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Review Hoover Uh20040 Sprint Quickvac Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Jeffrey McCarty
Written by Jeffrey McCarty

Versatile, affordable and lightweight, the Hoover Sprint QuickVac Bagless Upright Vacuum makes house cleaning quick and easy. Designed with busy people in mind, the bagless vacuum features an extra long 23-foot power cord and a removable cleaning wand that can reach up to 7-feet for cleaning curtains, shelves and other areas. Offers height-adjustment options, reusable filter, and comes with the cleaning wand as well as a 2-in-1 dusting brush and crevice tool.

Pros

  • For an upright it is lightweight weighing just 12.5 pounds
  • Has a HEPA filtration system at the end of the dirt canister that prevents microscopic dust from coming back out
  • Washable primary and HEPA filters will save money in the long run
  • Wide 12.5 inch cleaning path
  • Versatile – comes with a wand plus crevice and brush tools to clean nooks and crannies
  • Very cheap for an upright
  • Long 23 foot power cord

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Small dirt cup
  • No cord rewind
  • Even though it has a hose, it is relatively short at just 5 feet plus the extension wand does not provide too much reach

What to expect from this lightweight upright?

Hoover says that the Spring QuickVac will have minimal loss of suction because it uses multiple-cyclonic technology that basically keeps fine dirt away from the filter when the vacuum is turned on so that it maintains suction performance even as the dirt cup is getting filled with dirt.

They call it cyclonic because air moves like a cyclone around the filter.While it has an extension wand where you can attach the 2-in-1 crevice and brush tool.

It does lack a mini motorized tool that could have been useful for cleaning pet hair on upholstery or carpeted stairs.

Here are the rest of the features:

  • Multi-cyclone technology uses “cyclones” to separate fine particles of dirt before it reaches the filter which should in theory require less frequent rinsing.
  • 23 foot power cord (no cord rewind)
  • 5 foot hose and a total of 7 feet above the floor cleaning reach
  • Has 3 height position adjustment – low, medium and high that can clean different floor types
  • 2 filter system – a washable main filter plus a secondary HEPA filter that prevents microscopic dust from coming back out
  • Performance check indicator that lets you know when to clean the filter
  • Comes with an extension wand and a combination brush/crevice tool

Bare Floor Performance

To use this on bare floor just set the dial to low. You’ll find this dial at the base of the vacuum.Based on reviews, suction is great and works well on hard surfaces because it has a motorized brush that will pick up smaller pieces of dirt as well as an add on wand + crevice/brush tool for larger bits of dirt like cheerios or paper clips.

Flexible hose is thick enough to handle larger bits of items but my pet peeve here is the relatively short 5 foot hose and wand. It won’t reach very far and limits what areas this machine can clean.

Carpet Performance

The other two settings I was taking about earlier is the medium and high both of which are for carpet.Even if Hoover says it’ll clean all sorts of carpet, reviews say otherwise. One consumer said that it cleaned a thick carpet decently but you’ll need to go over time several times.

This machine is not designed for large homes because of the small dirt cup. Also there is a performance check indicator on top of the dirt cup, make sure that it’s green, if it isn’t then you’ll have to rinse off the filter to maintain performance. Don’t expect deep cleaning performance though from this.

Use it as a spot cleaner in high traffic areas around your house (if your home has carpet).

Filter Clean up

There are two filters inside. Primary filter is on top of the dirt bin. You’ll need to eyeball this at least once a week to see if it needs cleaning. Some consumers mentioned that they need to wash it every 2 weeks or so but this would depend on how much you use this and how dusty the area is. To remove the primary filter, first thing you need to do is remove the canister.

Do this by pressing a lever located on top of the handle. Once you’ve taken off the dirt cup, open the top cover by pulling another lever in front, pull out the filter then rinse under running water. Let it air dry for 24 hours before putting it back in.

Vacuuming Performance

We tested each vacuum with a variety of materials, including flour and kitty litter, on different surfaces, and the Hoover Sprint had an all-around positive performance. It required fewer passes than most on all carpet types and handled tough jobs like embedded pet hair well. The vacuum’s three height levels were helpful in picking up very fine flour and grainy kitty litter on low- and medium-pile carpet. This is also one of the few budget vacuums that offers true HEPA filtration. A HEPA filter traps 99.97 percent of dust and pollens in the air.

Convenience & Design

Unlike most cheap vacuum cleaners, the Hoover Sprint has a sturdy base and a thin cleaning wand that fits well in the back of your closet. The head is heavy compared to the handle, though, which led to lower scores in maneuverability. The head doesn’t swivel, so changing directions required more exertion to move the vacuum in the direction we wanted it to go.

We tested the decibel level of each vacuum in our lineup. The Hoover Sprint QuickVac emits 90 dB. While it certainly isn’t the noisiest vacuum we evaluated, it’s on the high end of the scale.

This vacuum’s dust cup is easy to empty. According to Hoover, this vacuum uses multi-cyclonic technology, which breaks up large pieces of debris into fine particles. The dust cup empties effortlessly; you don’t need to dig around to remove trapped pieces of debris, and the filter looks brand-new after you run it under water for a few seconds.

Summary

The Hoover Sprint QuickVac UH20040 is an effective cheap vacuum. It has great reach, good power, and a dust cup and filter that don’t require a lot of extra work. This vacuum lacks mobility, but it compensates by offering a variety of attachments and a compact design. It is one of the best lightweight vacuum cleaners you will find.

About the author

Jeffrey McCarty

Jeffrey McCarty

Prior to my current job I was short selling cleaning devices for local shops owner. Have some experience lecturing about cleaning company formation in Atlantic City, NJ. Spent two years licensing cleaning chemical in Miami, FL.

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