Take a look at this Hoover Cordless Air Series 3.0 review first, if you’re planning to buy a new vacuum cleaner, . It will give you some information about the product and help you decide if it is a good match for your home and floors.
Cordless hoovers have been popular for quite some time and it isn’t difficult to see why. Nobody likes having wires trailing about the house. They get in the way, they’re a trip hazard, and they make it hard to manoeuvre a vacuum cleaner. This is why the market is currently filled with cordless products that promise to deliver an agile, flexible performance.
Whether the Hoover Cordless Air Series 3.0 can manage this is precisely what our review is trying to find out. Is this battery powered cleaner worth the investment and it does it have the same kind of suction power as standard hoovers?
Main Features of the Cordless Air Series 3.0
This vacuum cleaner is extremely light and easy to move.
It comes with two batteries, so you can replace the power once it runs down.
The brush roll function can be deactivated.
The Hoover Air Series 3.0 doesn’t perform all that well with midsized debris (like sand).
It doesn’t always feel solid or robust (can come across as a bit flimsy).
It is an expensive, high-end cleaner.
Standing Out in a Crowded Market
When your main rival is Dyson – a company that invests a lot of money in research and development – you really do need to be at the cutting edge of cleaning technology. Hoover is trying to compete with bigger market rivals and the Air Series 3.0 is an impressive feat. According to the brand, it has double the battery power of any other cordless vacuum.
Where Dyson is technologically brilliant, its cleaners leave a lot to be desired when it comes to aesthetics. They often look rather strange and oddly futuristic. On the other hand, Hoover produces rather elegant and attractive vacuum cleaners. The Air Series 3.0 is visually appealing, with a sleek and minimalist vibe.
The canister and dirt track are actually transparent, so you can see the vacuum sucking in debris. It sounds a bit unsavoury, but you’ll be surprised at how fascinating you find it. It is a mostly superficial feature, however, it is a clever one. The problem is that there often feels like little beyond this basic aesthetic.
The body of the vacuum cleaner can come across as a bit fragile and flimsy. It lacks the heft of something like a Dyson. The reason for this is that the Air Series 3.0 is designed to be collapsible for super easy storage. It works, but the result is that all of the components don’t quite gel together as well as they should. For instance, there’s too much movement in the chassis when you apply any movement.
The good news is that gliding this vacuum cleaner around a room couldn’t be easier. It is very agile and more nimble than you might expect. As the wheels are set a little looser than usual, they can work with the pivot ball to tilt and twist the bulk of the machine. The result is that cleaning around awkward edges requires no real effort. Hard to reach spots will never be a problem for you again.
The Air Series 3.0 also has a broad, squat head, which slides beneath furniture without trouble. It weighs just 10lbs, so it is made for moving quickly around the house. A second grab handle on the top of the dust container provides a fuss free way to carry it up and down stairs. And let’s not forget the lack of frustrating, tangle-prone cords either.
Instead of restricting users to power points, the Hoover Cordless Air Series 3.0 operates with the use of a rechargeable lithium ion battery. There are two sold with every vacuum cleaner, which means that you can use one while the other is powering up. This is one of the main features of the product and it ensures that the 3.0 stands out from the crowd. After all, who wants to wait around for a battery to recharge so that they finish their cleaning?
Extra Features and Accessories
Our favourite surplus feature was the activation switch for the brush roller. As the vacuum cleaner is battery powered, it is sometimes necessary to minimise the amount of energy being used (for example, if your battery is running low and you need to finish). Switching the brush roller off is a quick way to preserve power. It is designed for use on hardwood and other fibre floors, so it isn’t needed when cleaning carpets.
To determine just how efficient the Cordless Air Series 3.0 really is against the other best upright vacuum cleaners, we performed one of our classic cleaning tests. We scattered rice, flour, and cornflakes (in three separate tests) on a stretch of carpet. Then, we ran the vacuum cleaner for a minute over the 150g of discarded debris. Finally, the vacuum cleaner was emptied and we weighed the contents to find out how much was sucked up off the floor.
In total, about 69% of all the material was picked up by the hoover. This isn’t a remarkable result and there are better products on the market. However, it isn’t such a terrible performance either. The Hoover Cordless Air Series was most efficient when picking up larger pieces of debris. It took in an impressive 87% of the cornflakes. This was very close to the same performance provided by the best handheld vacuum cleaners.
It started to struggle with the flour. It only picked up 38% and found it hard to pull the tiny, dense particles out of the carpet fibres. Crucially, most cleaners do fall down at this part of the test, because almost all of them are weak when it comes to tiny pieces of dirt or grime.