Hoover Vacuum Cleaners Compare Well
Hoover is one if not the most popular vacuum cleaner found on retail shelves. The WindTunnel upright vacuum series has seen a staple in there product line. They also offer a few canisters that are also pretty good. The popularity of the WindTunnel series is a benefit to consumers because the bags, belts, filters and any miscellaneous replacement parts you may need down the road should be very easy to find.
The Hoover upright series offers bagged and bagless models. We generally prefer bagged vacuums to bagless, but if you want a bagless vacuum cleaner the Hoover "Twin Chamber" upright models are an excellent choice in their price range. The "Twin Chamber" bagless filtration can be found on WindTunnels and other Hoover uprights series vacuums.
We really like the Hoover WindTunnel upright models, and find them to be the best of the Hoover product line. The WindTunnel upright series has been out for a few years now. Intially, there were some bugs that needed to be worked out and Hoover addressed any of the shortcomings. The result is that the current Hoover upright WindTunnel product line is one on the best retail level upright vacuums available. There are also Self-Propelled WindTunnel upright units available if that is a personal preference.
Hoover also makes a few different canisters that are also fairly popular and easy to find in most retail outlets that sell vacuums. The Hoover canisters we see on a day to day basis are pretty good in general. Hoover offers basic features in there canisters series, including a bagless canister model. All of the Hoover canisters models we looked at did an excellent job on hard floors and a good job on carpeting.
The Hoover Platinum series marks the companies efforts to go head to head with Oreck. The lightweight Platinum upright and portable canister are becoming very popular and for good reason. It cost less than the competition and perform arguably as well.
We found a lot of good deals on Hoover vacuums online. The fact that the major retailers are competing with the independent vacuum shops really helps drive the pricing down. We also noticed that the bags and filters were actually available at most of the major retailers we visited, which is actually kind of uncommon. From our experience they usually stock whatever their current inventory of vacuums use and a very small selection for other models. Hoover has several models that have received some really good ratings and reviews from some of the magazines and consumer resources that we came across. Hoover offers a very decent vacuum cleaner in the low to mid price ranges.
Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
The Self-Propelled Hoover WindTunnel bagged upright vacuum cleaner we chose to review (U6485900) did very well. It did a really good on the various levels of carpet and on the hard surface floors. We found the tools included and all of the built in features really added up to a very good vacuum cleaner for under $300.
Hoover has been making self-propelled vacuums for a long time now. This is a love it or hate feature. If you haven't used a self propelled vacuum, you really need to actually operate one to make sure you desire this feature. I have witnessed customers who really enjoy this feature and others who did not care for it.
The Self-Propelled feature makes sense if you're in a single story home and the rooms you are vacuuming aren't cluttered up with furniture. A self-propelled vacuum is approximately 5 to 8 lbs. heavier than a regular vacuum, so you're probably not going to like this feature if you need to carry a vacuum upstairs.
The Hoover WindTunnel Self-Propelled upright has a lot of features for a vacuum in this price range. It included the regular on board tools you would expect and a Pet Hair Tool. This tool is a must for cleaning your stairs. This models has a 31 foot cord, 8 foot hose, and 5 height adjustment setting.
If you would like buy a self propelled vacuum, this is an excellent choice. This Hoover vacuum is well built and has a relatively low rate of repair when compared to other retail level vacuums in a similar price range.
The Self-Prolled WindTunnel has decent filtration and more than adequate features and performance for a vacuum that cost between $200 to $300. If you don't think you need the self- propelled feature, there are other Hoover WindTunnel models available with very similar features to choose from.
Models numbers change all the time, but if you see a Hoover Windtunnel Self Propelled vacuum that looks similar to this, then the difference are probably very minor and both vacuums should be comparable based on our experience with Hoover over the years.
Hoover Self Propelled U6485900
Pros: Self Propelled. Cleans very well. Easy to find replacement vac supplies.
Cons: Self Propelled makes this vac very heavy to carry.