Thread Number: 36221  /  Tag: Brand New Vacuum Cleaners
Bissell ANNA Vacuum.. Great in theory, but already discontinued
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Post# 388409   3/18/2018 at 05:33 (188 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

Hey guys,

Our talks on here sparked by the New Dyson V10 got me thinking of one of my prize collectibles, now unfortunately on its way to being made rare since Bissell discontinued them.. my Bissell ANNA Hybrid Cordless Vacuum. Even though Bissell stopped selling them, I added their direct link if anyone wants the specifics and details of this vacuum.

I Really LOVE this vacuum and find it cleans very well and enjoy that is it cordless if you want or if you so desire.. plug the cord into the side and itís a corded upright. It has a nice, convenient wrap around storage hook for the cord when not using it. The vacuum is a Lift-Off design for cleaning with the attachments. Itís very quiet and has very strong suction, suprisingly good suction. I love that all the tools are stored on board and the only one that is in an odd place, is the upholstery tool. Itís located under the body, so when you use it in Lift Off mode, itís easier to grab then. I think the most FUN feature is the touch controls, new when this vacuum was first introduced and a nice feature. Also, as far as Bagless vacuums go, this one is very easy to empty and maintain. It even has a design element where you cannot close the dirt bin if the HEPA filter is not installed. All together, I love this vacuum and just wish other manufacturers would get into Hybrid vacuums. I Loved the Miele S4812 Hybrid, but they too stopped manufacturing it. Anyone else think of a hybrid.. please post it and pictures if possible just for fun.

I bought it on a whim but then started to think how genius is this idea, but it needed some design tweaks. The major design frustration I have with this vacuum is that it has No carpet height adjustment, but instead a ďfloating headĒ type which will NOT work on heavy, plush carpeting.

But my thoughts are this, maybe Sir James Dyson should develope a full sized vacuum that is a Hybrid? With battery technology getting better and better BUT the always nagging question of what good is the vacuum when the batteries are depleted... this might make everyone happy. Just a random thought I had and I have always said since the Dyson V8.. I WISH this thing had a cord.

Ok, Iím adding a bunch of pics for fun.. if any of you have questions, please feel free to ask. If anyone wants to see anything specific, I will take pictures and post them. Since Bissell discontinued the ANNA, I bought a lot of extras for it, filters, parts, etc. now while they are still available. Thanks guys!


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Post# 388454 , Reply# 1   3/18/2018 at 19:48 (187 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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It was a rarity even when the ANNA was still being made. Years from now, yours could very well be one of a kind--and to top it off, it's spotless!

Does this vacuum use a cyclone of any kind, or is there a pleated filter behind the shroud?

Thanks for sharing!

P.S. I read somewhere that to prolong their life, lithium-ion batteries should be stored with about a 40% charge.

Post# 388476 , Reply# 2   3/18/2018 at 23:26 (187 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

Hi, thanks for the nice comments! I hope instead of a rare find, it becomes the original of one they release again with all the improvements. But if not, it will be kind of fun to have something so rare.

Iíd never heard about the 40% battery storage, but thanks for the info and Iíll look into it. Right now, I store it will a full charge, per the manufacturer instructions and you slide a switch (See pic 8) to ďstorageĒ in order to maintain the charge and to keep the battery in a non draining storage mode.

The Pleated HEPA filter is in the center of the shroud, I added more pics to show stuff I forgot to photograph in the previous set. The dirt and dust spins around as it enters the vacuum, but there are not cyclones. Iím very suprised at the effective filtering and the power of it even without cyclones. The first pic is with the HEPA filter removed and sitting at the other end of the shroud so you can see itís a long cylinderical chamber. It also suprised me now non of Kermitís hairs get to the HEPA filter pleats and they all stay inside the dirt bin.

I also added a pic (# 3) showing the flip up tab that prevents this vacuum from being used with the HEPA filter removed. And I took a picture showing it in Lift Off mode as well as how the hose stretches easily (pic 10) and similar to a Sebo Automatic X, the hose nests down inside the wand when not in use. Also the elbow where the hose attaches to the vacuum swivels 360 degrees for convenience. I am very impressed with this vacuum cleaner, the quality of its build is excellent, very sturdy, high quality materials. Even the back wheels are coated, similar to a Kirby to protect delicate floors. Everything that touches the floor for that matter is made well and of soft, non-marring material. The tools are high quality too, even though the dusting brush is synthetic instead of hair like Sebo & Miele, it is super soft. The one extension wand, Iím normally not a big fan of vs. two wands.. but this one is easy to use, very long when extended and Locks firmly into any position you choose with a twist.

Also, a funny note.. Bissell took an idea from Dyson in that everything on the vacuum that causes an action or is a switch to change or clean something is in the neon Yellow/Green color... the HEPA filter has the three rings shown in the pictures (# 4 & 5), you stick your fingers in those holes and twist, that causes the filter pleats to vibrate/shake the dirt out of the pleats from the inside out. Also the pedal (pic 13) that is for Lift Off is the same color to stop confusion as to which reclines the vacuum and which is Lift Off. The Switch that you slide from Standby to Storage is also that color.

