Bissell Air Ram 1984

Last updated date: November 16, 2018

DWYM Score
7.9

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 88 expert reviews, the Bissell Bissell Air Ram 1984 placed 6th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Cordless Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top cordless vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
7.5
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
1,281 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Based on consumer reviews the AirRam has really good suction and works great even on bare floor surfaces.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
The AirRam is very easy and convenient to use and didn't disappoint in our cleaning tests.
- Tech Gear Lab
Excellent at picking up pet hairs debris from bare floors.
- All Of Vacuums
September 1, 2018 | Full review
The Bissell AirRam 1984 rated excellent overall. This quiet, self-standing machine excelled in our carpet, bare floor, and pet hair tests, and performed well in our edge cleaning and emissions tests. It has an average sized dirt bin that is easy to empty and replace and has a lever that helps push the debris from the bin. The 22-volt Lithium ion battery can be easily removed for replacement and the telescoping handle can be pushed down for storage with the press of a button. The large power button is located on the powerhead and can be pushed by foot.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The Bissell AirRam 1984 rated excellent overall. This quiet, self-standing machine excelled in our carpet, bare floor, and pet hair tests, and performed well in our edge cleaning and emissions tests. It has an average sized dirt bin that is easy to empty and replace and has a lever that helps push the debris from the bin. The 22-volt Lithium ion battery can be easily removed for replacement and the telescoping handle can be pushed down for storage with the press of a button. The large power button is located on the powerhead and can be pushed by foot.
- Consumer Reports
A unique feature to this upright vacuum is the handle's ability to lay flat on the ground, allowing easy vacuuming under furniture and tough-to-reach places.
- Good Housekeeping
October 7, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Main complaints were the build quality and the filter – how long it takes to dry and the replacement part that is not yet available for sale.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
Bissell AirRam is a little bit pricey.
- Tech Gear Lab
Small dust bin is not good for large homes.
- All Of Vacuums
September 1, 2018 | Full review
There is no brush roll on/off switch. In order for the brush roll to be turned off, it must be removed from the machine with a simple release button. The machine does not convert into a detachable hand vac and doesn't come with extra tools. The large power head, although able to swivel, is not as easily maneuverable as other models and it may be difficult to navigate around objects.
- New York Times Wirecutter
There is no brush roll on/off switch. In order for the brush roll to be turned off, it must be removed from the machine with a simple release button. The machine does not convert into a detachable hand vac and doesn't come with extra tools. The large power head, although able to swivel, is not as easily maneuverable as other models and it may be difficult to navigate around objects.
- Consumer Reports
Our only qualm was when we pulled the vacuum backwards, there was a light drag because it's self-propelled and required some effort.
- Good Housekeeping
October 7, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Meet the Lightweight & Powerful Air Ram Cordless Vacuum. Equipped with a 22V Lithium-ion battery, this cordless vacuum delivers up to 40 minutes of powerful, fade-free suction across carpets, hard floors, and area rugs. The Air Ram is ultra-light and easy to use weighing less than 1 pound in use, and with swivel steering and a lay flat handle, it maneuvers under and around furniture with ease.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Shark Ionflex Duoclean
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
3. V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Shark Navigator Freestyle
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Bissell Air Ram 1984
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Dirt Devil Reach Max Plus
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 3
8. Dyson V6 Cordless Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Dirt Devil Power Stick SD
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 9
11. Dirt Devil Extreme Power
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3
12. Eufy Homevac
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Cordless Vacuums

Cleaning the house can be a real drag, especially because you’ve likely got much better things to do with your free time. But gone are the frustrating days of tripping over your vacuum cord or trying to maneuver the vacuum in one hand while keeping ahold of the cord in another. Thanks to a little ingenuity, you can now buy a cordless vacuum, which means you never have to worry about the cord getting tangled or sucked into the vacuum again (nor do you have to worry about your new puppy pretending the vacuum cord is a chew toy!).

