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Hoover Linx Cordless BH50010 Review

Hover Cordless Platinum Linx Stick Vacuum ReviewBefore I stumbled upon the Hoover Linx Stick…

…I wondered if there was a cordless vacuum that would be great on carpet but still fall under $200.

I’m just starting off and there’s no way that I could afford a fancy $300 vacuum even though it has all the bells and whistles.

Living in a small home…

…I needed something that is cordless, cleans well, charges in just a few hours, has a wide enough cleaning head so that I don’t need go back and forth so many times and easy to empty.

The Platinum Cordless Stick BH50010 is one of only two Hoover cordless vacuums in their Platinum collection that also includes corded uprights and canisters.

This undoubtedly is one of the more popular models in their product line with over 6,500 reviews in Amazon alone and hundreds more in different shopping sites.

It uses the same battery as the handheld Linx 50030 so this gives you incentive to buy both since they’ll complement one another.

Only one of the few vacs in the market equipped a motorized brush roll AND edge cleaning brushes that’ll clean floors right up to the edges.

Editor Rating
Bare Floor

★★★★¾ 

Carpet

★★★★¼ 

Pet Hair Removal

★★★★¼ 

Ease of Use

★★★★½ 

Overall

★★★★½ 

Price

Pros

  • Good suction power
  • Cleans bare floors, even up to the edges
  • Great to use on bare floor, rugs and low pile carpet
  • You can use it on pet hair
  • Only weighs 7.25 pounds which light for a stick vac this tall
  • In one online review this only recorded in at only 75 decibels so it won’t hurt your eardrums
  • Dirt cup can be taken off the body which makes disposing dirt easier
  • Foam filter is washable
  • It does operate fade free for most of the charge cycle around 87 – 90% then it slowly dies down
  • Power switch is located near the top of the handle which makes it comfortable to turn on or off
  • Easily transitions from hard floor to carpet
  • It can stand up on its own
  • Head can be taken off with a push of a button that makes it easy to remove any dirt stuck in there
  • Easy to empty dirt cup

Cons

  • A little too long to use on stairs
  • You’ll get your hands dirty cleaning the filter especially taking off hair off the baffle tube
  • Base can’t swivel which limits its mobility
  • Foam filter needs to be washed often
  • Foam filter doesn’t do a good job trapping dirt
  • Though it can reach areas below furniture, it doesn’t go very far because of the diameter of the dirt cup – one consumer gave a detailed review on how far it would go – it will go under the first 9 inches if there is at least 2-1/2” of clearance
  • Taking out the brush roll and belt takes several steps which isn’t really hard only a hassle – I’ve found a video on how to do it here.

Features of the Hoover Platinum Linx Cordless Stick:

The Hoover Platinum Stick is a floor cleaner capable of cleaning both carpet and hard floor surfaces.

It is equipped with a wide 11 inch base that covers a lot a lot of ground and it’ll pick up dirt even on the edges – an area where most stick vacuums struggle.

If you own the Linx Pet Handheld and looking for something to clean your floors then this is a logical choice because both of them use the same battery.

Even if you don’t own the Linx 50030 it is still a good purchase because these features:

  • Uses a removable 18 volt lithium battery that takes 3 hours to charge and will last roughly 15 minutes
  • Located under the head is a powered brushroll that rotates on its own
  • Easy access power switch located on the handle
  • Edge cleaning bristles reach all the way to the edge
  • Handle can be reclined to reach areas under furniture better
  • Uses the cyclonic system keeping dirt away from the filter
  • Equipped with the patented WindTunnel Technology
  • Transparent dirt cup lets you know when it’s time to empty
  • Wide 11” cleaning path
  • Delivers the performance of an upright on hard floors
  • Has a battery indicator that lets you know how much power is left
  • Low profile base reaches more area under countertops and furniture

Bare Floor Performance

This is surface where it’ll stand out – with Hoover claiming upright performance.

Capable of picking up fine (powder) to medium (cereal, dog or cat food) sized chunks of dirt with relative ease, it’ll have some trouble with those larger ones – well most floor vacs will have trouble with larger chunks of dirt.

Tip: Avoid large chunks because it can get stuck in the tube between the head and the canister.

It has an opening for larger debris though it’s only a few inches wide but this acts as a funnel for those big chunks of dirt.

