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BISSELL AeroSlim Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Oct 22, 2020 at 09:35 am
BISSELL AeroSlim Picture
6.7
Bare Floor
7.4
Low-Pile Carpet
7.3
High-Pile Carpet
8.6
Pets
9.0
Stairs
8.6
Cars
Vacuum Type
Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

The BISSELL AeroSlim is a simple handheld vacuum. It's lightweight, compact, and best-suited for tackling small messes on bare floors and low-pile carpet. It has a simple design that's easy to maintain and incurs practically no recurring costs. However, it has a very short battery life, a tiny dirt compartment, and struggles quite a bit with bulkier debris due to its narrow vacuum opening. Overall, if you're looking for a spot-cleaning vacuum that can be stored almost anywhere, this is a good option.

Our Verdict

6.7 Bare Floor

The BISSELL AeroSlim is adequate for bare floors. It's well-built, decently easy to maintain, and incurs practically no recurring costs. While it picks up pet hair and small debris without an issue, it struggles with cleaning up bulkier debris. It also has a very small dirt compartment that requires frequent emptying.

Pros
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Decently easy to maintain.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • Bulky debris can get stuck at vacuum entry.
  • Short battery life.
7.4 Low-Pile Carpet

The BISSELL AeroSlim is decent for low-pile carpet. It does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair and performs adequately well when it comes to sucking up coarse and fine debris. Unfortunately, large debris can get stuck at the entry to the dirt compartment and prevent you from sucking up more debris. That said, it has a short battery life and a tiny dirt compartment.

Pros
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Decently easy to maintain.
  • Good build quality.
  • Picks up pet hair on almost all surfaces.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • Bulky debris can get stuck at vacuum entry.
  • Short battery life.
  • Struggles slightly with fine debris on carpeted surfaces.
7.3 High-Pile Carpet

The BISSELL AeroSlim is a satisfactory choice for high-pile carpet. It sucks up pet hair without an issue, but struggles more with debris such as sand and baking soda, not to mention bulky material. Thankfully, it's well-built and has a simple design that incurs virtually no recurring costs.

Pros
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Decently easy to maintain.
  • Good build quality.
  • Picks up pet hair on almost all surfaces.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • Bulky debris can get stuck at vacuum entry.
  • Short battery life.
  • Struggles slightly with fine debris on carpeted surfaces.
8.6 Pets

The BISSELL AeroSlim is excellent for pets. Although it doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter or a brushroll for picking up fur, it still manages to easily pick up pet hair on most surfaces. It's also easy to take apart for maintenance and uses washable filters, so recurring costs shouldn't be a concern.

Pros
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Decently easy to maintain.
  • Picks up pet hair on almost all surfaces.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • No allergen-trapping HEPA filter.
9.0 Stairs

The BISSELL AeroSlim is superb for cleaning stairs. It has a lightweight, cordless body that can be easily carried around and does a decent overall job of picking up debris on a wide mix of surfaces, though larger debris can get stuck at the entry to its dirt compartment.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Decently easy to maintain.
  • Crevice tool allows you to clean tight areas.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Bulky debris can get stuck at vacuum entry.
  • Short battery life.
8.6 Cars

The BISSELL AeroSlim is amazing for cleaning the inside of your car. Its cordless design and included crevice tool/extension wand should allow you to clean tight spots inside your car. It's decently effective when it comes to cleaning pet hair as well as material like sand and baking soda from low-pile carpet.

Pros
  • Compact, lightweight design.
  • Decently easy to maintain.
  • Crevice tool allows you to clean tight areas.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • 6.7 Bare Floor
  • 7.4 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.3 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.6 Pets
  • 9.0 Stairs
  • 8.6 Cars

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The BISSELL AeroSlim is well-built. While its dirt compartment feels a little flimsy, the rest of the vacuum is made of sturdy-feeling plastic. It has a very simple design that makes disassembly and reassembly very intuitive, and it can be used out-of-the-box.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum has a simple design that makes it easy to access the few parts that require maintenance.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment can be detached by twisting it clockwise from the main body of the vacuum. Before emptying it of debris or washing it under warm water with mild dish soap, you should remove the filters inside.
  • Filters: The lint screen protects the main filter inside the dirt compartment. You can twist the lint screen clockwise to separate it from the main filter. The lint screen and filter can be washed under warm water with mild dish soap when you notice a decline in performance.

All parts that can be cleaned with water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before putting them back in the vacuum.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
1624405
HEPA Filter Part Number
No HEPA Filter

This vacuum has virtually no recurring costs. Its lint screen and filter don't need to be replaced as long as you wash them regularly. If you need to replace either component, the lint screen and filter are sold as a single set on BISSELL's website.

7.9
Design
Storing
Height
12.40 in (31.5 cm)
Width
2.83 in (7.2 cm)
Depth
3.54 in (9.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The BISSELL AeroSlim has very good storage properties. It's very compact overall and comes with a low-profile rack that holds the vacuum upright and stores its included multi-purpose tool.

