Bissell Hard Floor Expert Review

The House Method team tested the Bissell Hard Floor Expert Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum on carpets and hard floors and measured suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

Our reviews save you time, save you money, and they are always free. House Method is reader-supported. Advertiser Disclosure.

If you’re looking for a Bissell vacuum cleaner that targets hard floors with ease and efficiency, consider the Bissell Hard Floor Expert Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum. Appropriately named, the Bissell Hard Floor Expert is a win when it comes to cleaning hard floors. Its lightweight build and impressive suction power allow this vacuum cleaner to pick up small particles on hard surfaces like laminate, hardwood, and tile.

Its egg-shaped design, no-touch emptying, and turbine head are comparable to the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum, but it’s less than half the price and weight. Keep reading to determine if the Bissell Hard Floor Expert is the right vacuum for you and your cleaning needs.

Overall score: 9/10

The value prop

The Bissell Hard Floor Expert is a powerful, maneuverable canister vacuum specifically designed to clean hard floors. It features multi-level filtration to reduce household allergens and Multi-Cyclonic Technology for excellent suction.

Pros
  • It has a compact and lightweight design for easy carrying and storage.
  • Featuring Multi-Cyclonic Technology, it does a great job of eliminating dirt and debris from hard floors.
  • It contains an Easy Empty dirt tank that opens from the bottom for no-mess disposal.
Cons
  • It’s more difficult to use on carpet than on hard floors.
  • It tends to clog when passing over larger debris.

Bissell Hard Floor Expert design

The Bissell Hard Floor Expert comes in a beautiful bronze color and is designed like most canister vacuums—it has an egg-shaped canister and two large wheels located at the base of the vacuum. It’s built like the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor, except the canister doesn’t pick itself back up when it falls over. It is, however, much lighter than the Dyson and is equipped with a handle on the canister, making it easier to carry around the house.

The vacuum’s accessories are also worth noting. Gone are the days of lifting up the couch or simply avoiding the dust bunnies under the bed. The sleek wand design and thin, 11-inch turbine head allow the Bissell vacuum to easily clean under low-set furniture and in narrow cracks and crevices.

Some other important design features of the Bissell Hard Floor Expert include:

  • Automatic cord rewind—This canister vacuum provides up to 18 feet of cord length. Once you’re finished cleaning, simply hit the automatic cord rewind button and the cord will wrap itself back up in the vacuum cleaner.
  • An Easy Empty dirt tank—The tank opens from the bottom, allowing you to empty the contents without touching any of the debris.
  • Multi-level filtration—If you suffer from asthma or allergies, you’ll enjoy this vacuum’s multi-level filtration system as it helps reduce household allergens.

Vacuum assembly

At first glance, assembling this Bissell vacuum cleaner may appear intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple. We assembled the vacuum following these four steps:

  1. Connect the wider end of the hose to the vacuum head located toward the bottom of the canister (the tabs on the hose connector and the notches on the suction inlet will align).
  2. Connect the other end of the hose to the handle with the textured grip. You will hear a click.
  3. Insert the metal extension wand closest to the grey plastic grip into the opening on the handle.
  4. Connect the other end of the extension wand to the floor nozzle.

Note: For easy, upright storage, insert the grey storage clip (located on the back of the floor nozzle) into the storage slot on the back of the vacuum (between the power switch and the cord).

How the Bissell Hard Floor Expert cleans

The Bissell Hard Floor Expert canister vacuum is engineered to skillfully clean hard floors. It cleans through a two-stage filtration system: as the vacuum sucks up dirt and debris, it processes the contents through a filter to determine what type of material it is, then filters the remaining debris to store it separately. This allows the Bissell vacuum to store more dirt and debris inside its dust bin.

There’s only one suction power mode with the Bissell Hard Floor Expert, so you don’t need to alternate between cleaning modes as you go back and forth between carpet and hard floors. Simply turn the vacuum on and tackle the mess in front of you.

Note: Though this hard floor vacuum is light, its suction power is surprisingly powerful, which could be a problem on carpets. For example, when the turbine head is used on carpet, it can latch onto the surface, making it more difficult to clean. We found that in order to vacuum carpets (which the vacuum does fairly well when using the right approach), you need to place the turbine head in front of the mess and lift slightly upward on the backstroke. This technique allows dirt and larger messes, such as cereal or chips, to be suctioned into the canister.

What to note about the Bissell Hard Floor Expert

This Bissell vacuum cleaner is a hard floor vacuum that can be difficult to use on high- and low-pile carpet. We don’t recommend this hard floor vacuum if you live in a home with carpeted floors. If you want a canister that performs well on carpets and hard floors, we recommend the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor.

