One of the cool things about working at Mum Central is getting our hands on all the latest products.
We’ve reviewed sensational sound systems, underwear, shapewear and activewear, boxes of delicious flavoured popcorn and even ALDI’s pinot noir. Y’know all the important stuff for mums.
But you know what else is, sadly, really important to many mums? Cleaning products. So we’ve done our fair share of those reviews too.
Last year we reviewed the BISSELL Bolt Ion cordless vacuum … and that’s when everyone learnt just how much I hate vacuuming. Of course, having a super-cool unit took the edge off the sheer dreariness of it all. Although not completely.
But the universe seems hell-bent on curing me of my complete contempt of housework by sending me the latest in fandangled cleaning apparatus.
Hello BISSELL Bolt Ion Lift-Off!
So this unit looks the business. I hate to say it but… I actually WANTED to give it a go. So I made myself a coffee and took a break until the feeling passed and then called my husband Mark inside.
“Look what I just got” I announced with a sweeping gesture I learnt from years of watching Wheel of Fortune. And I let the cha cha lime* do its magic.
Marriage TIP: having high-tech gadgets in the household will almost guarantee chore buy-in by the spouse.
“Is this the same as the other vacuum cleaner? It looks different. Better.” he says. And I knew I had him.
He’s sort of right. Except it’s not so much better as just different.
BOLT ION LIFT-OFF combines the best of a powerful, upright vacuum and a lightweight, portable cordless vacuum. It’s the detachable canister which sets this unit apart from the rest though. The Lift-Off® Technology™, makes it super easy to clean stairs, furniture, cars and never touched hard-to-reach areas.
And to prove both my points [ie my marriage tip and the hard to reach places] Mark IMMEDIATELY set to work.
“This will be perfect on the stairs!” He says, quickly working out how to detach the barrel from the unit and attaching the brush accessory. We’ve got gorgeous dark timber trimmings throughout the house and dusting the stairs is a nightmare. But look at hubby go!
After he did the WHOLE staircase [swoon!] he started thinking about where else he could use
his our new gadget. I know you know where we’re heading… the car.
I regret now, not recording him vacuuming the car because his enthusiasm was hilarious. “How good is this hon? Look how easily I can reach the corners! And the suction is really good. This is awesome.”
- Lithium-Ion Battery delivers up to 45 minutes run time from a single charge
- Lift Off® Canister – get to stairs, corners or even your car with ease
- Multi-Surface cleaning – brush and power controls
- Includes swivel steering for easy navigation around furniture
- Super quick 2 hr battery charge
- Light weight – only 5kg
- Quick release hose and wand
- Dual cyclone technology
- Washable pre-motor filter
- Removable battery with separate charger
Swivel steering makes quick cleanups [my favourite kind] so easy with amazing navigation around furniture and in tight corners. But even though quick cleanups are a necessary evil of family life, so too are high traffic areas requiring more than a ‘run-over’. We have a tiled family space which this unit makes light work of but we also have two boys who live life hard in the carpeted areas. The Power Mode switch easily took the unit from a light cleaner to a high-powered vacuum cleaner which left my carpets and rugs pretty-much spotless. The PowerBrush really helps to pick up all the debris and watching it whirl around in the dirt container is sadly satisfying.
It has the same incredibly convenient flat-drop position that we loved in the BISSELL Bolt Ion cordless vacuum so we can get right under furniture with ease and it’s slim profile means easy and compact storage in the broom cupboard. #win
I also love how light it is. I’m sure this contributes to the manoeuvrability but it also means taking it up the stairs is not a cumbersome proposition.
The battery life of up to 45 minutes is really impressive. We’ve only charged it once so far and have done a stack of sucking in between. The quick-release hose and wand offer extendable cleaning without the hassle. Emptying it is a breeze too!
*model pictured is in ‘cha cha lime’
In the time that I’ve had it at home, I’ve hardly used it myself. Mark has put it through its paces and my boys have vacuumed the floors at least twice each over the weekend. Those results are just insane right?
The Bissell Bolt Ion Lift Off is RRP $499 and is available at selected Harvey Norman, Joyce Mayne, Domayne and selected Betta Electrical stores
They’ve certainly earned themselves our Mum’s Choice Thumbs Up Award!
Thanks to our friends at BISSELL, one lucky reader will get their hands on their very own BISSELL Bolt Ion Lift Off, RRP $499.
Simply complete the entry form below, comment on the blog as per the instructions and you’re in the running to win!