If you’re looking for one of the best handheld vacuum cleaners specifically to pick up sticky pet hair on couches, drapes and floors, the Hoover Platinum Collection Linx Cordless Pet BH50030 is definitely worth a look. With enough power to tackle not only pet hair but also cereal bits, kitty litter and fine dust, the Linx packs quite a punch. However, the Linx is no longer available, so we recommend the High Performance PowerVac Pet as a great replacement.
Ease of Use
First, the Hoover Platinum Linx BH50030 is cordless, so you never have to worry about dragging around a cord that gets tangled around furniture as you move around.
Second, the Linx has great maneuverability. At less than 4 pounds, it’s definitely a lightweight model. Along with a pivoting-head design that lets you get around and under things in your way, you’ll find overall it’s really easy to use.
Third, it comes with really handy tools that can handle everything from pet hair to dust. The main vacuum head is a powerful brush roll (just like on big vacuums, just smaller). It pivots 25 degrees so it’s easy to get around objects. It also comes with a pet upholstery tool that has 3 rubber blades to really scrape the hair off fabrics of every kind. You also get a deluxe dusting brush with two rows of soft bristles that let you dust delicate surfaces without leaving scratches.
Plainly, user reviews say this small vac works great on pet hair, even fine cat hair, from upholstery. Even if you have long dog or cat hair to deal with, cleaning out the vac is easy, as the brush roll ejects. All you need to do is pop it out if any hair is tangled around it. Slide the hair off, and you’re good to go.
One woman who uses her Linx regularly to clean the couch and chairs where the cats like to sleep says she has two giant very hairy cats that shed like crazy, and the hair comes right up with no problems. She says it also works great getting hair off her carpeted stairs where it gets embedded.
If you think this handheld is only good for cat and dog hair, you’ll find it’s much more versatile. With the three attachments, it’s great for a variety of jobs. It’s powerful enough to pick up people hair, leaves, cereal, kitty litter, small bits of paper and is great for vacuuming out cabinets and drawers. You can even use it to clean out the car, even if it has leather seats. With the gentle dusting brush, it’s also good for cleaning shelves, blinds and knick-knacks.
The cordless Platinum Linx comes with a powerful 18v lithium ion battery, meaning it won’t lose power while you’re cleaning. Many battery-operated vacuum cleaners start off strong then quickly lose suction as their power fades. This one will stay running strong right up until the battery needs to be recharged. In user reviews, buyers say the battery runs anywhere from 15-20 minutes on one charge and it is ready to go again after charging for about 2 hours.
Many users also own a Hoover Linx sweeper / stick vac (another great choice for basic cleaning). If you have one of these, it’s good to know it uses the same battery, so you can interchange the two.
- Pet upholstery tool with 3 rubber blades
- Dusting brush with soft bristles
- Motorized brush roll cleaning head
- Battery: Lithium Ion 18v
- Cordless & Bagless: Yes
- Filters: Washable
- Cleaning head width: 2.25”
- Weight with battery: 3.9 lbs.
- Voltage: 110
- Warranty: 2 years on vacuum, battery & charger
- Product Manual
- Powerful suction
- Great for removing pet hair from upholstery
In user reviews, one complaint is that there is no extension hose or wand, so you need to bend over if you want to use it on the floor. While this handheld is one of the best and works great for any job, if you need a vac with an extension hose to use on both hardwood and carpeted floors, the Dyson DC59 Animal or the Shark Rocket TruePet might be better options for you. Both include an extension wand that reaches to the floor and can be used just like an upright cleaner.
Overall, people using the BH50030 Hoover Platinum Linx are really happy with it and give it 4.5 out of a 5-star rating. One user review says it is a well-loved appliance in her home, as it is powerful and light with no bags or cord to deal with. She also says it’s really easy to clean and loves that the battery is so efficient.
Overall, while it doesn’t have the suction of a Dyson, it also doesn’t have the price tag. If you’re on a more limited budget and need an affordable hand held to do a variety of cleanups around your home, the Hoover Platinum Linx Pet cordless is a good value for the money and is overall a really good choice.
The Hoover Pet Handheld is no longer available. However, here are some of the great vacs we recommend instead: