Hoover vs Bissell Vacuums – Which Brand is Best?

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Whenever consumers are asked to name the top brands they associate with vacuum cleaners, Bissell and Hoover are almost certain to be in everyone's top 5, given that they have been around for decades producing these products.

This creates a problem, but a nice one, in the sense that if you are thinking of buying a new vacuum cleaner, how do you compare two of the top brands?

To help you along, we are going to look at 6 different vacuum cleaners – 3 from Hoover and 3 from Bissell and compare them in a Hoover vs Bissell head-to-head.

We've selected three different categories of vacuum cleaners which are:

  • upright
  • cordless stick; and
  • canister

As these are some of the most popular types that many consumers are looking to buy.

Within each category, we will highlight the key features of each vacuum from Hoover and Bissell, and at the end, we'll give you our conclusion as to which we believe is the better of the two in the Bissell vs Hoover match up.

Hoover vs Bissell Upright Vacuums

Here we have the 'Bissell Cleanview' vs the 'Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright'. These are the latest top of the line uprights from both brands.


Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
  • Uses a multiple cyclonic air circulation system which helps to prevent dirt and debris from clogging and accumulating, thus prolonging the life of the cleaner's filters.
  • The dirt tank has a capacity of 2.2 liters which means it does not have to be emptied as often, however when it does, it's very easy to empty.
  • Uses Bissell's 'One Pass' technology which utilizes a powerful 12-amp motor and specially designed cleaning brushes to clean more effectively.
  • Filtration system has multiple layers to reduce the amount of dust which escapes back into the room, which is especially important for those with allergies, or who suffer from asthmatic conditions.
  • The filters can be removed and washed so that they remain in the best condition possible.
  • The width of the Clearview’s cleaning path is 13.5 inches
  • Other points to note are the electric cord length of 25 feet, the weight of the cleaner, which is 15.1 lbs.
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831
Bissell Cleanview Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Orange, 1831

Tools & Accessories

The Bissell Cleanview comes with a selection of tools and accessories which include:

  • Dusting Brush: Used to remove dust, hair, and threads from curtains and upholstery;
  • Crevice Tool: Ideal for cleaning between narrow gaps and reaching hard to get debris like crumbs. It is also a great tool when you are cleaning the upholstery of your car;
  • Extension Wand: Attaches to the hose when you want clean high up areas, such as cobwebs in light shades and avoids the need to use step ladders;
  • TurboBrush Tool: This is a Bissell trademarked brush tool which has a specially designed rotating brush that replicates the cleaning action of the main brush

Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright Features 

Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright Corded Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner UH70400,Silver
Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright Corded Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner UH70400,Silver
  • The weight of this upright is just 12 lbs. which makes it very light to carry especially when you need to take it up or down stairs.
  • Utilizes a multi-cyclonic system which maximizes the cleaner's ability to filter out dust particles and improve the airflow.
  • As per the name, this cleaner uses Hoover's trademarked WindTunnel technology which is an enhanced suction system to lift dirt and dust which is deeply embedded in carpets and rugs.
  • The filter can be removed and washed to ensure that it is always effective.
  • The HEPA filtration system can trap dust particles down to a size as small as 0.3 microns. This means fewer issues with regards to dust and pollen for asthmatics and those with dust allergies.
  • A quick-release mechanism allows you to quickly release the handle with just one touch so that the extension hose can be fitted and used without any unnecessary delay.
  • The base has a bumper which reduces the chances of any furniture or baseboards being scuffed if you make contact with them, as you are using the vacuum cleaner.
  • Other features to be aware of are the cord length of 30 feet, a cleaning path width of 11 inches.

Tools & Accessories

Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright Corded Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner UH70400,Silver
Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright Corded Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner UH70400,Silver

Attachments and accessories which come with the Hoover 'WindTunnel' are:

  • Stair tool: This is an extension hose which extends the reach to 12 feet and allows you to clean the upper stairs without having to carry the vacuum cleaner with you.
  • Extension Wand: This extends your reach even further for when you want to clean the top of curtains or to clean hard to reach spots.
  • 3-in1 tool: This is a combination tool which can be used for dusting, brushing, and or crevices.

