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Published on November 20th, 2014 | by Greg


Bissell Bolt ION 2-in-1 Vacuum: Cleaning, Light And Fast

Smaller homes and large apartments generally don’t need heavy duty vacuum cleaners- unless you have a lot of carpets and pets and kids, in which case perhaps no vacuum will ever be enough. We’re several generations into cordless vacuums now, and the technology continues to improve, largely thanks to the advancements in batteries that are powering the rest of our electronics. Smaller, stronger motors help too, and combined with some cool new materials and more efficient production chains mean that we’re sort of in a golden age of tools- they’re more affordable and more compact than ever.

The Bissell Bolt ION Cordless 2-in-1 Vacuum is a great example, with it’s very modern looks and nifty handheld pop-out vacuum, shared across the family. Part of their orange Bolt line, you can opt for a higher-end XRT model with heftier specs, or save some dough and opt for a heavier version with shorter battery life and less power. This is the mid-range version (model 1312 as tested), with 18 volts of power and a 30 minute run-time rating (versus 25V and 40 minutes or 14 volts and 20 minutes), and a solid little guy that isn’t great on thick pile carpets but great on most other surfaces, and a perfect quick cleanup machine that you can carry up stairs without hurting your back.

Like many smaller, newer vacs, you don’t need to worry about buying bags, but do have to regularly empty the dustbin- we’d recommend with every use, since the efficiency decreases quickly as it gets full. Bissell boasts about their EdgeReach Technology, which addresses one of the key issues you’ve probably faced, having to redo areas since only the middle of the vacuum has suction. We definitely noticed a difference, where we could actually utilize even the edges to capture dirt and debris. There is an included crevice tool with a dusting brush, and we loved the folding handle which helped to slide it away easily when not in use. The head of the Bissell Bolt ION moves easily, twisting, tilting, and turning in a way that made vacuuming easier and more pleasant (more like mopping).

The charging station is decent, and it’s light enough to take out and use in the car. We did find that, like many vacuums, the accessories could come loose. But if you haven’t already, you’ll find it’s true: once you go cordless, it’s hard to go back. If you don’t have to deal with a lot of fur or dander, then consider the Bissell Bolt ION Cordless Vacuum with it’s convenient built-in hand vac a great gift to others or yourself. Available for $179, in stores or online.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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