Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 Stick and Handheld BH52100PC Vacuum Review

Hoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 BH52100PC ReviewHoover has been busy recently launching new products.

Early this year they launched the air cordless lift, an updated version of the air cordless series that started in the middle of 2014 that adds a “lift” feature that turns it into a canister vacuum.

This around $150 is a part of the air cordless series but this time instead of converting into a canister, this product converts from a stick to a handheld.

It uses the same 20-volt lithium ion as the other products in this line so if you’re thinking of buying more than one, you can interchange the batteries!

If you’re worried that this may be like other 2-in-1 that merely attaches a handheld on a stick and therefore does not have enough suction. Hoover says it comes with the same WindTunnel technology in their cordless uprights which means the brush roll has its own motor.

It is similar to the likes of Black + Decker BDH3600SV, VonHaus 600W 2-in-1, and the Bissell Bolt in terms of functionality but how does it fare in terms of performance? Let’s find out what the consumers think and the features below.

Editor Rating
Bare Floor

★★★★¼ 

Carpet

★★★★¼ 

Pet Hair Removal

★★★★☆ 

Ease of Use

★★★★½ 

Overall

★★★★¼ 

Price

Features at a glance:

  • Has 2 in 1 functionality – can be used as a handheld or stick vacuum
  • It is equipped with the WindTunnel Technology
  • With a touch of a button the brush roll can be turned on or off (great for both carpet and stairs)
  • Comes with one 20-volt lithium ion battery
  • 9 hour charge time
  • 15 minute run time
  • Weighs just under 7 pounds
  • Has swivel steering that Hoover calls “steerable technology”
  • Has LED headlights
  • 2 year warranty on the vacuum and battery

Pros

  • Versatility – you can used it to clean any part of the house
  • Lightweight – even with the 20 volt battery it weighs less than 7 pounds
  • Decent suction even when used as a stick vacuum
  • Decent 2 year warranty on both the vacuum and battery
  • Has LED headlights – great for tracking dust hardwood floors
  • Swivel steering make this very maneuverable

Cons

  • Long charge time – 9 hours
  • Short run time – only 15 minutes
  • It does not have any attachment for removing pet hair on upholstery but you can opt for the more expensive BH52120PC that has this attachment
  • Small dirt capacity
  • Noisy
  • Dirt cup and floor tool has a lot of crevices where dirt can get potentially trapped in
  • Dirt and dust tend to stick on the filter

Features of the Air Cordless Lift:

Even though this is technically a hand vacuum that is attached on a stick body, Hoover claims that unlike other 2-in-1 products it will have great suction even when used as a stick vac because it uses the same WindTunnel technology that their best-selling Air Cordless uprights is using.

Features

It only comes with one 20-volt lithium ion battery so don’t expect a lot in terms of run time. The tech specs say that it will only run for 15 minutes and will take 9 hours to recharge so buying an extra battery would be your best case scenario so you won’t have too much down time when you’re recharging one battery.

Length-wise it is the same as the Air Cordless Lift at 44 inches so it should be enough length for taller people to use without bending over. In terms of attachments it only comes with one – a crevice tool.

Bare Floor Performance

On bare floors it will do good job because it gives you the option to turn off the motorized brush. This also prevents scratching expensive hardwood surface – just in case your home has it. If you look closely at the floor tool, it has an area where it funnels larger pieces of debris like cereal – this prevents the dreaded snowplow effect where large pieces of dirt only get pushed around.

Carpet Performance

On carpet it will still be able to pick up surface dirt thanks to the brush roll powered by its own digital motor. This could be the reason why run time is so low at just 15 minutes. If your home is fully carpeted then this would only be rendered as a spot cleaner at best. If you still want cordless functionality then you’ll be better off with the air cordless upright or lift that offers a longer 50 minute run time from two lithium ion batteries.

Pet Hair Removal

On carpet it shouldn’t have any problems cleaning pet hair but on stairs and upholstery it will have some issues because it lacks a dedicated pet hair attachment. One option would be buying a handheld with a dedicated tool for the job like the Black + Decker BDH2000FL or getting the more expensive BH52120PC that comes with a motorized turbo tool attachment. The later would be $30 more expensive.

