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Bissell 1132A Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop

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  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 27.9 x 118.1 cm ; 4.6 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 7 Kg
  • Item model number: 1132A
  • ASIN: B00KR5UJN6
  • Date first available at July 10 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,086 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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BISSELL Symphony All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop

Now you can enjoy a complete hard floor clean in one easy step. The BISSELL Symphony All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop is the only cleaner that can vacuum and steam at the same time. You get a clean, sanitized* hard floor without using a mop and bucket or harsh chemicals—all you need is water. Easy Touch Digital Controls let you switch between functions while cleaning so you can vacuum and steam at the same time or separately to match the right clean to the right situation. When you’re done, an adjustable handle and Quick-Release Mop Pad Tray make it easy to store and get back to enjoying that fresh, barefoot-ready clean you and your family love.

Why should I use steam to clean floors?

BISSELL hard floor steam cleaners clean and sanitize* your floors without the use of harsh chemicals. Our steam mops can be ready to go in as little as 30 seconds, giving you a convenient way to handle everyday messes while killing many invisible germs and bacteria in only 15 seconds of continuous contact. It’s a natural way to clean your hard floors without leaving sticky residue, dirty water, or streaking.

How can it vacuum and steam at the same time?

It's all thanks to an innovative design that utilizes a powerful cyclonic action vacuum to pick up small to large, dry debris off the floor before it comes into contact with our specially designed steam foot. Steam then cuts through grease and grime to clean sticky, stuck-on messes. It wasn't easy, but that's why it's the only product on the market that can vacuum and steam at the same time.

*When used as directed, results may vary. Tested under controlled lab conditions.

Complete Clean

Easily clean your hard floors with the only product to vacuum and steam at the same time, in one easy motion.

Sanitize* Naturally

Get those squeaky-clean floors you trust without using harsh chemicals. With just water, you can steam clean sticky messes while safely sanitizing* your floors.

*When used as directed, results may vary. Tested under controlled lab conditions.

Cyclonic Action Vacuum

Easily pick up fine and large debris with powerful Cyclonic Action that leaves your floors barefoot-clean.


Save time, money, and effort with the Symphony All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop. And say goodbye to your dirty, old mop and broom.

Microfiber Mop Pads With Microban Product Protection

Power through tough spots with two Microban mop pads to choose from—one soft, one for scrubbing. Microfiber mop pads are infused with Microban antimicrobial protection to help fight odor-causing bacteria.

Included/in the box

1 Symphony All in One Vacuum and Steam Mop; 2 Microfiber mop pads (1 soft, 1 scrubby); 1 Water cup

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Very impressed with this compact vaccum and steamer...never rhought that rhe vaccum would be that powerful and love the idea of saving time with the combination of both
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stephen Bowen on Sept. 7 2014
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205 of 214 people found the following review helpful
Fire Meets Water: This Lukewarm Duet Creates More Work For Me July 24 2014
By S. L. Smith - Published on
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An electric steam mop that vacuums at the same time it ejects a sanitizing spray of steam? Now THAT is a time-saving, resource-sparing, "water-and-electricity-don't-mix"-defying bit of engineering brilliance.

