Hoover Air Cordless Series 3.0 Review – A Cord-less Upright With 50 Minutes Of Run Time
What if I told you about a product that will change the way you think about these cordless cleaners?
Here’s a new product that has comparable suction as a corded upright and will run for close to an hour, long enough to clean a 2,500 square foot home.
Did Hoover finally break the code with the Air Cordless Upright 3.0?
An upright vacuum that is cordless with around 50 minutes run time on average (combined) from its two lithium ion batteries.
If you think that this is strictly a floor cleaner, think again.
Hoover has put their thinking caps on and added a hose, wand and a bunch of attachments so that you can clean the other areas like the blinds, stairs and upholstery.
Update: October 12, 2014 – I do apologize for my mistake, I mentioned before in this review that each battery had a 50 minute run time but that was the wrong information, the run time from the two batteries COMBINED is 50 minutes. Please do accept my apologies. I’d like to thank Shindo for pointing that out to me.
Pet Hair Removal
Ease of Use
- Only upright vacuum in the market that is cordless (the other would be the Bissell)
- The two batteries will run for around 50 minutes (combined) before it runs out
- Comes with two batteries
- Can clean up to 2,500 square feet (from the two batteries)
- Has a full five year warranty on the whole vacuum
- Large dirt bin
- Weighs only 10 pounds
- Can be used as an upright and handheld because of the hose and attachments
- The vacuum head can swivel which makes this easy to move around
- Bagless and filters are washable
- Bright LED headlights helps you see dust and dirt better
- Lacks an attachment to clean carpeted stairs
- Bulky body might not fit under furniture
- Short hose
- May not work as well on shaggy carpet
- Weak suction if you use the hose
Hoover changed the way they designed this, instead of thinking on how to make a stick vacuum stronger, they thought about designing a great vacuum then take away the cord. Hence the Air cordless 3.0 was born.
Some ground breaking features include:
- Two LithiumLife batteries that runs for 50 minutes each
- Two washable filters included
- WindTunnel3 technology helps in deep cleaning carpet
- Cyclonic action ensures constant suction performance even though the dirt bin is being filled up
- Transparent dirt bit
- LED headlights
- Includes two separate brushrolls, one for hard floor and carpet.
- Has a flexible hose that allows you to use this on areas above the floor
- Can over 1 liter of dirt, dust and debris inside its dirt cup
Have a look on how it performed cleaning fine debris and then larger bits of debris (you’ll see the side by side test on the later part of the video)…
Based on the video above, both have comparable cleaning performance on fine dirt but when it comes to larger bits of dirt the Air Cordless is the winner because it does not push dirt (a.k.a. the snowplow effect) but it has enough airspace underneath the floor tool for the debris to get through.
Most consumers who’ve tried this vacuum out agree that this performed well on hard surfaces such as tile, hardwood and linoleum.
The brushroll will work great in picking up dust particles and hair on this surface.
Like all vacuums equipped with a motorized brush, you’ll need to clean it from time to time to remove dust bunnies and hair that will get stuck in there.
Not much reviews on carpet performance but those who’ve tried it on thick carpet say that it will struggle even with the motorized brush. It’ll work best on thin to medium pile carpet and rugs.
Dyson DC44 vs the Hoover Air in this cereal pick up test on carpet…
Hoover’s got you covered here. It comes with a bevy of attachments to remove dust, lint and hair from upholstery. Just plug the tools on the wand (that you’ll attach to the hose) and you’re set.
The motorized brush means that it can remove pet hair off carpet and hard floors but you have to clean the motorized brush regularly but don’t worry, Hoover makes it easy to clean the brushroll without removing any belts or screws.
It also comes with an attachment to remove hair on upholstery. This will work great on pet hair.
The LithiumLife battery takes 3 hours to fully charge. It has an LED battery indicator that will let you know once it is fully charged. The great thing about this product is that you’ll get two lithium batteries, one you can use and another on standby just in case.
It comes with two washable filters that’ll you’ll need to wash every 4 to 6 uses or as needed, according to the manual.
Removing it is easy as twisting the lid and pulling a tab to lift the filter off. Use warm water to wash and dry it on its side for 24 hours.
Combine, the two lithium ion batteries will give you roughly 50 minutes of fade-free run time which is good enough to clean a 2,500 square foot area based on tests done by Hoover.
Hoover will give you a full 5 year warranty on the whole vacuum. A great deal compared to Dyson’s 2 year warranty.
The story behind the development of the Air Cordless (watch this if you’re into a behind the scenes look).
|Attachments||2-in-1 Cleaning Tool (Crevice and Dusting Modes)|
Pivoting Dusting Brush
Hard Floor Brushroll
|Battery||2x extended life 20-volt LithiumLife batteries|
|Charging time||3 hours|
|Battery life||50 minutes (combined from the two batteries)|
|Brush on/off switch|
(with battery, wand and floor attachment)
|Shipping weight||18 pounds|
|Hose length||6 feet|
|Above the floor reach||7 feet|
|Filter type||2x rinseable filter|
|Dust capacity||1.05 liters|
|Warranty||5 years on the whole unit|
Since this is a new product that hasn’t been released in the market, the reviews I’ve read are from Amazon vine consumers.
What does Amazon vine mean?
These are consumers pre-selected by Amazon to give an un-biased review on a product that has yet to be released in the market.
They’ll offer feedback to manufacturers on the possible improvements needed and reviews to consumers like us to give a heads up on how good the product is before it is released.
Based on the feedback, it is mostly positive. Consumers loved it because it was cordless (no need to plug and unplug), very maneuverable, lightweight and the two batteries included greatly increased the coverage. One consumer said that he didn’t even need to recharge the batteries to clean while 1,000+ square foot home.
The attachments included means that you don’t need a separate handheld to clean stairs or blinds but some complained about the short hose and the lack of power when the hose was used, some improvement points that Hoover, hopefully will address.
Reviews on carpet cleaning were mixed, some say it was good enough to clean carpet and rugs while others said it did not have enough power to deep clean carpet.
Being a cordless vacuum, it is understandable because of the limited power supply but this would be a great product to have if your home has mostly hardwood or thin pile carpet.
This product is available for pre-ordering in Amazon. It will be released on May 15.
Update July 22, 2014 – Amazon has slashed it’s prices, from the original $299 retailed, it is now just under $270 and it comes with Free Shipping!
This product is great for…
…For people who lived in a medium sized home with mostly hardwood flooring with some low to medium pile carpeting.
Even though Hoover claims upright performance, reviews still paint a slightly different story.
Yes, it will perform great on hardwood floors but it still lacks the power to deep clean plush carpet.
You will still need a corded upright for that.
It more than doubles the run time while still providing decent suction power on most areas outside plush carpeting.
It also doubles as a hand vac (though with limited reach) because of the hose, wand plus attachments.
This definitely is a step in the right direction towards a deep cleaning cordless vacuum.