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Hoover WindTunnel 2 High Capacity Upright Review

This clunky upright doesn't clean particularly well, unless it comes to pets
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Price:   $122 List
Pros:  Good at pet hair collection
Cons:  Abysmal on hard surfaces, mediocre at cleaning carpet
Manufacturer:   Hoover
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jul 12, 2017
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  • Carpet Cleaning - 35% 5
  • Ease of Use - 25% 4
  • Handling - 20% 5
  • Hard Surface Cleaning - 10% 2
  • Pet Hair - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Hoover WindTunnel is an uninspiring vacuum that earned the second lowest score of the entire group. This model didn't do particularly well at cleaning anything besides pet hair. This model was especially deficient at cleaning hard floors and is too pricey to make it a good value.


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Price $122 List$399 List
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Pros Good at pet hair collectionFantastic cleaning performance, excellent at picking up pet hairFantastic cleaning power, easy to use, easy to handleInexpensive, cleans carpet very well, picks up pet hair with easeBest at cleaning carpet, easy to use, exceptional at picking up pet hair
Cons Abysmal on hard surfaces, mediocre at cleaning carpetNot the best with stairs, reach is a little shortFalls over easily, average reachNot particularly impressive at cleaning hard floorsHeavy, hard to handle
Bottom Line This clunky upright doesn't clean particularly well, unless it comes to petsIf you want the best upright vacuum cleaner you can buy, then the APEX should be your first choiceOne of the best vacuums you can getIf you are searching for a new vacuum on a budget, then the Navigator Lift-Away is your best betFor those with tons of carpet to clean, this is the best of the best
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Rating Categories WindTunnel 2 High... Shark APEX... Shark Rotator with... Navigator... Kenmore Elite Pet...
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Specs WindTunnel 2 High... Shark APEX... Shark Rotator with... Navigator... Kenmore Elite Pet...
Vacuum type Upright Upright Upright Upright Upright
Model Number UH70801PC AZ10002 40 NV800W NV356E 31150
Bag Type: Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless Bag
Cleaning Path Width: 13.75" 11.75" 10.25" 11.25" 13.75"
Measured Brush Width 12" 9" 8" 9" 12.75"
Measured Weight 16.7 lbs. 16.9 lbs. 15.1 lbs. 14.4 lbs. 21.1 lbs.
Variable Suction Control No Yes Yes Yes No
Brush On/Off Switch: No Slow Low Yes Yes
Measured Maximum Reach 27' 32' 32' 31' 37'
Measured Power Cord Length: 25' 30' 30' 30' 34'
Automatic Cord Rewind: No No No No No
Noise 76.5 dBa 72 dBa 75 dBa 73 dBa 72.5 dBa
Swivel Head: No Yes Yes Yes No
Carry Handle: Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Soft Bumper: No Yes Yes No Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

This model of vacuum cleaner didn't impress us all that much with its uninspiring performance. It also cost the same or more as other models that performed significantly better in our test.

The Hoover WindTunnel 2.
The Hoover WindTunnel 2.

Performance Comparison


To see which vacuum cleaners came out on top and are worth your time, we bought the top models available on the market today and put them through a series of head-to-head challenges.

The Hoover did average in this metric.
The Hoover did average in this metric.

Carpet Cleaning


Our most important metric of the entire test, Carpet Cleaning accounts for 35% of the final score for each product. The Hoover delivered a mediocre performance, earning a 5 out of 10.

This model did slightly below average at collecting rice on the flat carpet, taking two passes to get most of the whole grains in the bin, with an additional two to get all the partial fragments and dust collected. Its performance dropped slightly on the fluffy carpet, delivering an overall performance on par with the Bissell 9595A.

The Hoover did about average at collecting flour, once again performing similarly to the Bissell 9595A. It didn't do as well on the fluffy carpet, tying for the second worst score of the entire group.

The Hoover did alright  though it left plenty of flour behind.
The Hoover did alright, though it left plenty of flour behind.

The WindTunnel continued its uninspiring performance in the final tests in our metric, failing to do particularly well at collecting cereal or oats.

Leaving debris behind was a hallmark of this vacuum in our tests.
Leaving debris behind was a hallmark of this vacuum in our tests.

It took 3-5 passes to collect the oats and tended to just pile the cereal up rather than collecting.

This model was a little harder to use than we would have liked.
This model was a little harder to use than we would have liked.

Ease of Use


Our second metric made up 25% of the total score, consisting of evaluations of how easily each model transitioned between floor types, how well it cleaned in close to edges and under furniture, as well as its noise level and maximum reach. The WindTunnel wasn't the easiest to adjust for different floor types, requiring you to use a knob on the front of the vacuum, compared to automatically adjusting or using a simple push button.

The floor type adjustment method was a little more annoying than the others.
The floor type adjustment method was a little more annoying than the others.

This model did about average at cleaning close to an edge, leaving a thin strip or rice remaining.

The Hoover left a trail of debris behind in our edging test.
The Hoover left a trail of debris behind in our edging test.

This vacuum did a decent job at cleaning under our fake sofa, reaching about 7" underneath. The best models made it over a foot.

The Hoover doesn't have a great reach under furniture.
The Hoover doesn't have a great reach under furniture.

The Hoover had one of the shortest reaches of the entire group.


This model was also on the louder side. In addition, it emitted a high-pitched, piercing tone that we found decently irritating.

The reach on the Hoover was alright.
The reach on the Hoover was alright.

Handling


For our Handling metric, we compared the ease at cleaning a set of stairs, maneuvering, and the effort required to push or pull the vacuum. The WindTunnel did alright, earning a 5 out of 10 for its average performance in this metric, which took responsibility for 20% of the total score.

This model could reach up 8 stairs with its accessory hose, but we weren't terribly impressed with its stair cleaning brush. This brush clogged almost immediately and would continually drop debris, meaning that it took multiple passes to successfully clean the stairs. Even more annoying, this model wasn't particularly light.


The Hoover isn't terribly maneuverable, about average for an upright vacuum. It did roll quite easily, taking minimal effort to push or pull — less than the Shark Navigator Deluxe.

The Hoover performed poorly on hard floors.
The Hoover performed poorly on hard floors.

Hard Surface Cleaning


For our Hard Surface Cleaning tests, the WindTunnel did an abysmal job, tying for the lowest score of the entire group with a 2 out of 10. This metric accounted for 10% of the Hoover's final score. We used the same debris as our carpet cleaning series of tests, and the Hoover didn't do well at any of them.

This vacuum flung rice everywhere, making a huge mess. There is no option to turn off the brush, so not much could be done. It didn't do much better on the flour, failing to pick most of it up, but at least failing to create an additional mess.

Flour was quite a struggle for this vacuum.
Flour was quite a struggle for this vacuum.

For the oats and cereal test, it was essentially a catastrophe. The Hoover WindTunnel through oats and Cheerios everywhere.

Pet Hair


This final metric, accounting for the remaining 10% of the total score, is the only metric that the Hoover did particularly well in. It collected 89% of the five grams of pet hair that we laid out, not too far behind the 96% of the top scoring model.

Value


This model is a poor value, costing a little too high and performing a little too poorly.

Conclusion


The Hoover WindTunnel is an overall lackluster vacuum that didn't impress. It was significantly overshadowed by much of the pack and wasn't our favorite.


David Wise and Austin Palmer