Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 06, 2020 at 08:23 am
Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind Picture
7.2
Bare Floor
7.2
Low-Pile Carpet
4.9
High-Pile Carpet
7.3
Pets
5.5
Stairs
6.2
Cars
Vacuum Type
Upright
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
No
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind is an okay overall upright vacuum with limited maneuverability and not many features. It has decent performance on both bare floors and low-pile carpets and it performs badly on high-pile carpet. It's bulky and it doesn't have a rotating head so it's hard to maneuver around a room and it's especially difficult to clean under furniture. It comes with a few extra tools, including a mini turbo brush, which helps clean hair on furniture. It's easy to maintain, there aren't any recurring costs as long as you're covered by the three-year warranty, and its dirt compartment is fairly big.

Our Verdict

7.2 Bare Floor

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind is decent to use on bare floors. It sucks up hair on bare floors quite easily and cleans up most small debris. Unfortunately, it's not as good with large debris and it quickly loses performance as the dirt compartment fills. Also, since it doesn't have a rotating head, the maneuverability is disappointing. Luckily, the compartment is fairly big and the vacuum itself is easy to maintain.

Pros
  • No problem cleaning hair on bare floors.
  • Fairly big dirt compartment.
Cons
  • Disappointing maneuverability.
  • Loses performance as dirt compartment fills.
7.2 Low-Pile Carpet

Decent for use on low-pile carpet. The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind picks up a good amount of small and large debris but struggles just a bit with hair. It doesn't have a power adjustment feature and it's hard to move around. On the upside, it's easy to maintain, the dirt compartment is fairly big, and the vacuum has a decent range.

Pros
  • Fairly big dirt compartment.
  • Decent performance on low-pile carpet.
Cons
  • Disappointing maneuverability.
4.9 High-Pile Carpet

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind is poor for high-pile carpet use. It doesn't suck up much debris on this surface although it still picks up a decent amount of hair. It has disappointing maneuverability but luckily it's easy to maintain and it has a decent range.

Pros
  • Fairly big dirt compartment.
Cons
  • Disappointing maneuverability.
  • Bad performance on high-pile carpet.
7.3 Pets

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind is satisfactory if you want to clean pet hair. It cleans all hair on bare floors, a decent amount on high-pile carpet, and just an okay amount on low-pile carpet. It comes with a turbo brush that helps clean hair on furniture. It's hard to maneuver but luckily, the dirt compartment is fairly big and the vacuum is easy to maintain.

Pros
  • No problem cleaning hair on bare floors.
  • Decent performance on low-pile carpet.
Cons
  • Disappointing maneuverability.
  • Bad performance on high-pile carpet.
5.5 Stairs

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind is disappointing to clean stairs with. It's an upright vacuum that's bulky and it doesn't have a rotating head so it's not ideal to clean small, tight stairwells with it. Fortunately, it has decent performance on both bare floors and low-pile carpet but it struggles on high-pile carpet.

Pros
  • No problem cleaning hair on bare floors.
  • Decent performance on low-pile carpet.
Cons
  • Disappointing maneuverability.
  • Loses performance as dirt compartment fills.
  • Bad performance on high-pile carpet.
6.2 Cars

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind isn't designed for use in the car.

  • 7.2 Bare Floor
  • 7.2 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 4.9 High-Pile Carpet
  • 7.3 Pets
  • 5.5 Stairs
  • 6.2 Cars

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Test Results

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Design
6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 has a mediocre build quality. It's entirely made of plastic, except for the metal wand. The plastic is sturdy overall, but could possibly break if dropped. The hose and the turbo brush also feel like they could break rather easily. There's a button near the handle to turn the power on/off and there's a button to turn the brushroll off by foot.

Despite having multiple parts to put together, the vacuum is easy to assemble. Since the vacuum can stay upright on its own, it's easier to switch pieces than other stick vacuums.

7.5
Design
User Maintenance

The WindTunnel 2 is easy to maintain. There aren't many parts that need maintenance but they aren't the easiest to access.

  • Dirt compartment: To remove the dirt compartment, you need to unscrew the lid on top and remove the cyclone filter. You can empty it once it's removed.
  • Filter: There are two filters that need cleaning, and the first, the cyclone filter, is removed easily from the lid on the dirt compartment. You need to wash it and let it sit for 24 hours before using it again.
  • HEPA filter: The post-motor filter, the HEPA filter, is located underneath the dirt compartment. You're able to clean debris from the HEPA filter but can't wash it with water.
  • Brushroll: You have to unscrew six screws in order to remove the brushroll, but you shouldn't have to clean it often.
  • Turbo tool brushroll: You can also remove the mini brushroll from the turbo tool but you also need to unscrew the lid with a screwdriver.

If any parts break and need to be replaced, you can buy them on Hoover's website.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
304087001
HEPA Filter Part Number
440005573

As long as the vacuum is covered by the three-year warranty, there are no recurring costs. The filters should last the lifetime of the warranty.

7.6
Design
Storing
Height
44.49 in (113.0 cm)
Width
13.78 in (35.0 cm)
Depth
12.99 in (33.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Automatic
On-Board Tool Storage
Yes
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

This vacuum has good storage capability. It takes up a good amount of space, and unlike the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum, it has a latch for automatic cord management.

