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Hoover Sprint QuickVac Review

Derek HalesBy Derek Hales
Updated March 14, 2018

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Are you in the market for a new upright vacuum. but need to be conscious of how much you spend? Well then it’s time to say hello to the Hoover Sprint QuickVac upright vacuum. This Hoover vacuum is an inexpensive, simplistic upright vacuum designed to suit those who don’t need all the bells and whistles that come with a higher price tag.

Continue reading below to discover if the Hoover Sprint QuickVac is the best upright vacuum for you.

Hoover Sprint bagless uprigt vacuum

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  • Cleaning Tests 82%
  • Usability 90%
  • Value 80%
  • Maintenance 75%
  • Maneuverability 80%

Pros

  • The Hoover Sprint QuickVac does a great job on carpeted surfaces
  • This Hoover vacuum’s hose can be used with the handle, giving users more reach overall

Cons

  • The Hoover Sprint struggles with most debris types on hardwood floors
  • This Hoover vacuum is quite loud at 83 decibels

Hoover Sprint QuickVac vacuum

The Bottom Line

The Hoover Sprint QuickVac is an inexpensive upright vacuum with minimal features to help keep costs low. Three different floor settings give users a few different options when vacuuming. That said, this Hoover vacuum is better suited for carpeted surfaces, as the motorized brushroll tends to fling debris around on hard floor surfaces.

Design

The Hoover Sprint QuickVac embodies a more minimalist design. This unit does not contain a large number of extra parts. The handle slides into the base of the unit and voila, it is fully assembled. The combo crevice tool / dusting brush sits on the back of the unit behind the cord wrap.

The power switch is located at the base of the unit and can be pressed by foot. A small knob also sits on the head of the vacuum and offers three different floor cleaning preferences. Users have the option of turning this knob to select the most appropriate floor type.

A hose is attached to the back of the Sprint QuickVac and can be attached to the handle for added reach.

This Hoover contains a blue and gray color scheme with the Hoover logo embossed directly above the dust bin.

  1. Handle
  2. Dust bin
  3. Cleaning mode knob

Labeled image of the Hoover Sprint QuickVac

How It Cleans

The Hoover Sprint QuickVac cleans through multi-cyclonic suction. This allows the vacuum to suck up debris and separate the finer particles before reaching the filter and dust bin. By doing so, the vacuum is able to more efficiently store debris in the dust bin.

In addition, this Hoover upright vacuum offers three different floor settings. Therefore, users have the option of selecting the floor type they’re aiming to clean, allowing the vacuum to make necessary adjustments and clean the floor more effectively.

The Hoover Sprint is powered by a 10 amp motor and a 23′ cord.

Close up shot of the cleaning head on the Hoover Sprint QuickVac

Close up shot of the cleaning head on the Hoover Sprint QuickVac

Size & Dimensions

The Hoover Sprint QuickVac is about average for upright vacuums. This specific unit is 44″ long when fully assembled, 14″ wide, and 12″ deep. Additionally, the Sprint weighs 12.75 pounds.

  • Length – 44″
  • Width – 14″
  • Depth – 12″
  • Weight – 12.75 pounds

Size and dimensions of the Hoover Sprint QuickVac

Accessories & Parts

The Hoover Sprint QuickVac vacuum only includes minimal accessories.

  • Crevice tool and dusting brush – The 2-in-1 combination tool is stored on the back of the unit.
  • Extension wand – The handle is capable of separating from the unit, which can be attached to the hose for a longer reach.
Hoover Sprint crevice tool attached to the hose

Hoover Sprint crevice tool attached to the hose

Cleaning Tests

The following vacuum cleaner tests are designed to show how the Hoover Sprint QuickVac performs on different surfaces, picking up a variety of debris types. We test on three different floor types, including hardwood floors, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet. For each floor type we test the vacuum cleaner against:

  • Rice – 3 ounces
  • Dry Cereal – 1 ounce
  • Kitty Litter – 3 ounces
  • Sugar – 3 ounces
RELATED – For excellent carpet cleaning performance see our best vacuums for carpet, including some of our favorites, the Roomba 690, Hoover Windtunnel T-Series, and Miele Compact C1.

Each of the aforementioned debris types was spread across our testing lane. The base surface of our testing lane is an engineered hardwood floor. For our carpet tests, we slide in a low pile and high pile carpet insert on top of the hardwood floor.

