Bissell 2998 vs 2999 what’s the difference?

The difference between Bissell MultiClean Allergen Lift-Off Pet 2998 and Bissell MultiClean Allergen Pet 2999 is as follows:

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  • Lift-Off vs No Lift-Off:
    This is the major difference between them.
    The 2998 has the Lift-Off feature which allows you to detach the canister part from the cleaner head whereas the 2999 does not have this Lift-Off feature.
    Does the Lift-Off make the vacuum better?
    The Lift-Off pod makes it lighter to carry, this could be more convenient for portable cleaning, such as cleaning stairs.
  • Hose Length:
    The 2998 has a 7-foot hose while the 2999 has a 9-foot hose. Longer hose allows for longer reach, this is helpful while cleaning high and low spots, staircase, and other areas that require extended reach.
  • Headlight:
    The 2998 has led headlights whereas the 2999 does not have any headlights.
    Headlights help you find hidden dirt and debris, illuminate dark spots, so you can do a more thorough cleaning.
VacuumBissell MultiClean™ Allergen Lift-Off® PetMultiClean™ Allergen Pet
Model29982999
DesignUprightUpright
Power SourceCordedCorded
Power Rating7 amps7 amps
Cord Length30-foot30-foot
Dust Collection TypeBaglessBagless
Dust Collection Capacity0.75 L0.75 L
Lift OffYesNo
Detachable WandYesYes
Hose7-foot9-foot
HeadlightsYesNo
Cleaning Path Width13-inch13-inch
Tangle Free Brush RollYesYes
Motorized BrushYesYes
Brush Roll On/OffYesYes
Carpet Type ControlYesYes
Suction ControlNoNo
Swivel SteeringYesYes
HEPA filterYesYes
ToolsDusting Brush & Crevice Tool 2-in-1 Tool, Pet TurboEraser® ToolDusting Brush & Crevice Tool 2-in-1 Tool, Pet TurboEraser® Tool
ColorBlack with Electric Blue AccentsBlack with Cobalt Blue/Electric Green Accents
Warranty5 Year Limited Warranty5 Year Limited Warranty

Otherwise, they are very similar:

  • HEPA Sealed Allergen System
    Traps 99.97% of dust and allergens (Tested per ASTM F1977 at 0.3 microns), emits clean air. Good for user health, especially for those who suffer from allergy and asthma.
  • Washable Pre Motor Filter
    The pre motor filter can be washed to maintain good suction power.
  • Tangle-Free Brush Roll
    Actively prevents hair wrap around the roller. (Tested per tangle free protocol BTP0251-A with hair length 6-8″.)
  • Brush Roll On/Off Control
    These Bissell upright vacuum cleaners allow you to turn on the brush roll to vacuum carpet, or turn off the rotating brush roll when cleaning hard floors and delicate surfaces.
  • Carpet Type Control
    Allows users to adjust to fit low pile, medium
    pile and high pile carpet.
  • Corded
    Have a 30-foot cord.
  • Bagless
    Dust cup has a capability of 0.75L.
  • One Touch Easy Empty
    You can easily press a button to empty the bin.
  • Quick Release Wand
    You can detach the wand from the vacuum body to extend cleaning range, good for reaching those hard-to-reach areas.
  • Swivel Steering
    For easy maneuvering around table, chair legs and other obstacles.
  • On-Board Tools
    They come with 2 tools: (1) Pet TurboEraser and (1) Crevice Tool & Dusting Brush 2-in-1 tool which can be stored on the vacuum body for quick reach whenever you need them.
  • Warranty
    Both carry 5 year limited warranty.

Some questions and answers:

  • Can you turn off the roller to vacuum hard floors?
    Yes, there is a brush On/Off control.
  • Do they have automatic cord reel?
    No, they don’t. You wind the cord manually.
  • Can you adjust the height to clean different surfaces?
    There is a slider on the handle that allows you to choose between low,medium and plush carpet. When cleaning hard floors, you can turn off the brush roll if you want.
  • Can you adjust the suction power?
    The settings for carpet cleaning provide different suction levels, if you choose the low carpet setting, it offers the strongest suction. But if you mean a variable suction adjuster, no, they do not allow you to change suction little by little.

You can download manual to learn more details:
Bissell 2998 MultiClean Allergen Lift-Off Pet manual:
https://support.bissell.com/app/answers/list/p/175310/c/26115
Bissell 2999 MultiClean Allergen Pet guide:
https://support.bissell.com/app/answers/list/p/174806/c/26115

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