Pros / This vacuum lives up to its name, being one of the quietest we tested.
Cons / You need to empty the small canister on this vacuum often.
Verdict / The Hoover Quiet Performance glides well on all surfaces and is conveniently quiet, but it's slower at cleaning than most.
The Hoover Quiet Performance canister vacuum is a low-volume vacuum that won't wake napping babies or distract kids watching TV. It did well in our noise level test, recording 72 dB at its highest setting, the second-lowest volume in our lineup. At lower suction settings, it's even quieter. Still, lower volume, in this case, means less power. The Hoover doesn't keep pace with the best canister vacuums in overall performance and comes without necessary attachments. For stronger suction, consider the Bissell C4 Cyclonic.
This canister vacuum cleaner didn't hold up in our cleaning and suction tests. It required several more passes to pick up both dust and debris on carpet and hardwood than other canister vacuums. We gave it a subjective score of 80 percent, which isn't the worst of the canister vacuums we reviewed but ranks well below the top performers.
The Hoover does earn extra points for how maneuverable it is. The wand pivots off the head of the vacuum easily and gives you a full 360-degree range of motion. It also contracts to the size of a hand vacuum, so it's one of the better canisters for using on stairs and upholstery. The body of the vacuum moves deftly on its wheels, though the entire vacuum is heavy, which is a big concern, considering the 1.1-liter canister is one of the smallest in our lineup. Other lightweight canister vacuums weighed much less with nearly twice the volume.
We weren't impressed with the attachments the vacuum includes. We'd prefer separate attachments, but the Hoover tries to include everything in a 3-in-1 design. The dusting brush is stored inside the crevice tool and needs to be extended, but it's so small we don't consider it a true dusting brush. The crevice tool remains under the bristles, meaning it doesn't get the traction you need for scraping off pet hair and other materials that cling to carpet. If you have pets, you're better off getting a vacuum with a detachable brush.
Hoover offers the bare minimum of support on its website and provides only a two-year warranty. That's well below the standard five-year warranty of other vacuum cleaners. Also, because you have to keep replacing the bag, it costs you around $50 more annually than a bagless canister vacuum.
- Cleaning and Suction
- Noise Level
- Power Cord Length
Hoover took great care in making a vacuum that moves well and doesn't make a lot of noise, but it forgot essential attachments and a powerful motor. It falls short of most other canister vacuums we reviewed in cleaning power and convenience.