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A box, a fan, a silk pillowcase and a broomstick - this is how the first vacuum cleaner in history was born. The idea that transformed these simple elements into one of the most revolutionary technologies of the past century belongs to James Spangler, a night watchman in New Berlin, Ohio, who suffered from asthma and was tired of breathing the dust raised by the upright in the shop he worked in. James patented the invention and dreamt of bringing it into every house in America. He needed someone who believed in his project and with the skills and the resources to execute it.
He decided to send this first, rudimentary vacuum cleaner to his cousin, Susan Hoover - a move that made his fortune. Susan tried using it for a few days at home and became an enthusiastic supporter. She showed it to her husband, William Hoover, the owner of a small business that produced leather items and sold them in his shop in New Berlin. Years among customers had allowed him to become well acquainted with the market. As a far-sighted entrepreneur he immediately sensed the enormous potential of this futuristic “stick”. He bought the patent and started production, establishing the company with the name - The Hoover Company. It was 1908.
At first the small production plant manufactured six vacuum cleaners a day for the local market but, thanks to a free trial offer, requests multiplied by the day, until industrial scale production was needed to satisfy the ever increasing demand. In a very short time, the word “hoover” became part of the English language and synonymous with “cleaning with a vacuum cleaner”. It is still used today.
Breaking news all over the world. Over the following decades, Hoover establishes a new company in London and opens various factories in the UK and Europe. Later, it expands to Asia and Africa. It is the beginnings of a great group, with a brand that stands out for its continuous pursuit of solutions able to anticipate the trends, through beautiful, functional and highly innovative home appliances.
In 1926, Hoover is the first company to produce an electric upright. In 1936, it patented the flexible hose that would become a constant on all modern vacuum cleaners. In 1946, it began producing cylinder vacuum cleaners. In 1948, it began expansion to other sectors, starting with the production of washing machines and then other large home appliances, for cleaning, cooking and refrigeration. The Hoover Group continued to expand up to the 1980s, when the manufacturing and business side was reorganised.
At the end of a long merger and incorporation phase, Candy purchased Hoover European Appliances Group in 1995 with all the exclusive rights to the Hoover brand in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East in addition to former Soviet Union Asian countries.
In 2008 the Group celebrated the first century of Hoover with a special series of products that were top of the range for innovation, performance and attention to detail. For the whole of 2008, all Hoover products and communications had the “Celebrating 100 Years” logo - an achievement that few brands can boast of.
The celebrations for the hundredth anniversary came to an end but the launch of cutting edge technology products continues. Research and development activities are focused on offering outstanding performance in all fields.
Hoover holds the record for the standard-size washing machine with the largest load - 13 kg. This is Dynamic Mega, which in the washer dryer version can wash up to 13 kg and dry up to 8 kg - essentially double the capacity of an average washer dryer. Maxicapacity is also available for ovens (up to 78 litres) and dishwashers (up to 16 place settings).
The energy rating labels of Hoover cylinder vacuum cleaners are the first to have class 4 A, which means maximum energy efficiency, filtering efficacy and dust extraction capacity from carpets and hard floors plus the lowest noise level. This result is obtained thanks to the multi-cyclonic Airvolution™ technology, which uses the centrifugal force of lots of small cyclones to separate air from dust, which is pushed to the base of the dust bin and so does not overload the filter. In bagless vacuum cleaners PACT (Power Active Compression Technology) allows to compact dust into one tenth of the volume. A little brick is created in this way, reducing to a minimum the dispersion of dust in the air when the bin is opened.
The highest performance does not necessarily have to be the loudest. The most recent technologies developed by Hoover mean that excellent results can be obtained at the lowest noise levels in the market. Small appliances in particular benefit from the Dynamic Silence technology that reduces vibrations and absorbs sound, drastically reducing noise levels. In the case of the new A-Cubed Silence cylinder vacuum cleaner noise levels drop to 62db, which means this appliance be used at any time of the day without bothering the neighbours or waking up children. For large appliances Hoover invented Silent Inverter technology first and Perfect Silent Inverter later. Washing machines with Perfect Silent Inverter motors, such as those in the Dynamic Mega and Dynamic Next series, produce only 48db during washing cycles, about a third of the noise produced by traditional washing machines.
In the era of smartphones and Always-On connections, Hoover is yet again ahead of the times and launches a range of washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens, hoods and hobs that can be actioned, managed and monitored from a mobile device, using the Hoover Wizard app. Connectivity is of the wi-fi type on One Fi models and NFC type on One Touch.