I had hated my vacuum cleaner since the day I got it as a wedding gift almost 6 years ago. It never picked up any dog hair, and in fact, picked up very little of anything else. It weighed a ton. It sounded like a freight train. It even smelled weird when it was on. I wanted a new one. After weeks of contemplation and research I settled on what seemed like an unlikely choice: The Hoover Elite Rewind Bagless Upright.
I say this was an unlikely choice because it was over $100 less than what my price range included. I ordered it from Amazon with free shipping and my total before tax was just $86.00. It seemed that an $86.00 vacuum cleaner might be too good to be true. After using my new machine for a few days, however, I must say I am extremely happy with my choice.
The 12 amps of power are evident in this vacuum cleaner’s suction capabilities. It pulled up tons of dog hair from my carpet and rugs – even hair that I couldn’t see with my eyes. After just a quick sweep of my living room rug, I could see a huge amount of dust and hair in the bagless canister. I had just cleaned that area with my old vacuum a few days ago. After vacuuming my upstairs carpet, there were carpet remnants seen in the canister. The carpet was installed 3 years ago, however this machine picked up loose pieces.
I had been torn between whether or not to choose a bagless option for my new vacuum cleaner. I am very happy with the Hoover Elite Rewind Bagless for this reason. There is an automatic release for the canister to empty it, so you don’t end up all dusty after each cleaning. The vacuum cleaner also features a lifetime HEPA filter that simply has to be brushed clean every now and then. If I was getting a bagless sweeper so that I didn’t have to purchase bags, I certainly didn’t want to have to purchase filters. So this is another perk from my perspective.
The automatic rewind button that retrieves the power cord is a convenient feature. The onboard cleaning tools are sufficient, and the turbo pet hair cleaning tool is very nice, especially for stairs. It is quite powerful and allowed me to get a much more thorough cleaning of my stairs than I have ever been able to get with my old sweeper. This vacuum cleaner is also much quieter than my old one. As the mother of an 8 month old, I certainly appreciate a softer noise level.
As for cons to the Hoover Elite Rewind, there are indeed a few. First of all, the machine is very heavy. I thought my old vacuum was quite hefty, but this one weighs even more. That makes taking it up and down the stairs somewhat difficult. Also, the stretchy hose, which is supposed to be helpful when doing stair cleaning and other reaching tasks, really isn’t all that helpful. Perhaps it will loosen with time, but for now it is too tight to really be helpful since when I pull on it, the entire vacuum cleaner tends to topple over. Finally, the filter inside the canister tends to trap dirt around it, so when you empty the canister, some dirt tends to stay trapped above the filter.
Compared to a very expensive vacuum cleaner, the Hoover Elite Rewind Bagless Upright might not be top dog. But within my price range, and for my needs, this was a great vacuum cleaner choice. This mom, for one, gives this machine an enthusiastic thumbs up.