What's this? Based mainly on cleaning performance and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$98.03 - $189.10
Summary:This bagless upright from Hoover comes with an easy-to-reach power button and brush on/off switch. The 13-pound vacuum also has a full-bin indicator, 30-inch manual-wind cord, and HEPA filtration.
This bagless upright weighs in at a light 13 pounds, and comes with a 30-foot,non-retractable cord, easy on/off power switch, and HEPA filtration to block fine-particle emissions, which may benefit people with allergies or asthma. The Hoover has a full-bin indicator so you know when to empty the bin without compromising the vacuum's cleaning ability. It also has a brush on/off switch to let you move from carpets to bare floors without scattering dust. This model lacks a manual height-adjustment option to raise and lower the machine to match the carpet's pile, and you cannot adjust suction power when cleaning curtains and upholstery.
About This Brand
Hoover introduced its first vacuum in 1907 and has established itself as one of the most recognizable brands in America. More recently, Hoover was bought from Whirlpool by TTI Floor Care, the owners of Dirt Devil. Hoover sells a wide variety of uprights at mass-market retailers, with models ranging from as little as $50 to $300. It also makes hand and stick vacuums, canister models (about $80 to $300), deep cleaners, central vacuums, bare-floor cleaners, and an outdoor sweeper, though the company is best known for its uprights.
Bag Denotes whether the model has a disposable waste bag. A growing number of vacuums, particularly upright models, use a container that can be emptied, eliminating the bag. To capture fine-dirt particles, however, these models must use a filter (such as a HEPA filter) that can need regular cleaning, or replacement. Replacement filters tend to be significantly more expensive than bags. While vacuums with bags may also use filters, the bag acts as a pre-filter that helps to keep the fine-dirt filter cleaner, thus extending its performance until cleaning or replacement. Another caveat: Emptying the dustbin and cleaning a filter can be messy, and handling it may expose you to dust and other allergens.
Weight (lbs.) The weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound. If you expect to carry your vacuum up and down stairs, consider a lighter vacuum (under 20 pounds).
Brush on/off An on/off switch for the rotating brush lets you stop the brush from rotating when using tools or cleaning bare floors. This helps eliminate scattered dirt on bare floors and reduces the risk of injury if the vacuum tips over during use. It also reduces the risk of damaging a carpet or the finish of a bare floor if the vacuum sits in place at the low-height setting.
Easy on/off A switch that's located on the handle or where your foot can activate it is more convenient than one on the body of the vacuum.
Manual-pile adjust Lets you adjust the height of the machine to a carpet's pile height to allow for easy movement and thorough cleaning. Adjustments are automatic on some models, but we prefer the more precise manual control afforded by some models.