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Suction power at its best!
This is my first experience owning a Hoover vacuum cleaner. For my comprehensive review, I will compare the Hoover Wind Tunnel Max Steerable Upright Vacuum UH72450 head to head with the current one I...Read complete review
This is my first experience owning a Hoover vacuum cleaner. For my comprehensive review, I will compare the Hoover Wind Tunnel Max Steerable Upright Vacuum UH72450 head to head with the current one I own which is a Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner. The Dyson DC25 has great suction power and the cyclonic technology maintains its no-loss suction. Upon opening the box, the Hoover Wind Tunnel Max needed minimal assembly, the 2-in-one crevice tool attachments goes into the slot and the handle bar/extension wand goes into a slot in the main vacuum unit and you are ready to use it. The vacuum unit is accented with green on mainly dark gray color and the turbo cleaning tool comes standard with the attachments. My thoughts (as compared to the Dyson DC25 All Floors): DESIGN: the Hoover Wind Tunnel Max Steerable Upright Vacuum UH72450 sports a similar modern design just like the Dyson DC25 All Floors MINUS the ball. In place of the ball is a pivoting hinge where all the twisting and turning is performed in the unit. Both vacuum cleaners are based on the Cyclonic Technology which was pioneered by Dyson and this technology is suppose to maintain a no-loss of suction in your vacuum cleaner. It is both bagless with a dirt cup/dust bin but Hoover's has a much larger capacity, around 25 percent larger than Dyson's. A larger capacity dirt cup translates to less emptying and provides longer cleaning time. Both have a clear, transparent nozzle/cleaning head where you can see the rolling of the brushes. This is very useful where you can visually inspect if the brush has a lot of debris entanglements without turning the unit over. The Hoover which weighs less than 15.6 lbs is a tad lighter than the Dyson DC25 which weighs just over 16 lbs. MANEUVERABILITY/STEERABILITY: this is where things start taking off for the Hoover. Although Dyson "invented" the ball design where the vacuum's directional path can be changed with a simple twist of your wrist, Hoover created a smooth pivoting hinge where swiveling and turning is SIGNIFICANTLY easier and smoother compared to Dyson's ball concept. There is more fluidity in motion with the Hoover in going over your vacuuming path. And Hoover's weight-to-steering ratio compensates for any kind of over-steering as you twist and turn, push and pull the vacuum cleaner. Since the Hoover doesn't have a ball, it is able to reach deeper in tight places with no interference. Hoover has a no brainer advantage when it comes to the vacuum's reach and maneuverability. SUCTION POWER: this is where the WOW factor kicks in. The Hoover Wind Tunnel Max Steerable Upright Vacuum UH72450 provides a lot of power despite being light. My rough estimates conclude that the Hoover has at least 30-40 percent more suction power compared to the Dyson. I can attest to this fact when vacuuming, the Hoover sometimes SUCKS THE CARPET IN! And I am talking about permanently placed carpets just like the ones in your living room or bedroom. Despite its light weight and this particular Hoover vacuum is geared towards ordinary household use, it gives out industrial strength suction power. Hands down, the Hoover Wind Tunnel Max Steerable Upright Vacuum UH72450 beats the Dyson DC25 All Floors in the suction department. And just like the Dyson, it is totally sealed, no dust coming out from the unit. You can tell just by sniffing: there are no "dust-smell" that lingers in the air right after using the Hoover. FUNCTIONALITY: there is an air valve dial in the Hoover Wind Tunnel Max Steerable Upright Vacuum UH72450 where you can toggle or re-direct suction power from floor to hose. This is a new feature I have seen in a vacuum cleaner and once this feature is engaged, it gives you the ability to concentrate suction strength to the hose, giving an extra kick for those tight in-between cleanings. MAINTENANCE: both the Hoover and the Dyson are bagless, equipped with a dirt cup/dust bin. After your vacuuming chore, simply detach the dirt cup/dust bin and press a button to release all the accumulated dirt. Hoover's dirt cup is larger than the Dyson's. Both has a lifetime washable HEPA filter in it and a pre-motor filter. Though the claims of "lifetime" are a bit of an overkill, most of us know that filters degrade over time and replacing it would be more of a necessity to keep the vacuum cleaner running at its optimum efficiency. Hoover's owner's manual makes a light reference to cleaning