Hoover Platinum LINX BH50030 Pet Review

Hoover Platinum LINX Pet Cordless Hand Vacuum ReviewAccording to Pete Wedderburn, Moulting or shedding is a common problem among problem that pet owners face, particularly during shedding season.

While we can help minimize shedding by feeding our pets a healthier diet and regular grooming…

…pet hair is inevitable and you need to clean it ASAP or it’ll pile up, making it more difficult to clean later on.

Would it be great to have something to have on standby to clean pet hair on demand?

The Hoover Linx Pet cordless vacuum is one such tool that allows you to clean up pet hair anywhere around your home with its pet hair and power head brushroll attachment.

It will excel on upholstery and stairs because these attachments pivot 25 degrees that maintains 100% surface contact when going back and forth on the whatever area you’re cleaning.

This makes it easier manuevering this around.

It is mainly marketed as a pet hair remover on flat surfaces like tables, chairs, stairs and floors but it is equally capable of picking up other types of dirt.

If you happen own the linx stick cordless vac, you can swap batteries between these two which is a nice bonus.

You can buy an extra battery and use it for both. Downside is it costs 50 bucks.

Spec wise there are some key information that’s lacking so let’s see what do the consumers say about its performance?

Editor Rating
Bare Floor

★★★★¼ 

Carpet

★★★★☆ 

Pet Hair Removal

★★★¾☆ 

Ease of Use

★★★★☆ 

Overall

★★★★¼ 

Price

Pros

  • Has a two attachments that can pick pet hair on carpet and sofas
  • Batteries are interchangeable with other hoover cordless vacuums
  • Easy to remove batteries and can be replaced
  • Motorized brush great in cleaning carpet and upholstery
  • Brush roll can be pivoted 25 degrees which helps maintaining surface contact
  • Quick charge time – only 3 hours
  • Decent runtime around 10 to 30 minutes
  • Has 2 attachments that you can use in removing pet hair
  • Battery indicator lets you know how much is left
  • Cyclonic technology keeps dirt off the filter as you clean and maintains efficiency even as the dust cup fills up

Cons

  • Limited dirt capacity – you need to empty it  frequently
  • Flip down crevice tool easily breaks according to several reviews – make sure to lock it well
  • Might not be able to handle a lot of pet hair
  • Replacement battery is expensive
  • A bit pricey but it’s cheaper than a Dyson
  • Can’t use it on leather

Features of the Hoover Platinum LINX BH50030:

It has three attachments all roughly around 6.4 inches wide plus a built in crevice tool that can be folded out.

 

The 3 external attachments include a motorized brushroll that can be used on carpet, a pet upholstery tool mainly used to remove pet hair on sofas, chairs and other upholstery.

And there’s the dusting brush tool – works great on picking up dust on tables, dashboard of your car, windows, vents, keyboard, etc.

So a total of 4 that you can use to clean not only pet hair, but other types of debris in different parts of the house and in your vehicle.

Check out these features of the Linx Handheld

  • Uses the 18 volt lithium battery that’s also compatible with the platinum stick vac
  • Retractable crevice/brush tool located under the head – to use it fold it down and lock it in place
  • Has 3 extra attachments – motorized brush roll, brush tool and pet tool
  • Motorized brush roll
  • 2 stage filtration system – a pre-screen and cloth filter
  • Transparent dirt container
  • Has a battery indicator that lets you know how much power is left
  • 3 hour charging time
  • Can clean more delicate surfaces using the brush tool
  • Uses cyclonic technology that keeps dirt away from the filter
  • Charger is Energy Star approved which means it is energy efficient
  • All attachments can pivot 25 degrees

Bare Floor Performance

This isn’t really designed as a dedicated floor cleaner unlike stick vacs as it’ll only work for spot clean-ups, but it has enough suction to pick up loose dirt and pet hair using the crevice or brush tool.

Great to use if you want to clean the edges and corners of your room where a bigger vacuum would have trouble reaching.

Carpet Performance

Good performance on carpet because it is equipped with a brush roll that is great in picking up dirt on this surface.

This attachment is motorized so it’ll eat up additional battery power if you plug it in.

Great for spot clean ups and cleaning stairs.

Take note that it pivots 25 degrees so you maintain surface contact majority of the time as you move it back and forth so you don’t strain your wrist as you clean.

Again this is a spot cleaner and not a dedicated floor cleaner.

Upholstery Performance

Again because of the motorized brushroll and upholstery tool, it gets high marks on this surface.

Both are capable of picking up hard to remove pet hair and all sorts of debris left on here.

One downside – you can’t use this on leather.

Pet Hair Removal

Even though it has a pet hair attachment, some people weren’t happy on how it performed because it tends to roll and push it around rather than pick it up.

Some people have better success using the brush roll attachment for this purpose.

One reviewer in particular said that the pet upholstery tool was worthless on their suede sofa and when he switched to the brushroll, it did the job.

Please don’t wait several days before cleaning pet hair because if you let pet hair accumulate, either the pet upholstery or brushroll tool might not be able to handle it.

It’ll get stuck in between the brushes of the brush roll or just get rolled to a ball when you use the pet upholstery attachment.

Car Interior

Since it is a hand held, you definitely can use it in your vehicle but it has its limitations, if you look at the crevice tool, it isn’t long enough or sturdy enough to reach tight areas like areas in between the seat and pillars.

These are the areas where a flexi hose would be great.

The brushroll on paper should be great on floors but in real life testing, it didn’t do as well on contoured surfaces as it would do on a flat surface.

