Product: Hoover WindTunnel Air
Rating Weak Recommend*
Hoover released the WindTunnel Air and I was surprised at how much it resembled the Dyson DC25. It's small, compact and uses a similar technology; both are bag-less, upright models with telescopic handle and attachments for cleaning hard to reach spaces and stairs. I already own a Dyson DC25, so I put the Hoover up against what I already use in my household to see if this more affordable unit could hold up against the Dyson.
After the stairs, I decided to take on the challenge of hardwood floors with the Hoover. While pushing the vacuum towards a plug the lightweight construction became evident, making it easy to move around. It doesn't feel like it weighs 12 pounds, it feels like much less. Upon plugging the unit in and pushing the brush on/off switch (assuming it would automatically come on, it didn't) I was greeted with a non-operational whimper.
I pushed it again and the brush finally came on, and I immediately turned it back off because I was vacuuming hard flooring. I pushed several times and picked up some pieces of dirt and the vacuum began to make a loud whistling sound. Even after pressing firmly on the canister to make sure it was securely in place, the loud whistling persisted throughout the experience. Aside from the whistling, the vacuum was rather loud on its own.
The canister itself was easy to remove and the dirt was discarded in the trash. The HEPA filter is the same type as the one in the Dyson. It's easily removable and can be washed every few months under water and dried completely before reuse.
Although the Hoover WindTunnel is not in direct competition with the Dyson we already use in our household, after testing the two units side-by-side, it became evident the extra investment goes a long way in performance and utility. For this reason, we can't strongly recommend this model.
Pros: Light weight for easy mobility up and down stairs — won't cause a muscle strain while vacuuming. The $199.99 price tag is notably more affordable than the higher-end competition. The ability to use the extended reach arm is a great feature for vacuuming stairs and reaching cobwebs.
Cons: Doesn't have the suction of the leading competition, didn't fully suck debris into canister. Too complicated and too many steps to put together the extended reach arm. The brush attachment is too wide/stiff to pick up hair from carpet, with unsatisfactory suction while using arm attachment. The features don't work well enough to justify spending $199.99.
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[Images: Kristen Lubbe]