Over the course of the six years that we’ve lived in our house I’ve found it easier and more affordable to eliminate carpeting from the rooms. While there are some disadvantages to having hardwood floors, overall, they’re much easier to maintain and stand up to the messes of young children much better. However, we do still have two bedrooms that are carpeted and our son’s room is the one that takes a beating when it comes to dust, dirt and debris.
We recently put our Dyson in the closet to give the Hoover WindTunnel Air vacuum cleaner a chance to be put to work. I find it difficult to not compare the two products when one is something I’ve come quite fond of. However, for this purpose of this review, it’s important that these two not be compared because they were designed for different jobs and two very different budgets.
What you should know is that the Hoover WindTunnel Air was designed as a lightweight vacuum cleaner. At only 12.4 pounds, it’s very easy to transfer between rooms and even a great vacuum for my son to use. In fact, it is now being stored in his bedroom closet so he can vacuum his own room daily.
There’s much debate between a bagged and bagless upright and we’re a family that always prefers bagless. It’s easy to clean, dispose of dirt and you don’t have to constantly buy bags for it, saving you money. The dirt cup is clear allowing you to see how full it is and there’s a one touch button that lets you dump the dirt into the garbage can.
Another feature I can appreciate is the quick release cord keeper. When you need to use it, just turn the tab and it releases the entire length of the cord.
The handle does double the work as a cleaning tool that extends from vacuum cleaner and attaches to the hose so you can clean stairs, curtains, couches, even ceiling vents. There’s an additional hose for the long reach jobs like staircases.
My husband appreciates the telescoping handle that easily adjusts whether you’re short or tall.
When it comes to vacuum cleaners, the bells and whistles are great but it really comes down to suction power. For this vacuum cleaner, I’m feeling torn. The suction power is stronger than any vacuum cleaner I’ve ever used, I’m talking extreme here! It’s great for cleaning carpets and even hard surfaces but when it comes to low pile carpeting or rugs, the suction is so strong it becomes difficult to maneuver. I find that the vacuum doesn’t want to let go of the carpet and drags. You’re literally fighting to get it to move across the floor.
The Hoover WindTunnel Vacuum Cleaner retails for around $179 and can be purchased directly from Hoover.com
I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own.