Is Using the Bissell Crosswave as a Vacuum Effective?

Bissell Crosswave Vacuuming Up Dirt from Carpet

Bissell Crosswave is a multi-surface cleaner that can wash and vacuum simultaneously. But what if you just wanted to use it as a standalone vacuum? Will it be a worthwhile product just as a vacuum? Let’s see!

Key Takeaways:

As a general rule, Bissell CrossWave is not specifically made for using it only as a vacuum – it is suitable for mopping and vacuuming simultaneously. However, it does work as effectively as most other brands of vacuums, especially on hard floors.

Keep reading to learn whether you can use Bissell CrossWave on the carpet and what models offer the best vacuuming solution.

Can I Vacuum Carpet With My Bissell Crosswave?

You can use Bissell CrossWave to vacuum the carpet, and it will remove smells and loose dirt from the surface. However, it doesn’t outcompete traditional standalone vacuums when it comes to deep cleaning carpets.

Watch this video that begins exactly at the timestamp when the host tests the performance of Bissell Crosswave on the carpet.

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Bissell CrossWave is marketed as a multi-surface cleaner that can work on different floors, such as hardwood floors and area rugs. (Learn more about the types of flooring where you can use Bissell Crosswave in this guide)

But with carpets, Bissell Carpets don’t perform that well.

While using this multipurpose vacuum on the carpet, you’ll have to apply a bit more pressure than usual.

So if you do the carpet cleaning only once in a while, this tool can be okay. However, it does clean the scattered dirt and debris on your carpet surface.

That said, it is not the ideal choice for deep cleaning your carpet or for frequent use.

Using Bissell CrossWave for Vacuuming

Even though Bissell Crosswave is not specifically made for dry vacuuming, you can use the feature individually. And there’s not much complexity involved.

Leave the water tank of the Bissell Crosswave empty and use the vacuum as you normally would.

Which Bissell CrossWave Model Works Best as a Vacuum?

Bissell CrossWave offers a variety of models, and although they have many similarities, each one is suitable for different tasks.

Some Bissell CrossWave models are Cordless Max, All-in-One, Pet Pro, and X7 Cordless Pet Pro. Let’s see a brief overview of each one so you can decide which one will be best for you.

Bissell CrossWave All In One (Best all-around use)

The All-in-One is the most economical and basic CrossWave cleaning system. The All-in-One is perfect for you if you wish to clean without worrying about battery life and prefer to use a corded vacuum.

It’s excellent for cleaning large rooms because of its huge tank and broad cleaning route. Covering a wide area is simple thanks to its broad base of support.

In addition, its small weight makes it easy to move around and transport upstairs.

It doesn’t have a dedicated brush for pet hair, so you may want to look for other options.

Bissell CrossWave Pet Pro (Cost-effective)

Bissell designed the CrossWave Pet Pro to help pet owners with their problems – the brush roll is tailored to pick up pet hair. In addition, it has a trigger sprayer for targeted cleaning.

The CrossWave Pet Pro is based on the design of the All-in-One but with an enhanced brush roll.

The Bissell CrossWave Pet Pro is an excellent choice for cleaning up solid dirt and stains if you have bare floors. It’s not too noisy, doesn’t seem cheap, and is simple to move and store.

However, you can’t convert it into a portable vacuum; thus, clearing messes on furniture and other obstacles to movement is difficult.

There is no way to modify the suction power, and there is no way to adjust the floorhead height either. Thus, cleaning up spills on shag carpeting is not a good choice.

Bissell CrossWave Cordless Max (Best user experience)

The Bissell CrossWave Cordless Max is a cordless version – and it feels similar to the CrossWave Pet Pro hybrid vacuum mop.

The same detergent-dispensing mechanism is used to scrape away set-in stains; however, the more portable cordless design comes at the expense of a weaker suction and brush roll motor, resulting in subpar performance on carpets.

The Bissell CrossWave Cordless Max is an excellent choice when cleaning hardwood floors. It quickly and efficiently removes pet hair and other small and large debris from such surfaces without significantly degrading its suction power as its dustbin fills up.

The mopping feature is very useful for removing stubborn grime and residue. The general construction quality is satisfactory, but it requires periodic cleaning or replacement of several parts, which can mount up over time.

Bissell CrossWave X7 Cordless Pet Pro (Best for vacuuming)

Another great choice for homes with pets is the Bissell CrossWave X7 Cordless Pet Pro. This is, however, the most expensive CrossWave model available.

It can vacuum and mop simultaneously, much like the other versions, making it ideal for quickly cleaning large areas. This cleaning gadget combines a vacuum and a mop, but it also has some unique additions.

You can use the X7 in a “Turbo Pet” setting. It works great on the thick, sticky dirt that often results from pet accidents. This mode ensures a spotless clean by maximizing the cleaning solution and vacuuming power.

It has similar features as the Cordless Max, including a self-cleaning cycle and WiFi connectivity. Imagine a Cordless Max with extra tools for dealing with pet accidents.

Alternative Floor Cleaning Solutions (Hands-Free)

Although the Bissell kicks butt as a floor cleaning solution, I’ve since upgraded to more of a hands-off floor cleaning solution.

Robot vacuums are quickly becoming one of the best hands-off cleaning solutions. I’ve owned several over the years, and I can never go back to something I have to push manually to clean my floors.

Some might call it being lazy, but I call it valuing my time and reallocating my time-savings (the time I would have spent cleaning the floors) to something else. To me, Bissell has always been a trusted source when it comes to cleaning. But did you know Bissell also makes a 2-in-1 Robot mop and vacuum?

There is still a bit of manual intervention when using the above Bissell bot vac.

In my opinion, the holy grail of hands-off floor cleaning is the Roborock S7 MaxV ultra. Don’t let the price shock you, this robot vac is pretty much Rosie from the Jetsons. If you don’t get the reference- Rosie is a cleaning-obsessed robot maid character in a futuristic cartoon.

A few lifesaving features

  • Self-cleaning mop pad
  • Self-emptying dirt bin
  • Scheduled cleaning
  • Zone/spot cleaning (I use this feature every day after I feed my son, love it)
  • Remote cleaning (for the days when you’re not home and you have that unexpected guest drop by)
  • Avoids objects (This thing is amazing at avoiding kid’s toys and animal waste on the floor)
  • Tangle-free vacuum brush roller

Final Verdict

The suction power of the Bissell CrossWave will play a key role. But, in general, all of them can do well on hard floors.

  • If you have the budget to spend extra for a quality item – you can go with the X7 Cordless Pet Pro that comes with the Turbo mode for enhanced suction power. It’s also cordless and has all of the best features.
  • However, if your budget is tight, you can go with the All In One or the Pet Pro model.

Further Recommended Reading: How To Clean Bissell CrossWave After Use?

Photo altered by | Photo attribution: Ryan Christodoulou


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