The picture (# 17) showing the hose against the palm of my hand is to show the very strong suction on itís lowest setting, in battery mode. I can wiggle my hand around and the suction keeps the hose firmly against my hand. Sorry, I donít have any of the testing equipment for air watts, water lift, etc.

Thanks to everybody for all the views.. I hope for more questions too as I love ďtalking vacuumsĒ and itís fun to hear others viewpoints and ideas. Thank you!

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Post# 388484 , Reply# 3   3/19/2018 at 01:13 (187 days old) by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Oh yeeaahhh. I completely forgot about the Bissell ANNA, they were first introduced in I think 2011 or 2012, not sure when they discontinued them, but Iíve NEVER seen this model like that before!

Post# 388502 , Reply# 4   3/19/2018 at 09:46 (187 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

Hi Gabriel,

They were available for purchase on the USA Bissell website until January 2018. Then the next time I was looking around, it was labeled ďdiscontinuedĒ but I think you can find NIB at Amazon still, but the prices are going up.

Thanks for the nice comment! Have a great day!

Post# 388506 , Reply# 5   3/19/2018 at 11:42 (187 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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I thought looked neat, but it was too expensive and it is bagless. Besides, I strongly dislike complicated electronics on board. Those things have capacitors that blow open after a couple of years of use. Give me my metal vacuums! The only Bissell I would consider buying would be the bagged PowerForce.

Post# 388524 , Reply# 6   3/19/2018 at 14:25 (187 days old) by myles_v (Fredericksburg, VA)        

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I've seen the Anna on Amazon before and had a hard time finding much info about it. Would you be able to make a video of it for Youtube? I can't even locate it on Amazon anymore, but the last time I saw it the price was over $500 and that's a lot more than I'm willing to spend on a Bissell with such little info available.

Post# 388558 , Reply# 7   3/19/2018 at 23:57 (186 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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This vacuum was named after Anna Sutherland Bissell, president and later chair of the board of the Bissell Corporation. She died in 1934. It looks like this vacuum (Model 1422?) was released in 2014 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of her death.

PS: From the side, this vacuum looks like the Mr. Fusion (aka Krups Coffina 223A) from Back To The Future Part II.

Post# 388581 , Reply# 8   3/20/2018 at 10:13 (186 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

Hi Myles,

Iíve tried to make videos before and gave up. I donít have to patience or the proper equipment to make videos and really just take pictures for my own inventory purposes to keep track of all my vacuums. The only problem is, I have missed taking pictures of a lot of my vacuums, so one day hopefully soon I will get all the vacuums that are carefully packed away out.. and take more pictures.

So, sorry I canít help you with a video and I couldnít find any on YouTube either... I didnít realize how rare this Bissell is or just how little they advertised it. Also, I found out that Amazon has sold out of the Anna and will not be getting anymore for sale. I looked online and could only source a few places to buy it and they both looked suspect. I guess, sadly sheís Off the market for good now. If I ever find someone who does have the equipment and knowledge to take great videos, I will do it. I have quite a few special vacuums I want to make videos of and will keep this in mind. Thanks.

Hey @huskyvacs .. Thanks for the pic, very cool. Yes, this vacuum came with a booklet that was full of information regarding the Annaís namesake Anna Sutherland Bissell. If was very interesting but itís a shame that Bissell didnít do a lot more advertising and spend some time trying to promote this great vacuum. I understand a lot of people would find it too heavy these days, or just in general find things they donít like about the Anna, but I think it could have been a much bigger hit and had higher sales if they had just promoted it. Heck, I LOVE vacuums so much Iím practically online every day trying to find new vacuums and unique things.. but I never saw the Anna until about 2 years ago. That is another reason I love this site, as I find you guys post whenever you see new vacuums and it helps.


Post# 388595 , Reply# 9   3/20/2018 at 14:10 (186 days old) by myles_v (Fredericksburg, VA)        

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I completely understand, thanks!

Post# 398420 , Reply# 10   9/18/2018 at 14:33 by myles_v (Fredericksburg, VA)        

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So I found a brand new Bissell Anna on eBay for under $200. Now you and I both have them! I'm quite impressed with the machine actually, I'd love to use it more frequently but I want to keep mine spotless just as yours is.

Post# 398428 , Reply# 11   9/18/2018 at 15:47 by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

Hey Myles!

Congratulations on your new Bissell ANNA purchase! Iím happy you shared your great find and itís so great you found a new one to buy!

I don't use mine for cleaning anymore as I want to preserve itís new, clean condition. I do however bring it out often and admire it. Lol I also turn it on and run it for a while every 2 or 3 months so the battery gets discharged and charged. Itís amazing though because, before I was running it every few months, I found it never lost a bit of its charge, no matter how long it was stored.

Thanks for sharing and Iíd Love to see you post your pictures too. Maybe you could share some pictures of the bin with dirt and dust in it as mine was never used long enough to see what it could pick up. Also Iím curious to see how long you can vacuum before the pleated filter needs cleaning. If you can and want to share, that would be great. Regardless, congrats on your Bissell Anna!


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