Hoover vs. Bissell — both of these names have been commonplace in the vacuum market for over 100 years, but what has each brand done with 100 years of experience? Despite their similar years of operation, Hoover and Bissell have both grown into distinctively different brands.
With some overlap in vacuum type, these brands have quite a few differences in features and model specifics.
The guide below will dive into different available models from each brand, and compare like products between the two names.
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Hoover Vacuums Overview
Hoover has over a century of vacuum experience under its belt, with a wide selection of models and features available. While Hoover started in the upright vacuum market, they have since expanded into other areas, including cordless stick vacuums, handheld vacuums, canister vacuums, and even hands-free robot vacuums.
Bissell Vacuums Overview
Similar to Hoover, Bissell has also been around for quite a long time—over 100 years as well, in fact. Bissells today include all major vacuum types—handheld, stick, upright, canister or robot vacuums.
There is a wide variety of Bissell model options as well as well as price ranges. Features range from a simple bagged upright vacuum to an autonomous, self-charging robot vacuum.
Both Hoover and Bissell are going to be more budget-friendly than other brands, like vacuums from the Dyson vacuum lineup or even some of the higher end Shark vacuum cleaners. Most Bissell and Hoover vacuum cleaners fall under $300, for even the most advanced models.
Both Hoover and Bissell have similar lineups, but there are a few key differences between each brand name. Both companies offer all types of vacuums, including uprights, stick vacuums, handhelds, canisters and even robot vacuums.
Aesthetically, these vacuums don’t necessarily have the ultra-modern look of competitive top-of-the-line brands, but they can still provide a quality clean and at a fraction of the cost.
With this price drop, will come some lack in features and performance, but for under $200, there are many options to choose from.
|Model||Hoover Linx||Bissell Bolt Pet Lithium-Ion||Hoover Cruise||Bissell Bolt XRT|
|Weight||10 lbs.||5.8 lbs.||4.7 lbs.||9.1 lbs.|
|2 way fold|
|Battery||18 V||14.4 V||22 V||25.2 V|
|Run Time||~20 minutes||~25 minutes||~30 minutes||~40 minutes|
|Dust Bin Capacity||1.0 L||0.4 L||0.40 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$8 / year||$13 / year||$13 / year|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Bissell Bolt Pet
6 x 10 x 44″
~$13 / year
The Bissell Bolt Pet Lithium Ion cordless stick vacuum is a lightweight stick vacuum that can run as an upright or a portable handheld vacuum—say hello to the 2-in-1. After a full 4-hour charge, this stick vacuum can run for about 25 minutes, possibly less depending on flooring type.
The Bissel Bolt collection offers a few different models and style, but this Pet model seems to be one of the most popular. The “Pet” designation highlights some of the unique accessories included with this model, like the pet hair nozzle, sweep and scoop tool, and pet hair brushroll. It also includes the standard accessories, like the crevice tool and dusting brush.
One of the more unique features of the Bissell Bolt Pet is the two-way folding handle. This allows the vacuum to squeeze under extremely hard-to-reach areas. or tight spaces. This feature is similar to the flex of the Shark IonFlex DuoClean, but at a fraction of the price.
- Comes in well under $200, making this a nice find for the budget-conscious consumer
- 2-in-1 design for added versatility
- XL dust bin capacity, compared to similar models
- Relatively short run time
- A few select third-party reviews complained about its lack of cleaning and suction power
Hoover Linx Cordless
10.6 x 8 x 44″
~$8 / year
The Hoover Linx Cordless stick vacuum looks fairly similar to the Bissell Bolt Pet, but take note—this model is not a 2-in-1 vacuum.
Nice features of the Hoover Linx cordless include an edge-to-edge cleaning head, XL dust bin capacity (over twice the capacity of the Bissell Bolt Pet vacuum), and a good price tag.
Potential downsides to this model would be its heavier weight and relatively short run time. To counteract one of those downsides, Hoover does offer the Linx in a corded vacuum model. Unlike the cordless, which relies on charging a lithium-ion battery, the corded model has an endless supply of power, as long as it can reach the outlet.
You can read the full Hoover Linx corded stick vacuum review here for the in-depth analysis (with cleaning performance testing.)
- Edge-to-edge cleaning brushroll
- Twice the dust bin capacity of the Bissell Bolt Pet
- Relatively short run time, varying from 15-25 minutes, depending on floor type.
- Questionable cleaning performance on hardwood floors (we tested the Hoover Linx corded model, assuming they are similar.)
