Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum review

We tried out the Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum. Keep reading to discover what we found

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum in green
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Real Homes Verdict

Budget buyer’s dream; this bagless canister has above-average suction, it's easy to manoeuvre and easy to store – all for a very reasonable price

Reasons to buy
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    Very affordable

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    A bagless dirt cup that prevents messes

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    Can be used on various hard floors and low-to-medium carpet

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    Switch between carpets and hard floors with a foot switch

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    Convenient automatic cord rewind

Reasons to avoid
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    No dual edge cleaning

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    Can't attach additional attachments to the vacuum

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    Not the best vacuum for sensitive hardwood floors

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Consider the Bissell Zing Bagless Canister Vacuum if you don’t have a lot of bucks to spend on a vacuum, but want something of quality. When it comes to the best vacuum products, we always like to keep in mind the capabilities of the vacuum and the price. Just because you have a budget doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a great quality canister vacuum.  We tested this green and black canister vacuum so that with our review you’ll get a better idea of why this vacuum might be the right fit for you.

Keep scrolling to see how this canister vacuum got on in our home then, check out our best vacuum cleaners guide for more top makes and models which we've reviewed.

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister Vacuum specifications: 

Design: Bagless canister vacuum cleaner
Cleaning features: Button on floorhead can switch between low pile carpet, upholstery, and carpet to bare floors like tile, linoleum, and vinyl
Reach: 14/16-foot cord, 4'8" hose length
How it moves: Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre with three wheels and handle
Bagless container: 2-liter dirt cup with an Easy Empty lid
Attachments: Attachable extension wand, dust brush, and crevice tool

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister

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Who is the Zing Bagless Canister Vacuum perfect for?

People with hard floors: The Zing works best on hard floors like tile, vinyl, and linoleum. That said, it’ll do the trick for low-pile carpets and rugs.  

Those who hate dealing with filter bags: No filter – no problem! The Zing has an easy-to-use canister you can empty with the touch of a button, so there’s no need to get your hands dirty or deal with filter bags. 

Apartment and small home dwellers: At 12lbs, this vacuum is super light and manoeuvres easily on three wheels or with the handle. It doesn't take up much storage space either.

Budget-minded buyers: At less than $60, the Bissell Zing is a worthwhile buy that will take care of your cleaning needs without the costs.  

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister

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What's the Bissell Zing Bagless Canister Vacuum like to use?

I was immediately attracted to the Bissell Zing Bagless Canister Vacuum for one reason: it’s bagless! While I understand the benefits of filter bags, I love when cleaning is easy and convenient and the Zing’s Easy Empty Dirt Cup is just that. When you’re ready to empty the dirt from the cup, all you do is place it over a trash can, touch a button and the dirt falls down without having to get your hands dirty. That said, the Zing does have a filter inside the Dirt Cup and Post Motor Foam Filter, but the great thing about these two items is that they don’t require replacement often, just an occasional good cleaning under the faucet and time to dry in the sun.

There were plenty of other reasons to like the Zing. Putting it together happened in a jiffy and I got right to work vacuuming my laminate floors by pushing the power button with my foot. With three wheels, it moved quite easily and when I needed to use the handle to move the canister to another room, I found it to be far lighter than the advertised weight of 12 lbs. I was happy to see that the suction power was above average which made the budget-friendly price of the vacuum all the more worth it.

Floor types

This vacuum is designed to work best on hard floors like laminate, vinyl, and tile. It can be used on carpets and rugs – and it does that well – but it really only offers a quality cleaning on low-to-medium pile carpets and it could be a bit more cumbersome to move around bedroom carpet compared to hard floors. To switch from hard floors to carpet, all you do is hit a button on the floorhead with your foot, which is super easy and convenient.

As far as hardwood floors go, this isn't the best vacuum to use. The wheels are plastic with a rubber coating so it probably won’t do damage on newer hardwood floors but for sensitive historic hardwood floors, I wouldn’t chance it. Plus, the floorheads available for this product are not outfitted with the right types of bristles to prevent scratching. 