1.7
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.01 gal (0.05 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

Like most handheld vacuums, the BISSELL AeroSlim's dirt compartment is very small. It needs to be emptied frequently and doesn't have a maximum fill indicator to let you know once it has reached maximum capacity.

Design
In The Box

  • BISSELL AeroSlim vacuum body
    • Dirt compartment
    • 2x Filter
    • 1x Lint screen/filter cover
    • Combination crevice tool and soft brush
    • Vacuum rack
  • USB-A to micro-USB charging cable
  • User guide

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

Since this is a cordless vacuum, its range is limited only by remaining battery life and the amount of space left in its dirt compartment.

9.4
Design
Portability
Total Weight
1.23 lbs (0.56 kg)
Weight In Hand
1.23 lbs (0.56 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

This vacuum is incredibly portable. Like the similarly-designed eufy HomeVac H11, it's very lightweight and is easy to carry from room to room.

6.0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
13 min.
Maximum Battery Life
13 min.
Recharge Time
190 min.
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
No

This vacuum's battery performance is mediocre. It supplies roughly 13 minutes of continuous runtime and features three indicator lights on its main body that gradually blink out as its charge level drops. Despite its short runtime, it takes about three hours to completely recharge, which is unfortunate. It can be recharged via a micro-USB cable attached to a household outlet via an adapter. However, it should be noted that the vacuum doesn't come with a USB charging adapter for wall outlets.

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

The BISSELL AeroSlim is a basic vacuum with no extra features except for an easily-accessible on/off button.

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

This vacuum comes with a combination crevice tool/extension wand with a removable soft bristle brush. With the tool attached, you can clean tighter spaces or use it to clean debris from more delicate surfaces, such as lampshades or curtains.

Design
Alternative Configuration

This vacuum can only be used in a handheld configuration. With its combination tool attached, you can tackle messes on furniture or hard-to-reach areas.

Performance
6.0
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
1 %
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)
100 %
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 Default

The BISSELL AeroSlim delivers unremarkable performance on bare floors. While it does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair and small debris, such as rice, on this kind of surface, it struggles significantly more with bulkier material. Debris like pieces of cereal can get stuck at the entry of the vacuum and block it almost completely, preventing it from picking up any more material.

7.2
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
98 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
66 %
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)
55 %
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 Default

This vacuum's performance on low-pile carpet is satisfactory. It sucks up pet hair without much of an issue and does a reasonably good job of picking up coarser material like sand. It may take a couple of extra passes to fully clear finer material, such as baking soda spills.

7.2
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
99 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
51 %
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)
37 %
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 Default

The BISSELL AeroSlim has decent performance on high-pile carpet. Similar to its performance on low-pile carpet, it clears pet hair easily. However, it struggles more with both coarse and fine debris, such as sand and baking soda.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Bad
Under Low Table
Bad
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Good

The BISSELL AeroSlim has decent maneuverability. While its handheld design isn't suited for cleaning large areas, its lightweight body makes it very easy to clean furniture or navigate around obstructions. Even with its extension wand, its reach isn't long enough to clean under couches or other types of low-lying furniture.

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 AeroSlim has no automation features.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The BISSELL AeroSlim comes in one color variant: 'Black'. You can see its label here.

If you come across a differently equipped vacuum, let us know in the discussions below so that we can update our review.

Compared to other vacuums

The BISSELL AeroSlim is a lightweight, compact handheld vacuum. It's very portable and can easily be stored almost anywhere. It has a simple design that's easy to maintain and incurs practically no long-term costs. That said, its short battery life, handheld-only configuration, and tiny dirt compartment make it a poor fit for cleaning large spaces. For more options, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best handheld vacuums, the best lightweight vacuums, and the best car vacuums.

Shark ION W1 WANDVAC

The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC is a better-performing handheld vacuum than the BISSELL AeroSlim. The Shark clears more debris on bare floors and low-pile carpet, has a larger dirt compartment and an additional upholstery tool, and is equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. It also charges much faster, though the BISSELL has longer battery life. The BISSELL is also a little more compact and a bit lighter.

eufy HomeVac H11

The BISSELL AeroSlim and eufy HomeVac H11 are extremely closely-matched, which isn't surprising given their very similar designs. They share almost identical battery life, recharge times, overall cleaning performance, and build quality. However, the BISSELL does distinguish itself from the eufy thanks to its washable, as opposed to disposable, filters and included rack station that stores its combination tool.

Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L

The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L and BISSELL AeroSlim have different strengths. The Black+Decker has a much larger dirt compartment, clears bulky debris with little trouble, and performs better overall on bare floors. Conversely, the BISSELL has a longer battery life with shorter recharge time, does a better job of dealing with pet hair, has lower recurring costs, and is substantially smaller and lighter.

HoLife HM036E

The HoLife HM036E is a more versatile handheld vacuum than the BISSELL AeroSlim. The HoLife has a larger dirt compartment, almost twice the battery life and shorter recharge time, more tools and brushes, and performs much better on all surface types, with no issues sucking up bulky material. While we don't test this feature, the HoLife also has a liquid nozzle to suck up wet messes. Meanwhile, the BISSELL is much lighter and incurs practically no recurring costs.

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