Vacuuming 101

Choosing a Vacuum

With so many options and features out there, choosing a vacuum can seem overwhelming! We are here to help with some answers to the most frequently asked questions. 

Why a BISSELL vacuum?


BISSELL has been providing quality floorcare products for over 125 years. Our deep cleaning products are well known for their quality and superior performance. These same standards apply to our vacuum products as well.

BISSELL vacuums are engineered, designed and manufactured specifically for the consumer. BISSELL invests heavily in market research to understand and then meet consumer cleaning product needs. BISSELL has a line of uprights, canisters, sweepers and stick vacs, each one designed for a specific need, whether for quick pick-ups or deep down cleaning. In addition, within each one of these categories, BISSELL offers various features and options to meet the customer’s desires.

What is the difference between an upright vacuum and a canister vacuum?


Canister vacuums are low to the ground vacuums that have a long hose with a wand on the end. As you clean through the hose and wand, you pull the canister unit behind you. Upright vacuums stand tall and have a handle, which is used to push the vacuum. When cleaning carpets, the debris is removed through the foot or base of the unit. Most uprights also have a hose and on-board tools, which are typically used for hard to reach places and when cleaning furniture.

At one time, canisters were thought to be easier to use for cleaning hard to reach places and for cleaning a larger variety of floors surfaces. However, the uprights of today have added cleaning features, such as bare floor height adjustments, brush roll on/off switches, and are easily maneuverable. In addition, the on board cleaning tools have made upright vacuums even more versatile.

Which type of vacuum is better -- bagless or bagged?


Neither type of vacuum is “better” than the other. BISSELL testing shows that with proper maintenance, both can clean equally well. The cleaning performance of an individual vacuum depends on many different factors.

A bagged vacuum will lose its cleaning effectiveness as the bag fills with debris. The bag must be changed when it is about 1/2 to 2/3 full for the best cleaning performance. In a bagless vacuum, the clear container captures dirt so there is not a bag to fill up and clog. Plus with the clear dirt container, you can see when you need to empty it. The result with the bagless system is more constant airflow and suction power.

Bagless vacuums will begin to lose suction power when the filters clog with fine dust particles. The filter(s) need to be checked and cleaned, or replaced, as recommended by the manufacturer. Many bagless vacuums today have washable filters that are easy to clean and maintain.

The latest innovation in bagless vacuums is multi-cyclonic technology. By using centrifugal force instead of filters to separate the dirt and particles, the vacuum’s filter can stay clean longer resulting in non-stop suction for superior cleaning.

With bagless units, convenience is the greatest advantage. There are no more bags to search for, change or buy. The clear dirt container allows you to see how much you have vacuumed up – and accomplished. It is also easy to remove an object that was picked up by accident.

The choice between a bagged and bagless vacuum really depends on your personal preference.

Do more amps mean greater cleaning ability?


No. Amps measure the electrical current used by the motor. Performance depends on a combination of (A) airflow/suction plus (B) brush action to provide (C) cleaning. Therefore, an easy way to remember what is important for good cleaning performance is “A + B = C™”. Some manufacturers focus on only A or B, BISSELL, however, realizes the importance of both.