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Customer Questions & Answers for
Bissell Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V

The Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum with Febreze, 71Y7V, offers the best of two worlds with a bagged vacuum. While vacuuming, you'll feel good knowing you're filtering allergens and eliminating any bad household smells at the same time with this Bissell Bagged Vacuum. Febreze bags offer allergen filtration that effectively traps household fibers, grass pollens, ragweed pollens, dust mite debris and pet dander, leaving your home feeling clean and fresh. This Bissell PowerForce Vacuum features two rows of duel brushes and includes a combo dusting brush/upholstery tool, a crevice tool and an extension wand. With a light weight of just 12.2 lbs, this vacuum is effective for cleaning carpet and floors. With a 23' power cord length, this Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum with Febreze, 71Y7V moves easily from room to room.
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Questions & Answers for Bissell Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V

Question

Are the filters awshable?

Are the filters washable?
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Ki
on Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
I HAVE WASHED THE OUTSIDE FOAM FILTER MANY TIMES
answered 2 months ago
By
FEBIS
answer 2
the one inside bag compartment is washable. the one on the side is not.
answered 1 year ago
By
boykitty
answer 3
No. I haven't seen any filter separate from the removable bag, which is specially made to act as a filter. The bag itself is made of paper.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
PastorJFV
answer 4
Yes
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
kflybye
answer 5
Yes...however the replacements are quite inexpensive. There are two small ones.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 6
hepa on side is not, but fabric one inside canister is.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
slothshops
answer 7
No, I don't believe you can. It's like all filters and is made out of a cardboard like material.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
GoBrownsTD54
answer 8
yes, but filters never get that dirty
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
jessyjirasol
answer 9
No, but very cheap
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
yabadabado
Question

Does this Bissell have a height adjustment

for bare floors and carpets? Also is it noisy?
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
By
CtsMeow15
on Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V
12 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes has height adjustment. This vacuum is quieter than my previous 3 vacuums and I thought they were quiet.
answered 1 year ago
By
boykitty
answer 2
Yes
answered 1 year ago
By
boykitty
answer 3
Yes
answered 1 year ago
By
scoobydoo
answer 4
YES IT PICKS UP ON MY LOW AND MEDIUM CARPET/TILES FLOORS ALSO SET ON MEDIUM. THE SETTINGS ARE EASY TO DIAL IN THE FRONT OF VACUUM.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
MAHOLA
answer 5
Like most vacuums, it does not do well on bare floors. Another reviewer suggested a great idea: Use a broom to sweep into a corner of the floor, then use the vacuum wand to pick up the sweepings. That works very well! There is a bare floors-to-variable carpet pile mechanism.

As for noise: I'm surprised how little there is. Of course there is some noise, but it is the least noisy I've owned yet. Not since my grandmother's Electrolux pull-behind tube have I found anything that I would call "quiet." I'm sensitive about the noise of vacuums, and this one is the easiest to take that I've found in the price range.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
PastorJFV
answer 6
Yes, but it has broken on mine twice.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
kflybye
answer 7
no height adjustment. for carpet it is great. for my deep carpet it works fine. a little bit noisy however good for a house as it is cheap and works fine.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
rumman
answer 8
It does have a height adjustment from low to high. I change it for bare floors, rugs, & carpet. It sounds like a typical vacuum.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
KensieAnne
answer 9
yes it has height adjustment.. not noisey
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Ruthellyn
answer 10
Yes, it does have a height adjustment. As for noisy, I use it during the day when my third shift daughter is sleeping and it doesn't awaken her, so I guess the noise is minimal.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
RTHHX76
answer 11
Yes an old fashion knob turn with like four settings.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
slothshops
answer 12
It offers five height options. Even at the highest it maintains great suction. My bag less vacuum would roll over bathroom rugs on the highest level with no problem. This one is still so strong it sucks the rugs too much to use on them. I wouldn't recommend for bare floors due to the dirt the brush kicks back. I use my Bissell 3in1 which works awesome on our hardwoods.

It is quieter than my Eureka bag less. I actually wish it were a tad louder because noisy vacuuming helps my baby fall asleep.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Cause4applause
Question

Does the Bissell PowerForce come with any #7 bags in the box? and if so,how many?

