WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Vacuum

Last updated date: January 17, 2019

DWYM Score
7.2

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We looked at the top 1 Pet Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including CNET, Vacuum Cleaner Advisor, Consumer Reports, Nerd Wallet, Best Reviews Guide and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Pet Vacuum you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 73 expert reviews, the Hoover Hoover WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Vacuum placed 8th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Pet Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top pet vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
7.0
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.4
1,666 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Hoover WindTunnel 3 High Performance Bagless Upright was a top performer with fine particles in carpet and features a HEPA filter, making it an excellent option for those with asthma or allergies.
- CNET
November 21, 2013 | Full review
The brushroll can be turned on of off, depending on the type of floor you are vacuuming. Using the hose is easy, you just need to flip a switch. The height is adjustable on 7 levels. The dial itself gives you the possibility to choose the option to sweep hardwood floors, carpets, as well as high-pile rugs. The power cord is long enough to satisfy even the most grumpy customers.
- Vacuums Guide
December 6, 2016 | Full review
The cleaning reach of the vacuum is also highlighted by many as a favorable feature. This is the result of a very long power cord and a respectably long hose. The power cord allows one to move from room to room with limited re-plugging, and the hose makes overhead cleaning or vacuuming a long set of stairs possible.
- Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
February 13, 2017 | Full review
This vacuum did well at picking up pet hair, useful if you have a cat or dog.
- Consumer Reports
The vacuum excelled at pulling in even the most embedded fur from carpets, crevices and corners. They also loved the floor brush foot pedal, which controls the suction power, giving the user a seamless transition between smooth and carpeted flooring.
- Nerd Wallet
May 12, 2016 | Full review
This is one of the cheaper Hoover vacuums, and one of the cheapest good pet vacuums on the market. The Hoover Windtunnel 3 Pro Pet vacuum has a washable HEPA filter, allowing you to extend the filter’s operating life. The filter contains activated carbon for absorbing odors as air passes through it, removing pet smells as well as dander and dirt.
- Prime Reviews
The Hoover vacuum features a foolproof dial located on the side on the vacuum that lets you select whether you will be vacuuming floors or using the provided hose to clean furniture or stairs. Like many of the best vacuum cleaners the Hoover uses a built-in dustbin to collect debris, what makes this model stand out from the competition is the size of the dustbin. It is much larger than others however it is still easy to hold and manage when emptying. The filter can be reused and a quick was will make it as good as new.
- Home Cleaning Lab
What experts didn't like
It wasn't a showstopper on hard floors. It's also a heavy vacuum cleaner, so it wouldn't be the best option for people looking for a lightweight model.
- CNET
November 21, 2013 | Full review
This model is harder to use on bare floors and It is a bit bulky and can not fit under every piece of furniture.
- Vacuums Guide
December 6, 2016 | Full review
It is difficult to get the nozzle height setting right. If it is too high then the suction at the floor level is poor, however if it is too low then the machine can be hard to push on carpet and can actually suction itself to some bare surfaces.
- Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
February 13, 2017 | Full review
Requires manually emptying the bin, which is messier and sometimes presents problems for those with allergies or other respiratory issues.
- Consumer Reports
The Pro Pet had a tendency to overheat during extended periods of use. Some said they had to turn the vacuum off and let it rest for at least 30 minutes before they used it again. Machines with high-powered motors tend to get warm (just like your car), but having to take cool-down breaks lengthens the time spent on chores.
- Nerd Wallet
May 12, 2016 | Full review
This vacuum is about 24 pounds. It requires more force than that to move when the vacuum is on. This can be challenging for someone with limited upper body strength. This vacuum is not self-propelling, making its use more akin to a workout than anything else. Moving from tile to carpet is a manual button selection. The vacuum doesn’t automatically adjust as it transitions between flooring types.
- Prime Reviews
When it came to hardwood flooring and laminate flooring it struggled. The weight of the model is also quite heavy when compared to others in the Hoover range.
- Home Cleaning Lab

From The Manufacturer

We have what you need to get at the stubborn pet hair and get deep down cleaning with the Hoover WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum. It's designed with WindTunnel 3 Technology that lifts and removes deep-down, embedded dirt with 3 channels of suction. The WindTunnel 3 High Performance helps you manage vacuuming and cleaning your home with features like a reusable, easy-rinse filter, a rubberized pet tool accessory pack that remove stubborn pet hair, multi-floor brushroll on/off option allowing you to easily move from carpet to hard floors.

