The Best BISSELL Canister Vacuums

BISSELL is a family owned company that has been a leader in the homecare business for over five generations. And when it comes to canister vacuums, theirs are known for the best value for money. If you want a vacuum cleaner that performs on par with, if not better than, luxury vacuums without paying a luxury price, Bissell is a great option. And these are the best canister vacuums BISSELL has to offer:


BISSELL Zing Bagless Canister Vacuum

bissell-zing-canister-vacuum-6489This bagless vacuum is an outstanding example of what a cheap canister model should offer. As a matter of fact I can easily say that it’s one of the best canister vacuum cleaners for its price tag.

  • Bagless Convenience: Cyclonic action and powerful suction provides thorough cleaning. Plus, no more bags to buy or change EVER
  • Multi-Surface Cleaning: Easily go from cleaning carpets to hard floors with the flip of a switch
  • Three-Stage Filtration: Dirt cup filters and post-motor filter help to capture more fine dust and particles. Filters are washable and re-usable
  • Includes: Easy Empty Dirt Cup, Combination Crevice Tool/Dusting Brush, Automatic Cord Rewind, Air Flow Regulator

If you don’t require the kind of cleaning power a big expensive vacuum cleaner offers, or if space is at a premium, this unit is ideal for you. It’s compact and light weight which makes it easy to store and move around when you’re cleaning.

The BISSELL Zing bagless makes use of powerful suction together with cyclonic action, so that you can benefit from thorough cleaning on multiple surfaces. This unit incorporates a three stage filtration system, which includes dirt cup filters as well as a post-motor filter. This filtration system ensures that fine dust and particles can be caught, and disposed of.

The Zing has a push-button adjustment to toggle back and forth between high and low suction, letting users transition from hard surfaces to carpets, and even upholstery and drapes. It comes with two detachable extension wands and a crevice tool and duster brush in addition to its floor head, giving you a range of choices for cleaning almost any household surface.

However, this unit doesn’t come without downsides. The table below will help you weigh the pros and cons and decide if this is the canister vacuum for you:

  • Very inexpensive for such a powerful unit
  • Traps dirt and dust in a bagless container that is easy to empty and clean
  • Bagless design saves money over the life of the machine, and saves searching for the correct filter bag
  • Three-stage filtration is very efficient, and the filters are washable
  • Small size and light weight makes it easy to carry around and stow away when you’re done with your chores
  • Retractable cord makes it easy to put the vacuum away neatly
  • Fairly noisy
  • Because of the whole unit’s small size, the dust bin is very small and need to be emptied often
  • Power cord is shorter than some competing models
  • There’s no holder for any of the attachments


BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum, 4122

Bissell-Zing-Bagged-Canister-Vacuum-4122Just like the bagless version, this unit is designed to be lightweight and maneuverable without sacrificing much performance. It’s a multi-surface vacuum cleaner and it comes with a variety of features including adjustable power, multi-surface functionality, a telescopic wand, cord rewind feature and a full bag indicator.

  • Powerful suction gets the dirt high and low great for bare floors, rugs and above floor cleaning
  • Compact and lightweight for cleaning on the go
  • Multi-surface cleaning: easily go from cleaning carpets to hard floors with the flip of a switch
  • Includes: Telescoping Wand, Automatic Cord Rewind, Variable Suction Control, Full Bag Indicator
  • Please note: When using this unit on carpets make sure you have have the carpet brush engaged on the floor nozzle

Like the bagless Zing this machine has an airflow regulator as well as variable suction controls. The airflow regulator is a common enough feature. But variable suction on such an inexpensive vacuums is not typical.

Additional features include a tool caddy which attaches to the wand and holds the tools on-board, a built-in carry handle, and a fairly narrow cleaning path width of 10.6 inches. A narrow nozzle head may make for additional work when cleaning large areas but it also helps when maneuvering around lots of furniture and getting into tighter, narrower areas, so it is not necessarily a bad thing.

  • Lightweight at just 8 pounds
  • Very strong suction
  • The vacuum head can swivel which makes it very maneuverable
  • Great on hard wood surfaces, stairs and throw rugs
  • Versatile enough to use on floors, stairs and upholstery
  • Has a cord rewind function
  • Does not have any motorized brush, this limits its effectiveness on carpets
  • Noisy especially when you turn up the suction power
  • Bags will add to operational cost in the long run
  • Short telescopic wand
  • Not good picking up pet hair on carpet and upholstery
  • Hard to push the floor tool on carpet


Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert

bissell-1161-hard-floor-expert-deluxe-canister-vacuumThe Bissell 1161 may call itself a hard floor vacuum but it also does a very good job on non-hard surfaces. It is powerful enough to clean low-pile carpets and rugs, but delicate enough to vacuum hardwood floors thoroughly without scratching them. This makes the 1161 a highly affordable multipurpose vacuum.

  • Powerful, yet cleans delicately to protect your floor surfaces
  • Non marking rubber wheels with felt treads
  • Compact and lightweight it is easy to maneuver and store
  • Fingertip control allows you to power the vacuum and control the suction to safely clean delicate surfaces like drapes and upholstery
  • The Easy Empty dirt tank opens from the bottom for no-mess disposal

Hard floors tend to be delicate, they need to be given special care when vacuuming. Which is why this vac is fitted with rubber wheels and felt treads. The bristles on the vacuum’s head are also very soft. And while the machine may not perform as well on other surfaces as it does on hard ones, it still does a decent job.

The Hard Floor Expert has five levels of suction which can be controlled via remote control fingertip buttons on the vacuum handle. There are 5 blue LED lights on the

canister body which indicate what level of suction you are on. This is a useful feature when you want to dial down suction for cleaning drapes, upholstery or even lamp shades for example. The vacuum handle also includes a power on/off control which is another nice feature, you don’t have to bend down to use a switch on the canister body.

Besides the bare floor tool, there are four additional tools provided with the vacuum, all of which store on-board:

  • Dusting tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Telescoping extension wand (aluminum)
  • Low pile carpet tool

A 7-amp motor powers this hard floor vacuum. In comparison to similar models, this vacuum has a less powerful motor. Despite the small motor, the vacuum still has strong suction and effectively picks up particles off your floors.

  • Quiet
  • Retractable power cord
  • Adjustable suction
  • Good on hard surfaces
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Short power cord
  • Not very good on carpet
  • Dust canister is a bit small

BISSELL warrants this vacuum for two years against defective or malfunctioning parts and will replace or repair the faulty components. If you need to contact BISSELL, its website lists both an email and a phone number. You also can search for service centers on the site. If you have trouble with your vacuum, the site has several resources including online product manuals, a FAQs page, product how-to videos and cleaning tutorials.