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
BWT
on Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
The vacuum comes with one Febreze bag already installed. The Style #7 bags come in boxes of three, also sold separately by Walmart.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
PastorJFV
answer 2
I believe it is three. Also, gives you the option to register with bissell and buy 10 bags very cheap. The deal also comes with 2 belts free.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
kflybye
answer 3
Only one bag in the sweeper-however you can purchase them rather cheaply at WalMart....
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 4
Yes, 1
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
KensieAnne
answer 5
They come with 1 bag..
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Ruthellyn
answer 6
Yes, it comes with one Frebreze bag installed in the vacuum. If you, like my family, have an allergy or breathing issues related to Frebreze products, I would recommend purchasing additional bags at the same time as you purchase the vacuum.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
RTHHX76
answer 7
jan 2013 mine came with one pre installed fabreze smelly bag, (I bought regular type style 7 bissel no scent same night)
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
slothshops
answer 8
Only comes with one bag
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Cause4applause
answer 9
Yes, it comes with one already inside the vac. You must buy more.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
mindcaviar
answer 10
Yes, I just got this one and it came with 1 Febreeze bag already installed but that is it. And the Febreeze stuff is really nothing to get excited about. It's literally like a little business card on the back side of the BAG that you just pull this little tab that tears open the front of this plastic wrapping that is around the card. The card is sprayed with Febreeze. That's all it is. You could literally make one by just spraying Febreeze on a card and taping it to the bag.

As soon as I use the 1 Febreeze bag that came with the sweeper, it will be an "Arm & Hammer" Bissell Powerforce because I will then be using the A&H bags (see below) The Febreeze thing is only a marketing thing as the sweeper itself, although having a sticker that says "Febreeze", has nothing to do with Febreeze unless you continue to buy Febreeze bags.

But the answer is it does come with 1 bag.

I suggest buying the 9 pack of Arm & Hammer bags I bought online along with this sweeper. I just rec'd them on 12-31-12 and there were actually 4 bags! Each box said: "Free bonus Bag 3+1", so instead of getting 9 total bags I got 12! Here is the link I used:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Arm-Hammer-9-Pack-Odor-Eliminating-Vacuum-Bags-Bissell-7-153-Premium-Allergen/5799588?t=1&

I can't guarantee you will get the ones with an extra bag as it didn't show it in the picture or the description when I bought them, so you may just get 9 bags, but I got 3 boxes of 4 = 12 total bags! Good luck!

Oh and the sweeper is great for the $.

Hope this helps.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
GoBrownsTD54
answer 11
Yes, I just got this one and it came with 1 Febreeze bag already installed but that is it. And the Febreeze stuff is really nothing to get excited about. It's literally like a little business card on the back side of the BAG that you just pull this little tab that tears open the front of this plastic wrapping that is around the card. The card is sprayed with Febreeze. That's all it is. You could literally make one by just spraying Febreeze on a card and taping it to the bag.

As soon as I use the 1 Febreeze bag that came with the sweeper, it will be an "Arm & Hammer" Bissell Powerforce because I will then be using the A&H bags (see below) The Febreeze thing is only a marketing thing as the sweeper itself, although having a sticker that says "Febreeze", has nothing to do with Febreeze unless you continue to buy Febreeze bags.

But the answer is it does comes with 1 bag.

I suggest buying the 9 pack of Arm & Hammer bags I bought online along with this sweeper. I just rec'd them on 12-31-12 and there were actually 4 bags! Each box said: "Free bonus Bag 3+1", so instead of getting 9 total bags I got 12! Here is the link I used:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Arm-Hammer-9-Pack-Odor-Eliminating-Vacuum-Bags-Bissell-7-153-Premium-Allergen/5799588?t=1&

I can't guarantee you will get the ones with an extra bag as it didn't show it in the picture or the description so you may just get 9 bags, but I got 3 boxes of 4 = 12 total bags! Good luck!

Oh and the sweeper is great for the $.

