Hoover Power Drive Pet Upright Vacuum
Avg. consumer rating = 80/100
The Hoover Power Drive Pet vacuum (model UH74210PC) is fairly good at pulling up pet hair. It also comes with a pet turbo tool, and the swivel steering makes the machine quite maneuverable. In addition, the price is reasonable - you should be able to find it for around $150. However, like many of the Hoover uprights we’ve reviewed, the Power Drive Pet gets average ratings from owners. Also, the vacuum is on the heavy side, the edge cleaning is not great, and there are several reports that the unit sometimes just breaks down.
|Best for...||Bare Floors & Carpet|
|Pet Hair Features||Yes|
|Approx. Weight||16 lbs|
|Power Cord Length||30 ft|
|Motor Driven Brushbar||Yes|
A total of 369 owner ratings were found on two popular online retail websites – see table below. When these ratings were averaged they resulted in an overall vacuum score of 80 out of 100 (4 stars out of 5). This is actually slightly less than our site average for upright vacuums (which is about 82). You can see our full list of upright vacuum ratings or see ALL vacuum reviews & ratings.
|Source||Consumer Rating||# Ratings|
|Amazon||3.8 stars out of 5||252|
|Best Buy||4.4 stars out of 5||117|
- Good at picking up pet hair
- Fairly strong suction
- Maneuvers well
- Has headlights
- Respectably sized dust canister
- On/off brushroll controls
- Suction release collar
- A bit heavy
- Only 2 tools store on-board
- No height controls
- Sometimes things just break or stop working
Probably the most common comment from owners is that they are pleased both with the strong suction of the Power Drive and the unit’s ability to pick up cat and dog hair. This is no small thing given that many folks are buying this for a household with pets.
Another key consideration is that several owners report things on the vacuum just break or stop working. For example the suction just stops or the brushroll refuses to spin. These things certainly don’t happen to everyone but there are enough of these kinds of comments for one to be wary.
The Power Drive is a bagless upright that uses multicyclonic technology. This is a system of multiple cyclones that rapidly spin the air thereby “throwing” the dust and debris out of the airflow and into the dust canister (a simplification but it provides the general idea). This technology helps keep the filters cleaner longer and it is common in bagless vacuums today.
The brushroll on this vacuum is designed to help reduce hair wrap and it also has on/off controls. On/off controls are important as you typically want to turn the brushroll off when vacuum smooth surfaces and on when vacuuming carpet.
The vacuum comes with two filters – a pre-motor filter and a post motor filter. You will read that the vacuum comes with a rinsable filter. This is true but the only rinsable filter is the pre-motor filter. This filter is located above the dust canister and is a thin disc shaped filter.
The dust canister on this unit is fairly large at 1.5 liters (about 0.4 gallons). It is also bottom release. You simply press a button and the bottom door releases allowing the dust/debris to fall out. This is pretty much standard for many bagless vacuums today, but sometimes – depending on the canister configuration – debris can often get stuck inside requiring one to dig it out. Fortunately a large number of owners have reported that emptying this particular dust canister is very easy.
The Power Drive comes with 3 tools:
1) Crevice tool
2) Dusting brush
3) Pet turbo tool
The tools will fit on the end of the handle or on the end of the quick detach wand. Combined with the 9 foot stretch hose this provides about 13 feet of cleaning reach. Not bad. We’ve seen vacuums with much more cleaning reach but many at this price point have a shorter reach. This vacuum also sports a 30 foot power cord which is a respectable length.
There is no nozzle height adjustment on the UH74210PC. On some vacuums you see a control (like a dial) on the top of the nozzle that allows you to increase or decrease the distance between the nozzle and the floor. This is helpful in accommodating varying heights of carpet. You cannot do that with this machine.
The swivel steering works quite well according to owners and maneuvering the machine is fairly easy. However it does weigh in at 16 lbs which is a little on the heavy side for an upright these days. Dyson uprights are often in this weight range but many Shark vacuums and other popular machines are getting lighter.
Other features include LED headlights on either side of the cleaner head, a bumper scuff guard to ensure walls and furniture do not get scratched or marred, and soft wheels which are useful when moving the vacuum on some flooring (like hardwood).
The Hoover Power Drive Pet carries a 5 year limited warranty.
The manual for this vacuum is pretty average but it does cover most of the essentials. You will find information on safety, what's in the box, assembly, vacuum controls, using the vacuum, maintenance, troubleshooting, and the warranty. The manual is provided in English, French and Spanish. You can view the English version of the manual here: Hoover Power Drive Vacuum Manual