For over 125 years, Bissell has been in the floor cleaning business. In the mid-1800s, Anna and Melville Bissell owned a small crockery shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When Anna would clean up at the end of the day, she became frustrated with sawdust particles that clung to the carpet fibers. Anna, tired of trying to sweep the carpet and failing to clean it, brought her problem to Melville, who had a knack for mechanics. Melville designed and constructed a carpet sweeper machine that he hoped would solve Anna's problem.

Word soon spread around town of the success of the machine and people began showing up at the crockery shop to buy one for themselves. In 1876, the Bissell carpet sweeper was patented and business boomed. By 1883 the first manufacturing plant was opened to keep up with the demand. When Melville died in 1889 Anna took over and became America's first female corporate CEO. Under her direction, the company began to expand its product line and spread to different parts of the globe. The carpet shampoo and cleaner was introduced in the 1950s, and smaller, more lightweight versions of all vacuum lines were eventually produced.

Bissell's product line now includes steam cleaners, canister vacuums, upright vacuums, bare floor vacuums and steam cleaners for hardwood floors. These vacuums have a variety of features including different filtration systems (HEPA filters or a three stage filtration system), bagless or bagged, specific tools for dealing with pet hairs, uprights with detachable canister vacuums, rechargeable stick vacuums, stick vacuums designed specifically for children, and on and on and on. With the extensive product line Bissell offers, there is a vacuum to meet everyone's needs.

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