But after a month of using the Bissell 1132A Symphony All-In-One Vacuum and Steam Mop, I am sad to report I am disappointed in its features, operation, and performance. It does have some good points, but they are outweighed by negatives - the largest being that it neither vacuums nor steam-cleans reliably. In fact, each use of the Bissell Symphony created more work for me in that I had to 1) scrub by hand and wipe up the areas where dirt remained and 2) I had to get out my vacuum cleaner to do a proper vacuuming.

~~~ Please note: Some folks are stating that the operating instructions appear on the side of the stick. I believe this is not accurate. The label clearly states "First Time Steam Set-up", implying these are priming instructions for first-use only. This label says it will take 60 seconds to make steam. The instruction booklet states subsequent uses will need only 30 seconds to raise the water to steam temperatures. Definitely read the entire instruction booklet prior to using any features for the first time. ~~~

The Good:

1-step assembly plus 1-page Quick-Start Instructions means the Bissell 1132A is ready for use in 2 minutes. (It takes about 60 seconds for the steam to be generated the very first time.)

Bissell provides 4 mop pads: 2 identical soft pads and 2 identical grey and white striped scrubber pads. Having extras is great for when you want to use the machine, but you've still got pads in the washer, dryer, or dirty limbo. Nice touch: there's a little pocket inside them to hold a Fragrance Disc.

Long cord (at least 23 feet), lightweight, easy to store (removable pad tray, collapsible handle)

Visible water reservoir (on rear of stick) plus a knocking sound lets you know when tank needs to be refilled.

13 ounces of distilled water allows for about 15 minutes of steaming. This was sufficient for me to steam-clean my kitchen's ceramic tile floor area of 15x9.5 feet. (But insufficient time if real dirt was encountered. Please see details below in The Not-So-Good section.)

The Neutral:

Not effective on unsealed grout. But then, the Bissell is not advertised for this purpose; I was just very hopeful I would see SOME improvement.

Distilled water is recommended over tap water. This is common, and based on past experiences using tap water, I strongly advise using only distilled water - ever. Even one application of tap water can create build-up, causing you more work and possibly setting the machine up for failure. (About distilled water ... Make sure you buy distilled water and not something like mineral water. Distilled water is not the same as boiled tap water; it's the condensed steam created from boiling water. Distilled water is not the same as the common bottled water drinking beverage. The container has to say distilled on it. If you have trouble finding it in your supermarket, try the drug store.)

No cleansers allowed. At all. (Including descaler solutions, which is relevant in the event that a user chose tap water over distilled.)

No on/off switch; the device is turned on and off via plugging in and unplugging the cord. Some of us get alarmed when a machine turns on as soon as we plug it in, even when we are prepared for it.

The Not-So-Good:

It's finicky and fickle regarding what dirt it chooses to either vacuum up, catch on the pad, or completely disregard. In most cases, it would move the dirt around some, but not actually REmove it. Wet dirt (such as dust or lint) would not adhere to the mop. Both wet and dry loose dirt (teeny pebbles from shoes, loose dried cat food bits, cardboard bunnies from the cat scratcher) often would not get sucked up with the vacuum option. And too much dried-on dirt remained immovable.

Mop tray pops off by itself too easily during active operation. This is not just annoying. It is dangerous, possibly exposing a user to a steam situation. (Instructions are quite clear on safety, but I don't think the manufacturer foresaw this inadvertent scenario.) Ironically, and un-ergonomically, the mop tray has a foot symbol on it to remind you to use your foot to detach the mop tray from the base. This is unfortunately located right where the lever tends to be on many vacuum cleaners to tilt back the vacuum head. I imagine lots of users (myself included) will accidentally remove the mop head this way while the machine is running.

Water tank cover does not open easily; on my model, I have to pry open the top while pressing both side releases.

No secure engagement/disengagement of steam trigger. Often it won't work the first 6 or 7 times I try, even though the steam indicator showed ready. (And I was doing as the instructions require, which is "select a steam setting first and then hold down the hand trigger to produce steam.") Eventually it works, but then I find that the placement of the mechanism allows for frequent unintentional engagement of steam when I actually do not want it.

Steam temperature seems to dissipate quite quickly, nearly instantly, in the steam-only modes. Immediately after seeing and hearing the steam come out, I would bend down and touch the wet surface. It was barely tepid, and not hot by any means. I have to say - and I admit I did no technical lab work on this - it makes me question how truly sanitized the surface can be.

Steam temperature drops during vacuuming mode. But unlike the previous issue, the water was actually COLD. (Room temperature was about 73 degrees F. with no breeze.)


Clean up after your clean-up. Don't leave a dirty, wet mop on it. (It will create mildew and odors.) Don't store it with water in the reservoir. (It can spill as you carry the stick around your house or lay it down somewhere.)

After each use, remove BOTH the foot (the flat base that the stick sticks into and the mop tray attaches to) and the mop tray. They will both be wet from any steam-cleaning. Dry each with a paper towel so moisture does not stay in the machine to mildew. (I was surprised how much water I almost elected to store blindly in my utility closet.)

Protect your sink drains and washing machine by lightly pre-cleaning the dirty mops before machine washing them. Shake off the loose bits outdoors and run the mop under hot running water (with a drain sieve in place). Please note that Bissell recommends only air-drying of the machine-washed mops.

Bottom Line:

The Bissell 1132A Symphony may be ok as a wet delivery system (of water only) IF floors are already vacuumed and all stains and dirt have been pre-removed. Even then, the apparent temperature of the moisture residue makes me question whether the millisecond of steam effectively sanitizes the surfaces.

Even under the (rare) best operating conditions, I still found myself regularly bending down to scrape at dirt or pick up debris.

On whole, this two-in-one machine created three times the amount of work for me by requiring me to wash up AND vacuum up after I just washed and vacuumed.
74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Works Great June 7 2014
By Stephen - Published on
I now have mostly hard floors (wood/tile) and needed a better way to keep them clean. I like to walk around bare foot, and can not stand the feeling of a dirty floor under my feet. The Bissell Symphony works great. It is easy to use, plus the time savings of being able to mop and vacuum at the same time. It heats up quickly and adding water is easy. I have yet to spill while adding water. The micro fiber pads are machine washable, so cleanup is a snap. Overall, one of the better purchases I have made.
