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Post# 173148   3/13/2012 at 22:52 (3,042 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

Finally got a machine I've been wanting since they came out! I saw a Hoover Lightweight bagged Platinum Collection upright on Craig's List. The guy initially wanted 95 dollars for it, and I thought that was too much.... so I waited, and when I saw him put it on there for 49 dollars, I offered 40 and he said yes! Yay! It was an hour drive, but so worth it. The machine looks and works just like new and it is so much more powerful and quieter than an Oreck. It didn't come with the companion canister, which is fine because I don't have the storage space for it anyway. I have two Orecks now, and to make room for this one, I'm going to give my co-worker back her black Oreck.... she gave it to me to fix because she'd clogged it up by sucking up dog mess.... I don't like it and I already have the vintage 100C with a foot switch that I like better anyway.... She was asking me to find her a light vacuum because her husband only has a Hoover Widntunnel V2, and it's way too heavy for her.... I really only need one Oreck! LOL I saw a Riccar Supralite a few months ago for 35 dollars, but I never wrote the seller, but when I saw this I just had to jump. It smells a little like a dog, and the bag is half full of stinky dog hair.... I looked at for bags at Lowes and Bed Bath and Beyond (I've seen the bags there before), but didn't find any, so I'm going to see if I can take the collar off this bag and modify it to fit an Oreck bag until I can get some Q bags online. I haven't tried it out yet more than just running it at the guys house to make sure it ran, because it smells so badly of dog, but I can't wait to play with it! I guess this one takes a V belt, is is supposed to be permanent?

Anyone else have one of these? I want the whole Platinum collection, but since I don't have room, I'm just going to stick with this one for now....

I've been getting a lot of vacuums lately, the Z, then the direct drive, and now this, I need to put on the brakes here or I'm not going to have room to walk!

Post# 173149 , Reply# 1   3/13/2012 at 23:04 (3,042 days old) by mieles7 (DFW, TX)        

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I love the linx platinum stick vac. That vacuum works better than any corded stick vac I have.

Post# 173150 , Reply# 2   3/13/2012 at 23:11 (3,042 days old) by TheBillbot ()        

Are you Bobby from Youtube ? Can you make a video of it, I'd love to see it in action !

Post# 173152 , Reply# 3   3/13/2012 at 23:35 (3,042 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

My screen name on Youtube is Aleroluver.... so maybe :o)

I have to make a video of this one, the Z and the Direct Drive, so I'll be pretty busy on Thursday.... that's my next day off... :o)

I just modified an Oreck bag and put the collar on it from the Hoover Q bag.... threw the Oreck collar and the Hoover Q bag in the trash.... I used a strong super glue and it set fast and I was able to take this puppy for a test spin (kids can't wait to play with their new toys you know!)... I'd just gotten an unopened package of Oreck bags at the thrift store for 2 bucks, and with only one Oreck that I use once a year, I won't be going through them any time soon. I hear the new ones are better, but the 100C doesn't pick up enough to fill a bag anyway LOL

I love how the switch and the high/lo buttons light up blue... that is awesome. Like the Z, this one has a slow start where it gently revs up to full power. It works GREAT on a bare floor and on my thin flat carpet in the apartment the machine just pulled itself along effortlessly. I tried it on the medium pile area rug I have in the bedroom (the one I use in most of the Youtube videos) and it did fine there. I tried it on the new brown shag rug and not only could I not push it AT ALL, the brushroll slowed considerably, almost stopping and when I pulled it back, it smashed the pile flat as a pancake. This machine sounds great and picks up amazingly.... it feels REALLY solid too. Actually, it is so comfortable and well balanced, it felt like an extension of my own arm. What a blast, on anything but high pile (at least I could push the Orecks on the shag rug!)... The only bone of contention is that they placed the handle release on the wrong side... I don't have any other vacuums with it on the right side and it just defies logic.... I know Eureka has done that before too and I just don't understand the reason...

Man, what a vacuum!

