BISSELL BOLT 2-in-1 Cordless Review

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.

Our Verdict

The BISSELL BOLT 2-in-1 Cordless moves well, charges quickly and doesn’t take up a lot of space in your closet.

For

  • The vacuum completely charges in three hours, which ties for the quickest of the cordless vacuums we tested.

Against

  • It doesn’t have a charging station. You must plug it in between uses.
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The BOLT has pet-brush technology, which picked up 100 percent of pet hair in our tests.

The BOLT has pet-brush technology, which picked up 100 percent of pet hair in our tests.
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The cleaning path on the BOLT measures 10 inches, which is average compared to other stick vacuums we tested.

The cleaning path on the BOLT measures 10 inches, which is average compared to other stick vacuums we tested.
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The brush roll on the BISSELL BOLT works well on carpet, and the soft brush won't scuff your hardwood.

The brush roll on the BISSELL BOLT works well on carpet, and the soft brush won't scuff your hardwood.
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You can switch the BOLT from carpet to hardwood with a press of a button on the handle.

You can switch the BOLT from carpet to hardwood with a press of a button on the handle.
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The hand vac detaches from the BOLT when you press a small button on the side. You know it is reattached when you hear a soft click.

The hand vac detaches from the BOLT when you press a small button on the side. You know it is reattached when you hear a soft click.
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The dust bin on the BOLT holds up to 0.5 liters, and has a see-through window that lets you know when it’s full.

The dust bin on the BOLT holds up to 0.5 liters, and has a see-through window that lets you know when it’s full.
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The 4-volt motor on the BOLT provides great power and suction.

The 4-volt motor on the BOLT provides great power and suction.
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The BISSELL BOLT comes with swivel-head steering, which allows you to easily change directions without a lot of back and forth.

The BISSELL BOLT comes with swivel-head steering, which allows you to easily change directions without a lot of back and forth.
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The BOLT's removable hand vac is sturdy and easily detaches from the main unit.

The BOLT's removable hand vac is sturdy and easily detaches from the main unit.
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The BISSELL BOLT has a removable hand vac that works great for cleaning your car.

The BISSELL BOLT has a removable hand vac that works great for cleaning your car.
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The BOLT doesn't require a plug. It takes three hours to charge and runs 21 minutes.

The BOLT doesn't require a plug. It takes three hours to charge and runs 21 minutes.
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The BOLT converts into a hand vac with an easy-to-use release button.

The BOLT converts into a hand vac with an easy-to-use release button.
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The BISSELL BOLT has a sleek design that rolls well on both carpet and hardwood.

The BISSELL BOLT has a sleek design that rolls well on both carpet and hardwood.
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The swivel head on the BOLT can reach a full 180 degrees, perfect for cleaning under chairs or tables.

The swivel head on the BOLT can reach a full 180 degrees, perfect for cleaning under chairs or tables.
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The BISSELL BOLT can pick up large debris on flat surfaces.

The BISSELL BOLT can pick up large debris on flat surfaces.
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The BOLT's removable hand vac gives you the ability to quickly clean counters or tabletops.

The BOLT's removable hand vac gives you the ability to quickly clean counters or tabletops.
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The BISSELL BOLT has a folding handle, so it takes up less space in your closet.

The BISSELL BOLT has a folding handle, so it takes up less 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 a dusting brush attachment helps lift away dirt in hard-to-reach areas.

This stick vacuum was right in the middle of the pack when we compared 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 somewhat 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 above average but not the biggest.

Our biggest concern with the BISSELL BOLT is its lack of a charging station. Other rechargeable vacuums, like the Dirt Devil Accucharge, 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 brushroll 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 have 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 three hours, easily the quickest charging time of any cordless stick vacuum. The quick charging time provided over 20 minutes of runtime, which is a bit shorter than average compared to others.

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.

The BISSELL BOLT 2-in-1 Lightweight Cordless Vacuum charges quickly and glides effortlessly around objects without a lot of back and forth. There were vacuums with stronger suction, and we would have preferred a convenient charging stand, but there are standout features as well. The removable hand vac adds versatility and makes the BISSELL BOLT a good stick vacuum for small messes.