- At 10lbs, this is not necessarily a lightweight stick vacuum
Hoover Cruise Ultra Light Cordless
9 x 9 x 45″
The Hoover Ultra Light Cruise cordless stick vacuum is a Hoover stick that is a sibling to the Hoover Linx, but also has quite a few differences. Both models are cordless—the Linx running with an 18 V battery and the Cruise operating with a 22 V battery. This enhanced battery results in about 10 extra minutes of run time (a total of approx. 30 minutes).
The dust bin is about half the size of the Linx, but that also translates to being about half the overall weight as well (4.7 lbs. vs. 10 lbs). The other main difference is the 2-in-1 versatility. The Hoover Ultra Light Cruise is a 2-in-1 so it can run as a stick vacuum or a portable handheld.
The Hoover Ultra Light Cruise stick vacuum set includes a battery charger, crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery tool, and a wall mount for easy storage.
Looks alone, some might say that this model has some striking resemblance to the Dyson V-Series stick vacuum… and you wouldn’t be wrong. The in-hand dust bin canister, contracting wand, and sleek, low-profile cleaning head all seem to strike a chord with Dyson’s popular cordless stick vacuum. That being said, looks is basically where the similarities stop.
The actual cleaning systems, battery performance, and overall dynamic design are quite different. As with most of these cases, you get what you pay for, but on a budget, the Hoover Cruise may still be one worth considering.
- Mimics the style of the Dyson V-series stick vacuums, but at a lower price point.
- Lighter body weight, over the Hoover Linx cordless stick vacuum
- Includes a good number of accessories
- The cleaning performance of the Cruise vs. the Dyson has not been fully tested to know if it performs at the same level. However, based on 3rd party reviews we think the answer is going to be “no”.
- Shorter run time than the Dyson V10, V8, and V7 cordless stick vacuum.
- Some reviews says that it clogs with pet hair.
12 x 10.6 x 46″
~$40 / year
The Bissell Crosswave is a unique offering from Bissell in that it is a 2-in-1, wet and dry vacuum. It can vacuum hard surfaces and area rugs as well as wet mop and scrub them. The cleaning performance of this model was pretty exceptional, considering all of the features that it offers.
The Bissell Crosswave comes with a multi-surface brushroll, hardwood floor brushroll, area rug brushroll, pet brushroll, an assortment of cleaning solutions, a cleaning try, as well as a washable filter.
This stick vacuum is designed to “do it all” on hardwood floors but is not designed to tackle vacuuming carpeted floors. It comes with a 25′ power cord, which wraps around the back of the vacuum.
Check out our full review of the Bissell Crosswave stick wet/dry vacuum here, complete with in-depth cleaning testing. Additionally, you may be interested in our Bissell Crosswave vs. Hoover Floormate comparison.
- Vacuums and mops hard surface flooring and area rugs
- A variety of specialized brushrolls are available (multi-surface, hardwood, area rugs, pets)
- Not equipped to tackle vacuuming carpeted flooring.
- Relatively short 25′ power cord, could mean plugging and unplugging more for a whole-home cleaning cycle.
Bissell Bolt Ion XRT
6 x 10 x 44″
~$13 / year
The Bissell Bolt Ion XRT is essentially an upgraded model to the Bolt Pet. Between these two models, both are cordless, but the XRT has a stronger 25.2 V battery that offers about 30% more power and twice the run time of the standard Bissell Bolt Pet cordless stick vacuum.
It is also a 2-in-1 style so it can operate as an upright or portable handheld vacuum, depending on where the mess is.
Other features include swivel steering, a charging base, on/off brushroll switch, and 180 degree swivel steering. The Bolt Ion XRT also has the 2-way folding handle that the Bolt Pet vacuum has, which allows the vacuum to flex backwards to reach under furniture or for compact storage.
Accessories with the XRT includes a crevice tool, dusting brush, and a 6″ wide suction tool for the handheld vacuum and a multi-surface brushroll to use when operating as a stick vacuum.
- Extended 40 minute run time, longer than most comparable models.
- 25.2 V battery equates to stronger suction power.
- Smaller dust bin capacity than comparable models.
When it comes to handheld vacuums, Bissell and Hoover both have a pretty nice selection. Bissell handhelds tend to focus on pet owners, while Hoover takes a more generalized approach.
There is a wide selection of corded and cordless models, some with many attachments, some with none at all, and a variety of price points as well. The table below provides a wide level comparison of the most popular handheld models between the two brands.
|Model||Hoover Air Cordless||Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless||Bissell Pet Hair Eraser|
|Weight||4 lbs.||3 lbs.||5 lbs.|
|Power||Lithium-Ion battery||20 V Lithium-Ion battery||15' cord|
|Run Time||15 minutes||15 minutes||N/A|
|Dust Capacity||0.7 L||0.7 L||0.7 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$40 / year||$20-40 / year||$11 / year|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser
10 x 8 x 5″
$11 / year
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser handheld vacuum is a pocket-sized handheld that packs a powerful punch. Considering its size, I’ve gotta admit, I didn’t really expect much out of this little guy. But in the battle against pet hair, it really provides great suction power.
