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Hoover U5140-900 Tempo Widepath Review

by The Review CrewMay 30, 2010

There is one thing all quality vacuums have in common: they are overly expensive, however; Hoover is breaking the trend with the entry-level Hoover U5140-900. This vacuum does not come with a stylish chassis or design, however; it delivers 12-amps of power for under $100.

The bag door can be opened with ease and has the ability to be removed painlessly. The vacuum comes with an onboard dusting brush, crevice tool, extension wands, and furniture nozzle. Like traditional vacuums the U5140-900 Tempo comes with a one year limited warranty.

Unlike other vacuum cleaners, the Hoover Tempo Widepath bagged upright boasts a powerful engine that drives itself. The 12-amp motor is able to provide more than adequate suction to capture small and large debris from carpeting and hardwood floors.

This model does not have the WindTunnel technology, however; consumer tests prove the vacuum will pick up all visible debris within one or two passes. The Hoover U5140-900 does not feature an automatic dirt sensor nor does it have many LED indicators.

Compared to other models at this price, the Hoover Tempo is easier to push and maneuver around the house. The power cord is adequate, however; it can be difficult to wind up after the vacuum is turned off. The onboard tools are made out of inexpensive materials and feel flimsy and lightweight.

The vacuum itself is not the lightest by any means, but offers a compact and low profile design that is to be expected for this series. The WidePath design enables the U5140-900 upright vacuum to pickup more debris because of its broad form.
The Hoover U5140-900 is a cost effective investment to handle the floor cleaning needs of most households. The WidePath design enables one to cover more territory faster, reducing the amount of time the vacuum is on. Overall, the Hoover Tempo performs slightly above competing models for the price.
The Hoover U5140-900 is an entry-level model and lacks standard features found on most vacuums today, including HEPA filtration and design. The Hoover Tempo Widepath upright looks like an older vacuum from the 1990s and uses a poorly crafted “back to the basics” approach. Other Hoover bagged vacuums utilize a better low profile approach that is not an eye sore.

The machine lacks automatic power cord management and the onboard controls are not ergonomically laid out. Additionally, there is a lack of variable speed control and suction strength.

Nor can users turn the brush roll on or off – making it inappropriate for hardwood and bare floors. Overall, the Hoover Tempo Widepath bagged vacuum is a generic entry-level model not suited for someone who wants style, design, or a workhorse.

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