The Hoover WindTunnel S3670 canister vacuum cleaner includes a power brush, upholstery tool, floor brush, dusting brush, and crevice tool. It weighs 24 pounds and provides usability features such as a retractable cord, brush on and off switch, and a telescopic wand.
About This Brand
Hoover introduced its first vacuum in 1907 and has established itself as one of the most recognizable brands in America. More recently, Hoover was bought from Whirlpool by TTI Floor Care, the owners of Dirt Devil. Hoover sells a wide variety of uprights at mass-market retailers, with models ranging from as little as $50 to $300. It also makes hand and stick vacuums, canister models (about $80 to $300), deep cleaners, central vacuums, bare-floor cleaners, and an outdoor sweeper, though the company is best known for its uprights.
Bag Denotes whether the model has a disposable bag. A growing number of vacuums, particularly upright models, use a container that can be emptied, eliminating the bag. To capture fine-dirt particles, however, these models must use a filter (such as a HEPA filter) that can need routine cleaning or replacement. Replacement filters tend to be significantly more expensive than bags. While vacuums with bags may also use filters, the bag acts as a prefilter that helps to keep the fine-dirt filter cleaner, thus extending its performance until cleaning or replacement. Another caveat: Emptying the dustbin and cleaning a filter can be messy, and handling it may expose you to dust and other allergens.
Brush on/off An on/off switch for the rotating brush lets you stop the brush from rotating when using tools or cleaning bare floors. This helps eliminate scattered dirt on bare floors and reduces the risk of injury if the vacuum tips over during use. It also reduces the risk of damaging a carpet or the finish of a bare floor if the vacuum sits in place at the low-height setting.
Easy on/off A switch that's located on the handle or where your foot can activate it is more convenient than one on the body of the vacuum.
Manual-pile adjust Lets you adjust the height of the machine to a carpet's pile height to allow for easy movement and thorough cleaning. Adjustments are automatic on some models, but we prefer the manual control afforded by some models.
Weight (lbs.) Weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound.
Bought the Hoover Wind Tunnel Model S3670 in October 2009. As of August 2012 the vacuum has performed exactly as specified by Consumer Reports. I have been happy with it and used it weekly for normal household cleaning. Have had a little trouble with the retractable cord off and on not fully extending, but it always seemed to right itself after a while. This vacuum is difficult to use on stairs but comes with a small rotating brush attachment, which cleans the area adequately. Just recently the power nozzle shorted out and will have to be replaced while all of the canister components are still working just fine. Power Nozzle motor alone is $60-$100 and there does not seem to be a fully assembled power nozzle Hoover wants to sell me. The vacuum cleaner cost me [$] and looks like it is going to cost me $100-$150 or more to fix. Sure wish Consumer Reports would include longevity in their testing criteria. That would have saved me the expense I am now going to go through to replace this [*] vacuum. Doesn't seem worth it to spend over $250 on something that is going to need major repair inside of three years. The last Hoover I bought was an upright in 1988 and lasted until 2009. Now look at what you get from them.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Buffalo, NY
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Do Not Buy
In 6 months it has been back to the shop two times for the same problem. My repair person says he sees a lot of these, and this is in a rural area.<br />It's a defective design prone to shorting out.