Well I'll start this review off by saying I collect Vacuum Cleaners and I own two Hoover Turbopowers, hence this review!
I got the first one, a 1994 Hoover Turbopower 1000 U2812 with Autosense (I will explain that later), from a dump in February 2010 for the obvious cost of nothing!
I got it home to find it had a good belt and bag in it and worked fantastically with no fault, even the Autosense worked... What is the catch!? Well, it is just a good Hoover, there is no catch.
The second one I bought is a 1999 Hoover Turbopower 2 U2106, which I paid £9 for from my local Recycling Store. This also worked fantastically with a good belt and bags, but they were the wrong bags! If I had a Pound for every time I've seen H4 bags in a Turbopower 2 (which requires H18 bags) I'd be a rich person! Without boring you, the H4 bags were for the original Turbopower and they do fit the Turbopower 2 but don't lock into place properly so can slip off as they fill.
It wasn't a problem however as being a vacuum collector I had some Genuine Hoover H18 bags in stock to use.
OK, now I'll give you a quick summary of the Turbopower 2/1000/3 series:
In 1992 the Turbopower 2 was released, in a basic form and with Autosense, priced respectively.
Shortly after, in 1993 I believe, the Turbopower 1000 was released to replace the Turbopower 2 Autosense, making the range a basic Turbopower 2 and a Turbopower 1000 Autosense.
In 1994 the original Turbopower ceased production.
The following year the Turbopower 1000 also ceased production and was replaced by its successor, the Turbopower 3 Autosense. The only difference between the Turbopower 1000 and Turbopower 3 was the fact the TP3 had a wider bore hose to give the motor an easier time and to prevent blockages.
A few minor changes occurred over the years but they aren't really worth mentioning, one of which was the disappearance of the small crevice tool after the Turbopower 3's release.
Now, everything went on like that until 1997 when the Hoover PurePower (still on sale today - a very poor cleaner) was released and the Turbopower 3 was discontinued.
The Turbopower 2 remained in production until the early 2000s and was still popular right up to its demise.
The wattages of the Turbopower 2/100/3 changed little - at the start the two Turbopower 2s were 800 Watts, the Turbopower 1000 (when released) was 1000 Watts, and so was the Turbopower 3 and later Turbopower 2. There was a red Turbopower released sometime in the early 2000s which had 1200 Watts I believe.
Now I'll explain the Autosense feature, briefly, as I know I'm going on a bit:
The slogan Hoover used for the Autosense feature was "It gives you the power you need, when you need it" and that basically sums it up!
There was a speaker affixed where the hose attaches to bag assembly, which triggers a higher motor speed if the sound of more than usual dirt passing through it is detected.
You also have a manual override button which revs the motor up to its full speed and thus disables Autosense. The basic Turbopower models without Autosense were basically running with the override button pressed all the time.
Right, lets get onto the actual review now you know the ins and outs of the Turbopower's life.
I won't make separate reviews for my Turbopower 1000 and Turbopower 2, because they are so alike.
The Turbopower 2/1000 machines were very modern in contrast with the previous Turbopower, which was a bit old fashioned by the time the Turbopower 2 came along in '92.
The Turbopower 2/1000 features the Activator brush roll which the original Turbopower had, a brilliant design. It is basically a standard brush roll with lots of "bumps" on it to draw out any dust and dirt deep in the bottom of the carpet pile.
The first thing you notice when you operate the Turbopower 2/1000 is that upon lifting it is very heavy! This isn't apparent when it is in use however as it glides over the carpets with ease.
When you do want to operate the machine, you simply unwind the cord, which is long in the Turbopower 1000 and long enough in the Turbopower 2, plug it in and turn on the cleaner via the large power button at the front, above the bag door. This is where the Autosense lights and Turbo (override) button are located in the Autosense models, in models without, there is simply the power button and a Bag Full indicator.
The cleaner is quite loud, I'll admit, but the Autosense feature does quieten things down a bit when it settles down to the lowest setting for little dirt, of course on the models without Autosense that wasn't an option so it is continuously loud! Your ears do get used to it though, I assure you. Compared to modern Vacuum Cleaners though, it is actually rather quiet!