Dirt that’ll not fit through the opening will be pushed around but you can try to tilt up the base a little bit to fit those in.

One feature you’ll appreciate and thousands others have is the edge cleaning bristles that allow this to reach edges.

You don’t need to whip out a handheld or bend down and use your fingers just to clean dirt off the edges.

This is an issue with a lot of floor cleaners and this feature makes this one of the best sellers.

Just remember to check and clean the brushroll regularly because if it gets too dirty it can scratch floors and you don’t want that if you have wooden, laminate or tiled flooring.

By the way Hoover doesn’t recommend turning it on when cleaning hard floors.

Carpet Performance

Remember to switch it on to “II” before using this on carpet – this turns on the brushroll that’s needed to pick up dirt on this surface.

Like on bare floor, it did a really decent job on low pile carpet, picking up dirt in one or two passes.

On several video reviews I saw in Youtube, it picked up fine particles such as baking soda to bigger things like cat or dog food.

It won’t deep clean carpets like an upright or canister or work well on really thick carpet but I don’t think any of the cordless does this well.

Cleaning the Edges

I’ve already highlighted this in the intro – yes it picks up dirt even on edges because it is equipped with edge brushes.

A nice feature put in by Hoover that saves you time in cleaning floors. No need to get a handheld to pick up dirt left here.

Pet Hair Removal

It’ll remove pet hair but take note that hair (human or pet) tends to get stuck on the brush roll and the baffle tube (the thing that spins inside the dust cup) and you’ll have to use your hands to pull it out.

It can be used to clean out pet hair but keep a close eye on the dirt bin if it gets full.

Removing hair from Baffle
The red thing you see in the picture is the baffle tube

Attachments and Accessories

No attachments or accessories included just the charger.

Charging Time

It takes around 3 hours to charge.

How do you know if it’s fully charged?

  • Solid light = Fully charged
  • Slow blinking = Still charging
  • Fast blinking = There is an error, call the Hoover service center

Remember to remove the battery from the charger after charging – don’t leave it on there because it’ll shorten the service life.

There was a suggestion about using an outlet timer so you can leave it on the charger overnight.

Filter Clean up

Cleaning the filter will involve these steps:

  1. Remove the dirt cup from the vacuum by pressing the release button located on top of the dirt cup.
  2. Press the empty button and empty the contents over a garbage bin
  3. Remove the baffle tube and remove any debris like hair that’s stuck on it
  4. Pull out the filter cup and check if the foam filter needs to be washed

Emptying the dirt cup

This unit comes with one foam filter located on top of the dirt cup – only wash in running water, don’t use any detergent or wash it in a dishwasher.

Also remember to always check the dirt tube and nozzle openings for any debris that might be left in there to ensure that this runs smoothly and efficiently.

Battery Life

A majority of owners reported a battery life of around 15 minutes on hard floors and roughly 10 minutes on carpet.

Reviews in different sites confirmed the fade free claim, it’ll run well throughout the charge cycle then at about the two minute mark before it’s empty it’ll slowly lose suction.

Hoover claims that this battery will last for around 600 to 800 charge cycles.

Warranty

All platinum series vacuums come with a 2 year warranty.

See it in Action

See how it performs on carpet…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLeek7rNgdE

and on tiles…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmqtC_t0KQ0

Just in case you’re interested how to change the belt…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNikT82wQNU

Product Specifications

AttachmentsNone
Brush roll on/offYes
Battery18 volt Lithium Ion
(removable)
ChargerCharging stand
Charging time3 hours
Battery life15 minutes
Net weight7.3
Shipping weight10.5 pounds
Cleaning path11"
Overall length42"
Charge indicatorYes
Filter typeFoam
(Washable)
Dust capacityN/A
Energy Star RatedYes
Noise Level75 dB
Air WattsN/A
Voltage110v
Manufactured inChina
Warranty2 year limited on the whole unit

Customer Reviews

The Linx Stick cordless had way over 6,500 reviews from Amazon alone with a vast majority of them giving it a 5 star rating.

This volume alone makes this the number one selling product in the stick vac category.

More than a thousand gave this a 5 star rating and over 300 gave it 4 stars – a lot of them liked that it was lightweight, easy to use and has strong suction – strong enough to clog up the pathway in between the base and canister as mentioned in some reviews.

