissell name became synonymous with the product, kind of how everyone calls facial tissues “Kleenex,” even though that’s a brand name.
Well, our restaurant owner bought some other brand, and it broke every couple of months. He finally went with an authentic Bissell. That’s why I didn’t bother trying some other brand when I finally bought one.
It’s a Must-Have in my Book — Literally
A carpet sweeper is on the must-have list of cleaning tools in my book, 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House, with good reason: it’s a fantastic, inexpensive floor cleaning tool.
Electric Beats Manual
Carpet sweepers come in two basic styles: manual and electric. While they all work the same — you push the thing backward and forward — the manual ones require more effort.
I bought the electric, cordless Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo because it’s so convenient to use. Once fully charged, you get 60 minutes of cordless cleaning time, during which the rotating brush does most of the work.
Works on Carpets AND Hard Floors
Although not a substitute for regular vacuuming, the carpet sweeper does a fantastic job of picking up crumbs, pet hair and dirt from carpets (including area rugs and entry mats) and hard floors, too.
At 4 lbs. it’s sturdy without being cumbersome, and still lightweight enough to hang from a broom holder, so it doesn’t take up valuable floor space in your laundry room or wherever you store cleaning tools.
Easy Enough for Kids to Use
Ever try to get your kids to sweep the kitchen properly with a broom? After you’ve taught them not to use wild, big motions like they see in cartoons, using a broom is still tedious enough to prompt a lot of whining, at least from my kids.
Not so with a carpet sweeper: they quickly realized it took less than 3 minutes to clean the entire kitchen floor, which meant it just wasn’t worth it to them to argue about it. I am a firm believer in empowering kids to help around the house and using a carpet sweeper instead of a broom accomplishes that.
Cleans Right To The Baseboards
The Bissell’s body doesn’t scuff baseboards. Meanwhile, the rotating brush extends to pick up dirt all the way to the edges of the floor. It’s low enough that it zooms right beneath my overhanging kitchen counters to get the pet hair that seems to accumulate there most of all.
One Small Complaint
Cleaning is easy: you lift the top-loading dustbin out and dump it into the trash can, but it’s that process that leads to my one complaint.
The dustbin’s design keeps debris from flying about during use, but you’ve got to shake it a bit to dispose of what it’s collected. As someone with allergies, I would much prefer a way to empty the thing without creating a small dust cloud in the trashcan.
At $34.99 (on the date of publication), the Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo carpet sweeper is more expensive than an old-fashioned broom but does a superior job. That’s why I consider it a must-have cleaning tool.
• Keeps carpets and hard floors looking good between regular vacuuming.
• 60 minutes of cordless cleaning time.
• Turbo brush does most of the work for you.
• Easy enough for kids to use.
• Cleans under furniture and up to baseboards.