BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Dec 21, 2020 at 10:38 am
BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister Picture
6.2
Bare Floor
7.3
Low-Pile Carpet
7.3
High-Pile Carpet
6.4
Pets
7.4
Stairs
7.8
Cars
Vacuum Type
Canister
Bagless
No
Cordless
No
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

The BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister is a budget-friendly corded canister vacuum. It does a good job of cleaning debris on low and high-pile carpets and is easy to maintain. Courtesy of its lightweight plastic construction, it's decently maneuverable and easy to carry around. Unfortunately, it feels cheaply made and has high recurring costs, since many parts need to be replaced regularly. It also really struggles with picking up bulky debris, such as cereal, which can clog its head. However, if you're looking for a simple, small canister vacuum, this is a solid option.

Our Verdict

6.2 Bare Floor

The BISSELL Zing Bagged is mediocre for bare floors. Pet hair can get caught in its vacuum bristles, while bulky debris can clog its head intake. However, it clears smaller material, like rice, without an issue. It has a simple design that's easy to maintain but incurs many recurring costs, and its short power cord may force you to switch outlets when cleaning a bigger room.

Pros
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Compact size.
Cons
  • Bulky material can clog its vacuum head.
  • High recurring costs.
7.3 Low-Pile Carpet

The BISSELL Zing Bagged is decent for low-pile carpet. While it struggles somewhat with fine debris like baking soda, it picks up most pet hair, as well as larger sand-like material. It's also quite easy to maintain and is decently maneuverable, courtesy of its lightweight plastic construction. That said, it feels quite cheaply made and has many recurring costs.

Pros
  • Good performance on carpeted floors.
  • Easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Bulky material can clog its vacuum head.
  • High recurring costs.
7.3 High-Pile Carpet

The BISSELL Zing Bagged is a satisfactory option for high-pile carpet. It sucks up a good amount of small debris like baking soda and doesn't struggle too much with larger sand-like material. Unfortunately, some pet hair can get trapped in the head's bristles, even when they're retracted. Its short power cord and vacuum hose can make it difficult to clean large rooms or hard-to-reach areas.

Pros
  • Good performance on carpeted floors.
  • Easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Bulky material can clog its vacuum head.
  • High recurring costs.
6.4 Pets

The BISSELL Zing Bagged is passable for cleaning up pet hair. Pet hair tends to get stuck in the vacuum head's bristles, even when they're retracted while cleaning carpets. That said, it still picks up quite a bit of this kind of material. However, it doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter or a turbo brush to deal with shed fur on fabric surfaces.

Pros
  • Easy to maintain.
Cons
  • No HEPA filter.
7.4 Stairs

The BISSELL Zing Bagged is a decent choice for cleaning stairs. It's light enough to be lifted and carried around and small enough to be placed on a step while you clean. It's good at cleaning carpeted surfaces, though it struggles somewhat with bulky material like cereal. Its short power cord can also make it a bit of a hassle to clean longer staircases.

Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design.
  • Easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Bulky material can clog its vacuum head.
  • Short power cord.
7.8 Cars

The BISSELL Zing Bagged is a very good choice for cleaning the inside of your car. It's small and light enough to be carried around without too much difficulty, and you can use it in a semi-handheld configuration to clean some surfaces more easily. It comes with a crevice tool to tackle messes in tight corners, and a hard bristle brush to dislodge dirt from seat upholstery. That said, its short power cord may force you to use an extension cord if your car is parked far away from an electrical outlet.

Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Compact size.
Cons
  • Short power cord.
  • 6.2 Bare Floor
  • 7.3 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.3 High-Pile Carpet
  • 6.4 Pets
  • 7.4 Stairs
  • 7.8 Cars

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Purple Zing Bagged Canister
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Test Results

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Design
6.0
Design
Build Quality

The BISSELL Zing Bagged has mediocre build quality. It has a mainly plastic construction, though its wand is made of metal and its wheels are rubber. While it's easy to take apart or reconfigure, it feels quite flimsy in a few places. The hose connections aren't particularly secure, and its nozzle head feels cheap and doesn't roll smoothly.

8.5
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum is very easy to maintain. Few parts require routine maintenance, and they're quite easy to access.

  • Dirtbag: The dirtbag can be removed by pressing the button on the dirtbag compartment door and then pulling the bag itself from its plastic clip. It needs to be replaced once it gets full.
  • Pre-motor filter: The pre-motor filter is located inside the dirtbag compartment. While no concrete maintenance interval is specified by the manufacturer, it should be regularly washed with warm water and mild detergent to maintain optimal suction performance.
  • Post-motor filter: The post-motor foam filter can be found under the black filter cover on the main body. Like the pre-motor filter, it should be cleaned with warm water and mild detergent periodically for the vacuum to maintain peak suction performance.

The pre-motor and post-motor filters should be left to air-dry for at least 24 hours before they can be reused.

4.5
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
2138425
Filter Part Number
1613062 / 1613063
HEPA Filter Part Number
No HEPA Filter

The BISSELL Zing Bagged has high recurring costs.

  • Dirtbag: The dirtbag isn't reusable and needs to be replaced once it gets full. It can be purchased in packs of three on the manufacturer's website.
  • Pre-motor filter: The manufacturer recommends replacing the pre-motor filter every three to six months. It can be purchased individually on BISSELL's website.
  • Post-motor filter: The post-motor foam filter should be replaced every three to six months, and individual replacements can be bought from the manufacturer's website.

6.1
Design
Storing
Height
46.46" (118.0 cm)
Width
12.60" (32.0 cm)
Depth
14.17" (36.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Automatic
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The BISSELL Zing Bagged has passable storing capabilities. It has a compact body and a retractable power cord, but no rack or onboard storage for its included tools and brushes.

