Updated: June 8, 2015

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Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Review:

If you're like me, you probably have a few vacuums floating around the house. The kitchen seems to be the place with the most day to day messes, so having an easy to use, powerful vacuum is essential if you want to keep the place clean. We've used a variety of small upright vacuums designed for solid floors and rugs -- biggest complaints there are winding and unwinding the power cord, trying not to tangle the cord, changing vacuum bags, and searching for the right vacuum bags at the store. We've also used the Swivel Sweeper, which is so-so, but lacking in battery power and no suction power (just a sweeper). We decided to take our chances with a newer model from Hoover - their Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum. In this review, we will cover the features of the vacuum, show you how it works (photos and videos below..), and provide our comments and criticisms.
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Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vac Features:

hoover linx battery charger OK, so what makes this vacuum so special? First of all, it's not cheap. It sells for around $160. A big chunk of that is for the powerful 18V Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. These batteries can be used interchangeably between a variety of Hoover Linx vacuum models. The batteries by themselves sell for $70. The battery takes about 3 hours to charge, provides steady power throughout its use, never loses capacity even after hundreds of charges, and provides about 15 minutes of continuous running power when fully charged (a little blue LED "fuel gauge" on the vacuum shows you how much battery life is left). So a good powerful battery means the vacuum is cordless -- no tangling, no winding and unwinding, no getting wrapped around chairs or stools. Just turn it on and start vacuuming.

Watch it in action in the video clip:



You turn the vacuum on and off using a little dial with your thumb at the top of the handle. There are 2 on positions - the first is vacuum suction only, the second is vacuum and roller brush. Unlike most vacuums that have a release lever that you step on with your foot to angle the handle backwards, with the Hoover, you have to put your foot on the base and pull the handle back -- there is no release mechanism. You use it like a traditional vacuum -- the head pivots slightly from side to side so you can move at angles as well as just forward and back.

In addition to being cordless, the Hoover Linx is also bagless and uses cyclonic power to clean up your dirt. There is a removable see-thru dust canister on the back of the vacuum -- push the release button and it comes off at an angle. Push the other button at the bottom of the canister and the bottom lid pops open so you can dump the contents into the trash. There is also a removable red plastic piece with a cone-shaped end that spins and provides the cyclonic power -- you can twist this slightly to remove it. Hair and string and other things get twisted and wrapped around this part, so you will need to clean it from time to time as well. When done, you pop the canister back onto the vacuum. It sure beats worrying about vacuum bags. The only other maintenance you have to worry about is the carpet brushroll on the bottom. This part also spins as it sweeps and beats dust out of carpets, and again things like hair get tangled around it, so you'll want to get scissors or something and scrape and clean that stuff out.


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OK, so how does it work around the house? It does a great job picking up the standard crumbs and debris around the kitchen table. It also picks up dirt and garbage from our throw rugs. You can use it on carpets, but I wouldn't try to use it to clean all the carpets in the house, simply because the battery life is not long enough, and while the suction power is good, it is not as powerful as larger vacuums designed for cleaning pile carpets. Cordless feature is great -- do the kitchen, do the entry hall, do the mudroom, as you walk from place to place with no cords to worry about. Battery life is very good compared to other cordless vacs we have used, and the battery does indeed put out full power right until the end (others slowly get weaker and weaker until the point where they are useless). We keep the charger in a corner of a kitchen counter and just pop the battery in there every week or so and let it charge overnight. Emptying the debris canister is easy, and if you do it right, you don't even have to get your hands dusty (though if it is jam-packed, you will have to use your fingers to pull out all the lint and dust and junk that is in there). Since it is clear plastic, you can easily see when the canister is getting full -- nice touch. One thing that takes some getting used to is tilting the handle back by holding your foot down on the front of the base -- a little out of the norm for how vacuums usually recline, but workable. One thing this does add to is stability -- it stands upright all by itself, no need to lean against a wall. The Hoover Linx also comes with a 6 year warranty (2 years for battery and charger) -- that's pretty impressive, since many vacuums seem to have become throw-away, disposable items after a year or two. I'm counting on the Hoover Platinum Linx to last me for many years of hard use, and 6 months into the game, I have no major complaints. At around 7 pounds, it is small enough and light enough for kids to use and maneuver. Overall, I like it. It is solidly built, thus far totally reliable, battery life great, plenty of power -- perfect for small pick-up jobs around the house, ideal for tile and hard wood floor, not bad on rugs, wouldn't use it for full carpet cleaning though. Check Amazon's latest price today.