Bissell has been serving American homes for decades with their extensive lineup of affordable cleaning products. Bissell cordless vacuum is dependable and has long been a fan-favorite for on-the-go individuals. But one problem with Bissell vacuum catalog is the sheer number of models available. Because there are so many options on the market, it can be hard to determine which models are cordless, which are discontinued, and of course, which would be best for your specific needs.
Over the past couple of months, we’ve been on the hunt to find the very best cordless vacuum on the market. We’ve already covered topics like the best Miele vacuum, the best Dyson cordless vacuums, and the best Shark cordless vacuums. Now, it’s finally time for the final company in our lineup – Bissell.
In this article, we’ll guide you through some of the different Bissell cordless and stick vacuums available, and help you determine if one of these fan-favorites is right for your home.
Overview of Bissell Vacuum Selection
Bissell offers vacuums across a number of different varieties, including upright, cordless, stick, robotic, and canister. All of these vacuums have been thoroughly vetted, with more than 150 tests for safety, reliability, performance, and durability on each model before it’s made available to purchase. These test results are backed up by a limited warranty that can range from 90 days to lifetime, depending on the model.
It’s also worth noting that Bissell started the Bissell Pet Foundation to assist animal welfare organizations. The foundation aims to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues by finding them homes via grants, adoption events, a spay and neuter program, and more. Cleaning up shelters and cleaning up dog hair—win-win.
Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Cordless Stick Vacuum
There are several main factors we took into consideration for this ranking: convenience, cleaning performance, allergen and dust management, noise, and service/reliability.
Convenience: You want vacuuming to be easy—after all, why make what’s already a chore into even more of one? Cordless vacuums are innately more convenient than chunky canister or corded upright vacuums. However, they can be more convenient if they can maintain a sufficient battery charge, or less so if they might run out of power in the middle of your Sunday cleaning. Vacuums also win points for being lightweight, easy to maneuver, and packed with useful tools and add-ons.
Cleaning Performance: You’re doing all of this because you want your floor to be clean. A vacuum can be the lightest and easiest to push in the world, but if it doesn’t actually pick up dirt and debris, then what’s the point? You want to make sure your cordless vacuum has enough suction power and versatility to work across different surfaces and pick up whatever you’ve thrown down.
Allergen and Dust Management: How well does the vacuum remove allergens and dust from the environment? And equally importantly, when you empty it, does the dust just go right back into the air? A bagged model will help prevent your vacuumed-up dust from making a last-minute escape. However, many cordless vacuums also feature additional filtration capabilities to ensure your home stays as clean as it can be.
Performance on Pet Hair: If you aren’t a pet owner, this may be less of an issue. But if you have a furbaby that won’t stop shedding (or are just a particularly shedding-prone human), you know how important it is to get the hair or fur off your floors and furniture. A good cordless vacuum should be able to pick up pet hair without issue.
Noise Level: Do your neighbors know every time you’ve gotten the vacuum out? Are you trying to sneak in some housework while the baby naps? Or maybe you have a pet that’s spooked by the sound of your vacuum. In this case, quieter is almost always better. Before purchasing a cordless vacuum, look into the decibel levels of each one. Keep in mind: the higher the number, the louder the sound.
Service and Reliability: Bissell products all come with a warranty, though the length of it varies from 90 days to two years, depending on model. Should you need to return your vacuum for any reason, you have 30 days to return it for a full refund. These vacuums are also built to last about two years. The good news? It’s often cheaper to buy a newer model than to repair it at the end of its life.
Our 4 Best Bissell Cordless Vacuums
1) Best Value: Bissell Featherweight Stick Vacuum ($29.99)
The Bissell Featherweight is appropriately lightweight, weighing in at only 4 pounds. This is significantly less than other stick vacuums on the market. You also don’t have to change bags, though the dust bin is smaller than some other models’. This means it may have to be emptied more frequently. Less convenient is the fairly short cord, which you’ll likely have to unplug and move between outlets if you’re working with a larger space. But the three-in-one design means you can restructure it to work as a full-height floor vacuum, hand vacuum with crevice tool, or stair vacuum (the hand vac setup, but with a floor nozzle rather than crevice tool).
