In this review of the Bissell Air Ram stick vacuum, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this cordless vacuum cleaner that is promoted as perfect for tackling pet hair. And we’ll address a few issues that aren’t clear pros or cons for the vacuum but might affect some readers’ decision whether or not to buy this stick vacuum.
This review only addresses model 1984, not the similar model 1954 that comes with a pet hair brush roll, dusting brush and other tools.
Pros of the Bissell Air Ram
This cordless vacuum isn’t a hand vacuum. It has a head to clean your low carpets and hard floors like a standard vacuum cleaner. And it can lay flat so you can clean under your tables and chairs without having to move it.
It automatically transitions for you from carpets to hard flooring.
It has an average thirty minute run time if you don’t put it on high power.
It is light weight and easy to use. At a little under eight pounds, this unit is a good pet vacuum for those who don’t have the upper body strength to handle a large upright vacuum cleaner.
The dirt bin is easy to empty. Its 0.6 liter capacity is average for this type of cordless vacuum. While the battery can probably last thirty minutes, the dirt bin will likely need to be emptied after 10 minutes, 5 minutes if it is filling with pet hair.
It cleans as well along the floor’s edge and at the edges of the vacuum head as it does in the middle. And the vacuum head never pushes debris at the periphery away from it while you’re trying to clean.
The lithium battery offers as much power late in the run as it does when you first turn it on. The unit has a power indicator light so you know when it needs to be recharged.
All you have to assemble is the handle bars. You can lower the two handlebars, as well, so that it fits into your closet instead of having to be propped up in a corner.
Cons of the Bissell Air Ram
The suction isn’t powerful enough to pick up heavy debris or pull fine debris out of the base of carpet. It is good for sucking up pet fur and light messes but not the heavy duty messes.
These types of lithium batteries rarely last more than a few years, and it is hard to get a replacement from the manufacturer. Replacement batteries from Bissell cost half the price of a new vacuum cleaner.
Observations of the Bissell Air Ram
This unit costs around $200 at full price, and it is rarely on sale. This is expensive for a stick vacuum but similar in price to comparable upright corded vacuum cleaners.
It comes with a basic limited two year warranty. You can buy replacement batteries, foot pedals and other parts through Bissell without sending the vacuum to a service center.
It has LED lighting to let you see what you are cleaning, but this doesn’t do much unless you are cleaning under furniture extensively.
This cordless pet hair vacuum is convenient when you want to spot clean certain areas or clean an entire room or small apartment. It works like an easy to use flexible upright vacuum cleaner. It is ideal for spot cleaning and sucking up pet fur as long as you only need something for cleaning the floors, since it lacks the tools for above-floor cleaning.