Published on July 21st, 2012 | by Greg0
Hoover’s WindTunnel Air: Multi-Purpose Vacuum
We confess- we’ve always wanted to have a wind tunnel. It’d be a great way to test out gear, put outdoor stuff like tents and clothing through some gale-force simulated storms. Although today’s product won’t quite make that wish a reality, it did do a pretty good job of taking airflow and setting it to good use. A solid vacuum is a rare thing, and if you’re still using an older model, you’ve got a lot to learn about some major advances in technology that have made today’s vacuums easier to use and more powerful than ever.
Hoover’s Windtunnel Air Bagless Upright (model UH70400), is a great example of how to take a simple-sounding technology and refine it. It’s well-priced against competitors, and though it doesn’t offer quite the same level of power or build quality as more expensive models, it’s an amazing value. Upright vacuums take up a bit more space, of course, but this is a great balance, weighing only twelve or so pounds, and able to fit nicely into even smaller closets. Bagless vacuums offer definite advantages over those that require bags- less to buy and thus savings over time (especially with washable filters, like those on this model), plus they tend to still be fairly easy to clean (dumping and cleaning a chamber versus just tossing away a bag).
We liked that the Windtunnel worked great even on reasonably thick carpets, something that many vacuums have trouble with, thanks probably to their ‘multi-cyclonic’ technology. There isn’t a powered head available, so it isn’t the best options for larger houses with lots of carpet and serious stains, but pet hair and dirt were removed like a charm, with a single pass for the most part. The cord is plenty long for most people (30 feet), and corded vacuums are still much better than their battery-powered counterparts. The attachments are tools are decent- not amazing, but reasonably good, and they stayed put on the unit when put away, avoiding a problem we’ve seen on some machines. The hose did seem prone to coming loose, but some careful tightening seemed to fix the issue. Handling was ergonomic- which is to say, adjustable and capable of many degrees of tilting.
All in all, this is one of the better general-purpose vacuums that we’ve seen. Larger and more expensive models do offer more power, and smaller non-upright units might be a better fit for students or folks with small studios, but most folks will find the Hoover WindTunnel Air do be just right. Available online and in stores for around $150.