Since 1908, Hoover is the home appliance manufacturer which has been trusted for durable, highly functional, versatile and reliable products by millions of Americans. From their line of products, the Hoover Commercial HushTone upright vacuum cleaners emerged some time ago with the Lite version, an appliance that has continued to grace multiple commercial contractors and office settings with its great cleaning power and efficiency. But Hoover never stops evolving, that is why I am today able to present you a new commercial vacuum, the HushTone Hard-Bagged. From face value, it may appear like some of the ordinary vacuum cleaners but looking into its details will reveal the real power behind this compact upright. This article comes handy as an objective review, highlighting the features that set this vacuum cleaner apart from the rest. In a few words:
- you’ll find out what are the complete specs of the vacuum
- what are the differences between the 13, 13+, 15 and 15+ models
- where you can find great deals for these units
|Suction power||The Hush Tone Hard-Bagged has a 2-speed motor, which gives the user the possibility to choose between a very strong suction power (which stays uniform through all your cleaning exercise), and decent suction power (but with a noise level < 69db). In high-traffic areas, using the boost mode will ensure that you can clean thoroughly. Soil, sand, large pieces of dirt and even coins will be sucked in without any problem, based on a measured 152 CFM, which is an absolutely great airflow value (as normal vacuum cleaners range between 50 and 100 CFM).|
Another great feature of this unit is the 4 level height adjustment. Thanks to this, you can vacuum any type of floor, from high pile carpets to bare floors.
Last but not least, the models with the IntelliBelt feature a permanent belt which is automatically shut down when a jam occurs.
|Input power||The 2-speed motor requires an input power of 1200W. This will not necessarily hike your power bills, as most of today's uprights consume the same. The motor runs on 10 Amps / 120 Volts circuits.|
|Dust capacity||Unlike most of the upright vacuum cleaners that are bagless, Hoover Commercial Hush Tone Hard-Bagged comes with a clean-drop bag that is big enough to trap all forms of dirt, right from pollen to debris and dust. Similarly, the clean-drop bag is made in such a way to ensure that there is little to no dust escaping when disposing the bags. This is not to mention the performance indicator, which lets you know when the bag is full or rather when the appliance is clogged. Irrespective of how big the cleaning area is, therefore, you will know in time when the bag is about to fill so you can prepare to dispose it. This is an ideal system especially in a commercial setting where you expect a lot of traffic. The bag is not that big at 1.12 gallons, but it's enough for most businesses.|
|Filtration system efficiency||This Hoover has a sealed allergen system, which ensures that 99.9% of pollen, dirt and dust is trapped, down to particles smaller than 0.5 microns. It is further enhanced with the Hexaguard Technology to assure users of clean air. Thanks to the sealed HEPA filtration system, the appliance takes care of users with allergies, and almost every drop of allergen is trapped within the system. As a side note, HEPA filters were just recently introduced on commercial vacuums; usually, only bags were made of HEPA media materials.|
The HEPA filter and the inlet filter are rinsable, but remember to allow them 24h for a complete dry. Also, the producer recommends you to change the carbon filter once per year.
|Weight and Dimensions||Weighting 18.5 lbs, it's not the lightest upright commercial vacuum cleaner, nor the heaviest for that matter. It measures 11" x 16" x 36". Depending on the model, the nozzle width may measure 13 inches (HushTone 13 and 13+) or 15 inches (HushTone 15 and 15+).|
|Warranty||Of great importance to janitorial personnel and commercial cleaning contractors is the 2-year commercial warranty which is offered on this appliance. Due to intense cleaning, all commercial appliances may break down at some point. That is where this kind of warranty comes in handy.|
|Accessories||Comes with only one accessory, the crevice tool, which helps you gain access to some of the areas that are hard to reach and ensures that all commercial settings are cleaned uniformly.|
|Special features||An easy-access brushroll - This is one of the features that you will fall in love with; an easily accessible brush roll that will ensure you enjoy commercial cleaning exercises irrespective of the fact that they are tedious at times.|
Ergonomic handle - The ergonomic handle is designed for human comfort and safety, ensuring that there is less stress on your hand and wrist. This way, you can embark on a long cleaning exercise without feeling drained.
Quick-change cord - This commercial Hoover is endowed with a quick-change cord, which means you have the chance to save a lot of money by simply replacing the extension cord when it is worn out or when you feel that its performance is not up to your expectations.
ScatterGuard Squeegee - This special system ensures that dirt and debris are not scattered as you use the appliance. This enhances the machine’s effectiveness further because you will not be required to dwell one area as a result of scattered debris.
Ready for use - Once you get this vacuum cleaner out of the box, it is ready for use. The manufacturer has assembled everything that is required to make the vacuum cleaner ready immediately.
|Usability||Reduced noise levels - With a 69 decibel sound level, you will definitely enjoy a distraction-free cleaning exercise. If you use the lower speed setting for instance, the motor is almost quiet and will therefore make it easy and convenient to work in areas where distraction is not needed.|
Wide cleaning area - Thanks to the 40 ft power cord and the 8ft hose, you don't have to change power outlets too often.
Performance indicator - Shows when the machine is clogged or when the bag is full.
|Price||As expected, these units are a bit more expensive than standard Hoover models. After a bit of digging, I've found that the cheapest one is the HushTone 13, and the most expensive is the HushTone 15+.|
An important point which I haven’t included in the table above is the origin of the vacuum. Unlike many Hoovers, this one is built entirely in Cookeville, TN. Thus it could safely be added to my list of vacuum cleaners built in US. Another thing I haven’t mentioned is that these commercial vacuum cleaners are CRI certified with the Gold seal of approval.
Comparing HushTone Hard-Bagged uprights: 13 vs 13+ vs 15 vs 15+
|Model||Hoover Commercial HushTone Hard-Bagged 13 - CH54013||Hoover Commercial HushTone Hard-Bagged 13+ - CH54113||Hoover Commercial HushTone Hard-Bagged 15 - CH54015||Hoover Commercial HushTone Hard-Bagged 15+ - CH54115|
- Sturdy built
- Powerful motor
- Low noise
- Great filtration
- Amazing usability
- Cheap bags
- Made in USA
Potential bad points
- Lack of accessories
- The relatively small capacity of the bag
The final verdict + VGM
Commercial cleaning is an intense job that requires powerful appliances and unless you have an idea of what you are purchasing, you may end up with tones of lemons. Talking of Hoover Commercial HushTone Hard-Bagged however, this is an appliance that is versatile, effective and reliable. Adding to the fact that Hoover is a brand with a lot of history behind, this is definitely a top-notch upright commercial vacuum cleaner. Here are my rates:
Are you looking for a good commercial vac? Planning to buy one of these HushTones, but just haven’t decided yet? Need additional details? Leave a comment bellow.
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Tony Acres says
Hi Jason, I just purchased a new home that is wall to wall carpet and have been on the hunt for the best commercial style vacuum that will provide great cleaning and HEPA filtered. Do you feel the Hoover would be the best route or should I focus more toward a canister like the C3.
Jason Roberts says
If you’re on a budget, this Hoover is one of the best choices out there. It has all the specs you will ever want for a fraction of the cost.
This WILL BE my next vacuum!