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Dirt Devil vs Bissell

Finding a good vacuum cleaner is much easier said than done. For one, there are many different brand names out there, and each brand name has literally dozens of vacuum cleaners for sale. Dyson vs Shark is one of our most popular vacuum comparison articles and today we deliver another vacuum brand battle. Two other highly regarded brand names for vacuum cleaners are Dirt Devil and Bissell.

Both of these brand names have some really fantastic vacuums in their lineups which can make coming to a final purchasing decision very difficult. Is Bissell or Dirt Devil better for your needs?

Dirt Devil Power Swerve
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Bissell Air Ram 1984

Dirt Devil Power Swerve vs. Bissell Air Ram 1984

If you need a good stick vacuum, a small and lightweight vacuum cleaner, you might be interested in either the Dirt Devil Power Swerve or the Bissel Air Ram 1984. Both of them make for great options, but is Bissell or Dirt Devil better? Let’s take a closer look at both of them to see what they are all about. This is our Dirt Devil vs Bissell stick vacuum comparison.

Dirt Devil Power Swerve

Dirt Devil Power Swerve

This is a really small and lightweight vacuum cleaner, one that comes with quite a few handy features, yet barely weighs anything at all. It can be used for multiple floor types, it has a washable filtration unit, and a fairly large dirt cup too. It even comes with a fairly fast charging battery too. Let’s take a closer look at it to find out what it is all about.

Battery

This is a cordless vacuum cleaner that comes with a 16 Volt lithium-ion battery. What is nice is that it charges up to 3 times faster than other similar vacuums. It takes 5 hours to charge, which might seem like a long time, but not nearly as long as other models. Now, the battery life on this thing only lasts for 15 minutes, which is admittedly not great. It is a good option for small and quick jobs, but not for larger homes.

Weight

One of the best aspects of the Dirt Devil Power Swerve is that it is super lightweight and easy to maneuver. It only weighs a few pounds, which helps to make it extremely maneuverable and easy to transport, so much so that anybody can use it with ease.

Suction and brush

Something worth noting about the Dirt Devil Power Swerve is that it comes with a great Spin3Pro carpet brush. You can turn the brush on to get really deep into carpets to lift out a lot of dirt, or you can leave the brush off for hard floors. It’s convenient that you can turn the power head on and off depending on the type of flooring you are vacuuming.

The dirt cup and filter 

Yet another thing which stands out about the Dirt Devil Power Swerve is that it comes with a very large dirt cup. It has a dirt cup that can hold 0.7 liters of filth, which is about twice as much as other comparable stick vacuums.

It means that you don’t have to empty the dirt cup nearly as often as with other models. At the same time, here you get a pretty nice filtration unit, one that can be washed for easy reuse.

Bissell Air Ram 1984

Bissell Air Ram 1984

This vacuum is actually about 3 times the price of the Dirt Devil we just looked at, but in all honesty, it also has some features that are well worth the price. Let’s take a closer look at the Bissell Air Ram 1984 to find out what it is all about.

Battery

Whereas the Dirt Devil came with a 16-volt battery, the Bissell Air Ram 1984 comes with a 22-volt battery. In other words, it has a bigger and more powerful battery. This vacuum cleaner can last for up to 30 minutes of cleaning, or about twice as long as the Power Swerve. Yes, it does also take a bit longer to charge than the Dirt Devil, but you get twice as much cleaning time out of it before it needs to be recharged. It’s better for larger homes.

Weight

The Bissell Air Ram 1984 is also a very lightweight vacuum cleaner, which makes it very easy to maneuver and carry up and down stairs. Once again, this is also a good option if you need a lightweight vacuum to quickly move from one side of the home to the other. In fact, this thing weighs a bit less than the Dirt Devil, which is yet another advantage which it comes with.

Suction and brush

What is also very nice about the Bissell Air Ram 1984 is that it has really powerful suction capabilities. When it comes down to it, it does have a whole lot of suction that can suck up pretty much anything in its path. This vacuum does have a stronger battery and motor than the Dirt Devil, so it therefore also has increased suction power for bigger jobs, not huge jobs, but bigger ones than the Dirt Devil can handle.

It is worth noting that the Bissell Air Ram 1984 comes with an on/off powerhead brush. You can leave the brush off to keep hardwood floors safe and free from damage, but still clean them with ease. You can then turn the power head brush on in order to vacuum carpets and area rugs. The brush is even specially designed to deal with pet hair.

Dirt cup and filter

One thing that needs to be noted about the Bissell Air Ram 1984 is that the dirt cup is a bit smaller than on the Dirt Devil. The dirt cup here can fit up to 0.6 liters, whereas the Dirt Devil has a 0.7 liter cup. Also, the Dirt Devil features a washable and reusable filter, whereas the Bissell Air Ram 1984 has a filter that needs to be replaced fairly often, especially with heavy use.

