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.
Hoover WindTunnel 2 High Capacity Upright Review
Pros: Good at pet hair collection
Cons: Abysmal on hard surfaces, mediocre at cleaning carpet
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|Pros||Good at pet hair collection||Fantastic cleaning performance, excellent at picking up pet hair||Fantastic cleaning power, easy to use, easy to handle||Inexpensive, cleans carpet very well, picks up pet hair with ease||Best at cleaning carpet, easy to use, exceptional at picking up pet hair|
|Cons||Abysmal on hard surfaces, mediocre at cleaning carpet||Not the best with stairs, reach is a little short||Falls over easily, average reach||Not particularly impressive at cleaning hard floors||Heavy, hard to handle|
|Bottom Line||This clunky upright doesn't clean particularly well, unless it comes to pets||If you want the best upright vacuum cleaner you can buy, then the APEX should be your first choice||One of the best vacuums you can get||If you are searching for a new vacuum on a budget, then the Navigator Lift-Away is your best bet||For those with tons of carpet to clean, this is the best of the best|
|Rating Categories||WindTunnel 2 High...||Shark APEX...||Shark Rotator with...||Navigator...||Kenmore Elite Pet...|
|Carpet Cleaning (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Hard Surface Cleaning (10%)|
|Pet Hair (10%)|
|Specs||WindTunnel 2 High...||Shark APEX...||Shark Rotator with...||Navigator...||Kenmore Elite Pet...|
|Model Number||UH70801PC||AZ10002 40||NV800W||NV356E||31150|
|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|
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.
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. These challenges were spread across five weighted rating metrics, with the overall score for each model ranging from 0-100. The sections below provide more detail about how the Hoover performed.
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 WindTunnel continued its uninspiring performance in the final tests in our metric, failing to do particularly well at collecting cereal or oats.
It took 3-5 passes to collect the oats and tended to just pile the cereal up rather than collecting.
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.
This model did about average at cleaning close to an edge, leaving a thin strip or rice remaining.
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 had one of the shortest reaches of the entire group, demonstrated by the chart below.
This model was also on the louder side. In addition, it emitted a high-pitched, piercing tone that we found decently irritating.
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, as shown below.
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.
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.
For the oats and cereal test, it was essentially a catastrophe. The Hoover WindTunnel through oats and Cheerios everywhere.
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.
This model is a poor value, costing a little too high and performing a little too poorly.
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