If you like the idea of having both an upright vacuum and a canister vacuum on hand, the Hoover Platinum Bagged UH30010COM offers both in one. Both units are lightweight, with the upright weighing in at less than 12 pounds. Opinions are mixed on how well this upright works on bare floors, but most agree it's thorough on carpets and pet hair. Multiple attachments are included, although they store on the canister unit.
Great for carpets and pet hair. The Hoover Platinum Bagged UH30010COM, which has a 14-inch cleaning path, does well in one professional test, earning excellent scores for performance on carpets, bare floors and pet hair, and a good score for noise. It earns a very good score for emissions, but isn't rated for airflow. Most owners posting to sites like Amazon.com and Walmart.com agree, but a few say the canister is noisy. Editors at Good Housekeeping say it performs poorly on bare floors because there's no way to turn off the brushroll, scattering debris everywhere.
Great features add usability. The Hoover Platinum Bagged UH30010COM has two height settings that adjust easily for switching between flooring types and a LED headlight for better visibility. This combination upright and canister vac includes a crevice tool, dusting brush, telescoping wand and bare floor nozzle. The cord isn't retractable but is manually wrapped around hooks on the unit for easy storage. Both the upright and canister units offer HEPA filtration, and a convenient bag-full indicator lets you know when it's time to change the bag. Illuminated fingertip controls are easy to operate, including two speed options for suction control.
Great bag-changing features. The Hoover Platinum Bagged UH30010COM has an extra-long 35-foot power cord that's rivaled only by the expensive Miele upright vacuums. The included accessories are stored on the canister unit, not the upright, which editors at Good Housekeeping say is an inconvenience. Owners love the self-sealing bags, which prevent dust and debris from escaping back into the air, and the quick-release feature that makes switching bags a breeze. The upright unit weighs just 11.6 pounds, while the canister weighs about 5.5 pounds, so both are easy to pick up and carry whenever needed.
HEPA filter bags worth the cost. The Hoover Platinum Bagged UH30010COM uses HEPA filtration bags, which cost about $3 each. Some consumers gripe about the ongoing expense, while others say it's worth it for the HEPA filtration. There's also a lifetime belt that Hoover claims will never break or require replacing. We read some complaints about broken plastic parts, loss of suction and circuit board malfunctions. Although it's backed by a five-year limited warranty, owners say getting repairs and dealing with customer service is expensive and frustrating. Reviews indicate this model lasts for two to three years.
ConsumerReports.org tests the Hoover Platinum Bagged UH30010COM in its most recent comparison evaluation of 89 upright models. The Hoover Platinum is rated alongside others for cleaning performance on carpet and bare floors, as well as for noise, total airflow and emissions.
Review: Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
2. Good Housekeeping
Editors at Good Housekeeping award the Hoover Platinum Bagged UH30010COM a rating of B-plus in their vacuum cleaner tests. Editors find this light, maneuverable vacuum great on carpets but unsatisfactory on bare floors in their hands-on testing. They also say it's noisy.
Review: Hoover Platinum Collection Lightweight UH30010COM Bagged Upright Vacuum with Canister, Editors at Good Housekeeping, September 2010
The Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright with Canister UH30010COM earns an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 in more than 1,280 owner-written reviews. Owners praise the easy maneuverability, fingertip controls and HEPA filtration, but gripe about the lack of an on/off switch for the brushroll.
Review: Hoover Platinum Lightweight Upright Vacuum with Canister, Bagged, UH30010COM, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
About 425 owners weigh in with opinions on the Hoover Platinum UH30010COM, which earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners say it's an excellent value for the price and love the convenience of the included canister vacuum. However, the canister is subpar and noisy, owners say.
Review: Hoover Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Upright Vacuum, UH30010COM, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2013
Eighty-four percent of the nearly 175 owners posting feedback on Sears.com would recommend the Hoover Platinum UH30010COM to a friend. Overall, it earns a solid average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.
Review: Hoover Platinum Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Sears.com, As of December 2013
The Hoover Platinum UH30010COM earns an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 in nearly 95 owner-written reviews. Users say it's lightweight, easy to maneuver and ideal for cleaning stairs. One owner complains that the attachments are stored on the canister instead of the upright, which is inconvenient.
Review: Hoover - Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Upright Vacuum with Canister Vacuum - Platinum, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of December 2013
Viewpoints.com is a third-party review platform covering a variety of consumer products. The Hoover Platinum UH30010COM earns an overall score of 91 out of a possible 100, higher than the average for vacuum cleaners overall. Nearly 30 owners weigh in with comments, noting its light weight and versatile design.
Review: Hoover Platinum Lightweight Bagged Vacuum with Canister UH30010COM Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of December 2013
Only about 25 owners rate the Hoover Platinum UH30010COM at BestBuy.com, where it receives an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners like the fact that they're getting two vacuum cleaners in one and say the canister component is perfect for stairs.
Review: Hoover Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Upright Vacuum with Canister, UH30010COM, Contributors to Target.com, As of December 2013