Cleaning a house that contains small children and pets needs to happen quick and effortlessly. Part of my strategy for that is a good vacuum cleaner.
After years of using an inexpensive Dirt Devil, in badly need of repairs, the search for a new vacuum cleaner began. As an obsessive researcher, I looked around, read reviews, checked prices, and talked to friends. Finding a vacuum with consistently good reviews, even when spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars, was difficult. After weeks of searching, and with a budget of $200 or less, a friend recommended that we consider a Hoover, as Hoover was the only brand that they considered worthwhile, and this is from someone who has a family member that works for Electrolux.
The only question was: Why Hoover?
The response: Hoover had the least returns when my husband sold vacuum cleaners. I wasn’t sold, but after reading general reviews for Hoover, they were no better or worse than the other brands.
I happened upon the Hoover Windtunnel Air in a local store, double checked it had decent reviews, and bought it without a second thought. On getting it home and using it, I’m very pleased with the purchase.
Great Suction: This vacuum picks up more than I expected. Compared to our old vacuum, this one easily picks up twice as much dirt and dust, including pet hair. Pet hair isn’t a problem at all including the cats’ seasonal shedding. I want to put the fabric attachment on and vacuum the cats directly, but don’t think either one would like it.
Long Reach: Combining the tool handle, crevice tool, hose extension, and hose, this vacuum gives close to 12 feet of reach to use the accessories. You have more than enough reach to clean a set of stairs or get at cobwebs in the corner of your basement.
Long Cord: 27 feet. Plugged into a centrally located outlet, I can clean the entirety of the upstairs, or basement, and a set of stairs.
Washable HEPA Filter: Replace the filter only when it will no longer come clean when washing. And it will trap 99.9% of dirt and dust. What’s better than that?
Lightweight: Weighing in at 12lbs exactly according to my scale this vacuum is easy to lift, carry, and take where you need, making cleaning easy.
Easy Empty Canister: Unlock the canister, hold it in a trash can, and push a button on the side, and the bottom swings free to empty out the canister. Clean hands, less mess, less dust back in your now clean rooms.
Brush on/off switch: Transfer quickly between carpet and hardwood floors with the press of a button.
On-board Tool Storage: Stuck right beneath the cord storage a small clip extends to hold the crevice and combined carpet/upholstery tools. This little clip does a poor job of holding the tools, and after having the tools pop off every time while vacuuming we now store them in a drawer. A more secure clip or enclosure would be better to keep these items in place. Not a deal breaker, but annoying to reach for the tools and find them on they have fallen off in another room.
Items Stuck in the Canister: Paper and other crinkly items get stuck between the air-outlet cone and the side of the canister, and don’t always empty out, so I have to reach in to untangle them, or wait until they become unstuck with a future vacuuming. Another minor annoyance.
I won’t claim to be a vacuum expert, and use ours mostly to clean up the carpet, but the Hoover Windtunnel Air offers great features and power for the price. Refurbished, I paid $120 and get a noticeably cleaner house for that money. You can also buy them used or new at Amazon.