Hope this helps.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
GoBrownsTD54
Question

How often I have to change the bag?/ how could I know the bag was filled?

asked 11 months ago
By
Sripooja
on Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Depends on your vacuuming frequency. For weekly vacuuming of an 1854 square foot home, you would need to replace the bag once every two 1/2 months.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
By
bettycrockerbatman
answer 2
we have 4 kids and change the bag every 3 months. only way to tell if bag is full is to remove front cover and feel bag...super easy!
answered 4 months, 4 weeks ago
By
bygracethrufaith
answer 3
Depends on how often you use the vac, if every day check the vac once a week to see if its reached the filled line. To be more efficient removed when vac begins to get heavy.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
By
vdh57
answer 4
It would depend on how often you vacuum and what you are picking up. You just pop the cover off the front and feel your bag.
answered 6 months ago
By
kobar
answer 5
depends on how much you use it just flip open the front and feel the bag to see how much debris is in it!! i have about 5 of these and love them some i change every two weeks and some i change once a month all depends on use!
answered 7 months ago
By
keelinggirl
answer 6
If machine is not picking up dirt well, check the bag. Otherwise, depending how often you vacuum, open the front and feel the bag for fullness.
answered 8 months ago
By
MissElly
answer 7
Depending on how often you use it,.. in my case i check it at least once a month. If it has trouble picking up dirt is another sign. Suction not strong.
answered 8 months ago
By
MHRock
answer 8
If you don't use it often or it doesn't fill much within a month, change the bag anyway. At least monthly. Or isf you use it often, your vac will feel a bit heavy and it is time to change the bag. When is question just pop the front off and feel the bag. I never let the bag fill to the line!
answered 9 months ago
By
tlott
answer 9
I open the front of the machine every time I use it and lightly press the bag to see if its full. It took 2 months for mine to fill and it was mostly carpet fuzz. It will all depend on how much dust and hair you have in your carpet.
answered 10 months ago
By
HandyManT
answer 10
The bag will be puffy and full...Also this vacuum spits dust back out when the bag is full.
answered 10 months ago
By
Jeezy318
answer 11
I change the bag after every one or two uses. The bags are so inexpensive that it's not prohibitive. If you leave a dirty bag in the machine for a while, it will stink up your house the next time you turn it on because of all the old dirt and debris that's inside the bag. But, there is usually an indicator on the machine that tells you if the bag is full.
answered 11 months ago
By
mdhallfla
Question

Does it require assembling when you get it? If so, how complicated is it to assemble?

asked 6 months ago
By
Annie
on Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, very simple. A young child could do it.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Name111
answer 2
Yes, you have to assemble this. I am elderlywith poor eyesight so was unable to do so however my cleaning lady put it together in about 10 minutes. I bought this at her recommendation but have not had enough time to test it yet.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
By
thackery
answer 3
yes, just a couple of pieces, the handle and hose connects to the body that comes with 3 screws, make sure you tighten them
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
By
vdh57
answer 4
It requires some assembly. My 12-year-old son did it for me, so it can't be too bad.
answered 5 months, 4 weeks ago
By
Cangeapore
answer 5
Yes, and it's not hard. All you have to do is slide the handle on, and secure it with one screw. Then you attach the hose and fit the attachments, and it's assembled. It literally took 2 minutes (most of that time was unpacking), and I didn't even look at the instruction book.
answered 6 months ago
By
Maestro06
answer 6
Yes, when you get it out of the box you do have to attach the handle to the vacuum. It was basically maybe only three screws and not hard at all. I did it myself the last time I ordered one. And I am a mechanically challenged blond...lol
answered 6 months ago
By
Saphire196
answer 7
Yes, you have to slide the handle on and secure with two screws and then put the hose holder on and secure with two screws and then snap on your hose. Not complicated at all. Done by a 55 year old women and her screwdriver.
answered 6 months ago
By
kobar
answer 8
It is very simple, only three screws.
answered 6 months ago
By
frugalshopper48
answer 9
That's right Ankush, the only part that needs to be assembled is the handle which requires you to screw in one Phillips head screw!
answered 6 months ago
By
AskBISSELL
answer 10
Easy to assemble. As I remember, only the handle needed to be screwed onto the base
answered 6 months ago
By
Ankush
answer 11
very little assembly if I can do it you can do it I never am able to put a thing together this was so completely easy best vacuum I ever purchased I bought a second one for back up believe me I have had the very exspensive vacuums to every price range love this vacuum!!
answered 6 months ago
By
SAMAANTHA
Question

