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BISSELL Hard Floor Expert Deluxe 1161 Review

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PROS / This canister vacuum is powerful enough to clean low-pile carpets and rugs, but delicate enough to vacuum hardwood floors without scratching them.

CONS / The vacuum’s short power cord requires you to plug it in multiple times when cleaning.

 VERDICT / Between the design and capabilities, this canister vacuum safely cleans delicate surfaces such as hardwood floors, drapes and upholstery. At the same time, it is powerful enough to vacuum rugs and low-pile carpets.

With suction control settings and automatic height adjustment, the BISSELL Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum carefully cleans hardwood floors, as well as many other surfaces. The vacuum includes a long hose, several cleaning tools and a retractable cord. We have given it the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award for combining power and safety in this hardwood floor vacuum.

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  1. How many pounds the vacuum weighs.
    Less is Better.
  2. 2 BISSELL Hard Floor Expert Deluxe
    9 Pounds
  3. 15.6 Pounds
  4. 5.5 Pounds
  5. Category Average
    10.04 Pounds

Cleaning Performance

The BISSELL Hard Floor Expert effectively cleans floors. The vacuum is easy to use and has strong suction. With testing, the vacuum picked up 91 percent of the dust distributed on the floor. While the hard floor attachment pushes larger particles into piles, the vacuum will pick up the dust when placed on top of it.

BISSELL’s hard floor vacuum features both automatic height adjustment and suction control settings. With the automatic height adjustment, the vacuum automatically regulates how close it sits to the floor depending on what kind of floor you are cleaning. The suction control settings allow you to adjust them as well. For example, you will want a lighter suction on drapes or upholstery than you would with low-pile carpet.

The buttons to control the suction sit on the handle of the vacuum, as well as on the base of the unit. If you want to control the suction using the handle, you must place batteries into the handle. With high suction power, you will want the option to adjust the suction for different kinds of surfaces.

The canister vacuum holds 33.8 ounces and does not use bags. While small, the dirt tank opens from the bottom so that you are not exposed to the allergens and particles when you empty it. It sits comfortably in the base of the unit. The vacuum also has a filter that helps remove pollutants from the air.

You can use this vacuum to clean multiple surfaces. It works well on bare floors, tile, hardwood floors, and even rugs and low-pile carpets. As such, the vacuum has attachments and tools to help you convert the vacuum to the surface you are cleaning. Not all of the tools are intended to clean hardwood floors.


The lightweight canister and rubber wheels make this a good vacuum for hardwood floors. Weighing only nine pounds, you can either carry the vacuum as you clean or have it roll on the floor. It runs comparatively quieter than most vacuums at only 82.5 decibels.

The vacuum has a 16-foot power cord, which limits how much you can clean before having to change plugs. However, it retracts by the push of button, which eliminates the hassle of winding up the cord. The cord retracts into the base of the unit, which makes storing it easy. While the cord limits how far you can vacuum, the floor brush spans ten inches across, which helps you cover more surface as you vacuum.


A 7-amp motor powers the bare floor vacuum. In comparison to similar models, this vacuum has a less powerful motor. Despite the small motor, the vacuum still has strong suction and effectively picks up particles off your floors.

Cleaning Attachments

The vacuum comes with several cleaning tools that you can attach to its eight-foot hose. The onboard tools include a dusting brush, crevice tool, telescoping extension wand and low-pile carpet tool. Each attachment helps make the machine versatile and effective on different floor types and cleans the hard floors like an electric broom.


BISSELL warrants this vacuum for two years against defective or malfunctioning parts and will replace or repair the faulty components. If you need to contact BISSELL, its website lists both an email and a phone number. You also can search for service centers on the site. If you have trouble with your vacuum, the site has several resources including online product manuals, a FAQs page, product how-to videos and cleaning tutorials.


The BISSELL Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum cleans several different floor types. This versatile machine is gentle enough to use on upholstery, but powerful enough to be used on carpet. While the vacuum has a short power cord and less power than comparable vacuums, it effectively cleans hardwood floors and low-pile carpets alike.

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