Review of Hoover vacuum cleaners

Hoover is one of the leading providers of vacuum cleaners in Australia, with a history dating back more than 100 years. The brand has become synonymous with vacuum cleaning over the decades and now boasts a huge range of more than 40 different models.

With more vacuum cleaners available to buy in Australia than any other manufacturer, how can you possibly tell which might be the best fit for your home? You can start by comparing its most sought after models in this review from Canstar Blue.

Hoover vacuum cleaners

Hoover vacuums can be divided into six different categories:

  • Bagged vacuum cleaners
  • Bagless vacuum cleaners
  • Upright vacuum cleaners
  • Handheld/convenience vacuum cleaners
  • Robot vacuum cleaners
  • Pet hair vacuum cleaners

Since there are so many, we won’t review every single vacuum cleaner in this report. Rather, we will look at the common specs, features and price ranges of each category to summarise what they’re about, to help you answer that question: Are Hoover vacuum cleaners worth buying?

Hoover bagged vacuum cleaners

Hoover has 11 bagged vacuums to choose from. Bagged vacuums are essentially just the conventional vacuum that you either used to own or currently own, where they have a bag on the inside that needs to be emptied and replaced periodically. Hoover’s bagged vacuum cleaners are said to prioritise hygiene in the home.

Common features of Hoover bagged vacuum cleaners include:

  • HEPA filtration, which removes 99% of dust from the air to reduce allergen levels
  • Compact, lightweight design, making them easy to store and manoeuvrer without sacrificing suction power
  • Large capacity bags, which can carry between 2 and 3 litres of debris
  • High-performance, 2000W motors for sustained and impressive suction power
  • User-friendly controls, which allow the user to adjust the controls with their foot plus an easy retract cord
  • Genuine Hoover accessories, like the deep-cleaning powerhead, which allow you to clean just about any surface with just the one vacuum!

There is a diverse price range for this category, with models costing anywhere from $99 to $800. So there is something for people at all ends of the price spectrum. You can find a complete list of Hoover’s bagged vacuum cleaners here. Arguably the pick of the bunch is the Allergy Powerhead, coming in at the full $800!

Allergy Powerhead bagged vacuum

Allergy Powerhead bagged vacuum

It’s a lot pricier than most vacuum cleaners on the market, but with the Allergy Powerhead, you are paying for quality. This model combines a four-stage carbon filtration system with an exceptional HEPA filtration system to trap and eliminate almost all allergens in your home, Hoover claims. The advanced self-propelling powerhead it comes with is an advanced motorised powerhead that can actually lift your carpet and remove deeply embedded dust and dirt. Throw in a sleek ergonomic design and minimum 2 year warranty, and this vacuum seems one of the most impressive on the market.

Hoover bagless vacuum cleaners

As the name suggests, bagless vacuums don’t have a bag. Instead they have a dust canister, which can be easily removed and emptied at the press of a button. Hence, they’re popular due to the convenience they provide. Hoover has a huge total of 19 bagless vacuums, a complete list of which you can find here. These models share some of the following characteristics:

  • Deep cleaning powerheads and deep-cleaning turbo brush, which is apparently fantastic at removing pet-hair from carpets
  • Powerful, 1800W+ motors that provide superb suction ability
  • Highly compact and sleek designs, perfect for moving around and storing with ease
  • One-touch empty system, so you can empty the contents straight into the bin
  • Washable, powerful HEPA filtration to remove allergens
  • Specialised mattress cleaning tools and other accessories

In terms of price, the minimum listed price a Hoover bagless vacuum goes for is about $80, whereas the maximum you can expect to pay for one is an astonishing $1,000. What makes this one so expensive? Let’s find out.

Regal Powerhead bagless vacuum

Regal Powerhead bagless vacuum

Like the Allergy Powerhead, the Regal model represents the highest quality money can buy in the bagless vacuum category. At $1,000, it costs more than most major household appliances, so you’ll have to decide if the features and specs it possesses make it worthwhile.

It has an advanced self-propelling powerhead and a washable HEPA carbon filtration system to remove and destroy dust and allergens from every inch of your home, and it also comes with multiple floor tools to work on any surface, such as the turbo pet-hair tool.

Despite all of this, the price will be a barricade to most people. Luckily, Hoover’s vacuums get cheaper from here on out.

Hoover upright vacuum cleaners

Upright vacuum cleaners are designed to be as ergonomic as possible, as their stiff upright design makes them easier to hold, move and store. Hoover’s products are no different, but there are just two in the range, priced at around $400 each. The Heritage looks like the standout.