This handheld is corded and comes with two nozzles—a rubberized nozzle specifically for cleaning pet hair (especially from upholstery) and a hard nozzle for messes on hard surfaces.
You can reach the full Bissell Pet Hair Eraser handheld review here, complete with cleaning performance testing.
- Great at cleaning up pet hair, using the rubberized cleaning head.
- Compact size for portability and quick & easy cleanup.
- Corded power makes this vacuum a little more difficult for “on-the-go” cleaning.
- Small dust bin capacity, due to it’s small size.
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless
16 x 6.8 x 4.5″
$20-40 / year
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser handheld also comes in a cordless model. This model has the same name as the handheld above, but really lacks resemblance in any way. Aesthetically, black and lime green, with a much longer body style than the corded Bissell Pet Hair Eraser.
It comes with three attachments— an upholstery tool, crevice tool, and motorized brush tool.
The motorized brushroll and lack of a rubber nozzle means this design is a bit different than Bissell’s other pet hair handheld. Despite the design differences, the brushroll is able to dig into and remove pet hair from most fabrics and upholstery.
Additionally, the larger dust bin capacity, can be nice for around the house messes or taking it on the go.
- Includes more accessories than the corded Bissell Pet Hair Eraser.
- Cordless for added versatility and multiple uses, at home or on the go.
- Larger 0.7 L dust bin capacity.
- Relatively short run time, compared to similar models.
- High annual maintenance costs, due to costly filter replacements.
Hoover Air Cordless
17.5 x 4.8 x 4.2″
$40 / year
The Hoover Air cordless is a handheld vacuum that operates independently or can be partnered up with their Hoover Air stick vacuum for a 2-in-1 power tool.
It is a compact design and comes with few accessories including: a crevice tool, brush tool, lithium-ion battery, and a battery charger.
During our cleaning tests, we found this model to be pretty effective, with the exception of cleaning up large debris messes (like cereal). You can read our complete Hoover Air Cordless review here.
- Can be converted to a 2-in-1 (stick attachment sold separately)
- Pretty good suction and corner / crevice cleaning due to long nose.
- Costly battery replacement and generally high annual maintenance costs.
- Poor cleaning performance for large debris messes.
The world of upright vacuums is a comfortable one for both Hoover and Bissell, offering a variety of options and multiple iterations of styles, models, and capabilities.
Both Hoover and Bissell vacuums range in price from $100-$300, generally. Most are bagless models, with the exception of the Hoover Widepath upright, which is a bagged system.
These traditional uprights include multiple accessories and versatile ways to use the vacuum all around the home. Some of the uprights are even 2-in-1 vacuums with a portable lift canister, like the Hoover React.
|Model||Hoover T-Series WindTunnel||Bissell Pet Hair Eraser||Hoover Air||Bissell CleanView (9595A)||Hoover React|
|Weight||16.5 lbs.||18 lbs.||13.05 lbs.||15.1 lbs.||16.93 lbs.|
|Power||25' cord||30' cord||30' cord||25' cord||30' cord|
|Dust Bin Capacity||3.0 L||1.5 L||1.2 L||2.0 L||1.5 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$23 / year||$52 / year|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Bissell Pet Hair Eraser
12.4 x 13.5 x 46.8″
~$52-60 / year
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser upright vacuum is the full size version of the Pet Hair Eraser cordless. Unlike the handheld version, the upright Pet Hair Eraser is a corded model, but with the cord, also comes an increase in power and suction for improved cleaning performance.
It has an edge-to-edge cleaning head for an XL 12″ wide cleaning path. It comes with a crevice tool, 8′ hose, quick release wand, motorized brush tool, and a 2-in-1 pet brush. The design of the handle makes it easy to use the hose in-hand and maneuver around tricky spaces or spot clean areas, like upholstery.
Amidst all of the features, one downside of this model is the higher than usual annual maintenance costs—approximately $52 / year with a standard filter replacement or up to $60 / year for the upgraded Febreze filter.
You can read the full Bissell Pet Hair Eraser upright vacuum review here.
- Advanced brushroll design is great for tackling pet hair, tangle-free
- Includes a variety of added accessories and attachments.
- Overall, it struggled with fine debris, especially on carpet.
