Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hoover Platinum Collection™ Cyclonic Bagless Upright

I was so excited that the folks at Hoover wanted to send me a vacuum to try out and review for my readers. When the vacuum finally arrived, my air conditioner broke that day and the box just sat in my house for a few days while the a/c got straightened out. I was finally able to open the box and assemble the vacuum.

This isn't just any vacuum - it's the Hoover Platinum Collection™ Cyclonic Bagless Upright! This is one serious vacuum! For all of its features and power it was very easy for me to put together on my own, needing only a Phillips head screwdriver to tighten the pusher part.

I played around with the attachments first - it has a crevice tool, a wand handle and a dusting/upholstery tool. I love using the upholstery tool to vacuum the crumbs out of the couch! I was also fascinated by the high-tech lighting on the control panel of the vacuum. There are 4 types of floor to choose from ranging from bare floors (brushroll off) to very high pile carpets. My carpets are medium pile so I selected that type. The entire control panel area lights up blue and the power button is more of a touchpad than an actual switch which I thought was very cool.

I plugged her in and was very impressed by the long cord length. I think it may be possible to do the carpets throughout my house (I only have carpet in 3 rooms and live in Florida so only one floor) without having to unplug if I am strategic about it. The motor was very quiet and I don't think the dogs realized it was a vacuum because when I started to move it around, they looked surprised and high-tailed it out of the room.

The vacuum has a low-reach setting where it tilts back making it almost lie flat to get underneath hard-to-reach areas. There is also an embedded DirtFINDER where the vacuum tells you (by green or red light) if an area is in particular need of additional vacuuming. This vacuum has a dirt cup that needs to be emptied but it is bagless. There is a filter (in addition to a HEPA filter) that needs to be cleaned. I read the instructions on cleaning and it appears to be very straightforward.

The only downside to this vacuum that I could find is that it is on the heavier side. Since I don't have to carry it up and down stairs I just looked at it as muscle-building and kept on humming and cleaning.

My friend Karen at Frugal RI Mama was lucky enough to get not only one of these to review but also one to GIVEAWAY to a lucky reader! Her giveaway for this Hoover Platinum Collection™ Cyclonic Bagless Upright is good until June 30. She's given you 7 ways to enter and you can find her giveaway post here. Be sure to follow the directions so all of your entries count!
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