The Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright with Canister UH30010COM gets very good ratings from professional and user reviewers who say it is easy to maneuver and carry up and down stairs. This simple bagging vacuum doesn't have any tool attachments; instead, it comes with a separate canister vacuum for cleaning upholstery, drapes and basically everything other than carpet. Some users say this a handy feature, while others say the canister could be easier to use. Note that you can buy this upright vacuum without the canister vac -- sold as the Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright Vacuum UH30010 (*Est. $180) -- but it's harder to find this version in stores.
Reviewers generally agree that this model is great at digging dirt out of carpet, but they are divided over its bare-floor performance. One professional reviewer finds it excellent on bare floors, while another says that its rotating brush (which cannot be switched off) tends to scatter dirt across floors rather than picking it up. And like most vacuum cleaners, it gets its share of noise complaints. However, it does include a HEPA filter, and its five-year warranty is longer than most. If you're willing to trade a little more weight for a lower price tag and on-board accessories, you might prefer the 16-pound Hoover Tempo Widepath U5140-900 (*Est. $80).
The most reliable review for the Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright UH30010COM comes from ConsumerReports.org, which rates more than 80 uprights in a series of rigorous tests. Good Housekeeping also includes the Hoover Platinum in their detailed tests of vacuum cleaners, with testing conducted by professionals as well as ordinary consumers. We found more than 800 owner reviews for this model at Amazon.com and about 75 at BestBuy.com, most of them extremely positive.
ConsumerReports.org tests the Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright UH30010COM in its comparison evaluation of 82 upright models. The Hoover Platinum is rated alongside others for cleaning performance on carpet and bare floors, as well as for noise and emissions.
Review: Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Good Housekeeping
Staffers at Good Housekeeping award the Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright UH30010COM a rating of "B+" in their vacuum cleaner tests. Machines are tested for their ability to remove ground-in dirt, pick up pet hair and clean bare floors, as well as their overall ease of use. Editors find this light, maneuverable vacuum great on carpets but unsatisfactory on bare floors.
Review: Hoover Platinum Collection Lightweight UH30010COM Bagged Upright Vacuum with Canister, Editors of Good Housekeeping , September 2010
The Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright with Canister UH30010COM gets an average score of 4.3 out of 5 stars in more than 800 owner reviews at Amazon.com. Users cite its light weight, good suction and maneuverability, though many find the separate canister awkward to use.
Review: Hoover Platinum Lightweight Upright Vacuum with Canister, Bagged, UH30010COM, Contributors to Amazon.com
About 75 users rate the Hoover Platinum Bagged Upright with Canister UH30010COM giving it an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Users say this vacuum is lightweight and powerful, but loud, and the separate canister can be tricky to use.
Review: Hoover - Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Upright Vacuum with Canister Vacuum - Platinum, Contributors to BestBuy.com
More than 80 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. The most common complaint is the lack of a shut-off switch for the brushroll, but most reviewers are pleased with the functionality of having both an upright and a canister vacuum.
Review: Hoover Platinum Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Sears.com