Hoover Air Cordless Lift Bagless BH51120PC Review – This Cordless Upright Can Morph Into A Canister With A Push Of A Button
If you’ve been following this blog for the past few months, you may have noticed that I have reviewed a revolutionary vacuum from called the Shark Lift-Away that basically combines an upright and a canister vacuum in one.
That’s a great product right?
It saves you money because you don’t need to buy two separate cleaners.
What if I told you that another manufacturer came up with the same product minus the cord?
Would you be interested?
If you are then feast your eyes on the Hoover Air Cordless Lift Upright – one of Hoover’s new cordless vacuums in the market right now, with 50 minutes of run time combined from the two 20-volt lithium ion batteries.
This feature allows consumers to use this on the floor and off the floor.
When you use the “lift” feature, imagine the convenience of a canister vacuum without any cords! Of course run time will be limited and it will not deep clean but what you are paying here is convenience and maneuverability.
If you have a small mess, which would you rather bring out, an upright with a 30 foot cord that you need to unwind or this machine with no cords?
My answer would be the later and I’m sure yours will be too after you read this review.
Pet Hair Removal
Ease of Use
Features at a glance:
- Utilizes a removable canister that coverts this machine into a canister vacuum
- Comes with two 20-volt lithium ion batteries that will give you 25 minutes of run time each (or 50 minutes combined)
- Uses a multi-cyclonic filter to ensure that there is no loss of suction
- Lithium batteries will take 3 hours to fully charge
- Weighs only 12.5 pounds – very lightweight for an upright vacuum cleaner
- Equipped with a brush roll that can be turned on or off
- Comes with an extra washable filter, crevice tool and pivoting dusting brush
- Has a boost mode to help clean up tougher messes
- Has LED headlights
- Utilizes steerable technology meaning it can swivel
- 5 year warranty on the vacuum and battery
- The 2 lithium batteries will have roughly 50 minutes of run time
- Large dirt capacity – over a liter
- Capable of cleaning areas above the floor thanks to its lift feature that converts this into a canister vacuum
- Wide cleaning path at 11 inches
- Pretty decent suction for a cordless
- Has LED headlights which helps you spot dusty areas
- Swivel feature make this very maneuverable
- When used as a canister it has a good amount of reach that’s to the stretchable hose and wand (Hoover says it has up to 8 feet reach above the floor)
- Utilizes a multi-cyclonic system that ensures there is little to no loss of suction throughout the cleaning cycle
- Long warranty
- Expensive – close to $400, that’s the price of a high-end upright vacuum
- Even if Hoover claims this gives upright performance, it will not match a true corded upright in terms of deep cleaning
- No pet hair attachment
As I’ve mentioned earlier in this review, this machine has the “lift” feature that will allow you to separate the canister from the main body of this machine. It essentially gives you two products in one – an upright and canister.
It comes with two lithium ion batteries that will give you a total of 50 minutes of run time – which in my opinion is enough to clean a small home with mostly bare floors.
For your above the floor cleaning needs, it comes equipped with a stretchable hose, wand, crevice and a pivot brush tool.
If you are worried about downtime because of the drying time needed for the filter, don’t be.
Hoover was generous enough to include an extra filter so even while one filter is being dried up, you can still use this machine because you have something extra to use.
Some people may be turned by the price but remember that you are getting more than an upright machine, this converts to a canister vacuum that you can use to clean upholstery, stairs and even ceiling vents so instead of investing another $80 to $300 on a handheld unit you can buy one product that will meet all your cleaning needs.
Finally, the best part is the warranty. It comes with a 5 year warranty on the whole machine from the motor to the battery.
This is very usable on hard surfaces because the motorized brush can be turned off that prevents scratches (if you have expensive hardwood inside your home) and generally you’d want a vacuum with this feature because brushes tend to create more messes by flinging debris around instead of cleaning them.
Be careful though when cleaning large pieces of debris like cereal or chips because it has a slight snowplow effect because of the low clearance of the floor tool.
It does have an area in the middle of the floor tool to let those debris fit in so that effect isn’t as bad as let’s say a Dyson DC59 were it is completely straight.
The motorized brush is powered by its own motor so this machine is capable of cleaning dirt on low to medium pile carpet. It has a boost mode similar to a Dyson cordless that increases suction power but at the expense of run time.
