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Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Canister Vacuum Cleaner UH3001COM
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- Floor to Ceiling Clean - A lightweight, yet powerful portable canister is included for hard surface and above floor cleaning needs
- Exclusive Wind Tunnel technology lifts and removes surface debris and deep down embedded dirt
- HEPA Bags - Bag made with HEPA media that traps 99.97% of dirt, dust and pollens down to 0.3 microns for better air quality than bags made with standard paper of allergen media
- No Dirt Puffs - Self-sealing bag prevents dirt puffs from escaping back into your clean room
- Lightweight Design - Weighs less than 12 pounds for easy transport
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- Self-Sealing HEPA Bags
- Portable Canister Included
- Accessories Included
- 5-Year Limited Warranty
Hoover Platinum collection lightweight bagged upright with canister
More dirt. More clean.
The Hoover Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Upright removes more dirt from carpet than other lightweight bagged upright models tested. The unit also comes with a versatile, portable canister vacuum for floor to ceiling cleaning. Includes Hoover's five-year limited warranty.
Technologically engineered to achieve a cleaner clean. With a combination of direct air flow and Hoover's Patented WindTunnel Technology dirt is extracted from your carpet in less time, so you can move on to more important tasks.
Weighs less than 12 pounds for easy transport.
Removes more dirt
The Hoover lightweight bagged upright removes more dirt from carpet than other lightweight bagged upright models tested, so you can achieve the clean results you expect with less effort.
Bag made with HEPA media. HEPA media traps 99.97 percent of dirt, dust and pollens down to 0.3 microns for better air quality than bags made with standard paper of allergen media.
Dual speed cleaning maximizes cleaning options and the power button located conveniently in the handle, right where it is needed.
Floor to ceiling clean
A lightweight, yet powerful portable canister is included for hard surface and above floor cleaning needs. With a crevice tool, dusting brush and hard floor attachment, this portable canister cleans hard to reach and delicate areas.
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|Weight||14.8 pounds||20.2 pounds||11 pounds||15.9 pounds||15.9 pounds|
|Hose Length||6 foot||7 foot||0 foot||8 foot||12 foot|
|Multi-Floor Height Adjustment||5-Position||3-Position||Automatic||5-Level||5-Level|
|Warranty||1 Year||3 Years||5 Years||2 Years||2 Years|
|Tools||2 extension wands, crevice tool, upholstery tool and dusting brush||2 extension wands, crevice tool, upholstery tool, dusting brush and air powered hand tool||Telescoping extension wand, floor brush, dusting brush, crevice tool and handheld canister vacuum||Extension wand, crevice tool, upholstery tool/dusting brush and air powered hand tool||Extension wand, crevice tool, pet upholstery tool and air-powered pet hand tool|
The Hoover Platinum Lightweight Upright removes more dirt in one pass than other uprights. The lightweight design (less than 12 lbs) is easy to maneuver and transport upstairs or from room to room. With direct air flow technology and Hoover's patented Windtunnel Technology, it makes it easy to remove even hidden dirt. The HEPA filter bag traps 99.97% of dirt, dust, and pollens for better indoor air quality. There is even a bag check indicator to tell you when to change the bag. The quick release, self-sealing bag prevents dirt puffs from escaping while changing the bag. It comes with illuminated in-handle controls which allow you to control the on/off power switch and the ability to switch between high and low speeds with the touch of a finger. The upright comes with a portable canister and tools. The canister has a detachable shoulder strap, dusting/furniture brush, crevice tool, and bare floor brush. Best-In-Class six-year warranty.
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Top Customer Reviews
Now the last thing I need, is another vacuum, but I decided to do some research first. People were noticing that my house was not at the level it once was...lol Of course the key word I was looking for was 'light'. I came across the Hoover Platinum Lightweight bagged vacuum and decided to take the plunge.
I have used it now, over a month. Before you go on, I would like to mention that this is two vacuum system. The upright does not have ANY tools, so is strictly used for carpet and wood/tile. All the tools are provided in the separate lightweight canister, about the size of a briefcase, that you can wear over your shoulder and travel through your home, to reach difficult areas.
Here are the Pros as I see them:
Both systems are Light Weight as promised
The upright self adjusts to the flooring under it. You do not need to do anything, as it sensing the thickness of the rugs, carpet or lack thereof...wooden/tile floors
It is self propelled, so you do not need much power to push this. However it will require more strength when vacuuming thick area rugs over carpet, due to the thickness and level of suction the vacuum will generate.