How big is the Bissell Hard Floor Expert?

Dimension Measurement
Height 15 inches
Length 19.2 inches
Width 12.9 inches
Cord length 18 feet
Dust bin capacity 0.5 gallons

Accessories included with the Bissell Hard Floor Expert

This Bissell vacuum cleaner comes with three attachments which can be easily stored on the vacuum: a dusting brush tool, a crevice tool, a multi-surface foot, and a turbine hard floor tool. It also comes with a metal telescoping wand that allows you to comfortably maneuver around and under furniture and clean hard-to-reach areas.

Dusting brush tool

This attachment is especially useful for cleaning curtains, window ledges, and side tables. It can also be used to clean finer materials like curtains and window blinds.

Crevice tool

If you’ve always struggled to clean dirt magnet areas, like where the wall trim meets the carpet or right underneath your couch, the crevice tool will be your best friend. Its slim design allows you to reach those tight spaces for a more comprehensive clean.

Multi-surface foot

The multi-surface foot is designed for cleaning rugs and carpets. We found its small size especially useful for cleaning stairs. When using this tool, connect it to the head of the vacuum and place it directly on top of the debris, bringing the cleaner head backward.

Turbine hard floor tool

This specialized hard floor turbine tool is designed for powerful pickup of pet hair, dirt, and other debris.

Bissell Hard Floor Expert vs. Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum vs. Bissell Hard Floor Expert Cordless Canister Vacuum

Bissell offers a variety of canister vacuums that deliver powerful suction and multi-surface cleaning capabilities.

Surface type
Power rating
Dust bin capacity
Weight
Cleaning path width
Filtration
Corded
Warranty
Accessories

Bissell Hard Floor Expert

Surface type

Bare floor, carpets and rugs, low-pile carpet, stairs, upholstery

Power rating

9.2 amps

Dust bin capacity

2 liters

Weight

9.3 pounds

Cleaning path width

11 inches

Filtration

Multi-level filtration

Corded

Yes

Warranty

2-year limited

Accessories

Crevice tool, dusting brush, metal telescoping wand

Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum

Surface type

Bare floor, carpets and rugs, low-pile carpet, stairs, upholstery

Power rating

10 amps

Dust bin capacity

2 liters

Weight

8 pounds

Cleaning path width

10.3 inches

Filtration

Multi-level filtration

Corded

Yes

Warranty

1-year limited

Accessories

Combination crevice tool/dusting brush, upholstery tool, extension wand

Bissell Hard Floor Expert Cordless Canister Vacuum

Surface type

Bare floor

Power rating

40 volts

Dust bin capacity

1 liter

Weight

8 pounds

Cleaning path width

12 inches

Filtration

One stage

Corded

No

Warranty

2-year limited

Accessories

Crevice tool, combination dusting brush/upholstery tool, carpet/floor nozzle, metal telescoping wand

See how Bissell compares to Dyson.

Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 9/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

The Bissell Hard Floor Expert would’ve earned a perfect score for this test had it not been for the Cheerios. The turbine head’s suction power kept it glued to the floor, causing the Cheerios to be pushed forward on the initial vacuum pass. By placing the turbine head in front of the Cheerios and lifting the head up over the debris, we were able to successfully clean up the mess in a single backstroke.

As expected, the Bissell vacuum cleaner swept up the kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair in less than two passes.

Note: The multi-surface tool was able to clean up all of the debris in a couple passes or less, so we recommend using this cleaning attachment on hard floors.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

With a bit of muscle and appropriate positioning, this hardwood floor vacuum did average on high-pile carpet. The strong suctioning aided in lifting the kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair out of the thick carpet. However, because the low-level turbine head clung to the floor, the Cheerios were pushed away by the vacuum head.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

The low-pile carpet test confirmed that the Bissell Hard Floor Expert is not designed for weak-wristed cleaners. Trekking over the low-pile carpet was just as difficult as during the high-pile test—even though the vacuum is marketed as one that can perform well on low-pile carpet, we believe it’s best suited for hard floors.

The Bissell vacuum cleaner was able to lift the pet hair and kitty litter off of the carpet, but the Cheerios and coffee grounds proved problematic. The cereal was pushed forward while the coffee grounds were pushed further into the carpet. We actually had to use an alternative vacuum to remove the coffee grounds entirely.

If you prefer a hands-off vacuuming approach, check out the best robotic vacuums on the market.

