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BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max 2554 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jul 29, 2022 at 11:07 am
BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max 2554 Picture
7.6
Bare Floor
6.7
Low-Pile Carpet
4.1
High-Pile Carpet
5.5
Pets
6.3
Stairs
5.2
Cars
6.2
Workshop
Vacuum Type
Upright
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No
Wet Compatible
Compatible without immersion

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max 2554 is effectively a cordless version of the BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro hybrid vacuum mop. It uses the same detergent-dispersal function to scrub away dried-on stains, but in exchange for its more portable cordless design, it uses lighter, less powerful suction and brushroll motors, yielding inferior performance on carpets. Unlike many other manually-operated vacuums, you can download a companion app to your phone. It helps you keep track of parts that need replacing and features Amazon's Dash Replenishment integration to have detergent shipped to your door with the press of a button.

Our Verdict

7.6 Bare Floor

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is good for cleaning bare floors. It easily clears away pet hair as well as small and bulky debris on this surface type, with no significant loss in suction performance as its dustbin fills up. Its mopping function is also quite effective in dealing with dried-on dirt and debris. However, while it feels decently well-built for the most part, it does have quite a few components that need to be cleaned or replaced periodically, so recurring costs can add up over time.

Pros
  • Superb performance on bare floors.
  • Mostly effective mopping functionality.
  • Feels lightweight in your hand.
  • Clears away most pet hair on floors.
Cons
  • Many parts need periodic cleaning.
  • Moderately high recurring costs.
6.7 Low-Pile Carpet

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is okay for cleaning low-pile carpet. You'll probably need to make a couple of extra passes to fully clear fine and large debris, though it does a little better when it comes to clearing away pet hair. It's fairly maneuverable, though you should be careful when cleaning around tasseled rugs, which can get stuck in its floorhead.

Pros
  • Feels lightweight in your hand.
  • Clears away most pet hair on floors.
Cons
  • Many parts need periodic cleaning.
  • Moderately high recurring costs.
  • Struggles with solid debris on low-pile carpet.
4.1 High-Pile Carpet

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max isn't suitable for cleaning high-pile carpet. It doesn't have enough power to keep its brushroll spinning on dense high-pile carpeting, and its relatively weak suction motor can't draw debris from carpet fibers.

Pros
  • Feels lightweight in your hand.
  • Clears away most pet hair on floors.
Cons
  • Many parts need periodic cleaning.
  • Moderately high recurring costs.
  • Weak suction force.
  • Dense carpeting can stop the brushroll.
5.5 Pets

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max has some disadvantages in dealing with pet hair. It does a fantastic job of dealing with pet hair on bare floors, but you might need to make an extra pass to collect all of it on low-pile carpeting. Its brushroll is pretty tangle-prone, but thankfully you can remove it to clear away any stuck-on hair. Since you can't configure it as a handheld vacuum, it isn't suitable for cleaning pet hair from furniture. It also lacks a HEPA filter, and some allergens can escape from its exhaust.

Pros
  • Mostly effective mopping functionality.
  • Removable brushroll.
  • Clears away most pet hair on floors.
Cons
  • Many parts need periodic cleaning.
  • Moderately high recurring costs.
  • Poor air filtration performance.
  • Not configurable as a handheld vacuum.
6.3 Stairs

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is a passable option for cleaning staircases. It feels lightweight in your hand, while its cordless design ensures you won't trip over a power cord. It performs remarkably well on bare surfaces, though it can have a hard time on low-pile carpeting.

Pros
  • Superb performance on bare floors.
  • Feels lightweight in your hand.
Cons
  • Not configurable as a handheld vacuum.
  • Can struggle on carpeted surfaces.
5.2 Cars

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max uses a conventional upright configuration and isn't suitable for cleaning the inside of your car.

6.2 Workshop

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is alright for light workshop cleaning jobs, but that isn't what it's designed for. It can clear away liquid spills, but clearing away heavier debris like metal or wood shavings could damage its internals.

Pros
  • Superb performance on bare floors.
  • Mostly effective mopping functionality.
Cons
  • Weak suction force.
  • Can struggle on carpeted surfaces.
  • 7.6 Bare Floor
  • 6.7 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 4.1 High-Pile Carpet
  • 5.5 Pets
  • 6.3 Stairs
  • 5.2 Cars
  • 6.2 Workshop
  1. Updated Aug 05, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  2. Updated Jul 29, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated Jul 26, 2022: Early access published.

