Overall, the bagless Hoover U8361-900 WindTunnel 2 fares poorly among owners and reviewers compared to its bagged sibling, the WindTunnel U8311-900. This vacuum performs well on carpeting and hard floors, but users say emptying its bin is a messy affair. Other reviews say the Hoover vacuum is noisy, and at 22 pounds it's difficult to push. If you want a bagless vacuum, Dyson vacuums get better reviews.
We found the most thorough reviews of the Hoover U8361-900 WindTunnel 2 at Consumer Reports, which includes this Hoover in it latest roundup of 65 vacuums. We also found reviews at Good Housekeeping, which compares the Hoover WindTunnel 2 against other vacuums in a slightly older roundup. This bagless vacuum is also discussed in a useful video review at Neo Fight and attracts some comments from owners at Amazon.com.
Consumer Reports includes the bagless Hoover WindTunnel 2 in its tests for performance, noise, emissions and the ability to pick up pet hair. This is easily the best vacuum cleaner review we found.
Review: Vacuums: Top Picks for Pet Hair, Editors of Consumer Reports, Mar. 2007
2. The Wall Street Journal
Muñoz tests three bagless upright vacuum cleaners: Shark Infinity, Hoover WindTunnel 2 and Dyson Absolute DC17. Unfortunately, she doesn't say much about performance, beyond her opinion that all three vacuums "did a good job of sucking up spilled food and dirt."
Review: Vacuum Cleaners, Sara Schaefer Muñoz, Nov. 2006
In this informative video review of the bagless Hoover Windtunnel 2, Ben Freedman praises this vacuum's Star Trek-style design, while the more nuts-and-bolts Tiffany Young calls the self-cleaning a "gimmick" because you still have to empty the dust bin by hand. They both agree that this vacuum is heavy and loud (as you can hear for yourself when they turn it on).
Review: Hoover WindTunnel2 Vacuum Cleaner, Ben Freedman and Tiffany Young, Nov. 2006