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Cordless vacuums also make it so that you never have to stop cleaning to unplug the cord, then replug it into a closer wall outlet, which can be super frustrating if you’re short on time and just need to get the job done in a flash. Most cordless vacuum models attach to a docking station for charging. Then, when you’re ready to clean your floors, you simply remove the vacuum from the docking station and start vacuuming. The Shark Ionflex Duoclean, for example, has a removable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts about 30 minutes before you’ll need to recharge it again, which many people say is enough time to vacuum several rooms in your home, depending on their size.

If you’ve never seen a cordless vacuum up close, you’ll notice that they look a bit different than a standard vacuum. Many of these vacuums are long and slender with a dirt bin and a motorhead on top. Others look very similar to a traditional vacuum cleaner with a cord. Some cordless vacuums can also easily become handheld vacuums by simply removing the motorhead from the vacuum stick, which makes for a quick and painless transition. Some cordless vacuums, like the Shark Ionflex Duoclean, have a rotating or swivel head that makes it easy to clean tough corners or get into tight spots, such as under the couch or the bed.

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Cordless vacuums tend to be lighter and smaller than other vacuums, which makes them super useful if you’re short on time and just need to zip around to clean before guests arrive. They’re also helpful if you can’t lift heavy objects or your home has lots of stairs — no more lugging a heavy vacuum around.  Cordless vacuums also tend to take up less space than other vacuums, so they’re perfect for smaller spaces such as apartments and condos.

DYWM Fun Fact

You can thank NASA for your cordless vacuum — yes, NASA. The reason we have cordless vacuums in our homes today is because NASA needed a company to design a special drill so that Apollo astronauts could extract core samples from the moon in the early 1960s. Since they were on the moon with no power source, the drill had to be cordless, lightweight and small. NASA asked The Black & Decker Manufacturing Company to design something and the company pulled through by developing a battery-powered technology, which was the precursor to today’s modern cordless power tools and vacuums. Thanks NASA!

The Cordless Vacuum Buying Guide

  • One of the key factors you’ll want to consider when purchasing a cordless vacuum is battery life, since this will determine how long you can run your cordless vacuum before it needs to be charged. Cordless vacuums can run, on average, between 15 and 45 minutes between charges, depending on the type of vacuum and the setting you select. You won’t be able to use your cordless vacuum for very long if you select the highest-power mode, so keep that in mind when you start cleaning. The Dyson V7, for example, can run for up to 30 minutes, depending on which mode you’re using to clean your house.
  • Cordless vacuums typically use one of three types of batteries: lithium-ion, nickel-metal hydride and nickel-cadmium. Each battery type has its own pros and cons, and they all have varying levels of power, shelf life, replacement cost and charge capacity. Lithium-ion batteries, for instance, tend to be more expensive than nickel-cadmium batteries and you may have to be careful not to overcharge them. Generally speaking, nickel-cadmium batteries tend to need to be replaced more often than the other types, while nickel-metal hydride batteries are more expensive but they hold a lot of power from each charge. Typically, your battery will not be covered under a limited warranty if it fails because of normal wear and tear. Over time, you can likely expect to have to replace the battery for your cordless vacuum.
  • You’ll also want to consider the weight of the vacuum. If being lightweight is important to you, you’ll want to take a look at the product specs for each cordless vacuum. They typically range from 2 to 7 pounds. The Hoover Linx, for example, weighs 7.3 pounds. Even so, this may be a lot lighter than the regular vacuum you’re used to.
  • Most cordless vacuums come with washable filters, which means you’ll need to keep an eye on how dirty this filter becomes and clean it periodically to keep the vacuum running properly.
  • Another factor when purchasing a cordless vacuum is whether it comes with a warranty, as well as what types of situations are covered by the warranty. The Dyson V7, for example, comes with a two-year limited warranty for defects in material and workmanship for normal household use. These types of limited warranties typically do not cover damage caused by normal wear and tear, misuse or aging batteries.
  • Cordless vacuums come with an array of accessories and attachments. Some of the most common accessories are crevice cleaners, mini brushes and extension heads. The Shark Ionflex Duoclean, for examples, comes with a duster crevice tool, a dusting brush, a wide upholstery tool, an anti-allergen dust brush, a battery and a charger.