Pros / The clear dirt chamber on this car vacuum makes it easy to monitor and empty. The Hoover Air also has a washable filter to keep it running for a long time.

Cons / This car vacuum didn't catch everything on the first try and larger pieces of cereal stuck in the nozzle.

 Verdict / While the Hoover Air didn't catch all our test materials on the first try, it proved powerful and portable. This model has one of the strongest suction scores on our lineup and several accessories to get extra debris.

Car vacuums like the Hoover Air are small and light enough to keep in your car to contain messes but strong enough to pick up pet hair or crumbs left by the kids.

The Hoover Air earned a 68-percent cleaning performance score. It performed well overall, only taking nine passes on average to clean up the test messes we threw at it. However, it had difficulty sucking up the dog hair we used in our tests.

In addition, the nozzle is thin, so it had some issues with the cereal we tested. Several cereal pieces were stuck on their way inside the vacuum, but we were able to nudge them inside with little effort. It redeemed itself with powerful suction. It held 7.5 ounces of metal screws – more than any other in our comparison – for about five seconds in our test.

This Hoover car vacuum scored high in our maneuverability test. It's a battery powered car vacuum, so you don't have to worry about tangled cords or finding an outlet.

The vacuum is very light, weighing about 2 pounds, which makes the Hoover Air one of the easiest car vacuum cleaners to handle. The bagless design and battery power adds to this car vac's portability.

One of the unique features in this car vacuum cleaner is its clear, bagless chamber. Emptying the dirt and debris from the Hoover Air is easy and only requires the push of a release button to detach the chamber from the vacuum. In addition, the filter is removable and washable to increase the car vacuum's longevity.

While the Hoover Air doesn't have a hose to reach under or between the seats, it does have a couple on-board accessories. On the vacuum, you can find a brush and crevice tool to catch extra hair or crumbs between seats.

If the Hoover Air needs repairs or replacement, the warranty lasts for two years. The Hoover website also has several means of support if you have questions. Email, phone, live chat and a frequently asked questions page are easy to find on the website. In addition, you can check the online manual if you need a reference or lose your copy.

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  • Cleaning Performance Score
  • Maneuverability Score
  • Pickup
  • Suction
  1. Percentage score from our battery of cleaning tests.
    Higher is Better.
  2. 6  Hoover Air
    68.0 %
  3. 100.0 %
  4. 67.0 %
  5. 80.0 %
  6. Category Average
    67.78 %


The Hoover Air effectively cleaned most of the messes we threw at it. The brush and crevice tool are useful but won't cover your entire car. The clear dust chamber and bagless design add to this car vacuum's ease of use. Overall, this is a good battery-powered option.

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Specifications and Benchmarks

Ease of Use

Noise Level (dB)
Brush Tool
Crevice Tool
Wide Nozzle


Price (Amazon)


Power Source
Cord Length (inches)
Weight (pounds)
Storage Case
Shoulder Strap

Vacuuming Performance

Cleaning Performance
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Water Suction