Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Vacuum Reviews: Best Corded Vacuum?
The most popular model of all time is the Hoover® OnePiece Jet, which was introduced in 1953. The first models were made from cast iron and had a large body with a long handle. They were not very powerful but they did have good suction power and could clean small areas quickly.
In the late 1960’s, the company introduced a new model called the OnePiece Jet Plus. It was larger than its predecessor and had a smaller body with a shorter handle.
It had better suction power and could clean larger areas quickly. However, it still lacked some of the features found in other models such as automatic shutoff or an auto-clean feature (which would automatically start cleaning when your hands left the handle).
In the early 1970’s, the company released another model called the OnePiece Jet Pro. It was even bigger than its predecessors and featured many improvements over previous models.
These included a built-in dust collector, a longer handle, and a higher powered motor. Unfortunately, these newer models didn’t sell well because they weren’t as easy to use as older models.
In order to compete with other brands, the company changed its marketing strategy and introduced a series of low-priced, no-frills models. One of these was the Reel Matic®, which was a very basic machine.
The handle didn’t retract; it simply folded over the head of the vacuum. This model sold for only $49.99 but still had all of the power and suction as the higher priced models. The model was a tremendous success and helped to save the company during the 1970’s (a time when many companies were going out of business).
In the late 1980’s, the company completely redesigned its line and released a series of lightweight, bag-less machines called the Vision series. The handle on these models could also be folded over the head of the vacuum.
These models were very basic but were still popular because they were relatively cheap and didn’t require replacement bags.
During the 1990’s, the company released a new series called the OnePiece Compact. These models were smaller than previous models and had a shorter handle.
The line was so successful that it completely replaced all other “classic” models (except for the Reel Matic®, which continues to be manufactured today).
In the late 1990’s, the company completely redesigned its line to make them even lighter, bag-less, and feature a completely new styling. The new line was called the OnePiece Vortex.
It had the same basic design as previous models but everything was rounded and smooth. This new style was very popular and the line is still in production today although it has been slightly modified over the years.
So, as you can see, there’s a long history of innovation and improvement when it comes to hoover vacuums. The company is still family-owned and continues to be a leader in innovation and design.
They have survived two world wars, a great depression, numerous economic downturns, and intense foreign competition.
If you take care of your hoover then it will probably outlive you!
(Note: Most of the information in this article came from my Vortex instruction manual and my own experience with various models over the years).
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Sources & references used in this article:
- CHAPTER TITLES Page number (BL Cohen – phyast.pitt.edu)
- Surrender: How British industry gave up the ghost 1952-2012 (N Comfort – 2012 – books.google.com)