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Hoover 700 handheld vacuum, ultra lightweight, powerful, ergonomic, car, 3in1 tool, dock,  H-HANDY 700 EXPRESS HH710M

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Hoover’s filter is an EPA, rather than HEPA model, so not as many small particles are captured by it. For those with allergy sufferers in the house, a HEPA model may be a better choice. Hoover H-Handy 700 performance – Very powerful

We found that the design of the 3-in-1 tool was less convenient than the Shark WV200UK though. Instead of a flip-down brush, you need to push the brush along the crevice tool to use it. Whenever we tried to do this with the tool attached, we also pulled off the entire tool, as there was nothing clipping it into place.In short, both of these Hoovers are the same cleaner but with different accessories. The Pet model includes an extra motorised nozzle with a velvet-like agitator for pulling up pet hair. This disturbs the fibres of fabrics, cleaning them deeper than a non-motorised nozzle. There also aren’t multiple power settings. A lower suction option would have been useful for extending battery life, but this isn’t an option.

Even so, the attachments available can reach right into the many corners and edges on a staircase. And the battery should give enough run time to manage a whole flight, depending on how thorough you are. Pet Hair The nozzle is the main cleaning head on the Hoover H-Handy. Without any motorised brushes or attachments, it relies on suction power rather than any form of agitation. For most people, this is sufficient for trapping dirt particles – particularly during small cleaning jobs. But if you have severe dust allergies, a HEPA filter is more effective than an EPA filter. For example, the Shark WV200UK uses a HEPA filter and has a similar design to the H-Handy.There’s just a 0.15-litre bin in this vacuum cleaner, which is absolutely tiny by regular vacuum cleaner standards. However, given that this vacuum is specifically for spot cleaning, this should be fine. It seems like decent value as a stylish cleaning accessory, although there are cheaper, more rough and ready handheld vacuums to be found. But it really is only good for small jobs, like toast crumbs on the countertop or dried mud in the hallway. The short battery life, mediocre suction, and tiny dust canister mean it’s not suitable for anything bigger. We found it to be far more agile than the Dyson V7 Trigger, for example, which is bulkier and struggles in tight spots. But the trade-off is that the Hoover holds around 75% less dirt than the Dyson, so you need to empty it much more frequently. Unfortunately, this is an unnecessarily messy task (more on that later). Another issue is that we found the vacuum expels its exhaust air out of the sides of the main body. Several times we were trying to clean a patch of floor, only for debris we hadn’t cleaned yet to be blown away by the vacuum. Filtration

Unfortunately, the emptying system is one of our biggest complaints about this vacuum. It’s messy and unnecessarily frustrating, which is surprising when the rest of the vacuum is well-designed.

We also found that it struggled to clean carpets, pet hair, and other tougher jobs. And we really hope that Hoover re-thinks the messy emptying system for their next handheld vacuum! Competition is growing in this area, however. If you have a Vax ONEPWR vacuum cleaner, then the Vax ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vac comes barebones (no battery), and offers up to 25 minutes of runtime; it also has a bigger bin. It’s half the price of the H-Handy 700, making it a bargain for ONEPWR owners.

We don't have a fancy tool to measure the exact power the Hoover delivered in testing, but it seemed like enough for small jobs around the house. For instance: the comparatively priced Shark WV200UK goes for just eight minutes on a full charge, although in our testing, we ran the Hoover from fully charged to flat and it took 10 minutes and eight seconds before it gave out.

The Hoover H-Handy 700 can sit on your kitchen counter, ready to spring into life as soon as you need it

At just under 42cm, the H-Handy is a good length for reaching both floors and higher areas. You can access tight spots, like under the sofa and baby car seats, with ease. We also thought the LED light was a nice tough for illuminating dark corners. There’s a 3-in-1 tool attachment included with the H-Handy 700 Express. You can use it as a crevice tool, which has a sliding collar to convert into a dusting brush. Or, you can turn it around for an upholstery tool with a felt-like micro brush. When the bin is full, you remove the entire thing, pop out the washable filter and tip out the dirt. You can rinse away the mess in the bin, too: just make sure that you leave everything to dry before using the vacuum cleaner again. Washable EPA with protective mesh– Prevents nasty particles escaping in your home and is easy to clean. Hoover says the H-Handy will go for 12 minutes from full charge, which may not sound like a lot, but it's actually more than you'll get from comparable models from Shark.

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