PROS / This vacuum has several features that allow you to vacuum hardwood floors without worrying about damaging the surface.
CONS / BISSELL’s cordless vacuum needs at least eight hours to charge a fully rundown battery.
VERDICT / While the vacuum’s battery limits how long and how often you can clean with it, this vacuum has features that make it effective on multiple floor types.
The BISSELL BOLT XRT PET 2-in-1 Lightweight Cordless Vacuum is gentle enough to use on hardwood floors, but powerful enough to clean rugs and low-pile carpets. You can also remove the hand vacuum to clean pet hair and dirt off the furniture. We award this hardwood floor vacuum our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for its effective cleaning abilities.
This machine’s features make it a good vacuum for hardwood floors. It has automatic height adjustment, suction control settings and the ability to shut off the brush roll. You can adjust the height of the vacuum from the floor to fit the floor type you are cleaning. This feature automatically adjusts the height of the vacuum when you move from bare floor to carpet.
You can also decrease or increase the suction of the vacuum with the buttons located on the handle of the vacuum. A lighter suction will ensure that you clean upholstery or drapes without damaging them. The vacuum also features a brush roll shut off, so when you vacuum hardwood, you can turn off the brush and protect the floors from the beater bar.
Between the features and versatility, this is one of the best vacuums for hardwood floors. It works on multiple surfaces by simply adjusting the settings to the floor you are cleaning. It effectively vacuums hard floors, low-pile carpets, rugs and even furniture using the removable hand vacuum. The handheld vacuum’s nozzle doubles as the dirt cup. As such, it only holds 13.5 ounces, which can translate into you emptying it multiple times during a vacuum session.
The vacuum comes equipped with rubber wheels that protect the vacuum from scratching the floor. It weighs a little over five pounds, which saves wooden floors from unnecessary pressure caused by a heavy vacuum.
The cordless vacuum has a ten-inch cleaning path with the floor tool, meaning you can cover more surface in a shorter amount of time. The handle bends both forward and backward, helping you clean and making it easy to store. It also features 180-degree swivel steering, making it helpful for maneuvering into tight areas. The models run without a cord or bag.
BISSELL’s vacuum runs on a 14.4-volt nickel-metal hydride battery. The battery runs for up to 20 minutes, giving you enough time to clean an entire room. However, the brush roll and suction settings may decrease how long the vacuum runs. When the battery is run down, it takes at least eight hours to recharge on its charging base.
While the vacuum does not come with a hose, you can remove the hand vacuum and attach cleaning tools to it. You can attach either a dusting brush or a crevice tool to the handheld vacuum. The tools help you clean hard-to-reach areas and are specially designed to pick up pet hair.
The vacuum comes with a one-year warranty against defective or malfunctioning parts. If you need to contact BISSELL, the company's website lists both an email and a phone number. It also has a service center locator on its website. If you need help troubleshooting your vacuum, the site has online product manuals, a FAQs page and video tutorials.
The BISSELL BOLT XRT PET vacuum combines the capabilities of two different types of vacuum into one model. Between the power floor tool and the removable hand vacuum, you can remove pet hair and dirt from all kinds of surfaces. While the cordless vacuum’s battery requires at least eight hours to charge, you can clean entire rooms, furniture and all, with it.