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BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Aug 10, 2020 at 08:48 am
BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet Picture
6.0
Bare Floor
7.3
Low-Pile Carpet
6.5
High-Pile Carpet
9.0
Pets
8.7
Stairs
8.0
Cars
Vacuum Type
Upright/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is a uniquely designed hybrid upright/handheld vacuum. Its center motor can be used as a lightweight handheld vacuum for difficult-to-reach places or, when attached to its upright vacuum body, it can be used to clean up floors and furniture around the house. It also has a cordless design, which gives it an unlimited range and it's because it's lightweight, it's highly maneuverable. However, you're really limited by its short battery life and lengthy recharge time. Its ability to pick up small and large debris, especially on high-pile carpet, also leaves something to be desired. That being said, this vacuum is able to easily pick up pet hair, which makes it a suitable choice for those with shedding pets.

Our Verdict

6.0 Bare Floor

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is mediocre for bare floors. While it's able to pick up pet hair without an issue, it struggles a bit to capture small debris. It also has significant difficulty picking up large debris like cereal, as its head may not be high enough to let this size of debris in. Large debris can also get stuck within the vacuum's tunnel just before the dirt compartment. It also has a plasticky build but at least it's fairly easy to maintain, and there are virtually no recurring costs to worry about.

Pros
  • Easily cleans pet hair on all surface types.
  • Handheld configuration for even better maneuverability.
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
Cons
  • Struggles significantly to pick up large debris on bare floors.
  • Disappointing battery life.
7.3 Low-Pile Carpet

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is decent for low-pile carpet. It picks up all pet hair and is able to get most large debris. However, it struggles a lot more with small debris and it may require several passes to fully clean an area. On the upside, it has a simple design that can easily be configured into a handheld vacuum if you need more maneuverability. Its parts are also fairly easy to maintain and as long as you take care of them, there are virtually no recurring costs.

Pros
  • Easily cleans pet hair on all surface types.
  • Handheld configuration for even better maneuverability.
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
Cons
  • Has a hard time picking up small debris.
  • Disappointing battery life.
6.5 High-Pile Carpet

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is okay for high-pile carpet. It can easily clean pet hair but it has a hard time with both small and large debris, and you may need to do multiple passes in order to clean an area. If you need more maneuverability, you can also turn it into a handheld vacuum. While it's fairly easy to maintain, as long as each part is taken care of there are virtually no recurring costs, which is nice.

Pros
  • Easily cleans pet hair on all surface types.
  • Handheld configuration for even better maneuverability.
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
Cons
  • Struggles to pick up large debris.
  • Has a hard time picking up small debris.
  • Disappointing battery life.
9.0 Pets

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is exceptional for pets. It picks up pet hair from all surface types, which is especially nice if your pets tend to shed a lot. If you want to clean pet beds, the vacuum also has a handheld form so you can easily get into each and every crevice. It's fairly easy to maintain its parts, and there are virtually no recurring costs as long as you take care of each part.

Pros
  • Easily cleans pet hair on all surface types.
  • Handheld configuration for even better maneuverability.
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life.
8.7 Stairs

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is excellent for cleaning stairs. It's a very portable vacuum as it's lightweight and cordless. You can even configure it into its handheld form if you have particularly difficult-to-vacuum stairs. However, it has a lot of trouble picking up large debris on bare floors. It fares better cleaning small and large debris from both low and high-pile carpets. It can even pick up pet hair on all surface types.

Pros
  • Handheld configuration for even better maneuverability.
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life.
8.0 Cars

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is great for cleaning cars. As it can be used as a small, handheld vacuum in addition to its upright form, you can get into small crevices with relative ease, and it's quite portable, especially as it has a cordless design. That being said, its battery life doesn't last very long and it also takes a long time to charge.

Pros
  • Handheld configuration for even better maneuverability.
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life.
  • 6.0 Bare Floor
  • 7.3 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.5 High-Pile Carpet
  • 9.0 Pets
  • 8.7 Stairs
  • 8.0 Cars

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is reasonably well-built. Although it's entirely made from plastic, the handheld vacuum feels sturdy, and it even seems a bit more premium than its larger upright vacuum body. The vacuum has a simple design, making it quick to assemble or switch into a different configuration. The upright vacuum body even has a unique two-way folding handle, which makes it easier to store or reach under tables and chairs. On the downside, the plastic dirt compartment looks fragile and could crack if dropped. The filters also look like they can rip or break.