Pet owners also loved how it cleaned  hard floors and carpet but also mentioned that hair can get tangled up between the bristles of the brush roll and the baffle tube.

One of the most common complaints about this product is the battery – either it didn’t last long enough or it prematurely broke.

The first issue is related to user expectation so if you’re expecting this to last for an hour then you’ll be disappointed – especially if you’ll use it on carpet because the brush roll will eat up extra power.

Second issue is more of a manufacturing concern – as with all electronic items, there will be bad batches that’ll come out and with this model it was kept to a minimum if you look at the ratio between positive and negative reviews. Hence that’s why we have warranty.

For your information here are the other common issues and complaints I found in Amazon:

  • Handle (held on by a screw) that’s wobbly and breaks off after a few months of use
  • Charger breaking down
  • Suction becomes weak after a few months mostly due to debris getting stuck in the tube
  • Brush roll not working after a few months because wires (that supply power to the it) located in the pivot (or joint where the base and body meet) of the vacuum either got severed or insulation scrapped off because of the constant rubbing of the wire and plastic
  • Issues with customer support
  • Clogs easily
  • Build quality could be an issue over the long term

Reviews from other sites

Walmart:

Over 600 people left a review in Walmart and out that around 93% would recommend this product.

That’s a great percentage!

The reasons why people loved this are quite similar to the consumers in Amazon.

It performed well on both carpet and bare floors, it is lightweight and even though it can’t swivel users  still liked how easy it was to maneuver. Pet owners also loved how it helps them clean off pet hair their dogs and cats shed.

Battery life is around 15 to 20 minutes but there were complaints about lemon batteries that don’t work or didn’t last long.

Another common problem here for consumers even in the 4 or 5 star ratings was the handle that has a tendency to break because it is held in place by a screw and plastic – let’s hope that they address this in future units that come out.

Senior citizens also purchased this because it didn’t weigh a lot and this allowed them to clean their homes even at their advanced age.

Hoover.com

Over 170 left reviews and over 140 of them would recommend it to a friend.

People loved that even though it has strong suction (with some using it as a commercial cleaner), it still managed to keep its weight down.

Most of the complaints were related to the lack of run time, broken handle, and lemon units.

BestBuy

BestBuy had around 76 reviews to date and 96% of them would recommend it to a friend – reviews were a bit mixed about battery life with some satisfied and some feeling that it’s a bit lacking and it needs at least 2 batteries.

There were also some complaints about not having any attachments and the dirt cup being small.

Pet owners, small families, teens, brand conscious, everyday users were among the satisfied customers.

Epinions

18 people were kind enough to leave a personal review here, with 13 of them giving a 5 star rating.

Most of them liked its suction power (with some comparing it to the Dyson) plus its compact and lightweight design. The common complaints here were run time and price.

Price

It is available in nearly every online retail outlet but the best deals I found was in Amazon and Walmart.

You get free shipping if you purchase it in Amazon even without the joining their Prime Program and you get the top notched aftersales service that they have.

Conclusion

This product is great for…

Small to medium sized homes with bare floor or low pile carpet.

It’ll do a good job on both types of surfaces, easily picking up fine to medium sized particles in just one or two passes and will clean up to the edges because it has edge cleaning bristles.

Don’t rely on this if you have thick carpets at home since it’ll not do as good a job on it as on thinner carpet.

Because it is over 42 inches long, it can be tricky to use this cleaning stairs – you may want to use a handheld vacuum with a brushroll for this job.

Take note that since dirt cup isn’t very large and because of its tendency to get hair stuck in the brush roll and baffle tube (the red thing that looks like a top inside the dirt cup) this isn’t designed to remove a lot of pet hair.

Even though in some reviewers say you get a 6 year warranty on the vacuum – the manufacturer website states that it only comes with a 2 year warranty on the whole unit (vacuum, charger and battery), you can call them to verify.

Also if you’re considering to use this as your primary cleaner, consider getting an extra battery to double the run time, remember though that this isn’t a deep cleaner on carpet so this advice only applies to homes with minimal carpeting.

Overall a very good stick vac with good power and decent battery life, just don’t forget to clean the brush roll, baffle tube, edge bristles and tube in between the body and base regularly to maintain the performance and extend service life.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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