Hoover Linx BH50010 Review
Pros: Convenient, decent battery life
Cons: Average at cleaning, harder to use
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Hoover Linx BH50010
|Price||$165 List||$115 List||$170 List|
$154.99 at Amazon
$34.99 at Amazon
|Pros||Convenient, decent battery life||Great value, convenient, does well with hard floors||Inexpensive, convenient||Decent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensive||Inexpensive|
|Cons||Average at cleaning, harder to use||Could be better at carpet||Lackluster carpet cleaning, struggles with edges||Harder to use, loud||Poor carpet cleaning ability, harder to use, less convenient|
|Bottom Line||This not particularly impressive vacuum cost more than models that substantially outperformed it||If you are shopping for a stick vacuum and don't want to break the bank, then we think this is a great option||This vacuum delivered a middle-of-the-road performance that failed to make much of an impression||This inexpensive model cleans decently, especially when it comes to hard surfaces||This lightweight vacuum may be super cheap, but don't expect much in terms of performance|
|Rating Categories||Hoover Linx BH50010||Moosoo XL-618A||Eureka RapidClean Pro||VonHaus 600W 2-in-1||Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik|
|Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Carpet Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||Hoover Linx BH50010||Moosoo XL-618A||Eureka RapidClean Pro||VonHaus 600W 2-in-1||Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik|
|Weight||7.2 lbs||5.1 lbs||5.1 lbs||4.5 lbs||3.4 lbs|
|Cordless Battery Life||21:23 min:sec||22:40 min:sec||23:12
|Maximum Corded Reach||n/a||n/a||n/a||21 ft||17.5 ft|
|Measured Charge Time||165 min||340 min||270 min||n/a||n/a|
|Noise Level||73 dBa||67 dBa||64.5 dBa||77 dBa||73.5 dBa|
|Measured Cleaning Path Width||10"||7.75"||9.75"||8.75"||9"|
|Variable Suction Control||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Brush On/Off Switch?||Yes||No||No||n/a||n/a|
|Storage||Stands up||Wall mount only||Wall mount only||Stands up; falls over easily||Stands up; falls over easily|
|Swivel Head?||Yes; super limited||Yes||Yes||No||No|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This cordless vacuum has a decent battery life but can't match the cleaning prowess of the top products in this category. This comes at a bit of a disappointment after considering the semi-premium price of this product. The Linx wasn't our favorite by any means — but it also wasn't the absolute worst product we tested.
Earning the most weight out of all the rating metrics that we looked at, this metric consisted of evaluating how well each stick vacuum could clean non-floor areas of the home, how it was stored, its weight, and whether it was corded or cordless. We also considered far the cord could reach or how long the battery lasted — whichever was applicable.
The Linx started off this metric with a poor showing, having no way to transform into a handheld vacuum or other attachments suited for cleaning areas that aren't the floor. However, this model is cordless and has one of the longer battery run times out of the group. The Linx is also stable enough to be freestanding, allowing you to store it away in any closet rather than being restricted to a dedicated wall mount. This vacuum was about average in terms of weight, measuring in at 5.7 pounds. It would have scored higher, but it was significantly hurt by the lack of versatility and the limit of only cleaning floors.
Hard Surface Cleaning
Next in terms of significance, the ability to clean hard surfaces made up 30% of the score for each vacuum. We spread pet hair, oats, flour, rice, and Cheerios on a sample section of hardwood laminate floor and compared the performance of each vacuum at cleaning up the various types of debris. The Linx again failed to distinguish itself, earning a middle-of-the-road score for its mediocre showing.
This vacuum didn't do a terribly good job at collecting rice in the suction-only mode meant for hard floors, accumulating rice on the non-rotating brush head. We found that we needed to turn on the brush roll to pick up all the rice effectively. The Linx was also about average when collecting flour, though it left plenty of residual flour behind in the cracks between boards, lacking the suction power to fully extract it.
The Linx continued its average performance into our cereal test, doing a fine job at collecting Cheerios. The impressively average showing also continued into the final two tests of this metric: pet hair pickup and oat collection. It managed a decent job with the pet hair and collected all of the oats in a single pass, but some would become trapped in the undercarriage of the vacuum, only to fall free when moving the vacuum or putting it away.
Ease of Use
Accounting for 20% of the total score for each stick vacuum, this metric graded each product on the different cleaning modes available, how well each product cleaned under furniture or in close to edges, and the noise produced. The Linx delivered a slightly subpar performance.
This model lacks cleaning modes with different suction levels but can engage or disengage the rotating brush roll. It doesn't clean particularly close to edges, though, and left a non-trivial amount of rice behind when we assessed this.
The Linx also didn't particularly excel at cleaning under a sofa or other similar pieces of furniture, only reaching about 9.5 inches under our simulated sofa — significantly less than the 37 inches of some of the top models.
On the plus side, this model is one of the quieter ones of the group. It also has swivel steering for increased maneuverability, but unfortunately, it's so limited that it might as well not even be present.
Finishing out our review, we compared the skills of each vacuum at cleaning soft floors. Making up the remaining 15% of the overall score, this metric consisted of evaluations on both flat and fluffy carpet with the same debris types as our hard surface tests. The Linx again delivered an average performance, doing an acceptable job at collecting rice. It took about three passes to clean flat carpet and six to take care of the fluffy carpet with little residual rice was left behind. However, the Linx struggled with cleaning up flour, delivering one of the worst performances of the group on flat carpet.
The cereal collection test went a bit better, with the Linx getting the vast majority of the Cheerios from flat carpet with only a few stragglers left behind. It did a phenomenal job on fluffier carpet, rivaling some of our top contenders. Pet hair and oat removal were average; the Linx got most of the debris in both cases but took a little bit of time and a decent number of passes to sufficiently clean the carpet.
A semi-high list price and a somewhat poor performance don't make the Linx a particularly great value.
This unimpressive and easily forgettable stick vacuum didn't really stand out, only delivering an exceptional performance at collecting Cheerios from fluffy carpet. If you have a house with medium-pile carpet and a toddler that is constantly making a mess with Cheerios, then the Hoover Linx might be a great pick. Otherwise, you will be better served by another model.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer