Hoover Linx Review

The Hoover Linx is possibly the most popular cordless stick vacuum available.

It easily transitions between hardwood and carpet by having a brush cut-off switch at your fingertips. The Linx is light, powerful for a stick, and cleans relatively easily.

The dust container empties from the bottom and minimizes the amount of digging around you’ll need to do to clean the container. Clogs will occur near the brush typically, and hair is usually the cause.

If you are in a hair-heavy household, consider only using the Linx for cleaning between vacuuming with a standard corded vacuum. The Linx does have more capacity than the Dyson V6 2-in-1’s, for example.

It is an upgrade from a 2-in-1 regarding suction and capacity. However, it is still small and underpowered compared to a full-size upright cordless, such as the Hoover Air Cordless series.

If you’ve had bad experiences with pet hair and 2-in-1 cordless vacuums, then this will be an improvement.


Recommended For:

  • Bare floors
  • Low-pile Carpet and Rugs
  • Capable of covering around 2000 Square Feet

Features
    • Cordless
    • 18V Lithium-ion Battery (Charges in 3-4 hours)
    • Low Profile Base – easily fits under furniture
    • Battery Life Gauge
    • About 30 minutes of runtime
    • Multi-Floor Brushroll (carpet or hardwood floors)
    • Auto-height adjustment for brush roll
Concerns
    • Air Filter isn’t HEPA rated, but is a washable sponge
    • Durability
    • 15 minutes of vacuuming on one charge
    • Awkward on stairs

Suction

hoover linx low profile

The Hoover Linx is a step up from 2-in-1’s such as the Bissell Bolt ION Plus, and you can expect more suction closer to the Shark Navigator Freestyle.

However, keep in mind this is a stick vacuum, and a cordless one at that, which is for cleaning small areas and spots.

The dustbin is about 8 inches deep and 18 inches in circumference. That’s about 3.4 liters, or 0.9 gallons.

Here’s an example of the Hoover Linx in action.

Carpet Performance

The Linx handles fine particles and low-pile carpet very well.

For larger pieces, like breadcrumbs or dog food, you may have to vacuum over them 2-3 times to get everything to come up. This is due to the low profile of the vacuum head.

Bare Floor Performance

Fine particles get cleaned up very easily, and the Linx handles edges very well. Vacuuming close to wall base works great.

As long as you have the brush turned off, larger debris will get vacuumed up quickly as well. If you’re not worried about kicking large debris around, such as dog food or kitty litter, then keeping the brush roll on can help knock dust and hair up off the floor that isn’t loosened by the suction alone.

Attachments

The Hoover Linx is just a stick vacuum so there are no attachments to speak of, which means this vacuum isn’t capable of cleaning couch crevices or anything above the floor. There is no detachable hose to snake around and clean up dust.

Stairs

The Hoover Linx is awkward to use on stairs since it doesn’t have a hose or attachment that allows you to move from one step to the next easily. The Linx is light, so it is easy to pick up and move back and forth on stairs, but it doesn’t handle cleaning in the corners of stairs very well.

If you want a vacuum that can handle stairs, go for a 2-in-1 or one with a hose. For carpeted stairs, you will want a motorized brush attachment.

Filtration

The Hoover Linx fine particulate filter is a sponge disk that goes between the dust bin and air exhaust. This stops the dirt, dust, and fibers but the effectiveness of these filters on particles that agitate allergies or asthma is not the best.

The positive thing about sponge filters is that they are durable and maintain their integrity longer than other types of washable filters.

The best thing you can do is to make sure after you wash the filter that it is entirely dry before putting it back in the vacuum. Not only can liquid damage the vacuum, but the moisture will encourage the growth of mold.

Let the filter dry for at least 24 hours.

Regular Maintenance & Clog Removal

Clean the filter each time you empty the dirt cup. Expect the filter to be discolored after use, but this will not affect the performance.

You should also check if there is any debris trapped in the dirt tube when you empty the dirt cup. The suction tube is behind the dirt cup and is the tube traveling from the suction head to the dirt cup. This is where you can expect hair, strings, and other fibers to collect and form a clog.

