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Hoover - WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 793 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great vacuum

    Posted
    Beth
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    We purchased this vacuum after our last one burned out, and I reviewed a number of vacuums both here and at Consumer Reports (that famous ad-free ratings organization). I needed to choose something that could handle all our pet hair. This one worked so well that we had to empty the container twice while vacuuming one room. It was picking up what our old one had missed for a long time! We have 3 cats, a dog, and a couple teens, so we needed something that would deal with all that. It picks it all up. The tools let you get into corners where pet hair loves to hide. It's solid but not to heavy--a plus for me since I have arthritis and have to use it on stairs. Make sure to follow the instructions on how to protect the vacuum, such as picking up larger objects yourself instead of running over it with your vacuum. Larger objects will damage any vacuum. Protect your investment. The vacuum is bag less so you don't have to worry about running out of bags 10 minutes before the mother-in-law arrives. The filter keeps the air from getting dusty as you vacuum. If you have bad breathing problems, you may need to have someone empty the canister where the dirt/pet hair/dust gets deposited. It wasn't too dusty when I emptied it, but since it's bag less, obviously there is no bag to keep the dust enclosed. The filter and canister where all the dirt gets deposited can be cleaned easily. Just make sure to dry them completely before vacuuming again. It's not super loud and it's not quiet. I play music when cleaning, so noise was never a consideration in my decision or my rating here--performance was. In short, it works great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    super suction, great filtering, good weight

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    2112
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    I researched a significant number of types (bag/bagless - direct/indirect flow) and brands (hoover, meile, dyson, etc) prior to making this purchase. I was very concerned about suction and clean-up capability, reliability (drive belts not breaking, manufacturing style, fit, etc), warranties, others experiences/reviews, and price. Given all these criteria and my research, I was convinced i wanted a bagged unit, however they are not super available in stores. This unit - especially because of its separate suction source for each the hose and floor unit - was very high in others reviews and all my other criteria. I took a shoot as it was on sale in-store at best buy (no other store or internet source had it as low). I am blown away by this unit as it has performed beyond my expectations. The carpet and rug areas looked stunning following the first vacuuming. This unit really lifts the pile and generates a deep clean. Our old vacuum that was replaced, had just been used the day before - it was evidently missing a lot. The unit is designed very well - the dirt canister removes and re-installs easily - it also empties from the bottom with little mess. Very pleased with purchase and a unit that really cleans!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Overall good value

    Posted
    Dave
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    This vacuum has great suction, especially through the hose when using attachments. I've used it about a dozen times so far. I had vacuumed for about an hour during one of the times (with small breaks to move furniture and switch to the hose/attachments). I did notice some warmth along the side of the vacuum body, but it didnt get to the point where it was too hot or seemed like anything was burning. I like that you can shut off the brush, and that it stops automatically when the handle is in the full upright position. My carpet is about medium height, but I use the first height setting above bare-floor. The vacuum can be difficult to push, but I got used to it pretty quick. It also seemed a bit heavy first, but again, easy to get used to. The brush leaves more lines on the carpet than my previous one, due to the spacing of bristles on the brush. The base is about 15 inches wide. The brush itself is closer to 13 inches, with about another quarter-inch of suction space on either side of it. The wheels are not plastic like my previous one. (I dont know exactly what they are made of.. something that resembles rubber.) I like this since I dont feel like I'm damaging my hardwood floors when I roll it around. Only a few minor negatives to point out - in some places where I smacked into my white baseboard, the vacuum left faint blue marks on the baseboard. It didn't come off with a wet paper towel, but I havent tried to clean it with anything else yet. Also the handle has a rubbery grip, that already appears a bit worn on the edges. Neither of these affect the performance of the vacuum. Overall this is a well performing vacuum and an excellent value for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Former Dyson Skeptic

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    Coolbreeze2014
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    I used to check the Dysons out just casually inspecting them for overall build based on nothing more than an unplugged visual inspection which usually left me wondering why the higher cost because upon these quick inspections I noted what seemed to be a cheap plastic build and some creaky noises typical of other plastic vacuum manufacturers. Why did I change my mind? It's because after trying several vacuums in the under $200 price range and being left with broken gears and other miscellaneous part breakages I decided to ask the Best Buy sales representative for recommendations and she convinced me to at least give one a try knowing I could return it if I was less than pleased. Ok, so what at first seemed like the typical plastic is nothing of the sort, it's much thicker and the fittings have what appear to be high quality embedded metal hardware, the HEPA filter cover for example has a ratcheting nut that prevents you from overtightening. Other signs of quality soon became evident such as the gauge of hose spring coil and vinyl thickness and this is possibly a negative in one way in that it tends to fight me a little when I try to extend it to reach something with the various tools but to be honest if it means that it'll last longer than I can live with that plus it will probably relax a bit after usage. I won't get to much into the cleaning capability as that has been widely published by others but count me among those believers, I am now and will continue to love my Dyson for many years, they are truly of higher quality than others and while admittedly overpriced there really is nothing better that I have owned or used.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This IS the vacuum for pet owners.

