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653 reviews | 4.2 out of 5
I searched high and low for a good vacuum at a decent price. I even did extensive research on consumer reports (which rated it one of the top 10 bagged vacuums).
The main cons people mentioned were 1) noise and 2) heavy. It's a vacuum people... vacuums are noisy! Unless you need to do all your vacuuming during someone's nap the noise is fine.
I will admit the vacuum is a bit heavy. I was concerned it would be too hard to vacuum the stairs but it was a breeze. I just pull it up every couple steps while I'm getting the stairs and before you know it it's at the top. I never work out and I can easily get it where it needs to go. Plus, the self-propel function makes it so you barely have to push it back and forth.
-Strong suction from the hose
-Love the 'dirt finder' feature
-Brush roll stops spinning when the vacuum is upright to keep from burning the carpet
-Bag makes for easy clean up (bagless vac's are over-rated!)
-Self-propel can be turned off
-Can adjust to carpet height or hard floors
I ordered on-line and it came well packaged and just nothing to putting it together. It does everything they say it will do and is so easy to use with the self propelled feature. All the controls are easy to use and the cleaning on heavy carpet and hard floors both is excellent. If I really wanted to nit-pic, I might wish for a retractable cord, but I am so pleased I can't even complain about that. The bag is simple and easy to change. I had a bagless before and hated it.
Our last Hoover finally died after 12 years, so we bought another one. We are thrilled with this machine! The suction is great and finishes the job in half the time of our old one. We would certainly recommend it to those with pets as it does a great job with the pet hair!! :)
I bought this to replace my old Hoover Wind Tunnel that I had for 8 years because it was losing suction power. I really liked the old one and was contemplating buying a dyson or another windtunnel. The price is what kept me from buying the dyson (maybe I'll get it in another 8 years!). The vacum was so easy to put together. All you have to do is screw in the handle and you are ready to go. The attachments work great and are easily accessed. It also works great on hardwood and tile floors. I use the vacum daily and it gets everything up including little strings and cat hair.
I have only had this windtunnel for 2 weeks - but the suction power is great! It does a wonderful job cleaning my furniture and floors. It does have an internal paper bag that requires replacement, but I think it is better because it doesn't clog up the filters as much as the bagless ones. So far I am very happy. I purchased this unit based on the ratings from Consumer Report. They have never steared me wrong.
Highly rated in a consumer magazine, it is excellent cleaning carpets, but less so on hard floors. Self-propelled, it is easy to use and all attachments are handy.
Ive used the Self-Propelled WindTunnel for a few weeks now and really like it. My old tramped down carpet looks great. The WindTunnel gives you alot of cleaning power for your buck. I like that the attachments are right there at your fingertips and it only takes a second to switch from carpets to couches or stairs, no more planning my vacuuming around how many times I have to attach and unattach a hose. The hose on the WindTunnel is a little hard to handle at first. As soon as you turn the vacuum on it just wants to pull right back tight to the machine, but I've found that if I back it up against the stairs or piece of furniture I'm vacuuming grab the hose close to the machine with one hand, place my other hand near the end and pull it out while using the brush it works pretty good, otherwise the machine has a tendency to tip over. There is an extension hose available which I think is a must have for any higher up use and I will be buying one. My other self-propelled had all the weight in the bottom. This one has alot of it in the handle so you have to use your arms a bit more to hold the handle up, but that isn't all bad, I'm killing two birds with one stone, vacuuming and getting a little arm work out. It's not a hardship at all. I've read other reviews stating that it's heavy and jerky. Heavy? yes, but the carrying hand hold in the back makes it quite easy to carry. Jerky? not once you get used to the self-propelled function, you don't need to push or pull, just ease it along. All in all it's a good vacuum, easy to use, does a great job and is reasonably priced. I'm very satisfied.
Self propelled vacuum is the best there is and the Hepa filter gets all the dirt and pet hair. How can you beat the Hoover name, windtunnel is the best!
Because I have back problems, I've been looking for a vacuum which is easy to use. This Hoover is the answer for sure! It almost does the vacuuming itself and truly goes from rug to hardwood floors very easily. And it does a great job picking up my pugs hair! I highly recommend this vac to anyone but especially to those who have issues pushing a vac.
I own two of these now because I live in two different places... The only thing I would change about the design is that I'd rather the accessories were held in a separate container instead of riding on the vacuum itself... It makes a good furniture and wall scratchier, not good! But other than that you couldn't ask for a better vacuum... Don't buy a bag-less vacuum cleaner you'll be sorry, get one with a through away bag.
This is one of a series of Hoover vacuums that have the same poorly designed power switch and belt mechanisms. Both mechanisms are so badly planned and executed that they fail repeatedly, requiring unscrewing cover plates and resetting the parts so that they will function. The power switch is just a long stem reaching from the handle to the body of the vacuum, where a toggle switch is installed. The idea for this piece isn't terrible, but the way it's built allows for too much sloppy movement, resulting in misalignment and the need to reset frequently.