7.7
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.34 gal (1.30 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The WindTunnel 2 has a good dirt compartment. It's fairly big and there's a transparent indicator line so you know when it's full, but the line can be hard to see.

Design
In The Box

  • Vacuum body
  • Dirt compartment
  • Wand
  • Crevice tool (inside the wand)
  • Turbo brush
  • Handle
  • Ceiling tool/Hard bristle brush

7.2
Design
Range
Cord Length
24.74 ft (7 m)
Hose Length
8.60 ft (2.62 m)

The WindTunnel 2 has a decent range. The cord is long enough to keep vacuuming in the same room without changing plugs, and the hose helps extend its range.

6.4
Design
Portability
Total Weight
18.66 lbs (8.47 kg)
Weight In Hand
3.04 lbs (1.38 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

This vacuum isn't very portable. It's heavy to carry around, but it has a carrying handle to make transporting it a bit better.

0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
N/A
Maximum Battery Life
N/A
Recharge Time
N/A
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
No
Removable Batteries
No

This vacuum doesn't have a battery.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
No
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
Manual

There aren't many extra features on the WindTunnel 2. There are five settings that adjust the height of the vacuum head for different types of surfaces. You can turn the brushroll on/off with a button on the head which you can press with your foot. The power button for the vacuum is below the handle.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
Yes
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
Yes
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
Yes
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
Yes
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The WindTunnel 2 comes with a few tools and brushes. The hard bristle brush can rotate front to back to help clean ceilings and fans. The crevice tool is inside the wand in the photo above and can be pulled out.

Design
Alternative Configuration

There are no alternative configurations for the WindTunnel 2.

Performance
7.4
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
75 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
67 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
51 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
99 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
94 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
83 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used 1 HARD FLOOR (BRUSHROLL "OFF")

The WindTunnel 2 has okay performance on bare floors. It doesn't have any trouble cleaning pet hair or even small debris like rice, although it doesn't perform as well as the dirt compartment becomes more full. It's only decent with large debris like Cheerios as you need to pass the vacuum a few times before it sucks it up.

It's recommended to leave the brushroll off when cleaning on bare floors as it performs worse with the brushroll on.

7.4
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
66 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
70 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
71 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
74 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
77 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
78 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
79 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used 2 LOW CARPET ( BRUSHROLL "ON")

Decent performance on low-pile carpet. It struggles a lot more with pet hair than on bare floors, and it does a decent job with both small and large debris. Small debris like sand gets stuck in the hose because the design of the hose has grooves in it.

3.7
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
74 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
4 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
4 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
4 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
18 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
17 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
17 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used 5 HIGH CARPET (BRUSHROLL "ON")

The WindTunnel 2 has bad performance on high-pile carpet. Using the setting '5 High Carpet', which is the highest the head can be adjusted from the floor, it really struggles with large and small debris, but still picks up a decent amount of pet hair. You can obtain a better result with the '3 Low Carpet' setting since the head is closer to the floor.

5.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Bad
Under Low Table
Bad
On Furniture
Good
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Ok

The WindTunnel 2 has disappointing maneuverability. It's heavy and the head can't rotate from side to side. It's able to go under couches and tables but has trouble reaching far underneath them. In order to clean furniture, you can detach the house and use either the crevice tool or turbo brush. The vacuum gets stuck on rugs, but it goes over the electric cord rather easily. It feels like the vacuum is designed for big open spaces and not a house with a lot of furniture.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

The WindTunnel 2 doesn't have any automation features.

Compared to other vacuums

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind doesn't offer good performance for an upright vacuum and it's hard to move around. However, it's easier to maintain than some other upright vacuums. 

Shark Navigator Lift-Away
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Amazon.com

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is much better than the Hoover WindTunnel 2 House Rewind. The Shark has better performance on any type of floor surface, it has a power adjustment setting, and it comes with a soft bristle brush. It can also be used in a handheld mode. However, the Hoover has a better range, the dirt compartment is a bit bigger, and it comes with a turbo brush. 

Dyson Ball Animal 2
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Amazon.com

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is better than the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind for any type of use. It performs much better on bare floors and it has outstanding performance on carpet. Despite also being an upright vacuum, the Dyson is easier to maneuver because of its rotating head. However, the Hoover is easier to maintain and it has a slightly bigger dirt compartment. 

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus
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Amazon.com

The BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus is a better upright vacuum for carpet than the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind. The BISSELL feels slightly better built, and it comes with an upholstery tool as well as a soft bristle brush. You can also use it in a semi-handheld configuration, which is nice if you want to reach into crevices. While the Hoover is better on bare floors, the BISSELL can pick up more debris and pet hair, especially on high pile carpet. However, the Hoover has easier maintenance needs with less recurring costs.

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright is better to use on carpets while the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind is better for bare floors. The Shark cleans most hair and large debris on both high-pile and low-pile carpet, it has better maneuverability, and it's not as heavy. The Hoover has a better range and it's easier to maintain.

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Shark APEX Upright Vacuum is better upright vacuum overall than the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind. It has much better performance on bare floors and carpets and it has better maneuverability too. The Shark also has a bigger dirt compartment, but the Hoover is easier to maintain and it has a longer range. 

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