The Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum BH50010 works well for carpets and hard floors, with a conveniently located brushroll switch on the handle to navigate easily between flooring types. It's great for picking up pet hair, and its Lithium-ion battery lasts for 20 to 30 minutes on a single charge. It doesn't have attachments such as a crevice tool or wand, but the special edge-cleaning bristles work great on baseboards and corners.
Great multi-purpose stick vacuum. In one professional test, the 7-pound Hoover Platinum Collection Linx earns very good scores for both carpet and bare floor performance, and excellent scores for edge cleaning and pet hair removal. Owners posting reviews to sites like Amazon.com and Walmart.com say it's powerful and capable of picking up large debris such as dog food, thanks to its powered brushroll that helps dig up debris from rugs. It uses a proprietary, Lithium-ion battery that runs for about 20 to 30 minutes on a single charge. Owners appreciate the battery charge indicator, and most say it retains powerful suction even with a low battery.
Effective edge-cleaning bristles reduce need for attachments. One of the commonly cited downsides to the Hoover Linx is that its 11-inch nozzle (great for cleaning larger surfaces) makes it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. However, editors at Real Simple magazine say the Linx is "effortless to drive," also noting the conveniently located brushroll switch (on the handle) for seamlessly navigating between floor surfaces. The cordless Linx doesn't include a crevice tool or other attachments, but its edge-cleaning bristles for baseboards and corners eliminate the need for other tools. The dirt cup and filter are both easy to clean, according to owners posting feedback to Amazon.com.
Middle of the pack on noise. In one professional comparison test of 10 stick vacuums, the Hoover Linx earns a very good rating for its noise level, although about half of the stick vacuums tested are quieter. Among thousands of owner-written reviews across sites like Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Target.com, we found little feedback on noise level -- but no owners specifically say the Hoover Linx is loud.
Effective two-phase filtration for allergen reduction. Editors at one consumer testing organization say the Hoover Platinum Collection Linx doesn't have emissions, meaning it's better for the environment. The Hoover Linx uses cyclonic filtration, which separates particles using a combination of spinning air and gravity. It also has a foam allergen filter, which finishes the job by filtering out any particles that aren't removed during the cyclonic filtration phase for more effective filtration overall. The battery charges fully in about three hours.
No ongoing replacement costs for batteries or filters. Owners posting to Amazon.com say the filter (Est. $7) is easy to clean and rarely requires replacing thanks to the Linx's cyclonic filtration. Reviews at 10Rate.com and Amazon.com warn against storing the battery (Est. $70) on the charger, which can shorten its usable life. Owners say the battery won't drain over time when sitting idle, so it can be stored on the vacuum itself. The Hoover Platinum Collection Linx is backed by a two-year warranty.
The Hoover Platinum Collection Linx is included in the latest round of vacuum cleaner testing at ConsumerReports.org. Stick vacuums are rated on eight factors, and editors recommend three stick vacuums.
Review: Small Vacuum Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2010
There are more than 2,400 reviews for the Hoover Platinum Collection Cordless Stick Vac BH50010 at Amazon.com, where it has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Owners rave about its ability to switch between floor types and remove pet hair, even from tricky-to-clean area rugs.
Review: Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
Nearly 730 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 for the Hoover Linx. Owners say this is an excellent vacuum for hard floors and carpets, and works great for pet hair. It's easier to use than a full-size vacuum for quick jobs, owners say.
Review: Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum, BH50010W, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2013
4. Real Simple
Editors at Real Simple magazine say the Hoover Platinum Collection Linx is "effortless to drive," noting that the Lithium-ion battery is removable for charging, so you can tuck the vacuum itself out of sight. They also like the brushroll switch, which is conveniently located on the handle for easy switching between floor types.
Review: The Best Stick Vacuum for Your Needs, Stephanie Sisco, Not Dated
More than 260 owner-written reviews are on Target.com for the Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vac BH50010. It gets an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners say it's powerful, durable and holds its charge well even after two years or more of regular use.
Review: Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum - BH50010, Contributors to Target.com, As of November 2013
About 75 owners have reviewed the Hoover Platinum Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum at Viewpoints.com, where it earns an average rating of 88 out of a possible 100, higher than the overall category average. Users say it's simple to use, lightweight and surprisingly effective despite its size.
Review: Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum BH50010 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of November 2013
Author Brittany Rowland names the Hoover one of the 10 best stick vacuums of 2013. Rowland says the Hoover is easy to use, and its Lithium-ion battery doesn't fade at a lower charge. She likes its wide mouth and low profile, as well as the edge-cleaning bristles.
Review: Hoover BH50010 Review, Brittany Rowland, 2013