Pros / The vacuum completely charges in 3 hours, easily the lowest time of the cordless vacuums we tested.
Cons / It doesn’t have a charging station. You have to plug it in between uses.
Verdict / The Bissell BOLT 2-in-1 Cordless moves well, charges quickly, and doesn’t take up a lot of space in your closet.
The Bissell BOLT 2-in-1 cordless stick vacuum is easy to use and comes with a removable hand vacuum. It has a 12-volt motor, which is more than enough for small messes around your home. The hand vac clicks off with little effort and is great for spot cleanups, especially in your car. This stick vacuum features edge bristles that are helpful for capturing and sweeping away trapped crumbs and debris in corners and edges, and the included crevice tool with dusting brush attachment helps lift away dirt in hard-to-reach areas.
This stick vacuum ties for our highest grade in overall vacuuming performance. We tested all stick vacs with different mixes of sawdust and pet hair on both carpet and hardwood surfaces. The BOLT was able to clean the sawdust quickly on carpet, but it struggled on hardwood, taking seven passes over the same area before it was completely clean.
For the pet-hair test, we embedded dog hair in carpet samples, and the BOLT proved its worth. It easily picked up all the hairs and left the carpet spotless and pet-hair free. The vac head provides a cleaning path of 10 inches, which is a wide range, especially if you have a small home or apartment.
Our biggest concern with the Bissell BOLT is its lack of a charging station. Other rechargeable vacuums allow you to place it on a convenient station to charge when you're not using the vacuum. Not so with the BOLT: You have to plug it into an outlet and allow it to charge, which can be inconvenient, especially if you don’t have an outlet in your broom closet. Another fault with the BOLT is that the vacuum lacks a hardwood brush roll setting, which is likely why it struggled in our hardwood/tile test.
The vacuum does have a great head on it, though. The swivel steering moves easily wherever you want to go without having to constantly move back and forth to change directions or lift up the vacuum cleaner. It’s also one of only two vacuums we reviewed that has a folding handle, allowing it to fit easily in your closet so it takes up less space.
The best thing about the BOLT is its charge time. We independently tested the time to reach a full charge and clocked it at 3 hours, easily the lowest charging time of any cordless stick vacuum. More importantly, the low charging time provided over 20 minutes of runtime, more than enough time to clean up the most common types of messes around your house.
This can be a handy little vacuum to keep around your home, especially if you entertain frequently and want to quickly clean up before your guests arrive and after they leave. At 84.5 decibels, the volume of this vacuum was relatively low, meaning less stress on your eardrums and perhaps less barking from your dog.
We appreciated that the Bissell website was straightforward with its customer service. The BOLT’s PDF manual was easy to find and download.
There are several ways to contact the company if you need any assistance. Customer service hours run 7 days a week, though if you prefer to call the company, the hours vary on Bissell's toll-free line. You can also email the company, and with the exception of the weekend, the company indicates they respond within one business day.
There’s also a "Other Helpful Resources" tab that includes FAQs, how-to videos, a stain removal guide, cleaning 101s and other advice and tips.
The warranty for this stick vacuum is a standard one-year warranty for parts and service.
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The Bissell BOLT 2-in-1 Lightweight Cordless Vacuum charges quickly, runs for more than enough time and glides effortlessly around objects without a lot of back and forth.
We would have preferred a convenient charging stand to recharge the vacuum between uses; however, it might have sacrificed the unit's quick charging time. The removable hand vac, though, adds versatility and makes the Bissell BOLT stand out as one of the best stick vacuums for small messes.