Summary: Pros: very easy to handle pushing forward - a little more strength is needed to pull back, good suction, feels sturdy, easy to push on carpets. I was tired of dragging a cannister behind me, which always got stuck on corners and doorways. The long cord is great, I can do 3 rooms without unplugging. Cons: Having used a cannister for 30 years, I want to be finished with a room - once - not have to return to clean baseboards and edges,etc.
Summary: There were things to like about the Hoover, but enough things to not like that I returned it after a week. -I like automatic height adjustment, but it is done poorly on this vacuum; it does not lower enough to fluff up the carpet. I think it is because the small "height wheels" are in front of the beater bar and keep it too high off the ground. The small wheels on my old Oreck were behind the beater bar so it got closer to the carpet.
Summary: I have over a year's experience with this vacuum now, and I wish I hadn't bought it. I read reviews here and on Consumer Reports before buying, but they were mostly off-base. Pros: Quality, suction (especially on the side when running along baseboards), lightweight, good on short-thread rugs/carpets. Cons: You need both the upright and the canister when you vacuum, as there is no hose to disconnect from the upright to get some of the little things as you go.
Summary: Pros: - A lot of suction - Very light weight - Good head lamp - Easy bag change - Simple design (maybe too simple) - Works well on hardwood floors, tile, and very low pile carpet - Does a very good job against walls - Has an auto shutoff feature when it sucks something up like a rug. Cons: - VERY hard to push on high pile carpets. I'm a big guy, and this thing takes some serious effort to push it through high pile carpet. My wife almost can't push it at all.
Summary: I purchased the Hoover Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Upright and it has proven to be a very good vacuum for the price. As soon as you take the vacuum out of the box, it lives up to its lightweight name. It's a very easy vacuum to handle. The construction of it is also very solid. It feels well put together, and not super plasticky. I also think the design of it is pretty attractive, for a vacuum.
Summary: It's unfortunate that this sleek, simple, powerful, praiseworthy upright's bundled with a portable canister vac that's loud enough to wake the long-departed Old Man Hoover himself with its deafening, high-pitched scream. There's plenty of cleaning power in both units, but the otherworldly shriek of the canister makes this purchase a disappointment for us.
Summary: We have hardwood and vinyl floors with area rugs. This vacuum manouvers like most uprights; I had no trouble using it. The light mounted on the head is a nice feature. The filter is awesome too. However... it does not have the suction I was expecting. The upright does not even come close to cleaning the toe-kick area under the kitchen or bathroom cabinets, making it necessary to use the little over-the-shoulder canister every time you vacuume the floors.
Summary: The main vacuum is light weight and has quite a bit of cleaning power but there are no attachments. For that you go to this separate little vacuum that has all the extras. The little vacuum has no clever way of keeping all the attachments with it which means its just a matter of time before some of the pieces go missing. It also is not weighted properly so it constantly tips over.
Summary: This vacuum has wonderful suction. My carpet hasn't looked this great in 5 years! Friends and neighbors thought I had new carpet after I vacuumed. I bought this vacuum three weeks ago. I was using it yesterday for the 6th time and the hi/lo switch no longer works. It was stuck on the low power setting. I called Hoover. They didn't know what to tell me. They were stumped. They finally told me it probably had an electrical short in the handle.