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Post# 247051   8/21/2013 at 22:40 (1,404 days old) by henrydreyfuss (Ohio)        

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Here's the Hoover Air upright family. I think they're all really nice! Because of its size, and true 'Air' lightness, the original is still probably my favorite (it's my modern-day Dirt Devil Broom Vac!). The Air Steerable is a great solution to problems the original didn't have (a swivel head, and a one-piece hose, instead of two). The Air Pro would be the best model, but the cyclone pack is flawed, and I see Hoover seeing problems with them down the road.

Hoover was pleasantly surprised by how well-received the original model was, and rolled with it! They all share a set of modern positives:

  • They do a great job on carpets, and hard floors (love that versatility!). 
  • They have attachments on-board, capable of cleaning full-flights of stairs. 
  • They're low-profile and maneuverable. 
  • They're quiet. 
  • They all feature 30-ft. cords!
  • They're all multi-cyclonic, and have sealed filtration systems (no dust leaks on these modern machines!).
  • They have lifetime belts, and filters.

Does anyone else have experience with these Hoover Airs, or their Vax equivalents?  I think they're a lot of fun!  

This post was last edited 08/22/2013 at 04:40

Post# 247066 , Reply# 1   8/22/2013 at 01:51 (1,404 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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You can never have to many vacuums is my moto, They look awesome. Would love to try one out.

Post# 247108 , Reply# 2   8/22/2013 at 09:30 (1,404 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I am very happy with my air, got reman from Hoover day after Thanksgiving for cheap due to Fred posting about it here. Easy machine to live with for someone like me with a bad back, so light, and not a bad sound either.

Post# 247188 , Reply# 3   8/22/2013 at 16:13 (1,403 days old) by daknx1994 (Southern Indiana)        
I have the air

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Steerable and I love it! It has a lot of power for it's size and it's really compact. I think what I like the most about it is the hose. It stretches out and does not contract to the machine when it's turned on. I also like how it is one simple step to insert the inverter into the back of the vacuum to use the hose. The only thing that annoys me is that it has so much suction that on the worn out areas of carpet it likes to stick and makes it difficult to push. It will also sometimes stick to the hard floors which can be a pain. Other than that I love it.

Post# 247409 , Reply# 4   8/23/2013 at 21:33 (1,402 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Sounds just like the Vax Mach Air, the model I had - it was a chore to push on hard floors because of the force of suction and so much relief once the brush roll had been switched back on. I tried the swivel version, the Air3 as it is known in the UK under the Vax brand but didn't feel it was that well made when swivelling and it failed to lock up properly when put in the upright position a couple of times.

Post# 249770 , Reply# 5   9/11/2013 at 03:32 (1,384 days old) by henrydreyfuss (Ohio)        

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I think they're all great for the price!


I really liked the original model.. I wanted to try the evolutions!


Part of the reason I ended up with the model that you own, is because when I saw it in stores, I noticed the brushroll was more aggressive than the Air Pro.  The Air Pro is great in most applications, but on thin (particularly cheap, in my case) rugs, the Air Pro literally glues itself to the carpet.  It comes to a screeching halt, and the only way to make the carpet cleanable, is to adjust the 'floor/tool' dial, so that it cuts off enough airflow from the base, to become movable again (Hoover has been combating this complaint from consumers, by saying things like "We made that machine, with POWER in mind!").  It's a glaring issue!  I found an Air Steerable for a bargain, and decided I wanted to see if I would like it more.  


In the end, the original is still my favorite.  I like how compact the machine is. Cleaning a car out with the Air is about as easy as it gets (with a modern upright).  The mid-range model has the best brushroll for carpeting, but the hose setup is much better on the Pro, and it has more suction.  The Air Pro is higher-maintenace, thanks to a surprisingly-inferior multi-cyclonic filtration setup.  This is due to a cyclone exit chamber, that doesn't give most of the cyclones the necessary room, to spit out the dust they're trying to filter from the air-stream. 


Sebo_fan, I think the Vax equivalents look pretty nice!  I was dismayed when they first introduced the new Hoover Airs, because I thought the Air3 looked so much cooler.  America's first Air model was almost a direct copy of the Vax Air Reach, and it has been a big success here for Hoover.  Hoover was a company here which not too long ago, proudly advertised the "S.U.V. of Vacuums," with the enormous and flawed Hoover Z.  

Post# 249800 , Reply# 6   9/11/2013 at 12:03 (1,384 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Henry - I actually prefer the Hoover Windtunnel Air design to Vax's one.

Post# 372968 , Reply# 7   5/31/2017 at 08:43 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

Now all you need is the Hoover Air Lite and the Hoover Air Lift!

Post# 373060 , Reply# 8   6/1/2017 at 10:31 by funnynet1231 (Maine)        
I like my hoover air.

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Hello. I bought a NIB hoover air on ebay for just $40.00! It's got the red cyclone and the grey body, so I think I was just HSN overstock or something. Nevertheless I love it!


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