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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Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro Review

The Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro carpet cleaner looks to be a great machine from the outside, claiming pressurized spray, great suction and high speed brushes. This may all be true but in reality, the cleaning performance leaves a lot to be desired, as the machine gets the dirt out of the floor, then has a tendency to leak it back out, leaving your stains and spots worse than you started. This machine is a huge waste of your hard earned money, as it WILL leak everywhere. If you want to read on and see my full review, feel free to do so. If you want to save time, I highly recommend the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge (click to see my review).

Carpet Cleaning:

For the purposes of the review I’m only going to talk about getting the cleaning process of this carpet cleaner, by that I mean I will only review removing the dirt from the carpet. I say this as the overall carpet cleaning process of this Hoover is marred by the fact it has a tendency to spew the black, soapy, dirty water it picked up back onto your carpet. For more about that, see the section below named “Leak Problems” to see my true feelings about how well this machine cleans.

This deep cleaner differentiates itself from less expensive models in Hoover’s range of carpet cleaners as it has extra brushes, pressurized cleaning and a rinse feature. The Hoover MaxExtract branding is shared by this machine, the Hoover MaxExtract 60 PressurePro, and its more expensive brother, the Hoover MaxExtract 77 MultiSurface, which adds an auto-rinse feature, extra brushes and a hard floor attachment in the box.

The process of using the MaxExtract 60 starts like every other carpet cleaner I’ve had the chance to review. That is to say that you must move your furniture out of the way, vacuum very thoroughly with your standard vacuum, mix the soap and hot water in the deep cleaner’s tank and plug the machine in. This machine differs from some others a little bit in the best way to use the machine. Some carpet cleaners I’ve reviewed work best if you squeeze the trigger and go back, whereas this machine works best if you hold the trigger and go forward, allowing the soapy water to get scrubbed in before pulling back and allowing it to be sucked up. This machine has the unfortunate problem of both having weak suction for the amount of water it puts down, an uneven suction distribution at the floor head. What does that mean to you? For those with lighter carpets (like me), you’ll have streaks of clean carpet interspersed with uncleaned carpet. Those uncleaned streaks are WORSE than when you started as the water you added to the carpet has caused all the dirt to wick to the top of the fiber and darken the color of the carpet.

To sum up carpet cleaning with this machine, most of the time your carpet will turn out streaky and worse than you started.

Attachment Usage:

This machine comes with only one attachment,  a manual brush. I found this a bit odd, given that the lower end model, the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, comes with both the manual brush and a powered turbo brush.

When it comes to the actual cleaning, the machine does a very good job, and extracts the majority of the dirt out of the surface being cleaned. In addition it does a very good job at getting the fabric dry if you do a few dry passes at the end of the cleaning. Overall, attachment cleaning (minus the leaks I’ll talk about in the next section) is very good on this machine.

Leak Problems:

As you can probably guess from the title of this section, this machine has some major leak problems. It got to the point where the machine was leaking in ways I did not know where possible at the end of my review testing. Here’s a list of a few of the various leaks I encountered:

  1. Clean water leak at rear of machine
  2. Dirty water drip from bottom of machine
  3. Spewing black water from exhaust when using attachments
  4. Shooting black water out into carpet when moved too quickly
  5. Leak from dirty tank when being carried to be emptied
  6. Leak from clean water tank into bottom of machine when left alone and unplugged
  7. Dirty water not being sucked up nozzle and deposited out the front when machine is turned off

Overall:

Overall the machine does not do a good job at all when it comes to cleaning. I cannot recommend this machine at all, and would highly recommend you look at other machines.

Score: 2/10

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Hoover SteamVac Review

This review is for the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, which is Hoover’s most popular model and has been on the market for years. This design is tried and tested over a multitude of years, with many variations, but always the same base of the SpinScrub brushes and a two tank system. There are many different models in the Hoover family, but this is the one synonymous with SteamVac.

Setting Up

The Hoover is an easy machine to set up and use, first you must vacuum your carpets very thoroughly, this is quite important and you should take a while to ensure that all the dirt you can pick up is removed. If you skimp on this step your carpets can be ruined. After you finish vacuuming you should use pre-treater if you have any. For pre-treater I use Zep High Traffic Carpet Cleaner (Shown Below).

This stuff is great, inexpensive and easily found. Check for it at Home Depot or Lowes.
This stuff is great, inexpensive and easily found. Check for it at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

After pre-treating you must prepare the solution for the machine to use during the cleaning process. The process to do this is pretty simple, as you must fill the clean water tank with hot water, then use the lid, which doubles as a measuring cup to add the solution to the tank. The solution is concentrated and you don’t need much to get a great end result. After you re-insert the solution tank the setup is done, and you can move on to cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning

I have tried multiple machines that claim to work on carpet, from various Bissells, to the new Shark Sonic Duo; gut none have worked as well as the Hoover. The Sonic Duo does almost nothing outside of removing spots, and the Bissell machines always leave the carpet far too wet while not getting much dirt up. This SteamVac costs less than the other machines and does a much better job at getting the dirt out. The Hoover actually dried so well that my carpets were ready to use in just an hour and a half, the Bissell would sometimes take 6 hours to dry!

The Hoover uses SpinScrub brushes which rotate in a circle, as opposed to the Bissell which work like a vacuum cleaners to only clean the top of the carpet. The SpinScrub brushes also leave the carpet feeling much better than the Bissell or the Shark. With the Bissell the carpet always felt crunchy, whereas the Hoover makes the carpet feel nice and fluffy after it dries.

Attachments

Although the Hoover is not the most intuitive when it comes to attachments the system does a very good job. I used the attachment system to clean the floor mats of the car and the results were spectacular! The water coming out of the mats was black, and the mats dried very quickly, thanks to the SteamVac sucking all of the water out of them. When the mats dried they looked and smelled great, almost as if they were brand new. The SteamVac also was very easy to clean and dry.

Conclusion

The Hoover SteamVac is a great machine, with the some of the best performance you can get in a home carpet cleaner. The price point of under $150 just adds to the great deal of the machine, and the excellent value that it holds.

Rating 9/10

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