Attachments

Three attachments arrived with this vacuum – an extension wand, crevice tool, and dusting brush. From the get-go, I attached the extension wand to the Zing because it prevented me from having to lean over and gave me a bit more feet to vacuum with. The dusting brush and crevice tool worked just fine, though I was disappointed that there wasn’t an attachment holder on the Zing to store these two attachments.

When you finish using the Zing, just hit the automatic cord rewind button and the cord will zip back into the machine. There is a small attachment on the back of the vacuum where you can slide the floorhead into so that it stores more compact. As I mentioned before, it’s a super lightweight vacuum so it’s easy to move up and downstairs if you have them or to carry it through your house to store in a closet.

Bissell Zing

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What you need to know about the power cord

So here’s the thing about the power cord on the Bissell Zing: even though it’s 16 feet in length, you can only use about 14 feet of the power cord. I learned this the hard way. After receiving the Bissell Zing, I excitedly pulled out the power cord and though I noticed two tapes – a yellow one and a red one – near the end of the power cord, I didn’t think anything of them until it came time to use the automatic cord rewind button (always read the instructions first, kids).

The automatic rewind button wouldn’t work, and after some investigating, it was because it had to do with those yellow and red tapes. When you see the yellow tape, you’re supposed to stop pulling the cord. See a red tape and you’ve pulled the cord out too far so that the automatic rewind button won’t work.

I had to do some troubleshooting to get the automatic rewind button to work again, but through this process, I discovered that I can only use about 14 feet of the 16-foot power cord which reduces the length at which I can vacuum a room. For those with small rooms and plenty of outlets, this isn’t an issue, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind.

How does the Bissell Zing rate online?

There’s nothing fancy about the Bissell Zing Bagless Canister, but it does a great job cleaning floors so it’s no surprise that it consistently receives 4.5 stars across various shopping platforms.

How does the Bissell Zing Bagless Canister compare to other Bissell Canister Vacuums? 

The Bissell Zing Bagless Canister vacuum is the cheapest model that Bissell offers (there’s a bagged canister vacuum that costs the same amount). Bissell canister vacuums cost anywhere between $59.99-$329.99 which puts it in the mid-range of canister vacuum brands. Their Pet Hair Eraser® Premium Canister Vacuum is a better choice for pet owners, if you can foot the bill. On the other hand, the Hard Floor Expert Canister Vacuum is the way to go if you have various hard floors, but especially hardwood floors, as it's designed in many ways to be gentle. At $209.99, it’s a pretty cost-efficient, high-quality model. And if you don’t like being confined by power cords then the Hard Floor Expert Cordless Canister Vacuum is the way to go. Not only is it bagless, but it’s gentle on hardwood floors, too.

Bissell Zing Bagless Canister Vacuum

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What do you get for your money? 

In addition to the Zing Bagless Canister vacuum, which comes with three attachments – an extension wand, crevice tool, and dust brush – you’ll receive a one-year limited warranty. Upon receipt, Bissell will repair or replace your Bissell Zing with a new, refurbished, or remanufactured component for free if your vacuum has a defective or malfunctioning part.

Is the Bissell Zing Bagless Canister worth it?

The Bissell Zing Bagless Canister is worth the purchase. At less than $60, this vacuum is a budget buyer’s dream. It has above-average suction capability and was easy to manoeuvre and store when vacuuming was complete. Since it wasn’t designed to be used on sensitive hardwood floors, I utilized it on my laminate floors and had no issue using the extension wand to clean dusty window panes and other high-to-reach places. If your home has tile, laminate, or vinyl floors, this is definitely a worthwhile buy – and it handles low-to-medium carpet and rugs, well too.

While I would have loved an attachment on the vacuum to store the three attachable pieces that came with it, for less than $60, I’ll overlook this. By far my favorite feature was the bagless dirt cup which allows me to see how much dirt, hair, and crumbs are picked up. Plus, I can throw all of that away without having to touch it. Any vacuum that comes without a filter is convenient and that’s a win in my book.

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