Hoover UH70400 WindTunnel Air - Silver - Upright Cleaner Reviews
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Hoover UH70400 WindTunnel Air - Silver - Upright Cleaner

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Great Suction, But...

Oct 4, 2012
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Pros:Quick set up, great suction, lightweight.

Cons:12" path, you have to pull the dirt out of the chamber.

The Bottom Line: Unless you have some VERY light cleaning, I would take a pass on this one.  Mine is going back.

Out of the box, this seems to be a good little vacuum, but once I started using it, I was very disappointed.

There is very little assembly - simply insert the handle (which is also used with the handtools) and unwrap the cord and you're ready to go.   The handle is adjustable to different heights.  The cord is a very nice 30 feet, which allows me to vacuum most of the house without moving the plug. 

There is a power button for both the vacuum and the beater bar, so you can turn the beater bar off for hardwood floors, etc. 

Suction is good.  I have three dogs - two saint bernards and a black lab - so that's very important.  I'm forever vacuuming dog hair.   

The unit is very light. It's easy to move around and actually picks up things other vacuums might push around on the floor i.e. dog food bits, leaves, etc.  Honestly, it seemed almost too light to do a good job.  But, it really pulls things out of the carpet.

On the other side of things, the path is just 12".  My carpeted family room is 15x28, which makes for a lot of pushing back and forth.  

To empty the dirt chamber, you remove it from the unit, hold it above the trash can, and press the release button to open the bottom of the chamber.  That sounds great, except the dirt in my house doesn't fall out.  It is just stuck there.  So, I have to reach up and pull it out.  Now, you might think that I let it fill too much and it just got stuck, but, no.  I'm used to emptying my vacuum dirt chamber after every room.  With the dog hair, the dirt doesn't fall out.

To use the hand tool feature, you remove the vacuum handle (simple push-of-the-button and slide it out process), snap it to the hose, and snap that hose to the motor hose.  While it is very easy to do, it can't be done 'on the fly' which is what I'm used to doing and much prefer. 

There is no button to allow the handle to drop down.  The instructions say 'press here' which is essentially placing your foot on the floor section while pulling down the handle.  I could see that wearing out fairly quickly and the vacuum handle falling down all the time.

This vacuum has a quirky feature.  Along with the beater bar power button, when the vacuum is in the upright (or almost upright) position, the beater bar shuts off.  Of course, while using the hand tools, you would not want the beater bar on.  The problem, though, is when I pull back the vacuum, sometimes my pull brings the handle to a more upright position (not fully upright) which shuts off the beater bar.  When I push back out again, the beater bar then re-engages back on.   

Recommend this product? No

Amount Paid (US$): 180

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