- Excellent at picking pet hair up
- High level of suction makes it a very powerful vacuum
- Very slick retractable cord rewinder – hold a button down and it winds back in by itself
- Represents very good value for money
- Cord length short – at 25 ft it’s considerably shorter than a lot of alternative upright vacuums
- Short hose (like most upright vacuums)
- Cleaning a larger staircase is difficult due to the hose length – the hose and extension wand will reach about 10 ft maximum
- Could perform better on hard floors
The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet Plus boasts a highly impressive level of suction. It performs well when it comes to pet hair and lives up to the “Pet Plus” part of its name! Perhaps our favorite feature with this model is the Rubberized Pet Tool Pack. These rubber tools help to pick up pet hair and don’t tend to get build up of pet hair, like the usual tools with bristles.
If your home is made up of carpeted floors, the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet Plus should be a serious candidate. It does a superb job at cleaning carpets. There are 5 settings that you can adjust, to suit the type of floor you’re vacuuming. So you’ve got the flexibility for low, medium or high-pile carpets.
Before you read on, we’d say look elsewhere if you’re searching for a vacuum to clean hard floors. Have a look at the Miele S2121 Olympus canister vacuum. If you’re adamant that you want an upright, the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete works well on hard floors.
The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet Plus has one main problem with hard floors. The issue is that you can’t turn the rotating brush off. (It seems a little strange that it has a hard floor setting and doesn’t turn the brush off.) This means that dirt gets thrown around and the bristles could even scratch some surfaces. If you only have a tiny bit of hard flooring it’s not going to be a massive issue and you could consider brushing the dirt into a pile and then using one the attachments to suck it up.
It weighs in at 17 lbs, which is the same as the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete (17.1 lbs) and is lighter than the Miele S7260 Cat & Dog (20 lbs). Unfortunately, this doesn’t translate into the greatest maneuverability. The vacuum feels heavy and doesn’t move as well as the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete or Miele S7260 Cat & Dog.
The DC41 Animal Complete utilizes the Dyson Ball and the Miele S7260 Cat & Dog incorporates Miele’s SwivelNeck Technology. Both of those vacuums turn considerably better than the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet Plus. They find it easier to get into tighter spaces. The Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet Plus moves on two large wheels, they’re a bit clunky and don’t turn too well or move as smoothly as the other two vacuums we mentioned. It takes a little bit more effort to push this.
One last note on this subject, the cord length. At only 25 ft, it’s quite short compared to its rivals. Obviously, it’s easy enough to add an extension on but it would be nice if the cord was a bit longer.
When it comes to stairs, the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet Plus really struggles. The hose only extends to about 8 ft, then you’ll get an extra 1.5 ft from the Extension Wand, 9.5 ft in total – which makes it quite difficult to clean the stairs. We wouldn’t recommend this vacuum for somebody who has a large amount of stairs to clean. If you have a short staircase, use a different vacuum for the stairs or intend to use the vacuum on one floor it won’t be such a problem. The Pet Turbo Tool, supplied with the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet Plus has a rubber beater, rather than the standard bristles that you got with most vacuums. This works fantastically on pet hair, and you’ll notice that you don’t get hair caught or tangled round it, like you do with some tools that have bristles.
Now, the vacuum is fairly loud. It’s not the loudest vacuum on the market but does churn out some noise. If you’re specifically looking for a quiet vacuum then we’d recommend you look elsewhere, like at the Miele S7260 Cat & Dog. However, if you can live with a little bit of noise in exchange for a powerful and reasonably priced upright vacuum, the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet Plus should be firmly in your thoughts.
Value for money
It’s hard to argue that the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet Plus isn’t good value, at around $139.99 (or less). While it doesn’t have all the features of some of the higher end vacuums, it does have some of them. For example, it has really strong suction and the slick automatic retractable cord rewinder is something that you tend to find on more expensive models.
All in all, it’s a decent vacuum cleaner. Some features (like cord and hose length, maneuverability and noise) could certainly be improved upon but it’s hard to complain at less than $140. You get a 2 year warranty from Hoover as well. The rubber attachments are a welcome innovation, as we all know how much pet hair can get clogged up with bristled tools. If you’re searching for a budget upright vacuum that can tackle pet hair, consider the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Rewind Pet Plus. Without doubt, the positives outweigh the negatives, especially when you take into account the price of this vacuum.