The drive belt works much the same way, riding on a convex hub, from which it often slips off, rendering the drive and the brush immobile. Then you have to flip it over, remove four screws and reset the belt.
It's like old British sports cars...if you are into constant tinkering, then this is the vacuum for you. If you want one that works consistently, look elsewhere.
I bought this vacuum after retiring a hoover that I had and loved for 15 years. I have had more trouble with this vacuum, trouble with poor suction, belts (replaced within 3 mos of using!) brush roll sticking. I am very unhappy with it. I have contacted hoover about this and they are very unhelpful. I will be retiring this useless vacuum to the garage and use the attatchments to vacuum my car! I will be purchasing another vacuum made by someone else...Very Disappointed and out over 200.00!!!
I bought my WindTunnel Self-Propelled April 2007. I still am impressed with it. A belt broke once and I bought two replacement belts and have not had to use the second one. Last year the on/off switch started working / not working, so I just plug / unplug to start/stop. I really like the red light / green light feature - I can tell it is working correctly and know when I have the carpet as clean as possible from the vacuum. I will buy another WindTunnel when this one is worn out.
Looking at some of the complaints......with a three year warranty, take it back if it does not function properly. For the most part, it seems most of them do not have problems. As for the black rubber marking the baseboard, my old one has gray rubber and leaves no mark. If it did, I would put duct tape on it to protect the baseboards, because this is the best vacuum I have ever had. If enough people complain, I imagine Hoover will correct this flaw.
I bought this vac because my old Hoover self propelled finally died after about 14 years. I didn't realize how bad the old one had gotten until I used my new one. And Wow is it working great! Very easy to push/pull for someone who has a lot of back/hip pain. I would recommend for anyone with pets. I have three dogs and it seems to pick up the fur very well. The only small complaint I have is that the front of the vac is kind of wide and tall so it won't slide in between and under furniture as well as my old one. I guess you can cover more "ground" faster though.
This vacuum was incredibly disappointing! I'll start by saying I have a home with hardwood, tile and carpet and was looking for something that could work throughout the house. I originally purchased the Hoover Platinum bagged vacuum that comes with the separate canister. I love that one on the carpet and love the attachments. However it wasn't amazing on the tile and wood because it doesn't have the brush on/off switch. Some stuff (cat litter, pieces of mulch the dogs would drag in) would spit out and not get sucked up. So, I thought this vacuum would be better. Um, wrong. As others have said, it's heavy, but I thought the self-propelled feature would help. It was just awkward! I would push it and it would go about a foot then stop. If I was close to the wall or furniture, it would slam itself against it. Ugh. Annoying. I'm not sure the dirt finder worked because I was going over an area where our dogs sleep that was covered in hair and the light never turned red. With the Platinum model, you go over hair once, and it gets everything. This one I had to go back and forth three or more times. Then I got to the wood...yikes. the brush on/off switch is so inconvenient, and I had to turn the vacuum off to get it to move. Then I noticed it was leaving giant scuff marks everywhere! So I turned it off and raised the brush height which helped, but then it wouldn't suck anything up. Sigh. Also, the hose wouldn't stay attached, so every few minutes I would have to bend over and shove it back in. What a hassle this thing was! Fortunately, I hadn't returned the Platinum yet, so I'm going to just keep it. I didn't realize how awesome it was until I had this piece of junk to compare! I have no idea how this thing rated so well on Consumer Reports.
When I was in need of a new vacuum, I read on Consumer Reports that this model was a best buy.
I have been very pleased with my purchase. I have found the hand tools work well on furniture and stairs to pick up pet hair. It is a little heavy and difficult to carry up and down the stairs, but it is well worth it in the performance. I replaced my old wind tunnel bagless model and have been very happy with the cleanliness of using the bags again.
WOW! My carpet looks and feels like a brand new carpet after using the Wind Tunnel only one time! The self-propelled feature is nice. It makes it easy to handle and as a person with back problems, I find it very helpful. I'm very impressed with the cleaning this machine does. LOVE IT!!!!
I love the suction on this vacuum. However, I am disappointed that the on/off button malfunctioned on the 2nd time I used it. That required me to remove the handle and dicker with it. The on/off switch mechanism is hinkey at best. The good news is that it stuck in the ON position so at least I had no trouble using the unit. Another side note: I am finding the replacement bags difficult to find.
Purchased the Hoover based on consumer reports reviews and it has exceeded my expectations thus far. Being a pet owner, I am constantly vacuuming the roaming dust bunny of pet hair. The power of this vacuum is great! Only downfall is that it is somewhat heavy to carry up and down stairs.
I bought this Hoover Self-Propelled Vacuum to replace my 13 year old Hoover self-propelled upright. Hoover has made improvements with the newer model consisting of: a vacuum motorized upholstery tool (very handy for getting dog hair off the chair), better filtration (no smelly bag odor), and an easy to use hose adapter for add-on tools. I find the unit streamlined with more powerful suction than my older unit. I bought Hoover because of the reliability I had with my other unit.