The carpet cleaning, using which ever of the four height adjustment settings apply to you, it is amazing! The Activator brush roll really deep cleans the carpets and the suction assists it perfectly.
For above floor cleaning, the hose suction is equally immense and you have a good selection of tools:
Long Crevice Tool (can be doubled up as an extra extension tube)
Short Crevice Tool (later discontinued)
As for reliability, I've never had a problem with either of my Turbopowers, they are simply made to last!
Out of my Vacuum Cleaner collection, I use my Turbopowers as "daily drivers" so they get the most use, but neither have broken down to date, so I can give them five stars for that!
Thank you for reading this review and I hope you haven't been too bored by it!
This is quite an old machine now but i expect you can still get hold of them on ebay.
I bought mine many years ago and its still going strong. The purchase price was £99 reduced from £199.
It is an upright cleaner with a replaceable bag but a permabag is available. Spares are still readily available as both the bags and drive belts require replacement due to wear and tear. The bag is very easy to change, just open the front door by means of a button, unclip the bag, clip a new bag in and then close again and your ready to roll again.
The drive belt does snap occasionally mainly due to bloackages. Its fairly easy to replace, turn the machine off and unplug. Turn the machine on its side to access the base, undo a couple of screws and remove the base plate, remove the remains of the old belt, stretch a new one in place, replace the base plate and then carry on again.
The best feature of this vacuum is the autosense, this increases the power to pick up whatever has activated the sensor. Such items that can cause it to happen is normally a bit of gravel or grit that has come off someones shoes from outside.
After many years this feature is still fully functional. It is averagely loud in use but when the autosense kicks in the noise does increase some what.
The overall body colour of the hoover is a dark blue with sparkly bits but other colours were available such as red.
It has four height settings that raise or lower the hoover depending on floor type.
The floor type options are short pile, medium, pile, long pile/rugs and the final setting is for very long carpet pile which is also the setting for the use of the tools.
When using the tools it is recommended that the turbo button i s depressed to give maximum power, this turns off the autosense though.
Turbo power can be turned on or off on any of the settings.
For hoovering under tables and cabinets the handle can be lowered so its horizontal this is achieved by pressing the handle adjustment button with your foot.
The front of the machine is where the on/off switch is and also the turbo button. There are 3 lights between these two buttons that show you the power the machine is running at, below that is a light that is illuminated if there is a blockage or the bag is full. This light may flicker when using the tool setting though.
Tools with the machine are a long flexible hose, a 2 piece solid tube that can be used as one length or just one piece used. The long flexible hose is useful for hoovering stairs but due to the weight of the machine its heavy to carry up and down stairs.
The electric wire for the machine is adequate but a longer one would be better but an extention lead can be used. The wire is wound round a couple of parts to keep it neat. Teh top one swivels to release the wire quickly and the bottom one is also the carrying handle.
I would recommend it as it has lasted me a long time and will keep going for a long time yet.
The solid pipe has a crevice tool built in. There is a bristle brush and also an upholstery brush
The Hoover Turbopower is a model name which has spawned most of Hoover's 1980's upright vacuum cleaner range before the lightweight plastic range Purepower came in through the middle 1990's. Most Turbopower vacuums these days are kept by people who are impressed with their reliability over the Purepower range even though the Turbopower models are no longer made.
** This is a long review but benefits anyone who may be looking for a generally easy to use vacuum that won't break the bank on running costs. **
Therefore owning an old Hoover can be cost effective than running a newer other-brand model which may be cheap to buy at the time but sourcing for belts and bags can be a major pain against one of the UK's most available and known manufacturers. Let's face it, Dyson may be a lifesaver but there's yet to be a Dyson model under £50 which most Turbopower 2 and 3 models now sell at on online markets such as EBay or high street shops such as Cash Converters. If bought online or at shops, make sure any vacuum cleaner you buy has been at most, reconditioned because the motor will be readily serviced and internal parts will have been given a refresh before being put on sale.