Heritage 5110 upright vacuum

Heritage 5110 upright vacuum

The Heritage vacuum is a compact yet powerful upright vacuum cleaner, with its cyclonic suction technology ensuring it performs exceptionally while still looking aesthetically pleasing, according to Hoover that is. The powerful dual-motor brushes combine to remove debris that is buried deep within your carpets, pet hair in particular.

As well as being bagless, its canister is also washable, so maximum performance can be sustained over a long period of time. Finally, an extendable vacuum wand lets you reach high up places with relative ease, without adding unnecessary weight to then vacuum.

At about $400, the Heritage is less expensive than many other Hoover models, but is still very expensive compared to the average cost of an upright vacuum cleaner. It is harder to justify this outlay, since there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot it can do that other upright models can’t.

Hoover handheld and stick vacuums

Handheld and convenience vacuums are designed for quick cleans in difficult spots – like shelves, cupboards and in-between seats. Hoover has nine of these vacuums in its armoury, some of which serve different purposes. Common traits they share are:

  • The Turbobrush built for deep cleaning, which rotates as you clean and allows you to remove deeply embedded dust
  • Powerful 21.6 V Lithium Ion batteries which enable them to clean for up to 60 minutes before requiring a charge
  • 2-in-1 functionality, as most of them come with a handheld vacuum as well
  • Lightweight and compact design, as they weigh as little as 2.3kg, making them easy to carry around and store
  • All-in-one charging station, which lights up when the machine is charging to let you know when it is finished
  • 1-2 year warranties on each

These convenience models range in price from $50 to $300. One of the most impressive of the bunch seems to be the Handy Wonder!

Handy Wonder Corded Handstick

Handy Wonder Corded Handstick

The Handy Wonder Handstick is a 2-in-1 model, meaning it comes with both the upright part and the handheld vacuum part. Therefore, at just $49, you’re getting two vacuums for the price of one. Granted, neither of them is particularly powerful, but you don’t buy these vacuums for their power. You buy them because they’re convenient and easy to use.

Weighing in at just 2.3 kilograms, this model seems perfect for cleaning carpets and hard floors. It’s engineered for multi-purpose cleaning, and its versatility makes it ideal for units and small homes that can’t afford some of the more expensive options on the market.

The multi-cyclonic bagless technology reduces maintenance costs over time and makes the contents easy to empty, adding even further to the convenience factor. It also comes with a variety of accessories, like the gulper floor tool and the crevice tool. It may not be the most powerful handstick vacuum on the market, but if you need a budget option for quick clean jobs, the Handy Wonder represents solid value.

Hoover robot vacuums

Robot vacuum cleaners are designed to do all the work for you while you kick your feet up and relax. Hoover robot vacuums use the latest technology, and there are six of them in total. They share the following common features:

  • Long runtimes and battery life, being able to survive 45-75 minutes before needing to be charged
  • Intelligent automated cleaning and path judgement
  • Virtual walls, which act as stopping points for your robot vacuum. It will not be able to cross over these invisible walls
  • Cliff sensors, which help the robots detect if they are about to go off an edge
  • Automatic charging. The vacuum will return to the docking station when it is low on power once you press the home button
  • Simple, easy to use controls
  • HEPA filtration
  • Sleek, low-profile designs
  • 3D object detection. The vacuums will detect furniture and obstacles in their way to avoid bumping into them

You can see a complete list of Hoover robot vacuums here. One of the standout models is the ‘5240’ featured below.

5240 Robot Vacuum

5240 Robot Vacuum

Surprisingly, at just $250, the 5240 Robot Vacuum is quite cheap as far as robot vacuums go. Considering that most of Hoover’s products are among the most expensive on the market, this is much more affordable for most people.

What sticks out the most about this model is the massive 75 minute runtime it possesses. This is more than most robovacs you’ll find, and means it can complete just about any cleaning task you set for it before its battery runs empty. It also has intelligent path judgement, so it can find ways to complete its cleaning duties in even less time by picking the most efficient path through your home.

As well as the standard remote control, the 5240 also comes with not one, but TWO virtual walls, meaning you can seal it into a certain area much more easily. Most people have to move furniture to stop their robovacs from entering unwanted areas, but you won’t with this one!

Finally, this one also comes with neat personality stickers, like moustaches and glasses. So you can customise it to make your vacuum as goofy as you like. That doesn’t impact its performance at all, it’s just funny!

For more information on vacuum cleaners, be sure to keep up with our annual star ratings to see which brands come out on top.

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