The idea sounds good and my husband bought it because he didn't want me tripping on a cord. (I have never tripped on my corded vac!) When I finish using my old vac I can either empty the dust holder right away or empty it later. With the CrossWave, I had to empty and clean it right away because 2 days later it stinks. Think of wet matted rug fibers! Yuk. So my usual way of Swiffing, or using a dry mop or broom depending on the floor, was quick and easy. Mopping was spritzing a floor with the appropriate cleanser for wood or tile, and mopping up with a Swiffer or occasionally going full monty with a wet O-Cedar mop. Either way was much quicker than cleaning out the CrossWave. Even with the much-touted "self-cleaning roller, I still had to take it apart, clean, and allow it to dry so it wouldn't smell. Then I had to clean out the dirt caught in the cover, mop up the dirty water in the charging tray, empty the clean water container, strain the fibers out of the dirty water container, clean everything, put it all back together (not that easy), and get down on the floor to clean out the suction crevices. Not worth it. It takes more time to clean it and reassemble than how I usually clean!
My daughter bought one too and it won't vac her Berber carpet nor work on tracks around the cat's litter box. The Bissell CrossWave reminds me of the old Rainbow wet vac which earned the nickname "the mud machine." Same problems: mixing floor dirt with water!
I really wanted to love this because my husband was thoughtful in buying it for me, but after two weeks, it's going back! You can get a hint of this by sweeping all the dirt in your house into a pile, pour a cup of water over it, and stir. Now get your vac and suck it up. Then take apart your vac and clean out the dust cup, hoses, brushes, filters, dry thoroughly, and forget about those "quick vac & mop" reviews! It's a "Mud Machine."
Length of Use: Less than 3 months
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend