Bissell Bare Floor Vacuum and Stay Furniture Grippers: Do They Work?

Published: Dec. 9, 2008 at 5:54 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 10, 2008 at 5:51 PM CST
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Bissell Bare Floor Vacuum and Stay Furniture Grippers: Do They Work?
By: Lauren Keith

Tis' the season for company samples!  This time of year, companies randomly send me their products (and many other consumer reporters) hoping to get a little air time and free publicity this holiday shopping season.  I usually resist, but since Heartland News viewers requested these products, I will try them before you buy it.  So, we have a "2 for 1" Does it Work Wednesday test this week.
Let's start first with a stay-at-home mom's online product, Stay Furniture Grippers..Holly Aguire claims every other similar product she's bought in stores does not work like her version.  So, let's see.  I definitely have a set of couches that slide each time anyone stands up.  I'm constantly moving them back into place.  Let's place the Stay Furniture Grippers under each leg.
Don't forget to place the ridged side up.  Ok, time to give a good shove and see if this love seat really stays.  Trust me, I'm throwin' my weight into it....and it's not budging!  Next, I kick back and recline....still no movement. and...
"Here goes nothing!" I say, as I run and jump onto my couch.
Wow---now that's the only time I'll jump on my furniture, but these grippers really did keep the couch in place!

I say thumbs up to the $10 Stay Furniture Grippers. They stay put with an 'A'. You can buy them online at  Keep in mind they vary in price, and I understand you'll pay an additional two to five dollars for shipping and handling.  Again, similar products are sold in stores but the ones I tested are Stay Furniture Grippers.  

Now, let's take a look at our next product sample that might just also make that holiday cleaning a little easier before the holiday guests arrive.
Basically, this is a vacuum for your hardwood, tile and laminate surfaces.  It's called the Bissel Versus Bare Floor Vacuum.  Bissell says the vacuum's V-shape technology makes it easier to slide under furniture and around corners.  What's best...if it more broom, no more dustpan!  Now, that is tempting...
Let's start with the basics.  First, I use my mini sweep and dustpan to pick up the glitter and pine needles after trimming my Christmas tree.  That's not hard, and I got up all the gunk.
Next, I flip the switch on the Bissell Versus and try to sweep up the next pile.  It really does go under the recliner and around the corners of the couch, but when I clean up the sawdust from where my husband drilled a hole to hang our wall décor, the nearby vent causes some suction issues.  It's picking up, but I find it's still faster to grab a dustpan.
Still, I'm impressed with how much dust and debris this $80 dollar vacuum picks up.  Aside from bare floors like tile and hardwood, Bissell also promises the Versus cleans low-pile area rugs.  I find it does, but I wouldn't try it on regular carpet.  This vacuum definitely likes the smooth surfaces best.

So far, I'm impressed, although I will say it's a bit top-heavy, and I sometimes used both hands to maneuver the swivel motion it's designed to do.

Next, let's try it on tile in the bathroom.  As hard as it was, I did not clean the floors here either just for this test, so please focus on how easily this vacuum zooms around the toilet instead.
It has no problem sucking up my brunette locks.  Now that's much easier than sweeping with a broom!  I also love the nozzle for sucking up dirt in the tile grout, and you can see the dirt bin is getting full.
Overall, I'd say there are some jobs where you'll still want the dustpan for, but overall, this would be a time saver.  My floors are ready for mopping, and I didn't have to get down on my hands and knees much to sweep anything into a dustpan.  I give the $80 Bissell Versus Bare Floor Vacuum a good grade 'B' on this Does it Work test.  You can buy this online and also in most Target, Kohl's and Sears stores.