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Bissell Zing Canister Vacuum, 10M2

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Avg. consumer rating = 84/100 

This is a very inexpensive canister vacuum cleaner and consumer ratings are quite good.  But the machine is far from perfect.  It is best suited for smaller area cleaning and it does not excel on carpet.  Also the fit and finish are not exemplary and a number of owners complain that it feels cheap and “plasticky”.  Having said that, for its low price tag it does deliver with respect to bare floor cleaning and many owners praise the unit for being lightweight and having strong suction. It is sometimes seen online for less than $50.

There are two Bissell Zing vacuums frequently found online and this has caused some confusion with retailers and consumers alike, sometimes resulting in mixed-up and incorrect product specifications.  One vacuum is a bagless canister (the 10M2) and the other is a bagged canister (the 22Q3).  In this review we are looking at the bagless unit.

Consumer ratings for the Bissell Zing 10M2 are relatively good as can be seen in the table below.  These provide an average score of 84/100.  Bear in mind, however, that there is a tendency for owners to be more lenient with ratings when the product cost is low, but that said, good ratings still need to be considered.

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.2 stars out of 5  171
 Target  4.2 stars out of 5  46

 

Owner comments also provide insights into the pros and cons of the Zing and the more common ones have been collected below:

PROS
- Very inexpensive
- Fairly good on bare floors
- Lightweight
- Automatic cord rewind
- Brushbar can be lifted so it does not contact the floor
- Dust canister is easy to empty

CONS
- Cord is very short for a full size vacuum
- Canister is sometimes hard to pull along
- Build quality is not that good
- Not very effective on carpet
- Quite loud

The Bissell Zing 10M2 is powered by a 9 amp motor and, like many bagless vacuums today, it uses cyclonic action to generate suction and separate the dirt out of the incoming air.  If you’ve seen the Dyson ads on television this is a similar approach, and the 10M2 also has washable pre-motor and post-motor foam filters.

The vacuum is designed to work on both carpet and bare floors and a switch on the top of the nozzle lifts or lowers the brushbar as required - see image below.  Most owners report that despite the ability to control the brushbar the vacuum isn’t particularly good on carpet, and with anything but low pile carpet it can also be difficult to move.  The brushbar is not motor driven and it depends on vacuum suction to spin.

Brushroll Switch
Brushroll Switch

The nozzle provides a 10.1 inch wide cleaning path. Frankly this is a bit narrow for a full size vacuum.  It is more the size one would expect on a stick vac, but narrow nozzles do have some benefits – namely the ability to easily get into more cramped areas and also in and around furniture.

Airflow Regulator
Airflow Regulator

Some 10M2 marketing material alludes to the vacuum having “variable suction”.  This is not really the case.  What the 10M2 has is an airflow regulator on the vacuum handle -  see image to right.  An airflow regulator is essentially an opening with a slideable cover.  The cover can manually be moved back and forth adjusting the size of the opening and thereby the suction at the end of the wand.  Variable suction generally refers to controls that adjust the speed of the vacuum motor and thus the suction.  Variable suction is commonly found on Miele canisters for instance.

A combination crevice tool and dusting brush are included but a number of owners feel they are rather small, and there is no place to store them on-board the vacuum.  The vacuum does have automatic power cord rewind however (triggered via a button on the back of the canister) and this feature is well-liked.  Although it should be pointed out that the power cord is only 15 feet in length.  We advocate that power cords be a minimum of 30 feet for a full size vacuum and this one falls quite short.  A short cord can make large area cleaning more difficult as you frequently have to plug and unplug the machine when moving from place to place.  Some Zing owners report using an extension cord with the vacuum.

This 10M2 is fairly easy to store and it is quite compact.  It is also light at only about 10 lbs – the canister itself weighs in at 7.5 lbs.  In addition, it can easily be picked up and carried from place to place as the top of the canister has a large built-in carrying handle.

Other vacuum features include a 6 foot hose and an easy-to-empty dust canister.  The dust canister has a 2 litre capacity (0.53 US gallons).  The Bissell Zing 10M2 carries a 1-year limited warranty.

Vacuum Cleaner Manual
You can read more about some of the vacuum features and about maintenance and troubleshooting in the manual here.  The manual is fairly general but it may help in some instances.

 

 

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