Does it come with a bag?

asked 6 months ago
By
Tugs
on Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes it does.
answered 5 months ago
By
luvsballetflats
answer 2
Yes.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Name111
answer 3
Yes, the vacuum comes with one bag and in my case it is a Fabreze scented bag. I don't know if they are more expensive or not as I have not, as yet purchased one but guess you have the option to get the scented or non-scented one.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
By
thackery
answer 4
yes, one
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
By
vdh57
answer 5
Yes, it comes with Febreeze scented bags. I think there were three in my box.
answered 5 months, 4 weeks ago
By
Cangeapore
answer 6
Yes, mine did come with one.
answered 6 months ago
By
lulubelle79
answer 7
Yes.
answered 6 months ago
By
md7gal
answer 8
Yes it comes with one bag.
answered 6 months ago
By
Maestro06
answer 9
If I remember correctly there may be one bag in the package but that is all. This is not a bagless or even a washable bagged vacuum. I ordered extra bags (it takes Arm & Hammer Size 7 for the Bissell Bags) when I last ordered this for my Mom (a Christmas present). I use the special bags with premium allergen filtration due to my allergies (heavier paper).
answered 6 months ago
By
Saphire196
answer 10
Yes, it came with one bag already installed.
answered 6 months ago
By
kobar
answer 11
Hi Tugs, yes it does and you can buy more at Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Febreze-Vacuum-Bags-Bissell-Style-7-Pack-of-3/20470574
answered 6 months ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

What bags does this use?

asked 1 year, 4 months ago
By
MJ
on Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Style 7
answered 9 months ago
By
tlott
answer 2
style 7
answered 1 year ago
By
boykitty
answer 3
Number 7 bags that I usually purchase through Amazon if I can't find them in the stores.. Selected Walmart stores do carry them as well..
answered 1 year ago
By
scoobydoo
answer 4
BISSELL STYLE 7
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
MAHOLA
answer 5
I USE BISSELL STYLE 7 BAGS/3 IN A BOX FEBREEZE BAGS PREMIUM ALLERGEN FILRATION/WORKS AND SMELLS GREAT.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
MAHOLA
answer 6
Because i have 2 cats & a dog, I bought the Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh odor eliminating. I believe anyone that says Bissell # 7 on front will work
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
mombo4
answer 7
Style 7 and it comes with one bag already installed.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
Lissandalake
answer 8
No. 7
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
SusanInFlorida
answer 9
Style 7 - I have always bought Bissell bags but my new Power Force came with a fragrant febreze bag. I plan to buy febreze bags when I need a replacement because I love the clean smell when I am vacuuming.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
CasinoGrandmaw
answer 10
Style 7 Bissell bags.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
KTMamma
answer 11
Hey MJ, They use the Style 7 bags shown here http://www.walmart.com/ip/Febreze-Vacuum-Bags-Bissell-Style-7-Pack-of-3/20470574

If you are interested in non-scented bags you can find them here: http://www.bissell.com/parts/?sc=part&partid=4674&cid=ccsocial

Hope that helps.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

Do u have to use the febreeze cleaners

asked 7 months ago
By
Biggy
on Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
no. the febreeze cleaners are optional. when we assembled our vac we removed the filters to increase the vac efficiency.
answered 4 months, 4 weeks ago
By
bygracethrufaith
answer 2
No.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
Name111
answer 3
No the febreeze is an option ... it is actually a business size card attached to the bag that has febreeze scent sprayed on it. You can remove it or just buy standard bags without the febreeze.
answered 6 months ago
By
vacuumeittome
answer 4
No you do not. You can buy allergen bags or pet odor elimination bags, size 7.
answered 6 months ago
By
kobar
answer 5
No, I just buy Bissell size 7 bags. You can get just allergen ones or pet odor elimination ones.
answered 6 months ago
By
kobar
answer 6
No, Bissell offers envirocare filters, but they are no cheaper than the febreze filters that you can buy at Wal-Mart! You may find other bags...it needs Bissell style 7 bags and belts. There may be generics available.
answered 6 months ago
By
frugalshopper48
answer 7
I do not believe so at all people may have allergies I think u can utilize a non febreze bag
answered 6 months ago
By
SAMAANTHA
answer 8
No
answered 6 months ago
By
OVJordie
answer 9
Hi Biggy,

