Who hasn’t heard of a Hoover vacuum? Hoover enjoys the same name-brand recognition as other classic companies like Oreck yet still manages to compete with new and disruptive manufacturers like Shark and Dyson. The company’s proven track record and history of evolution and adaptation are part of what makes them one of the most preferred brands for carpet and hardwood cleaning needs.
Also similar to Bissell and Oreck, Hoover tends to retail its offerings at a middle-of-the-road price point that sets it somewhere between affordable brands like Dirt Devil and premium companies like Miele or SEBO. This choice is clearly part of an effort to appeal to the widest range of consumers with their unique focus on uprights and a mixture of bagged and bagless options. From pet lovers to hypoallergenic homeowners and anywhere in between, Hoover’s dedication to simplicity and affordability mean that their vacuums are great for many different consumers.
To help you better understand the long and storied products, we’ve broken down our top five picks for the best Hoover vacuum cleaner. Each of these products best appeals to specific cleaning scenarios, so be sure to check out our Final Thoughts to see which vacuum might best serve your home.
Hoover, much like their competitor, Bissell, is one of the oldest still-operating vacuum cleaner manufacturers. It originated with leather manufacturer, W.H. Hoover, who purchased a patent for a suction sweeper designed by Murray Spangler to aid his asthma as he cleaned his workshop. The pair teamed up and began to develop a long-lasting line of domestic vacuum cleaners. Hoover deserves special recognition in the realm of domestic vacuum cleaners for their invention of the beater bar (also known as the brush roll) and the upright vacuum cleaner design.
While several other companies have popularized the upright vacuum cleaner, knowing Hoover’s intimate history with the design clearly shows why they have stuck with this type of vacuum for so long. Hoover’s promotion of the disposable debris bag is also why you’ll see many of their products still either emulate or fully imitate this original design. While Hoover still works to create vacuums to appease any homeowner and cleaning need, their dedication to their original designs is clearly evident in the Platinum and Anniversary WindTunnel lines that remain some of their most popular.
Upright | 29 ft cord | Bagged | HEPA Filtration | 20.2 lbs | 7 ft Hose | ✓ Brush Roll (on/off)
Hoover’s celebratory vacuum cleaner, the Anniversary WindTunnel, expands on their original design and provides enough modern features to make this a powerful choice for an all-around upright vacuum cleaner. It’s big and bulky, but perfect for multi-surface and sanitary cleaning.
- Bagged design and HEPA filtration allow for excellent, sanitary cleaning
- Self-propelled lessens the strain of the vacuum’s weight
- Long hose and cord means excellent cleaning radius
- Can be heavy to move up stairs and bulky to maneuver around furniture
- Not many ways to adjust settings and features
- High clearance can make this product difficult to push under furniture
- WindTunnel technology
- Embedded DirtFinder
- Self-propelling technology
- Attachments: 2 extension wands, crevice tool, upholstery tool, dusting brush, air-powered hand tool
- Warranty: 3-year Limited
Hoover’s Anniversary bagged upright is a powerful version of the classic Hoover bagged upright. Advertising their filtration right on the side of the product itself, it’s also clear that Hoover intends to appeal to sensitive noses and pet owners specifically with this product.
It’s hard to blame them for this choice. The HEPA filtration and myriad of attachments can make picking up after anyone—human or otherwise—a generally easy experience. All of the other features you’ve come to expect from modern uprights, like an adjustable brush roll, hardwood cleaning capabilities, and handy hose, are also built into the device.
In fact, so many features come built into the Hoover Anniversary, its major issue is that it’s just not easy to move around. Coming in at over 20 pounds, the built-in self-propelling feature is needed. It’s also worth noting that multi-surface cleaning will require you to stop and manually adjust the height of the brush roller, which can similarly slow you down. Still, provided you can wield this product with relative ease, the Hoover Anniversary features the very best Hoover has to offer in a wonderful all-around vacuum cleaner.
Canister | 33 ft cord | Bagged | HEPA Filtration | 8.3 lbs | 6 ft Hose | X Brush Roll
Hoover may be known for their uprights, but this handheld professional canister vacuum makes it easy and simple to clean hardwood floors and light rugs. This isn’t the type of product to tackle shag carpeting, but considering the attachments and reach you may be able to clean just about everything else.
- Included strap makes it easy to clean while keeping the canister in tow
- Small size reduces strain and makes it easy to move about a room
- Lots of attachments help with versatility
- No brush roll means high-pile carpeting won’t be thoroughly cleaned
- Small canister will require frequent bag cleanings
- Suction power can be a little lackluster
- Built-in blower functionality
- Cloth bag compatible for sharp debris
- Attachments: Extension wand, 2 floor nozzles, crevice tool, upholstery tool, brush tool
- Warranty: 2-year Limited
Branching out from their upright roots, the Hoover PortaPower CH30000 has a lot more in common with commercial products than residential cleaners, which is why it also makes a worthy appearance on our Best Professional Vacuum Cleaners article.
The Hoover PortaPower CH30000 is a small canister vacuum that’s easily worn as a messenger bag during cleaning. The 8-foot hose gives you ample reach for both floor and above-ground cleaning, and the included attachments are incredibly effective for hardwood and simple carpeting. While this Hoover is bagged, it’s worth noting that the two included bags are reusable. The smaller size will mean emptying these bags and replacing them periodically, but provided you’re in it for the portability, the pros outweigh the cons in this category.
The only thing this Hoover vacuum can’t clean, somewhat ironically, is thick carpeting. No brush roll holds it back from being a total cleaning solution, but if you have a storefront or mostly hardwood home to clean, this can help you pick up everything you need to without putting any strain on your back.
