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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 20, 2007
I bought this Tempo based on its reviews and on the performance and quality of a Hoover canister-model bought for use at another residence.

There are many features to like about this vacuum. Compared to my Dad's expensive Kirby, this vacuum is less cumbersome to use, offers efficient on-side storage for its attachments, runs powerfully with little effort, is lightweight and easy to store. It sucks up everything and gets to the edges and into corners well. The bag-capacity is more than adequate for several thorough vacuuming sessions of a 600 square-foot apartment. On the downside, it is a bit noisier than other vacs, and the hose could expand by a foot or so more, which would make using the attachments easier.

All in all, I still rate this vacuum at five stars, because it cleans circles around competitive models from Dirt Devil, Eureka and the like.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
Wow what a terrific vacuum cleaner. I bought this for my store when my old hand-me-down died. I of course bought it based on the low price and high reviews. I was downright stunned to see Consumer Reports list this as their Number 8 or 9 top rated vacuum in ANY price range! (Out of about 35 units!) Some people complain about noise, but it makes no more than a normal vacuum cleaner. I have no idea what the difference is between this and a $300 model. I mean, it sucks. But in a good way! I'd buy this again in a heartbeat. One of the best return on investment appliances I've ever purchased. 10 stars.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2007
When purchasing a vacuum, I was looking for something relatively inexpensive with good suction and an old-fashioned bag, as I want nothing to do with emptying dirt cups or changing filters.

This vacuum is extraordinary. It has very strong suction and the bristling action is exceptionally proficient at removing stuff from my carpet. After vacuuming, I swear that the carpeting looks as if it has been cleaned professionally.

The only disadvantage I've experienced is that it's loud. The loudness doesn't bother me when I'm vacuuming the carpet, but I do notice it when I leave the vacuum stationary and use the attachments to clean corners and such. My ears end up closer to the vacuum and the noise is an irritant.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2009
I purchased this vacuum from Amazon in July 2008 (for $69.99) and was expecting a decent vacuum based on the reviews here. I am one of those people who previously owned a Hoover Windtunnel vacuum that lasted me a good 10 years before it flew up to heaven. So I was expecting Hoover quality.

Amazon shipping was fast and this vacuum came and worked okay considering the price. I used it to vacuum my two bedroom home (approx. 1200 sq. feet) every other week. I followed directions and cleaned it regularly. The suction was good, though the bag filled up too quickly. I had to change the bag every time I was done vacuuming. It was excessive to change bags so often, but I figured that it was alright considering the suction I was getting.

Other reviewers are correct, in that this vacuum had a cord that was way too short. I had to unplug and replug the vacuum several times when vacuuming my living room because the cord was just not long enough to reach. (The cord on my vacuum was a little less than 23 feet long.) I was going to write a glowing review of this vacuum when I reached my 1 year mark. But alas, that was not to be.

Today (5/31/09), while vacuuming my hallway, it started to smell like there was an electrical burn. Smoke was coming out of it. I quickly unplugged it and opened all my windows. Now I am shopping for another vacuum here on Amazon. Boo hoo.
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95 of 105 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2007
If you have a small apartment with very low-pile carpet only, this is great for the price. The suction is terrific. But that's about it. I bought this for my second floor bedrooms with low pile carpet, baseboard and edge vacuuming along with bathroom floor vacuuming. The cord is short so look forward to lots of outlet plugging and unplugging. You are doing all the work pushing and pulling the unit: if you have any back issues, forget this unit. It's heavy. The handle is big for my small hands, fine for men. The attachments are worthless;it's way too short to do anything with it. You have to hold onto the main body while you use the attachment or else it will fall over, many times on your foot or leg. Ouch. You have to pick up the body if you want to reach the counter to use the attachments. Vacuuming a small bathroom with tile floors was frustrating as there is no adequate floor attachment. The roller is going the whole time you use the attachment: this will wear out the "hairs" and the belt. Oh, did I mention that it's very loud? Louder than my other Hoover vacuum. The whole experience was very exasperating and tiring. I am returning this...don't know what I will get instead. I give it two stars because I got what I paid for ($52.00 on sale). For this price you get great, aggressive suction, and that's it. I guess I need to spend more money for a decent vacuum.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2007
We were looking for a vacuum we could use on the 2nd floor of our home that had an allergy filter, was light weight, and reasonable cost.

