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on 2 September 2011
In June or July, 2011, the Hoover I bought in 1987 finally gave up. I bought one of these to replace it. In some respects it is better than the old one - as one might expect - but in some ways it is not so good.
First of all the improvements. The new Hoover sounds better, especially when it is started. It does a better job at cleaning the carpet, and it does so without lifting the carpet - I can clean kitchen mats now without having to move them on to a larger mat or a carpet. It is easier to push across a carpet while it is cleaning. It is no noisier than the old one. Its bag is concealed behind a not unattractive plastic cover. Using this new Hoover to clean is a more pleasurable experience as a consequence of all these things.
Now for the curious changes for the worse. As others have written, the electric lead is shorter - too short, in my opinion: some regular tasks cannot be performed as easily because the lead will not stretch the necessary distance.
The hose on the old machine emerged from the its base, and so one could use it without its toppling over. On the new machine the hose comes out about halfway up, which means that the Hoover topples over very easily, even when the hose is attached to the safety catch at the bottom. An additional reason for this instability is that the hose is too compressed, too elastic: one has to pull on it to stretch it to its full length. I now turn the machine on its side when I want to use the hose!
Others have written about the foot-operated pedal which changes the angle of the handle. On the 1987 model it stood well above the body of the machine, and could be operated easily even with a bare foot. The new model's pedal needs to be pressed below the level of the body before it will operate, making it difficult to operate unless one is wearing shoes. As I invariably use the machine wearing slippers, I find this regression most irritating.
The on-off switch on the 1987 model was beneath one's index finger as one moved the machine over a carpet, easy to switch on and off. The switch today is farther down the handle, so that one has to take one's hand off the handle to turn the machine on or off. This is not as serious a disadvantage as the foot pedal's intransigence, but it is as equally absurd.
The reader will wish to decide for himself whether to buy a machine with these virtues and deficiencies. I think it is good value for the price: many other vacuum cleaners are much more expensive, and I cannot see how they can be that much better. I wonder, however, why my new machine, produced almost a quarter of a century after the other, should be inferior in the ways I have stated. Perhaps it tells us something about the idea of progress and the cult of change.
My final comment refers to the hose being permanently attached to the machine. As I use the hose about once in every 30 times that I use the Hoover, I think poorly of this arrangement. On my old machine the (much better) hose stayed in a cupboard, out of harm's way. Now it comes with me, wherever I go! There are even places to keep the tools on the machine, but I do not use these. I had thought that I would be able to disconnect the hose, too; but this is not the case: the hose is an integral part of the Hoover. One is stuck with it; and, should it be damaged, the Hoover will not work!
Should I need to buy a vacuum cleaner again, I think I would look for a machine that does not have a hose attached, even if it should cost more. It is a shame that Hoover have leapt on to this particular bandwagon. It is a shame, too, that they seem to have gone for change rather than consolidation and progress.
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on 13 September 2010
I bought this in September 2010, to replace a 10 year old Pure Power Hoover that had bitten the dust. I chose it because it's relatively cheap, powerful, has HEPA filters, and I can use my old Hoover for spares if I manage to break bits off it.

It's easy to use and is no noisier than I would expect for a cleaner of this power. It cleans edge-to-edge and has a hose for cleaning the stairs, though the stair and upholstery brushes are a bit basic.

I prefer a bagged cleaner as I don't want a faceful of dust every time I empty it. Pure Power bags or clones are easily and cheaply available, and close automatically when you remove the full bag, so bag changing is very clean and simple. The HEPA filter is washable.

One highly irritating detail: Hoover have reduced the length of the cable compared to the older model. I live in an upstairs Edwardian conversion flat with stairs, but no downstairs socket. I used to be able to clean right up to the front door, maybe 10 feet from the foot of my stairs, but can no longer reach. How much do the manufacturers save by reducing the cable by a few feet, FFS?
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on 30 March 2011
Very impressed with this cleaner. This is the third hoover pure power I've had. As ever very good value, not too noisy & efficient. It actually cleans 'up to the edge' & picks up dog hair. I brought it to replace bagless cleaner, which was useless as it kicked out more dust than it picked up. Only negative is the power cable could be about a foot longer.
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on 23 November 2013
Ordered this as our last one recently broke (just one month after the warranty gave up). Still isn't another vacuum cleaner on the market that beats this one for what I want. It's cheap, gives a great clean on my carpets and is light enough. I have two of these in current use (I bought two last year, and one is still going strong). They're used every third or fourth day for a good vacuum so in fairness they do get used quite a bit.

I have noticed that my newest one is quite a bit louder (and more high pitched) as if it's revving higher. A bit like a racing tuned vacuum. It's not enough to merit a complaint, but worth noting that there can be a bit of variation between them.
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on 19 August 2011
This vacuum replaces a Hoover Pet Bagless, which lasted less than one year. This works much better-- does not spit back product, good suction, maneuvers fine. Wish it had a longer cord.
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on 21 August 2015
I brought this vacum cleaner after reading very carefully and considering everything it does. 1st hoover arrived and within 1 week the hose holder at the back had snapped. This hoover was replaced, same thing happened after about 1 month. I do not find it cleans effectively edge to edge, always leaves a small line where it does not reach. I also find this hoover very heavy to manage.
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on 27 October 2010
Set up simple and it worked straight away. Seems to pick up the muck but does get a little wam.
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on 23 January 2010
i am soooo angry i bought this and didnt send it back straight looked in the photo as if you could adjust the suction power, but its only for adjusting the hight of the brush. the cable is very short, the hose is long but when you use it to the full length the hoover keeps falling over, several times onto my head and back and i hate it!!!!
the brush keeps turning even if you use the hose for hoovering, overall the suction is worse than with my old panasonic which only had 1600w. so higher energy consumption and less cleansing.
dont buy!
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on 6 April 2015
Love my vacuum with a bag to collect the dust. No more getting a face and lungs full of dust when I try to empty the vacuum which I got with the bagless vacuums.
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on 29 September 2013
After trying alternative makes, we have returned to Hoover. This product supplied & delivered on time has restored sanity to our household.
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