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The Hoover Platinum Collection's Lightweight Bagged Upright removes dirt and clingy pet hair from your floors, and it comes with a canister vacuum for cleaning stairs or the inside of your car. You essentially get two vacuum cleaners for the price of one, and it includes a six-year limited warranty.
This vacuum is equipped with a HEPA filter that eliminates dust, pollen and microscopic particles. The HEPA bag traps 99.97 percent of dirt, dust and pollens down to 0.3 microns for better air quality than bags made with standard paper. Its self-sealing bag prevents dust from escaping when you empty it into your garbage can. That means you can dispose of the bag without touching or inhaling any dust.
This upright vacuum cleaner uses a combination of direct airflow suction and patented WindTunnel technology. Direct air pulls dirt straight up through the center of the machine, and the WindTunnel technology creates airflow similar to that of a cyclone, using centrifugal force to lift objects. With this well-engineered combination of airflow, this machine is powerful enough to lift tenacious pet hair and embedded dirt.
The height adjustment is automatic, and the machine has two suction controls – one for high-traffic areas and a low setting for cleaning flat surfaces. This vacuum cleaner moves easily from low-pile carpets to bare floors. Although it has height adjustment features, it is not designed for high-pile rugs and does not easily roll over them. It also lacks a roller-brush off switch.
We were impressed with the vacuum cleaner's design. This cleaner weighs only 11 pounds, and the cord is 35 feet long. It is light enough for anyone to carry up and down the stairs. When you are using it, you will not have to make frequent stops to plug it in and out of outlets.
If you are looking for a maneuverable machine, you will be impressed with this cleaner's ability to reach under low furniture. The handle reclines flat to the floor, so it fits well under low furniture. With its soft cloth body, you will not damage expensive tables when you are cleaning underneath them.
This upright vacuum comes with a versatile cleaning accessory – a portable canister vacuum with a carry strap. Rather than using an awkward hose attachment connected to the body of the vacuum cleaner, you use the canister cleaner for above-floor cleaning. The canister is equipped with a crevice tool, a dusting brush and a hard-floor attachment.
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This vacuum comes with a six-year warranty, and with service centers in most major cities, you can expect local technical support. You also can contact the company by email or by phone. The Hoover website offers informational instruction videos and has a FAQs page.
Although it can't clean high-pile rugs, the Hoover Platinum Collection's Lightweight Bagged Upright vacuum has many of the qualities you need. It has powerful suction, easy movement and extra cleaning tools. It picks up dirt and stubborn hair from a variety of surfaces, and the handy canister cleaner gives you the versatility to clean anything from the stairs to your car.