Upright | 25 ft Cord | Bagless | HEPA Filtration | 16.1 lbs | 12 ft Hose | ✓ Brush Roll (on/off)
Hoover’s most popular bagless upright also happens to be one of the most affordable on our list. The adjustable brush roll and a retractable cord round out a host of features that will leave many customers wondering how such a great product ended up with such a reasonable price tag.
- Brush roll and attachments make it a powerful option for pet owners
- Lots of adjustability
- Affordable and cost-effective to maintain
- The belt has been reported to be fragile in some cases
- Some heating issues have been reported
- Hardwood performance is somewhat lacking
- WindTunnel 2 technology
- HEPA filtration
- Attachments: Pet turbo tool, pet upholstery tool, crevice tool
- Warranty: 2-year Limited
Hoover positions itself as a middle-of-the-road manufacturer, but this WindTunnel bagless upright offers all of what Hoover’s developed over the years with a cost that’s hard to beat. The Hoover WindTunnel 2 is a bagless upright with all of the features typically associated with the category. The included attachments are great for pet hair and debris on stairs and other hard-to-reach areas, and the long hose means little strain on the vacuum itself.
Having an adjustable brush roll is somewhat rare at this price point, but it seems to also be the cause for some problems. Belt drive issues and heating problems have both been reported as standard on this unit, but luckily, repair and replacement of problem parts are generally easy and affordable. Aside from these concerns, you’re getting a complete and adjustable upright at the price of many other handhelds. Combined with extra handy features like the retractable cord and built-in HEPA filtration, this vacuum is a top contender for any homeowner who wants the most versatile, most affordable vacuum cleaner.
Stick | 15-20 min Battery | Bagless | Washable Filtration | 7.3 lbs | X Hose | ✓ Brush Roll (on/off)
The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick is a far cry from Hoover’s bagged upright models, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With lots of maneuverability and suction in a sleek cordless design, you should have a problem cleaning the entire home or apartment quickly. Provided you have a secondary vacuum to handle above ground cleaning,
- Very effective on hardwood flooring
- A low profile makes it easier to clean under flooring
- Lightweight and easy to move around
- No attachments or hoses limit cleaning to ground-only
- Not great for thick carpeting like shag
- Can struggle on pet hair and heavier messes
- WindTunnel technology aids in powerful suction
- Low profile and high reclining handle
- Attachments: None
- Warranty: 2-year Limited
The Hoover Line Cordless Stick vacuum cleaner looks almost nothing like the other Hoover uprights on our list, but this is intentional. After companies like Dyson perfected and expanded the cordless stick vacuum cleaner, the trend seems to have incentivized Hoover to take their own swing at the ever-popular category. In this case, their product proves to be more than capable.
The Linx Cordless Stick is easy to store, charge, and use. It even comes with a clear indicator of how much battery you have left as you maneuver around furniture and other obstacles with ease. The brush roll included on the product is very limited and is not very helpful for thick carpeting, but cleaning shouldn’t be a problem provided you have lots of hardwood flooring. There are no attachments or hoses to speak on on the cordless stick, but Hoover seems to have intentionally dropped these features for a vacuum cleaner that simply works for smaller spaces.
Upright + Canister | 35 ft cord | Bagged | HEPA Filtration | 11 lbs | X Hose | ✓ Brush Roll
Hoover’s powerful and versatile bagged upright and canister combination fully embodies the classic spirit of the brand. With both of these products at your disposal, you can be confident you are getting optimal cleaning. You may struggle somewhat with hardwood flooring and the price tag, but otherwise, this is the perfect choice for fans of Hoover’s traditional vacuum types.
- Included canister vacuum means that cleaning floors and above-ground surfaces is easy
- Powerful brush roll makes quick work of carpeting
- Lightweight design and great filtration
- Some issues with build quality have been noted
- Can be expensive
- Brush roll does not turn off for hardwood cleaning
- WindTunnel technology aids in powerful suction
- Floor-to-Ceiling clean with the included portable canister
- Attachments: Brush tool, crevice tool (canister only)
- Warranty: 5-year Limited
While the simple and stark design of the Hoover Platinum Collection Upright + Canister might trigger nostalgia, the features built into the model make this appliance anything but old news.
Hoover decided to divide and conquer with this model, which includes a carpet-focused upright vacuum and a portable canister for cleaning anything off of the floor. Hardwood cleaning is a bit neglected since the brush roll cannot be turned off, but for all other surfaces, you should not have an issue. The Platinum Collection’s upright vacuum comes with one of the most powerful brush rolls on our list, so there’s little to worry about when it comes to cleaning carpeting.
HEPA filtration is also excellent, and generally, there’s not much maintenance to worry about. Some issues with build quality (specifically the handle) have been noted, but considering this product comes with a 5-year warranty, any fears of premature malfunction should be alleviated somewhat. It’s not the most affordable Hoover vacuum cleaner, but the Platinum Collection is certainly one of the most comprehensive cleaning solutions the company offers today.
While Hoover may not have a standout product or benefit from a viral marketing campaign, their quiet dedication to bagged and bagless upright vacuums has resulted in some very powerful products at reasonable prices. Not all of these models, however, will work for all consumers.
For an all-around experience that includes vacuum bags, consider the Hoover Anniversary Self-Propelled WindTunnel U6485900 for its adjustability and attachments. If you don’t want to consider bags and need someone a little more affordable, then the Hoover WindTunnel 2 may be more your speed.
Smaller homes, apartments, or anyone who dislikes cords is going to get a fair amount of use from the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick. The Hoover PortaPower remains a great option for small business, and if you want that classic Hoover feel, there’s no way you can go wrong with the Hoover Platinum Collection.
In any case, when you buy a Hoover, you’re purchasing from one of the longest-running and most popular American vacuum brands.