Best vacuum cleaner brands Hoover vacuum cleaners


Hoover is a name that's synonymous vacuum cleaners, having created the first ever upright vacuum cleaner. Today its vacuums range in price from around £40 to £250, spanning the cheapest end of the market and moving in to the mid range for its most advanced models. It offers a range of upright and cylinder, bagged and bagless machines and cordless vacs. This includes models designed to be used on a variety of floor surfaces and for picking up pet hair using features such as a spinning brush bar and turbo brush. 

The Which? verdict on Hoover vacuum cleaners

Hoover may well be one of the most famous vacuum brands, but is it actually one of the best? We've analysed the results of more than 30 Hoovers we've tested over the last three years to find out. The table below reveals our exclusive summary of how Hoover vacuums have scored in our independent lab tests since 2011. It shows the range of test scores Hoovers have achieved, how reliable they are, plus the brands overall pros and cons and our expert verdict on whether a Hoover is really worth buying.

Once you've decided if Hoover is the right brand for you, go straight to our Hoover vacuum cleaner reviews for our verdict on individual models.

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How we test Hoover vacuum cleaners

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We've tested more than 30 cylinder and upright vacs from Hoover, both bagged and bagless. Its vacuums often include useful features such as adjustable floorheads, which can be raised and lowered to suit a thick-pile carpet or hard floor. Some upright models we've tested are effective at sucking up pesky pet hair. We found some of their other machines are noiser than average, or use paper bags that see a quick loss of suction as they fill up. 

We've put each and every Hoover through the same battery of tough tests as we do models from all the brands. By testing each model in the same robust way we're able to accurately compare different models and and brands to ensure we only recommend the very best as Best Buys.

We score each vacuum cleaner on the areas that matter most to you, including how well they pick up dust and pet hair, how much dust they can hold before they need emptying, how easy to use  they are and how noisy they are.

For our dust pick-up test a machine spreads very fine sand over a carpet and grinds it in. We then strap the vacuum cleaner to our custom-built test rig, which pulls and pushes the vac as it sucks up the dust. This is known as the Arizona sand test. 

This test is repeated several times; when the bag or canister is empty and also when it's filled with 100g and 400g of dust. A poor vacuum cleaner would pick up less than half the dust, a Best Buy vac can pick up twice as much.

We also check each vac's pet hair pick-up by hand-combing cat and dog hair into carpet and then testing how long a vac takes to pick it up. We also measure dust capacity - so how often you'll have to empty it - and the weight and reach from socket to nozzle. 

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