I've only used the bag that comes with the unit. I like it, and would consider buying more, if I can find them in the stores. I probably wouldn't buy bags over the internet, because I don't plan that far ahead. When I need it, I go get it.
answered 7 months ago
By
DirtSucker
answer 10
i have bags left from my other vacuum and it is the same size bag.i dont think you have to use the febreze bags just as long as the bag fits i think is ok i havent tried it yet with a reg bag
answered 7 months ago
By
iiiisx349
answer 11
Hi Biggy, no you do not! We have non Febreze bags you can use with this unit instead of the Febreze ones. These can be ordered with the following link: http://www.bissell.com/parts/?sc=part&productid=2468&partid=4674&cid=ccsocial2107
answered 7 months ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

handle

Hard to get the handle screwed in need help its acting like the screw isnt long enough
asked 11 months ago
By
orangecrush
on Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
The screw they provide isn't long enough, not sure why. So, you have to use one a bit longer. The only negative thing about this product.
answered 2 months ago
By
Godsgreatestblessings
answer 2
BEFORE ASSEMBLY PUSH THE SCREW THROUGH THE HOLE AND YOU WILL SEE IT IS LONG ENOUGH
answered 2 months ago
By
FEBIS
answer 3
Need a long screwdriver
answered 2 months, 1 week ago
By
ShenandoahSal
answer 4
i had same issue but after jiggling the handle screw went in no problem
answered 4 months, 4 weeks ago
By
bygracethrufaith
answer 5
Go to your local hardware store. Take the screw with you. And get a longer one !
answered 6 months ago
By
OVJordie
answer 6
I place the upright flat on the floor and applied a lot of force thru my screwdriver . Sure enough it worked.
answered 7 months ago
By
Rolodice
answer 7
We had a hard time getting the screw in also...seems to long...sticks out
answered 7 months ago
By
Katherine60
answer 8
Put the screw in the first piece, then line it up to screw the pieces together.
answered 8 months ago
By
TamiRenae
answer 9
Maybe it isn't, although I have never had that problem. Are you sure it is put together correctly or is there something preventing a good seal?
answered 9 months ago
By
tlott
answer 10
You need a very thin and long screwdriver in order to push the screw far back enough into the handle to screw it in properly.
answered 10 months ago
By
HandyManT
answer 11
Hi Orangecrush, I'm sorry you are having trouble with the handle! Give us a call and we can assist you! 1-800-237-7691, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., or Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., ET.
answered 11 months ago
By
AskBISSELL
Question

what bags does it use

asked 1 year, 10 months ago
By
oteg032
on Bissell PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum With Febreze, 71Y7V
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
As shown on the Walmart website, it uses the Bissell Style 7 "premium allergen filtration" bags.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
PastorJFV
answer 2
As it shows on the Walmart website, it uses the Bissell Style 7 "premium allergen filtration" bags. Walmart sells them in boxes of three.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
PastorJFV
answer 3
#7 bags
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
KensieAnne
answer 4
# 7
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Ruthellyn
answer 5
Bissell # 7 bags. Here is a link to the Arm & Hammer ones I bought. It comes with one Febreeze bag.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Arm-Hammer-9-Pack-Odor-Eliminating-Vacuum-Bags-Bissell-7-153-Premium-Allergen/5799588
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
GoBrownsTD54
answer 6
This vacuum does use specific bags for the Bissell 7. I tried a different size, because I just happened to have them left over from years ago...but they wouldn't fit.
But the ones it DOES take aren't all that expensive. I found them at Walmart in the household area.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Txkitten71
answer 7
http://www.bissell.com/powerforce-vacuum/
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
yabadabado
answer 8
Bissell # 7 bags.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Needitsimple
answer 9
bissel style 7
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
aggie213
answer 10
style 7 I don't know this maybe a double post but my first one didn't show up yet .
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Buck53545
answer 11
Style 7 .
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Buck53545
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