Upholstery Performance

This is where the versatility comes in. At a push of a button, you can detach the handheld portion of this machine and use it to clean upholstery. It comes with a crevice tool to extend the reach but that’s it. If you’re will to pay an extra 30 bucks you can get this with the turbo tool attachment that allows this to clean stuff like pet hair and lint off fabric upholstery and stairs.

Attachments and Accessories

If you buy the BH52100PC it will only come with a crevice tool. Buying the BH52120PC which costs around $30 more adds a motorized turbo tool to the mix.

Charging Time

Each of the two lithium ion batteries will take roughly 3 hours to charge according to Hoover.

Filter Clean up

Before cleaning the filter you need to empty the dirt cup and this is how you do it…

Emptying Dust Cup

Here are the steps in cleaning the filter…

Filter Cleanup

Remember to clean the filter every 4 to 6 uses and make sure that it is dry before you attach it in the vacuum. Filter should last the lifetime of this machine.

Run Time

According to Hoover it will run for about 15 minutes.

Warranty

It comes with a 2 year warranty on the vacuum and motor.

See it in Action

Here’s Hoover product teaser…

Product Specifications

FeatureHoover Air Cordless 2-in-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum
AttachmentsCrevice tool
Battery20-volt lithium ion batteries
Battery indicator
Yes

LED
ChargerCharging base
Charging time9 hours
Battery life15 minutes (combined)
Brush on/off switchYes
HeadlightsYes
LED
SwivelYes
Net weight (with battery)6.9 pounds
Shipping weight12.2 pounds
Cleaning path10"
Above the floor reachN/A
Overall length44"
Battery indicatorYes (LED)
Filter typeCyclonic + Foam filter
Dirt capacity0.7 liters
PowerN/A
Voltage110v
Manufactured inChina
Warranty2 years on vacuum and battery

Customer Reviews

Overall consumers loved the versatility of this product – it had good suction, great at picking up pet hair and it doubles as a hand vacuum. The latter is what gives it an edge over the Hoover Linx Stick. However those who were able to compare this side by side with the Linx Stick said that it had less suction than Linx and the main reason why you’d pick this over that older model is if you needed the handheld functionality.

What this video and see what I mean…

Notice the dirt cup of the Air Cordless 2 in 1, as the dirt comes it, some of it goes on the filter and clogs it. This could be responsible for some of the lost suction power while the older Linx does not have this problem.

Both are noisy and have short run times but the air cordless has an even longer charge time – 9 hours. This is another reason why some consumers gave a lower rating.
But despite all the negatives, this product still got a solid rating thanks to the additional features it had – LED headlights, swivel steering, easy assembly and it is very light.

Consumers do seem to agree that even it has decent suction. It will not replace an upright in terms of being a deep cleaning machine. The short run time and lack of suction make that impossible but if you’re looking for an all-around cleaner, this would be a great option.

Price

The best place to buy it right now would be in Hoover because Amazon does not have it in stock (just yet).

Update: The Air Cordless 2-in-1 stick and handheld is now available in Amazon for around $100.

Conclusion

This versatile 2-in-1 cleaner would be great for small homes where having a full upright vacuum would be impractical because it is heavy and it takes up a lot of space. This would be an upgrade over a hand vacuum because you can use it as a stick vacuum and you don’t need to buy another product as long as you don’t need to clean a large area.

It does have a short 15 minute run time but that didn’t stop the Hoover Linx Stick from being a best seller because it has good suction and based on initial reviews so far this product has pretty good suction.

This vacuum would be a good successor to the Linx Stick, a version 2.0 if you want to call it that because of the handheld option but the long recharge time is a big bummer so you’ll have to weigh your options. Also there are consumers that say that this has less suction than the Linx partly because the filter clogs up pretty fast as the dirt cup gets filled up.

If you’re a Hoover loyalist then consider buying their other cordless cleaners which gives you the option of swapping out batteries, another would be buying the higher end models like the air cordless upright and air cordless lift. The choice is yours.

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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