- Heavier than many models, which could make it harder to maneuver.
12.5 x 13.5 x 44″
The Bissell CleanView upright vacuum has been a part of the Bissell lineup for many years, which results in quite a few different sub-models. This mini-review is going to look specifically at the 9595A model.
This model includes an XL 2.0 L dust bin capacity, OnePass brushroll technology. and lighter than some other comparable Bissell uprights (at only 15.1 lbs).
For easy maintenance, it also includes a washable filter with pre-motor filter. This helps to keep the annual maintenance costs to a minimum.
It comes with four primary accessories: the extension wand, TurboBrush tool, dusting brush, and a crevice tool.
- Lightweight body style for better maneuverability and portability.
- XL 2.0 L dist bin capacity for whole-home cleaning.
- Slightly shorter cord than usual, at only 25′.
- The design is a little bulky and it lacks advanced swivel steering.
Hoover T-Series WindTunnel
16 x 16.5 x 44″
~$23 / year
The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel is a bagless corded upright vacuum.
To date, it’s one of the best performing upright vacuums we’ve tested (see more of the best vacuums we’ve tested), which is all the more impressive, given it’s also remarkably inexpensive. During our cleaning tests, it scored a solid 84%, with most of its struggles resulting from hardwood floors.
The WindTunnel performance across our carpeted tests was excellent.
The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel includes a motorized brushroll, accessory clip, crevice tool, and dusting brush.
For additional information please see our Hoover T-Series WindTunnel review here.
- Internal cord wrap system is a nice extra that you don’t see many other places.
- Excellent cleaning performance on carpets.
- Sizable 3.0 liter bagless dustbin
- Less than great performance on hardwood floors
- Fairly loud at 81 dB
Hoover Tempo Widepath
15 x 13 x 43″
~$18 / year
The Hoover Tempo Widepath is a bagged corded upright vacuum. In fact, this is one of the only bagged upright vacuums in this review of the two brands.
While bagged units are less popular today than they were 20 years ago, they can still provide some benefits for allergy-sufferers or those who simply want the simplicity of trashing the bag and replacing it, without the hassle emptying out the dirt.
Before scratching the Tempo Widepath off your list and marking it as old or outdated, there are a few real benefits that the Widepath has going for it over comparable models. First of all, the Widepath is remarkably inexpensive (usually around $75). Additionally, the extra wide cleaning path helps coverage a large area fast.
It comes with a large capacity dust bin and the following attachments: a crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery tool, and extension wand.
- The bagged system decreases direct exposure to allergens or other irritants.
- Low price tag compared to other upright, large capacity vacuums.
- Sizable 3.14 L dust bag
- Terrible performance on hardwood floors.
- The lack of a bagless system means more maintenance in terms of time and costs.
- Limited swivel steering, due to its slightly bulky design.
13.4 x 12.2 x 44.5″
The Hoover React upright vacuum cleaner is a multi-purpose upright vacuum. The React upright vacuum is a bit more modern approach over the Hoover T-Series upright. It has a sleeker design and many noticeable differences.
First, the advanced swivel steering is a huge improvement over the Hoover T-Series. It’s a 2-in-1 body style, meaning that it can run as an upright, or use it with the portable lift canister, like a handheld.
Other features of the Hoover React include LED headlights, like the Shark Rotator upright vacuum, on/off suction control at the handle, additional setting via app on your smartphone, and two washable filters for lowered maintenance costs.
This model also has the ability to detect and react to changing floor heights as it cleans—no more manually adjusting the brushroll, like what you would have to do with the Hoover T-Series upright vacuum.
- Swivel steering and lightweight body style.
- Self-adjusts to different flooring height.
- Washable filters for lowered maintenance costs.
- Smaller dust bin capacity compared to the Hoover T-Series.
- Pricier than the Hoover T-Series upright model.
13.7 x 11.6 x 37.4″
The Hoover Air WindTunnel upright vacuum brings a new look to the traditional WindTunnel vacuum. This model is extremely light, offers great swivel steering, and a good selection of included accessories with a decent dust bin capacity.
The Air WindTunnel comes with a 2-in-1 crevice tool (that doubles as a hard crevice tool and dusting brush), a wand, and a few other smaller attachments that connect directly to the wand. The dust bin has a clear body so you can easily see when it’s full and needs emptying, or if there is a clog. Overall, the bin can hold approximately 1.29 L of dirt, dust, or other debris.
- Fairly lightweight at 13 pounds.
- A pretty solid value, usually $100-$140’ish.
- Washable filters help keep long-term costs in check.
