Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hoover Tempo WidePath U5140-900 Bagged Upright Vacuum - Good But Very Noisy

After my Bissell 3108 EasyVac Powerbrush bagless vacuum died an untimely death (through no fault of the manufacturer), it was a time for another vacuum cleaner. I didn’t want another bagless vacuum as the dust cup emptying procedure always produced clouds of dust and resulted in a mess. And our new apartment is mostly carpeted, so the suction on carpeted surfaces had to be good.

After reading Consumer Reports, I decided upon this Hoover Tempo WidePath U5140-900 “bagged” upright vacuum. This Hoover Tempo Widepath Upright Vacuum is very easy to assemble and features sturdy construction and blue finish with conservative design.

Bagged Design

The vacuum features bagged design, which means that you don’t have to empty the dust cup and clean the filter after every use. In addition to the bag that needs to be replaced when full, there are a couple of filters that need to be cleaned periodically. But as a result of the bagged design, you don’t end up with dust all over the place (and all over yourself) every time you use the vacuum.

The vacuum filters out allergens, 100% of dust mites, 99.98% of ragweed, common pollens, etc.


The vacuum is rated at 12 Amps, which is twice as much as the previous one I had, but is not too heavy. It has a powerbrush, which is a moving brush designed to help the vacuum lift the dirt from carpets. Unlike my previous vacuum though, when you could switch the brush on or off (for bare floors), this one has the brush always on. So be careful if you have hardwood floors.


The vacuum easily converts from upright into canister with a flexible hose and a crevice tool. There are other onboard tools as well: the dusting brush and the upholstery tool as well as a couple of extension wands. The tools snap onto the vacuum in a sturdy fashion.

My previous vacuum was a noisy, but this one is really noisy. After I turn it off, I still have hissing in my ears, so to avoid suffering any ill effects, I am going to use it while wearing ear plugs. Really.

Power Cord
The cord is very long at 24’ and sturdy.


The vacuum produces excellent suction and has a 15-inch “WidePath” cleaning. It works very well on carpets and has a switch for different carpet pile heights. It works somewhat worse on bare floors, even with the lowers setting of the aforementioned switch.

There is no indicator that the bag needs to be replaced so you might have to check it periodically.

The vacuum is not light and it is somewhat of a workout to move it back and forth (mostly back because the powerbrush helps it move forward), but it is a price I am willing to pay.


The vacuum comes with a 1-year warranty on parts and labor.

Pros: Low price, powerful motor, sturdy, onboard tools, good filtration, conservative design.
Cons: Very noisy, no indicator that bag needs to be changed, power brush always on.

Bottom Line

For the price, the Hoover Tempo Widepath Upright Vacuum is a very good performer.. I definitely recommend it for anyone who likes to be dust-free. I wish it was less noisy though and it would be nice to have an indicator that the bag needs to be replaced.

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