Avg. consumer rating = 82/100
The Bissell Zing 2156A canister vacuum is compact and lightweight. It generates remarkably strong suction for a vacuum its size and owners like that it is not too loud, and that it has washable filters. It also has an automatic rewind power cord and is a very affordable vacuum cleaner – usually in the neighborhood of $50. However, due to the size of the vacuum it is not the best fit for large house cleaning. It is more suited for a small home or apartment. It is also not designed to handle medium or deep pile carpet. Consider the 2156A if you have a small home with mostly bare floors and some area rugs.
|Best for...||Hard Floors|
|Pet Hair Features||No|
|Approx. Weight||10.2 lbs|
|HEPA Level Filtration||No|
|Power Cord Length||16 feet|
|Motor Driven Brushbar||No|
We found 3398 consumer ratings from three online retail outlets – see table below. When averaged these ratings result in an overall score of 82.1 out of 100 (or about 4.1 stars out of 5). This is similar to our site average for vacuum cleaner scores. To compare this score to others you may wish to see all of our vacuum ratings, all canister vacuum ratings, all Bissell vacuum ratings, or use our Vacuum Cleaner Finder application.
|Source||Consumer Rating||# Ratings|
|Amazon||4.1 stars out of 5||3349|
|Kmart||4.5 stars out of 5||11|
|Wayfair||4.6 stars out of 5||38|
In our experience the average consumer rating (vacuum score) for an inexpensive vacuum is difficult to compare to the score for an expensive vacuum. This has to do with consumer expectations. Expectations are higher for more expensive vacuums, so any vacuum issues tend to result in more negative scoring. In the case of an inexpensive vacuum, expectations are not necessarily as high and owners are often more forgiving with some of the machine’s shortcomings.
Vacuum A: Costs $50 and has a score of 85
Vacuum B: Costs $500 and has a score of 85
Do not automatically expect that these vacuums are equally as good. Consider the consumer’s level of investment.
A thorough review of owner comments, reviews and insights has provided the following vacuum pros and cons:
- Strong suction
- Good on bare floors
- Automatic power cord rewind
- Not too loud
- Very light and easy to lift
- Large dust canister
- Very inexpensive
- Washable filters
- Attachments use compression fit
- Not good on medium or deep pile carpet
- No brushroll in cleaner head
- Not particularly capable on pet hair
- Tools do not mount on vacuum
- Small and not designed for large house cleaning
- Short power cord
Many consumers are pleasantly surprised by the suction of the Zing 2156A and report that the machine really packs a punch. This seems particularly surprising given the size of the vacuum. It is rather compact. It also has a largish dust canister for a vacuum its size, which is good as you don’t have to do frequent emptying.
There are several different Zing canister vacuums. We’ve reviewed a few of them in the past – one bagless, the Zing 10M2, and two bagged units, the Zing 4122 and the Zing 6188. This vacuum, the Zing 2156A, is bagless and it uses cyclonic technology.
Cyclonic technology involves spinning the air (in one or more cyclones) at very high speeds. The dirt and debris are essentiall “flung” out of the air via centrifugal force and into the dust canister. This approach is said to help maintain strong suction while vacuuming (as the dust canister is filling) and to also help filters stay cleaner longer. It is the technology used by most bagless machines today.
The 2156A has a pre-motor filter and a post motor filter. The pre-motor filter is located inside the dust canister and is easily removed (give the filter housing a slight twist). When dirty the filter can be rinsed in water and, when completely dry, placed back in the vacuum. The post-motor filter is located behind a grill at the bottom rear of the vacuum. The post motor filter is also rinsable in water. Note that none of these filters are HEPA grade. This is not a vacuum that will help those suffering from asthma or allergies.
The cleaner head (vacuum floor tool) is designed to work on both hard surfaces and low pile carpet. However please note that this cleaner head has no brushroll. Brushrolls are the spinning brush inside many cleaner heads. They are very important if you wish to do more thorough carpet cleaning.
The cleaner head has a cleaning path width of 10.1 inches. This is not very wide and is similar to that of many stick vacuums. There are pros and cons to a narrow cleaning head. These heads tend to be very maneuverable and it is easy to get them into tight areas and in and around furniture. However in larger open areas they result in the need to do many passes in order to cover the area.
Cleaning reach on the 2156A is not very long. The vacuum sports a 16 foot power cord which is quite short in our opinion (and in the opinion of several consumers). We usually see lengths of 20 feet or more on most canister vacuums. Adding to the minimal cleaning reach is the 4 ft 8 inch hose. This length appears to be sufficient for most vacuuming chores but for some jobs, like overhead cleaning for example, you may have to lift the canister up with one hand while using the hose/wand with the other.
We have seen this vacuum described as having variable suction. However what we really have here is a manual slider on the vacuum handle (at the end of the hose) that you can open or close in order to bleed off suction. This does work but it is not something we would typically refer to as variable suction. Variable suction generally refers to the ability to set the motor speed. It is the kind of thing you see on a Miele canister – the dial on top with 6 speed settings for example. Again, the slider does work and it is useful when vacuuming delicate items like curtains or a lampshade, or if the cleaner head is sticking to an area rug.
The dust canister on this unit is fairly large and it has a volume of 2 liters. This is a reasonable size – especially for such a compact vacuum cleaner. It is easy to detach and to empty. It has the bottom empty design and you simply press a button near the bottom of the unit to open the base. There has been some grumbling that dirt/hair/debris can get stuck near the top of the dust canister and that it doesn’t fall out. This is a frequently a problem with bagless vacuums. Typically in these cases you have to stick your hand in and pull it out. If you can’t access it with your hand, removing the filter assembly may help.
The 2156A comes with a small crevice tool and a dusting brush. These are simple tools and they can be fit on the end of the handle or on the end of the extension wand. There is no place to store these on board the vacuum however. So if you find you need one or the other while vacuuming you will have to fetch it from the closet or wherever you keep them. Having on-board storage is not only convenient it also helps you from losing the tools over time.
The canister body on this vacuum only weighs about 7.5 lbs so it is relatively easy to lift. This is the weight of some stick vacuums on the market today. With hose, wand, and cleaner head the entire assembly still only weighs just over 10 lbs. There are two buttons on the vacuum body – the power on/off and the automatic cord rewind. The canister also moves on three wheels. The smaller front wheel swivels while the two larger back wheels do not.