It does a GREAT job at getting up all items off the floor, without me having to guess at the floor height it needs to be set at
As vacuums go, and comparing it to the Kirby, the noise is not all that bad. The sound does get deeper as it moves from high to low setting (remember this is automatic) so you will know by how difficult it is to move (low setting/thick rugs) when it changes. This is also visible on the handle.
It is a one touch turn on (top of the handle).
I can use the portable canister to get to my hard to reach areas, and the small, hard for a stand up vacuum areas, where a floor changes from rug to wood/tile.
This uses bags, so in my opinion, keeps the suction strength consistent for the entire process of cleaning my home.
The head of the upright is big/high, so cannot fit under many things, such as couches, nightstands etc.
I wouldn't use it in the kitchen as it would be too difficult to maneuver around the kitchen table, trash can etc. Instead, I use the portable canister to hit all the tile and wood areas in one swoop.
You need to purchase replacement bags for both units. This is not a con for me, as I love the continuous level of suction this provides, compared to a bagless unit that drops suction as the canister fills up.
You need to use two vacuums to get the job done. Again this is not a con for me, as I use the upright to hit all the areas,, it can clean well. I then switch to the portable canister and finish the job with that.
So, I am happy to report that my house is now clean again. I do not use my Dust Buster as much as I did, as I feel I pull this lightweight out, whenever I need it and it is just not a big deal to do so. This is exactly what I wanted.
Overall, this is a terrific vacuum. The person who will be happiest with this combination is the person who: (1) wants a lightweight vacuum, (2) has mostly carpet in their home, (3) has carpeted stairs, and (4) uses attachments.
I liked my old vacuum, so using the LBU has been an eye-opening experience for me: I didn't realize how much effort I was exerting with my old upright with attachments - not only heavier, but so much bending and stooping to change settings or get tools.
At 11 pounds, the LBU is 2 to 3 pounds heavier- but less expensive - than competing models. Bonuses: it has a longer cord and a stair cleaning handle.
Competing models -
Hoover LBU, 11 lbs list $300/retail $300 (includes canister), 6 yr warranty
Riccar RSL5; 8 lbs list $710/ retail $500 (without canister), 3 yr warranty
Oreck XL Gold: 9 lbs list $600/ retail $500 (includes canister), 5/10 warranty
Oreck XL Platinum: 9 lbs list $800/ retail $600 (includes canister), 10 yr warranty
All of these uprights (including the LBU) are similar to commercial models, but you don't get the same auto carpet height adjustment, lifetime belt, HEPA filtration, and warranty on commercial models.
The supplementary canister has a strap and a 25 food cord. I didn't like it the first time I tried it, but the second time I adjusted the strap to fit me (DUH!), and then I LOVED it! The canister carries the crevice and brush attachments on board, so switching is easy, and the wand is extendable. (I don't use the floor tool, because I use a stick vac on my hardwoods.)
ADDED ADVICE (9/9/09): I have been using my machine about 6 months. About a month ago, I noticed that my machine was no longer expelling fresh smelling air. I assumed that although the bag was not completely full (after 5 months, in a 2800 sq ft mostly carpeted house), the dust from my 15/16yo carpets had clogged it up and so I replaced it (not bad...5 months for one bag). After replacing the bag, it still didn't smell as good as at first. Not nasty, just dusty. Hmmm. So I took out the new bag, vacuumed out the interior of the bag area (carefully, so I wouldn't damage anything), removed the base of the machine and cleaned and vacuumed that out as well (an advantage to a separate canister).
(Edit 11/13/09) That seemed to pretty much solve it for me, but I asked about it when I called about the battery for my Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum) (see review), and was told that if you live in a very humid climate (like the Gulf Coast), then a cloth bag machine can develop a funky smell - especially if stored in an unventilated area - which can be treated by putting the vaccuum out in the sunshine on a hot, dry day. I was told NOT to use carpet fresh or other powders or spray fresheners (like Febreeze) because the product might build up over time and clog up the outer cloth bag.(END OF ADDED ADVICE)
If you want details about specific features, read on:
FINGERTIP CONTROLS - Wonderful. Many models have this type of control now, and now that I have used it I wouldn't buy one that didn't have it.