- Relatively small dustbin at 1.2 liters (especially compared to XL bins like the Hoover WindTunnel)
Neither Bissell nor Hoover are exceptionally well-known for their top-level robot vacuums. With the concept of budget vacuums, robot vacuum rarely fit in that category, just on the nature of the technology and intricate parts that are needed to create an artificial intelligence that can clean your home.
The table below will outline the select few models that both Hoover and Bissel offer regarding inexpensive robot vacuums.
Hoover Rogue 970
13.6 x 13.6 x 3.8″
The Hoover Rogue robot vacuum is the newest version of a robot vacuum from Hoover. It is equipped with wifi connectivity, allowing it to be controlled from your smartphone, tablet, computer, or voice control (when partnered with Amazon Alexa or Google Home).
Compared to its predecessor, Hoover Quest, the Hoover Rogue boasts straighter navigational lines, versus the random zig-zag that many inexpensive robot vacuums are known for.
Hoover offers an app that the Rogue can be paired up with. When on the app, you can see a cleaning summary, schedule a cycle, or set up virtual barriers.
Unlike the Hoover Quest, which requires physical barriers to set navigational boundaries, the Hoover Rogue can generate its own boundaries using self-generated digital maps.
- Improved navigational system for a more methodical cleaning pattern.
- Digital cleaning maps allow for digital cleaning boundaries, you can easily set straight from your phone.
- Third-party reviews complain of loss of connection to the digital map, which results in the Rogue not being able to successfully vacuum the area.
- Many negative or troubling third-party reviews about this product does raise some red flags.
13.8 x 13.8 x 3.5″
The Hoover Quest is the older model that came before the Hoover Rogue. Naturally, you can expect slightly less-refined performance and less impressive features on this model. In fact, Hoover.com doesn’t even sell it on their site anymore, but it is still available from Amazon.com and other third-party retailers.
The Quest uses bluetooth to connect to your smartphone, versus the wifi connection the Rogue relies on.
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The Quest app allows you to schedule cleanings from your phone and uses physical infrared barriers to block off areas that you don’t want to the robot to access.
- Bluetooth connection to your smartphone for scheduled cleanings or additional settings.
- Lower price tag than many other robot vacuums on the market.
- Older model and no longer sold directly from manufacturer, parts and accessories may be hard to come by.
- Lack-luster reviews lead to questions about overall cleaning performance.
13 x 13 x 3.4″
The Bissell SmartClean is Bissell’s main line of robot vacuums. They have two main sub-models, the 1974 and the 1605. The 1974 model is the upgraded version of the 1605 model.
The Bissell SmartClean uses two side cleaning brushes and a central brushroll to agitate and collect dirt, dust, and debris. This model is programmable for easy scheduled cleanings (via an on-board LCD screen) and automatically docks and recharges when the job is finished.
For larger homes or complicated layouts, the Bissell SmartClean comes with one virtual wall barrier to help partition off the space.
Unlike the Hoover Rogue (or many of the Roobma robot vacuums), the Bissell SmartClean does not connect to your smartphone or wifi network for scheduled cleanings. These cleanings are simply programmed directly on the screen of the vacuum itself.
- Has spinning side brushes and an agitating central brushroll for dual-action performance.
- On-screen programming means you don’t need a wifi connection to schedule cleanings.
- Spotty cleaning performance noted from select third-party reviews.
- A little pricey for not including wifi connectivity or a remote control.
So Hoover vs. Bissell—is one name better than the other?
As is the case with many things, it really depends on your exact needs and what you’re looking for. Each brand offers distinctively different models and what is right for one person, may not be right for everybody.
When trying to decide between the two brands, it’s important to consider the features which are most critical and identify which ones don’t matter as much.
If you’re looking for an expensive portable handheld for pets, I’d highly recommend the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (corded) handheld vacuum. It’s small, budget-friendly, and does an amazingly impressive job at removing pet hair. If you really want a cordless option, go with the cordless version of the Pet Hair Eraser.
If you’re looking for a full-service upright, with the tools, power, and capacity to handle large messes, but without the larger price tag, I’d recommend the Hoover Air upright or the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser upright vacuum. Both of these have a modern look, with many different parts, tools, and features for variable cleaning.
If you’re looking for a vacuum that is sensitive to allergy sufferers, I would suggest the Hoover T-Series upright vacuum. It is the only vacuum in this guide which uses a bagged system, which can sometimes be beneficial in capturing (and retaining) fine particulate and debris from the floor and air.
Have needs that aren’t answered in the guide above or simply have additional questions? No problem; we’re here to help! Feel free to send us an email here, and we’ll get back to you just as soon as we can.