Hoover MultiCyclonic SH40060 Review
The Hoover MultiCyclonic SH40060 is lightweight, in more ways than one.
Found on sale for $135, the Hoover MultiCyclonic SH40060 is lightweight and very easy to maneuver. Even so, without effective high carpet cleaning performance, it’s a disappointment.
Design & Usability
Lightweight and easy to maneuver, but not enough handle controls.
Because it’s a canister vacuum, the user doesn’t have to move the entire 16 lb. weight of the cleaner with each pass. That means the Hoover MultiCyclonic SH40060 is somewhat easier to maneuver than most uprights. Its brush head is extremely low to the ground, so it’ll fit under furniture, too. A major complaint? Only the brushroll can be controlled on the handle. Otherwise, the on/off switch is a foot pedal on the cleaner itself. That’s a bit annoying.
There are plenty of pieces that hide away and store on-board. The power cord may be very short, but it is retractable. It requires some coaxing, though, as the retracting mechanism is a bit weak. The hose wand does extend, but because it requires the user to push the unlock mechanism in the opposite direction that the hose is extending, and because the wand fits quite snugly, it’s definitely a two-hand task. A crevice tool and upholstery brush sit beneath the handle. There’s no wide floor brush or small, turbine powered brush.
The dirt holder clicks into place at the front of the container, and empties with a touch of a button. It’s easy to use, though—as with all bagless vacuums—there’s a risk of some dirt ending up in the air. The vacuum comes with a washable prefilter and a HEPA exhaust filter, but it's worth mentioning that it's not a sealed HEPA design.
Features & Performance
The higher the carpet, the worse the clean.
By far, the most disappointing result we found from our tests of the MultiCyclonic SH40060 came from its lack of power on thick carpets, leaving nearly 90 percent of dirt behind. Though it has a powered brushroll that—in theory—is supposed to kick up embedded dirt so it can get sucked into the dust cup, the Hoover MultiCyclonic SH40060 was a total disappointment in this regard.
It did well enough on hardwood floors, though, and wasn’t all bad on short carpet. Pet hair and heavy debris performance was similarly sub par, though smaller items got sucked up without incident.
The MultiCyclonic SH40060’s small cleaner head and diminutive footprint mean that it’s perfect for moving around a small room or apartment. Unfortunately, that's about all it has going for it.
What looks like a promising package—a $140 canister with a powered brushroll that’s lightweight and maneuverable—doesn’t seem so attractive after our tests showed how much it struggled with carpet cleaning. Add in a few usability issues, and this vacuum doesn't seem like as good of a deal.
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