Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hoover WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright Vacuum {Review}

Hoover. A trusted name in household cleaning products for over 100 years! Just imagine my excitement when a big box containing one of their newest products arrived at my door. A new vacuum! The Hoover WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright gives a whole new meaning to the word "clean". This lightweight, compact, easy-to-use vacuum picked up A TON of junk from my carpet on just the first pass in our family and living rooms despite cleaning with my old vacuum just the day before. So much that I just had to show you (keep scrolling!). I don't know whether I should jump for joy or be totally disgusted, so I'm just going to say that I've finally found the perfect vacuum. Well, maybe it doesn't surpass my love for my KitchenAid Mixer, but that's cooking, and this is cleaning! Both are very important aspects of running a home, and this Hoover vacuum cleans my carpet like nothing else.

With little packaging and just a few tools to attach, I found the initial assembly to be a quick and relatively easy process. The tools that fit together and store on the back of the vacuum is a clever use of space. The handle (which can easily be adjusted up and down for height) doubles as the extension wand to use with the tools. I found that vacuuming baseboards and above door trims to never be so easy with the extension wand! I never have to get low to the ground or grab a chair to reach high because of the convenient extra hose, extension wand and tools. Although I don't have stairs, I would imagine that cleaning stairs would also be a breeze with this vacuum. Even with the extension handle being used with the attachments, you can still easily carry and move the vacuum since the top of the dirt cup has a handle too.

Since the WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright is just 12.4 pounds, maneuvering it is so easy as it glides over carpet and hard floors. It also reaches a bit farther under couches and other furniture because of it's ability to deeply recline back and still run. When put in the upright position while on, the brushroll will automatically shut off. This is perfect if you have kids in the house because inevitably I end up stopping with the vacuum still on in an upright position to pick up a few toys. With this feature I know I won't destroy my carpet with continuous brushing in one spot! Also, next to the on/off power button is the brushroll on/off button. If you have hardwood floors or any hard floor for that matter, this gives you the ability to manually turn the brushroll off so that just the suction is used. Since I have carpet and hardwood floors, this feature is used a lot and it's just a simple button to use.

I thought my prior vacuum did a relatively good job at picking up the food crumbs, dust and dirt. It picked up a lot (so I thought), but the filter and design of my old vacuum often spewed dust all over my house and left it pretty stinky for hours too (and left me sneezing and suffering). Featuring a HEPA media filter that traps 99.97% of dirt, dust and pollens down to 0.3 microns, the WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright completely contains everything inside it's bagless dirt cup. It leaves no musty, dusty evidence of being used at all. Also, emptying the dirt cup couldn't be any easier. With just the push of a button the bottom of the dirt cup opens to release the contents quickly and completely. Taking apart the dirt cup is simple and allows you to completely clean that portion of the filtration system, including a washable filter (you don't wash the HEPA media filter though).

Yep, just one pass through our family and living rooms!! GROSS!
We just moved to a new house last week and the carpet was, well, quite gross. Not only was it matted down in high traffic areas, but apparently a cat (or a few) lived here before we bought it. Seeing the great results we had with the carpet in our apartment over the course of a couple weeks, I knew this vacuum could more than handle the job. Each room had to be vacuumed 10 times before being steamed! That might sound like the vacuum wasn't working or something, but each time the WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright's dirt cup was filling to the max line with cat hair, dust and fine dirt. It was quite disgusting! It's really great to know that this vacuum picked up literally everything, so much so that it revitalized the old carpet to the point that we won't be needing to replace it until at least a year from now. I really could go on and on about how much I love this vacuum. With a multitude of features and a smart design, this is one product that no household should be without. If I were really considered a "super mom", I'd definitely want the WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright as my sidekick.

Price: $179.99 

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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received. This is my completely honest opinion above and may be different from yours.


DP said...

I have been wondering about the Hoover! Thanks!