6.5
Design
User Maintenance

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is fairly easy to maintain. While it has a simple design, several parts need ongoing maintenance. You may want to consider the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 if you want something with less demanding maintenance requirements.

  • Dirt compartment: To release the dirt compartment, you have to first remove the smaller vacuum body by pressing the button on the handheld body's handle. After that, you press the black release button above the power button and remove the filters before you can empty this compartment. Since it's very small, the dirt compartment needs to be emptied quite frequently and its entry cover needs to be properly closed; otherwise, debris can fall out.
  • Mesh screen: This part is found in the dirt compartment and can be removed when rotated counter-clockwise. To clean it, you just need to tap it against the side of your garbage can to dislodge any debris left behind. You can even rinse it with water for a deeper clean.
  • Dirt cup filter: Also located in the dirt compartment, this filter can be removed after taking out both the dirt compartment and mesh screen. It can also be tapped against the garbage can and washed with water.
  • Pre-motor mesh filter: This part is located at the bottom of the vacuum motor and can be removed once the dirt compartment is removed. Depending on your usage, you can remove any debris stuck to it when possible.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll can be removed by using a coin, You also need to unclip the bottom side cover of the vacuum to fully access it. Depending on your usage, you can remove debris and hair with your hands or scissors when necessary.

You must air dry any part that's washed with water for 24 hours before using it again.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
1616323/1617684/1616322
HEPA Filter Part Number
No HEPA Filter

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet has virtually no recurring costs, as long as each part is well-maintained. If you need to replace the mesh filter screen, dirt cup filter, or pre-motor mesh filter, you can purchase them directly from the BISSELL website.

6.6
Design
Storing
Height
25.98 in (66.0 cm)
Width
11.02 in (28.0 cm)
Depth
11.42 in (29.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is fairly easy to store away. If you pull the lever on the handle, you can fold this part backward, which is nice if you want to store it below shelves in your closet. On the downside, it doesn't have any onboard tool storage so you need to find a separate place to put them.

5.6
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.05 gal (0.18 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet has a disappointing dirt compartment. While it doesn't hold a lot of debris, there's at least an indicator to let you know when the dirt compartment is full. There's also a small plastic cover at the compartment's entrance to keep dirt from falling out.

Design
In The Box

  • BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet vacuum body with two-way folding handle
  • Handheld vacuum body
  • Dirt cup filter and mesh filter screen
  • Crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Dirt compartment
  • Charging cable
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is a cordless vacuum, and it has an unlimited range, as long as there's room in the dirt compartment and battery life left.

8.7
Design
Portability
Total Weight
5.78 lbs (2.62 kg)
Weight In Hand
1.50 lbs (0.68 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is amazingly portable. It doesn't feel heavy in the hand at all, and it has a carrying handle to make it easier to take with you around the house. As long as you don't mind using a handheld vacuum, you may also want to consider the eufy HomeVac H11 as an even easier to carry around alternative.

5.8
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
17 min.
Maximum Battery Life
19 min.
Recharge Time
475 min.
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
No

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet's battery performance is disappointing. It doesn't last long when configured into an upright vacuum and it lasts only a few minutes more when used as a handheld vacuum. Worse still, the vacuum can only recharge when connected to its upright body, and it takes almost five hours for it to fully recharge.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
No
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
No

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet has two power buttons: one on the folding vacuum handle, and one on the handle of the handheld vacuum. On the handle of the vacuum's body, there's an on/off brushroll button as well as a release clip so that you can fold the handle to better clean under furniture or store away.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
Yes
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
Yes
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

This vacuum only has a couple of tools and brushes. There's a crevice tool as well as an upholstery tool that can be used in the vacuum's handheld configuration.

Design
Alternative Configuration

This vacuum can be reconfigured into a lightweight handheld vacuum.

