As any parent knows, it doesn’t matter how often you hoover your home, there are always more crumbs, spillages and who-knows-what-else that need to be sucked up. And, like many parents, I was sick and tired of needing to carry my bulky Dyson around just to clean up the latest bag of burst crisps. After speaking with a friend, it became clear that cordless vacuums are the way forward. So after much research I ended up buying the Hoover Freedom cordless vacuum and honestly couldn’t be more pleased with it. Here’s why.
Advantages of a Cordless Vacuum
I want to give an overview of why the Hoover 2-in-1 cordless has been such a revelation for me. Here are just a few of the advantages to using it:
- No more damn power cords! If there’s one thing that annoys me when I’m vacuuming, it’s constantly tripping over the power cord. It’s always in the way, and there’s also the (high) chance of one my kids running through the lounge and yanking it out the wall. Vacuuming with a cordless feels so freeing!
- It’s a 2-in-1 vacuum. The model I chose has a detachable handheld section. I LOVE this when I need to clean furniture or stairs. It’s so much easier than carrying the cordless around and trying to stretch the hose. I haven’t had a chance to use it in the car yet, but I’m sure it’ll be useful to have this feature for that.
- It’s not as expensive as I thought. Reading online reviews, I thought the only cordless vacuum available was a Dyson. Those bad boys are meant to be very good – but they cost £450! There’s no way I was paying that much. That’s when I found the Hoover, which does pretty much the same things but for a third of the price. OK, so it’s probably not as powerful but it does the job.
- It reclines to the floor. This isn’t something I really thought about when I bought it, but the Hoover reclines almost to the floor. This makes it really easy to get under my sofas – something that the Dyson struggled with.
Disadvantages (In My Opinion)
I’m not a Hoover fan-girl though – and there are definitely some problems with the vacuum. Here’s what I think could be improved.
- Not that powerful. This might just be my vacuum, but I don’t feel that cordless vacuums have the same suction. My Dyson literally lifts the carpet up when I use it. Maybe I had unrealistic expectations, but I was a little disappointed with the Hoover in this regard.
- Not enough battery to do the whole house. Apparently there is a “cleaning revolution” going on at the moment, which basically boils down to cleaning little and often instead of “full house” cleans. This is a convenient thing for vacuum brands, because most cordless models only last 20 minutes. My Hoover lasts around 25 minutes on a single charge, which isn’t enough to do the full house. Instead, I just do the downstairs one day and upstairs the next.
- Struggles with my dog’s hair. As you know, I have two dogs. The Cavapoo doesn’t shed very much, but Disney (a lab) sheds a LOT. I’ve noticed that the Hoover can get most of the surface hair up, but I still need to go over carpets with the Dyson to get the remaining hair.
I love the Hoover. It’s quickly become an essential part of my daily routine and I’m a true cordless vacuum convert. Yes, they have their problems and I don’t think I’ll be throwing out the Dyson just yet. There’s nothing better for quickly cleaning up the latest spillage though!