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Best Hoover Vacuum

When your company name starts being used as a verb, you know you’ve made it. Over the last century, Hoover have created a reputation for making great products, the only problem being that they offer literally hundreds of different models of vacuum cleaner, which can be quite confusing to compare. You can relax, though, because we’ve taken the time to thoroughly research the best Hoover vacuum cleaners and highlight the best of the best, allowing you to find the best one for your needs, without any of the legwork.

Best Hoover Vacuum – Comparison Table

In the table below, you’ll find the names of the products we like the most, as well as a couple of their specifications. This is to provide you with an easy to read, at a glance understanding of the vacuums we’ll be reviewing, but don’t go making a decision just yet, since we’ll cover each more fully later.

VacuumWeight (lb)Hose length (feet)
Hoover UH2004012.87
Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel UH7012016.58
Hoover WindTunnel 2 UH7082517.48
Hoover BH501409.93
Hoover Commercial C24019.24.3

Now that you’ve seen a little about our most highly recommended products, we’ll go more in-depth which each of them. We’ll be looking at the strengths and weaknesses of each, plus trying to find the situation that they’d be best suited for, starting with the Hoover UH20040.

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Hoover UH20040 – Best Budget Hoover Vacuum

You might think that in order to get a Hoover vacuum cleaner, you’d have to part with a lot of money, but the Hoover UH20040 disproves that by costing under $50. Even better, it manages to be both easy to use and powerful, so we found it deserving of a spot on our list.

First things first: this is a bagless vacuum, which is not often seen in the lower price bracket and makes this model an instant eye-catcher. No bags means less mess and lower running costs after all, so that’s a great start! Another way in which the UH20040 saves you money is by having technology which separates dirt particles before they hit the filter – this means less stress on it, and therefore a longer filter life. The filter can also be rinsed with water to clean it, so it’s possible to get weeks or even months of use before it needs a replacement.

Still, the filter will need replacing sooner or later, so it’s important to weigh the cost of replacement parts. We did some research, and it turns out that both replacement belts and filters (of which there are three styles available) are very inexpensive, costing less than ten dollars to replace both. As an added bonus, Hoover offers a one-year warranty with this model, so you can rest easy knowing that even though this vacuum cleaner doesn’t cost the world, it’s not going to break in a week’s time (and if it does, it’ll be replaced for free).

The power cord is a huge 23 feet in length, so unless you’re cleaning an absolutely huge room, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to unplug it whilst vacuuming. The hose allows you to reach areas up to 7 feet off of the ground and can be fitted with either the crevice tool or the dusting brush (both of which are included) depending on the area you’re cleaning. We’d have liked to see a couple of extra accessories included, but for this price, you’re already getting a pretty good deal.

Additionally, the vacuum head itself has three height settings which allow you to vacuum anything from hardwood floors to shag carpeting with no fuss. There’s a handy light on the body too, which should be green if the vacuum is operating at its full potential. It functions as a handy reminder to clean your filter or empty the vacuum body, which is great since it’s easy to forget these tasks.

This Hoover weighs 12.8 pounds, making it relatively light compared to some of the other models in this list, and measures almost 30” tall, 13.4” wide and 11.3” deep. This means that this product can be easily fit into a cupboard or nook when not in use, so it’s suitable even for homes with a limited amount of space.

Hoover have ensured that this product comes with no loss suction and as a result, can deal with your standard household cleaning, no problem. However, it also does a great job at picking up pet hair, which even some pretty expensive vacuums struggle to do effectively.  

For this reason, we’d recommend this vacuum cleaner to people with pets, or perhaps even students, since it’s inexpensive and doesn’t take up much space. It offers a pretty wide reach and cheap, simple maintenance which helps to prolong the life of the product, plus the included warranty doesn’t hurt. One thing is certain: with Hoover, you don’t have to pay a fortune for quality.

PROS
  • Inexpensive
  • Picks up pet hair easily
  • Low cost replacement parts and easy maintenance filter
CONS
  • Included accessories are sparse
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Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel UH70120 – Best Budget Hoover Vaccum

The Hoover WindTunnel UH70120 is a low-cost, high-versatility vacuum cleaner, which is a combination as rare as it is attractive.

It weighs just 16.5 pounds, so it is a little heavier than the UH20040, but not much so. It’s still light enough to easily move around and turn, and the added weight means that it’s less likely to tip over.

