Look — this isn’t really my review. I’m not what you call domesticated and I am definitely not the one who vacuums at home (despite the photo below which is purely for promotional purposes!). So all of the thoughts in this Hoover REACT Whole Home Cordless vacuum review are really those of my husband and mother.
Thank you to Hoover for sending us this vacuum to review.
The look and feel of the Hoover REACT Cordless Stick vacuum are excellent. It’s not too heavy, not too tall and not too short. It’s like the Goldilocks of vacuums — just right.
Charging time is pretty fast, but — more impressively — you get a lot of vacuuming done in a single charge. The marketing material reads that it outlasts similar cordless vacuums by three times, and that seems about right to us when we compare it to our original Dyson cordless. This is definitely the biggest win for the Hoover REACT Cordless because you can do a whole typical suburban house with a single charge. At least for the first year…more on that in the gaffes.
The Hoover REACT Cordless auto-detects the type of floor it’s vacuuming — hardwood or carpet — and adjusts to it without flicking any switches.
This vacuum holds a lot of dirt and debris in its bagless canister so you won’t be emptying it every two minutes. In fact, you’ll be able to vacuum several times before you’ll need to dump it out. Unless, of course, your kid spills every last Rice Krispy flake in the box — not that I know what that’s like or anything.
At $379.99, this is a well-priced option for people who want a cordless vacuum. But when faced with the decreased efficiency after the year mark, I think I’d suggest saving your money and putting it toward a more powerful Dyson now that they’ve improved the battery life on the cordless option.
It has LIGHTS! Check them out in the pic below. I don’t know why I like those lights so much but it’s kind of like a power button, proving it’s on and working (as if the noise wasn’t enough to convince me).
After year one, it took more charging time for less charging power. Not ideal. What was once a great feature that made this vacuum stand out turned out to be no better than our original Dyson.
If you’ve had a Dyson, you will notice that the Hoover REACT Cordless does not have the same forceful sucking power. Not to say that it can’t do a good job, just that it’s a very noticeable difference. If you’ve had a less powerful brand than Dyson, you probably won’t see much of a difference and will likely be impressed by the Hoover REACT Cordless’s suckage.
It’s not the most stable against a wall in a higher-traffic area of your home. Once it’s knocked a bit, down it shall go. And down it went too hard recently and I heard a “crack” and now we have to hold the canister closed while we’re vacuuming. That, or duct tape it (ew). So, this is obviously our fault, but we’re used to keeping our vacuum in a certain spot. This one is more top-heavy than what we’ve been using, I suppose.
Overall, I feel like a vacuum should last at least five years and this one definitely did not. Between the lack of power over time, the reduced batter life over time and the breakage, it was pretty much toast after a year of use. So not a great investment.