Reviewers say the Hoover WindTunnel S3765-040 canister vacuum offers good performance for its price. Users agree that its suction is strong, and it offers a variety of useful features: HEPA filtration, fingertip controls and a retracting cord. However, it is also heavier than most canister vacs, and some users find it hard to maneuver. Also, because it is a bagless vacuum, the dirt bin must be emptied by hand -- a process some users say can be messy. Finally, we saw many complaints about this vacuum's durability. A more reliable model, though more expensive, is the Electrolux Oxygen Canister EL6988E (*Est. $325) .
The Hoover WindTunnel S3765-040 is not included in vacuum tests at ConsumerReports.org, although the Hoover brand as a whole is evaluated in terms of reliability. However, the WindTunnel S3765-040 receives reviews from more than a thousand owners posting to Amazon.com, plus another 50 or so at Epinions.com. ConsumerGuide.com and VacuumCritic.com both have editorial reviews, but neither cites testing to back up their analysis.
More than 1,000 owners contribute to the high-average ratings for the Hoover WindTunnel S3765-040. The vacuum earns special praise for its suction power and value for the price. However, we did find a significant number of negative reviews that cast doubt on this vacuum's reliability.
Review: Hoover WindTunnel Canister Vacuum, Electronic Bagless, S3765-040, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Hoover WindTunnel S3765-040 receives about 50 reviews at Epinions.com, with a middling overall score of 3 stars out of 5. While users agree that the vacuum is powerful and quiet, with useful features, we also saw many complaints about its durability, handling and difficulty of cleaning.
Review: Hoover WindTunnel S3765-040 Bagless Canister Vacuum, Contributors to Amazon.com
This short editorial review doesn't seem to have involved any testing, and the write-up is several years old. Editors give the Hoover WindTunnel S3765-040 perfect scores for performance and ease of use, but they dock points for lack of features.
Review: Hoover WindTunnel Bagless Electronic Canister S3765-040, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, June 2003
Although the editors of ConsumerReports.org do not include the Hoover WindTunnel S3765-040 in their latest round of tests, the site does provide useful information about the reliability of the Hoover brand as a whole.
Review: Vacuum Cleaners, Editors of ConsumerReports.org