Mieles7, (btw, I saw the new Miele upright at Bed Bath and Beyond for 499... blue base model with a knob instead of electronic suction control.... and a white straight suction canister as well, it was a surprise to find them there!), I have heard that the Linx stick vac is one of the best and I'd definitely buy one if I found a good deal on it.... It got such good reviews that I've actually recommended them to people even though I've never owned one.

Post# 173203 , Reply# 4   3/14/2012 at 11:39 (3,041 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hey Bobby! Looks like you are on a winning streak here! That Hoover Platinum lightweight has been highly rated by Consumer Reports - excellent at carpet cleaning and bare floor cleaning. It seems to be rated better than any Oreck because it deep cleans carpets better for half the price of an Oreck. The Oreck Forever Series Pilot has better emissions control and is easier to handle because it is one pound lighter (12 pounds versus 13 pounds for the Hoover), but the Hoover is better at pet hair removal and deep carpet cleaning. Here is CR's take on it:


Looking for heavyweight cleaning in a lightweight package? This bag equipped upright aced our carpet, bare-floor, and pet-hair tests, yet weighs in at a mere 13 pounds-among the lightest vacuums we tested. This Hoover does not have the ability to clean with tools, but a mini canister vac is included with this functionality. Two key features it lacks: Manual carpet-height adjustment, which is better than automatic systems at matching the brush to the surface, and a brush on/off switch to safeguard bare floors and prevent scattered dust and debris. Among upright brands, Hoover has been a solid performer in our tests over the past several years, though a notch below Miele and LG overall.

Excels at removing embedded dirt from carpets
Performs well when cleaning bare floors
Does well at picking up pet hair, which is nice if you have a cat or dog
Excels in capturing all the dust it picks up, which is good if you have allergies or respiratory illnesses

Lacks a manual carpet-height adjustment, which is better than automatic systems at matching the brush to the surface
Lacks a brush on/off switch, which safeguards bare floors and prevents scattered dust and debris
Lacks the ability to clean with tools

Detailed test results

CARPET CLEANING: The Hoover Platinum Bagged UH30010COM does an excellent job of removing the embedded mixture of sand and powder from our soiled test carpets. This is a measure of how well a vacuum removes the dirt hidden deep in the carpet and not visible to the user's eye.

BARE FLOOR: The Hoover does an excellent job of removing sand from our vinyl floor, leaving very little behind and not scattering sand across the floor.

PET HAIR: This model does an excellent job at picking up pet hair from carpets using its power head. The visual inspection of the test carpet following the pet hair test reveals no traces of pet hair left behind and very little pet hair caught in the brush roll.

USABILITY: This Hoover has a nice light design style that does not sacrifice on cleaning power. Changing the bag is easy with a slide and lock bag method and a zippering of the outer casing. The drawback of this model is that it does not accept tools, and requires the use of an included hand vac if the cleaning job requires tools.


I say - Who needs the portable companion vac when you can use much handier full-size Miele or Electrolux Ultrasilencer for non-carpet cleaning?

Have fun! (Time to move into a bigger apartment, buddy!)

Post# 173247 , Reply# 5   3/14/2012 at 16:38 (3,041 days old) by director12 ()        

Oh, and vacuumfreeke, are you going to look for some Bissells, or stick to some better machines that you adore?

Post# 173272 , Reply# 6   3/14/2012 at 19:12 (3,041 days old) by mieles7 (DFW, TX)        

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In my opinion, they should have bundled the Platinum bagged upright, the canister, and the linx stick vac together. This way, you would have a vacuum for any situation. My three most used vacuums are the linx, my oreck xl, and an old metal eureka canister.

Post# 173279 , Reply# 7   3/14/2012 at 20:27 (3,041 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

Brian, I do indeed need a new apartment.... I've outgrown this one, but still saving for a new car, so that's the priority right now...

Director12, Bobby doesn't do Bissells :o) Why do you ask?

Mieles7, that would be a nice option... maybe even the hand vac instead of the stick vac as another option...

I used it again tonight and it really is such a great machine. It doesn't creak when I put the handle up and the wheels don't squeak and the handle doesn't have any play, this is the most modern and "in the best condition" vacuum I have and it just works so well.. I truly adore it!

