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Hoover Air Cordless Review: Short Battery Life?

If you’re looking for a great household vacuum, and you’re tired of tripping and vacuuming over a cord, you may want to take a closer look at the new Hoover Air Cordless 3.0 (model BH50140) vacuum cleaner. It runs on a powerful lithium battery (2 are included), meaning you’ll have an average 50 minutes of cleaning time before needing a recharge, which blows the run time of most other cordless models on the market right out of the water. Combined with the classic Hoover Windtunnel technology and a weight less than 10 pounds, this could be the new vacuum to beat.

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In fact, in user reviews, it’s stated that the Hoover Air Cordless does everything a regular (and sometimes more expensive) vac would do; it just does it without a cord. In the vast array of vacuums from this popular brand, this is a good, fairly inexpensive (but not cheap in design) choice for the money. These are just a few of the reasons we rate it high in our top ten list.

General use

As for day to day use, you’ll find this vacuum does a great overall job. With a cleaning path width of 10.5”, it actually cleans a wider swath than many similar models, and it’s pretty easy to get under and around furniture. For anything this vacuum cleaner won’t reach, chances are one of the included tools will get the job done.

In user reviews, it is praised for sucking up everything in its path on ceramic tile, linoleum, hardwood and on carpets, including pet hair. In fact, it’s said it does the same job you might expect from much larger and more expensive cleaners.

The best parts:

  • LED Headlightshoover air cordless 3.0 battery
  • 50 minutes of run time with a battery level indicator (so you know how much juice is left)
  • Constant, powerful suction
  • High capacity (over 1 liter) dust container
  • Washable filters
  • Extra tools included
  • Does a great job on hardwood vs carpet
  • 5 year warranty
  • See User Manual

Thanks to the brush roll on / off option, you can easily go from bare floors to carpets, and it won’t fling debris like cat litter or other small particles up or scratch your hardwood or linoleum.

hoover air cordless side viewHow does it do on pet hair?

In review after review, users are really happy with how this cordless vacuum handles both cat and dog hair. It’s smaller and more lightweight than many competitors you can compare it with, but it can still suck up the fur from 3 dogs and 6 cats in one household. One review said the buyer has a Shephard / Chow mix that sheds “enough to make a sweater a day”, and there are no problems getting his hair off of both the thick pile carpet and hard floors.

How well do the batteries work?

With two batteries and one charger included, you can expect to get nearly an hour of total run time from this bagless machine. Having an extra battery on the charger means you can go right from one to the other without waiting hours to continue vacuuming while the battery charges – a definite plus.

Getting under furniture

While this powerful machine does have a low profile and lays down flat to go under larger pieces of furniture like the bed, because the battery sits on the front of the unit and takes up some extra space, you may be better off using one of the incorporated tools to get to jobs like this.


While it’s not as quiet as a mouse, user reviews report that the Air is a rather quiet machine when compared with other full size upright vacuums. You’ll find it’s not as quiet as your average stick vac, but it’s not as loud as many other models rated in the same class.

What’s not to like about it?

While this mighty little vacuum does great on everything from Cheerios to small and large crumbs, it seems like the only real complaint is that it doesn’t do extremely well on really deep pile carpet. This is likely due to its light weight. It just isn’t heavy enough to really push the bristles down into the carpet pile. This might only be a problem for you if you have heavy shag rug or such in your home.

Also, if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies, it’s important to know that while the filters are washable, they are not HEPA filters.

hoover air cordless swivel steeringAccessories / Tools Included

The Hoover Air Cordless 3.0 comes standard with a 2 in 1 crevice and dusting tool, an extra filter (so nice if you wash one and have to wait for it to dry), a brush roll with extra soft bristles especially for hard floors and a dusting tool that pivots for hard to reach places. The included hose expands to a fairly long 3 feet out.

Will I be happy with it if I buy one?

With a price tag under $300 (right now Amazon has it closer to $200 with free shipping) and many of the features of a more expensive vacuum (Cordless vacs are usually much more expensive), it’s a good value for the money.

While it’s not as cheap as some corded models that perform the same functions, it’s affordable for what you get. If it’s in your budget, it’s a great buy. However, if you love the performance and don’t mind a cord, you can spend a little less by buying a different model.

If the Hoover Air Cordless is a bit above your budget level and you don’t mind a cord getting in the way, a good alternative is the Shark Rotator. It has a lot of power and options, and it’s easy to use and handle. If you’re set on getting a cordless vac, the new Shark Freestyle Navigator Cordless is an alternative to check out.

You can also check out our list of Best Upright Vacuums under $200 for even more good choices. If you’d like to go a step up, check out one of the latest Dyson vacuums like the DC40 or DC65. Both are more expensive, but they both get outstanding reviews from buyers, and they’re really built to last.