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Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath

The Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath performs admirably for a cheap vacuum.

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Introduction

The Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath ($79.99 MSRP) certainly has cost effectiveness on its side. It's a solid low-end option for users who aren't concerned with hose length or the quality of customization controls. You'll find that because the power brush height adjustment often gets stuck, the Tempo Widepath can be inconsistent in cleaning performance. It did well on short and high carpet, but blew sand everywhere in our hardwood test. The Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath has its usability flaws, but those can be forgiven when considering the low price tag. It's a good option if you're looking for a cheap vacuum for a dorm room or apartment.

Design & Usability

Because of some design flaws and quirky controls, this Hoover doesn't make for enduring usage.

The Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath doesn't have the best design, feeling cheap in some areas. It doesn't glide all that smoothly on carpet, with the power brush getting stuck on the long fibers; it was okay on hardwood, though. The Widepath also makes it difficult to turn around corners, so don't plan on vacuuming a room that has a lot of furniture with any real ease. We had trouble with the height adjustment controls on the base of the Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath, as well.

Don't plan on vacuuming a room that has a lot of furniture with any real ease.

When the height adjustment is working, it does help the vacuum move back and forth between floor types. The lid that holds the Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath's bag is tough to remove and get back on, but the bag itself is good sized and comes out of the machine without issue. The Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath uses a HEPA filter bag that can be removed pretty easily. You won't need to worry too much about bringing the Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath from room to room, either, since it weighs only 15.54 pounds.

Features & Performance

For under $100, you'll get decent performance with this machine.

The Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath wasn't great in any one of our dirt pickup tests, but did manage to pick up a majority of our larger debris. Carpet—both long and short—was just barely acceptable compared to other similarly priced models. It didn't do a bad job, but there are vacuums out there that do a better job with both types. As far as hardwood, well...don't even bother. You can't turn off the power brush, something which caused this vacuum to just blow dirt and dust around instead of sucking it up. Pet hair pick up wasn't great, either; you'll have to make several passes to get it all.

As far as hardwood, well...don't even bother.

The tools that came with the Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath weren't groundbreaking - a crevice tool, pet hair brush, and extra nozzle - but they're serviceable and will help out with hard-to-get areas around the house. It's great that the Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath has external tools that can be attached to its hose, but when the hose only extends three feet, those tools become less useful. At 26.5 feet, the Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath's power cord is just above average length.

Conclusion

Short on price, long on performance.

Don't count on the Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath ($79.99 on sale) to clean up dirt off of smooth surfaces; you're better off just sweeping it all under a rug. But it handled most of our other tests pretty well, and even outperforms some $200 to $300 machines on carpet. When you don't pay that much for a vacuum, however, there are going to be drawbacks. The machine feels a bit cheap—the power brush height adjuster got stuck during our testing—it's bulky, and its onboard tools are nothing great. The Hoover U5140900 Tempo Widepath isn't the be-all and end-all, and you shouldn't expect it to be. It does, however, provide solid performance without breaking the bank.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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