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BISSELL 2554A CrossWave cordless max all in one wet-dry vacuum cleaner and mop for hard floors review

BISSELL 2554A CrossWave cordless max all in one wet-dry vacuum cleaner and mop for hard floors review

What is the run time in Bissell 2554A? Multi-surface cleaning means it’s safe for use on tile, sealed wood floors, rugs, laminate, linoleum, rubber floor mats, pressed wood floors, and more. It even refreshes area rugs. It comes with up to 30 minutes of cordless cleaning power with a 36V lithium ion battery. Discover more in BISSELL 2554A CrossWave cordless max all in one wet-dry vacuum cleaner and mop for hard floors review.

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Pros & Cons


  • Ease of use
  • Cordless and light
  • LED headlights
  • Separate solution/dirty tanks
  • Cleans tough stains on hard floors
  • 30-minute battery life
  • 3-in-1
  • Covers a large area


  • Heavy to carry
  • Short battery life
  • Expensive
  • Long charging time
  • Loud when in use – especially when self-cleaning


  • Charging time: 4 hours
  • Battery life: 30 mins
  • Battery: 36V
  • Cable length: Cordless – stand cable measures 
  • Cleaning path width: 10.5 inch
  • Dimensions: H115.6cm x W26.0cm x D25.0cm
  • Weight: Not available
  • Noise: 75 dB
  • Energy rating: Not available
  • Capacity: Not available

Price – BISSELL 2554A CrossWave cordless max all in one wet-dry vacuum cleaner and mop for hard floors

This cordless vacuum still runs at about $370-$400, and if you’re anything like me, it can be hard to decide if it’s worth it!  Bissell offers 2 multi-surface trial formulas, 2 hard floor tough mess + odor eliminator trial formulas in the box (its multi-surface cleaner) and also you can acquire even more for ₤ 12.99 a pop. Multi-Surface formula is perfect for daily cleaning up messes and works on sealed hard floors and area rugs. Bissell additionally sales solutions for pet and wood floors (both ₤ 12.99 each). Might vary based on model and usage.

BISSELL 2554A CrossWave cordless max all in one wet-dry vacuum cleaner and mop for hard floors review


It has a dimension of 10 x 10.25 x 45.5 inches and weighing 11.5 pounds. While the cleaning width is shorter on this model, the Cordless Max has a thicker floor brush, allowing greater depth for absorbing dirt. The roller also features a few hard for agitating dirt. Handy LED lights at the front of the Cordless Max illuminate the area you’re cleaning, so you’re unlikely to miss any dirt.


The Bissell Crosswave also comes with smart touch controls on the handle to allow you to easily switch between modes for cleaning hard floors and rugs, as well as control your cleaning solution with an on-demand solution trigger that releases just enough product to do the job.


The 2554A’s dock has no slot for the filters. You’ll have to either find a place to put them temporarily or build your dock for them. Drying out the filters can take some time. Give it at least three hours for this to finish. There could also be space issues when drying. It’s recommended that you dry the filters away from the dock to keep water from getting all over the place. Placing them in a dry sink is an option.


The Bissell features an innovative microfiber and Nylon brush which spin at a very high speed of 3500 revolutions per minute. It has Area Rug Kit that includes the area rug formula and comes with a brush designed specifically to remove dirt from rugs

Dustbin & water tank capacity

The Bissell Crosswave has a dual tank which keeps clean water and your cleaning solution separate from the dirty water and dry debris, so that you can clean everyday messes with a fresh solution each time. 

There’s a filter in the dirty water tank, which separates the larger bits of debris and pet hair from the water. You can just pull out this filter and throw away the dirt, pouring just dirty water away down the sink, without fear of causing a blockage. Both the tank and its filter can be easily rinsed clean.

For cleaning, there’s a 0.83-litre tank that takes a mixture of detergent and water. There are handy fill lines for large and small areas, which means you won’t be wasting detergent.

Strong Suction

Put the 2554A on your carpet and watch as it lifts all the things you see that are making your carpets dirty, and what you don’t. Small cat hairs, dog hair, and dirt from outside come up quick, even when traveling over rugs.

Battery life

This model comes with the powerful 36V lithium-ion battery provides 30 mins of run-time, that’s five more mins than the basic CrossWave Cordless. Not only that, yet considering that cleaning ability has been enhanced, you’ll have the ability to cover a wider location on a single charge. 

BISSELL 2554A CrossWave cordless max all in one wet-dry vacuum cleaner and mop for hard floors Performance review

To use the cleaner, you turn on the power and select the desired mode: hard floor or area rug. The Cordless Max vacuums all of the time as you move it forwards and backwards, but there’s a trigger to release cleaning fluid, which comes out over the roller.

Since the CrossWave Cordless Max is also a vacuum cleaner, it can happily suck up large bits of debris. As such, there’s no need to vacuum the floor first, as you’d have to when using a steam mop.

Once you release the trigger, the floor cleaner then sucks up the dirty water (and any other debris) into the waste tank. The tank has a capacity of 0.55 litres, so you’ll likely have to empty it a couple of times for each full tank of cleaning solution.

