Bissell Bolt Lithium Max Pet Cordless Hand Vacuum - Model 2133

Bissell 2133 is a lithium-ion battery-powered handheld vacuum cleaner. It has good suction and a pair of combination cleaning tools that help the user to clean various types of dirt from various surfaces, including car's seats, dashboard, and other car's surfaces, but also surfaces found at any household, like bare floors, various carpets, countertops, stairs, upholstery and similar.

Bissell 2133 is an affordable and versatile cordless vacuum, excellent for smaller pickups and cleanings in emergencies. 

Published: June 20, 2020.

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Bissell 2133 uses 16V lithium ion battery that can power the unit up to 25 minutes - when the battery is new and fully charged. Thanks to the lithium ion chemistry, battery delivers fade-free power during operation - battery condition during operation and during charging can be easily monitored via onboard 'Battery Status Indicator'.

Note: unfortunately, battery wires are soldered to the internal PCB board and can't be replaced, at least not by end-user. However, according to the official Bissell site, 2133 model comes with 2 year warranty (some sites claim 1 year warranty), so personally I wouldn't worry too much about soldered battery, if 15-20 minutes (in real life) of operation is enough for most of the cleaning tasks.

To charge the Bissell 2133, user must plug charging cable into the unit - there is no wall mount or countertop charging station for this model (at least not at the moment of writing this review).

Bissell 2133 Battery Status

Since this is cordless vacuum cleaner, knowing battery status is very important for proper operation. Onboard LED display notifies the user about battery condition when the battery is being both charged and discharged.

Charging and Battery Status LED Indicator
Battery Status LED Indicator Color LED Light Behavior
While in Use Blue 3 solid lights
While Charging Blue 3 solid lights for 10 minutes, then flashes once per minute
100% Blue 3 solid lights for 10 minutes, then flashes once per minute
66-99% Blue 2 lights on, 1 light blinking
33-65% Blue 1 light on, 1 light blinking
1-32% Blue 1 light blinking
0% Red 1 light blinking quickly

Since lithium ion batteries don't suffer from memory effect, at least not as NiMH and especially not as NiCd batteries, feel free to charge the unit even if it is not fully discharged, using OEM's original charger. Also, since self-discharge rate of lithium ion batteries is very low, after the battery is fully charged, disconnect the unit from the wall charger.

Note: just to be sure, periodically fully discharge the battery and then fully charge it ...

Bissell 2133 Air Filtration

bissell 2133 filterAir filtration is good and it is combination of cyclonic action and mechanical air filtration.

Mechanical air filter comes with 'Clean Turn Filtration' system, which helps the user to quickly and easily clean the air filter.

Note: clean air filter is very important for proper operation, since the largest pressure drop and thus suction loss regularly occurs on the dirty air filter. Also, unit doesn't have sensor or indicator that would warn the user about dirty filter or clog in the system.

For short - when emptying the dirt cup, be sure to clean the filter too, using 'Clean Turn Filtration' system. It takes just seconds, but ensures proper operation of the unit. Also, air filter is washable - depending on the use, it should be washed from time to time and before returning it into the unit, dry it thoroughly. Never operate unit with wet air filter or without the filter.

Bissell 2133 is simple to operate unit, but it is also highly recommended to read the manual before the first use.

Dirt bin is transparent, allowing the user to see amount and type of the vacuumed dirt. Unit is designed for dry dirt only and picking up of moist and wet dirt and especially the liquids must be avoided.

For such compact unit, Bissell 2133 has relatively large dirt cup of 0.6 liters. Nonetheless, it is highly recommended to empty the dirt cup after each use.

Unit weighs only 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg) and can be operated even by kids (supervised by adults, of course) and elderly people.

Bissell 2133 Cleaning Tools

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First of all, unit can be used without any additional cleaning tools - unit vacuums dirt directly via main cleaning nozzle.

For certain situations and special types of dirt, Bissell 2133 comes with two combination cleaning tools:

- the Crevice Tool / Dusting Brush combination tool is designed for cleaning hard to reach and narrow spaces like between car seats, along the edges, in the corners and similar surfaces using Crevice Tool and for dusting delicate surfaces like car's dashboards, upholstery, countertops and similar surfaces using Dusting Brush.

- the Pet Hair Nozzle has rubberized teeth designed for pulling and lifting up embedded pet and human hair and other dirt.

Bissell Cordless Vacuums Comparison Chart

There are several very similar Bissell's cordless vacuums in this class. Their main features and specifications are given in the following chart:

Model Bissell 1782 Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum Bissell 1985 Multi Cordless Hand Vacuum Bissell 2133 Bolt Lithium Max Pet Cordless Hand Vacuum
Photo bissell 1782 table  bissell 1985 chart  bissell 2133 m 
Battery Type Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) Lithium Ion Lithium Ion
Voltage 14.4V 22V 16V
Operating Time 15 minutes 15 minutes 25 minutes
Dirt Bin Capacity 0.6 liters 0.4 liters 0.6 liters
Charge/Power Lights No Yes Yes
Cleaning LED Lights No Yes No
Tools Included Motorized Brush Tool, Crevice Tool, Upholstery Tool  Motorized Brush Tool, Extension Hose, Crevice Tool, Extension Wand  Pet Hair Nozzle Tool, Crevice Tool 
Amazon Link Bissell 1782 Bissell 1985 Bissell 2133

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Bissell 1782 features Motorized Brush Tool which is slightly more efficient than Pet Hair Nozzle found on Bissell 2133. However, it is not maintenance free tool and use of that tool drains NiMH battery faster. Bissell 2133 has longer operating time on a single charge (25 vs 15 minutes), Pet Hair Nozzle is very simple to maintain, have charging/power indicator and generally , it is newer design.

Bissell 1985 is slightly larger unit than Bissell 2133, comes with several extra cleaning tools, including motorized brush tool and extension wand, it has 22V battery (vs 16V found on 2133), etc. but it also costs more.

Long Story Short: Bissell 2133 is very good and affordable cordless vacuum. Lithium ion battery provides plenty of power and very nice operating time on a single charge - if only one can order one spare battery and charge it, while other battery is in the vacuum and in use.

Bissell 2133 is excellent car vacuum cleaner that can also be used at home as second and/or emergency vacuum cleaner.

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