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BISSELL Featherweight Stick Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Aug 13, 2020 at 08:22 am
BISSELL Featherweight Stick Picture
8.1
Bare Floor
7.8
Low-Pile Carpet
6.7
High-Pile Carpet
6.9
Pets
7.3
Stairs
7.1
Cars
4.6
Workshop
Vacuum Type
Upright/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
No
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No
Wet Compatible
No

The BISSELL Featherweight Stick is a good basic corded upright vacuum that can be used in a handheld configuration. It’s lightweight and very easy to carry around. It's also simple to maintain, with few parts that need to be taken care of and a virtual lack of recurring costs. It performs best on bare floors, though it failed to pick up large debris like cereal as its dirt compartment filled in testing. Unfortunately, its short power cord length and limited selection of attachments restrict its versatility, and its all-plastic design may feel cheap to some.

Our Verdict

8.1 Bare Floor

The BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum is very good for bare floors. It’s very easy to carry around, as long as you’re aware of its short power cord length, and simple to maintain, with few parts that require to be cleaned. It does a good job of clearing small debris and pet hair on this surface, but you’ll have to empty its dirt compartment frequently in order to maintain effectiveness in picking up large debris like cereal.

Pros
  • Feels lightweight.
  • Easy to maintain and virtually free of recurring costs.
  • Remarkable pet-hair cleaning capabilities, regardless of surface.
  • Easily switches to a more maneuverable handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Performance degradation in picking up large debris as dirt compartment fills.
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Short power cord.
7.8 Low-Pile Carpet

The BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum is satisfactory for low-pile carpets. It clears pet hair and large debris on this kind of surface without too much difficulty, but it struggles somewhat when it comes to sucking up small debris like baking soda. Thankfully, its lightweight makes it easy to carry around, while its simple bagless design makes it easy to maintain and virtually free of recurring costs.

Pros
  • Feels lightweight.
  • Easy to maintain and virtually free of recurring costs.
  • Remarkable pet-hair cleaning capabilities, regardless of surface.
  • Easily switches to a more maneuverable handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Short power cord.
  • Struggles with small particulate debris on carpets.
6.7 High-Pile Carpet

The BISSELL Featherweight is mediocre for high-pile carpet. It doesn’t have any trouble picking up pet hair, but it struggles with large debris like cereal and barely picks up smaller particulate debris. Fortunately, it’s a simple machine to maintain and incurs very little long-term cost, as it doesn't have parts that need scheduled replacing.

Pros
  • Feels lightweight.
  • Easy to maintain and virtually free of recurring costs.
  • Remarkable pet-hair cleaning capabilities, regardless of surface.
  • Easily switches to a more maneuverable handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Short power cord.
  • Struggles with small particulate debris on carpets.
6.9 Pets

The BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum is an excellent choice for clearing pet hair. It does a remarkable job of sucking up this kind of debris, regardless of surface. So long as it’s properly taken care of, this vacuum has virtually no recurring costs, and it’s fairly simple to clean and maintain.

Pros
  • Feels lightweight.
  • Easy to maintain and virtually free of recurring costs.
  • Remarkable pet-hair cleaning capabilities, regardless of surface.
  • Easily switches to a more maneuverable handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Short power cord.
7.3 Stairs

The BISSELL Featherweight is good for cleaning stairs. It weighs very little and can be used in a handheld configuration, making it easy to carry up and down flights of stairs. That said, you have to keep its short power cord length in mind if you have a large flight of stairs. It should also be noted that it performs best on bare floors and struggles somewhat when clearing small debris on carpeted surfaces.

Pros
  • Feels lightweight.
  • Easy to maintain and virtually free of recurring costs.
  • Remarkable pet-hair cleaning capabilities, regardless of surface.
  • Easily switches to a more maneuverable handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Short power cord.
7.1 Cars

The BISSELL Featherweight is very good for cleaning cars. Its ability to be used as a handheld vacuum and included crevice tool make it easy to clean small, hard-to-reach areas. However, you have to stay quite close to an electrical outlet, as the vacuum’s power cord is quite short.

Pros
  • Feels lightweight.
  • Easy to maintain and virtually free of recurring costs.
  • Remarkable pet-hair cleaning capabilities, regardless of surface.
  • Easily switches to a more maneuverable handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Short power cord.
4.6 Workshop

Pros
  • Feels lightweight.
  • Easy to maintain and virtually free of recurring costs.
  • Remarkable pet-hair cleaning capabilities, regardless of surface.
  • Easily switches to a more maneuverable handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Cheap build quality.
  • Short power cord.
  • 8.1 Bare Floor
  • 7.8 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.7 High-Pile Carpet
  • 6.9 Pets
  • 7.3 Stairs
  • 7.1 Cars
  • 4.6 Workshop
  1. Updated Nov 25, 2022: We've changed the full product name to 'BISSELL Featherweight Stick' in order for the review to encompass all model variants.
  2. Updated Nov 03, 2022: This vacuum's suction force has been retested with a more accurate manometer. The test results for the 'Maximum Suction' and 'Normal Suction' fields have been updated. All relevant scores and text have been updated.
  3. Updated Aug 03, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  4. Updated Apr 01, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated Aug 13, 2020: Review published.
  6. Updated Aug 07, 2020: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are four variations of the BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum, which differ only in terms of color, so we expect all variations to perform similarly in our testing.

