Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus UH73220PC, REVIEW
By William | May 29, 2017
Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum UH73220PC
Overall Cleaning Performance8.8/10
- FloorSense works well transitioning to different floor surfaces
- Powerful Suction gives strong cleaning performance on all floors
- Sealed HEPA System removes 99% of allergens down to .5 microns
- Quality attachments and good Above-Floor cleaning performance
- 5 Year Hoover Warranty
- On the heavy side at 17.6 lbs.
- Priced a bit high
A Detailed Review of the NEW Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum UH73220PC!
The Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum UH73220PC is a Full-Size bagless upright vacuum designed for whole-house cleaning with features and attachments specifically suited for pet owners.
Hoover’s “FloorSense” technology automatically adjusts brushroll speed optimal cleaning performance on all floor surfaces.
- FloorSense Technology – Micro-sensors detect different floor types and automatically adjusts the brushroll speed for optimum cleaning performance.
- Powerful Suction – Deep cleaning suction power easily removes dirt and pet hair from Low, Medium, and Plush Pile Carpet.
- Swivel Steering – Reduces wrist fatigue and makes maneuvering around obstacles almost effortless.
- Sealed Allergen Filtration System – Sealed Rinse-able Primary, HEPA Secondary w/ Carbon Odor Control traps 99% of allergens and eliminates them from being exhausted back into the room.
- WindTunnel Surge™ – Provides balanced suction across the full 13” vacuum nozzle for even cleaning.
- Multi-Cyclonic Technology – Provides No Loss of Suction†
- LED Headlamps – Lets you see where the dirt is at
- Hoover App – Enables you to make custom settings for optimum performance in each room.
When a new vacuum cleaner touting “New Technology” is introduced I am always eager to find out if it’s just another marketing gimmick or a worthwhile feature.
Competition in the floor care industry is stiff to say the least. In order to get a fair share of the action vacuum cleaner manufactures invest a lot of capital developing what they hope will be a design feature that will have customers snapping up their latest offering. Often times the new technology that promises to save you time and make your life more worth living is more hype than help!
When Hoover, Inc. released their new Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum UH73220PC, claiming their new FloorSense Technology would vastly improve cleaning performance on all floor types I was naturally skeptical. Could there finally be an Upright Vacuum that will clean both carpet and smooth floors well?
Appearance wise, the Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum UH73220PC is an attractive appliance to behold. But, you know what they say – “beauty is only skin deep!”
What is Hoover FloorSense™ Technology and Does it Make Sense for My Needs?
If you have been using an Upright Vacuum you are all too familiar with the problem you encounter every time you move from a carpeted room to a room with smooth floors. The spinning brushroll will sling larger debris, such as dry cereal and pet food, all over the room if you don’t switch it off.
And when you switch it off, using the Suction Only for sucking up the dirt, you lose the mechanical advantage of the powered spinning brushroll that’s necessary to break loose the clingy dust, crumbs and dirt. Consequently, your upright vacuum doesn’t do a very thorough job of cleaning your hardwood or smooth floors.
Personally, I never cared much for that arrangement because it required that I go back over the smooth floor with a dry mop and broom to clean up what the vacuum cleaner left behind.
Well, the engineers at Hoover decided to address this problem by incorporating micro sensors in their new Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum UH73220PC. These Sensors read the texture of the floor surface you are vacuuming and automatically make adjustments to the speed of the brushroll as you move from one floor surface to another.
So now, when you move from carpet in the living room to smooth hardwood (for example) in the kitchen the FloorSense Technology automatically slows down the spinning brushroll so you don’t scatter Fido’s Puppy Chow all over the room.
So, with FloorSense feature doing its job you still have the necessary mechanical interaction of a rotating brush to break loose the stubborn Clingy dust and dirt plus the vacuum nozzle now has the chance to suck up the larger debris.
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This arrangement works quite well! I wouldn’t call it the “perfect solution” because you will find yourself still having to rock the vacuum cleaner back just enough to allow the largest debris to pass under the vacuum nozzle. But at least your smooth floors will be clean, saving you from having to go back over them with a dust mop and broom. I’ll take that improvement any day!
To make it even better you can download the Hoover App to your smart phone that will allow you to make custom settings to the FloorSense feature to “obtain optimal cleaning performance” for each room.
So, if your home has both carpeted and smooth floors, the Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus UH73220PC makes a lot of sense.
Smooth and Hardwood Floor Performance
The Hoover REACT Pet Plus UH73220PC has exceptionally strong suction so loose dirt and pet hair doesn’t have a chance. With the brushroll slowed down by the FloorSense feature the stuck on dust and dirt get removed along with the larger debris.
Although the FloorSense feature is a vast improvement the operator will still need to apply a little bit of human skill to do the best possible cleaning job on smooth floors. Also READ: Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floors
Performance on Carpet
Two requirements are absolutely necessary to get dirt, debris, and pet hair out of carpet – Powerful Suction and a Motor-Powered Brushroll. The Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum UH73220PC has both!
The powerful suction along with the powered brushroll easily dig out and suck up deep down dirt and pet hair from all carpet types, including plush carpet.
I rate the cleaning performance of the Hoover REACT UH73220PC on carpet as Excellent!