Cleaning test debris types

Testing Debris – From left to right: Rice (3 oz.), Kitty Litter (3 oz), Cereal (1 oz), Sugar (3 oz)

Our vacuum cleaning process strives to be as consistent, fair, and true to real world use as possible. Our tests utilize the following procedure:

  1. Measure the weight of the testing debris and the weight of  the empty vacuum debris container.
  2. Spread the respective debris type evenly across the central portion of the testing lane.
  3. Run the vacuum cleaner over the testing lane.
  4. Measure the weight of the now filled container and take notes on the cleaning performance.

Hardwood Floor

Hardwood floors proved to be the biggest struggle for the Hoover Sprint vacuum. During our tests, sugar was the only debris that was cleaned up to a level of 80% or higher. Rice was not far behind sugar, but kitty litter and cereal were simply too much for this Hoover upright vacuum to handle.

For all debris, except cereal, the motorized brushroll flung the debris around while sucking up some along the way. This was less than effective during our tests. On the other hand, cereal was pushed forward and almost ignored completely. Only 4% was consumed by the vacuum.

  • Hardwood – Rice 72%
  • Hardwood – Cereal 4%
  • Hardwood – Kitty Litter 59%
  • Hardwood – Sugar 81%

Hoover Sprint QuickVac - hardwood floor cleaning test

Low Pile Carpet

The low pile carpet test showed a huge leap in the Hoover Sprint QuickVac’s capabilities. This Hoover was virtually flawless when tested against the four debris on the low pile carpet.

Friction was able to hold each debris type in place, allowing the brushroll to agitate the debris and get sucked up into the unit.

  • Low Carpet – Rice 100%
  • Low Carpet – Cereal 99%
  • Low Carpet – Kitty Litter 97%
  • Low Carpet – Sugar 98%

Hoover Sprint QuickVac - low pile carpet cleaning test

High Pile Carpet

After completing the high pile carpet tests, we saw results similar to those of the low pile carpet. That said, the Hoover Sprint did show a slight struggle with the cereal, only cleaning up 82%. All three other debris types were cleaned up to a level of 99%.

Cereal was an issue for this Hoover on the high pile carpet because of the way the vacuum sat in the carpet. Set on the thickest carpet cleaning mode, the vacuum sat lower, meaning it wasn’t as easy to run over the cereal and suck it up. In the end, 82% is not a bad result by any means, but I would’ve liked to see this upright vacuum handle it a bit better.

  • High Carpet – Rice 99%
  • High Carpet – Cereal 82%
  • High Carpet – Kitty Litter 99%
  • High Carpet – Sugar 99%

Hoover Sprint QuickVac - high pile carpet cleaning test

Usability

Using the Hoover Sprint QuickVac is extremely easy. But before using the unit, a short setup is required. This setup entails sliding the handle into the base of the unit. Bam! You’re all setup.

Once you have completed the quick assembly process, all that’s left to do is plug the vacuum in, choose the floor height setting you’d like to use, and press the power button. Once again, it’s a simple process all in all. Each of the floor settings is labeled so you have a good idea of what mode is best for specific surfaces.

Cleaning mode knob on the head of the Hoover Sprint

Cleaning mode knob on the head of the Hoover Sprint

Lastly, users can detach the handle and hose from the base of the vacuum. This allows you to use it more like an extended handheld vacuum, giving you an additional 7′ of reach. The same power button initiates the suction from the hose, so once removed from the main unit, press that button and begin cleaning with the hose / wand.

RELATED – If you’d prefer a standalone handheld see our best handheld vacuums comparison. The Dirt Devil Scorpion, Shark Pet Perfect 2, and Dyson V6 Trigger all deliver great performance.

Maneuverability

Maneuvering this Hoover Sprint vacuum is not a strenuous activity, but it’s not the easiest we’ve tested. Weighing in at 12.75 pounds, the vacuum is about average in terms of weight. That said, the weight of the vacuum does not do it any favors when trying to push or turn it.

Weight

12.75 pounds

Power

23′ long cord

Hose

7′ max length

Turning

30°

The head of the vacuum is not able to swivel sharply, making it more difficult to navigate around your home if there are obstacles (furniture, toys, dog beds, etc.). That said, for the price of this vacuum, a high degree of maneuverability was not something I expected.

