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Hoover S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel

Despite long carpet issues, the S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel handles well.

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Introduction

The Hoover S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel ($300 MSRP) was strong in some of our tests, but there are other areas where it falls short of expectations given its price. Some points in its favor are a long extension wand for cleaning shelves and ceilings, as well as users having the option of turning the power brush on and off. After we watched it gather most of the dirt off both hardwood and short-pile carpet, we were surprised when it pulled in less than 24 percent of dirt on long carpet. Furthermore, the Hoover S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel was just decent at debris pickup and its 24-pound frame is hard to move up and down stairs. This vacuum is a high-priced option for those without high carpet who want a bagged canister. If you don't fall into that category, you're better off looking for something else.

Design & Usability

It's not too difficult to move from room to room, but carrying it up stairs may be a hassle.

The canister's wheels are able turn corners well, so walking across the room with the Hoover S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel in tow was a breeze. That said, unless you plan on getting a full workout during use, you won't want to carry it too far: it weighs a robust 24 pounds. Fortunately, with a nine foot hose, you'll be able to clean stairs without having to carry it up every individual step. It's also on a swivel so you don't need to worry about getting tangled up.

You won't want to carry the S3670 too far: it weights a robust 24 pounds. Tweet It

Users can turn the power brush on and off from the extension wand's handle, but most of the controls are on the canister, specifically the on/off button, power level, and cord retraction. You can replace the Hoover S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel's small 0.96 gallon HEPA dirt bag by cracking open the canister at the top. It slides out of its holster with ease, which is a good thing because you may need to replace it a lot—it can only hold 0.96 gallons at a time. The filter itself is located just below the dirt bag inside the Hoover S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel's canister. You'll see a blue "remove filter" sticker on the bottom. There, you can lift up the black tab and pull the HEPA rinsable filter out. The vacuum also uses HEPA media filter bags as means of filtration.

Features & Performance

While you can count on the Hoover S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel to do well on a few different surfaces, long carpet is a different story.

Almost every particle of dirt, dust, and sand placed on both hard wood and short pile carpet got picked up by this machine. Long carpet, though...just under a quarter of our mess came up, which means you can plan on having to make multiple passes before the job is done. Conversely, it did a really fantastic job picking up debris on long carpet, better than it did with hard wood floors. Pet hair, too, proved to be no challenge: this machine sucked up virtually every strand.

Pet hair, too, proved to be no challenge: this machine sucked up virtually every strand. Tweet It

You'll be able to access the Hoover S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel's tools from their convenient storage spaces on the canister. All you need to do is push down on the lid at the top to get inside, where you can find a pet hair tool and crevice tool. The Hoover S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel's power cord is 26 feet long and retracts by stepping on the button with the plug on it on the left side of the canister.

Conclusion

Despite long carpet issues, the S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel handles well.

If it wasn't for the Hoover S3670 Anniversary WindTunnel's poor performance in our long carpet test, it would be the complete canister vacuum. It has plenty of controls, it handles well, and it does a great job on short carpet and hardwood. Most users will expect a heavy (24 pounds) canister vacuum to suck up more than 23 percent of dirt from high pile carpet, but that was the best this one could do. With that in mind, it's hard to recommend spending $300 on this vacuum over other canisters and uprights that are lighter and will provide better cleaning performance. If the floors in your home match the Hoover's strengths, don't let us stop you from buying it; be warned if you decide to move or redecorate in shag, though.

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