Conclusion: ‘Bissell Cleanview’ vs ‘Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright’

Although the 'WindTunnel' is lighter and has a longer cord, which may be important to some, we feel the whole point of a vacuum cleaner is to clean, and they should be judged on that. Therefore, with its wider cleaning path, its TurboBrush tool, and its enhanced 'One Pass' cleaning technology, the Clearview wins this Bissell vs Hoover contest.

Hoover vs Bissell Cordless Stick Vacuums

In this category, we have 'Hoover React Whole Home Cordless' vs 'Bissell Multi Reach'.


Hoover React Whole Home Advantage Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Grey
Hoover React Whole Home Advantage Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Grey
  • Uses Hoover's own technology called 'FloorSense' which enables the cleaner to sense when the floor surface or carpet depth has changed and automatically adjusts the brush speed accordingly.
  • As well as being used in its normal configuration, it can also be adapted to be used as a handheld vacuum for cleaning inside vehicles or for easier cleaning of upholstery.
  • The battery life for each clean is an average of 27 minutes which will vary up or down slightly depending on which modes the cleaner has been using.
  • The charge time is usually around 3 hours which is lower than many cordless stick vacuum cleaners.
  • The cleaner can be wall mounted so that it takes up as little storage space as possible.
  • Has a larger than normal dirt cup of 0.62 liters which means it doesn't have to be emptied as often. This is at least 50% more capacity that some other stick vacuums have and is larger than the one on the Dyson V15!
  • It has Hoover's trademarked and enhanced suction power called 'WindTunnel' that can help lift deep lying dust and dirt from carpets.
  • The dust filter can be removed and washed so that it functions properly to keep dust from escaping whilst the cleaner is being used.
  • To help you see the area where you are cleaning more clearly the React has LED headlights housed in the base.
  • Additional tools which are included: Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush, Upholstery Tool.
  • It can be used in conjunction with Hoover's exclusive app which can give you cleaning tips, help you schedule your cleaning, and access user manuals and videos for the cleaner.


BISSELL Multi Reach Plus Cordless Stick Vacuum 22v Lithium Ion Battery with Removable Auto Hand Vacuum and Upholstery Tool, 21513, Black
BISSELL Multi Reach Plus Cordless Stick Vacuum 22v Lithium Ion Battery with Removable Auto Hand Vacuum and Upholstery Tool, 21513, Black
  • This is a very light cleaner which weighs just 5lbs, so it is suitable for anyone who may otherwise struggle to lift this sort of cleaner.
  • The cleaner has bright LED lights which shine a wide beam so that you can view the area being cleaned clearly.
  • Battery life for this cleaner is around 20 minutes, which should be enough for most cleaning jobs, but it is not as long as several other stick cleaners’ batteries last for.
  • The charger can have the battery charged in 5 hours which is not great, given that some chargers for stick vacuums take less than 3 hours.
  • The brush roll in this Bissell vacuum cleaner is suitable for multiple floor types including hard flooring such as linoleum and wood, and soft ones like carpets or rugs.
  • The Multi Reach has multiple options in terms of how it is used. It can be an upright cleaner, a handheld one, and with the many attachments that it comes with, used for cleaning in many scenarios.
  • The attachments which are included: upholstery tool, dusting brush, crevice tool, extension wand.
  • The capacity of the dirt bin is 0.4 liters which is about the average size you can expect in a stick vacuum cleaner.
  • The dirt bin is removable so that you can empty it easily and away from the areas you have already cleaned.

Conclusion: 'Hoover React Whole Home Cordless' vs 'Bissell Multi Reach'

While many Hoover vs Bissell comparisons are tough ones to call, in this instance, there is a clear winner in our view, and that is the Hoover React.

