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Bissell Zing Bagless Canister Review

While being light and easy to handle, this product struggles with more intense cleanup challenges
Bissell Zing Bagless Canister
Credit: Bissell
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Price:   $62 List | $61.59 at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight, inexpensive
Cons:  Struggles with difficult messes, so-so cleaning ability with pet hair, can get clogged
Manufacturer:   Bissell
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Dec 7, 2021
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  • Carpet Cleaning - 35% 3.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6.0
  • Handling - 20% 6.0
  • Hard Surface Cleaning - 10% 4.0
  • Pet Hair - 10% 4.0

Our Verdict

The Bissell Zing is a light-duty vacuum that is relatively inexpensive and easy to handle. It's great for cleaning up small messes or similar tasks, but we found it overall lacks the suction and cleaning power of the top-tier products, easily getting bogged down with difficult messes. That said, it still might not be a bad option for someone who doesn't expect too much from their vacuum and is on a shoestring budget.

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Pros Lightweight, inexpensiveGood price, cleans carpet very well, picks up pet hair with easeInexpensive, easy to clean with, good cleaning performance on hard floorsInexpensive, great for pet hair, solid carpet cleaningPet hair attachment, convenient
Cons Struggles with difficult messes, so-so cleaning ability with pet hair, can get cloggedNot particularly impressive at cleaning hard floorsStruggles with pet hair, mediocre on soft floorsLackluster at cleaning hard floors, so-so ease of usePoor carpet and hard floor cleaning performance
Bottom Line While being light and easy to handle, this product struggles with more intense cleanup challengesIf you are searching for a new vacuum on a budget, then this is a great betWe think this canister vacuum is one of the best options if you are shopping on a slim budgetIf you are shopping on a particularly tight budget for a new vacuum, this is a good optionWhile this vacuum does well with pet hair, it failed to impress with just about everything else
Rating Categories Bissell Zing Bagles... Shark Navigator Lif... Eureka Mighty Mite Eureka PowerSpeed Bissell CleanView S...
Carpet Cleaning (35%)
3.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
4.0
Ease of Use (25%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Handling (20%)
6.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Hard Surface Cleaning (10%)
4.0
6.0
6.0
3.0
5.0
Pet Hair (10%)
4.0
9.0
2.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Bissell Zing Bagles... Shark Navigator Lif... Eureka Mighty Mite Eureka PowerSpeed Bissell CleanView S...
Vacuum type Canister Upright Canister Upright Upright
Model Number 2156A NV356E 3670G NEU182A 2252
Dirt Collection Bagless Bagless Bag Bagless Bagless
Cleaning Path Width 10" 11.25" 10.5" 13.25" 13.5"
Measured Brush Width N/A 9" N/A 10.5" 12.25"
Measured Weight 9.2 lbs 14.4 lbs 10.3 lbs 10.1 lbs 13.1 lbs
Variable Suction Control Yes Yes Yes No No
Brush On/Off Switch N/A Yes N/A No No
Measured Maximum Reach 24' 31' 30' 25' 28'
Measured Power Cord Length 15' 6" 30' 18.5' 24' 27'
Automatic Cord Rewind Yes No No No No
Measured Noise 72 dBa 73 dBa 74.5 dBa 76 dBa 76 dBa
Swivel Head Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Carry Handle Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Soft Bumper No No No No Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Zing Bagless Canister is one of the least expensive options we have tested. However, it delivered disappointing results in our cleaning challenges, making it hard to recommend for most people. It is easy to handle and very maneuverable, but its lack of overall cleaning power makes it ill-suited for all but the lightest levels of messes.

Performance Comparison


Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum cleaner - the zing is an inexpensive canister vacuum, but far from the most...
The Zing is an inexpensive canister vacuum, but far from the most impressive products we have tested.
Credit: Laura Casner

Carpet Cleaning


Our first round of tests for these products focused on their carpet cleaning abilities. We tried out the Zing and the other vacuums on samples of flat and fluffier carpet with a variety of different types of messes to clean up. Overall, the Zing delivered some fairly lackluster results, earning a below-average score.