This model is 44” tall, 16” wide and 12” deep, so whilst it is tall enough for people of varying heights, it doesn’t have a huge footprint and can be easily stored out of the way when not in use. This vacuum also features a 25-foot long power cord, which ensures that you won’t have to constantly unplug it as you move around the house, and as an added bonus, when you tap the foot pedal, the cable rewinds itself – no more knotted untidy cable hanging loosely at the back!

There are five brush roll heights which allow you to get a good clean on anything from laminate flooring to the thickest carpets – this can be adjusted by using the control dial on the vacuum head. We found that this model did a fantastic job of removing dirt and dust from even very thick pile rugs.  One of the best things about bagless vacuum cleaners is that you can see just how much dirt is being removed, and we noticed a frankly surprising amount being lifted, even from carpets which looked clean. When the brush roll is at its lowest setting, it even picks up pet hair, which is a huge advantage for people with long haired dogs, since their fur tends to cling to carpets.

The UH70120 offers easy maintenance through its easy belt-changing system. By flipping two levers, you gain access to the belt and the brush roll. This is handy and lets you easily unclog the vacuum if need be. Additionally, there’s a system check light at the top of the Hoover body which indicates if the filter needs to be emptied. From there, it’s a simple task to remove it, empty it into the bin and give it a rinse, before continuing on with the task at hand.

The hose is capable of reaching up to 8 feet away from the vacuum itself, and also comes with a 12” extension wand, crevice tool and air powered turbo tool for use on upholstery or stairs. These three tools will be enough to handle just about any location you need to clean, so we’re pleased that they were included as it reduces additional costs down the line.

The only real issue we have with this vacuum cleaner is that as the head is quite bulky, it struggles to fit into tight spaces such as under beds and as a result, you have to either move the furniture or use one of the included tools. A sleeker vacuum head would have gone a long way towards making this a more attractive product. There is a limited two-year warranty that comes with this model, however, that should offer some peace of mind to customers hesitant to spend a lot of money on a vacuum cleaner.

Overall, we think that this vacuum is a good all-rounder, one which will fit a wide variety of households and budgets. Whilst it could have been slimmer or more streamlined, tt does a great job cleaning most kinds of flooring, it picks up pet hair, includes a decent range of accessories and best of all, it costs less than $100.

PROS
  • 5 brush height settings
  • Picks up pet hair with ease
  • Good range of included accessories
  • Designed for easy maintenance
CONS
  • Vacuum head is too large to fit into tight spaces
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Hoover WindTunnel 2 UH70825 – Best Mid-Budget Hoover Vacuum

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 UH70825 is pretty imposing, for a vacuum cleaner. It has a black, red and blue colour scheme that makes it look like a rally car of some kind, instead of something to clean your home with, but we’re pleased to say that it cleans better than it looks.

As with the previous model we reviewed, this one has five brush roll height settings, so you can adjust this to ensure optimal contact with your floor. This vacuum performs particularly well on hard floors, leaving behind no scratches, scrapes or, most importantly, dust.

The UH70825 has a 25-foot long power cord, which automatically retracts when unplugged. It’s mounted to the side of the unit, which is a little unusual, but didn’t cause us any problems – in fact, the problem that a lot of vacuums have where you have to move the cord as you walk to avoid tripping was completely removed. There was no noticeable tugging as the vacuum moves either, which was great, plus the fact that the cord is entirely contained inside the vacuum itself was a nice space saving idea.

Weighing 17.4 pounds, this vacuum cleaner is heavier than most. It’s still not a chore to move it around, but it does take a little more effort to turn corners and carry up stairs. It measures at 44” tall, 14” wide and 13” deep, so is the same height as the UH70120, but is a touch less wide. This helps to address the main issue we found with that model, where it struggled to fit underneath furniture. 

This model ensures that you never lose suction by passing dirt through not one, but two distinct stages. This ensures your airflow is never interrupted and that any clumps are separated before they hit the filter, so you’ll never have to remove these by hand. This is more hygienic and frankly, less gross, so it gets a thumbs up from us. The filter itself is easily removable and can be rinsed too, so you don’t have to worry about buying replacements for quite some time. Hoover also provide a two-year limited warranty for this product, so you can rest assured that if anything breaks, they’ve got you covered.

This is a bagless vacuum, so it’s already considerably easier to empty than the models which use a vacuum bag, but this model features a simple, bottom-release dirt cup with a 1.78-litre capacity, which means you can clean for a long time without even needing to empty it at all. The easy to release lever means that as long as you position it over a trashcan, you don’t even have to get too close to the dust, which is not only tidier but also better for your lungs too.

The hose on this model measures 8 feet in length, which can be extended up to 10 feet using the wand attachment, giving you more than enough reach to clean just about anything you’d ever need to. Also included are a crevice tool, dusting brush and turbo attachment for soft furnishings.

