Hoover WindTunnel T Series

Last updated date: January 29, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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Overall Take

The Hoover WindTunnel T Series is great at picking up everyday dust and dirt. It also vacuums pet hair that other cleaners leave behind, making it a good choice for those with four-legged friends at home. This model also offers great suction power and a washable filter. In our analysis of 89 expert reviews, the Hoover Hoover WindTunnel T Series placed 2nd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Upright Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top upright vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
13,311 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Hoover's WindTunnel 3 tech creates 3 suction channels to lift and remove pet hair and dirt. The bagless model and washable filter mean you won’t have to purchase replacements or find yourself without a bag and unable to vacuum before company arrives. It comes with a unique Pet Turbo tool to remove upholstery stains, and a HEPA filter to keep pet dirt out of the air.
- The Spruce
Reviewers liked the overall suction power of the vacuum, as well as the included tools. Pet owners were overall very pleased with performance and were astonished by the amount of pet hair picked up by this model that their previous vacuums missed. Everyday cleaning of dirt and dust was also satisfactory, and reviewers found no problems switching from carpets to bare floors, nor did they notice any decrease in performance based on flooring type.
- Floor Critics
The sweeper is very light and easy to maneuver around corners. It is versatile – cleaning on many surfaces. Cleans your house very well because of its good suction. Does not take up much space.
- Vaccumpal
Great for pet owners, bags are easy to change, excellent performance on carpet and hard floors.
- Business Insider
Features multi-cyclonic core technology that ensures that the unit never loses suction and offers remarkable suction power.
- BestReviews
Highs: Excelled at removing embedded dirt from carpets. - Performed well when cleaning bare floors, ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and hardwood floors. - Did well at picking up pet hair, useful if you have a cat or dog. - Excelled at capturing all the dust it picks up, important if you have allergies or other respiratory issues. - Strong tool airflow, which matters if you will be using the vacuum's accessories for cleaning. - Has a manual carpet-height adjustment, which is better than automatic systems at matching the brush to the surface. - Has a retractable cord, which lets you rewind via a slight tug or a pushbutton.
- Consumer Reports
Good performance on picking up embedded dirt. Excellent performance on pet hair. Did not tip in any direction. Automatic cord rewind made for easy storage
- Good Housekeeping
August 12, 2011 | Full review
This Hoover upright vacuum has a sturdy handle for carrying the vacuum as needed. It also contains an easy-to-read cleaning mode knob, which allows users to change the mode of the vacuum depending on the style of cleaning they’re trying to complete.
- Modern Castle
August 7, 2018 | Full review
I really like Hoover's dirt cups. Most of the models have been very generous at this point. This one has a capacity of .65 gallons (approx. 2.5 liters), big enough to receive dust and debris from 400 sqm (depending on the cleanness level). It can be removed fairly easy from the appliance by pressing the release bottom located conveniently at the top of the vacuum, and the dirt may be eliminated from the bottom of the cup by pressing the release lever positioned on the cup.
- Vacuums Guide
August 11, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
There were a few drawbacks pointed out by reviewers. Even though the unit is equipped with a bumper guard to protect furniture, the bulkier canister made it hard to get into tighter spaces and could ding furniture if care isn’t taken. The model is also not equipped with a light, making it difficult to see when vacuuming in darker spaces, such as closets.
- Floor Critics
The controls are in awkward places. It tends to fall over, so it must be used with extra support.
- Vaccumpal
Noisy, no brush attachment, not self-propelled.
- Business Insider
The lack of a shutoff switch for the brush roll means it's not the best for use on hardwood floors.
- BestReviews
Lows: You must bend to adjust the pile height. - Requires manually emptying the bin, which is messier and sometimes presents problems for those with allergies or other respiratory issues. - Lacks suction control, which helps protect drapes when using tools. - Lacks a brush on/off switch, which safeguards bare floors and prevents scattered dust and debris.
- Consumer Reports
No on/off brush control. Adjusting for different carpet heights proved difficult for many
- Good Housekeeping
August 12, 2011 | Full review
With regard to turning radius, the vacuum is able to swivel from side to side fairly well. That said, it does require a bit of force from the user. The heavier weight of the Windtunnel makes maneuvering turns a bit tougher than some other uprights we have tested.
- Modern Castle
August 7, 2018 | Full review
I wish the retractable cord was a little bit higher. I just have to keep on going under the vacuum cleaner to get it.
- Vacuums Guide
August 11, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Hoover T1-WindTunnel Rewind Bagless Vacuum. Bagless duel stage cyclonic filter & cup, cord rewind, powered hand tool, no filters to replace.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Shark Navigator Lift-Away
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 11
2. Hoover WindTunnel T Series
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Oreck XL Commercial Upright
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 10
4. Bissell Cleanview
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Sebo Felix
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Dirt Devil Razor
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 5
7. Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Dyson Ball Animal 2
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Hoover React
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Eureka Brushroll Clean with SuctionSeal
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 7
11. Oreck Magnesium RS
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Upright Vacuums

Whether you have wall-to-wall carpet, original hardwood or a combination of flooring throughout your home, having a vacuum cleaner is a necessity. Upright vacuum cleaners have become much more commonplace than canister vacs in American homes, and with good reason.