The Hoover Tempo Widepath U5140-900 has fit our needs and was a good choice for us. The reason why we considered this vacuum was because it had a good rating in consumer reports and was lighter in weight than a lot of uprights. Consumer reports did state that this vacuum performs better on carpets than bare floors. This again fit our situation because our 2nd floor is all carpet.

Some reviewers have criticized this vacuum. However, compared to the 1990 Hoover Legacy vacuum that we were using on the 2nd floor, this vacuum was an upgrade for us. True, this vacuum is not quite as good as our Kenmore progressive model that we use on the first floor of our home, but the cost was a lot less and the weight was less.

Compared to our 1990 model year vacuum....

The cord length of both was within 3" of each other. Hoover Tempo has about 23 feet, 9 inches of usable cord stretch after the cord is attached to the clips on the vacuum to keep it tucked up out of the way when in use.

The Hoover Tempo has a 29" flex hose. This was 3" less than our old vacuum. If you have a concern about the hose length, as other reviewers have pointed out, there is an option to purchase a longer hose.

The parts do seem to be flimsier than the 1990 model. Especially the lid covering the hose connection port. Unfortunately, that is a trend with a lot of manufactured items now made outside the USA.

This vacuum does have an allergy filter, but it is NOT a full blown HEPA filter system that our downstairs vacuum has. But this is an upgrade from our 1990 model that did not have any filter system.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2007
..I really do like my Hoover and it was a very good price but I have 2 things against it. 1: The belt broke a week after I received it--I had only vacuumed 3 times! How can a new belt break that soon,I ask you.? I am not the only one who has written in about the belt. Are we supposed to just say "Oh well..the price was right!" ? I do not think so. Maybe if we complain enough the company will not cheat others with a cheap belt to begin with! 2: it is very awkward to pick up and down when doing stairs. I still want my Kenmore canister to be fixed so until then I will use this. Yes, the suction is good! But if it keeps breaking belts I will junk it.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2006
In chosing this model I had to keep in mind that living in Florida I would need an inexpensive enough product to deal with daily tracking in of sandy dirt. I find this model able to care for this task exceptionally well. It is used daily and my slightly soiled carpets look as though I've had them cleaned. I chose a bagged model because I did not mind changing bags and I believe by using a bagless daily I would be spending more replacing filters than buying bags. In daily vacuuming I would be constantly emptying the container. I would highly recommend this product and will replace with an identical model as the need arises.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2006
For the $70 price, a great vacuum:

pro:

-low price

-great suction

-great cleaning results

-rated 'very good' overall by leading consumer magazine

-no HEPA filters to replace, rated equal to HEPA-models in dust/particle emissions in leading consumer magazine

con:

-I am 6'3", the handle is a bit short for comfortable vacumming

-Attachment hose is shorter than most
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2007
I think this was more of a "User Being Retarded" issue more then anything. I have bare floors and it was HORRIBLE for that. It kicked up dirt and blew it out Hard & Everywhere. It was FANTASTIC on Carpet, but if you have LOW carpet or bare floors, don't even bother - you'll send it back too. But if you have a home with thick carpet, this works fantastic! I tried TWO of them, and had the same conclusion, so I feel pretty safe in guaranteeing a problem for low carpet/bare floor users. My sun room has the inddor/outdoor carpet and that was a horrid as the laundry room bare floor. grains of dirt spiking me in the legs - gosh I hate that. I just wish this had the option to turn off the rollers, then I'm sure it would have been perfect! But it doesn't, so on we move. :)
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