Opinions seem to divide over what exactly handheld vacuum cleaners are for. Some people expect to vacuum out their cars and take care of pet hair, while others seem to think, handheld devices are just suitable for removing crumbs and bits of loose fluff and dirt. Whatever group you fall into, this device has limited performance capabilities. It won’t give you enough power to fully remove dirt from your car or soft furnishings, however, it will allow you to remove dust and dirt from hard to reach places in your home. If you intend to take on tough tasks, don’t buy this device.
The Hoover SJ144WSR4 is reasonably powerful, won’t move the earth, however. The 14.4 V motor is more powerful than some of the motors featured in other handheld devices, and with a 20- minute runtime, this device outperforms many in its class. It’s doubtful it would ever make the “best handheld vacuum cleaner” list, simply because it’s limited in power and use. I would only buy this device for light dirt, and if that’s the kind of job you need a handheld device for, then do, by all means, buy it.
The main advantage of this device is its wet vacuuming capabilities. You can easily and quickly remove small spillages, particularly with the convenient squeegee tool. The long crevice tool and dust brush are not bad either. It’s like I said, this is the perfect device for light jobs.
When it comes to runtime, the Hoover SJ144WSR4 can certainly keep up with its main competitors. 20-minute runtime is adequate, and just long enough to do the few “hard-to-reach” jobs around the house or car. The LED battery light is also convenient and lacking in many other devices.
The price is average enough, however, you can get similar devices priced considerably cheaper.
I’m a neither convinced nor put off by this device, no wonder it averages at a 3-star rating. Undoubtedly, people who expect to take on tough jobs will be disappointed.
- Dry and wet vacuuming action
- Long 20-minute runtime
- Ergonomically designed
- Excellent wet vacuuming, especially with the squeegee tool
- LED battery indicator
- Easy to clean out
- Removes light dirt and crumbs quickly and efficiently
- Excellent dust brush and crevice attachments
- Won’t remove tough or sticky dirt
- Clogs up easily
- Insufficiently powerful for car vacuuming