8.0
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.74 gal (2.80 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
2

This canister vacuum has a great dirtbag. It's quite spacious and has a mechanical max fill indicator to let you know once it needs to be replaced.

Design
In The Box

  • Vacuum body
  • Plastic hose
  • Extendable wand
  • Nozzle head
  • Post-motor filter cover
  • Post-motor filter
  • Pre-motor filter
  • Crevice tool
  • Dusting brush
  • 2x Dirtbags
  • User guide

4.9
Design
Range
Cord Length
15.58 ft (4.8 m)
Hose Length
4.89 ft (1.49 m)

The BISSELL Zing Bagged has a poor range. Its power cord is quite short, which may force you to switch outlets when cleaning a big room. Its hose also isn't very long, which can make it difficult to clean hard-to-reach areas.

8.3
Design
Portability
Total Weight
9.92 lbs (4.50 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.97 lbs (0.44 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The BISSELL Zing Bagged is impressively portable. It doesn't weigh very much and has an integrated carrying handle to make it easier to lift and move.

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

This vacuum doesn't have a battery.

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

The BISSELL Zing Bagged doesn't have many quality of life features. Its vacuum head rotates to offer a little more maneuverability and has a foot pedal that allows you to extend and retract its bristles. You can also adjust its suction via its handle and change its power level between 'MAX' and 'LOW' via a switch on its main body.

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
Yes
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The BISSELL Zing Bagged has few tools. There's a crevice tool for tackling tight corners, and a hard bristle brush for dislodging stubborn dirt. However, both these tools are quite short, which means that cleaning furniture can be quite time-consuming. You can also extend its wand to reach far-off areas.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The BISSELL Zing Bagged can be used in a semi-handheld configuration by detaching its extension wand.

Performance
5.8
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
63%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
24%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
22%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
19%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
14%
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)
99%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
99%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
100%
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "MAX", Head Position "bristles extended" (suction vent closed)

This vacuum delivers sub-par performance on bare floors. It clears small debris like rice without a problem, but pet hair can get trapped in the bristles of its head. Also, bulkier material like cereal can clog the entry to its head nozzle, even when its dirtbag is empty.

7.7
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
88%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
89%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
88%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
84%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
79%
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
59%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
59%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
58%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
57%
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "MAX", Head Position "bristles retracted" (suction vent closed)

This vacuum's performance on low-pile carpet is good. With its bristles retracted on the head, it clears most pet hair and larger material like sand. Unfortunately, its struggles somewhat with finer debris like baking soda.

7.6
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
79%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
66%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
65%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
62%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
57%
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)
55%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
53%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
51%
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "MAX", Head Position "bristles retracted" (suction vent closed)

The BISSELL Zing Bagged is good for cleaning high-pile carpet. It does a fair job of clearing both fine and larger debris, like baking soda and sand, though it may take an extra pass to clear it all. However, even with the vacuum head's bristles retracted, pet hair can still get caught instead of being completely sucked up.

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

This vacuum has satisfactory maneuverability. It's lightweight and easy enough to reconfigure, and cleaning around obstructions like electrical cords or on top of furniture is fairly easy, though the small size of its tools can make these sorts of cleaning tasks somewhat time-consuming. Unfortunately, its wand can occasionally disconnect from its hose, and its very short power cord forces you to switch to another outlet when cleaning cramped, cluttered rooms. You may need to crouch and twist the wand sideways to clean under low-lying furniture. Rug tassels can also be a problem, as they can get stuck in the head.

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

This vacuum doesn't have any automation features.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The BISSELL Zing Bagged, model number 2154A, is available in only one color variant: 'Purple', and you can see its label here. The BISSELL Zing Bagless Canister is a similarly-named vacuum that's almost identically equipped but employs a bagless design. It and the Zing Bagged perform somewhat differently overall.

If you come across a differently-equipped variant of the BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The BISSELL Zing Bagged is a no-frills canister vacuum that's positioned as a bagged alternative to the BISSELL Zing Bagless Canister. It's lightweight, easy to maintain, and performs well on carpets. Unfortunately, it has high recurring costs, feels cheaply made, and really struggles with bulky debris, like cereal. If you're looking for alternatives, consider our list of the best canister vacuums, the best vacuums for carpets, and the best vacuums under $100.

Eureka Mighty Mite

The Eureka Mighty Mite is a superior all-around choice to the BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister. The Eureka is a little easier to maintain, performs noticeably better on low-pile carpet and bare floors, and has lower recurring costs with a longer range. Conversely, the BISSELL deals with finer debris on high-pile carpet more effectively.

BISSELL Zing Bagless Canister

The BISSELL Zing Bagless Canister and BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister have slightly different advantages, and one may suit you better depending on your needs. The Zing Bagged is easier to maintain, has an effectively larger dirt compartment, and performs a little better on bare floors. That said, the Zing Bagless is a little lighter, more maneuverable, incurs fewer recurring costs, and performs better on low and high-pile carpet.

Miele Classic C1

The Miele Classic C1 is a more versatile canister vacuum than the BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister. The Miele performs considerably better on all surface types, is more maneuverable, and is more sturdily built. It also has lower recurring costs and is easier to maintain. However, the BISSELL is a little more portable.

NaceCare HVR 200 Henry

The NaceCare HVR 200 Henry is a better canister vacuum than the BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister. The NaceCare is better-built, easier to maintain, incurs fewer recurring costs, and has a far bigger dirt compartment. It also has a longer power cord and struggles less with bulky material. Meanwhile, the BISSELL is lighter and easier to carry.

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