Reviewers say the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus is an adequate performer on carpets and bare floors, but if you don't need a heavy-duty vacuum, it's a great value. It gets high marks for picking up pet hair, but the small dirt canister sometimes clogs, and it's messy to empty. With a bagless design and lifetime filters, owners expect few ongoing costs but find that they must replace belts frequently.
Excellent for stubborn pet hair. The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus works great on carpets, owners say. The brushroll can't be turned off, however, which causes debris to scatter on bare floors. Still, one professional testing organization gives it an excellent rating for bare floor performance and very good scores for carpet cleaning and pet-hair pickup. It receives excellent scores for emissions and airflow, but a lower rating for noise. Users appreciate its wide 13.5-inch cleaning path and quiet operation. Editors at Good Housekeeping also say it's a solidly constructed, excellent pet-hair remover that won't tip over during use.
Great features that don't always work well. The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus offers a retractable cord, a feature that's praised by editors at Good Housekeeping, but receives many durability complaints from owners. The five-position manual pile-height adjustment allows more control than auto-adjusting vacuums; however, editors at Good Housekeeping and another leading consumer magazine say it's difficult to adjust. There's no suction control, which makes cleaning curtains and throw rugs more challenging. A HEPA filtration system removes dust and allergens from the air. The WindTunnel is loaded with convenient, easy-to-use attachments, including a crevice-tool, powered hand tool, 12-inch extension wand and upholstery/dusting brush.
So-so usability. At 16.5 pounds, the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus falls into the mid-range in terms of weight. There are no bags to purchase, but editors at Good Housekeeping and other professional consumer testing organizations say emptying the dirt canister is a cumbersome, messy task. Owners concur, with some users posting feedback to sites like Amazon.com and Walmart.com noting that the dirt cup is small and fur tends to become stuck towards the bottom. The 27-foot power cord is shorter than competing models, and this model lacks the "deep recline handle" offered on some Hoover uprights. Accessories are conveniently stored on-board for easy access.
Buy belts, not bags or filters. With washable filters and a bagless design, there are no ongoing maintenance costs with the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus. However, owners report belts that slip and break frequently, and are difficult to change. One owner posting a review to Walmart.com says the belt slips off every time she switches surfaces or vacuums over a larger piece of debris. "I spend more time putting the belt back on than vacuuming," she says. Users say they experience problems within six months to a year of use and, while the Hoover is backed by a two-year warranty, getting repairs can be a pain.
ConsumerReports.org evaluates more than 80 upright vacuums, including the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus, rating each for performance on carpets, bare floors and pet hair, as well as noise, airflow, emissions and maneuverability. Several models are recommended, and a few are noted as best buys.
Review: Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
2. Good Housekeeping
Staffers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute award the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus a rating of B-plus in their tests of upright and canister vacuums. Editors say it picks up dirt and pet hair well, and is very stable, but the lack of a brushroll switch is a problem, and the height adjustment can be difficult to use.
Review: Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum UH70120, Editors of Good Housekeeping, September 2013
More than 2,900 users review the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus at Amazon.com, giving it an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Reviews are mixed, with complaints of frequently detaching belts and loss of suction among positive reviews praising this vacuum's performance at a low price.
Review: Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Upright Vacuum, Bagless, UH70120, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
About 1,380 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Owners say the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus is easy to use, with a wide cleaning path coupled with easy maneuverability. Some complain that the hose is too short, and several users say the retractable cord malfunctions.
Review: Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum, UH70120, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2013
In nearly 280 reviews, the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless UH70120 earns an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of a possible 5. Users praise its good suction and retracting cord, and most find it easy to empty. However, we saw several complaints about slipping and breaking belts.
Review: Hoover - T Series WindTunnel Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner Clean Easy Cyclonic Upright Vacuum, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of December 2013