When you take into account its many advantages and its very few faults, it becomes clear that the WindTunnel 2 UH70825 is a versatile and attractive vacuum cleaner no matter your budget. Whilst we would have liked to see a slightly reduced weight, the side mounted retractable cord was, surprisingly, a great addition, and one we think all vacuums should have.

PROS
  • Power cord automatically rewinds
  • Up to 10 feet hose reach
  • Easy to empty dust cup
CONS
  • Heavier than its competitors
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Hoover BH50140 – Best Hoover Vacuum Under $200

The Hoover BH50140 is a little more expensive than the others we’ve reviewed up until this point, but for good reason. It expands upon some features introduced in less expensive models and introduces some others that you just can’t get in anything other than a high-end vacuum cleaner.

The first such feature is the rechargeable battery pack. This model does away with the power cord entirely, which is a good thing since it ranks as one of the most annoying things about vacuum cleaners in general – you always find yourself tripping over it or trying to wrap it neatly. Each battery (there are two included) takes around 3 hours to fully charge and provides around 50 minutes of uninterrupted cleaning. This allows you to move from room to room with absolutely no fuss, plus you can charge one battery as you use the other and switch them out as needed.

The last model we reviewed had two suction channels, but this one has three. It uses WindTunnel 3 technology to remove even deeply embedded dirt, so it’s perfect for people with kids or dogs who like to roll around in the mud. The filter is easily accessed and rinsable, plus the dirt cup is easy to clean and holds up to 1.05 liters before it needs to be emptied.

The next feature is a little unexpected, but not unwelcome – this vacuum cleaner has front-mounted headlights to allow you to see what you’re cleaning. This might sound a bit weird but think about it. You could see in dark places like under beds or sofas to make sure there’s nothing which might clog up the filter. We’re sure everyone has had to remove a penny from their vacuum at some point, so this helps to prevent that.

This model has a silver and blue colour scheme, which is understated and professional looking, which is in stark contrast to the Hoover WindTunnel 2 UH70825. Whilst appearance isn’t necessarily related to how well the vacuum cleans, it’s still something to take into account,

The vacuum weighs 9.9 pounds and measures 10” deep, 11.5 wide and 44” tall, so it’s not only lightweight, but it’s super streamlined too. Tall enough to be comfortable, but narrow enough to fit under furniture and slim enough to fit in a cupboard when not in use. The hose has a length of 6 feet, and this can be extended to 7 feet by using the 2-in-1 combined duster and crevice tool.

Hoover are so confident in this product that they’ve offered a warranty that’s almost unheard of. Most manufacturers offer a year or two, but Hoover promises a five-year limited warranty with this purchase. That’s half a decade! What were you doing five years ago? Put it this way – if you had bought this model then, its warranty would just be running out now.

All things considered, this is a strong contender for our top spot. It’s an attractive, cordless vacuum cleaner that has a three-way filtering system, headlights, and a five-year warranty should anything go wrong. Whilst it is a bit more expensive than the other vacuum cleaners we’ve reviewed up to this point, we feel that it makes up for it by including advanced functionality and a versatility unmatched by its cheaper competitors.

PROS
  • Cordless - battery provides 50 minutes of use
  • Removes deeply ingrained dirt
  • Small frame
  • Front mounted headlights
CONS
  • A little expensive
5

Hoover Commercial C2401 – Best Professional Hoover Vacuum

When you look at the Hoover Commercial C2401, it’s immediately apparent that this vacuum cleaner is serious business. Unlike all the others we’ve reviewed today, it’s not a floor standing model, rather it actually straps onto your back like a knapsack.

At first glance, it looks like this model might become painful or tiring to wear for a long time, but as it’s very light (weighing just 9.2 pounds), reasonably small (13.2×13.2×30”), and features a design approved by chiropractors, it’s actually pretty forgiving on your back, if a little unwieldy.

Hoover have really gone the extra mile to reduce the fatigue that comes with extended use here, which deserves recognition. As well as the shoulder straps, there’s a harness that fits snugly around your waist, keeping the bottom of the tank close to you and reducing stress on the lower back. This means that even if you suffer from lower back pain, this vacuum shouldn’t cause any problems for you (although obviously, you may be better suited to a traditional vacuum cleaner).

The large tank has a 7.2-litre capacity – it is a bagged vacuum but has a HEPA filter. This means that it traps 99.97% of particles that are three-millionths of a meter in size. This sounds pretty technical but think of it this way: what goes into your vacuum bag doesn’t come out. This means that when the bag is full, instead of spraying its contents out, the vacuum will just stop taking new dust in, which in turn is great for people with allergies, dust sensitivities or lung problems.