Performance
4.7
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
11 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
83 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Brush Roll "ON"

This vacuum has poor performance on bare floors. While it manages to pick up all pet hair and most small debris, it struggles more with large debris like cereal. This kind of debris gets stuck in the tunnel just before the dirt compartment since the entry cover isn't large enough. The vacuum head also may not be high enough for large debris to enter.

7.3
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
88 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
30 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Brush Roll "ON"

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is decent on low-pile carpet. It's able to pick up all pet hair and clean up most large debris. However, it struggles a lot more with small debris like baking soda and it can take several passes for an area to get fully cleaned.

6.0
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
32 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
16 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Brush Roll "ON"

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet isn't bad for high-pile carpet as it's able to easily pick up pet hair, which is great for pet owners. However, it struggles a lot with large debris and it has a very hard time with small debris like baking soda. If you need something that's better at cleaning debris, consider the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright.

8.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Good
Under Low Table
Good
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Ok
Electric Cord
Good

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet has amazing maneuverability. It has both an upright configuration that can help you clean large swaths of flooring as well as a handheld configuration for cleaning more hard-to-reach places. The upright body handle can also fold so you can clean underneath a couch or table without having to crouch or bend over, but the dirt compartment may still get in the way. That being said, if you want to use this vacuum on carpet, you need to lift it on top of this surface in order to clean it.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet has no automation features.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet also comes in one other variant, the BISSELL Adapt XRT. As it uses a different battery, it could perform differently than our test results.

Model Name Model Number Tools and Brushes Notes
BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet 2286A Crevice tool, upholstery tool  Uses a 10.8V lithium ion battery
BISSELL Adapt XRT  2387 Crevice tool, upholstery tool, dusting brush Uses a 14.4V lithium ion battery and has variable suction control

If someone comes across a BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is an upright vacuum that also doubles as a handheld vacuum. Its center motor powers both its upright and its handheld configurations, and it can be easily assembled to fit your cleaning needs. However, its battery performance is one of the lowest we've tested so far, and it doesn't do as good of a job on any surface type when compared to other hybrid upright/handheld vacuums like the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum or Shark Navigator Lift-Away.

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is a better vacuum for cleaning pet hair than the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright. The BISSELL is easier to maintain, it's cordless so it has an unlimited range, and it's much more portable. If you have shedding pets, this vacuum can easily pick up pet hair, and it can be used as a small and lightweight vacuum too. It also has significantly better maneuverability. However, the Shark is a better choice if you need to clean small and large debris as it outperforms the BISSELL on all surface types in this regard. It also has a larger dirt compartment and you don't have to worry about recharging as it's a corded vacuum.

BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet

The BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet and the BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet are, for the most part, similarly performing vacuums but the Adapt Ion Pet is a better choice if you need more mobility. The Adapt Ion Pet has a better build quality, virtually no recurring costs, and it's cordless so it has an unlimited range. It's also very portable, especially as it can be reconfigured into a handheld vacuum if you want to clean your car or hard-to-reach places. While it's significantly more maneuverable, it doesn't perform as well picking up small and large debris as the CleanView Swivel Pet. The CleanView Swivel Pet is also corded, which some users may prefer.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is a better performing vacuum on all surface types than the BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet. The Shark has a bigger dirt compartment, more tools, and it does a much better job on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. However, the BISSELL can be used as an even smaller handheld vacuum and it's wireless, which some may prefer. It's also easier to maneuver around the room.

BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet and the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 are upright/handheld vacuums with different advantages. The Featherweight performs better on bare floors, has a bigger dirt compartment, is easier to maintain, and feels lighter in your hand. Conversely, the better-built Adapt Ion Pet is substantially more maneuverable and versatile thanks to its cordless design and included selection of brushes and cleaning heads.

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum

The BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet is a better vacuum for cleaning pet hair than the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum. The BISSELL has no problem picking up pet hair from any surface type, and it can be reconfigured into a smaller, lightweight handheld vacuum for cleaning harder-to-reach places. It's easier to maintain and has virtually no recurring costs. It also has an unlimited range, and its maneuverability is better too. That said, the Shark is better if you clean up a lot of non-pet hair debris, especially as it has a better overall performance on all surface types when compared to the BISSELL. Some users may even prefer its corded design as it means you don't have to worry about battery life. Unlike the BISSELL, it also comes with a turbo brush.

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