Overall Product Rankings

1. TruePet Canister Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
4. RoboVac 11S Slim Robotic Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
5. Animal Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Airspeed Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Elite Pet Friendly Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
8. WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 8
9. React Professional Pet Plus Upright Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Pet & Allergy Bagged Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 5
11. Powerlifter Pet Vacuum
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 4
12. Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Pet Vacuums

Traditional vacuum cleaners have always been called into service to remove pet hair, flea dust and dander, but the results haven’t always been pretty. Pet hair can quickly become tangled in the vacuum’s beater brush, and the collection bag cannot always contain all of the pet hair the vacuum cleaner picks up.

This is why several vacuum cleaner manufacturers developed models that address the specific needs of pet owners. A pet or animal vacuum cleaner looks and acts like a standard vacuum, but also includes specialized accessories, such as a turbo brush or grooming tool. A pet vacuum also has a more powerful motor to generate stronger suction. Pet hair is notoriously difficult to extract from carpeting, so most pet vacuums use more intense “wind tunnel” or cyclonic technology.

Pet vacuums come in a wide variety of designs, although canister and upright styles seem to be the most popular, followed by handheld mini-vacs. A hybrid upright canister vacuum, like the Shark TruePet, provides the additional suction power pet owners need, along with a beater brush with noticeably stiffer bristles. Although the heavier weight of the Shark TruePet may be a factor for some, it performs equally well on all common floor surfaces.

In terms of sheer suction power, a pet vacuum with cyclonic action is hard to beat. The Dyson Animal upright has the right balance of power and maneuverability that many pet owners seek. One potential drawback with cyclonic pet vacuum cleaners, however, is their bagless design. Pet hair and dander can be blown back into the room once the bagless canister is opened for disposal. Pet owners with allergy issues may want to consider a model that includes a secured bag and a HEPA filter.

Many robotic vacuums, such as the Eufy Robovac 11, can handle a moderate amount of pet hair, flea dust and dander, but they often lack the suction power of canister vacuums. Pet owners with robotic vacuum cleaners should be prepared to clean out the unit’s collection tray more often and spend time removing any hairs that collect on the agitator brushes. Clogs and tangles can lead to poor performance.

One element that separates a pet or animal vacuum from its traditional counterpart is the beater brush. Because pet hair can become hopelessly entangled on a standard beater brush, manufacturers have created special agitators with stiffer and deeper bristles. The surface of a pet vacuum beater brush is also smoother, making it easier to rinse clean between uses.

If large canister or upright vacuums are too bulky for the job, many pet owners also keep a handheld vacuum on hand for spot cleaning. Miniature models like the cordless Bissell Pet Hair Eraser can reach remote areas and crevices that tend to collect pet hair. Unlike a standard handheld vacuum cleaner, a pet mini-vac may also include a powered agitator to remove more hair from carpeting, along with an improved filtration system.

DYWM Fun Fact

The designation “pet vacuum” refers more to a vacuum cleaner’s attachments and accessories than the vacuum cleaner itself. Placed side by side, pet vacuum cleaners and traditional vacuum cleaners are virtually identical. A pet vacuum is more likely to include powered attachments or an easy-to-clean beater brush.

For pet owners with carpeted floors, a vacuuming accessory called a carpet rake can be especially helpful with removing embedded pet hair before vacuuming. A carpet rake can reach deep into carpet fibers, allowing pet owners to create easily manageable piles of hair.  Consider it a comb for your carpets!

The Pet Vacuum Buying Guide

  • When choosing an ideal indoor pet, one important consideration is the animal’s typical shedding pattern. Owners who bring a high shedding animal into the home should be prepared to vacuum almost daily. Low shedding breeds are best for homes with extensive carpeting.
  • Even if the vacuum cleaner is not designated as a “pet vacuum,” it should have a HEPA filter to trap all of the flea dirt, dander and hairs a pet can generate throughout the day.
  • Most cordless vacuum cleaners lack the suction power to be effective as pet vacuums, but they are suitable for spot cleaning “accidents” and litter spills.
  • Some consumers may want to consider investing in a pet vacuum even if they do not own pets. These models are often more powerful than standard vacuum cleaners and include accessories not often included with traditional models.
  • Bagless pet vacuum cleaners may be easier on the environment, but models with bags do a better job containing pet hair and dander. Most cyclonic vacuums are bagless by design, but many canister and upright vacuums still use disposable bags.
  • Pet owners are not limited to specialized pet vacuum cleaners but should be prepared to spend more time removing hair and other pet-related debris from standard models. Clogs lead to reduced suction power, and beater brushes mired with pet hair can burn out the belts and motor.
  • HEPA filters need to be replaced on a regular schedule in order to retain their efficiency. Pet owners with allergy issues may want to use protective gloves and a dust mask when performing this important task.