The Hoover Linx attempts to take convenience to another level with its Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner. No cords. Less frills. Does it do the job? We will see as we take a look at its features and performance in this review.
It features lithium ion batteries that are rechargeable and interchangeable for continuous operation. Definitely, it is easier to navigate and walk around without cords, and as it is lightweight, you also exert less effort. What the machine really boasts about is that it performs just as well as an upright Vacuum cleaner; featuring its WindTunnel technology which we will discuss later.
It also uses cyclonic system where dust is separated from liquid and air, and then brought to a detachable container instead of filter bags. So it is not only cordless, it is also bagless. Which means, it is easier to maintain. So let us explore its features and what customers are saying about it.
Important Features and Specs
One of the advantages of choosing a cordless Vacuum cleaner is never having to search for an outlet or worry about how far the cord can reach. Add to that, when using a regular Vacuum cleaner, there’s the hassle of stepping on the cord and sometimes being tangled in the process. The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick takes all that away.
It has a simplistic design in black and silver, with the clear dust container around the back. It looks really thin and is also very lightweight, weighing only 10 pounds. Its dimensions are 10.4 x 8 x 24.8 inches, Width, Depth, and Height (WDH) so it should be easy to handle. The handle features auto height adjustment so anyone can operate it no matter what the body build.
The battery that it comes with it is an 18 volt Lithium ion (Li-ion) battery which lasts longer and charges faster. It is rechargeable and interchangeable so you can purchase an extra battery, or more, for continuous operation. This battery features fade-free power – which means, performance will stay the same even as it approaches low battery status. So you can maximize every minute of it until it loses power. There are also battery indicator lights on the handle so you will know how much charge you have left and when to change batteries and charge.
It is not actually specified how much runtime it has but, based on customers’ observations, it’s about 15 – 20 minutes. It takes three hours to fully charge the battery. Both the battery and the charging dock have sleek black designs so you can leave them out while charging and you won’t have to worry about hiding it from your guests.
Performance wise, it has not disappointed, save for a few flaws in design and some lacking features and accessories. Despite that, it has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in Amazon, following thousands of customer reviews. The WindTunnel technology allows strong suction power on the floor while avoiding scattered dirt; best for cleaning small particles on carpets. The cyclonic system makes it easier to maintain since it uses the detachable container instead of filter bags.
It is easy to clean. All you have to do is to remove the dust container and press a switch to open the bottom door right to the trash bin. However, it does have some drawbacks. Hair and other strands get wound up in the middle so you have to remove that small part and manually pull out the hair. You also have to wash the filter after cleaning but as is with other bagless Vacuums. That may not be acceptable to some but if you don’t mind a little bit of work, the Cordless benefits could still outweigh it.
It also doesn’t offer any additional attachments like power brushes so you are a little limited to surfaces you can clean. It is also not very good in cleaning stairs as the edges don’t get covered well and it’s difficult to position the machine. You can still easily switch between bare floor cleaning and carpet with its motorized power brush that turns on and off with a switch.
- Good suction power
- Low profile head can reach under furniture
- Battery indicator
- Awkward on stairs
- Short battery life
- Can only charge one battery at a time
- No attachment available
Who Should Buy
If you own a small space and do quick cleaning regularly, and you want to do away with cords, the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick is perfect for you. It is not recommended for thorough cleaning or general cleaning. It is great for cleaning both bare floor and carpet, but it might not be the best to use for stairs and other tight spaces.
The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner offers a lot of convenience by eliminating cords and also does the job well. However, it may not be enough for cleaning corners, stairs, and other surfaces. And the battery may turn out to be a hassle instead. But if you intend to use it for light duty use, and for your daily cleaning, this can prove to be a nice handy tool.