Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 Review

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Richard Floyd

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On February 23, 2014
Last modified:October 26, 2014


One of the most powerful vacuums I have used

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 is for family homes with pets.  The vacuum has turbo brushes, which are able to remove pet’s hair from carpets and upholstery.

This Hoover represents excellent value for money mainly because of its suction power.   Yes, it does have limitations such as a short cord and rather clumsy inflexible hose.

But the main reason for buying a vacuum cleaner is its cleaning power which this vacuum has more so that many vacuums several times its price.

Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 Description and Features

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 is a Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner with a compact design.

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 came with very fast delivery.  The vacuum on receipt was well packaged.  It was easy to assemble, as you only have to attach the handle. Once assembled the Hoover looks smart in white and purple.  The vacuum is lightweight and easy to push on the carpet and flooring. Easy to get up and running with this vacuum.  The vacuum is light enough to push around but it is also not flimsy in design.

hoover smart pets sm1901 upright

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901  is equipped with HEPA filtration.  The HEPA filters catch and hold small pollutants like pollen.  Otherwise, these pollutants would escape back into the room.  This helps sufferers from asthma and allergy sufferers.  The HEPA filters are washable and reusable.

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 comes with the following tools to complete your cleaning.  A pet’s hair turbo brush, which is able to lift and remove stubborn pets hairs form your carpets.  A 2 in 1 upholstery and dusting brush for cleaning your upholstery. To clean awkward to reach areas there is an extra long crevice tool, which cleans awkward to reach areas. You can also use this tool to clean around the edge of your carpets.  Finally there are extension tubes to reach hard to reach areas.  The extendable tubes and hose are able to reach the ceiling to allow cleaning.  The vacuum hose is also extendible so you can adjust it to your height to avoid getting back ache.

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 cleaner is equipped with special turbo brushes. Designed to loosen and then lift pet’s hair from all carpets and upholstery.

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 is full of features to making your vacuum cleaning easy.  The features include a power cord, which is 6 metres in length and the easy to empty bin.  The vacuum has a carpet selector, which can automatically select the correct setting to vacuum your flooring effectively.

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 is ideal if you have a variety of surfaces to clean.  The Hoover Smart Pets can clean the following surfaces including hard floor tiles, pile carpet, doormats and shaggy rugs.  It is easy to adjust settings for each different surface and no need to adjust the Hoover head.  The Hoover will clean edge to edge on all floor surfaces.

Because of the power of this vacuum, you need to use the five-position adjuster on the front of the machine.  This is so you do not pull the pile of the carpet. There are different settings for carpets and hard floors.  The Hoover is particularly powerful in the super mode.

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 has a great small Hoover head for doing the stairs. As the stairs are always difficult places to clean.

You do not have to have pets to use this Hoover.  As it picks up all the dust, it is good for sufferers of dust allergies.  Therefore, it is a good buy even for homes without pets.

It is unbelievable the amount of dust and pet hair the Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 sucks up after using it for the first time.  It makes the carpets look like new.  Previously I had to brush carpets hard to pick up all the pet hair even after vacuuming.  The Hoover Smart Pets pick up a lot more stuff using the SM1901 than my old vacuum.  Vacuuming takes half the time as you are not struggling to Hoover up the dog and cats hairs.  The carpets look much better than before.

Used the machine on a carpet only just been vacuumed.  Amazed what the difference was between the areas just done and the areas still to do. They looked so much cleaner.  When emptied the bin it had picked up so more dust.

The attachment is good for removing hair from sofas, duvets and curtains.  Use the small turbo brush for dog’s beds.  I have two in the house one for downstairs and one for upstairs. Therefore, I do not have to keep carrying one Hoover up and down the stairs all the time.

Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 Performance

What I like about the Hoover Smart Pets SM1901

One customer stated that the Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 is the most powerful vacuum cleaner I have owned.  I have used Dyson, Vax and Henry and none has cleaned as well as this vacuum.  The pickup power is better than a Dyson at a fraction of the price.

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 is about half the weight and size of a Dyson with a fraction of the price and with immense suction power.  Had a dyson a pets before but this is better and loads cheaper.

The filter is easy to clean and change.

The Smart Pets looks good and is comfortable to use.

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 sells at a very competitive price and is therefore good value for money.

What I dislike about the Hoover Smart Pets SM1901

The power cord on the Hoover Smart Pets vacuum is only 6 metres long.  This is less than the average size of vacuum cords.  This is the shortest power cable for a Hoover I have seen.  I would have preferred a cable of at least half as much again, 9 or 10 metres long.  Then I would not have to keep changing plugs when I move from room to room.  But the cord is long enough in my opinion certainly long enough to do a whole room in one go.  You do have to store the cable by winding it back onto the hooks.

Another problem with the power cord is that the cable comes out from the base of the vacuum.  This means that you tend to trip on it or it catches under the base.  One solution is to attach it to the handle or one of the hooks on the side of the vacuum.

The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 is quite noisy, but this is due to the power of the vacuum.

The dustbin is quite small and requires frequent emptying. The bin fills up rapidly but this is mainly because this vacuum picks up so much dust and pets hairs.  However, the cylinder, which collects the dust, is easy to remove and reassemble.

The hose is not very long and made of inflexible plastic.  This means that it is too short to do all of the stairs.  On the other hand, the vacuum is light enough to carry up the stairs.  The Hoover Smarts Pets SM1901 hose ha a bit of a clumsy design.

The filter sometimes blocks quickly and as a result, the suction power tends to drop.  The filter is also rather messy to clean. The simplest way to clean the filter is just to rinse under water and leave to dry overnight.

Some customers had trouble in trying to fit the handle when assembling the Hoover.  This is because the screws did not align properly with the holes provided.

Other customers found that the vHoover Smart Pets SM1901 struggles a bit on hard floors.  As it had a tendency to throw things up behind the vacuum rather than suck them up.

It would be useful to have a brush attachment with soft bristles as well as the stiff bristled one.

The foot operated power switch is difficult to use.  A switch on the handle instead is needed.

Summary of Review

Although people have complained about the length of the cord, noise and rigid hose as this is not a problem. But the cleaning performance makes up for any shortfalls.  The Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 is a very powerful vacuum at a good price.  You can check out the Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 vacuum at Amazon.

Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 – Summary of Features

  • Manufacturer: Hoover
  • Model: SM1901
  • Style: Upright
  • Colour: White/Purple
  • Power source: Mains
  • Motor Power: 1900 watts
  • Suction power: 250 airwatts
  • Filter type: Hepa 10
  • Power cord length: 6 metres
  • Power Settings: 5
  • Dust Collection: Bagless
  • Dust Capacity: 3 litres
  • Dust separation method: single cyclone
  • Working radius: 8.3 metres
  • Hose length: 1.5 metres
  • Weight: 6.4 Kg
  • Height: 110 cm
  • Depth: 31 cm
  • Width: 39 cm
  • Included tools: Crevice tool, extension tube, 2 in 1 brush, pet hair cleaning tool


  • On board set of tools
  • Washable filters
  • Cyclonic system
  • Quick release dust bin
  • Auto carpet heght adjustment
  • Edge cleaning

 What’s in the Box?

1 – Hoover Smart Pets SM1901 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

1 – Mini Turbo Nozzle

1 – Extension Tube

1 – Extra Long Crevice Tool

1 – Combined Furniture Nozzle and Dusting Brush

1 – Warranty Leaflet

1 – Instruction Manual

One of the most powerful vacuums I have used