If you look at most 2-in-1 vacuum cleaners with portable detachables, the biggest Achilles’ heel will be the lack of suction and poor uptime.
Most will be good enough to use for 15-20 minutes on a single charge which is a disappointment for a number of consumers.
To improve runtime and power, Bissel has equipped this dual-function device with a large 25.2V battery that extends this runtime to about 40 minutes which is almost unprecedented with these types of vacuums.
So rejoice, consumers, it’s time to party.
They also added two edge brushes to improve access to the edges of the Floor Tool.
Quick look at the features
- 2V Lithium-ion battery works for 40 minutes on a single charge
- Swivel head makes this more maneuverable
- The foldable handle makes it easy to clean areas under tables or chairs with minimal bending, and it reduces storage space – a great feature for smaller homes
- Comes with a removable handheld device to clean more areas
- 2 years warranty
- Long runtime 40 minutes – the longest yet among any 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner
- The two-way swivel and foldable handle makes it easy to maneuver around and under furniture
- Edge bristles help clean to the edges
- The hand-held feature allows you to clean more rigorously to reach areas above the floor
- Foldable handle means you don’t need a lot of space to store this
- There is a power button on the handle of the stick – a nice touch!
- Small dirt bin that needs frequent emptying
- You will struggle with thick and plush carpets
What to expect from BISSELL Bolt XRT ION?
The two features that distinguish the Bolt XRT’s 25.2V are the lithium-ion battery and the foldable handle.
The large battery allows you to use this for up to 40 minutes which is at least 20 minutes longer than other brands.
The addition of the foldable handle allows you to clean areas under furniture without having to bend over too much, making Bissell an innovator in these two areas.
Attachments and accessories
The handheld vacuum cleaner works with 3 attachments – (1) a crevice tool, (2) a 6-inch wide tool and (3) a multi-surface brush roller.
Officially Bissell says it will take 4 hours to fully charge although one consumer said it only took 2.5 hours to charge.
Yes, the filter is washable and removable. Simply detach the handheld portion of the stick frame and then separate the dirt cup from the motor by pressing a lever on top.
You will need to wash the filter once a week or more often depending on how often you use the filter.
The dirt cup is on a small side, so you’ll need to empty it frequently. And because it’s cyst-free, there is still exposure to allergens. If you want something with a bag, I suggest checking out our recommendations for bagged vacuum cleaners.
the show length
Runtime is generous – about 40 minutes. Some consumers have reported up to 50 minutes of uptime. But take this information with caution even though there are a lot of variables involved.
Bissell backs this up with a two-year warranty.
Watch it in action
bare floor performance
This will work best on hardwood floors or any exposed floor surface because it has enough suction power to pick up small to medium sized debris. But it will struggle with large bits of dirt and the low clearance may cause “snowfall” when cleaning larger items like Cheerios.
There is one solution for this, use a handheld vacuum cleaner to pick up larger bits of dirt and then use it in stick mode to clean up the finer bits of dirt.
Edge brushes are a great addition because they will clean the edges as well.
If you have expensive wood floors, you can turn off the motorized brush and avoid scratching it.
This will not match the strength of the upright and will not be able to deep clean the carpet but will still be useful for cleaning high traffic areas and preventing dirt buildup.
Despite this, the small dirt cup will have to be emptied more than once if you choose to use up to 40 minutes or so of run time.
The detachable hand tool is a great bonus and it comes with several accessories like crevices and a multi-surface brush roller that allows it to clean different types of dirt like pet hair on sofas and chairs.
Pet hair removal
It will do a good enough job of cleaning pet hair on carpets and rugs because it has a motorized brush.
On the upholstery, Bissell also includes a brush roll that helps clean pet hair from upholstered fabric chairs and sofas.
|attachments||Dust removal brush crevice tool
6″ wide tool
Multi-surface brush roll
|Roll brush on/off||yes|
|battery||25.2 volts lithium ion|
|Shipping time||4 hours|
|Battery life||40 minutes|
|net weight (with battery)||5.6 pounds|
|Purchase Weight||10 pounds|
|cleaning path||10 inch|
|total length||44 inches|
|filter type||washable fabric|
|Guarantee||2 years for the whole unit|
What do consumers say?
Consumers say that this vacuum cleaner is great as a spot-cleaning tool even with a runtime of 40 minutes.
Small dirt cup prevents it from being a stand-alone cleaner. It lacks the power and excitement to deep clean carpets.
While the uptime is nice, the price isn’t, and consumers recommend getting the cheaper 18V version if your home mostly has bare floors with minimal carpeting.
The foldable handle was a popular feature because it made it easier for people to clean the dirt under the furniture without having to bend over too much.
The power switch on the handle is also a nice feature because it’s easily accessible.
Another feature that consumers loved is the self-contained charger. And it doesn’t need to be wall-mounted like the Dyson DC59.
This allows for easy storage without having to drill holes on the wall.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy a cordless vacuum cleaner on Amazon for less than $120. And you’ll be eligible for free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.
Amazon also sells extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
This 2-in-1 wand has some nifty features that include a large 25.2V battery, edge cleaning, and a foldable handle.
The large battery 25.2 will work for up to 40 minutes.
So the question would be, are you willing to spend that much for a vacuum with so little power? If the answer is no, then the cheapest 18 volt option is the wiser one.
But make no mistake, Bissell is moving in the right direction by adding more uptime with this handheld device masquerading as a vac wand.
This product is a great option if you are looking for a topical cleanser. The 40-minute runtime is a plus and allows for better coverage.