If you are interested in buying a cordless stick vacuum cleaner and have narrowed the possibilities down between the Hoover Linx and the Electrolux Ergorapido Ion, then you are in the right place. Where this account briefly highlights both their differences and similarities within respective specifications and features -- ultimately helping you to choose which one best suits you and your specific needs relative to its overall value provided within its respective price tag.
Cleaning Performance & Fitted Technology
The Hoover Linx: 18 Volt Lithium Ion Battery (Fade-Free) & WindTunnel Technology
The Electrolux Ergorapido Ion: 18 Volt Lithium Ion Battery (Fade-Free) & Cyclonic Technology
In terms of which one is the more powerful from the two -- as you can see they are both fitted with pretty much the same level of battery power (& consistency) and are hence they are rather similar in this regard offering pretty decent suction in fairness, certainly more than capable of carrying out an 'above' satisfactory standard. Although it is claimed that the Hoover Linx does 'just' win out rather marginally. Note they both come with a dual setting (standard & boost power).
Moreover, both are fitted with respective technologies that allow it to operate on a bagless mechanism (allowing you to see when the bin needs emptying as well as saving on the constant need to restock it with bags), but note that that the WindTunnel prevents loss of suction completely whereas Electrolux's cyclonic technology can only 'maintain' suction power for longer.
There is also the factor that with the Hoover Linx you also get a transition mode: from brush to no brush -- when going from hard-wood flooring to carpets (particularly useful for when you need to suck up pet hair), the Ergorapido however doesn't have such a feature.
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Manoeuvrability & Mobility
Linx: Cordless Stick Vacuum, Weight: 7.25 lbs, Depth: 8" x Width: 11" x Height: 42"
Ergorapido Ion: Stick Vacuum, Weight: 5.1 lbs, Depth: 5" x Width: 10.75" x Height: 42.5"
They are obviously both 'lightweight' cordless vacuum cleaners but the Ergorapido certainly edges the Linx in this department being 2.15 lbs lighter as well as being a fair bit smaller (hence easier to move and store away) as well fitted with ergonomic features such as the rugged hand grip & 180 degree swivel head (particularly useful for awkward turns).
Also, consequently cleaning above the floor e.g. ceilings & curtains is far easier with the Ergorapido Ion. However, in Mark T's comparison of the two he claimed to experience although the Ergorapido was a delight to use on hard-floor surfaces, it was incredibly difficult and sometimes painful to move around on soft flooring (e.g. carpets etc.) whereas the Hoover Linx was "good" on both.
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Linx: Battery Life - Unofficial 20-25 minutes . Recharge Time - Unofficial aprox 4 hour. Bin Capacity: Unofficial 1 litre. Edge Cleaning Bristles. Narrow & Low Base Profile.
Ergorapido Ion: Battery Life - Runs up to 30 minutes. Recharge Time - Unofficial 3 to 4 hours Bin Capacity: 0.44 litres. Headlights. Turns into a Hand Vac. Narrow & Low Base Profile.
Although no real figures are official (i.e displayed from Hoover or Electrolux) in regards to their battery life, what we do know is that they are rather extensive and decent as well as the actual 3-to-4 hour charging time it takes from them to be 'dead' to full power (you can't however get a replaceable battery for Ergorapido, but can for the Linx -- and with this some people have one pre-charged ready to put into the Linx once the first one has died to effectively double the run time). Moreover, both come with an LED display to indicate how much battery power you have left & when it needs to be recharged.
With regards to the bin capacity, reportedly the Hoover Linx can carry more than double than that of the Ergorapido (again however such specifications aren't official). With regards to actually emptying the bin, both have a rather simple mechanism by which it simply slips off and then a second button to hit for the dirt and debris to be released. They also feature the same narrow & low profile base design to allow the stick vacuums to easily get in and underneath furniture etc.
They also have their own little intricate benefits too such as the Hoover having 'edge cleaning bristles' for effective pick up even right against the side skirting. The Electrolux being fitted with headlights on the cleaner head to point he user to large dust patches etc. as well as being able to become a handheld vacuum which is obviously great for intricate vacuuming (e.g. stairs and car cleaning, where the Linx arguably lacks in performance).
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*Free from heavy metals; maintains constant power during use
*Can be charged hundreds of times without a reduction in run-time
*Energy Star rated "
Design & Accessories
Ergorapido Ion: Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush
Although a rather subjective matter I think it is safe to say the Ergorapido Ion is the better looking of the two. In terms of the additional accessories that you get with the two -- the Ergorapido Ion comes with a crevice tool (for vacuuming tight gaps and areas) as well as a dusting brush (essentially for powered dusting of delicate items and areas) -- with the Linx however, nothing is provided.
The warranty on both the Linx and Ergorapido is 2 years for parts and labour and hence their respective brands will get it fixed for you like new, completely free of charge. Moreover, they are fitted with a pad & filtration system to prevent allergens and dust from being expelled into the air -- hence are safe to use with those who are asthmatic and allergy sufferers.
Conclusion: Should You Buy the Hoover Linx or the Electrolux Ergorapido Ion?
As seen from above both the Linx & the Electrolux Ergorapido Ion have their respective advantages and disadvantages, but I believe ultimately it really comes down to what type of flooring you have predominantly in your house. Where if you have mainly hard-based flooring, the Ergorapido would be the best buy for you -- simply because it is 'so easy' to use on those type of floorings. However, if you have a fair bit of soft-flooring, you are going to want to get the Hoover Linx in my opinion as the Ergorapdio, simply doesn't perform all that great on that type of flooring -- however the Linx does pretty well on both. There may of course be an entirely different reason as to why you chose one over the other, if so let me know in the comments below.
Also if you have any questions, comments or remarks regarding either the comparison article 'Electrolux Ergorapido Ion Vs Hoover Linx' or about either of the stick models specifically (e.g. the mechanical features of the Hoover Linx, where I haven't perhaps gone into enough detail) then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section just below and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.