BISSELL is an American manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and floor care appliances. They offer a diverse selection of vacuum cleaners, ranging from compact handheld cordless vacuums to bulky corded uprights and everything in between. Most of their offerings are somewhat budget-friendly and use bagless designs, meaning that recurring costs tend to be pretty low. That said, quite a few of their more compact offerings struggle with clearing bulky debris while their bigger corded uprights generally feel somewhat cheap.
The best cordless BISSELL vacuum that we've tested is the BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet. This unusually designed upright model can be quickly reconfigured into a handheld to let you clean spots like countertops or the inside of your car. It comes with a crevice tool to get into small, closed-off areas as well as an upholstery cleaner to remove debris from furniture. Its rotating head and lightweight construction make it highly maneuverable, even in tight spots. It has a fairly simple bagless design that incurs practically no recurring costs. It's a fantastic option for pet owners since it does a remarkable job of sucking up pet hair on everything from bare floors to high-pile carpet.
Unfortunately, it has a short maximum battery life of just under 20 minutes, which may not be enough to finish cleaning large rooms. Worse still, it takes roughly five hours to recharge. It also struggles quite a bit with clearing bulky debris, which can get stuck at the narrow entry to its dirt compartment, and fine debris like baking soda on carpeted surfaces. Overall, if you're a pet owner looking for a lightweight upright vacuum, this is a good option.
The best BISSELL vacuum for bare floors that we've tested is the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033. This corded upright/handheld is very lightweight and is easily maneuvered in tight spaces. Its simple design can be easily disassembled for routine maintenance or reconfigured into a handheld to deal with messes on countertops, furniture, or inside your car. Since it doesn't use a dirtbag and has washable, reusable filters, you shouldn't need to replace any of its components over time, keeping recurring costs to an absolute minimum. It delivers great overall performance on surfaces like linoleum or hardwood, where it can easily clear pet hair as well as debris like rice and cereal.
Unfortunately, suction performance can drop dramatically as its dirt compartment fills up, particularly when trying to deal with bulkier material. It also has a very short power cord, which means that you may have to switch outlets when cleaning a larger room. Still, it's a good option if you're looking for a basic vacuum and don't mind a lack of extra features.
The best BISSELL vacuum that we've tested for carpets is the BISSELL PowerForce Helix. This corded upright delivers excellent cleaning performance on low-pile carpet and does a great job of clearing debris from shag carpeting. Suction performance remains consistent as its relatively spacious dirt compartment fills up, which is handy if you have several large messes to deal with. Despite its bulky upright appearance, it's actually quite lightweight and features a built-in carrying handle to make it easier to carry from room to room. You can detach its wand from its body and use it in a semi-handheld configuration in conjunction with its soft bristle brush to clean shelves or use its crevice tool to tackle messes in tight areas.
However, due to its short hose, you may have trouble cleaning hard-to-reach spots while using it in its semi-handheld configuration. Its all-plastic construction also feels somewhat flimsy, and its dirt compartment and head wheels feel especially cheap. Otherwise, its impressive performance and budget-friendly price make it one of the best vacuums for carpets that we've tested.
BISSELL vacuums usually fall into a budget-friendly price range, though you may be sacrificing some measure of cleaning performance, build quality, or quality of life features in exchange for that affordability. They tend to perform worse on all surface types than Shark vacuums and struggle more with clearing large debris than most Eureka vacuums, though they tend to be similarly affordable.
BISSELL builds a wide variety of vacuums to suit different needs, ranging from cordless handheld vacuums for spot cleaning countertops and furniture to bulky corded upright vacuums that can be used to clean large carpeted areas. The manufacturer's offerings tend to be affordably priced and use bagless designs that keep recurring costs down. Unfortunately, they aren't usually the best choice for all-out cleaning performance and oftentimes feel cheaply-made.