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Hoover UH30010COM Review

The UH30010COM is a combination of two vacuums for one $299 price: the upright's decent, the canister vac isn't.

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Introduction

The UH30010COM is a combination of two vacuums for one $299 price: a lightweight upright and a small canister vacuum cleaner that are packed in the same box. Both share the same retro styling, but they don't share performance: the upright was superb, but the tiny canister was lackluster.

Design & Usability

Both cleaners are easy to handle, but don’t have the reach or flexibility of more modern units. And you’ll need to switch between them to go from vacuuming the floor to cleaning the couch.

Both the upright and canister cleaner are small and compact, making them easy to handle. The upright has a large, comfortable handle that puts the buttons into easy reach of the thumb, and it doesn’t require much force to push it back and forth. A handle on the back makes it easier to lift and carry up or down stairs. The canister cleaner is also very small, and includes a strap that allows you to carry it under the shoulder, like a large handbag. That is a definite benefit when using it to clean out small spaces, like the inside of a car.

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The canister comes with a two-section telescoping tube that extends the reach of the hose by between 18.5 and 30 inches, plus a crevice tool, dusting brush and wall/floor brush. None of them have any moving parts, but that long wand will give you plenty of reach around the house. The canister's cord is 25 feet long and the upright's is a little over 35 feet. Neither of them retract automatically.

Both the upright and canister cleaners use paper bags with HEPA filtration for holding dirt, with the canister using Type I and the upright using Type Q bags. The Type I ones cost about $2 each, and the Type Q ones about $3.50. Both are quite easy to remove and replace: for the upright, you unzip the cover, slide down a locking tab that seals the bag and pull it out. On the canister, you unlock the door on the side, slide in a similar locking tab and pull it out. In both cases, it is easy to do without much chance of dust and dirt escaping, as long as you remember to slide the locking tab into place.

Both cleaners are advertised as being lightweight, and this is indeed the case: the upright weighs in at just 12.8 lbs, while the canister is just 7.96 lbs.

Features & Performance

Excellent carpet cleaning from the upright, but the canister disappointed.

The Hoover Platinum UH30010COM Lightweight is one of the most powerful and highest scoring cleaners we’ve seen on carpets, but its design makes it largely incompatible with wood floors. To get around this, Hoover includes a small canister cleaner, but this has only lackluster performance. The lack of a special pet hair tool for the canister vac makes it tough to clean on upholstery, and the canister lacked the suction necessary to pick up debris.

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The two cleaners are each a little noisy, but don’t use a lot of electricity. In fact, you could likely run them at the same time off the same outlet and not worry about blowing a fuse.

Conclusion

A great upright, but a lousy canister companion.

The Hoover Platinum UH30010COM Lightweight has plenty of retro charm, but that isn’t always a good thing. While it might give a nostalgic glow to cleaning carpets, the two separate cleaners are not as convenient as their more modern descendents. Plus, having two cleaners ups the cost. Where this cleaner does excel is in cleaning carpets, so it might appeal to those who have carpeted homes and little need to clean other surfaces. Those with wood floors and carpets may be better served by other cleaners, though.

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