72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Almost Dry Steam Mop July 27 2014
By Hanna.w. - Published on
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This is a superb tool for steam mopping in pet households. Even after vacuuming, there are always hairballs wafting about that gunk up the bottom pad of steam mops I've previously used and/or get dragged around after being wetted. On the Bissell 1132A, I kept the vacuum running during the entire time I steam cleaned my kitchen floor, and there were no globs of wet hair on the floor pad after I finished - just regular dirt.

Even if you plan on using the vacuum + steam cleaning at the same time, I would highly recommend vacuuming alone before doing so if your floors are noticeably in need of it. The reason is because once the mop pad is attached, the vacuum head is ever so slightly raised up so the suction power is less. You get a better & faster cleaning if you vacuum without the mop pad first. It takes too many passes and too much time to try to get it to pick up everything with the vacuum while steam mopping. It's really only good to pick up minor leftovers with the vacuum if you're using it while steaming. Without the mop pad on, the vacuum power is sufficient to pick up most things from a hardwood floor. I had no problem picking up the majority of cat litter and kibble on my kitchen floor. What little litter was leftover got picked up on the second pass of the vacuum when I did the vacuum & steam combination. This product still saves space/time for me with the preliminary vacuuming because I'm using the same product to vacuum and steam mop and don't have to pull out a second item from the closet.

This was the driest steam mop I have ever used. I had no problem walking behind it right onto the area I just cleaned. It took only about a minute to air dry. I was concerned at first seeing so little water on the floor thinking no steam was coming out, but water was disappearing at a fast enough rate from the reservoir to convince me it was indeed producing steam and it was simply hot enough that it stayed steam and evaporated into the air instead of sitting on my floor. Love that I can keep this sitting on a dirty spot for 5-6 seconds to let the steam really get in, and it doesn't leave the spot on the floor a wet mess. Because there's less water on the floor from the steam, it may take a few more passes to get everything clean compared to other mops, but I prefer to take a little longer than to have all that water left on the floor.

One thing to keep in mind with this vacuum/steamer combo, since there is the vacuum suction area that can't be covered by the mop pad to allow both things to work, the edges of your floor won't be steam cleaned since only the vacuum part can reach there. You may be able to work around steam cleaning some of the edges of your room if you turn the vacuum a certain way, but there will always be a corner somewhere you can't reach with the steam mop portion. I needed to get down with paper towels and cleaning spray to get the last few crevices after using this device.

I did notice the vacuum stops working when the unit gets really warm. I had it running the full time I did my kitchen and turned it off briefly to do a spot with steam only. I tried to turn the vacuum back on, but it didn't work. I noticed the unit felt warm, probably from running the steam non-stop for about 15 minutes. I had to unplug the unit and let it cool down before the vacuum would start working again.
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Saves me so much time cleaning my hardwood, tile, and stained concrete July 31 2014
By Rebekah - Published on
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I have hardwood, tile, and stained concrete floors. I have been waiting for a tool like this! I was spending over an hour when I would do all the hard floors in my home vacuuming or sweeping, dust mopping to get residual dust that settles around the edges, and then steam mopping. Sometimes, I would skip the steam mopping because after half an hour of vacuuming and dust mopping, I was often too busy to keep working on the floor.

When the Bissell Symphony arrived, I was skeptical. I have tried combo tools before, and not been impressed. After unpacking and learning how to set this up, I started my usual routine cleaning. After just one room, I was so excited as I realized this was saving me so much time while giving me great results!

It takes me half as much time as before, because this tool does all three jobs at one time. The vacuum is very effective, although hair tends to get picked up by the microfiber cloth rather than the suction, along with the dust. I have been using the BISSELL Powerfresh Steam Mop, White, 1940, which I loved, and the steam mop part of the Symphony is very similar.

I really like that I don't have to remove the Symphony water tank to fill it. However, the opening for filling this is tough to get open for me, and I'm hoping it becomes easier to use as it gets used over time.

The steam is ready to use quickly, and I find that the low setting is plenty for low traffic areas. I switch to high steam for the kitchen and bathroom floors.

It's also easy to remove and empty the vacuum canister.

The cord is long enough for me to only have to move it three times for doing my whole house, which is the same as my vacuum.

The entire unit is not lightweight compared to a steam mop, but it is lighter than a vacuum. I like a heavier steam mop, because it seems the weight helps it to clean with less pushing on my part.

The only drawback is I do still have to pull out my regular vacuum for getting baseboards and other such details, as well as the carpeted bedrooms. But this is fine with me, because my floors look great and I've saved so much time using the Symphony!

UPDATE 9/9/2014: I have been using this for two months now, and it's still working great! I wanted to note that I have been using ONLY distilled water. A gallon of it is around $1 at the grocery, so it is not a sacrifice to keep the internal workings clear by using it, as the manufacturer recommends.

Also, I wanted to mention that my kids used to gripe about having to steam mop with the PowerFresh, because it was usually after having to sweep/vacuum (usually in their bathroom or the kitchen). But ever since we got the Symphony, they no longer get frustrated when they are assigned this chore, and I'm convinced it's because they are not having to spend as much time on the job.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Reviews Are Not Accurate Sept. 5 2014
By Amazon-MT - Published on
Buyer beware - the wonderful reviews are not entirely accurate. The machine worked great at first when purchased it three months ago. Then the steam began to weaken. All the trouble shooting steps were done as indicated on Bissell's website. When I contacted customer service, I was told they could do nothing and I would have to pay and take it to a service center. There are also problems with the foot base not clicking into place (this was tested by several people). Unfortunately, I purchased an expensive steam(less) mop based on the "wonderful" reviews.