    Posted
    Scouse
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    WOW! Even though I researched this unit, it surpassed ALL my needs. I found out my kitchen floor linoleum had some not so flat spots in it, when the vacuum wouldn't move until I raised it higher than recommended (YES the suction is that GOOD). Forget tape or sticky brushes, the Pet Turbo Tool can clean up the long cat hair off a recliner, in under 2 minutes!! REALLY like plugging into one outlet, and then being able to clean 3 rooms before moving to a closer outlet (and NO it doesn't take to long to wrap the extra long cord on the unit when finished). I gave it 5 stars, but here are 2 MINOR problems. 1) when U first assemble the unit, the instructions do NOT have good pictures of how the attachments mount on the unit (but U will figure it out). 2) The spade attachment for floor or angled for ceiling fan cleaning, isn't the greatest for anything but the ceiling fan. Maybe because as I mentioned the suction is awesome, they made the bristles longer so it wouldn't break the fan blades. However the attachment really does NOT have the suction needed for hardwood / baseboards / areas where the Crevice tool would take to long to use.. NO problem, I'll purchase one of those SMALL floor brush attachments, with the smaller brush, from Hoover.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the money

    Posted
    Adrian
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    After using an inferior vacuum for the past two years I finally had enough of it leaving a lot of stuff behind and having to make multiple passes just to be more annoyed when the vacuum got too hot and shut off half way though the job. I did a lot of research and was temped to buy the more expensive vacuums but decided on this one. Price was right and this vacuum does not disappoint. I think the thing I like about this model is that it has 3 filters that helps cut down on dust. I was amazed at how much more stuff was picked up versus our old vacuum (which I used the day prior). One feature that I liked is the switch that lets you alternate between using just the hose and the vacuum as an upright. The attachment for the furniture actually works, and it works really good. the telescopic tube attachment is pretty convenient and works well. Overall I'd give this Vacuum two thumbs up. If you are looking for a new vacuum that doesn't break the bank I suggest this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hoover has and still is the best in vacuums

    Posted
    Sam2018
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    This is the best vacuum i have tried in the past few years. Tremendous value and non compromising suction for all floors and carpets. I've tried the dyson v10, and the v8 and returned both. I also tried a bissell pet and that was absolutely the worst vacuum I have ever used. After returning the bissell I decided to try what my parents always bought and guess what. It actually worked. I have three different types of carpets and one of them is a really thick shag carpet and it worked great on that too. The best part is that you can switch it to floor and clean up around the carpets afterward. Highly recommend and if its like the last one my family had it should last 10 plus years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great vacuum - even works on my high pile carpet

    Posted
    Neriumgirl
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    I already own 2 vacuums, both of which I really like, however, neither would work on my 9'x12' high pile area rug. The self adjusting brush rolls on each of my vacuums would quit rolling on my area rug. I purchased this vacuum specifically for this area rug. All my research pointed toward needing to purchase a super high dollar vacuum ($600+) to work on the high pile (probably 2") carpet. The salesman at Best Buy told me he thought this particular vacuum would be the best one to try before going to the extreme $ range. I'm happy to say it works! I have to set it on the highest setting and it takes A LOT of muscle to push it, but it works! I also used it on the rest of the carpet in my house (on a much lower setting) and was amazed at the dirt/sand/dust it pulled up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    #idmarrythisvacuum

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    AmyF
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    This vacuum rocks. It went together easily. It's easy to use and it suctions up dirt and dog hair like no other vacuum I've had including the overrated Dyson. Plus the price point is great and it lasts forever. I had a previous version of this vacuum for 5/6 years. I loved it equally and it would have kept going but a family member used it to suck up spilled cocoa and don't do that. You'll never get all the cocoa out of the vacuum. So I replaced it with this newer model which is even better and easier to use than the last one. Highly recommend it, especially for messy homes with pets like mine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    pet/ kid lovers dream

    Posted
    cindybin221
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    I am loving my Hoover, previous Rainbow vacuum owner. I love the Hoover because it is so easy to use, easy to clean, light weight, great with pet hair, and even amazing on tile (hard) floors. My Dog could not stand the sound of any vacuum but with this Hoover I can vacuum right next to him and he does not even move. This is a very powerful cleaning system. I tell people this vacuum really sucks, and I mean that in a positive way. I would recommend this to anyone that has kids or pets. Hair pick up is wonderful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Packs a Punch

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    MrHughes
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    I have to say that I am really impressed by this vacuum. My old vac broke and needed replacing. I ordered this and got two canister fulls of dust from around my house with little effort. Set up was easy and this is a much better product than the old vacuum I'd held on to past its prime. Incredibly happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This product really sucks!

