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So you want to go cordless with your next vac? And also ditch the “analogue” mops and brooms and vacuums?
Way to go!
This article will help you choose the winner between two top-rated vacuum mops: Tineco iFloor 3 and Bissell Crosswave Max.
Note: I’m comparing these products not just based on specs like cleaning performance, power, edge suction, water tank capacity, drying technology, and other features. For that, you’ll have the owner’s manual.
I looked into whether and how they’ll actually perk up your cleaning and make it less of a nightmare, more of a straightforward task.
Let’s get to it!
TL:DR: Quick Overview
|Feature||Tineco iFloor||Bissell Crosswave MaxPro|
|Weight||9.9 lbs||11.5 lbs|
|Tank size||20 oz freshwater, 17 oz dirty water||28 oz freshwater, 18 oz dirty water|
|Battery capacity||4000 mah, 23 minutes||36 V lithium-ion battery, 30 minutes|
|Charging time||~4 hours||~4 hours|
|Noise rating||78 dB||80 dB|
|Warranty||2-year||60-day money-back, 23-year|
Tineco iFloor Vs. Bissell Crosswave: What’ is the Difference?
Power and Battery Life
Alas, going cordless usually means having to rely on batteries (or more likely, a single battery).
Despite that, the cordless aspect is excellent. I can move them around while cleaning without worrying about wires getting in the way. So, the biggest deal in this category is battery life because you don’t want to realize mid-cleaning that your battery is dead.
Tineco iFloor 3 comes with a 4000 mah battery, which means up to 25 minutes of life per charge. Since the device vacuums and mops, it should be enough to cover a couple of rooms in a medium-sized home.
Bissell Crosswave, on the other hand, comes with a 36 V lithium-ion battery that gives you 30 minutes of life per charge. A tad bit more, but not enough for me! To clean my place, I needed to take a 1,5-hour break to let it recharge enough to finish. And that’s with NO particular messes!
Both have a docking station for charge and take about 4 hours to charge. That’s a long time to charge a vacuum, which is another con in my book.
As far as battery life and power are concerned, Bissell edges Tineco by giving you five extra minutes of cleaning time. I know it seems insignificant, but it could be the difference between covering some spots or not.
But if any engineers are reading this, please make better batteries! Until that happens, I’m afraid I’d rather stick with cords.
Before I proceed with the next section, I also have to voice a concern about the longevity of these batteries. Since both models are relatively new, nobody has had a chance to use them for years. If these batteries were to lose their strength in a year or two (like a phone or a laptop Li-ion battery does), it could qualify for a serious deal breaker!
Edge Suction and Multi-Surface Cleaning
Edge suction is SUPER important because it decides the efficiency of navigation around furniture and corners with each pass.
Bissell Crosswave Max has an edge-to-edge cleaning feature that allows it to get closer to the walls and under furniture without moving them.
During the cleaning test, Bissell could get the edge of the woodwork in my kitchen, something that Tineco could not do. Tineco did a great job on other floor areas but found the edges challenging to reach.
Both units are multi-surface cleaners for your hard floors like marble, granite, hardwood, and laminate. But Bissell can do one better: it is working on area rugs. It may not be as efficient, but that is undoubtedly a plus.
It is fair to say that Crosswave edges this category as well because it shows versatility on more surfaces, and the edge suction is considerably more powerful.
By the way, older models of the same brands are totally fine in functionality, as you can see in the short video below!
@sarahnmorris09 Tineco iFloor vs Bissell Crosswave. No comparison, ol’ bissell wins #PepsiApplePieChallenge #bussit #tineco #crosswave #nocomparison ♬ Buss It – Erica Banks
Water Tank Capacities
Batteries that drain fast are a cordless vac’s greatest enemy. But I have another pet peeve (though not nearly as bad): a small water tank – or one that’s tricky to refill.
Luckily, tanks refill much faster than batteries. And in the cases of iFloor and Crosswave, they are not difficult to fill either.
First, both products have a two-tank technology, which separates clean water from the gunk. This guarantees you are only spraying clean water on your floors.
As for refilling, you can just unclip the tanks, bring them to the sink to refill, and back to the vac. It would have been awkward having to carry your machine to the sink because you want to refill it. But this is not a unique feature for these models. Most other vacmops have it too!
When it comes to water tank capacity, Bissell really stands out here. It has a fresh water tank capacity of 28 oz and a dirty water tank capacity of 18 oz. Tineco’s slightly more modest, with 20 oz fresh and 17 oz dirty water.
Now, with a bigger tank comes heavier weight, which is the case with Bissell. So, you need to consider if you are a person who will be moving your vacuum around or not.
