Hoover REACT Cordless Stick Vacuum Review: Another Dyson Challenger

by Garrick Dee
Updated February 8th, 2019

Engineers in Hoover are busy right now coming up with new products.

After releasing the Hoover Cruise just a few months ago, they’ve got two new product lines – the Fusion and the React series.

To be more specific we’ll be looking at the REACT stick vacuum series in this review. I’ve already covered the upright and you can read about it here.

The React series is a brand new series from Hoover and a clear upgrade over the Cruise which had several drawbacks.

It has a brand new battery that will run for up to 27 minutes, new LED headlights and a bunch of tools that’ll clean your entire home.

We’ll be comparing the 4 different variants in this review – BH52300, BH53220, BH53210 and BH53230PC.

All of these have the same motor and performance and much like the Dyson V6 and V8, the difference lies in the tools that come along with it.

Features at a glance:

  • All Hoover REACT vacuums come with FloorSense technology that automatically detects the floor surface to optimize cleaning
  • ONE PWR lithium ion battery delivers up to 30 minutes of run time
  • WindTunnel Surge technology captures dirt, dust and pet hair
  • Rapid Charge system fully recharges the battery in around 3 hours
  • 3 year motor warranty
  • Fingertip controls
  • 10 foot reach
  • Swivel head
  • Weighs only 7.3 pounds
  • 62 liter dust cup capacity
  • LED headlights

Pros

  • Versatile cleaner that’s cheaper than a Dyson V6 and V8 Absolute
  • Lightweight at under 8 pounds
  • LED headlights help it track dirt in areas where there isn’t much light
  • Strong suction and decent run time

Cons

  • No HEPA filtration
  • Tools does not lock into place like a Dyson does
  • Some consumers feel that the external battery charger is not a good feature instead preferring a plugin charger
  • Not as maneuverable as a Dyson

What to expect from the Hoover REACT stick vacuum?

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The REACT is a brand new line from Hoover that’s a mixture of stick and upright vacuums.

Much like the Dyson cordless series, the REACT stick utilizes a similar design which motor on one end and floor tool on another connected to a tube that’s removable.

This design makes it allows you to use this as a stick and handheld vacuum.

And Hoover several improvements that they hope would bridge the gap between them and market leaders Dyson.

FloorSense Technology

These are sensors at the bottom of the main cleaning head automatically detect any change in floor type and adjusts brush speed automatically.

This helps optimize performance automatically when transitioning from bare floor to carpet or vice versa.

When cleaning carpets, brush roll spins faster and slows down when it moves to bare floor. In a sense, this Hoover REACTS to what kind of surface you’re cleaning and adjusts the settings for you. Get it?

ONE PWR

Powering this cordless is a ONE PWR lithium ion battery that according to Hoover will last 3 times longer than the leading brands. According to reviews, the longest that I’ve read this vacuum run was around 30 minutes which isn’t exactly 3 times longer when you compare it to a Dyson or Shark.

WindTunnel Surge

This is Hoover’s equivalent to Dyson’s cyclonic filtration system that is capable of capturing dirt, dust and pet hair.

Rapid charge technology

Hoover uses rapid charge technology to charge the lithium ion battery in around 3 hours. That’s approximately around 30 minutes less than a Dyson V8.

Take note that you will need to remove the battery to recharge this. You cannot charge this using the wall mounted bracket.

Wall Mount

Since this vacuum isn’t self-standing, it comes with a wall mountable bracket for easy storage with room to store some of the other tools like the crevice/brush tool.

Unfortunately this bracket will not charge your Hoover unlike the Dyson V8 and V6 cordless.

Hoover Dashboard

At the back of the motor, you’ll get easy access to the battery level, floor sense indicator and mode button.

Large Dirt Cup

Hoover calls this the XL dirt cup. To be more specific, it can hold around 0.62 liters of dry dirt. It won’t give you upright level capacity but it’s has decent size.

App

It also comes with a smartphone Hoover app that allows users to monitor the status of the vacuum such as battery life and help with maintenance tasks needed.

Different variants

There are a total of four different REACT stick variants: the BH52300 or the Whole Home Cordless, BH53220 or the Whole Home Cordless Pet, BH53210 or the Whole Home Cordless Advantage and the BH53230PC which is the top of the line variant.

All these variants have the same motor, battery and dirt cup. Each will differ in the tools that come along with it.

The BH53200 comes with:

  • Crevice Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • Pivoting Extension Tool
  • Reach Wand Tool Storage Clip
  • Charger
  • Wall Mount

BH53220 comes with:

  • Crevice Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • Pet Upholstery Tool
  • Pivoting Extension Tool
  • Powered Stair Tool
  • Reach Wand Tool Storage Clip
  • Charger
  • Wall mount

The 53210 comes with:

  • Crevice Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • Upholstery Tool
  • Pivoting Extension Tool
  • Reach Wand Tool Storage Clip
  • Charger
  • Wall Mount

And last but not least, the BH53230PC comes with:

  • Deluxe Crevice Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • Pet Upholstery Tool
  • Pivoting Extension Tool
  • Powered Stair Tool
  • Reach Wand Tool Storage Clip
  • Charger
  • Wall Mount

Bare Floor Performance

The REACT series stick vacuums comes with brush roll settings – one for bare floor and another for carpet.

