Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind Review

By: Kealia Reynolds

The House Method team tested the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind on carpets and hard floors and measured suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind Upright Vacuum is great for hard floors but can be hit or miss on carpet. It’s able to remove dirt, dust, and pollen from any surface and holds more dirt than other upright vacuums we tested. It also comes with a few specialized accessories that could really benefit pet owners. Keep reading our full review of the Hoover WindTunnel to determine if this is the best vacuum cleaner for you and your cleaning needs.

Overall score: 8.85/10

The value prop

Powerful suction paired with a TurboBrush attachment and other pet-specific accessories make this upright vacuum an excellent option for pet owners. Not to mention, a multi-floor brushroll allows you to achieve optimal cleaning on carpets.

Pros
  • It has multiple height settings that can lock in suction across different types of flooring.
  • It features a standard sealed allergen system, making it a great choice for allergy sufferers.
Cons
  • Assembly is difficult and requires tools not included in the box.
  • It doesn’t come with swivel steering, so it’s incredibly hard to maneuver around furniture.

Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind design

One of our favorite design features of this Hoover vacuum is the automatic cord rewind. This is the only upright vacuum we tested that had a retractable cord. Another design feature worth noting is the performance check indicator located on top of the dust bin. This lets you know when it’s time to clean the filters or empty the bin.

Other than those specific features, this vacuum looks like your standard upright. It’s a little on the heavier side when it comes to upright vacuums and doesn’t have the best maneuverability. The power cord is also on the shorter side, measuring at 25 feet (most upright vacuums have a power cord length of 30 feet). However, the cord is retractable, saving you time on wrapping the cord after a vacuuming job.

Some other important design features of the Hoover WindTunnel 2 include:

  • A multi-floor brushroll—With this feature, you can turn the brushroll on for optimal cleaning on carpets and can prevent scattering of debris on hard floors.
  • Advanced AllergenBlock Technology—Paired with a HEPA media filter and odor-absorbing elements, this technology makes this machine a great option for pet owners.

Vacuum assembly

Out of all the vacuums we tested (uprights included), this was the most frustrating upright vacuum to assemble because it required a Phillips screwdriver, which wasn’t included in the box. This is important to note because if you don’t have a Phillips screwdriver at home, you won’t be able to assemble the vacuum in one go-around.

Here’s how to assemble the vacuum:

  1. Insert the handle section into the vacuum base and use the screwdriver to fasten the handle into the base.
  2. After securing the handle, wrap the hose around the hose guide located on the handle and insert the hose into the hose tube.
  3. Next, position the tools on the vacuum. Place the crevice tool and turbo tool into the wand and place the adjustable dusting brush on top of the wand.
  4. Finally, attach the dirt cup to the vacuum. The dirt cup is secure when you hear a click.

How the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind cleans

Compared to other upright vacuums, the Hoover Rewind performed as expected. It uses advanced Multi-Cyclonic Technology and two channels of suction, lifting and removing surface debris and embedded dirt. This Hoover vacuum also comes with a multi-floor brush roll that features five manual adjustments to maximize suction for all types of flooring. This is a huge plus for people who have a combination of carpets and hard floors throughout their home.

For optimal cleaning performance on bare floors, the brushroll should be turned off. Note: the vacuum comes with the brushroll turned on. To turn the brushroll off, step on the red pedal located on the vacuum head.

What to note about the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind

There are multiple height settings to achieve the most accurate clean for your mess. For maximum cleaning performance, the following carpet height settings are recommended:

  • Hard floor setting: for use on hard floors only
  • Low through High settings: adjust depending on carpet height
  • High-pile carpet: use this setting to ease pushing effort on high-pile carpet

Another thing to note about the Hoover WindTunnel is that a new model gives off a slight rubber smell when in use.

How big is the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind?

Dimension Measurement
Height 44.5 inches
Length 13 inches
Width 13.5 inches
Cord length 25 feet
Maximum reach 16 feet
Dust canister 0.34 gallons

Accessories included with the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind

The Hoover WindTunnel comes with three main attachments: a turbo tool, a crevice tool, and a dusting brush.

Turbo tool

The turbo tool is great for furniture and stairs (it even has a brushroll powered by the airflow of the machine), but it isn’t as powerful as a motor-driven tool and can get stuck on high-pile carpet.

Crevice tool

The crevice tool allows you to clean in narrow spaces, corners, and along baseboards.

Dusting brush

The dusting brush is specifically designed for cleaning more delicate surfaces like curtains and computer keyboards.

Hoover vacuum comparison

Here’s a comparison of some of the most popular Hoover vacuum cleaners on the market.

Dust bin capacity
Weight
Power cord length
Max reach
Accessories

Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind

Dust bin capacity

0.34 gallons

Weight

16.1 pounds

Power cord length

25 feet

Max reach

41 feet

Accessories

Crevice tool, dusting brush, pet turbo tool

Hoover PowerDrive Pet Upright Vacuum

Dust bin capacity

0.4 gallons

Weight

16 pounds

Power cord length

25 feet

Max reach

38 feet

Accessories

Crevice tool, dusting brush, pet turbo tool

Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus

Dust bin capacity

N/A

Weight

16.5 pounds

Power cord length

25 feet

Max reach

N/A

Accessories

Crevice tool, dusting brush, turbo tool, extension wand

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Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 8.75/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

Overall, the Hoover WindTunnel performed well on hard floors and sucked up all of the substances in one pass with the exception of the kitty litter. When this vacuum cleaner ran over the kitty litter, it spit out the pieces everywhere, creating a bigger mess than what we originally started with.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 had mixed results when vacuuming substances on high-pile carpet. It removed the Cheerios in one pass, the kitty litter in three passes, and the pet hair in six passes. The coffee grounds required more than seven passes to be suctioned up, and even then, we had to use another vacuum to remove the remnants of the substance.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

If you have low-pile carpet, the Hoover WindTunnel may not be for you. It picked up the Cheerios and kitty litter in three passes and the pet hair in five passes. We actually had to suction the coffee grounds with another vacuum because our Hoover just was not picking up the fine particles.

Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind vs. Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 vs. Shark Rotator

Dust bin capacity
Weight
Power cord length
Max reach
Accessories

Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind

Dust bin capacity

0.34 gallons

Weight

16.1 pounds

Power cord length

25 feet

Max reach

16 feet

Accessories

Turbo tool, crevice tool, dusting brush

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

Dust bin capacity

0.42 gallons

Weight

15.6 pounds

Power cord length

31 feet

Max reach

40 feet

Accessories

Combination tool, stair tool, instant-release high-reach wand

Shark Rotator Professional Upright with Lift-Away

Dust bin capacity

0.33 gallons

Weight

15.5 pounds

Power cord length

30 feet

Max reach

N/A

Accessories

Dusting brush, 12-inch crevice tool, straight suction floor nozzle, wide upholstery tool

Maneuverability

This bagless upright vacuum is very industrial—its head is stationary and the vacuum is difficult to move around furniture and under tables. Because it doesn’t have swivel technology, it’s extremely bulky and awkward to clean in tight spaces.

Usability

Assembly is a pain, but the actual vacuum is easy to move back and forth on carpet and hard floors. It’s one of the heavier upright vacuums, so if you have trouble holding heavy objects for an extended period, we recommend going with a lighter option, like the Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor.

Noise

The Hoover WindTunnel measured 78.4 decibels, which is within the average noise range of a typical vacuum. (The average noise level of a vacuum ranges between 78 and 80 decibels.)

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Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind maintenance

Maintenance for the Hoover WindTunnel 2 is minimal. Aside from emptying the vacuum once the dust bin gets full and washing the filters every few months, the only maintenance you’ll need to keep up with is checking and replacing broken parts from time to time.

Emptying the vacuum

This upright vacuum comes with a high-capacity dirt cup. To maintain optimal performance, empty the dirt cup before it reaches the max line. Simply press the dirt cup release button to remove the canister from its holster and hold the dirt cup over a trash receptacle. With the push of a button, we were able to release the contents from the bottom of the canister and secure the dust bin back onto the vacuum. The whole process took about 19 seconds.

Filtration

The Hoover WindTunnel has HEPA-level washable filters with odor-absorbing charcoal, making it perfect for people who constantly deal with pet odors. Hoover recommends cleaning the filters every two months. To clean the filters, rinse them with water for two minutes or until the water runs clear. Squeeze out excess water and allow them to dry for 24 hours before putting them back into the vacuum.

Is the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind a good value?

Overall, the Hoover WindTunnel’s suction power is extremely low compared to other vacuums like the Shark Navigator and Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2. It struggled to pick up fine particles and pet hair and did an average job cleaning carpets. It also has poor maneuverability and can’t move easily around furniture and tight spaces.

However, there are some accessories and attachments that you may find attractive, especially if you own pets. In our eyes, the two most valuable parts of this vacuum—the HEPA filter and retractable cord—just aren’t enough to make it a top pick. For a bagless upright vacuum that gets the job done, we recommend checking out the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 or Shark Rotator. If you want an upright vacuum that focuses on pet hair removal, we recommend checking out our review of the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Upright vacuum.

Who should buy the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind?

We recommend the Hoover WindTunnel 2 if you’re looking for the following:

  • An upright vacuum for pets—With advanced AllergenBlock Technology, a HEPA media filter, and a Pet Turbo Tool, this Hoover WindTunnel is a great option for pet owners.
  • Deep cleaning power for hard floors—WindTunnel 2 Technology creates two channels of suction to lift and remove deeply dirt and debris. This vacuum is marketed as one that’s able to pick up debris on carpets and hard floors, but we had a difficult time actually making any progress on carpet.

Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind specifications

Below is a list of the most important Hoover Rewind specifications.

Specifications
Type Upright
Manufacturer Hoover
Model WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind
Length 13 inches
Width 13.5 inches
Height 44.5 inches
Weight 16.1 pounds
Floor type All floors
Dust bin capacity 0.34 gallons
Power cord length 25 feet
Cordless or corded Corded
Bagless Yes
Warranty 3-year limited

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 3.7 stars out of 5 394
Bed Bath & Beyond 3.8 stars out of 5 93
Walmart 4.2 stars out of 5 752
Best Buy 4.5 stars out of 5 1,077
Sylvane N/A N/A

Customer reviews

“With four cats and two kids you can only expect so much from a vacuum. We vacuum almost daily and so far this has been a fantastic purchase. The suction has kept up with cat hair, litter, and everything else so far. There is sufficient power and it’s relatively quiet. It’s not too heavy (average to lightweight) and easy to maneuver/operate. I would place this at the top of a middle-tier vacuum. It’s proven to be worth the price.” — Amazon review

“First, I feel this vacuum works great—picks up everything! I filled the dust up a quarter of the way first time using it. FYI, I am the type of person who vacuums every day. I thought my Shark vacuum was picking everything up—apparently it wasn’t when I had to go over where I just vacuumed. Using the Hoover, I no longer have to re-vacuum. There is only one thing that could be better—the power cord could be longer for me! Otherwise, I am happy I bought this!” — Amazon review

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Frequently asked questions

How long do Hoover vacuums last?

On average, a well-maintained Hoover vacuum can last for around five years.

How much does the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind weigh?

This upright vacuum weighs 16.1 pounds.

How long is the power cord on this vacuum?

The Hoover comes with a 25-foot power cord.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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