The BISSELL PowerForce Helix 2191 is a corded upright vacuum. It has excellent performance on carpet and it's pretty decent on bare floors. For an upright vacuum, it's also quite lightweight, which makes it easier to carry to different rooms in your home. However, it doesn't have a rotating head, so it can be difficult to maneuver around tight spots, and its range is disappointingly short. It has a mediocre build quality, and it has a few parts that need ongoing maintenance. That being said, it has a half-handheld configuration that can help you get into crevices or hard-to-reach areas, which makes it a little more versatile overall.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is okay for bare floors. While it can pick up pet hair without a problem, it tends to push around small and large debris. Since it doesn't have a rotating head, it can also be difficult to maneuver around the room. It also has a plasticky build and several parts that need regular maintenance. On the upside, only its pre-motor filter needs to be replaced once every few months, depending on usage.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is good for low-pile carpet. It can pick up all pet hair and most small and large debris without a problem. However, it has disappointing maneuverability, and if you're cleaning a rug, you could lift and displace it just by rolling the vacuum over it. It also has a plasticky build, and there are a few parts that need to be maintained regularly. That being said, there's only one recurring cost, and the dirt compartment is a good size.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is good for high-pile carpet. It can pick up all pet hair, and while it struggles a bit with small and large debris, it still cleans up a good amount of it. It also has a mediocre build quality, and several parts need ongoing maintenance. Unfortunately, as it doesn't have a rotating head, it can be difficult to maneuver in tight areas.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is excellent for picking up pet hair, as it's able to easily clean it up on all surface types. However, it has a plasticky build quality and several parts need regular maintenance. It's also not very maneuverable, so if your dog or cat is in the way, it may be a bit of a hassle to swerve around them. On the upside, there's only one part that needs to be replaced over time.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is disappointing for stairs. While it's lightweight and it has a handle to make it easier to carry, it has a short range, which means you may have to swap electrical outlets to fully vacuum your stairs. If you're using it in its half-handheld configuration, there's a chance you could tip the vacuum over, and since it has a flimsy plastic build, you might crack the dirt compartment if it's dropped. That being said, if you take your time cleaning each step, it has great performance overall on any surface type.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is an upright vacuum and it isn't recommended for cleaning your car.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix has mediocre build quality. It's made of hard plastic, but it feels flimsy in a few places like its two wheels or brushroll plate. The dirt compartment also seems fragile and could break if dropped. You need to also attach the handle to the vacuum's body with two screws before you can use it, which isn't very convenient.
Unfortunately, the brushroll doesn't stop spinning when the vacuum is on, so if you want to have it in the upright position and the head isn't high enough, it may damage your floor. Luckily, there's a head adjustment dial on the vacuum head.
This vacuum is fairly easy to maintain.
You must air-dry any part that's washed with water for 24 hours before using it again.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix Bagless has one main recurring cost: its pre-motor filter. This part needs to be replaced every six to eight months, depending on your use and how often you clean it. The pre-motor filter also comes in a Febreze-scented variant. You can buy a replacement belt drive if it becomes damaged or breaks, which is nice.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix has decent storage capabilities. While it takes up a bit of space, you can store its tools directly on the vacuum's body.
The BISSELL 2191 has a good-sized dirt compartment. It's made of clear plastic and there's also a line to indicate when it's full, but it feels a little flimsy overall. Although it's advertised as holding up to 1L of debris, we measured 1.5L when it's filled with rice.
This vacuum has a disappointing range. While the power cord is fairly long, its hose is very short, even when stretched out.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix has great portability. It's lighter than the BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet and it has a carrying handle, which makes transporting it even easier.
This vacuum doesn't have a battery.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix has a couple of extra features to make cleaning a little easier. On the vacuum's bottom back, there's an on/off switch as well as a vacuum body/head release latch so you can place the head in a more convenient position. There's also a surface-type adjustment dial with five settings ranging from 'I' (which is best suited for bare floors and low pile carpet) to IIIII for high-pile carpet. You can easily adjust the dial if you're having a hard time pushing the vacuum.
