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Hoover Linx BH50010 Review

Price:   $150 List | $99.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Convenient, decent battery life
Cons:  Average at cleaning, harder to use
Bottom line:  This not particularly impressive vacuum cost more than models that substantially outperformed it
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Manufacturer:   Hoover

Our Verdict

Finishing towards the lower half of the group, the Hoover Linx is a relatively bland vacuum that costs more than its performance would warrant. This model can be convenient, but it's a little difficult to use. It offers unimpressive cleaning performance on both hard and soft floors and pales in comparison to the performance of other vacuums in our review.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
David Wise and Austin Palmer

Last Updated:
Wednesday
August 16, 2017

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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 wasn't the absolute worst product we looked at.

The Hoover Linx.
The Hoover Linx.

Performance Comparison


To compare the performance of these products head-to-head, we devised a thorough set of tests, ranging from assessing the maneuverability of each vacuum to its skills at collecting Cheerios. These tests were grouped into four weighted rating metrics, with each product receiving an overall score from 0-100 based on its performance in each metric. The Linx's performance is detailed in the sections below, explaining why it received the score that it did.

A cordless vacuum is usually best suited for light messes.
A cordless vacuum is usually best suited for light messes.

Convenience


Earning the most weight out of all the rating metrics that we looked at, Convenience merited 35% of the total score for each vacuum. This consisted of evaluating how well each stick vacuum could clean non-floor areas of your house or home, how it was stored, its weight, whether it was corded or cordless, and how far it could reach or how long the battery lasted — whichever was applicable. The Linx actually did alright in this group of tests, earning a 6 out of 10.

This model started off this metric with a poor showing, having no way to transform into a handheld vacuum or other attachment suited for cleaning areas that weren't the floor. However, this model is a cordless one and had one of the longer run times out of the group, as shown in the chart below.


The Linx is 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, as shown below, measuring in at 5.7 lbs.


This model would have scored higher, but it was significantly hurt by the lack of versatility and the limit of only cleaning floors.

The Linx did an acceptable job on hard floors.
The Linx did an acceptable job on hard floors.

Hard Surface Cleaning


Finishing 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 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 5 out of 10 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 needed to turn on the brush roll to effectively clean the rice, with this model overall performing similar to the BLACK+DECKER and worse than the Dirt Devil. This vacuum did do about average at collecting the flour from the hardwood floor, though it left plenty of residual flour behind in the cracks between boards, lacking the suction power to extract it, like the top models.

The Linx got all of the surface flour without issue  but left some in the cracks.
The Linx got all of the surface flour without issue, but left some in the cracks.

This model continued its average performance into our cereal test, doing an acceptable job at collecting Cheerios — on the same level as the BLACK+DECKER. The Linx continued its impressively average showing into the final two tests of this metric: pet hair pickup and oat collection. This model did a decent job at collecting the pet hair, rivaling the performance of the BLACK+DECKER but was bested by the Eufy. The Linx 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 you were moving the vacuum or putting it away.

This model was not the easiest to use.
This model was not the easiest to use.

Ease of Use


Accounting for 20% of the total score for each stick vacuum, our Ease of Use metric graded each product on the different cleaning modes available, how well each product cleaned under furniture or in close to edges, as well as the noise produced. The Linx delivered a slightly subpar performance, earning it a 4 out of 10.

This model lacks cleaning modes with different levels of suction, but has the option to engage or disengage the rotating brush roll. The Linx doesn't clean particularly close to the edges of a room, leaving a non-trivial amount of rice behind, evidenced by the before and after picture below.

The Linx left behind plenty of rice along the edges.
The Linx left behind plenty of rice along the edges.

It also didn't particularly excel at cleaning under a sofa or other similar piece of furniture, only reaching about 9.5" under our simulated sofa — significantly less than the 37" of the top models.

The Hoover had an excessively short reach.
The Hoover had an excessively short reach.

This model is one of the quieter ones of the group, as shown below.


This model does have swivel steering for increased maneuverability, but it's so limited that it might as well not even be present at all.

The Linx did an acceptable job at sucking up debris from carpet.
The Linx did an acceptable job at sucking up debris from carpet.

Carpet Cleaning


Finishing out our review, we compared the skills of each vacuum at cleaning soft floors. Our Carpet Cleaning metric made up the remaining 15% of the overall score, consisting of evaluations on both flat and fluffy carpet of the same debris types as our Hard Surface tests. The Linx again delivered an average performance, earning it a 5 out of 10 for its results.

This model did an acceptable job at collecting rice, taking about 3 passes to clean the flat carpet and 6 to take care of the fluffy carpet. It left a little residual rice behind, about the same quality of clean as the Dyson V6. The Linx did struggle with cleaning up flour, delivering one of the worst performances of the group on flat carpet.

Plenty of residual surface flour remained after the Linx cleaned this section.
Plenty of residual surface flour remained after the Linx cleaned this section.

The Linx's performance did rebound in our cereal collection test, getting the vast majority of the Cheerios with only a few stragglers on flat carpet. It did a phenomenal job on the fluffier carpet, even rivaling the performance of the Dyson V8. It finished out with an average showing in pet hair and oat collection, getting most of the debris in both cases but taking a little bit of time and a decent number of passes to sufficiently clean the carpet.

Value


A rather high list price and a somewhat poor performance don't make the Linx a great value.

Conclusion


This unimpressive and easily forgettable stick vacuum didn't really stand out, only delivering an exceptional performance at collecting Cheerios from the fluffy carpet. If you have a house with medium-pile carpet and a toddler that is constantly making a mess with Cheerios, then this might be a great pick. Otherwise, you will most definitely be better served by another model.
David Wise and Austin Palmer

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