This Hoover upright is able to maneuver around, but it does take a bit more work from the operator of the vacuum.

Maintenance

The following table indicates the frequency at which you will likely want to replace the various parts and components of the vacuum. The following replacement frequencies are what the manufacturer recommends. However, your individual experiences may vary.

Accessory / PartReplacement FrequencyReplacement Cost
Filter3-6 monthsCheck Price
Dirt cup filter3-6 months Check Price
Belt12 monthsCheck Price

Maintenance on the Hoover Sprint is an important task, but not a difficult one. There are two filters and one belt you should pay attention to:

  • Primary filter – Should be replaced every 3-6 months, or as needed.
  • Secondary filter – This filter also needs to be replaced every 3-6 months, or as needed.
  • Belt – Hoover recommends replacing the belt every 12 months, unless otherwise needed.

Annual maintenance includes 2-4 pleated filters, 2-4 foam filters, and one new belt, which will total around $58 per year.

Filter indicator on the Hoover Sprint QuickVac

Filter indicator on the Hoover Sprint QuickVac

Noise

All vacuum cleaner reviews on Modern Castle are put through our standard noise test. For this test, we use a sound meter to measure noise in terms of decibel level approximately 3′ away from the vacuum.

Hoover Sprint QuickVac vacuum noise test

Value

This Hoover upright vacuum offers a decent value. The price is low and the performance is top notch on low pile carpet and strong on high pile carpet. The unit did struggle with hardwood floors, which brought the value down overall.

RELATED – For a better performance on hardwoods see our best hardfloor vacuum cleaners guide.

If you’re in need of an upright vacuum that does well on carpeted surfaces, this Hoover offers a value strong enough to make worthwhile. However, if you plan to vacuum any significant amount of hardwood, tile, or other hard surfaces, I would recommend choosing a different vacuum (perhaps the Hoover Windtunnel T-Series, which offers better performance).

With regard to warranty and return period, Hoover provides a 1-year limited warranty and a 30-day return period (via Amazon).

Specifications

Below is a complete list of important specifications and features included on the Hoover Sprint QuickVac:

Specifications 
TypeUpright
ManufacturerHoover
ModelSprint QuickVac
Length (inches)44
Width (inches)14
Weight (pounds)12.75
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Dust Bin Capacity2 L
CordlessNo - 23' cord
BaglessYes
Returns30 days via Amazon. Varies by retailer
Warranty1-Year limited
BuyBuy

Who Should Buy the Hoover Sprint QuickVac Upright Vac?

The Hoover Sprint QuickVac is an upright vacuum better suited for carpeted surfaces. Although a simple, low cost vacuum, it is able to get the job done well for carpets. A wide array of users may find this vacuum to be a good option.

I would recommend the Hoover Sprint QuickVac if you’re looking for the following features in a upright vacuum.

  • Want a simple unit – The Hoover Sprint QuickVac is an upright vacuum with a small amount of features. If you’re in need of an inexpensive vacuum and don’t need all of the extra bells and whistles, this could be a good option.
  • You only have carpets  Despite the fact that the Hoover Sprint QuickVac has multiple cleaning modes, it is really best suited for carpets. During our tests its performance on hardwoods was disappointing, so it’s not a vacuum we’d recommend except for homes that primarily have carpets.
  • Budget is a factor – If you’re restricted by a budget, but desperately need an upright vacuum, the Hoover Sprint QuickVac is an option worth considering. Typically sold for less than $60 on Amazon, you’ll be hard pressed to find another deal like this one.

For more information on the Hoover Sprint QuickVac visit Amazon.com.

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Summary

The Hoover Sprint QuickVac is an upright vacuum sold for a low price and designed for the user who doesn’t mind more of a basic vacuum cleaner. This Hoover offers a good degree of suction and three different floor height cleaning options. Users who are in search of an inexpensive upright vacuum and don’t mind the more simplistic design / cleaning features could find this Hoover to be a good fit.

Derek Hales

Derek Hales

Editor-in-Chief

Derek Hales is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of ModernCastle.com. He is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to testing and reviewing products for the home. When he is not testing new products, Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and PC gaming. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Samantha, and poodle, Tibbers.

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