It offers enhanced cleaning technology that the Bissell does not have, and in addition to that, it beats the Bissell in several other areas.

It has a better battery life, so you are more likely to be able to complete the cleaning you intended to do. It also has a larger dirt bin, so the frequency with which you need to empty it is less.

With the pricing of each stick vacuum being roughly the same, the Hoover React certainly gives you more for your money.

Hoover vs Bissell Canister Vacuum Cleaners

Our final Bissell vs Hoover contest sees the Bissell Hard Floor Expert Deluxe vs Hoover Quiet Performance Bagged Canister.


Bissell Hard Floor Expert Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum, 1547 - Corded Burnt Orange
Bissell Hard Floor Expert Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum, 1547 - Corded Burnt Orange
  • The wheels on the Bissell are made from rubber and have felt treads so that they do not make any marks on floors which have already been cleaned, washed or polished.
  • Convenient controls in the handle section allow you to easily adjust the vacuuming power to take account of different surfaces such as upholstery or drapes.
  • The bristles on the cleaning tool are extra soft so that when you are cleaning hard floors there is no possibility of any scratching or damage, whilst at the same time allowing you to brush and clean up any mess.
  • It can be used on various floor surfaces including carpet, wooden floors, and stone, as well as being able to clean upholstery.
  • The Bissell is a bagless vacuum cleaner so emptying it is easy, plus there’s not the hassle and possible mess created when emptying bags or having to change them.
  • With it being bagless, this Bissell cleaner utilizes a cyclonic cleaning system, which helps to filter out dust more effectively than those canister vacuum cleaners which use bags.
  • As well as a telescopic wand for reaching under low units or up to high spots, this cleaner also comes with:
    • a crevice tool, a dusting brush, and a low pile carpet tool.
  • When you have finished cleaning there’s no need to go gathering up the electrical cord, as this cleaner has automatic cord rewind.

Hoover Quiet Performance Bagged Canister

Hoover Quiet Performance Bagged Canister Vacuum, SH30050 Corded
Hoover Quiet Performance Bagged Canister Vacuum, SH30050 Corded
  • This cleaner has variable settings which you can select to adjust the motor speed and thus the suction level to best suit the surface and cleaning scenario which you are working on.
  • Utilizes Hoover's own technology called WindTunnel which provides a greater power and suction to lift deeply ingrained or difficult to remove dirt from carpets.
  • The cleaning unit is very easy to maneuver and allows you to swivel and go around corners with the minimum of effort.
  • Comes complete with tools which include:
    • Telescopic Extension Wand, Dusting Brush, Crevice Tool, and a Hard Floor Brush.
  • When the filter needs cleaning or replacing there is an indicator to alert you to this.
  • The HEPA filtration system can capture dust particles that are small as 0.3 microns which helps those with allergies.
  • Uses a bag system for the collection of dirt which has a large capacity of 3.59 liters.
  • This Hoover canister vacuum has a sound baffling system which minimizes the amount of noise the cleaner creates, without reducing the amount of suction power produced. However, it is not the quietest canister vacuum that we've found.
  • The electric cord length is 22 feet which is longer than many and means you can clean at a greater distance without having to move the plug to a new power socket as often.


So far it is 1-1 in our Hoover vs Bissell comparisons, so this is the decider. While we like the maneuverability of the Hoover model, and its sound baffling, it still wasn't enough to beat the Bissell.

For a start, many prefer a bagless setup, not only because it easier to use, but due to the cyclonic cleaning system it offers more in the way of dust filtration.

In addition, the Bissell has softer brushes and felt treads to protect delicate flooring, and it allows you to control the power depending on what type of surface you are cleaning.

Finally, it costs a lot less than the Hoover, and value for money is always a good thing.

Hoover vs Bissell Conclusion

So, in our Bissell vs Hoover comparison, it ended up a narrow 2-1 victory for Bissell, but with new models from Hoover and Bissell surely appearing in the future, it could be a different result next time.

Last update on 2024-07-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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