The Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless UH70120 is a relatively lightweight upright vacuum (16.5 pounds) that gets good reviews from professionals and users alike. Professionals say its washable main filter and exhaust HEPA filter do a great job controlling dust, and it's also very good at picking up pet hair and dirt from carpet. On hard floors, it doesn't work quite as well because the brushroll can't be turned off, so dirt may simply scatter across the floor.
In reviews, owners say they love this vacuum's powerful suction and its features, especially the 27-foot retracting cord. However, we did read some complaints about durability -- namely, a tendency to clog and lose suction and brush-head belts that slip off or break. The bagless Dyson DC25 Multi-Floor (*Est. $400) gets better reviews overall, but it is much more expensive. If you prefer a bagging model, consider the highly ratedHoover Tempo Widepath U5140-900 (*Est. $80), which weighs about the same.
The Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless UH70120 has been reviewed by ConsumerReports.org, which tests vacuums for their performance on both hard floors and carpet, as well as emissions, noise and maneuverability. This vacuum is also included in tests of upright and canister vacuums in Good Housekeeping magazine. We found more than 1,000 reviews for the Hoover WindTunnel at Amazon.com, about 540 at Walmart.com and fewer at BestBuy.com.
ConsumerReports.org evaluates more than 80 upright vacuums, including the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless UH70120, by testing them on carpet and bare floor. It rates each one for cleaning ability, noise, emissions and ease of use, as well as its ability to pick up pet hair from carpeting.
Review: Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Good Housekeeping
Staffers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute award the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless UH70120 a rating of "B+" 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 2010
More than 1,000 users review the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless UH70120 at Amazon.com, giving it an overall rating of 3.7 stars out of 5. Users love this model's relatively light weight and strong suction, as well as the retracting cord. However, some say it does not work well on hard floors and find emptying the dust canister messy. We also saw some durability complaints.
Review: Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Upright Vacuum, Bagless, UH70120, Contributors to Amazon.com
In roughly 85 reviews, the Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless UH70120 earns an overall rating of 4.1 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, UH70120, Contributors to Walmart.com
In about 145 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 - WindTunnel HEPA Bagless Upright Vacuum - Sage Green Metallic, Contributors to BestBuy.com