Hoover Presto Review
The Hoover Presto: 2012 Best Compact Vacuum
If you’re looking for a lightweight vacuum that’s stored easily and does its best work on the kitchen floor, the Hoover Presto ($99 MSRP) is a solid purchase. The Presto, however, is not meant for heavy lifting and does little on either short and high carpet. If you don't need portability, you can get more out of other vacuums for the same price.
Design & Usability
Easy to use, whether as a cordless stick vac or a handheld
The Hoover Presto gets points for its compact design and ease of navigation in tight areas, though it'll only glide effortlessly on hardwood. The whole thing weighs about 6.8 lbs. Its handle can be folded, allowing for storage in a small closet. The vacuum module detaches from the handle and functions as a hand vac, though the button you push to release the hand vac is a bit hard to move.
Included with the Hoover Presto, but not attached, is a small crevice tool and a dusting brush, both of which slide into the front nozzle of the removable hand vacuum. These tools are fine for hardwood or small amounts of debris, but won't help much with carpet or larger areas.
As a cordless machine, the Hoover Presto relies on nickel cadmium battery life, much to the user’s detriment. After being fully charged, its power drops rapidly, dying after a run time of five minutes and 30 seconds. Unlike the Dyson DC35 Multi Floor’s lithium-ion battery, the machine puts out less and less power until the battery expires.
Features & Performance
It'll do a great job—in a kitchen.
Though the Hoover Presto did relatively well with debris pickup on short and high carpet, it had major problems sucking up dirt from both heights. By "major problems," we mean it barely picked up a speck of dust: less than one gram out of the 100 that we put down. It made a lot of noise in the process, too. Luckily, it did an incredible job cleaning up dirt and debris from hardwood floors, even outperforming some full-size, plug-in machines.
We don't give the Presto any slack when it comes to scoring, but one should keep in mind exactly what the purpose of this vacuum is: cleaning up spills and tracked-in dirt without dragging out a big canister or upright vacuum. By no means should this be your primary machine, but it'll definitely do in a pinch.
You should be quite happy with this machine, as long as you recognize its limitations.
Serving as an expensive kitchen broom, the cordless Hoover Presto ($99 MSRP, $89 on sale) won't clean your whole house. It will store neatly, and it'll run without plugging in. It may only run for a few minutes, but it's enough to get minor spills cleaned up.
The Presto performed admirably on hardwood dirt pickup, but lacked in nearly every other test. Still, it's a great second vacuum to keep around if you have a hardwood or linoleum floor.
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