Dirt Devil Vs. Bissell: Brand Versus Brand Comparison

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When you think about vacuum cleaner brands several names may come to mind. Two of the most innovative and versatile brands, though, are Dirt Devil and Bissell.

These two brands make up a bulk of the annual sales in the floor cleaning industry and for good reason. In this Dirt Devil vs. Bissell brand review, we will find out why.

Let’s dive into the brands and some of their top rated models to find out what they offer, the features and options included and figure out which brand is best for your home’s floor care needs.

Dirt Devil and Bissell Top Products

With a range of products that span decades, it can be hard to find a single item or two to list. Here we have the top three products from each brand compared further below.

  • Dirt Devil Endura Lite Bagless Vacuum. A multi-surface upright canister vacuum.
  • Bissell CleanView Bagless Vacuum. Upright model with a lot of power.
  • Dirt Devil Scorpion Handheld Vacuum. Corded handheld for multiple duty cleaning.
  • Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum. Cordless handheld to go anywhere.
  • Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Vacuum. Handheld or stick, versatile lightweight vacuum.
  • Bissell Featherweight Stick Vacuum. Ultra-light handheld/stick vacuum.

Who is Dirt Devil?

Dirt Devil got its start in 1905. The original brand was P.A. Geier Company after the founder Phillip Geier. It was soon renamed Royal Appliance Manufacturing Co. The brand started strong as a vacuum manufacturer that used metal cases for the vacuum housing.

In 1984, the brand introduced the Dirt Devil hand vacuum, and sales soon eclipsed any other product made by the brand. Due to this, the company changed the name from Royal Dirt Devil to simply Dirt Devil, which then became the primary brand name as well.

In 2003, Royal Appliance was sold to Techtronic Industries (TTI) based in Hong Kong, where the brand is still owned and operated today. TTI also owns other floor care brands Orek, Hoover and Vax.

Who is Bissell?

Bissell, as a brand, has a much earlier start, beginning in 1876. Credited with one of the first vacuum brands in the history of floor cleaning, Bissell started as a crockery shop owner. After constantly sweeping the sawdust from his shop floor, he invented an automatic sweeper.

As other business owners saw the machine, the demand rose and a new brand was born. After making its way to the Royal Palace in England, Bissell Automatic Sweepers quickly became a household name.

Since then, Bissell is credited with a lot of industry firsts. The list includes the first carpet shampooer, dry powder rug shampooer, vacuum and floor scrubber and the Gemini Sweeper, the first two-brush automatic sweeper.

Today, the brand is still going strong as a family owned business in the US that prides itself on innovation, design and affordability.

Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Vacuum for Your Needs

buyers guide choosing right vacuum for your needs

Before you decide on a specific model or even a brand, there are several factors to consider. Below, we outline the most important factors and explain why they are worthy of a little extra attention on your part before you buy.

Floor/Carpet Size

Vacuums are designed to clean our carpets. However the right vacuum will perform more than this one task. We also need them to clean out our vehicles, upholstery, window dressings, overhead, stairs and more.

Knowing the size of your space to clean and the size of your carpeted rooms will help you find the right fit. It is crucial to know what type of surfaces and where they are located to pick the right model based on weight, design, capacity and even power supply.

Carpet Type

It is also important to know what kind of carpet you have. A suction only vacuum, for example won’t be very helpful deep cleaning high pile carpet. Likewise a stiff bristle vacuum can scratch and mar hard flooring surfaces.

Make sure you know what type of carpet or flooring you have so you can find the best fit for your cleaning needs.

Typical Messes to Clean

Aside from the type of flooring you need to clean, it is also important to think about the type of typical messes you need to attend to. If your home is high traffic or in a wetter climate, you will deal with a lot of dirt, mud and debris, especially around the entryway of your home.

You may have small children and clean up a lot of dry cereal or other food messes. Each has their own specific type of cleaning tool that is best for the job. Knowing the primary mess type will help get you the right vacuum for the job ahead.

Power Supply

Most upright vacuums and even some hand held models are powered by an electrical outlet. These provide a more constant and higher power supply to get a deeper clean. However, you are limited to the area you can clean based on the cord length and number of accessible outlets in your home.

Battery powered vacuums are coming a long way and provide a lot of power, but may not last long enough between charges to clean your entire home. You have to find the balance between power and accessibility in the machine you choose to purchase.

Collection Method

Vacuum cleaner bags are all but obsolete anymore, exchanged for the easier canister style. However bagged vacuums still have a place in our homes but will come with the added cost of replacement bags.

Canister vacuums are more affordable in the long run but require better filtration and generally more frequent emptying of the canister.

Accessories

Most vacuums will come with a cleaning head or brush roller to get the carpet clean in our homes, but hoses and accessories will help the machines become more versatile and clean other areas of the home or even different surfaces.