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Black/Pearl White CrossWave Cordless Max 2554
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Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max feels decently well-built. It's similar to the BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro in terms of overall build quality, with a body made mainly from hard plastic and an aluminum wand. There are a couple of minor deviations however. The floorhead release hinge unlocks with very little effort, making it hard to roll the vacuum around when it's positioned completely upright. You'll likely find it easier to move the vacuum from place to place by using the grab handle, which has a rubberized surface to give you a more secure grip. Most of its controls are within easy reach, with its surface mode switch on top of the handle and a detergent trigger just underneath it.

This vacuum is easy to assemble out of the box. The water tank has clearly legible fill lines for cleaning either large or small spaces.

6.5
Design
User Maintenance

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is reasonably easy to maintain. While a few parts need periodic cleaning, they're easy to access.

  • Dirt compartment: You can unlatch the dirt compartment by pressing down on the release button. You should empty it after each use by lifting the cover. Also, make sure you remove any large debris stuck in the dirt compartment's strainer. You can wash the dirt compartment under water if there's a significant amount of dirt built up. The vacuum filter is above the dirt compartment, and you should make sure that it's put back in place before refitting the dirt compartment.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll is easy to access, only requiring that you lift the clear plastic brush roll window to access it and pull it free. It's thicker than the brushroll found on the BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro, and long pet hair tends to get tightly tangled around it. You should clean it regularly under water to remove any stuck-on dirt or debris or use a pair of scissors to cut it away, though be careful to avoid cutting the fluffy brush's fibers.
  • Filter: The filter sits on top of the dirt compartment and can only be accessed once the dirt compartment has been pulled out. It has an attached screen to trap any fine debris or small strands of pet hair. You should wash the filter under water after every cleaning session, and you can use mild detergent if necessary.
  • Water tank: The water tank is located on the back of the vacuum body and is easy to lift free of its housing. It features two separate markings for both water and detergent levels, one for small areas and the other for large areas. First, fill it up to the desired water level, and then add the required amount of detergent for the size of the room you're planning to mop. Make sure to empty the water tank after every use.

Any parts that you wash under water should be left to dry completely before refitting them.

6.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number 1608684
HEPA Filter Part Number No HEPA Filter

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max incurs fairly low recurring costs.

  • Brushroll: The brushroll should be replaced after 50 hours of use. A replacement can be found here.
  • Filter: You should replace the filter after 50 hours of runtime have gone by. You can buy a replacement from BISSELL's website here.
  • Cleaning Solution: The frequency of buying new cleaning solution depends entirely on how frequently you mop and the size of the mopping area. Several different formats and formulas for different floor types are available, but for this review, scoring is based on the cost of the type of detergent bundled with the vacuum.

6.6
Design
Storing
Height
45.67" (116.0 cm)
Width
12.60" (32.0 cm)
Depth
12.20" (31.0 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is reasonably easy to store. It's shorter and thinner than the corded BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro, and it comes with a charging dock that you can use to run the vacuum's self-cleaning cycle to flush out any dirt or debris inside the vacuum. The dock also has a drying rack for its brushroll and filter.

7.3
Design
Dirt Compartment
Volume
0.13 gal (0.50 L)
Full Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max has a fairly spacious dirt compartment. It's smaller than that of more conventional cordless uprights like the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away, though it does have a max fill line that lets you know when it's full. It's important to note that this vacuum also has a 28 oz (828 ml) water tank for its mopping feature.

Design
In The Box

  • BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max
    • Vacuum body
    • Dirt compartment/Dirty water tank
    • Dirt compartment cover
    • Clean water tank
    • Filter
    • 2x brushrolls
    • Dirt cup strainer
    • Brushroll cover
  • Various accessories
    • 2x 8 oz Multi-Surface Formula bottles
    • 2x 8 oz Hard-Floor Sanitize Formula bottles
    • Power adapter
    • Charging/Cleaning dock
    • Tool holder for vacuum dock
    • Manuals

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Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
3.15 ft (0.96 m)
Maximum Wand Length
3.15 ft (0.96 m)
Total Range
N/A

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max's range is limited only by the remaining battery life and the room left within its dirt compartment.

7.6
Design
Portability
Total Weight
11.57 lbs (5.25 kg)
Weight In Hand
2.43 lbs (1.10 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is pretty portable. It weighs almost exactly as much as the corded BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro, but its redesigned handle places less weight in your hand as you maneuver it around.

