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Battle of the Upright Vacuums: Eureka AirSpeed vs. Hoover WindTunnel

May 27, 2015
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Two popular vacuums. Two identical prices. Which one should you choose? We’re comparing two well-known upright vacuums to determine which type of user is the right match for each. See how the Eureka AirSpeed and Hoover WindTunnel stack up in a head-to-head matchup.

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The vacuums: At a glance

Upright vacuums are the conventional choice for around-the-house cleaning, but not all models are the same. From power and cord length to weight and on-board tools, there are a number of factors to consider when comparing this category of carpet cleaners.

In one corner of this vacuum-versus-vacuum matchup is the AirSpeed Unlimited Pet (AS3033A), a pet-focused upright device from Eureka. In the other is the WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright (UH70400) — a traditional, yet lightweight, model from Hoover.

No matter which vacuum you declare the winner, take a look at our vacuum buying guide for tips on which features you should pay attention to.

Eureka AirSpeed Unlimited Pet (AS3033A) Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright (UH70400)
Price $129.99 from Eureka $129.99 (regularly $159.99) from Hoover
Type Upright Upright
Cord length 27 feet 30 feet
Weight 15.5 pounds 12.4 pounds
Power 12 amps 11 amps
Height 5-setting height adjustment Automatic height adjustment
Automatic cord rewind Yes No
Brushroll shutoff Yes Yes
Wheels Soft rubber Soft
Additional features Smooth-Glide Pivoting Base, 10-foot deluxe stretch hose Intuitive power controls, HEPA filter, carry handle, deep recline handle
Accessories PET Power Paw Turbo Nozzle, PET Dusting Brush, crevice tool, extension wand 3-in-1 dusting, crevice and upholstery tool, 30-inch extension wand, 8-foot stair hose

But how do all of these features, specs and accessories translate into everyday use? Find out below.

Eureka AirSpeed Unlimited Pet (AS3033A)

NerdWallet takes you shopping: First, let’s take a look at the Eureka AirSpeed Unlimited Pet (model AS3033A). This colorful upright device weighs 15.5 pounds and has a retail price of $129.99.

Upright Vacuum Comparison: Eureka WindSpeed vs. Hoover WindTunnelDesigned for deep cleaning across a variety of surface types, this device boasts AirSpeed technology for powerful suction. It also features 12 amps of power, a reusable dust cup filter, adjustable height settings and a conveniently wide 13-inch cleaning path.

But the device doesn’t stand alone. Its extras include a variety of pet-specific cleaning products, including a PET Power Paw Turbo Nozzle, a PET Dusting Brush, a crevice tool and an extension wand for those hairy situations.

When you’re ready to put the product away for the day, you can make use of its automatic cord rewind function — it’ll save you the hassle of rolling up the power cord by hand.

Good fit for: Couple this product’s on-board tools with its efficient cleaning of carpets and bare floors alike, and hands (or should we say paws) down, this Eureka model is a purr-fect match for pet owners who need a vacuum that can clean up pet fur from a variety of surfaces.

Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright (UH70400)

Upright Vacuum Comparison: Eureka AirSpeed vs. Hoover WindTunnelNerdWallet takes you shopping: The next upright model we analyzed is the WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright (model UH70400) from Hoover. Despite its original price of $159.99, this vacuum is currently available for $129.99, making it competitive with the aforementioned Eureka.

As its name suggests, this model includes WindTunnel technology, which is designed to remove both surface-level and deep dirt. Similar to the above-described AirSpeed, this WindTunnel features an adjustable height option, an automatic brushroll shutoff function and soft wheels to counteract scratching.

So where do the differences lie? This Hoover lacks an automatic cord rewind function. Additionally, its 11-amp motor is less than the Eureka’s 12 amps. But on the plus side for Eureka, the WindTunnel has a longer cord (30 feet compared to 27 feet), is more portable (12.4 pounds compared to 15.5 pounds) and includes a 3-in-1 dusting, crevice and upholstery tool.

Good fit for: If you aren’t a pet owner (or are the owner of a non-shedding variety), you may want to opt for this Hoover over the Eureka. Its lengthy power cord and lightweight design make it ideal for prolonged periods of cleaning all around the house.

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyNerd and on Google+.

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