the dirt cup by brushing it down with the dusting tool. This is basically the same with the Dyson. But as with the Dyson, Hoover's dirt cup assembly, including the cyclones inside it are made of high-impact plastic materials. After carefully examining it and since Hoover already makes mention in the owner's manual that this can be disassembled, cleaning it under running water totally dislodges any kind of debris accumulation in the dirt cup assembly. All that needs to be done is to let it drip and totally dry it before attaching it back to the main unit. Now, you have a totally clean dirt cup/dust bin, ready to tackle another vacuuming chore. Both units has a nozzle/cleaning head that is transparent, you can visually inspect the roll brush for debris entanglements without turning the vacuum cleaner over. If the roll brush does have a lot of debris entanglements, both Hoover and Dyson made it easy for the consumer to clean it out. Just turn over the vacuum unit on its underside, loosen a few screws, take the roll brush out and clean it, insert it back, tighten the screws and you have clean roll brush. It is easier to take out Dyson's roll brush compared to Hoover's. Dyson's roll brush can be taken out by just loosening one screw and taking the whole roll brush out while in the Hoover, you have to loosen six screws and the roll brush is attached to a belt that makes the brush rotate. You have to detach the belt before you can take the brush out for any kind of cleaning and put it back in the same manner you took it out. It may be complicated at first glance with all the screws and the belt detachment but you get the hang of it fairly quickly. Many vacuum unit nowadays are manufactured to enable owners do their basic maintenance work to keep the unit functioning properly. Not including motor problems which needs to be serviced by a certified technician, being able to do your own basic maintenance work is cost-saving in the long run. CONCLUSION: before getting the chance of owning the Hoover Wind Tunnel Max Steerable Upright Vacuum UH72450, I was very much impressed with my Dyson DC25's suction power. I've owned a couple of vacuum cleaners before and they never got close to Dyson's performance of maneuverability and suction power. This particular Hoover vacuum cleaner just changed that belief. I love how easily you can maneuver the Hoover and the suction power just gives you that deep cleaning with an extra kick. In this head-to-head comparison, the Dyson DC25 just doesn't cut it if we solely base this review on maneuverability and suction power alone. Although Dyson pioneered the ball, the twist steering concept and the Cyclonic Technology, I just can't help but be awed by the suction power and steerability of the Hoover Wind Tunnel Max Steerable Upright Vacuum UH72450. Hoover got that specific aspect of this comparison right down to pat. Hoover's hose is light, bendable and very easy to manage while Dyson's hose is very stiff. Comparing the hoses between these two brands is like night and day. This is one area where the convenience part of the vacuum was well thought out by Hoover. Another thing worth noting is Hoover's power cord is longer than the Dyson's by 5 feet and the Turbo Tool comes standard with the Hoover where it is an option in the Dyson DC25. Warranty is the same for a new unit which is 5 years. If price is a major consideration, a brand new Hoover Wind Tunnel Max Steerable Upright Vacuum UH72450 is 50 percent less expensive than a brand new Dyson DC25 All Floors. WISHFUL THINKING (if the folks at Hoover are reading this): In my opinion (and this is strictly my opinion ONLY), this would have been the best vacuum cleaner ever if they had put headlights on it. After everything's been said, I am now a proud owner of a Hoover!
Most Liked Negative Review
Does not adjust to carpet hights
I just purchased this vacuum with high expectations. It work great on my dining room area rug which has a short loose pile. Then I tried it on my living room area...Read complete review
I just purchased this vacuum with high expectations. It work great on my dining room area rug which has a short loose pile. Then I tried it on my living room area rug, which as a dense low pile. Now, you would think I would be thrilled with the strength of the suction, but the suction was so strong, it clung to the carpet. I had to put my full strength against it to get it to move. I was wrestling with the vacuum to get it to move. There is no rug height adjustment, & the call I placed to Hoover was no help. I told the customer service rep. that it looks like it will have to go back. She agreed. I bought this vacuum, because the ads made it looks so easy. It isn't. Also, there is no light on the front.