We found this vacuum did a mediocre job with things like rice or oats on flat carpet. It would usually clean up most of the mess, but only after a handful of passes. However, it did tend to catch extra grains in the squeegee part of the head and drop them later. Unfortunately, this vacuum struggled with fluffier carpet for medium-sized messes, and we generally wouldn't recommend it for this. It did much better with finer messes — like flour or sand — effectively cleaning both types of carpet with minimal effort. However, it can't suck up larger things at all and failed our Cheerios test completely, crushing them up and clogging.

Ease of Use


Our next set of assessments looked at how convenient and user-friendly each vacuum was to use while cleaning various areas of a home. The Zing did much better in this regard, meriting an above-average score compared to the other vacuums we tested. It is very easy to assemble, and we appreciate that it is one of the quieter models that we have tested.

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum cleaner - the zing is very compact and lightweight.
The Zing is very compact and lightweight.
Credit: Laura Casner

We like how easy the Zing is to switch between hard floors and carpet cleaning modes using the foot-activated switch on the vacuum. This moves the bristles and the squeegee in the extractor head up or down to maximize cleaning performance. This vacuum doesn't have a powered brushroll, so no need to worry about turning that on or off.

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum cleaner - the extractor head has a switch to raise or lower some bristles for...
The extractor head has a switch to raise or lower some bristles for different floor types.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Zing does an acceptable job at cleaning along the edges of a room, but the low-profile head is especially great for cleaning under furniture. This, coupled with this vacuum's very long reach, makes for a very versatile cleaning product.

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum cleaner - we like how far this vacuum can clean under furniture.
We like how far this vacuum can clean under furniture.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Handling


For this metric, we looked at agility and maneuverability, as well as how well each vacuum did when tasked with cleaning a flight of stairs. The lightweight Zing again did quite well. It's easy to push or pull across most surfaces, making it very maneuverable. Our only complaint in this regard is the vacuum is so lightweight that it's easy to accidentally whip the main base around while cleaning.

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum cleaner - the zing is very easy to use, with some handy convenience features...
The Zing is very easy to use, with some handy convenience features like a cord rewind.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Zing also makes it exceptionally easy to clean stairs, with the vacuum's long reach more than enough to clean about seven stairs with the main canister at the bottom. And, if you need to go higher, it isn't a hassle to carry the main base with you for a longer set of stairs.

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum cleaner - we found it quite easy to push or pull this vacuum across most...
We found it quite easy to push or pull this vacuum across most surfaces.
Credit: Laura Casner

Hard Surface Cleaning


Here we rated and ranked how the Zing did at cleaning up different messes from a section of hard floor. This budget vacuum couldn't match the cleaning and suction power of the premium vacuums, earning it a lackluster score.

It struggled with fine messes, leaving behind tons of flour. It also didn't do well with larger items, lacking the ground clearance. Medium messes fared a bit better, and we could clean up rice and oats without too many passes. However, this product did a terrible job with Cheerios, crushing them up as it cleaned and immediately clogging — to the point where we think you would be better off with a broom and dustpan.

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum cleaner - this canister vacuum did alright with medium-sized types of debris...
This canister vacuum did alright with medium-sized types of debris, but overall we weren't impressed.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Pet Hair


We scored each vacuum on pet hair for our last metric — one of the most difficult cleaning tasks for these products. As we expected at this point, the Zing struggled, wrapping up our review with another below-average showing. It only collected about half the pet hair that we spread out on our test carpet. Even worse, we found that a decent amount got tangled up on the bristles in the extractor head rather than making it to the canister, forcing us to pick the hair out manually.

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum cleaner - the zing definitely isn't our first choice for cleaning up pet hair.
The Zing definitely isn't our first choice for cleaning up pet hair.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Value


The Zing is a good value option if you are only looking for a vacuum that can handle light-duty work. Otherwise, you would be better off saving and investing in a better vacuum rather than wasting your money on a product that just won't cut it for the inevitable heavy-duty job.

Conclusion


This lightweight and economical product might be a good bet for an apartment or other small area that doesn't require frequent cleanings. It's versatile and easy to handle but pales compared to other products when it comes to cleaning power. We wouldn't recommend the Bissell Zing Bagless Canister to most people, particularly if they have moderate to heavy messes to clean. Households with lots of pets or are primarily carpeted are especially going to want to steer clear of this product.

David Wise and Austin Palmer

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