Its cleaning performance isn’t amazing, but it’s decent, especially for the price. It doesn’t have super strong suction, but works for quick pick-ups (say, after your child has spilled a bowl of Cheerios everywhere) thanks to its low weight.
In general, the Bissell Featherweight works best on hardwood floors and area rugs . It does, however, struggle with heavy carpeting. Amazon reviewers say the Featherweight works great on pet hair and it has a removable, washable filter. It doesn’t have a HEPA filter, though, so it’s not ideal for allergy sufferers.
In terms of noise, it’s quieter than other vacuums on the market. And another bonus: In addition to the standard Bissell testing, the Featherweight comes with a one-year limited warranty. Overall, you get what you pay for. It’s not the best vacuum on the market by any means, but it’s great as a spot vacuum for quick cleanup jobs.
2) Best on Pet Hair: Bissell ICONPet ($499)
We tested the ICONPet for our Best Cordless Vacuums roundup, where it earned the title of “Best Value.” As you may have guessed from the name, this cordless vacuum excels in the pet hair department. Pet hair won’t tangle in its specially designed cleaning head, and the filtration system is sealed to avoid escaping particles (though it is also bagless, so some may sneak out during emptying).
Convenience-wise, you get up to an impressive 55 minutes of battery life on the low power setting, but only 18 minutes on high power. This vacuum is definitely better for cleaning smaller spaces, especially since the battery needs to be fully charged before each use. It includes a small brush head for cleaning upholstery or stairs, and features LED lights on the front of the main and crevice tools for hard-to-spot hairballs.
The ICONPet performs best on hard flooring and low-pile carpets, offering a price in line with its value.
3) Most Versatile: Bissell AirRam ($249)
The Bissell AirRam scores great in the convenience category with a weight of less than eight pounds. It also boasts 40 minutes of battery life, and has a collapsible handle for easy storage. This cordless vacuum even has LED headlights to illuminate any dirt or debris on the floor, and can be angled to pick up dirt in nearly any corner.
This model does its best on hard floors, particularly when picking up crumbs. It struggles on carpeting though, gliding over the surface without necessarily picking anything up behind it. It also struggles on pet hair and might not be the best option if you suffer from allergies because it lacks proper filtration.
Another consideration: the AirRam is loud. Your pets and sleeping humans probably won’t be big fans. On the plus side, the AirRam has one of Bissell’s longer limited warranties, with two years of coverage included. But that ultimately isn’t enough to make up for its flaws. At this price point, we would not consider this over a Dyson or Miele. It’s better to either get a $100 cordless vac or spend a bit more to get a Dyson or Miele cordless vacuum.
4) Best Overall: Bissell ICONPet Pro ($319)
Like its cousin the ICONPet, the ICONPet Pro is designed to take care of all of your household shedding concerns with a tangle-free brush roller, lay-flat design, and LED lights. It can convert into a handheld or high-reach vacuum and comes with four different tool attachments (a motorized TurboBrush tool, LED-lighted crevice tool, pet dusting brush, and flexible crevice tool).
This model comes equipped with three different cleaning modes: Max, Everyday, and Quiet. Max mode has the highest performance and iis ideal for carpet, while Everyday is better on hard floors or rugs. The Quiet mode provides a longer runtime, but doesn’t work as powerfully as the others. Amazon reviewers are mixed on the vacuum’s performance, with some praising it and others disappointed by a lack of suction.
As the name indicates, pet hair is where the ICONPet Pro shines. It’s specifically designed to pick up pet hair and keep it inside the vacuum with their SmartSeal Allergen System.
In another bump up from its cousin, this model comes with a three-year warranty (vs. the two-year offered on the standard ICONPet). Overall, the two are very similar, but the Pro offers a few extra features for its higher price point. The main differences are the higher voltage on the battery and a few more included tools.
Overall, Bissell is a popular vacuum brand for a reason – these vacuums are dependable and last up to two years without issue. However, some models are better than others when it comes to cleaning different surfaces. This is why your needs are most important when deciding which of the many models is the best Bissell vacuum for you.
As you move towards the higher-end Bissell vacuums, you may want to weigh your options against companies like Dyson or Miele to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. But if you’re looking for a reliable vacuum at an affordable price point, Bissell is the perfect option for you.
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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on December 17, 2020. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.