HEPA SYSTEM - Remarkable. My old vacuum was a HEPA model with HEPA bags, but there is no comparison to this model. The air on this vacuum comes out smelling fabulous. I bought and returned a top rated Kenmore canister that had the exact same amazingly clean exhaust (turns out I don't like using a canister), so I think this is the new hallmark of quality vacuums.
AUTO CARPET HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT - Works beautifully. I used to have to stoop down to change the carpet height adjustment on different rugs, but the LBU self-adjustment really works - no problem pushing vacuum over even the thickest pile.
CORD PLACEMENT - Smart! It comes out the behind the top of the bag rather than the bottom. This means I have even more useable cord, because I don't have to hold part of the cord up to avoid running over it.
CLEANING ABILITY - VERY effective carpet cleaner, my 15 year-old carpets look & feel (to bare feet) remarkably cleaner, and even look & feel newer. Excellent at removing pet hair from carpet. The upright is 5.5 amps with direct air flow, like the Riccar & Oreck models listed. The canister is 7 amps. (The combined total is listed in the product description - very confusing. I suppose that Hoover thought consumers want a 12 amp machine, but amps are like gas mileage; if you get more suction for less amperage it's like getting better mileage. That's good, not bad. Plus you won't blow your fuses!)
EASILY MANEUVERABLE - One expects this of a lightweight model, and all the models I tried turned easily and so forth, but the Riccar & Orecks I tried had to be kicked or tipped up over the edge of an area rug placed onto another carpet. In my home I have area rugs in several rooms on top of the wall-to-wall carpeting, and the LBU moves seamlessly over the edges (even on my thickest area rug) without needing a kick or an extra hard push.
LIFETIME LED HEADLIGHT - Brilliant! (Literally!) It is brighter than any other light I have ever had on a vacuum, and is it actually aimed at the carpet! I think having the LEDs has allowed them to aim the light better than with a standard bulb. I am sure other LED equipped models are comparable, so look for this feature,
LIFETIME BELT - YES! I've replaced SO many belts over the years and I won't have to do THAT anymore, thank goodness.
STAIR-CLEANING HANDLE - Finally. It is comfortably shaped & works well. To use competitors' models on stairs, you have to hold them by the back tube, which I've tried, and it isn't nearly as easy as using the handle. However, see cons below.
CORD RELEASE - (6/9/09 edit) I thought it didn't have one until another Amazon customer posted a commment to me (see comments) that it most certainly does; then I tried it again and VOILA! it does. Because I couldn't figure it out before, I got into the habit of just winding up the 35' cord on my arm and plopping it into the top cord holder. The LBU doesn't threaten to tip over at all when I do this, so it works just great and saves me yet another bend and stoop - but it's a good feature to have, so I'm glad the engineers didn't leave it out.
STAIR-CLEANING HANDLE - Good grief! I assume it really WAS necessary to vent the motor exhaust toward the stair-cleaning handle (!), so rather than curse the engineers, hold the handle on the right-hand side. It's big enough to do that, thank goodness. Or vacuum the stairs first, before the motor gets warm.
NO BRUSH ROLL ON/OFF - Hmmm. This is in the description (and competitors' models are the same), so it means that the vacuum is intended ONLY for people with mostly carpet. (2/1/2011 edit: I have been told by other Amazon users that the brush roll does not touch the floor when put on a hard surface & so I need not worry about damaging my hardwood floors. I have occasionally used it on my hardwood and I have not seen any damage, but I am not sure about this. Up to you.) I have about 80/20 carpet/bare floor, so it works for me. I use a stick vac on my hardwood, and the other person I talked to that has hardwood floors and this vacuum says she doesn't care because her hardwood floors aren't new anyway. But if you have brand-spankin'-new hardwood floors, will you really want to use a brush-roll on them?
EXPENSIVE BAGS - Really, $5 each? But they are huge, and they are the very high quality type with fabric-like paper, so we'll see. I used to have to change my old ones ($3) fairly often, so maybe this will work out the same or even cheaper.
CARRY-STRAP FOR CANISTER - Not padded. Anyone know where I can buy a pad for a 1 ½ inch strap?
This review is longer than I would like, but since there are so few reviews out there as yet, I wanted to be thorough. Sorry for the length but hope this helps!
(7/19/2009 edit) By the way, the original price on this was $400 and now it has dropped to under $300! This is a terrific value at this price! I would be furious if I hadn't gotten a 20% discount in the first place!
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