The clear dome lid allows you to see just how much dust is inside and can be rotated in order to fit the hose on either the left or right side. It has an absolutely huge power cord, measuring at 48 feet and comes with a whole host of accessories including a 60” hose, 38” wand, 6” crevice tool, 11” turbo tool, a dusting brush and an upholstery tool. This offers a level of versatility that’s just unheard of with consumer vacuum cleaners, especially when you consider that this model allows you to control exactly where and at what angle the vacuum head is used.

This model is pretty quiet when in use, although we found that it works best on rugs or hard floors as it can have difficulty picking up dust from carpets or thicker furnishings. Pet hair is a particular struggle for the C2401, which is a shame since if it could do this, it’d have everything anyone could want in a commercial vacuum.

We did notice that when used for long periods of time, it does begin to heat up, so we’d recommend taking a break every half hour or so, just to be safe. If anything does go wrong, Hoover offer a two-year warranty, so that should help ease your mind.

Whilst this model is impractical for day to day residential use, it’s an attractive model for professional users thanks to its back mounted design, the high degree of versatility provided by the extremely long power cord and the wealth of accessories provided. The HEPA filtration system helps to keep harmful particles locked in and prevents potential health problems, too, which can only be a good thing. If you’re the owner of a cleaning business, you should consider this product – it just might be exactly what you need.

PROS
  • Lightweight design approved by chiropractors
  • Includes many accessories
  • HEPA filtration system
  • Allows for left handed use
CONS
  • Heats up after extended use

Best Hoover Vacuum - Buyer's Guide

Vacuums, like everything else, get more complicated each year. Whilst this does improve their cleaning abilities, it means that they also become harder to accurately compare. To help you make a decision that’s right for you, we’ve written a little about the most important aspects to consider before making a purchase.

Purpose

It’s important to ask yourself how you plan to use the vacuum cleaner before committing to a particular model. Firstly, make sure you have space to store it when it’s not in use – it’s easy to assume that you can just throw it in a cupboard or something, but the truth is some vacuums are pretty bulky and might not fit easily. On a similar note – is it tall enough that you can comfortably use it? Stooping down to reach the handle is bad for your back, after all.

Make sure that the power cord is a decent length: nothing is more annoying than having to unplug the product every time you move to another room. If you happen to have a very large area to vacuum, you might be best suited for a cordless vacuum – these use batteries instead of mains power, though, so you have to make sure that the batteries are charged before use.  

How powerful is the suction? For a lot of vacuum cleaners, the ultimate test is pet hair, so if the product is advertised as being able to handle this, it can handle just about anything. Can the brush height be adjusted to allow for deep carpets and rugs? These are all important questions to ask since they all pertain to day to day usage of the vacuum.

Maintenance

As with any product, if you use it often enough, parts are going to need to be replaced. Hoover are usually pretty generous with their warranties, ranging from a year for the less expensive ones, to five years and upwards for the high-end models. However, there are some things, like replacing the filter, bags, and belt that you can do yourself and for that reason, you should ask yourself the following questions.

Are replacement belts and bags easy to find, and if so, are they reasonably inexpensive? Since you’ll probably need a new filter every few months, and a new bag roughly once a week, if they are hard to find or too pricey, it might be better to consider a different vacuum. Is it a bagless model? These usually offer simple emptying solutions, sometimes where you don’t even have to touch the dust at all.

If the filter isn’t as good as you’d hoped, can you replace it with a better one? Often Hoover manufacture several different types for each model, so there’s nothing stopping you from upgrading, although you should check that your vacuum supports this first.

Are the brush roll and belt easy to access? A lot of newer models offer a simple access method, usually with a lever or two that open up a maintenance hatch in the body casing, whereas older models may require you to use tools to even get close to these areas. If you can’t work out how to replace these parts, Hoover have a useful website that allows you to search by model number, available here.

Conclusion


Every vacuum cleaner we’ve reviewed here today is perfect for someone, there’s no doubt about that, the hard part is deciding who. There is one model we’ve covered which has a wider appeal, though, and that’s the WindTunnel UH70120. It does a great job at picking up pet hair and was creating with maintenance in mind. For less than $100, there really is no better Hoover.

As ever, our research has been thorough and comprehensive, so if you found it helpful, we’d like you to think of us the next time you need purchasing advice. We cover a pretty wide range of products, so we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and we look forward to seeing you again.