I was recently given the task of repairing a Hoover Turbopower 2 model (the basic Turbopower models don't have filters other than the paper bag) since the owner was tired of its lack of suction. It was no wonder that the machine wasn't working since they hadn't bothered to change the drive belt, the filters were packed up whilst the main hose was totally blocked with wallpaper chippings and plaster. A quick 15-minute inspection had the cleaner as good as new and it was working as a Hoover should. The owner was pleasantly surprised but has now bought a cheap upright that is lighter and more efficient than what they cruelly call this Hoover, an old dinosaur. I've since sold the Turbopower 2 to a local school who need a low cost upright vacuum to pick up the hairs that their commercial Henry cylinder vacuums struggle with.
In many ways the Turbopower 2 can be called a dinosaur (and Turbopower models before it) but when they stopped production of the Turbopower 2 and 3 series (The last model ever to grace the moniker was the U212, a bright red hard box upright cleaner with 1200 watts of power in the year 2000), Hoover copied virtually every other manufacturer on the market with the Purepower model which meant lighter plastics, noisier and hotter motors and at the cost of efficient cleaning, increased gliding weight despite the known cheaper characteristics of general build quality. But still people keep them and there are good reasons for this. Bags and belts are always available for the TP2 however; Comet, Curry's and John Lewis carry them simply because for the amount of years the TP range was on sale for. Also, companies such as Blomberg and Dirt Devil had initially bought license from Hoover to product the same Turbopower 2 design which means yet more mass availability on costs and parts, which also means cheaper prices if you research carefully.
There are many Turbopower 2 models which consist of varying specifications from Hoover's sensor power idea called "Autosense" which automatically adjusted the power according to the dirt sucked up with LED lights on the machine to show the owner when the bag is full, or simply when the tools have been activated, or a more basic model with no features other than its hose at the back with additional tools. Whilst most LED's on vacuum cleaners start to fail, the most important aspect of the Turbopower 2 isn't its fancy lights or whistles, but simply the fact that it withstands general abuse and can still be considered for general all round carpet care due to its build quality and cheapness of parts.
Like most upright vacuums of the age, the Turbopower 2 comes with a hard box in which a 3-layer filtration dust bag can usually be found. Before the market discovered HEPA filtration, there are 2 stage filtration internal filters which are thankfully washable and another filter, the exhaust filter which is located above the main head of the cleaner - a bit like my Sebo upright. Please note that the latter filter (exhaust) is never washable and should be replaced when it is heavily discoloured. Tie this in with a short hose at the back with three additional tools such as crevice brush, soft brush upholstery tool and a general upholstery tool and you have a cleaner that could do all around the house in one go. The Turbopower 2 series however has always had a short rear hose whereas the Turbopower 3 has a stair cleaning hose.
** What's it like to Use? **
I found that this vacuum cleaner is a lot heavier to lift because the tools at the back have been made to withstand bruises and knocks but with steady progress this machine scoops up dirt in one go. It's a shame that you cannot actually remove the whole tool hoister though because the hose at the back is quite a light affair. Closer inspection into the main bag area reveals that the tool hoister can be taken off by unscrewing two Phillips screws but if you try to do this, there is no catch for the hose to click onto, resulting in a cleaner which drags it's hose around like a tail of a dog - and not particularly versatile being the main result. Gliding is better with this type of upright even though ploughing can be achieved if the floor head is set too low on carpets.
There is a handle to lift just below the cord at the back of this machine and like all upright cleaners made by Hoover these days, there is a manual height adjustment bar at the bottom which allows you to use the cleaner on different thicknesses of carpet. Flick the slide bar all the way to the right hand side, and with the Vac in the upright position, you can start to use the hose and their additional tools. Otherwise if you don't use this position, the result is a loss in suction when the main hose is pulled out the back. 4 carpet adjustments settings are available though and when the cleaner is put in the upright position, the floor head moves away directly from the floor.
