Faithful readers will recall that over the past years, I'd received more requests for the best inexpensive cordless stick vacuum than all other such requests combined . I heard you loud and clear because I'd been hearing the same request from myself.
Twice now I've pointed you to my Best Inexpensive Cordless Stick Vacuum, and twice things have not gone exactly as hoped.
Today, I have good news. My dream stick vacuum does exist; I found it. As you know, I've been using my Eufy HomeVac Cordless Upright-Style Vacuum Cleaner (I call it a stick vac) for years now, and I'm still in love.
But one day, it happened.
Out of the blue, the folks who manufacture Eufy stick vac announced it would be discontinued. What?! We couldn't believe it. They continued to make the Eufy 2-in-1 option, but it's not the same. I wouldn't waste my money on it. Compared with my beloved Eufy, it's terrible.
BACK TO SEARCH MODE
For what seemed like months, I was on a mission to find a reasonable alternative for those who had not yet acquired a Eufy stick vac. I tested, tried and returned other options. And then, it happened. I discovered an almost-identical option in a brand I'd never heard of. The Deik Cordless Upright Stick Vacuum appeared out of the blue, coming to our rescue.
I wrote about Deik. We were thrilled. Readers scooped them up as if we might soon wake up and find it discontinued, too. Both my Eufy and my Deik continue to be fabulous. I use them every day.
JUST BREAK MY HEART AGAIN
And then it happened. Again. The Deik stick vac (it, too, has a 2-in-1 option, which is not the same, and I do not recommend it) went to discontinued heaven. I couldn't believe it. And neither could you, based on the number of emails I received!
But hold on. All is not lost!
THIRD TIME'S A CHARM
And now for the third time. I thank you for your patience and the trust you have placed in me. We've been disappointed twice but hopefully not for a third time.
I am now the proud owner of yet another brand of cordless upright stick vac, and it's a honey. Please meet the newest member of my cordless stick vac family, the Hoover LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum.
I've been using the LiNX every day for more than a month. And yes, I purchased it myself. I did not receive review models from manufacturers. My opinions are my own -- I cannot be bought.
My new LiNX is remarkable in that it has every feature of both the Eufy and the Deik (it stands alone; has an On/Off switch; is lightweight, quiet, easily emptied and washed; and has a powerful lithium-ion battery, a "fuel" gauge, a long runtime, a swivel head and headlights) but with two added features we could have only dreamed of:
The LiNX battery is replaceable! It is located at the front and pops out easily -- no tools required. You can even buy the LiNX and an extra battery from the get go, or you can purchase a replacement battery later. Isn't that awesome?
BRUSH ROLL OR HARD FLOOR SETTINGS
This was a big surprise for me, and boy, was I excited. The LiNX has two settings: Suction Only for hard floor surfaces and Suction + Brush Roll for low-pile carpet. I love this feature! Switching back and forth is a cinch, too.
As for the price, I paid about $25 more for the LiNX than for the Eufy or Deik. But looking to the future and knowing that I will be able to replace the battery, I find that to be more than acceptable.
A FAMILY OF STICK VACS
I have quite a lineup of stick vacs now: two Eufys (I grabbed a spare back when the price dipped to $69. I've given many for gifts, too) one Deik and a LiNX. One might wonder whether I've become a stick vac hoarder.
The Hoover LiNX Cordless Lithium-Ion Stick Vacuum Cleaner is now our Best Inexpensive cordless stick vac.
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