7.5
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
37 min
Maximum Battery Life
37 min
Recharge Time
193 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
No

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max offers good battery performance. It can run for almost 40 minutes on a single charge, which should give you enough time to clean most rooms without running out of charge. It doesn't offer any distinct suction power modes that would drain its battery any faster, though using its detergent dispersal function continuously might drop its runtime slightly.

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

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max doesn't have that many quality-of-life features. There are two surface settings that you can select with a handle-mounted switch: 'Area Rug' or 'Hard Floor'. However, this setting only adjusts the amount of detergent sprayed onto the brushroll when you pull the trigger, and it doesn't adjust brushroll height or suction power. There's also a button that engages the vacuum's self-cleaning function when it's docked, which cycles its brushroll and detergent function to clear away any stuck-on debris. You can see an estimate of the remaining battery life as well as the current surface mode with the small display at the back of the vacuum body.

Note: While the floorhead does have a built-in light, it only turns on to light up the brushroll after pulling the detergent release trigger. The 'Headlight' field has been set to 'No'.

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

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max doesn't come with attachments, though there is an additional replacement brushroll for its floorhead.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No
Performance
9.6
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Hard Floor"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 97%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 99%
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) 99%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 100%
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

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max performs superbly on bare floors. It easily clears away small and bulky debris like rice and cereal, with no significant loss in suction performance as its dustbin fills up.

5.4
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "area rug"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 38%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 37%
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) 36%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 41%
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

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max's performance on low-pile carpet is poor. It has a hard time with both fine debris like baking soda and larger material like sand on this surface type.

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Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used Untestable
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 0%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 0%
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) 0%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 0%
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

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max isn't designed for use on high-pile carpet. Its brushroll motor isn't strong enough to keep the roller moving on thick carpeting, making it very hard to push around.

8.7
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
97%
Low-Pile Carpet
82%
High-Pile Carpet
N/A

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max does an excellent job of handling pet hair on bare floors, though you might need to make an extra pass to clear away all of it on low-pile carpet.

4.0
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
1.3 inHโ‚‚O (0.33 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "Area Rug"
Normal Suction
1.3 inHโ‚‚O (0.33 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Hard Floor"
Hose Diameter
N/A

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max's real-world suction performance is poor. It uses a less powerful suction motor than the corded BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro and is likely to have more trouble drawing out debris wedged deep within cracks and crevices. Like the corded model, swapping between the 'Hard Floor' and 'Area Rug' modes doesn't impact suction performance, as these settings don't alter brushroll height or motor output.

8.2
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
74.9 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
71.8 dBA

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is pretty quiet. It's considerably quieter than the BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro, presumably thanks to its smaller, less powerful suction motor. If you run it within an enclosed room, people nearby aren't likely to be disturbed.

6.5
Performance
Maneuverability

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is reasonably maneuverable. Its floorhead pivots, allowing you to maneuver around obstacles pretty easily. However, its bulky body gets in the way when cleaning under tables and chairs, and it's more of a hassle to maneuver in cluttered areas compared to conventional cordless stick vacuums like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim. It can be hard to push around on low and high-pile rugs, as its brushroll can get bogged down on carpet fibers pretty easily. Still, the lack of a power cord makes it noticeably easier to maneuver compared to the BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro.

0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test

You can't convert the BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max into a handheld vacuum, so it isn't suitable for vacuuming pet hair on furniture.

Performance
Air Quality

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max isn't wholly effective in sealing in allergens, as some fine particles escape from the exhaust port.

6.5
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max does an okay job of handling debris in cracks. While its suction motor isn't strong enough to draw out debris in medium or full-depth crevices, it uses a fluffier, larger-diameter brushroll than the more powerful BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro, resulting in better debris pickup in shallow cracks.

7.5
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max does a good job dealing with stains when used with the Multi-Surface cleaning formula. The manufacturer recommends using the 'Hard Floor' setting to clear stains on bare surfaces but using the 'Area Rug' setting for stubborn messes since it releases more detergent onto the brushroll. It's worth noting that this vacuum can leave behind a small amount of residue after completing a pass, though thankfully, it's pretty easy to clear away. You'll probably need to make several passes to fully clean most stains, and a hand mop will likely be more efficient in cleaning stubborn stains since you can manually provide a greater degree of surface agitation.

