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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
– It knows what it is, and it’s good at being a vacuum
– Small, easy to carry
– Attachments need work
Where to buy
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