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light weight, quieter, hardworking
from La Porte, IN, United States
We purchased this about a month ago. the day before it came we vacuumed. The cup was half full halfway through the first large 6x8 rug. We own a full grown lab, a puppy lab and a 18 month old golden retriever. we have hair everywhere and are thrilled with the pick up of this vacuum. I used to help clean homes for the elderly and used a variety of vacuums, whenit was time to replace our old one - I told my husband it has to be a Hoover. They work better than any of the others i used!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Huge DISAPPOINTMENT - GREAT IDEA IF IT WOULD WORK
from Salt Lake City, UT
Couldn't remove canister - tried 7 months. Finally husband "jiggled" it (ripped) and it came off. I thought it would brake if I yanked harder. After one use it stopped - felt hot where motor is. Took apart, cleaned, found small clog, removed. Still won't turn on. Have ordered permanent filter and rinseable filter to see if new ones help. I really WANT TO LOVE THIS VACUUM. (Also tips over immediately when using hose. I even bought the extra long hose, doesn't help.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
from Mpls., MN
Got this vacuum as a gift. Has great suction and easy to handle. Very disappointed, because while vacuuming my house for the third time it started smelling like burning rubber and would have surges in the power. Haven't taken it apart yet, but am guessing that the belt is stretched as the brush still rotates. You would think that a belt would last longer than 3 uses.
Light weight. great suction
This vacuum exceeded my expectations. It is light weight and easy to use. The suction is better than my last bag-less and it was heavier. I am pleased with the way it picks up dirt and pet hair. With pet hair I have found it best to empty the dust cup after each use. Emptying the dust cup is easy so this is not really a negative. I wish the cord was ten feet longer, because in my house it would allow me to use one outlet for the whole job. Again not a real big negative. The only real negative I have with this vacuum is the on/off switch. It feels awkward when I am trying to hold on to the handle in my right hand and the cord in my left hand, like I do when I am vacuuming and reach over with my left hand to turn it on or off. Most of the time I end up letting the handle fall back against me while I reach down to turn it on or off with my right hand. In reading a number of the reviews it seems I am the only one with this problem. I am not sure if this is true or if others did not think to include it in their review.
To Heavy for Seniors!
from Orange Park, FL, United States
I like this product but it is to heavy for me. I am now 74 years and not as strong as I used to be. My old Hoover canister is a self propelled so I would like to stay with that. I want to return this one but UPS wants $41 dollars to mail it back to Hoover. I wish I had bought it from a local store so I could just return it there. I can't afford to spend that much money to return it so I guess I will just have to keep it.
from Merville, BC, Canada
Just bought this vacuum today! Best vacuum I've ever owned! Lots of suction and so easy to use and clean! Worth every cent! I can't wait to use it again, and with 4 long-haired cats, that will most likely be tomorrow! I am one happy camper! (or vacuumer!)
OFF SWITCH BROKE AFTER BARELY 2 YEARS OLD
from Saint Louis, MO, United States
I purchased this vacuum 04/2013, not even 2 years & the off switch broke. I was vacuuming an heard a click, and you have to unplug it to turn it off. I left 2 messages for Customer Service & did not receive a response. I have always purchased Hoover Wind Tunnels, but the last upright I bought the off switch broke also. This leads me to believe that Hoover is well aware of this defect & it has not be corrected. Very Disappointed long term customer.
like cause bagless, goes under furniture
from St George, UT, United States
Went online after purchase and was reduced, so, asked Sears to credit difference and they didn't. Reason was Sears didn't show on their internet. Still not happy about this, but like performance of Hoover.
easy to use
from little elm,tx
Have two dogs & picks up their fur & easily cleans floors & area rugs. Suction is very strong.
Brush Roller not working
from Dallas, TX, United States
We have tried everything from your video and the roller still does not work/spin. Not even a year old. Is there anything else we can try. We had a shark before and never had problems.
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