The dusting brush may not long enough to reach all the way to the end of the dashboard – it’ll depend on the design of the dashboard and sharp the angle is, the sharper the angle the more difficult the dash will be to clean.

Plus if you’re car has leather seats, forget about using this because it isn’t suitable for leather.

Attachments and Accessories

It comes with 3 external attachments – a brush roll, pet upholstery and brush tool.

Attachments

It also comes with an integrated 2 in 1 crevice and brush tool that can be pulled out under the head.

Crevice Tool

As a bonus Hoover gives you a bag for you to store these attachments

Bag

Some important notes about the attachments

  • The brushroll has to be periodically cleaned when it accumulates hair and other debris on it – this can be done by pushing the eject button on the side of this attachment.
  • Remove the battery before you put on any of the attachments

No extra battery included.

Charging Time

Charging time will take roughly 3 hours.

You have to remove the battery from the unit and plug it on a charging stand.

To extend the battery service life, don’t leave it on the charger – once it’s full take it off and plug it in the unit.

Filter Clean up

Cleaning the filter will take a few steps:

  1. Twist off the transparent dirt cup of the body.
  2. Pull off the filter from the dirt cup
  3. Empty dirt cup on a trash bin
  4. Pull the cloth filter off the pre-screen then dislodge any embedded dirt on it.
  5. Clean the pre-screen filter by tapping or shaking over a trash bin
  6. If needed, wash the cloth filter in cold water and air dry before putting it back.

It can get messy especially if you’re trying to pull off pet hair the plastic mesh filter (pre-screen).

There were some women complaining about difficulty in twisting off the dirt cup because it was too wide and slippery – one had arthritis, the other had small hands.

Battery Life

Hoover doesn’t didn’t state how long it’ll run on a full charge so this is based again on reviews.

Consumers got between 5 minutes (shortest) to about an hour on a full charge (longest).

The funny thing is in one review the person complained that he/she only got only about an hour because he/she was expecting it to last close to 6 hours which is really unrealistic even with lithium batteries.

On average, a majority of users got between 10 – 20 minutes on a single charge.

Warranty

It comes with a 2 year limited warranty on the whole unit.

For warranty claims you can call their hotline at 1800-944-9200

See it in Action

Fellow review site Vacuum Wizard tests this hoover out.

Product Specifications

AttachmentsDusting brush
Pet hair tool
Upholstery tool

Built-in crevice/brush tool
Battery18 volt Lithium Ion
(removable)
ChargerCharging stand
Charging time3 hours
Battery life10 - 30 minutes
Net weight (with battery)N/A
Shipping weight6.2 pounds
Cleaning path6.4"
Overall length19.2"
Charge indicatorYes
Filter type2 stage filter:
1 - plastic mesh or pre-filter
1 - cloth

(both are washable)
Dust capacityN/A
Air WattsN/A
Voltage110v
Manufactured inChina
Warranty2 year limited on the whole unit

Customer Reviews

It has close to 200 reviews in Amazon with a lot of them giving the thumbs up.

A lot of them (as expected) were pet owners who were looking for a cordless vac that’ll do the job, since full sized vacs are too heavy and a hassle to move around especially if you have pets that roam around and shed hair all over the place.

These pet owners were happy particularly with the brushroll attachment that really does a good job in pickup dirt on carpet and upholstery!

They loved that it had a battery than can be removed and used with the cordless stick.

A number of consumers got around 10-20 minutes from a single charge – a low of around 10 mins to a high of about an hour.

I also noticed several people choosing this over the more expensive Dyson cordless because of the price difference and they were quite happy with their decision afterwards – saying that the motorized brushroll here is as strong and useful as that of a Dyson.

Biggest complaint here are batteries that died prematurely and the crevice tool that gets dislodged and knocked out of place when pushed on too hard.

Reviews from other sites

What Walmart customers had to say:

A total of 14 reviews, and out of the 14, 12 would recommend it to their friends or family. Out of those 14, 7 owned dogs. They loved the power, battery life, and the brush roll and upholstery attachments that they used to remove hair left by their dogs. There was one complaint about battery that went kaput prematurely but he was happy with the overall performance of it.

What Hoover.com customers had to say:

Only two people gave reviews, one was a 5 star and the other was a 3 star. The person who gave 3-star review complained about a busted battery after a year of use but nonetheless was still satisfied with the performance.

What Macy’s customers had to say:

Of the 7 total reviews, 5 gave it a 5-star rating. A majority of them are dog and cat owners who loved how it removes pet hair from upholstery and floors.

Price

Because it is a Hoover, it is available on major retail and online outlets.

Best deals I found are from Walmart and Amazon.

Amazon gives on of the best deals because you can get Free Shipping.

Conclusion

This product is great for…

Pet owners looking for a cordless handheld that’s more affordable than a Dyson but remember that because of the design attachments, it can’t handle cleaning a thick layer of pet hair on upholstery.

Non pet owners can also benefit from this because it is equipped with a motorized brush roll that you can pivot 25 degrees, great spot cleaning for carpet and upholstery.

The downer here is the built in crevice tool that doesn’t seem to lock firmly in place and breaks off easily if you’re not careful.

Take note that it won’t hold too much dirt, so it is a spot cleaner at best. Expect to empty to dirt cup frequently.

It’ll be a good idea to get an extra filter so you alternate both if one needs to be washed.

It may not be the best tool to clean your vehicle if it has a lot of contours on its flooring and it’ll not reach tight areas because the crevice tool is too short.

But for bigger SUVs with flatter floors, it’ll work great but avoid using it on your car’s leather seats or it may scratch it.

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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