Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Last updated date: August 26, 2019

DWYM Score
8.2

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We looked at the top 1 Stick Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, Top Ten Reviews, CNET, Nerd Wallet, Vacuum Wizard, Tech Gear Lab and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Stick Vacuum you should buy.

Overall Take

A lightweight but effective cleaner, the Hoover Linx delivers plenty of suction for its low price. It boasts a respectable battery life and has a foam filter that can be cleaned in under a minute. It works best on bare floors, but has a good dust cap capacity to hold debris from multiple cleanings. In our analysis of 74 expert reviews, the Hoover Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Stick Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top stick vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
11,812 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Lightweight but surprisingly powerful. Battery life is extremely good, especially if you don't use the brush.
- BestReviews
It’s one of the most effective cleaners among budget-priced cordless vacs, and it has a respectable 16-minute run time. The foam filter is reusable, clogs and tangles are easy to clear, and the machine doesn’t need much general maintenance. Like its competitors at this price, it’s effective only at cleaning bare floors and maybe sweeping up some surface-level crumbs and hair from short rugs.
- New York Times Wirecutter
January 8, 2019 | Full review
The Hoover LiNX Cordless has a relatively large dust cup so you don't have to empty it too often.
- Top Ten Reviews
May 15, 2018 | Full review
The $179.99 Hoover Platinum Collection Linx cordless stick vacuum impressed us with its strong performance. Even Dyson's $499.99 DC59 fell short in comparison.
- CNET
August 4, 2016 | Full review
Only weighs 7.25 pounds which light for a stick vac this tall. It does operate fade free for most of the charge cycle around 87 – 90% then it slowly dies down.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 3, 2018 | Full review
Ease of transition from hard floors to rugs or carpeting. Powerful suction
- Nerd Wallet
January 27, 2016 | Full review
The maintenance is a breeze. I get rid of the dirt and wash the filters in under a minute. Works great, sounds great and I consider myself fortunate to own it.
- Vacuums Guide
June 30, 2014 | Full review
The cordless, bagless Hoover Linx is ultra light and ultra easy to use. It cleans hard floors, carpets and rugs easily. All the controls are right by the top of the handle, so all you have to do is make sure your battery is charged up and you can get cleaning.
- Vacuum Wizard
Convenient, decent battery life.
- Tech Gear Lab
August 16, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Skimpy on accessories.
- BestReviews
The lack of a swiveling head makes it hard to access some spots.
- Top Ten Reviews
May 15, 2018 | Full review
This model doesn't come with brush attachments or any other special features -- it's just a stick vacuum. It also doesn’t have as much character as Dyson's colorful DC59.
- CNET
August 4, 2016 | Full review
Though it can reach areas below furniture, it doesn’t go very far because of the diameter of the dirt cup – one consumer gave a detailed review on how far it would go – it will go under the first 9 inches if there is at least 2-1/2” of clearance.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 3, 2018 | Full review
Didn’t work on pet hair and eventually lost suction.
- Nerd Wallet
January 27, 2016 | Full review
Don’t buy it if you have a pet. The hair gets stuck in the brush-roll and you have to remove it with your own hands.
- Vacuums Guide
June 30, 2014 | Full review
You have to wash the filter every time you empty the dirt cup and emptying the dirt cup is messy.
- Vacuum Wizard
Average at cleaning, harder to use.
- Tech Gear Lab
August 16, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Transform everyday cleaning with this sleek, versatile stick vacuum that delivers upright performance* with Fade Free** Lithium-Ion battery power. It’s the only stick vacuum with Hoover WindTunnel technology and cyclonic filtration. Now you can clean-up without ever having to search for an outlet.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Ultra-Light Cordless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Bissell Featherweight Stick Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Eureka Blaze Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Bissell PowerEdge Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
10. VonHaus Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Stick Vacuums

As hardwood floors become increasingly sought after in American homes, the stick vacuum has emerged as the cleaning solution of choice for many. A slimmed-down sister of the old upright vacuum, it does the hard work of tidying up floors without that bulky bag or the bulky profile. The first stick vacuums could store easily in even the smallest closet, and while they couldn’t boast the pickup power of the big uprights, they worked just fine for tile or hardwood. They could also handle tiny crevices and corners with greater agility.