Maneuverability

Compared to upright vacuums, this Bissell canister vacuum has an edge in terms of maneuverability. Easy to control, the hard floor vacuum effortlessly moved around furniture. Being a canister vacuum with a thin wand, the Bissell also allowed us to fully clean under a low-set couch and coffee table better than competing upright vacuums.

Usability

At House Method, we’re all about being honest. And when it came to cleaning hard floors, we felt like dancing when using this hardwood floor vacuum. The Bissell Hard Floor Expert doesn’t just move on hard flooring—it glides. Unfortunately, we found that it was a little more difficult to use when vacuuming on carpet.

Noise

Unlike the average vacuum which measures between 78–80 decibels, the Bissell Hard Floor Expert averages at 67.8 decibels or about the sound level of your shower with the water running. This is one of the quietest canister vacuums we tested and reviewed.

Bissell Hard Floor Expert maintenance

Emptying the Bissell vacuum is a simple process. The empty button is a bit stiff, but all you have to do is pull the tab upward and the contents will release out the bottom of the canister. When we emptied the canister, we noticed the contents fell out a bit too fast and, consequently, some of the dust and dirt ended up on the outside of the canister.

Filtration

The dirt cup filter and post-motor filter are reusable and can be hand washed. Bissell recommends replacing these two filters every three to six months, or as needed.

Is the Bissell Hard Floor Expert a good value?

The Bissell Hard Floor Expert is a powerful, affordable option for those who mostly have hardwood floors all over their homes. It’s a convenient machine that’s designed to offer the power of an upright vacuum with the maneuverability of a handheld. If your home has both hard floors and carpeted surfaces, the Bissell Hard Floor Expert probably isn’t your perfect match since it has some trouble sucking up debris on carpet.

Who should buy the Bissell Hard Floor Expert?

We recommend the Bissell Hard Floor Expert if you’re looking for the following:

  • A vacuum for hard floors—This canister vacuum definitely lives up to its name. Specifically designed to remove messes from hard floors, the Hard Floor Expert gets the job done.
  • A lightweight cleaning option—Weighing in at 9.3 pounds, this Bissell canister is easy to move around while vacuuming and can be carried up and down the stairs with no hesitation.
  • Multiple cleaning attachments—Most canister vacuums offer only one accessory or cleaning tool, but the Bissell Hard Floor Expert provides you with four: a dusting brush, a crevice tool, a multi-surface foot, and a hard floor tool.

Bissell Hard Floor Expert specifications

Below is a list of the most important Bissell Hard Floor Expert specifications.

Specifications
Type Canister
Manufacturer Bissell
Model Hard Floor Expert
Length 19.2 inches
Width 12.9 inches
Height 15 inches
Weight 9.3 pounds
Floor type All floors (carpet, tile, wood, vinyl, etc.)
Dust bin capacity 0.5 gallons
Power cord length 18 feet
Cordless or corded Corded
Bagless Yes
Warranty 2-year limited

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Bissell Hard Floor Expert.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 3.9 stars out of 5 322
Bed Bath & Beyond 4.3 stars out of 5 52
Walmart 4.3 stars out of 5 51
Best Buy N/A N/A
Sylvane N/A N/A

Customer reviews

I love this vacuum so much! We don’t have carpet and I was having a hard time finding anything that was really good on hard floors, this is perfect. We have a LOT of pet hair and it gets every bit.” — Amazon review

Best hardwood floor vacuum. This vacuum picks up stuff that our Dyson could not! Came with many attachments and is very light. Makes vacuuming less of a chore and takes a considerable amount of time out of vacuuming the hardwood floors. I use the mini turbine on the hardwood floors and it doesn’t leave any scratch marks. With the Dyson, I had to use a brush had which was disgusting to clean after I was done vacuuming. This, on the other hand, is much easier to clean up and the mini turbine is very easy to open to release any long hair that has been wrapped up on the brush head.” — Amazon review

Buy the Bissell Hard Floor Expert

Frequently asked questions

Does the Bissell Hard Floor Expert have an Air Flow Indicator?

Yes. An Air Flow Indicator shows you when the air flow in your vacuum has been disrupted, so you know when there’s a clog.

Can this vacuum clean on hard floors and carpets?

Yes. However, we found the canister vacuum did a much better job picking up messes on hard floors

How heavy is the Bissell Hard Floor Expert?

This hard floor vacuum weighs 9.3 pounds, making it a great option for those who want a lightweight vacuum.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


What Did You Think?

Join the Conversation

By continuing to browse or by clicking “OK” you agree to the storing of first- and third-party cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts. Privacy Policy.

OK