Hoover Air Cordless Series 3.0 Upright Vacuum
While stick vacuums don't have the power of their larger siblings, they're popular because of their light weight, easy maneuverability, and simplicity of use. Because they're more compact they don't require as much storage room, and many are cordless, so you don't have that irritating power cord to deal with. And, cordless models are much less noisy than corded models.
They also tend to cost less than conventional upright vacuums. Improvements in motor and battery design are making the cordless compact alternatives more powerful and providing longer run-times.
The Hoover Air Cordless Series 3.0
weighs just under 10 pounds, and as you can see in the photo above, it's about half the size of a regular corded vacuum – in this case a Bissell. I think this makes it more user-friendly, particularly for seniors and those with physical challenges. It's certainly light enough to be easily used by someone in a wheelchair.
The Hoover Air Cordless comes with 2 batteries, plus a slow charger – which takes about 3 hours to charge a battery, so 6 hours for both batteries – a spare washable filter, a hard floor brushroll, a 2-in-1 dusting and crevice tool, and a blind duster tool. The Hoover is powered by an 18V, 72Wh lithium-ion battery that delivers about 25 minutes of run-time. That's more than enough time to clean our 1,100 square foot home – approximately 600 feet of carpeting and 500 feet of cork and vinyl. If you have a lot more flooring no need to worry, the Hoover comes with a second battery – together they give you up to 50 minutes of run-time, certainly enough time to clean upwards of 2,500 square feet.
The battery snaps in place on the front of the vacuum. It has a three-LED status bar to let you know how much battery life remains.A multi-floor brushroll comes pre-installed on the unit and I've been using this brush on both our carpets and hard surface floors. The Hoover has a motorized head, which I turn on only when cleaning the carpeting – otherwise I leave it off for the cork and vinyl floors. The brush is 9" wide, narrower than what you'll find on many corded vacuums, so it does take a bit longer to do the job.
The Hoover does come with a hard floor brushroll, which you can use on hardwood, tile, and other solid surface floors. Changing the brush head is straightforward, and takes only a couple of minutes. Plus, it doesn't require the use of any tools. Eventually you'll have to replace the brushrolls, along with the filter. For some strange reason Hoover doesn't list the replacement parts on it's website. However you can see the complete list on the US Hoover website.
Controls are easy to reach. In the photo above, the on/off switch for the motorized head is to the left,
at the center is the wand (handle) release button – so you can remove the wand for targeted cleaning – and to the right is the power button. The cannister release button (insert) is located on the opposite side of the center button.
You can turn the vacuum on with the handle in the upright position, but not the motorized head – to prevent the brush from inadvertently scratching a hard surface floor.
You need to remove the cannister to empty the debris and to clean the filter. To disassemble the cannister you simply turn the base section while holding the top part securely. You can then remove the washable filter, and clean out the canister – which you'll want to do every month or so. I found that the components fit together snugly, and I haven't noticed any dust
The canister holds just over 1 liter of debris, easily enough for our 1,100 square feet of flooring. Emptying the canister is simple – pressing a button at the bottom of the bin opens a lid so you can empty it easily into the garbage without coming into contact with any debris. Some fine dust is likely to float up into the air, so if you have allergies or are particularly sensitive to dust, then wear a dust mask or respirator.A nice feature on the Hoover is that you can remove the wand from the base unit and vacuum hard to reach places and overhead. To do this you need to
extract the wand from the vacuum (photo 1), remove the hose from the base of the vacuum (photo 2), and then attach the hose to the bottom of the handle, which is on the end of the wand (photo 3). Attach either the 2-in-1 dusting and crevice tool or the blind duster tool to the end of the wand and you're ready to go.
The hose is 4 feet long, and with the wand attached you can reach most places in a home with 8-foot ceilings. However, I find that whenever using the wand the movement of the hose causes the vacuum to fall down, which is more of a nuisance than anything else.
One big advantage of the Hoover is that I can easily vacuum under furniture – as long as there is about 9" of clearance.
There is also an LED headlight at the bottom of the vacuum that lights the path so that I don't have to turn hallway and closet lights on. It also makes it a bit easier to see bits of debris on the floor.
I vacuum the 600 square feet of carpeting in our home once a week. In the top left photo you can see the typical amount of dust after vacuuming the carpets with the Hoover. I then re-vacuumed the carpets immediately after with the corded Bissell vacuum – you can see that the Bissell picked up a fair amount of dust that the Hoover left behind.
I also repeated this same test the following week, first vacuuming the entire carpeted area with the Bissell (bottom photo, left) and then re-vacuuming the floor with the Hoover. While the Bissell picked up more dust than the Hoover it still left some behind, which the Hoover was able to remove (bottom right).
I repeated this test over four weeks, and the results were pretty consistent. Neither vacuum picked up all the dust, though the Bissell did pick up somewhat more dust than the Hoover.
In general, the results have been satisfactory on low shag carpeting – I can't vouch for deep pile carpeting. We have a short hair cat that lives, and sheds, indoors, and the Hoover picked up all the visible hair. It also does a good job picking up the kind of debris you often find on kitchen floors – clumps of dust, bits of food, outside dirt that falls off foot ware, and the like.
Still, there are some distinct advantages to the Hoover that offset the somewhat smaller amount of dust that it picks up (compared to a conventional powered vacuum). It's super light and you can steer the vacuum with just one hand. It's also very agile with a pivoting head that can navigate around furniture and other obstacles with ease. At an average 63 decibels, it's much quieter than the Bissell's 75 decibels, and of course, you don't have that power cord to deal with.
If you have a lot of carpeting, along with a menage of children and pets, then a more powerful corded vacuum is probably the better choice. Otherwise, the Hoover Air Cordless Series 3 will do just fine. KEY FEATURES:
- Power Source: 20V Battery
- Battery Run-time: 25 minutes (per battery)
- Battery Charge Time: 3 hours
- Nozzle Width: 11 Inches
- Dirt Cup Capacity: 1.05 Liters
- Weight: 9.9 pounds
- Motorized Brushroll
- Washable Filter
- On-board Tool Storage
- Warranty: 5 years
- Includes: Two 20V Batteries, Battery Charger, Spare Filter, Hard Floor Brushroller, 2-in-1 Dusting and Crevice Tool, Radiator Tool