Despite the weight of the cleaner, (most Turbopower 2 models weigh 8kg) the TP2 should happily suck up any dirt on floors. In particular, the agitator is great on pet hair and even the most stubborn hair picks up first time. The cleaner also has edge brushing sides as standard and grooms carpets beautifully and efficiently thanks to Hoover's old patented beater bar system.
If it doesn't pick up hair very well, then you need to clean the brush rollers - likewise with any upright vacuum cleaner you happen to own which has a moving brush. De-clogging or removing a blockage on Hoover's TP2 is very easy since the hose can be taken off and inspection channels are generally easy to find and inspect. Some Dyson models suffer from over elaborate dust inspection channels but I digress...
** Quality **
Compared to the Purepower range, which is the models that took over from the older Turbopower and Turbomaster ranges, the quality is far ahead from its successor. The feel of the plastic is softer yet more durable but the weight of the machines are heavier as a result. The main bin lid is also thicker and easier to replace when the bag needs to be replaced. I've noticed around the edges of the lid, that Hoover went to all the bother of putting in an extra rubber seal to ensure that odours and dirt never made it onto the outside of the bin. It's a shame Hoover didn't go to this bother with my old Purepower!
The additional tools are also of good quality too and they look similar to the tools offered on the more modern Hoover Telios cylinder models.
Two Extension tubes are also provided; one, which fits into the other but the second tube, has a permanently designed crevice mouth on it, which I think limits practicality. Hoover would have done better just to provide two extra tubes for extra reach with the hose and smaller tools offered. When put together the hose and pipes do give some reach but you'll need the Hoover near you since it can fall over if the hose is pulled roughly - a problem with older upright vacuums.
The total length of power cord is measured at 7 metres. This, for a domestic model was the standard amount of cord available at the time. The cord is easy to get at since it's located at the top of the handle, with a flip easy hook.
** Easy Inspection Hose **
Compared to most, the main hose has a handy diagram on the back of the cleaner to show how to unlock and lock the main hose. This has been great for me, as I had to continually take off the hose to check for blockages. The main fixing for the hose has two grab pieces engineered for a hand to grip and twist the hose out of its housing.
** Clean Fan System **
Although not completely termed by Hoover, a clean fan system is a property which was applied to vacuum cleaners when the more traditional upright had dirt put through the main motor fan and then to the bag. This meant more breakages and as you can imagine, limiting performance. The "dirty fan system," is unheard of these days but some manufacturers still persist to use this system such as Oreck and older Hoover uprights such as the Turbopower 1. The clean fan is a clean fan, quite literally separating the dirt through another channel and leaving the motor fan intact thus prolonging general efficiency and use.
** Power **
All Turbopower 2 vacuums have 800-watt motors which means on higher flagship models, the Autosense functions or a variable power selector allows owners to have economical changes from slow to fast suction. Generally though some Turbopower 2 models that don't have this stepped option means that the noise in general is upon average loud, but not ear deafening. Compared to upright vacuums today, Hoover's Turbopower 2 can be considered lower in noise thanks to its better-built sound insulation and additionally, less heat which more modern upright vacuums tend to suffer from.
** Changing The Belt **
Hoover simplified the idea of changing the belt by putting a base plate similar to all upright cleaners these days by just undoing three Phillips head screws and lifting away the sole plate. Underneath the roller brush bar and drive belt is revealed. There is also a see through Acrylic door on some models (particularly the 900 watt Yellow edition), which shows if the main dirt chute from the agitator brush to the bag (through the machine) is blocked. By unscrewing one screw, the door can then be taken off and any blockages can then further be removed.
** Changing The Bag **
Similar to my LG cleaner, you can attach the main mouth of the bag by pushing the bag into the dirt connector tube. However, Hoover additionally designed catches on either side of the internal door so that the bag can be slipped into and then attached by way of a red clip to keep the bag in place. This ensures that the bag will never come off.
