Hoover Air Steerable Review

The Hoover Air Steerable is designed for consumers looking for a portable, space
efficient vacuum that is easy to carry and to keep as a secondary vacuum for
larger homes. It’s a very unique machine, and it is very light and the form
factor makes it perfect for carrying, but the attachment system definitely
leaves much to be desired, and may be a problem for those looking to own this
machine as their primary vacuum.

TL;DR

This vacuum is a vacuum and that’s it. The attachments are not the best, but for
small spaces and as a secondary vacuum, this is a solid choice. Expect clean
floors, dusty crevices.

8/10

Floor Cleaning

The Hoover Air Steerable is an awesome performer with the addition of several
different floor care technologies. The first of these is the Hoover Windtunnel 3
system, which is made of th
ree separate suction channels, located in the vacuums
floor head. The front channel is designed to pick up large debris, mostly like
cereal, before it comes to the brushroll, where it is either kicked out through
the back or ground up for suction. The brushroll lies surrounded by the middle
channel, which acts as the main chamber for suction. This middle channel is
typically the only one present in most other vacuum models. The last channel,
the rear one, prevents any dirt from escaping through the rear towards your
feet while vacuuming. This is especially useful on hard flooring when using the
brushroll, which is activated by an ON/OFF switch. For larger dirt there is very
little kickback, where most vacuums would shoot the dirt backwards with great speed
and force, resulting in a bad time for the cleaner.

3 Channels of Suction

3 Channels of Suction

The next of the technologies Hoover packed this vacuum with is the addition of 8
separate cyclones in an interesting 1 + 7 arrangement. With most vacuums, when
they advertise a “multi-cyclonic” system or low suction loss, which most
commonly means that they rely heavily on a 1 + 1 cyclonic system (yay! math!).
In a 1 + 1 system, the bin acts as a lower speed cyclone to filter out the
larger dirt particles from the air before a smaller cyclone in the center
removes smaller dust. Flow then goes through another series of filters that
clean the remaining particles. This system suffers from the inefficiency of
lower airflow speeds and much less force to clear the air stream. The Air
Steerable uses the alternate system, where the bin acts as a large cyclone with
seven inner cylones that, while smaller, are faster and stronger that the middle
cyclone from the common system. What this all means is that the vacuum will last
longer with a high suction and efficiency than other vacuums before the filter
requires cleaning.

The last of the features is swivel steering with a smaller cleaner head for high
maneuverability in smaller spaces. In testing, the swivel steering system on
this vacuum was definitely better than most Shark models, but they are both
still not as wonderful as the Ball system on Dyson models.

Attachment Cleaning

The attachment system on the vacuum is definitely not the best, but it’s also
not the worst. Using it is just as uninspiring as the included attachments
themselves. The vacuum’s handle serves as a wand, and an interesting dusting
branch and crevice tool combo. The wand doesn’t feel too flimsy or cheap, but
the end is a little small. Unfortunately, this means that you have to wipe over
the same area a couple of times repeatedly as it won’t pick up everything at the
beginning. The combo tool was the most dissapointing, though, as the dusting
mode is very small and the brush is too stiff, makind dusting much harder than
it needs to be. Alternatively, the crevice mode is way too big, and it doesn’t
actually fit in spots that the tool was intended for.

While the tools may not be the most glamorous offerings, the vacuum is also far
from graceful when switching between floor cleaning and hose cleaning modes.
Most other vacuums you just pull the wand and go, although sometimes there may
be a pesky lock button, but this is as complicated as it gets. However, on the
Hoover, disengaging the wand requires a complicated series of steps that may or
may not involve a sacrificial goat offering under a blood red moon. First you
open a lock by button, then remove the wand, undo and release the hose, pull the
connector out from it’s dock, get to floor level and open a tiny door, then
slide the connector until it clicks into place. Yes, it’s not the hardest thing
in the world, but I feel like it is my duty to inform you that yes, this will
get very annoying if you rely heavily on attachments.

Conclusion

The Hoover Air Steerable knows its job and does it well, providing a solid
vacuuming experience overall. The attachments, however, leave a lot of room for
improvement, but they do not make the rest of the experience any less than it
is. The purpose of this vacuum is to provide a compact solution as a secondary
vacuum for a larger home, and for smaller spaces. It will be awesome at floors
and thats it; it’s a vacuum. It also has a HEPA filter that prevents any
collected particles from flying back out into the air, and in testing it’s
worked well. The only downside is the attachments system, but that’s not
important if all you want is a vacuum and just a vacuum.

