Overall, owners and reviewers like that the bagless Hoover EmPower U5262-910 requires no assembly, and they say it has good features for its budget price, such as a fold-down handle for easy storage, five height settings and allergen filtration. This vacuum cleaner cleans carpets and hard floors well in tests, but there are some negative comments about noise, hard-to-attach tools and the need for regular maintenance. Among budget vacuums, we found better reviews for the Hoover Tempo Widepath (*est. $60).
We found the best review of the bagless Hoover EmPower U5262-910 at Consumer Reports, which includes this bagless vacuum in its most recent roundup, and at About.com, whose housekeeping guide tries out the Hoover EmPower and reports her experiences. The Hoover EmPower has also garnered a fair amount of feedback from owners at Amazon.com and Epinions.
Consumer Reports includes the Hoover EmPower U5262-910 in its latest test, evaluating vacuums for cleaning ability, noise, emissions and ease of use.
Review: Vacuums: Top Picks for Pet Hair, Editors of Consumer Reports, Mar. 2007
After taking the Hoover EmPower for a spin, About.com housekeeping guide Sarah Aguirre recommends this vacuum for homes with lots of carpeting, and she especially praises the powered hand tool. However, she notes that this bagless vacuum needs regular maintenance, and that its "hush" mode doesn't much cut down on noise. The Hoover EmPower isn't compared to any other vacuum cleaners.
Review: Review of the Hoover EmPower, Sarah Aguirre
About two dozen owners comment on the Hoover EmPower. Most of them are satisfied with this vacuum's cleaning power, with small quibbles about noise and difficult-to-clean filters.
Review: Hoover U5262-910 EmPower Bagless Upright Vacuum, Contributors to Amazon.com
As at Amazon.com, about two dozen owners post comments on various versions of the Hoover EmPower vacuums. Most are satisfied with the EmPower's cleaning performance, but there are some complaints about maintenance and construction.
Review: Hoover EmPower Bagless Upright Vacuum, Contributors to Epinions