Written by James Hall | 5 Comments | Last Updated: October 12, 2017
The Hoover FD22G Freedom is a cordless vacuum cleaner with a 2-in-1 handheld design. It’s a lightweight model that’s designed to be convenient for both floor and above-floor cleaning.
But how does its suction power and cleaning performance compare with models from Dyson and other brands? And should you buy it? Keep reading to find out.
Overview of the Hoover FD22G
- Powered by a 22V lithium-ion battery
- Handheld mode for above-floor cleaning
- Both continuous power and trigger modes
- 25 minute run-time
- Includes 2-in-1 tool and crevice tool
- Lightweight at just 2.2kg
- Decent performance on laminate flooring and carpets
- Relatively large 0.7 litre capacity
Features and Performance
The Hoover FD22G is a decent vacuum cleaner that provides strong performance on hard floors. It can also cope well with carpets, although it’s not the best model for this surface. Unfortunately, it struggles with pet hair and is also relatively loud. While it’s considerably cheaper than the most expensive cordless vacuums, it’s difficult to recommend this model over other options in its price range. Let’s take a closer look at the features of this vacuum.
Appearance and Design
On the surface, the FD22G is a stylish vacuum that looks like a premium model. With an all-silver colour scheme it won’t look out of place in any home, even if you need to hang the docking station in a visible location.
The Hoover FD22G has a similar 2-in-1 design to the Dyson V6 and V8 ranges (and the cheaper Proscenic P8). If you’re cleaning stairs or high up places in your home, you can quickly detach the main body from the tube. The machine is then effectively a powerful handheld vacuum.
However, unlike Dyson cordless vacuums, there is a continuous mode that doesn’t require you to hold the trigger when using it. This reduces the functional battery run-time, but means your finger won’t get tired during extended cleaning sessions. There’s also an optional trigger mode to maximise run-time. We like how you can choose between the two, as both modes are useful for different purposes.
We also like its 0.7 litre capacity. This is still small compared to upright or cylinder vacuums, but relatively large for a cordless. You’ll need to empty it on a regular basis though.
The FD22G Freedom is one of the lightest vacuums we’ve ever seen. Weighing just 2.2kg, you’re unlikely to get tired using it, and the handheld mode weighs just 1.4kg. It’s also capable of reclining to get under furniture when using the standard floor head.
When you need to charge the vacuum, a wall-mounted docking station is provided. This doesn’t have a stand, so it must be mounted before it can be used.
Suction Power and Performance
Considering the Hoover FD22G Freedom is much cheaper then the Dyson V8 series, which sets the benchmark for cleaning power, it provides decent performance for basic tasks. It’s most comfortable on laminate floors, where the rotating brush isn’t as important and it can rely more on suction. While it’s not quite as effective on carpets, it still does an adequate job – especially for quick clean ups. The handheld mode is also useful for cleaning stairs and other tricky areas.
It’s not all good news though. The FD22G doesn’t have the suction power required for some of the more difficult cleaning tasks. It struggles to pick up pet hair, for example, and doesn’t have enough power to dig deep into cracks between floorboards.
Unfortunately, it’s also noisy. If you’re looking for a quiet vacuum for cleaning during unsociable hours, we don’t recommend it.
With its 22V lithium-ion battery, the vacuum has a listed run-time of up to 25 minutes. This is marginally longer than the Dyson V6, but far from the best battery life we’ve seen from a cordless. However, we’ve seen a number of reports that the vacuum can actually provide over 30 minutes of run-time depending on the surface being cleaned.
Lithium-ion is quickly becoming the battery type of choice for cordless vacuums. This type has a number of advantages, primarily that it can provide consistent power throughout the vacuum’s run-time. This means the FD22G shouldn’t lose suction as the battery gets low. Lithium batteries also charge faster, although the FD22G requires a relatively long six hours to fully recharge.
The floor head of the FD22G has a motorised rotating brush bar. This is designed to dig into carpets and remove more dust and dirt, although it’s not the most effective model we’ve seen in this regard.
Only a single floor head is included. This means it’s not as versatile as models such as the V6 Fluffy, which includes separate heads for carpets, hard floors and upholstery.
There are two filters fitted on the vacuum. These are fine for basic filtration, but we wouldn’t recommend the FD22G for people who suffer from severe dust allergies.
As with all vacuums, it’s important to regularly wash the filter to maintain suction power. Fortunately, the FD22G makes this straightforward. You first need to release the dust container before detaching the circular filters. These can then be washed under cool running water. Allow these to dry for at least 24 hours and make sure they are completely dry before you refit them.
We think the Hoover FD22G has some convenient features, such as the handheld mode and lightweight design, but it’s not able to compete with the best cordless vacuum cleaners in terms of suction performance. We also think the RRP of £260 is too much for this vacuum.
Fortunately, you can often find the model available for significantly lower prices than the RRP. If you can buy it for less than £150, we think it provides excellent value.
- The FD22G has a battery indicator to quickly see how much run-time is remaining.
- There are red and blue charging lights indicating when the battery is ready to use.
- It has an easy-to-empty design, although dust still escapes so it’s best to do this outside.
- Controls are found on the handle so they are always within reach.
Aside from its handheld mode, the FD22G comes with two accessories. Both can be stored on the docking station so you’re less likely to lose them. The first is a dusting brush/upholstery tool that’s designed to help you clean fabrics and other delicate surfaces.
The rigid crevice tool is for awkward areas. It can attach either directly to the body or to the end of the pole for extra reach.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions about the Hoover FD22G, let us know in the comments section.
Do you need to use the wall-mounted docking station to charge the FD22G?
The docking station needs to be wall-mounted if you want to use it, as it doesn’t stand up on its own. However, you can plug the vacuum directly into the charger without using the docking station if you wish.
Is the Hoover FD22G good with pet hair?
It’s not the best at getting up pet hair from carpets, hard floors and upholstery. There also isn’t a motorised pet hair attachment. For this reason, we don’t recommend it as the main vacuum for people with dogs or cats, but it can do a decent job of managing hair between cleaning with your “full” vacuum.
The Hoover FD22G Freedom is a solid cordless vacuum that provides decent suction power for the price. It’s also convenient to use, with a detachable handheld and very lightweight design. While we don’t recommend it as a “full vacuum” replacement – especially as its suction power isn’t fantastic – it’s great for quick cleaning because of its versatile design. If you can find it for less than £150 it provides great value, but we don’t recommend it at its full RRP.