Model Number Color Included Brushes and Tools
2033M Black Crevice tool
2033 Blue Crevice tool
20334 Purple Crevice tool

20336

Lime

Crevice tool

If someone comes across a BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum is a good no-frills vacuum. It’s very lightweight and portable overall, easy to maintain and clean, and does an excellent job of cleaning up pet hair. That said, its performance on carpeted floors isn’t especially impressive, and its short power cord and lack of maneuverability-enhancing features like a swiveling head mean that it isn’t as easy to use in small areas as the Black+Decker dustbuster Hand Vacuum or BISSELL Adapt Ion.

BISSELL Adapt Ion

The BISSELL Adapt Ion and the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 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.

Black+Decker dustbuster Hand Vacuum

The Black+Decker dustbuster Hand Vacuum and BISSELL Featherweight Stick suit different uses. The handheld-only Black+Decker is better at cleaning stairs and cars due to its more maneuverable compact cordless design. It’s better-built, not to mention more effective in picking up debris on bare floors and high-pile carpet. On the other hand, the BISSELL is better at cleaning up pet hair and has better performance on low-pile carpet. It’s also easier to maintain and has much lower recurring costs.

Shark ION P50 Cord-Free Powered Lift-Away

The Shark ION P50 Upright is a stronger performer in most categories than the BISSELL Featherweight Stick. The Shark is better-built, has a larger dirt compartment, and clears debris more consistently as its dirt compartment fills. Its cordless design also makes it more maneuverable, while its broader selection of tools and accessories make it more versatile. Meanwhile, the corded BISSELL is easier to maintain and much easier to carry around, courtesy of its lightweight plastic construction. Some users may prefer the hassle-free nature of its corded design too.

Shark ION W1 WANDVAC

The Shark ION W1 WANDVAC and BISSELL Featherweight Stick are suited for different tasks. The Shark is better for spot cleaning as its cordless handheld design allows you to navigate tight spaces more easily. It's also better built, more effective on carpeted surfaces, and superior when capturing fine allergens, which is a handy addition for pet owners. Meanwhile, the BISSELL is superior when cleaning large areas of bare floor, as its corded design gives you an effectively unlimited runtime. It's also even easier to maintain.

eufy HomeVac H11

The BISSELL Featherweight Stick and eufy HomeVac H11 have different strengths and weaknesses, which isn't surprising given their drastically different designs. The BISSELL is a corded upright/handheld vacuum that's better suited for cleaning larger areas due to its superior cleaning performance on all surface types and theoretically indefinite runtime. The handheld eufy feels much sturdier and is better for spot cleaning, as its cordless, extremely lightweight design makes it much easier to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your home or the inside of your car.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.0
Design
Build Quality
Vacuum Type
Upright/Handheld

The BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum has mediocre build quality. Its all-plastic construction feels cheap in some areas, with the handle feeling like it could snap if moderate pressure is applied during operation. The wheels also feel flimsy, as does the dirt compartment cover. That said, this vacuum employs a very simple design, making it easy to switch configuration from stick to handheld.

7.5
Design
User Maintenance

The BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum is quite easy to maintain. It doesn’t have that many parts that require maintenance and they’re quite simple to access.

  • Dirt compartment: To access the dirt compartment, you need to pull off the vacuum head and vacuum body via the prominent grey release clip. From there, you can pull the compartment off, but be careful not to spill any debris, as the dirt compartment’s cover isn’t especially effective at keeping things contained. The compartment can be washed with warm water and detergent if necessary.
  • Dust cup filter: The dust cup filter is inside the dirt compartment and can simply be pulled out. You can clean it by either shaking it over a garbage can or by washing it in warm water and detergent, if necessary. It should be cleaned after every use of the vacuum.
  • Pre-motor mesh filter: You can remove visibly stuck debris on the pre-motor mesh filter by hand whenever necessary, as no maintenance interval is listed.

Any component listed as water-washable must be left to dry completely before it can be reinstalled.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number 1611500/1611508
HEPA Filter Part Number No HEPA Filter

This vacuum has virtually no recurring costs. So long as its parts are well taken care of, they shouldn’t need replacing. If the dust cup or pre-motor filter break or are lost, both are available on BISSELL’s website.

