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 BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is the best BISSELL cordless vacuum we've tested. This lightweight upright/handheld model is great for pet owners since it easily clears pet hair from bare surfaces as well as high and low-pile carpets. It can easily be switched into a handheld vacuum when you're cleaning stairs or your car, and it comes with a few tools and brushes, including an upholstery tool for cleaning fabric-covered furniture. It's also amazingly maneuverable, with a rotating head and a body handle that folds to help you clean under low couches or tables. Thanks to its bagless design and washable filters, it incurs virtually no recurring costs.
Unfortunately, it has a small dirt compartment that needs to be emptied frequently. Its battery performance is also not great, as it provides a maximum of roughly 20 minutes of continuous use, and it takes a really long time to recharge, about five hours. Its overall performance on bare floors is also disappointing since it really struggles to clear bulky debris like cereal. That said, if you're looking for something that can clean up pet hair, it's a very portable, versatile choice.
The best BISSELL vacuum for bare floors that we've tested is the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033. This corded upright/handheld vacuum has an impressive performance on bare surfaces like hardwood or linoleum, where it easily clears pet hair and debris like rice and cereal. You can switch it into a corded handheld vacuum, which is useful if you want to clean shelves or stairs, and it comes with a crevice tool for getting into tight corners. It has a simple design, with only a few parts that need regular maintenance, and because it uses a bagless design and washable filters, it incurs virtually no recurring costs.
Unfortunately, it has a very short power cord, so you may need to switch outlets a few times while cleaning a big room or staircase. Also, its performance drops sharply as its dirt compartment fills, especially when it comes to bulky material like cereal, so you may need to empty it more often. That said, it's a great option if you're looking for a straightforward, lightweight vacuum to keep your floors clean.
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.
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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.