Note that the brushroll keeps spinning, even when placed upright, and it may damage your floors if it's not raised.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix comes with a couple of extra tools to help you clean more effectively. The crevice tool is stored inside the extension wand and there's also a soft-bristle brush for cleaning more delicate objects like lampshades.
This vacuum can also be used in a half-held position with the wand and the soft crevice brush attached.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is decent on bare floors. It's able to pick up all pet hair and most small and large debris. However, since the vacuum's brushroll is always spinning, it can send debris in different directions, which means that it may take you a couple of extra passes to fully clean a mess.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is excellent on low-pile carpet. Just like its performance on bare floors, it can pick up all pet hair. It can pick up most small and large debris with relative ease.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is great on high-pile carpet. It easily picks up pet hair, and although it doesn't pick up as much small or large debris in comparison to its performance on low-pile carpet, it still picks up over half of this debris. That said, you can also adjust the vacuum's surface-type to better suit your carpet level, which may improve its high-pile performance, but your mileage may vary.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix 2191 has sub-par maneuverability. As it doesn't have a rotating head, you need to make larger motions to navigate around your space. It can be difficult to get underneath tables or chairs as its dirt compartment is bulky and can get in the way. While it's easier to clean furniture, if you're using the hose, the vacuum can tip over or its brushroll can catch on the carpet. Tassels also get stuck in the vacuum and if you have a rug, it can get sucked up and move around.
Note that the vacuum's brushroll continuously spins when upright. The head should be placed in a higher setting to avoid damaging your floor. Changing the head levels can be a little inconvenient as you need to crouch to reach the dial.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix 2191 is advertised as the updated and improved version of the BISSELL PowerForce Helix 1700. However, since the manufacturer hasn't publicly listed the updates to this version of the PowerForce Helix, we don't know if the 1700 variant performs differently from our test unit. If someone comes across another variant of this vacuum, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is a corded upright vacuum that can be used in a half-handheld configuration. While it doesn't perform as well overall as the upright Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum and it doesn't come with as many tools or brushes, it can deliver excellent performance on low as well as high-pile carpet.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is a better upright vacuum for carpets than the BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet. The PowerForce Helix has better performance on low as well as high-pile carpet, its lighter, and its dirt compartment is bigger. It's also easier to maintain and there are fewer recurring costs. However, the CleanView has significantly better performance on bare floors, and it comes with a couple more tools and brushes than the PowerForce.
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better overall upright vacuum than the BISSELL PowerForce Helix. The Dyson has a better performance on all surface types, it's significantly more maneuverable, it's easier to maintain, and it has virtually no recurring costs. It also has a longer range and it comes with more tools and brushes. However, the BISSELL is lighter and it has a slightly bigger dirt compartment.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is a better overall upright vacuum than the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus. The PowerForce has a larger dirt compartment, it's lighter, and it has better overall performance on bare floors as well as low-pile carpet. It's also easier to maintain and there are less recurring costs. However, the Pet Hair Eraser is better built, it comes with an upholstery tool as well as a turbo brush, and it's more maneuverable.
The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is a better upright vacuum for low and high-pile carpet than the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind. The BISSELL has significantly better performance on carpet, it's lighter, and it has a slightly bigger dirt compartment. However, the Hoover performs a bit better on bare floors, it's easier to maintain, and it has virtually no recurring costs. The Hoover also has automatic cord storage.
The Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine is a better upright vacuum than the BISSELL PowerForce Helix. The Miele is more effective at clearing all kinds of debris on bare and carpeted floors, much sturdier-feeling, easier to maintain, and offers greater maneuverability in tight spaces. It also comes with more specialized cleaning brushes. That said, the BISSELL is cheaper to maintain and much lighter in the hand.