Unlike canister vacuums, uprights have the motor and the suction head on the same unit. You push the vacuum in front of you rather than dragging a canister behind while maneuvering a long hose.

While the basic look of upright vacuums hasn’t changed much over time, today’s vacuum cleaners are sleek, modern and come in an array of designs and colors.

Upright vacuums are typically more affordable than canister vacs. They clean thick rugs and carpets efficiently, thanks to their motorized brushes. They also transition between different types of flooring easily; you can usually control the movements from room to room with your foot on the pedal.

You can avoid a backache that sometimes occurs when using a canister vacuum or a broom and dustpan, as an upright vacuum does not require much bending or stooping. The wide cleaning brushes of upright vacuums typically clean floors faster than canister vacuum as well.

In addition, many upright vacuums are lightweight, especially when compared to canister vacuums. If you plan to use a single vacuum throughout your home, an upright cleaner can save time and strain. This is especially true if you have multiple levels in your home.

Most upright vacuums include attachments. These additional tools connect easily to the vacuum hose, which pops on and off of the unit. The attachments provide many of the benefits of a canister vacuum, such as the ability to clean high or hard to reach places. You can use attachments to clean ceiling fans, walls, blinds, upholstery and baseboards.  You can also obtain special attachments that allow you to clean behind or beneath appliances, such as refrigerators or dryers.

Upright vacuums can be easy to clean and maintain. Rinsing filters and emptying canisters or bags takes minimal time and effort. Although it might be tedious at times, removing hair or other obstructions from the roller brush is not terribly difficult.

Storage is simple. You can tuck an upright vacuum cleaner into a closet or corner in virtually any room in your home.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first mechanical carpet sweeper was invented by Daniel Hess in 1860. The innovation had rotating brushes, not unlike those in today’s upright vacuum cleaners. Prior to this invention, housewives, servants and even children had to hang rugs outside and beat the dust and dirt out of them. This was typically a weekly chore. By the turn of the 20th century, an English engineer named H. Cecil Booth created an engine-driven carpet cleaner. The machine was pulled on a cart throughout the streets of London, and the operator would drag a 100-foot hose into buildings to vacuum the floors. In 1907, an Ohio janitor named Murray Spangler made his own, smaller version of Booth’s machine. William H. Hoover purchased the rights to Spangler’s vacuum and the Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Company was born. Hoover vacuum cleaners have been sold around the world ever since. In fact, many people in England refer to vacuuming as “hoovering.”

The Upright Vacuum Buying Guide

  • A primary factor to consider when shopping for an upright vacuum cleaner is the type of flooring on which you intend to use it. Some vacuums work best on deep carpet, like the Oreck XL Commercial Upright; others are designed for thin rugs and bare flooring. Several models are made to clean an array of floor types. In addition, if you cannot turn off the roller brush of a vacuum cleaner, it might not be suitable for hardwood flooring.
  • If you opt for a vacuum cleaner that is capable of cleaning multiple types of flooring, look into what you must do to adjust the pile type or floor setting. For some upright vacuums, you must bend down to use an inconvenient or hard-to-reach dial make these adjustments. For others, the switch is on the handle or even automatic.
  • Considering the overall ease of use of a vacuum is also important. Is the vacuum corded or cordless? Where is the on and off switch? How much does the vacuum cleaner weigh? How wide is the brush? How easy is the vacuum to maneuver around or under furnishings?
  • Some brands and models of upright vacuums have features that help to remove allergens from the home, such as multiple filters and airtight canisters. If you or a loved one suffer from asthma, severe allergies or other respiratory issues, this type of vacuum might be the best choice.
  • Think about what you might want to clean with the vacuum aside from floors. Look for a vacuum cleaner that includes or has the option to add attachments for the areas that you require most.
  • Pet hair can be problematic for some upright vacuums. Other models, like the Hoover WindTunnel T Series, are designed to clean up fur, fuzz and other animal-related messes with ease. If you have a cat, dog or another four-footed family member, a vacuum cleaner designed for pet owners could save you time and money in the long run.
  • Upright vacuums can be difficult to maneuver around severe corners or winding flights of stairs. Considering the weight and maneuverability of a vacuum cleaner as well as your home’s design can be helpful when determining which vac is best for you.
  • Consider whether you want to replace bags and/or filters regularly. A bagged vacuum might contain more dust and allergens but will also require more attention and additional costs. Bagless vacuums with washable filters tend to be more convenient and lower maintenance.
  • Of course, your budget is a primary deciding factor as well. Purchasing the best vacuum you can while staying within your means is a good rule of thumb. The Shark Navigator Lift-away, for instance, typically costs in the $150 range, while the Bissell Cleanview is priced under $100. While Dyson is a popular household name for vacuums, their products are so much more expensive than the competition — even though the competition offers products, accessories and services that are just as good as Dyson.