8.0
Performance
Water
Water Pickup Post Test

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max does a great job of sucking up water. It leaves the surface slightly damp but has no trouble clearing the water as a whole. While it has a less powerful motor than the corded BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro, that's somewhat balanced out by its fluffier brushroll, which does a better job absorbing liquids.

Automation
0
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
No Pathing Algorithm
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
No
Navigation Control Buttons
No

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max does have a self-cleaning function. You can dock it on its charging rack and press the self-cleaning button to engage this feature, which cycles its brushroll and detergent function to clear away any stuck-on debris and then sucks away this debris into its dirt compartment/waste water tank.

7.0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
BISSELL Connect
iOS Availability
Yes
Android Availability
Yes
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
No
App Scheduled Start
No
App Cycle Control
No
Navigation Control within App
No

The BISSELL Connect companion app is surprisingly full-featured for a manually-operated vacuum, though it isn't necessary for the vacuum to work properly. With it, you can keep track of the maintenance and replacement intervals for its brushroll, filter, and detergent levels, not to mention batter life. It offers Amazon Dash integration, which streamlines the process of having new detergent bottles shipped to your door. It also tracks how often the vacuum is used and can recommend different cleaning modes for different surface types.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless is only available in one color scheme: 'Black With Pearl White'. You can buy this vacuum with an All Floor Expert Bundle, which comes with two additional multi-surface brushrolls, one area rug brushroll, one 32oz bottle of Multi-Surface detergent, one 32oz bottle of Hard Floor Tough Mess + Odor Eliminator detergent, and one 32oz bottle of Area Rug detergent. You can see the label for our model here.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this vacuum, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is a cordless upright hybrid vacuum/mop. Compared to the corded BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro, it has a less powerful motor that leaves it incapable of cleaning dense high-pile carpeting. That said, it's easier to maneuver and does just as good a job when vacuuming debris or scrubbing away stains on bare floors.

If you're looking for alternatives, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best vacuums for tile floors, the best vacuums for hardwood floors, and the best cordless vacuums.

BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max 2554 and BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro each have distinct advantages, meaning one might suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. Both vacuums use similar detergent-dispersal functions and do a good job of dealing with dried-on stains as well as liquid spills. They're also pretty similar in terms of dimensions and overall weight. That said, the corded Pet Pro can run indefinitely but at the cost of a limited range. Its brushroll motor is stronger than its cordless alternative, so you can use this vacuum to clean carpeted floors. However, the cordless Max can be used to easily clean faraway rooms with minimal difficulty. It also features a self-cleaning function that slightly reduces hands-on maintenance requirements.

Dyson Omni-glide

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max 2554 and Dyson Omni-glide are differently-designed vacuums with differing intended use cases, though they're both meant for cleaning bare floors. The Dyson is a uniquely-designed stick vacuum with a rotating twin-brushroll head. It's much lighter than the BISSELL, easier to maneuver, and makes less noise. You can also configure it as a handheld vacuum to better-clean hard-to-reach areas. Conversely, the BISSELL is a cordless upright vacuum/mop with a detergent-dispersal function to help scrub away dried-on stains. It's more effective than the Dyson in sucking up debris on bare floors and has a longer battery life, not to mention a much bigger dustbin.

Samsung Jet 90 Complete

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max 2554 and Samsung Jet 90 Complete are different types of vacuums, though both offer some mopping functionality. The Samsung is a more conventional cordless stick vacuum that you can bundle with a somewhat unique 'Spinning Sweeper' floorhead, which uses rotating mop pads to scrub-away stains. However, this floorhead only scrubs away at stains, and the vacuum isn't capable of dealing with liquid spills, unlike the BISSELL. That said, the Samsung vacuum is considerably better at everyday vacuuming tasks. It performs much better on carpeted floors with its multi-surface floorhead, is easier to maneuver, weighs considerably less, and has longer battery life.

Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max 2554 and Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet share an upright configuration, but they're for different uses. The BISSELL is a hybrid vacuum/mop and can deal with stains and liquid spills with minimal difficulty. It performs better on bare floors than the Hoover, and its fluffy brushroll is better suited to drawing debris up from cracks and crevices. The Hoover is a more conventional cordless upright that you can easily use on carpeted surfaces. It's also lighter, charges faster, and has a dustbin that's roughly twice as large.

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