This multi-surface cleaner performs very well on low-pile carpets and rugs. It manages to remove an impressive amount of debris while leaving your floors (or rugs) looking practically brand new. Though impressive on low-pile carpets and rugs, we didn’t find that it did an incredible job on high-pile rugs. This is understandable, as these rugs ideally need to be taken to the dry cleaners. It’s also worth us noting that it’s quite easy to soak carpets so you’ll want to go slowly while using this machine, and it might require a bit of arm work – especially more if you go from cleaning hard floors to carpets.

What are the error codes?

My Bissell stopped working 1.5 years later when two, red bars were displayed on the battery indicator. Customer service wowed me when she sent a replacement at no charge. She was not told that the product was obtained via the Amazon Vine program, and for all intents and purposes, all she asked for were the serial and model numbers. Here were the error codes she provided:

CrossWave Error Codes /Bissell

  • 1 red bar
    • Possible cause: Safety Shut Off
    • Remedies: Remove CrossWave from dock for 1 minute > Put machine back on dock for 30 minutes > Attempt to turn machine back on
  • 2 red bars
    • Possible cause: Internal Errors
    • Remedies: Remove CrossWave from dock > Leave machine off for 1 minute > Attempt to turn machine back on > Remove and replace the machine on and off the dock three times
  • 3 red bars
    • Possible cause: Safety Shut Off
    • Remedies: Go to > Brush Not Turning. Remove CrossWave from dock > Leave machine powered off for 30 minutes > Attempt to turn machine back on
  • Dirty water icon
    • Possible cause: Dirty Water Tank Full
    • Remedies: With machine off and undocked, remove dirty water tank > Remove strainer from tank, discard debris > Rinse entire tank > Clean float sensors on bottom of dirty water tank lid with a damp cloth or napkin > Reassemble dirty water tank > Put dirty water tank into machine angling the tank back into the body of the machine with bottom edge first, push tank in until it clicks into place > turn machine on > if dirty water tank icon is still illuminated remove dirty water tank and re-seat it

BISSELL 2554A CrossWave cordless max all in one wet-dry vacuum cleaner and mop for hard floors customer review

Hefty, but well built and highly functional.

BISSELL – CrossWave Max Wet/Dry Cordless Multi-Surface Cleaner – Black/Pearl White

A portable multi-surface wet-dry vacuum that feels sturdy, well-made, and performs surprisingly well for a cordless design.


CORDLESS – The ability to take this unit wherever it needs to go was a key requirement for me. Cords wear, they tear, they tangle, and fall into disrepair with even the most casual of use.

Docking Station – This unit features an included docking station. This station is where the unit rests to charge. It is also where the mop rollers and filters go to dry. Not having to deal with finding the plug-in port every time I need to charge this unit is very important to me. Again, constant handling of cords and ports leads to excessive and undue wear. Being able to easily rest this unit on its contacts makes for reduced wear. The tray also ensures that the unit won’t make a mess while you let it rest or run the self-clean function.

Self-Clean Function – The unit has a self-clean function that you can run after you’ve emptied the gunk, or just before.

Two Wet Tanks – One for the clean water and detergent, another for the dirty water and vacuumed gunk. This makes cleaning and uses a snap.

Modular Snap-In Components – Every component that is designed to be user-removable is easy to remove with “snap-out/in” ease.

Svelt Appearance – This unit Black/Pearl finish looks pretty cool for a vacuum.

Relatively Quiet – I am guessing the sound of the vacuum is muffled due to the materials, filters, etc. But the unit is quieter than I would have thought and certainly compared to my other vacuums (cordless and corded).


Weight – Compared to another cordless vacuum (non-wet/dry), this unit feels heavier. But, that is only if you considered weight. If you consider its size, form, and its function(s), it makes sense. In that respect, I feel it is balanced and maneuvers well for its shape and weight.

Ramp-Up Period – (not really a con – more of just a matter-of-fact) There is a small ramp-up period required to use the mop functionality. This makes sense. Just as sponges don’t work as efficiently when completely dry, neither do the rollers on this unit. The ramp-up period consists of you pressing the button to allow the cleaning solution to saturate the mop roller for a few seconds. After that, the unit is ready to go.

My floors are laminate. I have two dogs that have access to their yard. They go in and out pretty regularly. I have an Ecovacs Deebot that runs every morning at 10 am. I haven’t mopped in about two weeks, perhaps three.

In the demo pics I’ve shared, the unit was run for five minutes after the spaces had been pre-vacuumed. My five-minute (maybe slightly longer) mop session included areas in the kitchen, the living room (where outdoor access is provided), and a second bedroom and bathroom. I went over each of these spaces until I saw a thin layer of moisture that provided a visual cue that I had “mopped” the area. I used regular vacuum motions of back and forth (though not as brisk as with a regular vacuum). As you can see, five minutes did consume about half of the reservoir of clean water, but it picked up about half in that in overall nasty looking and foul-smelling water. If the Deebot hadn’t run earlier, there would probably be a lot more dog fur in there, too.

I love this unit.

The cordless functionality allows me to grab this unit and just go over a high-traffic area whenever I need to. It’s nice. Then, on Sundays, I can run my regular vacuum (Dyson Ball) followed by this unit to ensure the floors are as clean as I’m going to get without getting down on my hands and knees.

By Rhostam at Best Buy

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