Dirt Devil Power Swerve vs Bissell Air Ram 1984 – Final Thoughts

The Dirt Devil Power Swerve comes in at about 1/3 of the price as the Bissell Air Ram 1984. It also has a better filtration system and a larger capacity for dirt than the Bissell. However, although the Bissell is quite pricey, it also has way better battery life, is ideal for all kinds of flooring and can easily deal with pet hair, and it has better suction power too.

Dirt Devil Razor Pet vs Bissell CleanView 1820C

Dirt Devil Razor Pet vs Bissell CleanView 1820C

These vacuums, while not being stick vacuums, are still fairly lightweight, and are definitely upright models. Both of these following models are intended for pretty heavy duty use, for carpets, and for dealing with pet hair too. Let’s take a closer look at each of them right now.

Dirt Devil Razor Pet

The Dirt Devil Razor Pet is a super powerful upright vacuum cleaner, and as the name of it implies, it is made to deal with carpets and pet hair.It is a fairly lightweight vacuum with good suction, a swivel head, and it’s quite durable too.

It also has a few other fairly cool features that are worth looking at.

POWER HEAD AND BRUSH

The Dirt Devil Razor Pet comes with a great power head brush with some pretty useful bristles. It features a multi floor on/off function as well. So, in other words, you can keep the powerhead and brush off for hardwood floors, to clean them while preventing scratches from occurring.


You can then turn the power head brush on in order to suck the dirt out of carpets. The Spin4Pro premium brush roll definitely gets the job done. Keep in mind that it is a single-speed brush, or in other words, it is either on or off. What is also impressive is that it has no-loss suction technology.

Dirt cup and filter

We like how the Dirt Devil Razor Pet comes with a pretty decent filter. It features a rinseable and replaceable filter. In other words, you can clean the filter a few times with water before it needs to be replaced. In terms of the dirt cup, it can hold a whopping 1.5 liters of dirt before it needs to be emptied, which is quite impressive.

Accessories

Something that is worth mentioning about the Dirt Devil Razor Pet is that it comes with a few different accessories to help make life a bit easier. For one, it comes with a 10 foot extension wand so you can easily get into those hard-to-reach areas. It also features a 2-in-1 crevice tool and dusting brush to get dust out of tight areas. However, the best part is the specialized Turbo Claw Pet Tool which works wonders at removing embedded pet hair from upholstery and carpets.

Bissell CleanView 1820C

Bissell CleanView 1820

So, the Bissell CleanView 1820C is about $50 more expensive than the Dirt Devil we just looked at, but it does also have some features worth noting. What needs to be said is that unlike the Dirt Devil, it does not have a swivel head, plus it is a bit bulkier and heavier than the Dirt Devil, but it appears to have better suction and pet hair pick up capabilities. Let’s take a closer look at it right now.

Power head and brush

What is very impressive about the Bissell CleanView 1820C is that it comes with a triple-action brush roll which loosens, lifts, and removes embedded dirt from carpets. Yes, the brush roll can be turned off for hard flooring, and can be turned on for carpeting. It also comes with multi-cyclonic no-loss suction, which means that it has insane amounts of suction power, even on carpeting. When it comes down to it, it is better for carpets and in terms of overall suction power when compared to the Dirt Devil.

Dirt cup and filter

The Bissell CleanView 1820C has a great multi-level filtration system. This filtration system appears to be way more advanced than that of the Dirt Devil Razor Pet. At the same time, the filter is washable and reusable for a very long time and lasts much longer than that of the Dirt Devil.

On the other hand, the Bissell CleanView 1820C has a dirt cup that can only hold 1 liter of dirt, compared to the Dirt Devil’s 1.5 liter cup. In this case, the Dirt Devil is a bit better because you don’t have to empty it quite so often.

Accessories

What is really nice about the Bissell CleanView 1820C is that it comes with quite a few useful accessories, especially where pet hair is concerned. For one, it comes with a long extension wand to increase your reach, plus it also features a dusting brush and a crevice tool to get into those tight and hard-to-reach areas.

Even better is that it also comes with a Pet Turbo Eraser and a pet hair corner tool, both of which work together to perform wonders where pet hair is concerned.

DIRT DEVIL RAZOR PET VS. BISSELL CLEANVIEW 1820C – FINAL THOUGHTS

So, once again, as we can see, the Bissell is the more expensive of the two, but it also appears to have a better overall function. No, the dirt cup is not as large here as on the Dirt Devil, plus it also does not have a swivel head, and is a bit bulky. On the other hand, the Bissell has way more suction power, a better brush head, better tools for pet hair, and a better filter too.

Dirt Devil vs Bissell Vacuums – Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, all 4 of the vacuums we have looked at here are fine options to go with. As is the case here, Bissell seems to be the more expensive brand name to go with, but also tends to have better features. When all is said and done, it is up to you to choose the one that is best for your needs.