You’ve got to remember that this is not a deep cleaning machine that will totally replace an upright vacuum but this is a great supplementary cleaner that will help you keep your carpets clean in-between deep cleaning sessions.
On bare floor and carpet the Air Cordless Lift will do well in removing and cleaning pet hair but on upholstery and stairs will struggle a bit because it lacks a dedicated pet hair tool to clean pet hair efficiently.
This is where the “lift” feature comes in. In Canister mode you can use this along with the flexible hose and attachments to clean up loose dirt on chairs, tables, sofas and other upholstery. It is also lightweight enough to use to clean your car’s seats and floors.
It comes with a couple of tools, the crevice/brush combo and the pivot dusting brush that pivots in different angles to help you clean areas that is hard to reach.
Each of the two lithium ion batteries will take roughly 3 hours to charge according to Hoover.
To maintain performance you need to regularly wash the filter located under the dirt cup cover as you’ll see in the illustration below. You’ll also need to clean the core where the cyclonic filters are – Hoover recommends using the dusting brush for this task.
Run time from the two lithium ion batteries will be 50 minutes (combined).
Hoover will give a 5 year warranty on the whole vacuum (yup that includes the battery).
Here are the features of the Air Cordless Lift and how to use it (2nd video)…
|Feature||Hoover Air Cordless Lift Bagless Upright Vacuum BH51120PC|
|Attachments||Pivoting Dusting Tool|
Extended Crevice Tool
Extra foam filter
|Battery||2 x 20-volt lithium ion batteries|
|Charging time||3 hours (each battery)|
|Battery life||50 minutes (combined)|
|Brush on/off switch|
|Net weight (with battery)||12.5 pounds|
|Shipping weight||20.2 pounds|
|Above the floor reach||8 feet|
|Battery indicator||Yes (LED)|
|Filter type||Cyclonic + Foam filter|
|Dirt capacity||1.05 liters|
|Warranty||5 years on vacuum and battery|
A little bit of a disclaimer, since this is a new product, most of the reviews here you’ll see come from Amazon vine consumers – a select group of individuals chosen by Amazon to test a free product in exchange for an insightful review that will help consumers decide whether or not this product is worthwhile.
Most of the consumers who used this product loved how it performed both on hardwood and carpet. It was able to pick up dust, pet hair, sand and pet liter without struggling. Despite the strong suction, several reviewers also pointed out that it still does not match a full sized upright.
Run time was also great – one consumer said that with this product was able to cover a 2,000 square foot home (I presume with the two batteries).
The extra filter is also great because consumers are still able to use the vacuum even with one of the filters is being air dried.
Consumers also appreciated that Hoover has listened to its customers. The Linx Stick, a best-selling stick vacuum which had its share of problems – no swivel, plastic tabs the break and a common problem of the plastic handle that breaks when it falls or just from wear and tear.
This new product has swivel steering and a more solid build with the handle securely fastened in place by stronger plastics. And all the attachments fasten with a loud “click” sound.
If there is a down side it is the price.
This is an expensive vacuum period, a $400 vacuum (currently this vacuum sells for less than $300 in Amazon) that will not deep clean is not for everyone but remember you are paying for convenience here of not having to lug around a heavy machine just to clean a small mess.
It is also powerful enough to clean a room or two thanks to the 2 batteries and the 1 liter dirt capacity.
Right now the price in Amazon and Hoover.com are the same so the choice will be yours on where you’ll want to buy this.
Update March 28, 2015: Price in Amazon have now dropped to under $300 and if you join Amazon Prime you get free 2-day shipping.
This would be a great for people who own small to medium sized homes looking for a cordless option that will not take up a lot of space and has multi-function capabilities.
The lift feature allows it to be used as a canister vacuum and clean areas above the floor like upholstery, stairs, vents, blinds, etc.
In upright mode it has strong enough suction to remove surface dirt that is on the carpet. It also has side brushes that help this product maximize its nozzle width because it picks up dirt even on the edges.
Consumers who’ve used this product where generally happy with the cleaning performance and versatility saying that this product has changed the way they thought about cordless vacuums.
Despite all the suction power, it will not match a corded full sized upright in terms of deep cleaning power so you will still need that in your cleaning toolkit to keep your carpets clean but if your home is mostly hard surfaces you may be able to get by with this as your main cleaner.
It is versatile enough to tackle a number of areas without the need to buy another handheld vacuum.
One downside is the price but consider this a long term investment because Hoover covers your purchase with a 5 year warranty.