The $179.99 Hoover Linx is an uncomplicated cordless stick vacuum. While it can't compete with the $499.99 Dyson DC59's intriguing design and variety of brush attachments, it offers something even better: exceptional performance. Since it also costs significantly less than comparable performers, its value is tough to ignore. I strongly recommend the Hoover Linx to anyone looking for a straightforward battery-powered stick vac.
Design and features
The design of the Hoover Linx is completely inoffensive, if not a little boring. It has a glossy silver and black plastic finish with some metal accents and a small classic red Hoover logo on the front. Basically, it looks like a pared down upright vacuum.
The $500 Dyson DC59 and $180 both boast colorful, quirky looks that make them much more visually appealing than the Linx. Some people might prefer a vacuum that isn't trying to call too much attention to itself, though.
While only 7.3 pounds (about half the weight of the upright vacuums we've tested), The Hoover Linx is actually on the heavy side for stick vacuums. Both the Dyson and Shark stick vacs weigh less than 5 pounds due to their unique configurations. The $230weighs 5.5 pounds, the $349 weighs 6.3 pounds, and the $350 is the heaviest, clocking in at 7.7 pounds. Still, the Linx doesn't look or feel cumbersome compared to the others.
The Linx is definitely the simplest model in terms of features. It operates via lithium-ion battery and a separate charger. There's an LED status bar that lets you know how much battery life is left. It has three options -- off, on with suction only (for hardwood or other bare floors), and on with suction and brush roll (for carpets). The dust bin opens on the bottom and the handle can recline quite low for reaching under furniture. That's it for features.
Both the Dyson DC59 and the Shark Rocket have a lot of attachments for completing all sorts of other cleaning tasks. They're really more than stick vacuums since they can double as handhelds, and you can customize them in a variety of ways. Like the DC59 and the Rocket, Electrolux's Ergorapido doubles as a handheld vacuum, although it retains the appearance of a traditional stick vacuum.
Many of the other models also offer multiple cleaning modes. While the Hoover Linx can transition from hardwood (suction only) to carpet (suction and brush roll) with the flip of a switch, Dyson's DC59 has a regular mode and a max power mode that provides a quick burst of power for tackling particularly stubborn debris. The Electrolux UltraPower even offers three different modes -- silent, normal, and booster.