Handling and Maneuverability
As I mentioned earlier the Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus UH73220PC is a Full-Size Upright that weighs 17.6 lbs. That’s actually on the low side for a full-size upright. (The highly popular Dyson DC65 Animal Complete weighs a whopping 27 lbs.) Nevertheless, it still could present a problem if you are a small or physically challenged person and would need to carry it up or down stairs in a multi-level house.
NOTE: If you are a small or physically challenged person you probably will not like this vacuum, especially if you live in a multi-level home. You should probably consider a Compact or Lightweight Upright such as the Hoover WindTunnel Air Steerable UH72400 that weighs only 13.2 lbs.
Despite the weight it’s easy to maneuver on carpet or smooth floors thanks to the Swivel Steering. It’s actually very nimble when it comes to negotiating obstacles in the room. I like it a little better than Dyson’s Big Ball Steering which feels a little like vacuuming on ice.
Attachments and Above-Floor Cleaning Performance
The Handle and Wand easily detach and allow you to utilize the 10 ½ foot hose for cleaning areas above floors such as ceiling fan blades, vents, molding, etc.
The attachments include a Turbo Pet Tool, Pet Upholstery Tool, Dusting Brush, and a Deluxe Crevice Tool.
The Turbo Pet Tool works well on upholstery but has limited value for cleaning stairs because it relies on suction air for power. The Pet Upholstery Tool has rubber bristle and work really great for removing pet hair from furniture, pet bedding, or cloths. The Deluxe Crevice Tool has an extension that works well for getting into tight areas. The Dusting Brush has softer bristles that work well on furniture, etc.
Overall, the Attachments are better than average quality and should last at least as long as the vacuum cleaner.
Finally, Hoover has made a much-needed improvement to their filtration system. Hoover has designed the new Hoover REACT UH73220PC with a Sealed Filtration System. That might not sound like a big deal but its paramount when it comes to eliminating allergy-causing dust from getting blown back into the air you breathe while you’re vacuuming.
It’s important to have a HEPA-Level Filter in your vacuum but it doesn’t do much good if it has a sloppy fit in the filter compartment. This can allow nasty allergy-laden dust to leak around it and get exhausted back into the room you are trying to get clean. Yuck O’!
Older model vacuums (Not just Hoover) have been sold to the public suggesting that it is Allergy-Friendly because its equipped with a dinky incidental HEPA filter stuffed in a lose-fitting compartment with cracks and gaps around it. The truth is, about as much dust escapes back into the air as gets trapped in the filter with those cheap filtration systems.
Hoover claims their UH73220PC system captures 99% of allergens down to .5 microns. That’s really good! But not quite as good as Shark or Dyson that typically trap 99.99%, down to .3 microns with their sealed systems.
But that’s not to say this vacuum isn’t suitable for the allergy sufferer. Its far better than most bagless uprights in this price range.
- Weight: 17.6 Pounds
- Dirt Cup Capacity: 1.5 Liters, bottom release
- Power Cord: 30 ft., non-auto rewind
- Vacuum Nozzle Height Adjustment: Automatic
- Filtration: Sealed Rinseable Primary, HEPA Secondary w/ Carbon Odor Control
- Hose Length: 10.5 Feet, 13 feet total reach w/ wand
Cleaning Path: 13”
- 5 Year Hoover Warranty (When purchased on Amazon)
Overall, I am generally impressed with the Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum UH73220PC. The build quality is about average for vacuum cleaners in the current price range which I think is a bit high.
Hoover has a reputation for building vacuum cleaners that deliver workhorse utility at affordable prices. In that sense, I believe that reputation is safe with the UH73220PC.
Hoover typically uses very good motors that I have found to last for many years with normal maintenance. My old Hoover WindTunnel UH700 is almost 10 years old and I use it almost every day. With the 5 Year Warranty that comes with the Hoover REACT UH73220PC I would feel like I would at least get my money’s worth on this vacuum.
With the above-floor cleaning capability and decent array of attachments you have everything you need to be able to clean your entire home.
The 1.5 Liter bottom release Dirt Cup is easy to detach and dump. It is plenty large enough to deal with lots of pet hair and dirt.
Also READ: Best Vacuum for Pet Hair
A 30 foot cleaning radius and the 13 ft. reach with the stretch hose and wand give you plenty of range for a medium to large home.
I would like to have seen Hoover incorporate an Auto Cord Rewind feature in this model but that would add more to the weight and cost.
I found the maneuverability very good with the Swivel Steering feature. The User Friendliness is better than you would expect for a Full-Size vacuum. (NOTE: This is a FULL-SIZE VACUUM that weights 17.6 Pounds.)
All the attachments work well.
I never figured out why Hoover decided to include the designation “Professional” in the name of this model. It is primarily directed at the residential market and not the commercial market. I suppose it could be used for commercial purposes. Maybe ill retire my old loud and clunky commercial vacuum for the Hoover REACT!
I believe the Hoover REACT Professional Pet Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum UH73220PC makes a lot of sense if you share your home with pets and have multi floor surfaces. It represents good value, it cleans as good as it looks, and I RECOMMEND this vacuum!