One of the beauties of keeping a Turbopower 2 or 3 series is simply because it does have a very large bag capacity and that the bag can really fill up to the top. Six litres in total means that a bag on average can last up to 5 to 6 months. Most bags also have a little cardboard door that can be pushed inwards once the bag is released, so not to allow falling dirt to come out, or a pull up flap. More importantly the cost of bags for the TP2 can be found at £1-99 which is marvellous given that Hoover branded bags are notoriously over priced but copy bags still do a good job regardless of their branding.
** Additional Aftermarket Parts - An example **
* Hoover branded drive belt pack (twin set) order code V15 £5-99.
* Copy belt pack consisting of 2: £1-99
* 3 Filter pack including 3 layer exhaust filter order code FLT 416 £3-50
* Hoover bags, 5 in pack order code H18 £7-99 (Comes with filters)
* Copy pack 5 in pack, includes filters £1-99 to £3-99.
Online companies such as espares do have a good range of parts available as well as Hoover themselves. However private electrical repairers (and EBay) may well be able to offer you aftermarket parts at reduced cost, much cheaper than espares or Hoover online which makes the case for keeping a Turbopower 2 all that greater.
Of course it is easy to see that Copy bags (unbranded and companies such as Uni-fit) are cheaper to buy despite Hoover's persistence that their bags last longer. Generally for the purposes of using the vacuum, copy bags aren't that bad at all and mirror most of the genuine Hoover bags anyway. If looking for higher filtration bags, most consumers are then forced to buy Hoover branded bags which offer higher filtration and in this respect regardless of what Hoover sell, the TP2 model isn't the best if you have allergies to dust and the question of bags shouldn't come into it.
Which doesn't dismiss the Turbopower 2 completely even though it doesn't have a high grade filtration system. It copes with most odorous dust and seals the dust in extremely well - much better in fact than Hoover's disastrous box bagless idea, the "Permabox," system on the Turbopower 3 series.
It seems a shame then to dismiss this Hoover upright cleaner because of its weight. It seems to do everything that the Turbopower 1 Junior can do but has that all-important extra filtration. It did take Hoover a few years to discover cheaper ways of making the filters pass HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresting) standards but by then the Turbopower range had sadly been replaced. Market retail price, the final version of the cleaner came in around £100-00 and offered similar specification to upright cleaners at that time.
As a second hand buy, a Hoover Turbopower 2 makes a lot of sense particularly as it has low costs and gives general competent performance if properly maintained. No wonder there is a lack of them on EBay. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
The near death experience of my old Hoover cylinder made me realise that I needed a new vacuum cleaner as I could no longer patch it up to keep it working efficiently. So a trip to Comet was called for. In any case I had only one spare dust bag so it was definitely time for a change. The array was startling from a real cheapy at around £40 to the latest “vortex” job at nigh on three hundred quid. Avoiding the gaze of hovering salespeople I browsed and weighed up the odds as to which one would suit me best. Fancying a change and as bending down was getting to be a bit of a chore, I opted for a vacuum cleaner that would do the work for me just so long as I could push it along. An upright! The Hoover Turbopower 2 seemed to be the right one for me with a powerful motor that would give good suction and not too heavy to push around. It also had a set of basic tools snugly resting inside the case and easy to get at. Changing the dust bag didn’t need a degree in engineering nor did the operation. The users instruction tried to confuse the issue by referring to two different models but once I’d got round that I found the read supported by pictures easy to follow. The suction is powerful, almost too powerful but it does grab the cat hairs with ease. Maybe I should try it when the hairs are not attached to the cat next time. The first time that I switched it on it sounded as if all the bats out of hell had converged on me and the cat shot out of the room like its tail was on fire. The noise was deafening and I wondered if the people four doors down thought that world war three had started. In spite of the claims to the contrary it doesn’t clean RIGHT UP TO THE EDGE but stops short a few millimetres away so you have to use the tools to finish the job. Which in my case means bending down to do so. Now I’m used to the noise but the cat is still wary and when the vacuum clea
ner puts in an appearance he does his Houdini act. On balance I’m satisfied that I haven’t wasted £85 but I still have to get down to do the corners.