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Vacuum technology has come a long way in the last couple of decades, to the point where the best stick vacuums are perfectly capable of picking up dirt from just about any surface — rugs, carpets or upholstery.  Most models now can toggle between modes for cleaning carpets or bare floors. The main difference is typically a stiff-bristled rotating brush, which helps loosen deep-seated carpet dirt. On wood floors, it not only scatters that same dirt but can sometimes harm sensitive surfaces, so choose your setting accordingly.

The initial draw of the stick vacuum — portability — has likewise improved. Even budget models like the Hoover Linx are now cordless, allowing you to the freedom to clean floors, ceilings or patios without worrying where the plug is. Battery life is always a concern, but just mount it for a recharge and you’re ready to go again.

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Many modern stick vacuums don’t even need to be confined to the house, thanks to their modular sensibility. Vacuums like the Shark IONFlex DuoClean are light enough in their normal configuration, but you can also detach the vacuum from the floor cleaner. Snap on one of a series of attachments, and you’ve got an effective handheld cleaner that can tackle car interiors or other tough-to-reach areas.

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Finally, one of the same things that make stick vacuums so sleek also makes it more sanitary. Instead of the bag container of the classic upright vacuum, stick vacuums trap the dirt they capture in a cup — typically near the handle at the top. This container isn’t as roomy as that of an upright vacuum, meaning you’ll need to empty it more often. But when you do, it will generally mean less mess. Some vacuums double down on that cleanliness with a HEPA filter that traps tiny particles and allergens, but the thickness of that filter can reduce suction power in budget models.

DYWM Fun Fact

The concept of vacuum cleaners has been around since the late 1800s, but the efforts of early inventors were more trouble than they were worth. Daniel Hess’ initial patent for a “carpet-sweeper” involved the use of a manually-operated bellows to create suction, so it’s no surprise that one may never have been created.

The advent of gasoline power didn’t do much to improve the concept. In 1898, John S. Thurman created a “pneumatic carpet renovator” that used a gas engine to blow (not suck) dirt into a large receptacle. The drawback? It had to be carted around in a horse-drawn carriage, with tubes that snaked into a house through the windows or doors. Believe it or not, Thurman actually did have some takers for his offer of house cleaning calls at $4 a pop.

The world’s smallest vacuum cleaner? As of December 2018, that honor goes to Talabathula Sai of India. He created a working 2.13-inch vacuum cleaner using a pen cap, 12-volt battery and a DC motor. We’re not sure what it cleans, but it sounds like it would be perfect for Barbie’s dream house.

The Stick Vacuum Buying Guide

  • The No. 1 concern for anyone buying a vacuum, stick or otherwise, is going to be suction. It’s a difficult thing to quantify, as there’s still no generally accepted measurement of vacuum effectiveness. Not to mention, the fact that suction isn’t consistent even on the best vacuums. It can vary with the type of surface being cleaned, how full the dirt container is or how often the filter has been cleaned. Horsepower is also a good ballpark measurement, and user reviews can be helpful in determining how well a vacuum works and what type of surfaces it handles best.
  • Portability can also be a big concern. Stick vacuums are a favorite in many households primarily because they can maneuver under couches and coffee tables or even into ceiling corners — areas that upright units can’t easily reach. Cordless vacuums can be especially helpful for this, but you’ll want to bear the weight in mind, especially for older users.
  • If you’re choosing a cordless vacuum, research the battery life. The batteries on these vacuums are typically rechargeable, but larger houses may need more than one charge to get the job done. Models like the Shark IONFlex DuoClean have a removable battery, and you can even upgrade to a spare one that can be recharged while you run the original.
  • Depending on what you plan to use it for, attachments can make all the difference. Stick vacuums are versatile to begin with, but many have the added bonus of detaching from the floor cleaner and transforming into a handheld device. From there, you can pop on attachments like brushes or crevice tools to tackle upholstery, car seats or fan blades — if those extras are available for your vacuum.
  • Allergy sufferers are going to want effective suction (and maybe a HEPA filter for severe cases), but they will also want to make sure all those particles and dirt can be emptied out without getting it all over their hands. In that case, look for a detachable cup that can be easily cleaned or a container that can be emptied without even touching the lid. Container capacity can be another big plus, ensuring that it won’t need to be emptied as often.
  • You and your floors may love a vacuum with a lot of horsepower, but your sleeping child may not. Some vacuums are definitely louder than others, so if you have sensitive roommates or children, do your research.