Crevice tools get deep into couch cushions or along baseboards, upholstery brushes deep clean sofas and mattresses or our favorite chairs. You have extension wands to reach over head, dusters, motorized hand held cleaning heads and much more.

Not all models will come with all the tools you may need, which is why knowing your floor type and typical messes is so important. Find the model that supplies the tools you need to get the best clean possible.

Cost & Warranty

Another major factor will be the cost. While Bissell and Dirt Devil typically stay on the more moderate side of the price range, they do offer models that may not be affordable for all budgets.

Beside the cost of the vacuum, you also want to account for the warranty coverage. Should anything go wrong with the machine, you want to know it is covered, at least initially. Typical vacuum warranties range from 1 year to 5 years, but some go even further.

Dirt Devil Vs. Bissell: Brand Reviews

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Now that you know what to look for in a vacuum and a brand, let’s compare Bissell vs. Dirt Devil to see if they have what it takes to earn your money. We will look at both as a brand in general and then compare the top rated vacuums in the three main categories: upright, handheld and stick vacuum.

Brand Technology and Innovation

Both brands have a long standing history of innovation and technological advancements. While there haven’t been as many “game changing” advancements in the last 50 years or so, there are some very important ones.

For example, switching to HEPA filtration is still something all brands use, but aren’t as wide spread as it should be. These anti-allergen filters can help improve indoor air quality, even when only installed in a vacuum.

Brush rollers have also changed drastically to include softer bristles, sponge rollers and other cleaning head rollers to adapt to multiple surfaces. Some brands make an all-in-one style with a mix of rubber paddles, bristle brushes or microfiber rollers to clean all surfaces without having to change the cleaning heads.

One of the biggest technological advancements, though, is through the use of rechargeable batteries for power. Freeing up our outlets and providing equal power as a corded model can drastically change how and where we use these machines to clean.

Working overhead and on upholstery is something standard vacuums from just a generation or two ago couldn’t do. Now with higher suction power, freedom from power cords and lightweight materials make these vacuums more versatile (and affordable) than ever before.

Availability

One of the great things about both Bissell and Dirt Devil is that they are not hard to find. Anywhere floor care equipment is sold, you will find both brands. This includes floor care specialty shops, home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s and even Walmart, Target and Sam’s Clubs.

You can also order online through these store’s sites or 3rd party sites like Amazon. Your choices are almost limitless and if the store sells vacuums they will most likely carry both Bissell and Dirt Devil.

Warranty Coverage

Warranties can be one of the more difficult things to keep track of. For vacuums most warranties start on the date of purchase. However you need to read the warranty paperwork to make sure, as a few will actually start on the date of manufacture.

For Dirt Devil the warranties range from 1 to 5 years with few exceptions., 2 and 3 years are the most typical coverage terms for the brand, though.

On the other side, Bissell has more 1 and 2 year warranties with some models reaching up to 5 or 10 years, though this is more rare.

Upright Vacuum Comparison

The top rated Dirt Devil upright model is the Endura Lite. This model is a compact upright with a lot of power. It is a bagless vacuum with a 20 foot power cord that can go almost anywhere. It even comes with enough tools to clean upholstery, deep messes and in your car.

With edge to edge cleaning you can get right along your baseboards and clean a wide path with each stroke. It also seamlessly transitions from carpet to hardwood and back without needing manual adjustments.

As one of the most affordable upright corded vacuums, it is hard to beat. The washable filter keeps your air quality high and the easy empty dirt cup means you never have to touch a dirty bag or handle dust canisters again.

Similarly, the Bissell Cleanview is also a corded, bagless canister upright. This model boasts a huge suction power with cyclonic technology similar to the much more expensive Dyson models.

Like the Endura Lite, the Bissell Cleanview also features an edge to edge cleaning but adds what they call single pass technology. This is a focus on the suction power that picks up more dirt dust and debris with one pass compared to the competition.

The dust cup also empties with a single push, but this collection bin is larger than the Dirt Devil model, making it longer lasting with less frequent stops to empty the cup on chore day.

Our pick: The Bissell CleanView has more suction and a larger capacity collection bin. While both models work great to keep your home clean, Bissell has a slight edge on functionality.

Handheld Vacuum Comparison

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On the handheld side of the game we find the Dirt Devil Scorpion. This is a unique take on the handheld model with a flip up crevice tool that doesn’t need to be attached, just folded down. It also includes a 2.5 foot hose to help you get to hard to reach areas with flexibility.

This model also comes with a fairly large collection cup (half a liter) that can hold a lot of dirt and debris, meaning you need to stop cleaning less often. It is corded, but the 16 foot cord gives you enough room to do a full flight of stairs or an entire car without needing to change outlets.

