If you’re looking for a full size upright vacuum that works just as well as the competition but doesn’t have the hassle of a cord, then take a close look at the new Hoover Air Cordless 3.0 series bagless upright (model BH50140). In spite of running on battery juice only, this lightweight vacuum cleaner really packs a punch.Amazon has this vac on sale for 20% off
The Hoover Air incorporates three channels of powerful Windtunnel 3 technology, meaning it has the suction of a corded model and can really get the embedded dirt out of your carpets. While it only has one speed, review after review says it can easily get up larger crumbs and cereal like Cheerios as well as finer dirt particles.
The unit comes with two strong 20v LithiumLife batteries, and each one can run for about 25 minutes. Since you get two of them, that means you can run this powerful small vac for 50 minutes before needing a recharge. That’s plenty enough time to clean a 2500 square foot home! This is simply the best cordless vacuum on the market today.
We also love that, according to user reviews, it takes less than 3 hours to charge the battery. Many cordless vacuums take many more hours (and they only come with one), so you have to wait until tomorrow to finish the job you started. A battery level indicator is also on the machine, so you know when you’ll need to recharge or swap out the battery.
Ease of Use
The Hoover Air Cordless 3.0 incorporates an option to turn the brush roll on and off, meaning it will work just as well on your hardwood floors without scratching them or scattering kitty litter as it will pull dirt out of the carpet in your house.
As far as places it will go, while it will lay down flat to go under furniture, the battery does stick out, so you may not be able to get all the way under your bed without using the tools. Since the head actually swivels, you’ll find you can get around most of your furniture and in and around things you may not be able to with your current vac.
Another thing we really like about it is that it’s not very noisy, and definitely not as noisy vs regular full size corded cleaners.
Pet Hair Pickup
While it’s not advertised as a pet vac, this lightweight Hoover seems to do a good job for those with dogs and cats in the home. One review says the users have 3 dogs and 6 cats with hairballs everywhere, and they love it, especially since it’s smaller so it’s easier to get to the places where the pet hair likes to hide.
Another review says the user has enough dog hair in her house each day to make a sweater, and the Air picks it all up without any problem.
While it does do a good job picking up pet hair, it does not have a HEPA filter or HEPA filtration incorporated into the design. Most of us wouldn’t even notice this in daily use, however, if you have really severe allergies, you may like to look at the Dyson line which are all allergy and asthma certified with a sealed HEPA filtration system, such as the DC65 (full size), DC40 (mid-size) or DC50 (compact).
Accessories & Tools Included
- Combination crevice and dusting tool
- Hard floor brush roll that has extra soft bristles so it won’t scratch
- Pivoting dusting tool
- Removable cleaning wand
- 3’ Extension hose
- Dimensions: 44” x 10” x 11.5”
- Cleaning path width: 10.5”
- Dust cup capacity: 1.05 liters
- Cord length: No cord!
- Filters: Washable
- Weight: 9.9 lbs.
- Color: Silver
- Headlight: LED
- Warranty: 5 year limited
- Owner’s Manual
- Long battery life
- Great suction
- Good for picking up pet hair on hardwoods and carpets
In user reviews, one of the very few complaints about the Hoover Air Cordless vacuum is that it is a bit too lightweight to get into deep soft carpet. While it works really well on bare floors and most types of carpeting, if you have very deep pile soft shag in your home, you may be better off looking at a heavier model with levels to adjust that can really push down into the fibers like the Shark Rotator or Dyson DC65 model.
Overall, users love this little vacuum cleaner. In fact, it is the best in its class for an affordable price. Consumers are very impressed with its powerful suction, long battery life and general ease of use and give it high ratings. At just under 10 pounds, it’s light weight enough to carry up and down stairs if you need to do so. Overall, it’s a great machine and a good value for the money. It’s highly recommended by both buyers and us. While it’s no Dyson, at well under $300, it rates high on several levels and is a good buy. We found the best sale at Amazon, where you can get it for 20% off.