    Posted
    Inspecter
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    I wasn't sure if I would like a bagless cleaner. This cleaner had good to excellent ratings everywhere I checked. It was easy to setup and I was vacuuming in 10 minutes. We rescue dogs from shelters and find new homes for them. We have multiple dogs inside our house. I had vacuumed 3 days before I brought this vac home. This new vacuum sucked more dog hair out of my carpet than I knew was even there. Wow. I had to empty it twice the first time I vacuumed. This is a great vac and I haven't even mentioned the furniture tool.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this vacuum!

    Posted
    dls55
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    My initial impression is really a great vacuum! Pick up is great. Tools are attached for convience . Easy to push and wide path pick-up compared to others! Seems to be quality built by today’s standards. So far so good. I have tried my daughters Dyson and my sons Shark and am much more impressed by this Hoover model! Hope it lasts as long as my bagged self propelled that was on it last leg after many years of use!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great vacuum

    Posted
    Gramma78
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    Had a eureka for many years. Purchased a new one and had nothing but problems within the first three months. got no where with company so decided to research other vacuums. Found Hoover - WindTunnel 3 High Performance Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum and purchased. This vacuum has the greatest suction ever and deep cleaning. I have 2 dogs and vac every day, sometimes twice a day and the dirt and pet hair that is vacuumed up is great. Very easy to clean canister and filter. Will purchase again in future if need be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what we needed

    Posted
    ThatGuy

    We have a cat and a German Shepherd, so hair was an issue. This is a great vacuum, especially for this price. Performs like those that are double the price. In fact, when it arrived, we vacuumed the floors with our Oreck (recently serviced and new bag) and followed with the Hoover. We had to empty the debris trap three times! Only drawback is the wand attachment isn't secured well, so it flops around. I used a small bungee attached to the handle and it is locked up tight. Wife is happy.....I'm happy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great vacuum!

    Posted
    tsmartin
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    I had bought another vacuum a few days before this one and didnt care of it. It was more expensive than this one. I returned it and probably spent an hour looking at the ones at the store, reading reviews on my phone, ect and then I asked a sales person for his input and he recommended this one out of the 3 I had narrowed it down to. This was a great choice. We have a golden retriever and she sheds a lot. Our carpet is the cleanest that it has ever been. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Bang for Your Buck

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    Dguy73
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    Does a very very good job of picking up the pet hair!!!!Very powerful suction...it actually surprised me!!!I know that both the Dyson Animal and The Shark are supposed to have a better pet model but considering how well this performs...is it really worth spending the extra $200-$350 for those other 2 models..my only complaint so far is that its a bit noisy and on the heavy side if u are doing stairs with it...but very happy with this product!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    Posted
    Lindsey413

    This vacuum is awesome! I am a teacher and on a limited budget. I couldn't spend a fortune on a vacuum but wanted a good quality model. I read lots of reviews and decided on the Windtunnel 3 High Performance. I am very happy with the results. I live near the coast and have sandy soil. I was amazed at the amount of dust, dirt, and soil it pulled from my carpet. It made my carpets feel so much softer. I don't have pets, so I can't speak for that part but I'm sure it works wonders on removing pet hair.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best vacuum ever

    Posted
    genjoe5
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    I just got a new house. Had the carpets cleaned by a company. Bought this vacuum cleaner from Best Buy the first time I used it I pulled up a pile of dog hair out of the cleaned carpets. Unbelievable. This machine is awesome. I am getting less hair every time I vacuum now but I'm still getting hair. Don't look at another vacuum get this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    VERY strong Suction

    Posted
    WorkvsPlay
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    I picked this vacuum and after a quick 5 minute assembly, I realized the brush width was 15 inches. This means more area coverage! Be very careful and adjust floor vs carpet. The suction is so strong ,I can see damage if this vacuum is not used properly. Yes the vacuum is loud. The holding canister disposes garbage easily BUT taking the canister apart will be needed to keep airways 100 percent functional. I'm very pleased w this unit but caution needed while using this beast.

    I would recommend this to a friend