On the Bissell side we find the battery powered Pet Hair Eraser. This model is designed for homes with larger messes and, of course, pets. It comes with three attachment cleaning heads to get in hard to reach areas (crevice tool) or your furniture (upholstery tool). You also get a motorized brush tool that makes short work of pet hair stuck to your couches.

This model will run for about 15 to 17 minutes on a full charge which should be long enough to get your daily messes in check. You can also use it in the car or on stairs, counter tops and other surfaces with ease.

Our Pick: The Dirt Devil Scorpion wins this round. While the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is versatile and powerful, the short run time can be a hindrance to many users. 

Stick Vacuum Comparison

Stick vacuums are ideal for smaller daily messes and apartments without a lot of traffic. Most stick vacuums are simply a handheld vacuum with a handle attached. This is the case for the Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik.

You can remove the stick handle to use the machine as a handheld in your car, on stairs, or even your upholstery. The 16 foot cord is long enough to reach most rooms with ease, too, so you don’t need to search for open outlets.

When the stick handle is locked in place it also stores the crevice tool that can be inserted into the end (with cleaning head removed) to get hard to reach areas without a lot of bending over. The cleaning head is suction only, though, so you won’t get a deep clean on carpets.

The Bissell Featherweight stick vac is almost identical in every way to the Dirt Devil model. There are two notable exceptions though (besides the red Dirt Devil color). First, the cord is a foot shorter. While 15 feet is a decent cord length, that extra foot is noticeable when it is missing.

Second, the crevice tool and cleaning heads aren’t stored on the machine itself. You can keep the cleaning head in the machine for storage, but there isn’t a dedicated spot for the crevice tool.

Other than that, though, there is no real difference in power, performance or capabilities between these two machines.

Out Pick: The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik wins here. With a longer power cord and onboard tool storage, it is easier to use and about half the cost.

At a Glance

Let’s take a closer look at all six models, side by side to see what they offer and how they differ (aside from their design).

 TypePower SupplyAccessoriesCost
Dirt Devil EnduraUpright20 ft cordCrevice Tool & Dusting BrushClick Here for Current Price
Dirt Devil ScorpionHandheld16 ft. cordDusting Brush, 2.5 ft Hose, On-board crevice toolClick Here for Current Price
Dirt Devil Simpli-StikStick16 ft. cordDry nozzle brush, on-board crevice toolClick Here for Current Price
Bissell CleanViewUpright25 ft power cordTurbobrush tool, dusting brush, crevice tool, extension wandClick Here for Current Price
Bissell Pet Hair EraserHandheld14.4v Lithium-ion Battery (17 minutes)Motorized brush, upholstery tool, crevice toolClick Here for Current Price
Bissell Featherweight StickStick15 ft. cordFloor nozzle, Crevice toolClick Here for Current Price

What People Are Saying

Dirt Devil and Bissell vacuums share more in common than their line sup. Overall, consumers are excited and happy with their purchases, no matter which brand they end up with. You will find rave reviews for all models that state ease of use, suction and power are beyond expectations.

There are a few negative ones thrown in, which is to be expected. However when you look at everything as a whole, both Dirt Devil and Bissell rate very high on customer satisfaction.

Frequently Asked Questions

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In this section we will answer the more commonly asked questions about Dirt Devil, Bissell and vacuums in general. If you have other questions, please use the comment section below.

Q. Will I need to assemble my vacuum?

  1. In most cases you will need to assemble a few small pieces. This will include the cord wrap or the filter assembly. For handhelds and stick vacuums the assembly is usually already complete, you only need to remove the packaging and plug the device in to start using.

Q. Do I need a brush roller on my vacuum?

  1. Not always, no. Suction only vacuums won’t have a brush roller and will clean multiple surfaces. Brush rollers are used to agitate carpet fibers to loosen and lift dirt from deep in the carpet. Without a brush roller carpet cleaning is left to a surface clean only. However, these models are also used on hard flooring and overhead without worry of causing damage.

Q. Where can I find replacement filters for my vacuum?

  1. Wherever you bought the vacuum will typically stock the replacement filters as well. If your model is older, you may find the best deals and most stock online, especially through sites like Amazon. Make sure you know the model name and model number to verify you are ordering the correct filter, though.

Conclusion

When you compare Dirt Devil vs. Bissel vacuums can be a difficult choice. Bissell is a slightly higher construction quality, but Dirt Devil is generally more affordable. Both brands offer great cleaning machines for a wide range of uses.

Whether you need an upright mode, handheld or a hybrid, Dirt Devil and Bissell have what you need. You only have to decide which model fits your needs the most, as well as your budget.

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Nora has more than 5 years experience in the floor covering industry, acquiring vast knowledge about installation and material selection. She now enjoys working as a writer and an interior decorator. Her work has been featured in The Spruce, Homes & Gardens, Southern Living and Real Homes. See full biography here.

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