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Verdict: Should You Buy the Hoover Platinum?
The Hoover Platinum Collection UH30010COM is a unique combo vacuum with an upright that can manage carpets and bare floors. The small canister does all the above floor cleaning with the various tools that come with it. This combination is capable of covering most of your cleaning needs, especially if you have area rugs, wall-to-wall carpet, and several pets.
Many people love the vacuum combo and feel it’s an efficient way of cleaning their homes. That said, some people prefer to stick to one vacuum for all housekeeping needs and don’t like working with two appliances at once. Other owners use the upright and keep the canister for when they need to use the tools.
Should You Buy It?
YES. This Hoover model is a good choice if you have a large area with carpets, and if you live with a big family with pets. The lightweight design is great if you are looking to change from a heavy vacuum. The upright and canister combination is a new way of covering all your cleaning needs.
NO. You can’t turn off the motorized brush on the upright. Therefore, this vacuum is not the best one for bare floors, as it may create scratching. The combo system may not suit you if you don’t want to work with two vacuums at once.
Hoover Platinum UH30010COM Customer Reviews
Nearly four out of five people who have bought the UH30010COM give it a high rating. The power and efficiency it has for cleaning carpets and floors make it a favorite among customers, at a price that is within an affordable range. Some owners say it’s easier to use than more expensive models.
Performance for Carpet
The wheels on the vacuum are large enough so that the machine can climb onto carpet from bare floors as you move it around. Smaller vacuums might require you to pick it up and place it on the carpet, but that isn’t necessary with this Hoover Platinum.
However, when vacuuming thick area rugs or carpet, you will need to push the Hoover. The suction from the machine is powerful enough to make cleaning carpets become somewhat of a workout. On the other hand, the result is that your carpet can become cleaner than before, since the vacuum does a very well job and sucks very deep dirt.
The suction may be too powerful for some people. At the low setting (usually used when cleaning bare floors), the Platinum can still suck up small rugs, such as door mats. You can hold down the mat with one foot and keep vacuuming to solve this issue.
Using this vacuum for high-pile carpets (one inch or deeper) may be hard. Some people report they can barely move the Hoover when pushing it over thick carpets, such as SmartStrand types. However, most users have no problem using the UH30010COM for carpets.
Performance for Bare Floors
You can’t turn off the motorized brush on this vacuum. That means it can scratch your hardwood floors, though it happens rarely. One workaround you can do is to use the canister vacuum floor tool to clean bare floors, though that means carrying the vacuum around on your shoulder.
Performance for Pet Hair
The upright does a great job at picking up pet hair. If you have cats or dogs that shed heavily, you’ll be glad to know this vacuum is up for the job. It can clean cat or dog hair in two back and forth passes.
You can also use the canister for this purpose, if you’re cleaning pet hair from couches or sofas, but it’s not as powerful as the upright. You’ll need to do several passes to clean all the hair.
A note about the UH30010COM bag: it can emit a dog smell if you don’t change it after a long time. You can overcome this by putting anti-odor tablets in the bag to eliminate the odor.
The dog smell can become unbearable for some people that they have to replace the bags before it’s even half full. They question the quality of the HEPA bags if the dog smell becomes sharper after a few weeks.
That said, most users don’t notice any smell from the bags. One owner who has three small dogs says he can use the bag to vacuum once every two days for six weeks before replacing it.
Evaluating the HEPA Bags
There is one bag for the upright and one bag for the canister vacuum. They are HEPA bags, which means they are designed to capture 99.7% of dirt and allergens. The bags have an indicator light that turn on to tell you when it’s full and needs to be changed.
Most users feel that the replacement bags are pricey, even expensive. But it’s a worthy trade-off for getting one of the top bagged vacuums that doesn’t require you to clean out the machine, which can be messy.
Performance for Stairs
Though possible, it’s not comfortable to use the Hoover upright to clean stairs, since you must lift it up over the stairs. A more convenient way is to use the canister vacuum, similar to how you use it to clean floors. The combo system shows how it can be efficient in tackling different situations.
Evaluating the Combo System
Users either love or dislike the combination of upright and over-the-shoulder canister vacuum. Some consider the combo system to be a bonus where you can have two people cleaning at the same time (though it might rarely happen in most cases).
At first it might seem not suitable, but using two vacuums for different jobs can be very efficient.
It’s a good thing that the canister is lightweight and easy to carry around, so you can use it to clean spaces hard to reach with the upright. Some owners love the freedom of cleaning without having to drag along a vacuum behind them, wearing it on their shoulder instead.
The canister is not as powerful as the upright. Still, it can do the basic jobs of cleaning above the floor and reach high corners. The downside to both the upright and canister is that there is no cord hook, meaning you will need to tie it up yourself for storage.
Since all the tools or attachments are on the canister, some users miss having attachments on the main unit. It would mean they can carry just one vacuum, and be able to handle all cleaning jobs.
Evaluating the Lightweight
Though the upright is quite large, the vacuum is very lightweight at around 12 lbs. This vacuum is a relief for people who have back issues when vacuuming their home. It feels like the UH30010COM is driving itself, gliding almost effortlessly across your carpets and floors. Some users report they can clean their entire living room only using their pinky to move the vacuum.
Features of the Hoover Platinum Collection Combo
- Upright and canister combo vacuum
- Dusting brush, crevice tool, and telescoping wand tools
- Weighs 12.8 lbs
- Self-sealing HEPA bag with light indicator when full
- Direct air flow Windtunnel technology
- Low setting (for floor) and high setting (for carpet)
- Auto-height adjustment and low profile design
- 35 ft power cord
The 35-ft power cord means you can vacuum large spaces without changing outlets. It’s useful if there aren’t many power outlets in your home. What you must note is that the vacuum can accidentally run over the cord, sucking it and damaging it.
If this happens, due to the design of the UH30010COM, you may need to replace the housing handle, which can cost quite a lot, almost the price of the vacuum itself. Some customers have complained about this error to Hoover.
Once you screw in the handle, the vacuum is ready to go. The low profile design lays almost flat, but the head of the upright is big enough that it doesn’t fit under certain furniture, such as couches. Of course, it depends on the shape of your furniture.
The noise the vacuum makes is around 70-80 dB, for both the canister and the upright. It’s around the loudness of an alarm clock. Some people find this level to be no problem, while others say it’s a shrieking sound.
Lastly, since the handle is made out of plastic, it is known to break within one or two years if you use it roughly. Still, many people own this vacuum for years without the handle having any issues.