Score

8/10
– It knows what it is, and it’s good at being a vacuum
– Small, easy to carry
– Attachments need work

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Eureka Airspeed One Review

We’re going to be reviewing the Eureka Airspeed One vacuum. To be honest, I
originally expected a lot more out of this vacuum than I ended up getting.
At its core, the Eureka Airspeed One is meant to be both low cost and high
performing, meaning to provide the best of both worlds. And it definitely
delivers on some of these promises for an average home. In the Eureka
Airspeed line of vacuums, it definitely features the low prices and high
airflow that they boast so proudly, which they use as leverage in their claim
to be far superior than any of Dyson’s offerings. Unfortunately, in reading the
fine print as you, our dear reader has entrutsted me to do, the comparison tests
are from a test against a very old Dyson model, noted by now as having been a
poor performer, not representative of the Dyson brand and its current offerings.
Of course, all the while I regret to inform you that, above all, this model of
Eureka has many flaws that prevent it from being the perfect choice in most
cases under which we are reviewing its performance.

TL;DR

Despite big talk and a design that maximizes airflow, the Eureka Airspeed One
leaves much to be desired, performing terribly on hard flooring, with a terrible
attachment system and filtration system to boot.

4/10

Floor Cleaning

Marketing of the Airspeed one touts it as more of a carpet power player, and
thus it comes with some features that help it with carpet care. To begin with,
the Airspeed has a couple of extra large tubes that lead from the dirt cup down
to the motor and floor head. The purpose of these tubes is to increase airflow
in comparison with the more common ribbed hoses found on other offerings from
Shark and Bissell. Additionally, the design of the attachment system prevents
any disturbance to the airstream as it flows throughout the vacuum cleaner, and
it contains a large brush width to enhance the cleaning experience.

The box and display at the store definitely had me sold, as all of these
features sound wonderful, but in actually using the vacuum it failed to deliver
what it advertised. To begin with, the Airspeed One’s lack of a self adjusting
cleaner head is an issue when moving between different floorings, such as from
carpet to hardwood flooring. This also causes an issue when attempting to pick
up debris of varying size.

To add to this, the Airspeed One comes with a, seemingly, cheaply made 10 amp
motor, instead of the more common 12 amp motor. Unfortunately, this decision has
led to poor performance and a LARGE amount of heat, which most likely means
that mileage may vary.

In this model Eureka decided to prioritize airflow, which should mean that when
put to the test against a smaller particle, it should definitely perform well.
We tested the vacuum against flour, and it did exactly the opposite; the vacuum
left a visible, large amount of flower.

Because of the absence of a clutch or separate brush motor, the Airspeed One
performs terribly on a hard floor. This means that you are forced to vacuum with
the brush going because it is not possible to turn off the brushroll, and thus,
this means that your hard floor WILL get scratched. This also leads to dirt
being kicked out of the rear end of the vacuum and thrown at your feet, at
least, it did in my own testing.

For hardwood floors, this vacuum will not suffice, and I instead recommend you
take a look at the Hoover Air Steerable
or the Shark Rotator Lift-Away Pro.

Attachment Cleaning

The build quality of the Airspeed One really shows itself when used for
attachment cleaning. It definitely feels very, very fragile and flimsy. The
plastic feels cheap, and I was afraid of breaking it every time that I used it.
The hose is easily cracked and dented, the wand is so thin that I would warn
against pulling it off to quickly unless you are ready to replace it, and the
attachments all are poorly designed. Although the brush does have some
interesting features, I simply cannot recommend the attachment cleaning with
this vacuum.

Conclusion

Lastly, but certainly not the least, this vacuum’s biggest flaw is the terrible
filtration system. Most other vacuums have anywhere between two and five
different filters, made of materials that are stronger than the Airspeed One’s
offering of a single filer made of flimsy foam. To make things worse, the
position of the filter is right before the motor, which serves to blow the
motor’s harmful carbon emmisions directly into the air that you breathe as you
clean. The exhause are after a single use was covered in a fine layer of dirt
and dust after testing, acting as a perfect display of the filter doing
its job very poorly. Finally, just to add insult to injury, the craftsmanship of
the foam filter requires you to replace it every couple of months, on top of
cleaning the device after every 3 or 4 uses.

Score

4/10
– Feels cheap and flimsy
– Terrible performance on hard floors
– The filtration system is poorly designed

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