I gave my co-worker back her Oreck today and she gave me 20 dollars for it, so not bad for something I got for free and just had to clean up and unclog and buy a light bulb for....

Post# 173308 , Reply# 8   3/15/2012 at 05:21 (3,041 days old) by director12 ()        

Oh, and for Youtube, try doing a Hoover Celebrity Vs. Miele Plus Vs. Electrolux Rennaisance.

Post# 173310 , Reply# 9   3/15/2012 at 07:35 (3,041 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        
I have one...

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I was very surprised at how powerful it is. Mine actually creates a suction to the carpet. However, that also makes it a little difficult to push sometimes.

Post# 173371 , Reply# 10   3/15/2012 at 18:41 (3,040 days old) by szymonrules (Philadelphia, PA )        
Hey Bobby...

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Would you ask her co-workers husband if they would give away their V2? I would LOVE to get my hands on one, but they are impossible to find!!! I would pay for the shipping and for the vac!

Post# 173437 , Reply# 11   3/16/2012 at 04:34 (3,040 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

Just wanted to let you guys know I made a video of the Platinum (and the Direct Drive and the Z700.... this consumed my whole day but it was a lot of fun)....

CLICK HERE TO GO TO Vacuumfreeeke's LINK

Post# 173449 , Reply# 12   3/16/2012 at 07:39 (3,040 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Nice video, Bobby!

I wonder if the Platinum would work better on the shag carpet if you set the power to "low".....maybe that would reduce the suction enough to just let the brush roll do its thing and make the vac easier to move.

I really like the bag collar holder on this vac! That's one of the downsides of a lot of the Hoover WindTunnels - it's really difficult to make sure you have secured the bag collar because you are working blindly behind the disposable bag. With the Platinum, it helps you secure the bag easily. :-)

Post# 173699 , Reply# 13   3/17/2012 at 13:26 (3,038 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

Brian, turning the power down makes it worse.... then the brushroll will barely run and it feels like the V belt is going to break or burn or something...

This has quickly become my favorite vacuum cleaner, and I don't plan on using anything else as a daily driver for a long time! I just love everything about it :o)

Post# 173898 , Reply# 14   3/18/2012 at 13:04 (3,037 days old) by OCScott3085 (DMV)        

I had one of these for about a year. I really loved it at first...made cleaning the stairs a breeze! It groomed the rugs really well but after a few months the machine began to smell terrible. It smelled like a wet dog. I tried changing bags, using dryer sheets to mask the smell, and even used Odo-Ban on the bag housing to help rid it of odors. After awhile I also began missing the ability to quickly grab dog hair off my sofa with an attached hose. Finally, at about the one year mark, my Hoover stopped turning on. Rather than have another vac in the shop for months (my Dyson DC23 motorhead spent about 3 months in the repair shop) I opted to trash it and replace it with a Miele S7 Twist. I have a Miele S520 canister that's about 12 years old and is STILL going strong so I felt confident in my Twist purchase. Although, I do feel like my SEB 236 powernozzle grooms my rugs better. If it lasts and doesn't develop an odor, I say enjoy it! It really cleaned well while it worked.

Post# 174013 , Reply# 15   3/18/2012 at 23:38 (3,037 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I hav one too.

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Although not a REAL HOOVER, it's quite nice. But, WHY did they put the handle release on the RIGHT side? THhey've ALWAYS been on the left. I know lots of them have been broken because people "think" it's on the left. THe little "cannister" is a poor copy of the Portapower/Swingette... the tools look like they should be on a toy.

Post# 174050 , Reply# 16   3/19/2012 at 11:12 (3,036 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        

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Sweet deal Bobby, I almost bought one last week on Amazon, but i couldnt see spending the 200 bucks on a vacuum that I probably wont use alot. I do need a new daily driver for upstairs but I prefer a canister, especially if my sister uses it. She tends to pick up things that she shouldnt.

But it does look like a nice vacuum and you sure got a great deal.

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