PROS / This battery-charged vacuum safely cleans bare floors, hardwood, rugs and low-pile carpets for up to 15 minutes each charge.
CONS / The vacuum lacks an extendable hose and cleaning attachments.
VERDICT / This vacuum has several design features that help it effectively and safely clean hardwood floors. While the absence of cleaning tools limits where you can vacuum, this battery-operated vacuum’s features allow you to clean all kinds of different floor types.
The Hoover Platinum Collection LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum focuses on versatility. The hard floor vacuum’s features make it powerful enough to clean carpets, but gentle and safe to use on hardwood floors. While you cannot adjust the suction, the vacuum automatically adjusts its height from the floor to match the most effective distance for the surface you are cleaning. You also can turn off the brush roll when you are vacuuming delicate surfaces, making it a safe vacuum for hardwood floors.
This model doesn’t use bags. Instead, it employs a 32-ounce dirt cup that you can empty from the bottom. The design of the cup allows you to empty it without exposing yourself to the dust, allergens and pollutants. This bare floor vacuum has a washable filter you can clean and reuse after every session.
Weighing a little over seven pounds, this lightweight vacuum cleans wooden floors without adding pressure to them. Because it has rubber wheels, you do not have to worry about the vacuum scratching the wood. It has an 11-inch cleaning path that helps you clean quickly and efficiently by covering more surface as you go.
This hardwood floor vacuum uses an 18-volt lithium ion battery. The battery powers the vacuum for 15 minutes and only requires a three-hour charge time, which is less than most other battery-operated stick vacuums. With 18 volts, the vacuum produces strong suction. In our tests, it picked up 95 percent of the sawdust we laid down. The vacuum is also certified by ENERGY STAR, which confirms how energy-efficient it is.
While the vacuum effectively cleans tile, wooden floors, carpets and rugs, it lacks a hose and additional cleaning tools. As such, you cannot vacuum hard-to-reach edges, crevices or furniture. Hoover warrants this machine against original defects in material and workmanship for two years from the purchase date. If you need to contact the company, its website lists an email and phone number. You also can use it to find service centers that will repair your vacuum. Hoover's website also offers a FAQs page and video tutorials to assist you.
While cleaning attachments would make this machine more versatile, its ability to seamlessly switch from vacuuming carpets to safely cleaning hardwood floors makes it a good option if you have both carpet and bare floors. With a battery that runs at least 15 minutes, you can quickly clean up in between your vacuuming sessions.