6.0
Design
Storing
Height
44.09" (112.0 cm)
Width
9.45" (24.0 cm)
Depth
5.12" (13.0 cm)
Cord Storing
Manual
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum has passable storage capabilities. While it’s fairly narrow, its handle doesn't fold, meaning that it’s too tall to store underneath low-lying shelves in a closet.

6.7
Design
Dirt Compartment
Bagless
Yes
Volume
0.12 gal (0.45 L)
Full Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The BISSELL Featherweight has an unremarkable dirt compartment. It’s fairly small, meaning that it requires frequent emptying, and lacks a fill line to let you know when it’s full. Also, it should be noted that despite its small entry cover, debris can still fall out of the dirt compartment when removing it from the head.

Design
In The Box

  • BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 vacuum body
  • Vacuum head
  • Vacuum handle stick
  • Dirt compartment
  • Crevice tool
  • Pre-motor filter mesh filter
  • Dirt cup filter
  • User guide

3.9
Design
Range
Cordless
No
Cord Length
15.09 ft (4.6 m)
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
1.48 ft (0.45 m)
Maximum Wand Length
3.35 ft (1.02 m)
Total Range
18.44 ft (5.62 m)

This vacuum has a poor range. It’s a corded vacuum with a fairly short 15 ft power cable, so you may have to swap outlets if you’re cleaning a large area. If you don't mind using a handheld vacuum, take a look at the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC, which has a cordless design that allows it to be carried almost anywhere.

9.3
Design
Portability
Total Weight
3.00 lbs (1.36 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.97 lbs (0.44 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

This vacuum is outstandingly portable. It feels light in the hand and features two carrying handles, one on the vacuum body and one on the stick, so carrying it around the house is quite easy, as long as you keep its short power cord in mind.

0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
N/A
Maximum Battery Life
N/A
Recharge Time
N/A
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
No
Removable Batteries
No

The BISSELL Featherweight vacuum is a corded vacuum and doesn’t have a battery.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
No
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
No
Head Surface Type Adjustment
None

The BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum is a no-frills vacuum. The sole control is a power on/off button, which some may find located too low to reach when the vacuum is used in its upright configuration.

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
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum only comes with a crevice tool to help you clean small, hard-to-reach areas.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No

The BISSELL Featherweight stick vacuum can be used as a corded handheld vacuum.

Performance
9.7
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used Default
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 98%
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) 98%
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

This vacuum’s performance on bare floors is impressive but highly dependent on the status of the dirt compartment. While it sucks up all large debris when empty, it can't clear any large debris when the compartment is more than half full. That said, it should have no trouble picking up pet hair and small debris like rice, regardless of fill status.

7.1
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used Default
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 90%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 80%
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) 45%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 36%
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

This vacuum’s performance on low-pile carpet is decent. It clears pet hair and large debris without much of a hassle but struggles a lot more with small debris like baking soda on this type of surface.

5.4
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used Default
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 57%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 36%
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) 9%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 7%
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 Featherweight stick vacuum’s performance on high-pile carpet is passable. Pet hair should be cleared with little difficulty, but it has a lot of difficulty with sucking up large debris like cereal, more so as the dirt compartment fills. It’s even less effective when it comes to small, particle-like debris on thick carpeting.

9.8
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
100%
Low-Pile Carpet
97%
High-Pile Carpet
98%
4.1
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
1.4 inH₂O (0.35 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum Default
Normal Suction
1.4 inH₂O (0.35 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal Default
Hose Diameter
N/A
8.3
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
73.6 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
72.0 dBA
6.5
Performance
Maneuverability

This vacuum is adequately maneuverable. While the vacuum itself is very light, its lack of a rotating head makes it difficult to navigate tight areas. Meanwhile, the short power cable is a nuisance if you’re trying to clean a large area. To get underneath a sofa, you need to crouch or kneel, and it’s important to be mindful of its somewhat bulky dirt compartment which can occasionally get in the way of low-lying obstructions like coffee tables. Rug tassels can also get sucked into the head, so you need to turn the machine off to remove the obstruction yourself. Thankfully, it’s simple to swap the vacuum to its handheld configuration, which makes it easy to clean furniture. That said, if you prefer the ergonomics of a canister vacuum, you may want to consider the budget-friendly BISSELL Zing Bagless Canister.

6.0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test
Performance
Air Quality
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No
6.0
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test
1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test
0
Performance
Water
Wet Compatible
No
Water Pickup Post Test
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

This vacuum has no automation features.

0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
No App
iOS Availability
No
Android Availability
No
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
No
App Scheduled Start
No
App Cycle Control
No
Navigation Control within App
No

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