Choosing the winner in this section comes down to two things: weight and the size of your cleaning task. If you’re cleaning a lot of space, you want to avoid re-filling too often, so Bissell is ideal. If you prefer a more maneuverable unit for your hard floors, Tineco is a lightweight alternative.
Still, on the issue of water, both gadgets put down a clean layer of water while sucking up dirt or things on the hard floor. But Tineco has a faster drying time.
I wouldn’t say the difference in the drying time is so much that you would notice it. It is not like Bissell’s drying technology sucks. It is just that Tineco has a faster absorption speed for the water. Although Bissell allows you to choose when to vacuum and mop, Tineco has no such option. The water comes out immediately when you turn the switch. This means you can use Bissell as just a vacuum cleaner.
So, it goes without saying that if drying time is going to be a deal-breaker for you, Tineco is your best bet.
I’ll be honest; I can’t say that either product is quiet. But the Bissell is a little louder when you are cleaning. It was not loud enough for me to be bothered by it.
Bissell has a noise rating of 80 dB, while Tineco has a rating of 78 dB.
As you can tell, Bissell is on the heavier side, but that shouldn’t be a concern for most people. If you are looking for maximum cleaning performance, most machines of this kind will be noisy.
The noise levels are pretty similar, in my opinion, but you decide after watching the video below.
Aesthetics and Accessories
You can never go wrong with a sleek-looking vacuum cleaner because it tends to fit the theme of your home.
Tineco iFloor 3 is white and black with a silver accent, sleek, modern-looking with a silver-black rectangular body. Bissell Crosswave, on the other hand, is primarily black and white, with a tail green accent, and it matches my kitchen decor (I swear I didn’t plan it!).
When standing side by side: the Tineco is sleeker.
When it comes to accessories, Tineco comes with an enhanced accessory pack that includes 2 roller brushes, 2 filtration HEPA, a docking station designed to serve as a self-cleaning storage tray. And two Tineco Cleaner & Deodorizer bottles, making sure you’re always prepared to deal with sticky situations.
Bissell includes 2-Multi-Surface Brush Rolls, 1-8 oz Multi-Surface Formula, 1-Extra Filter, and a Rinse & Clean Out Storage Tray that is also a docking station for charging.
What’s Unique in Each of Them?
Tineco iFloor 3 – Way More Digital
Tineco iFloor 3 has a sensor to determine the amount of mess and debris on the floor and automatically adjust the suction of water flow as needed. There is also a button to add more water if you need it. This not only gets your floor clean but also optimizes battery usage.
It also has an advanced LED display screen that shows the battery levels, alert for maintenance, and cleaning reminders. When the dirty water tank of the iFloor 3 gets filled, the safety float closes. And the LED digital interface alerts you.
It is self-propelled, meaning that the vacuum cleaner moves forward by itself at the push of a button. The vacuum cleaner would be good for someone with back issues like senior citizens.
Bissell Crosswave – Oldie But Goldie
Okay, not THAT oldie!
Anyhow, Bissell’s competitive edge comes down to performance and not the digital bells and whistles. It’s better with edges and corners (thanks to the swivel head). Plus it’s less picky with the types of surfaces, being able to switch to run cleaning at the push of a button.
Bottom Line: the Winner is…
Both of these machines tick off the boxes when it comes to convenience.
No cords and hauling around!
Also, when you are done cleaning, you can leave the self-clean cycle running so dirt and debris from the brush roll and machine will flow into the dirty water tank, so you will have less to clean up afterward.
So here’s my take: If your home has high traffic with children, pets, and a lot of space, Bissell Crosswave Pro is an ideal choice because it can clean multiple surfaces.
If your area is smaller or you don’t have a significant amount of traffic, and you want a sleek-looking machine, Tineco iFloor 3 will be the best appliance to buy.
However, if you have a bigger place, you might be in for frustration when your battery runs out of juice mid-cleaning. In that case, it could be advisable to get back to basics and just get a corded Bissell Crosswave or Pet Pro.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Tineco iFloor 3 worth it?
If you have a small or average home, the iFloor 3 is a decent option. It’s suitable for quick cleanups and small areas of hard floors and cleaning areas with low traffic. Plus it’s digitalized and pretty smart – almost like a big robot vac!
Can you use Tineco iFloor on vinyl?
Tineco iFloor 3 effectively cleans all types of indoor sealed floors, such as vinyl, sealed wood floor, laminate, linoleum, tile, marble, and more. What it can’t clean is carpets, rugs and other fabrics.
Why is Bissell so popular?
The Bissell brand is popular with consumers because it makes powerful, robust, reliable, and easy to use machines. This company has been around for over a century and has always led the way with vacuum technology.