Bissell Inc. began in the late 1800s in Michigan. Today the company is still headquartered in Michigan and is now the largest manufacturer of floor care products in North America. They manufacture stick vacs, canisters, uprights, handhelds and carpet cleaners. The units often have a focus on households with pets and are usually affordable with slightly better than average consumer ratings (but not always). Bissell vacuums have appeared in our lists of best vacuums under $100 and best vacuums under $200.
Top 5 Rated Bissell Vacuum Cleaners - 2017
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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 33A1
Bissell CleanView 1330
Bissell CleanView with OnePass 9595A
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless
Bissell Zing 4122
In the above table an effort has been made to highlight machines currently available
The Bissell Zing 1668 is a small, bagged canister vacuum. It is lightweight, compact and easy to carry. It is designed for bare floors, rugs and carpet but performance on carpet isn’t particularly good as the floor nozzle does not have a brushroll. It does perform fairly well on bare surfaces however and the unit is very affordable at well under $100. This vacuum is very similar to the Bissell Zing 4122, and we believe it is actually the replacement for the 4122.
The Bissell 1535 OptiClean canister vacuum is adored by some owners but disliked by others. Folks who are happy with their machine point to its light weight, ease of use, and compact size, however those less enthusiastic allude to problems with suction, poor performance on carpet, and limited cleaning reach. Overall consumer ratings for the 1535 are a little disappointing but the vacuum is quite affordable.
The Bissell 1984 Air Ram vacuum is a cordless, bagless upright. Its extreme light weight and swivel steering make it very maneuverable and easy to lift. It is designed for carpet and bare floors and most owners are pleased with the suction power. The dust canister is easy to empty and also has a feature to push dust/debris out. It has a respectable run time of about 30 minutes on a charge. It is not great on deep pile carpet however and it does not come with a HEPA filter. Also, the Air Ram is compact and it may be better suited for a small home, dormitory or apartment.
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (model 1650A) is a bagless, corded upright vacuum cleaner. As the name suggests it is designed for households with pets and while it can also be used on bare floors, it excels at removing pet hair from carpet. Specialized features include an effective tangle-free brushroll, a system that separates hair from debris which helps when emptying the dust canister, a Febreze filter for removing pet odor, and a sealed filtration system. These all work fairly well and result in a good pet hair vacuum, however this machine is quite heavy and the hose & wand assembly is a little short.
The Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum is designed for households with pets. It comes with several tools one of which is a motorized brush tool that excels at pulling up pet hair from carpet and upholstery. The vacuum is not too loud and is also quite lightweight. However, it doesn`t come with a stand and it takes about five hours to fully charge the battery when it is out of juice.
The Bissell Symphony Pet Vacuum and Steam Mop (model 1543A) is popular and getting great ratings from owners. You can actually vacuum and mop at the same time with this machine. It has 3 cleaning modes: Steam, Vacuum, Steam & Vacuum. It is a good choice for households with pets and excels at picking up pet hair and removing paw prints. It doesn’t require any chemicals or detergent and cleanup is fairly easy. Vacuum suction is not spectacular however and it doesn’t mop tight into corners.
The Bissell Aeroswift 1009 is a small, compact vacuum cleaner and is good for those with an apartment or small area to clean. This is also a very affordable unit and we’ve seen it available for $50-$70. It includes an optional Febreze filter which helps eliminate odors and also leaves behind a fresh, clean smell after vacuuming. The size of the machine is both a pro and a con. It is lightweight and easy to carry but it also has a short hose/wand and the dust canister is quite small resulting in the need for frequent emptying. It also does not come with HEPA filtration.
This is a simple, inexpensive vacuum cleaner that is getting some good reviews and ratings from consumers. It is very similar to the Bissell CleanView 9595 but has a new brushroll designed for better pickup (according to Bissell). The vacuum is very reasonably priced and is usually under $100. It is also capable on pet hair, carpet and hard surfaces, and it has strong suction. However the brushroll cannot be turned off and the power cord is a bit short.
The Bissell 1534 is a cordless, bagless vacuum that is somewhere between an upright and a stick vac. If you are expecting an upright then you will feel this vacuum is very lightweight. If you are expecting a stick vac then you may feel the 1534 is on the heavy side. As it is not entirely a full size vacuum it isn’t a good fit as the sole machine for a large home (canister fills quickly and narrow cleaning path width). This, like most compact vacuums, is best for quick, smaller cleaning jobs. If you know what you are buying this vacuum can be a good choice. If you expect something else you may be disappointed.
The Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert is a bagless canister vacuum designed for cleaning hard surfaces such as tile, wood or linoleum. It can also clean carpet but is only useful on very low pile carpet and area rugs. The 1161 is also lightweight so it is easy to maneuver and carry, and it is compact so it doesn’t require much storage space. Its small size may limit its practicality in larger homes however, and the short power cord frustrates some owners.
The Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine is a rare animal - it is a carpet cleaner with absolutely top-notch consumer ratings. Many carpet cleaners turn out to be a frustrating experience for owners and we have never before reviewed one that generated an average consumer score in the 90s. The Big Green scored a staggering 97.1 out of 100 and owners report that it does a fantastic job of cleaning carpet and upholstery. It is also very easy and straightforward to use. On the downside, the Big Green is a bit heavy and it doesnt come cheap.
The Bissell Zing bagged canister vacuum (model 4122) is a fairly simple machine and it doesn't come with a lot of frills and features. It is also very inexpensive at around $50. Owners are giving it great reviews and feel that it is lightweight, maneuverable and easy to store. It is a good fit for a smaller home or apartment but it performs better on bare floors than carpet.
The Bissell PowerGlide Pet upright is getting some respectable ratings from consumers although not all of them are thrilled. It comes with a lift-off feature that allows for portable cleaning. This feature, far from being a gimmick, has proved to be a real asset when cleaning stairs or cleaning overhead. Unfortunately the vacuum does not have HEPA filtration or manual height adjustment but it does carry a lengthy 5-year limited warranty.
The Bissell CleanView 9595 is a fairly inexpensive bagless upright but it still includes a nice array of tools and it carries a 2-year warranty. The OnePass idea seems like marketing noise to us but owners do report that the unit has solid suction and good pickup. The power cord, hose and extension wand are all on the short side however.
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 $65.
This upright gets great reviews and not-so-great reviews. It is a relatively inexpensive vacuum with powerful suction and it works well on carpet. It also comes with a long power cord and a long hose. However the brushbar cannot be turned off and the unit is only average on bare floors. In addition, a number of owners report issues with reliability and indicate that the vacuum may not have a long life. It carries a 1-year warranty.
This bagless upright gets pretty good consumer ratings and is not too expensive. It has most of the usual features and includes HEPA filtration, several nozzle height settings and a turbo tool. It also carries a 3-year parts and labor warranty which is quite good in this price range. However the brushbar, while motorized, does not come with an on/off switch and some folks may not like this when cleaning bare floors.
The Bissell Healthy Home (model 16N5F) gets fairly good reviews from owners. It is a bagless upright machine and can generally be found online for under $200USD. It has HEPA filtration, a 30 foot power cord and includes several tools that store on board. It also has 7 nozzle height settings and carries a lengthy 5-year warranty. Some owners report, however, that it is a bit heavy and that the turbo brush gets bogged down if pressed too hard into the carpet.
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 66T6 gets very average ratings from consumers. It is something of a love it or hate it machine with a number of owners giving it 5 stars out of 5 and a similar number rating it 1 or 2 stars out of 5. Detractors feel that the suction is poor, the power cord is too short and that the vacuum just doesnt perform on carpet. Those that like the 66T6 highlight its light weight, pet hair removal capabilities and retractable power cord.
The Bissell Rewind Premier Pet (model 67F8) is geared towards households with pets and it gets mostly good reviews from owners. Consumers like the automatic cord rewind feature, the easy assembly and the ability of the vacuum to pull up pet hair. Most also highlight that the machine has great suction and is reasonably priced. The most significant area of discontent however is the unit's weight. A number of owners note that the vacuum is a little heavy and in some instances can be a chore to push.
This is an inexpensive (about $50.00) and fairly simple stick vacuum manufactured by Bissell. It is somewhat innovative in that it has a v-shaped nozzle that is designed to direct larger debris to the units main suction area while the arms of the v pick up the finer dust and particles. The 81L2 is a corded, bagless upright that is light, manueverable andgood on hard surfaces but it has limited effectiveness on carpet and some owners feel it is a bit loud.
The Bissell Rewind SmartClean 58F8 is another reasonably priced Bissell vacuum that is getting good consumer reviews and ratings. It can be found online at some sources for under $150 and it comes with HEPA filtration, a retractable power cord, an array of attachments, and a carpet clean sensor that many folks really like. It is also a bagless machine with a respectably long warranty for the price. Some people, however, have commented that it is a little heavy, although it is only just slightly heavier than your average upright.
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I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada. I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.
I make every effort to write unbiased, intelligent vacuum cleaner reviews and I provide average consumer ratings for each and every vacuum cleaner I investigate. My ultimate goal is to ensure you find the best vacuum for your cleaning needs.
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