On bare floor, the brush roll slows down that lessens the risk of it kicking large bits of debris around.

It won’t perform as well as the soft roller brush found in the Dyson V8 Absolute and Shark IONFlex when it comes to cleaning up large bits of dirt but performance should be decent.

It does have an elevated part at the middle of the cleaning head that’ll accommodate larger particles of dirt.

The slow spinning brush roll however will do wonders in picking up dust and with the LED headlights, it’ll be easier to track dust underneath furniture.

Carpet Performance

In carpet mode, the motorized brush spins at a faster rate which turns up agitation.

Since this is a cordless vacuum, don’t expect Miele-level deep cleaning but consumers were pretty happy with how this product performed.

It is capable of picking up dirt and pet hair on carpet but again this will not deep clean.

For in-between clean ups this is a great tool to have.

Pet Hair

If you have pets at home then you’ll have to pick the “Pet” variant which is the BH53220.

It comes with the same main cleaning head as the other variants but it has the mini-turbo brush for cleaning pet hair on upholstery.

Product Specifications

ModelBH53200BH53220BH53210BH53230PC
AttachmentsCrevice Tool

Dusting Brush

Pivoting Extension Tool

Reach Wand Tool

Storage Clip

Charger

Wall Mount
Crevice Tool

Dusting Brush

Pet Upholstery Tool

Pivoting Extension Tool

Powered Stair Tool

Reach Wand Tool

Storage Clip

Charger

Wall Mount
Crevice Tool

Dusting Brush

Upholstery Tool

Pivoting Extension Tool

Reach Wand Tool

Storage Clip

Charger

Wall Mount
Deluxe Crevice Tool

Dusting Brush

Pet Upholstery Tool

Pivoting Extension Tool

Powered Stair Tool

Reach Wand Tool

Storage Clip

Charger

Wall Mount
LED headlight
Yes
Brush roll on/off
No
Battery
Lithium ion
Charger
Plug-in charger
Charging time
3 hrs.
Battery life
approx. 30 mins
Net weight
7.3 pounds
Shipping weight
13.88 pounds
Cleaning path
10.9"
Overall length
44.9"
Battery indicator
Yes
Filter type
Washable
Dust capacity
0.62 liters
Voltage
N/A
Manufactured in
China
Warranty
3 years

Customer Reviews

There were a lot of happy consumers who praised the cleaning performance of this vacuum.

One consumer said it was well designed and very powerful. It picked up well on both bare floor and carpet but the floor sense technology wasn’t perfect.

On carpet it would take some time to adjust (sometimes it doesn’t work) but it isn’t a big deal because you can manually control the brush roll but it’s something to keep in mind.

Great for pets

Pet owners were among the happy customers saying it picked up a lot of pet hair but there were also complaints of hair clogging inside the bin.

Speaking of the dirt bin, even if Hoover says it has an “XL sized” dirt cup, it still pales in comparison with an upright that can hold easily over 1 liter. This only holds around 0.65 liters.

Some potential issues

Those who are expecting upright performance should be realistic because this won’t match it in terms of capacity and performance. But it makes up for it with the versatility it brings to the table.

LED lights are not as bright as some people had hoped.

Another potential issue would be the tools that does not have any locks but only rely on friction. Unlike a Dyson where every attachment clicks into place, this vacuum does not have that feature.

Run time can be as long as 35 minutes but you’ll have to remove the battery and plug it on a separate charge because you cannot charge the vacuum using the wall mounted bracket.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this direct from Hoover.com or from Amazon.com where you can avail of the free 2-day shipping if you sign up to the Amazon Prime program. Currently though, Amazon Hoover only has two of the variants available while Hoover has all four.

To Wrap Up

The Hoover REACT provides similar versatility as a Dyson but at a cheaper price so it’s a viable alternative since it is a capable cleaner. But do not expect the same level of sophistication found in the Dyson.

It has a myriad of interchangeable tools that make this versatile with an LED headlight to help track dust. And an app that helps connects to the vacuum and tells you the battery status, usage time and register with Hoover for warranty purposes.

There are four different variants each with a different set of tools that will fit different needs.

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2 thoughts on “Hoover REACT Cordless Stick Vacuum Review: Another Dyson Challenger”

  1. Do not buy this product or any version of this product. I just spent 300 on one and it is a huge piece of garbage. It gets clogged literally in a few seconds every time it is turned on. Huge design flaws, very hard to use. The attachments are almost impossible to take on and off because they fit too tight. Overall horrible design and poor function. Worst vacuum I have ever bought. Do not waste your money

  2. I will be returning this product immediately after talking with the customer service rep. They talk to you like your a child and do not know what your talking about. This vac clogs immediately at the entrance to the collection cup. The rep also says this vac is very sensitive and will not work properly if the collection cup is not perfectly installed. That’s fine but when you put the cup into the noth and close it and it snaps and looks closed it should be closed. This product is poorly designed and the phone support folks need training in customer relations.

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