It’s also important to keep debris from wrapping around the brush roll. Check the brush roll after each use.

Cleaning is easy since the filter and dirt cup can be washed with water.

How to clean the filter(as recommended by Hoover):

  • Rinse the filter with cold water as needed.
  • Always dry the filter for 24 hours before replacing.
  • Do not use detergen or hot water to clean the filter

If you don’t adequately let the filter dry you will end up with a terrible smell when using the vacuum.

Pet Hair

The Hoover Linx doesn’t have trouble picking up pet hair, but its small suction system will easily clog.

The image below shows where the hair will gather in the dust bin, and will require cleaning frequently if you have a lot of pet hair.

hoover linx hair clog

Also, it’s important to keep an eye on the brush roll and make sure hair doesn’t build up around it. This can eventually seize up the brush roll and damage the motor if you let enough hair wrap around it.

Battery & Runtime

  • 3-4 hour charge time from empty
  • About a 30 minute runtime
  • Expect longer runtime on bare floors with the brush roll off

Hoover recommends charging the battery completely before the first use. This should take less than 3 hours.

Hoover does not recommend leaving the battery on the charging station and instead keep it in the vacuum after it is fully charged. This is true in general for lithium-ion batteries for all kinds of electronics. It’s hard to know what kind of charging technology the manufacturer used. It’s best to be safe and disconnect your batteries from the charger once they are full.

The runtime, at around 30 minutes, is adequate. However, if you are vacuuming a very dirty floor, then you wouldn’t be able to get that much more time out of it before needing to empty the dust bin and clean the filter.

Also, if you’re using the motorized brush roll, you will end up with closer to 20-25 minutes of runtime. It’s much easier on cordless vacuums to clean bare floors.

Warranty & Customer Service

Since the battery is user replaceable, you won’t need to send it off or go to a technician if the battery fails.

The Hoover Linx warranty lasts 2 years covers defects from the date of purchase. You can either take the vacuum to a Hoover Authorized Warranty Service Dealer with proof of purchase or send it to a Hoover Sales and Service Center.

This vacuum is not covered under warranty if it is used in a commercial operation (such as maid, janitor, and equipment rental services), if you perform maintenance yourself, or damage due to misuse.

Hoover does pay for the cost of shipping one way if you do decide to send it to their service center.

The warranty isn’t valid if it was purchased outside the United States.

Customer Reviews

Common complaints include brush roll failure, battery failure, and lots of clogging.

If your battery fails within a few months or weeks, then it’s something to take up with Hoover.

Also, the handle of the Linx and straight whereas the Shark Navigator Freestyle has a loop. The loop gives better leverage when turning the vacuum, so this is a small ding on ergonomics.

The Hoover Linx is reported overall positive for pet hair, but only for light cleaning.

Price & Similar Products

The Hoover Linx is on the low end of prices for cordless stick vacuums. Cheaper options are mostly 2-in-1’s or have more questionable quality.

These are around the same price.

Looking for something cheaper?

Willing to spend more?

Conclusion

The Hoover Linx is a simple cordless stick vacuum capable of handling bare floors and low-pile carpet, but not heavy pet hair.

Maintenance is very easy, and as long as you keep clogs from occurring you can expect a decent performance from this vacuum.

Cleaning out the dust bin can be messy, especially if you are cleaning up hair. The WindTunnel technology traps hair around the center post in the dust bin. This means you will need to get dirty and manually remove it.

The Linx is one of the cheapest, but quality, cordless stick vacuums. It’s great for spot cleaning or touching up small rooms. The relatively short charge time means it isn’t out of commission after one use per day, unlike some cordless vacuums that require up to 9 hours to charge.

The sponge filter and battery are easily replaceable and available online.

Specifications

FeatureDescription
Form FactorStick
BaglessYes
CordlessYes
Brush Height AdjustmentAutomatic
Battery TypeLithium Ion
Multi-Floor OptionYes
Charge IndicatorYes, LED Indicator
Weight7 lbs
RuntimeAbout 30 minutes
FilterWashable
Charge Time3-4 Hours
Warranty2-year Limited, No Commercial Use
ModelBH50010

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