What's the Difference?
If you are after a cordless stick vacuum cleaner and have narrowed it down to just two possible choices -- the Hoover Linx and the Rowenta Delta Force -- then you are in the right place. In this brief & objective comparison account we will highlight both their differences as well as their similarities amongst specifications and features -- ultimately determining which of the two is better suited to your specific needs & preferences and provide the most overall 'value' (respective to its price tag).
Which Offers the Better Cleaning (Suction) Performance?
The Hoover Linx: 18 Volt Lithium Ion Battery (Fade-Free) 'Energy Star Certified' & WindTunnel Technology
The Delta Force: 18 Volt 'Energy Star' Certified battery & Delta Force Cyclonic Technology
Both actually perform to a rather similar and surprisingly (given the nature of vacuum type: cordless & compact) high standard of cleaning (which isn't too surprising given the battery is of the same power) -- on both hard and soft-flooring, with it marginally edging towards the Linx with regards to suction power (however this isn't the only factor that influences cleaning 'overall' cleaning performance'), however the Delta Force is particularly effective on hard-flooring removing 99% of dust particles.
Moreover, both operate on a cyclone style technology to allow them a 'bagless' mechanism (hence saving you on the running cost of replacing bags as well as being able to visibly see when they need emptying) as well as to produce a high concentrated air flow to pick up microscopic dust particles. A further point to note is that they both account for different floor types -- the Linx with a Brush tool on/off mechanism as well as the Delta Force with a power mechanism (floor/carpet/boost). They both perform to an exceptional standard, with neither visibly out performing the other in the cleaning regard -- so this shouldn't really be the factor that determines you choosing one over the other.
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Which is Easier to Use/Handle?
Delta Force: Cordless Stick Vacuum, Weight: 7.5 lbs, Depth: 12.6 " x Width: 11.6" x Height: 47"
Hoover Linx: Cordless Stick Vacuum, Weight: 7.25 lbs, Depth: 8" x Width: 11" x Height: 42"
Although, this is a rather subjective matter you can see that the stats suggest that both are very lightweight anyway (and of course the fact that they are cordless makes vacuuming so much easier than a corded one as well) -- but the Hoover Linx is slightly lighter from the two. But, in general they are both very mobile and easy to use, I managed to briefly use them both and I edged towards using the Linx -- but like I said it is definitely down to your own feel for each vacuum, so I recommend you ask to try them both out at a local vacuum store (or order online to see which one you prefer). You can also realise because they are so lightweight and small -- they are very easy to store away. If you are still unsure, I would opt for the Linx on the principal it is generally regarded as being a great mobile vacuum and you can see that from over 2000 positive reviews on Amazon.com (saying that, the Delta Force is also very highly recommended also).
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Which Provides the Best 'Practicality' Factor?
Linx: Battery Life - Unofficial 15 - 20 minutes . Recharge Time - Unofficial approx 4 hour. Bin Capacity: Unofficial 1 litre. Edge Cleaning Bristles. Stands Up .Narrow & Low Base Profile.
Delta Force: Battery Life - Runs up to 40 minutes. Recharge Time - Unofficial 3 to 4 hours Bin Capacity: 0.94 litres. Stands Up. Narrow & Low Base Profile. Swivel Head.
Although there is some uncertainty over the exact run time on the Hoover Linx it is clear that the Rowenta Delta Force out does it by a long shot (if this is a particular issue for you -- as you are edging towards the Linx, you can actually buy a separate battery for it and have it precharged ready for when the one in use dies -- effectively doubling your run time) -- they effectively also have the same charge time of roughly 4 hours. There are a few other commonalities too, both have a similar bin capacity (which are very simple and quick to empty) and can 'stand up right' without interference and have been designed with a low profile head to get under furniture etc. Differences come in the fact that the Linx has specially designed 'edge cleaning' bristles that get right up to the skirting (although the Delta Force, does a pretty good job at this as well) and the Delta Force has a 180 degree swivel head which makes life a bit easier when moving in and out of awkward areas.
In terms of warranty for both parts and labour -- they are slightly different with the Hoover Linx you are covered for two years whereas the Delta Force you are for just one year (since purchase). Moreover, both are fitted with their own specific filtration system that prevents allergens and dust from being expelled into the air whilst vacuuming -- so both are safe to use for allergy and asthma sufferers.
In terms of design, I prefer the Delta Force (which can come in four other colours also) although the cleaner head I feel lets it down somewhat purely in the sense I feel the shape of it is off-putting to what I am personally used to with most cleaner heads.
Conclusion: Which Should You Buy -- the Rowenta Delta Force or the Hoover Linx?
With regards to which to buy depends ultimately on your needs and preferences -- where one might edge it in a certain regard to the other e.g. if you value mobility & ease-of-use high and run time on your list and prefer the Delta Force (as it is a rather subjective issue) then you should edge towards that vacuum. Price isn't really too much of a consideration between the two as they are both around the $150 mark. Personally, if I had to choose I would go with the Linx mainly on the back of some many gleaming reviews (that many people can't be wrong to think it is a 'half-decent' vacuum) as well as the fact it offers a practical design and features.
But please do let me know which one you choose to buy and why? If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding either this comparison article 'Linx Vs Delta Force' or about either of the models specifically (e.g. more details on the Linx's mechanical specifications/features) then I urge you not to hesitate in leaving them in the comments section below and we will respond as soon as possible.