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I have previously reviewed the excellent Hoover HL4 upright vacuum cleaner and the HF9 anti-twist cordless vacuum cleaner and continue to use them as they are both excellent for their respective uses.
The Hoover HFX cordless vacuum is the latest launch and has an innovative design that allows you to detach the main head and then use the new Corner Genie head to get into edges and corners much closer than you can with other vacuums.
It can then be converted into a handheld vacuum, and you can fold it in half for convenient storage in small spaces.
|Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
|Titanium-Magenta / Black-Rose Gold
|3.65 – 3.7 kg
|H: 112cm x W: 20cm x D: 25cm
|1.19 – 1.2 L
|Up to 30 minutes
|5 Years (2 Years For Battery)
|Discount (Black Friday)
Corner Genie Mode
The Corner Genie is a standout feature of the Hoover HFX. It’s designed for targeted edge cleaning, enabling the vacuum to reach tight corners and edges with exceptional agility. This technology is not just about the nozzle’s reach but also its design, which facilitates manoeuvrability around obstacles. It’s a significant improvement for those looking to maintain a spotless home, especially in hard-to-reach areas.
Home vs Pets Edition
The Hoover HFX is available in two editions: Home and Pet. While the core functionality remains similar, the Pet edition is slightly pricier and includes additional tools specifically designed for pet hair removal. This makes it an ideal choice for pet owners who struggle with pet hair on furniture, carpets, and other surfaces.
Included Attachments & Accessories
The vacuum comes with a range of accessories, including a motorised mini power nozzle on the Pets addition, a flexible crevice nozzle, 2-in-1 dust & furniture attachment, and a wall mount. These accessories enhance the vacuum’s versatility, making it well-equipped to handle a variety of cleaning tasks.
Power / Air Watts
An air watt is a measurement unit of the effectiveness of vacuum cleaners, which refers to airflow and the amount of power (watts) a vacuum cleaner produces and uses.
Hoover doesn’t state what the air watts of this vacuum are.
The Hoover HFX operates at a power of 455W, which doesn’t directly correlate to the air watts, but it does suggest strong suction capabilities for effective cleaning.
In comparison, the Hoover HF9 has a 350W motor and a claimed 130AW. The Proscenic P12 was 400W with 120AW, the Dyson V10 Absolute has a 525W motor and a claimed 150AW,
The vacuum was mostly straightforward to assemble, but the instructions were not the best. To convert it into handheld mode, you need to swap out the vacuum container, which took a bit of working out.
The HFX promises a combination of strong suction performance and up to 30 minutes of runtime, making it efficient for cleaning an entire home in one go.
Its all-in-line design claims to reduce the dirt path by 40%, which should improve cleaning with stronger suction performance.
During my time with the vacuum, I predominantly used it in its fully assembled form, and I was impressed with the overall cleaning performance, with it working well on both hard surfaces and carpets.
I experimented with dropping different sorts of mess on the floor, including flour, sugar and rice and the vacuum performed well with everything.
Like all cordless vacuums, the suction always feels a bit underwhelming in the default mode, but it works well for general cleaning. For more difficult tasks (such as putting flour on my carpet), the turbo mode performed well.
Similar to the HF9, this has anti-twist technology in the motorised brush head, which aims to reduce hair and fur becoming wrapped around the roller. I don’t have pets but I do have a partner that sheds her long hair constantly, and I am regularly having to cut hair out of the roller on our robot vacuum. So far, I haven’t had to do this with the HFX, and I have been using the HF9 for months without problems with it clogging up.
The 1.2-litre bin capacity is commendable, larger than many other cordless vacuums, which are typically only around 0.75 litres and therefore ensures less frequent emptying.
The bin has a convenient no-touch design, which helps avoid throwing a lot of dust and debris into the air.
Corner Genie Mode
The Corner Genie tool is a unique innovation that sets the Hoover HFX apart. It is designed for precise edge and corner cleaning, utilising a 360° joint for superior manoeuvrability. This feature ensures that no space, no matter how tight or awkwardly positioned, is left uncleaned. The ease of switching to the Corner Genie mode with just a pedal push enhances the overall user experience, making it a highly practical tool for thorough home cleaning.
This is the feature that helps justify the extra expense of the HFX vs the HF9. I found it particularly useful in our kitchen as our robot vacuum never quite gets all the detritus along the edge of the kickboards, especially in the corners.
The Hoover HFX also doubles as a handheld vacuum, which significantly increases its versatility. This mode is particularly useful for cleaning upholstery, stairs, and other areas where a full-size vacuum is impractical.
The presence of a motorised mini power nozzle in this mode is a boon for pet owners, as it effectively loosens and removes pet hair from various surfaces such as couches. This transformation from an upright to a handheld vacuum adds a layer of convenience and functionality that is highly valued in modern vacuum cleaners.
The Hoover HFX features a removable battery that provides up to 30 minutes of runtime, with a charging time of about 3.5 hours.
I found that the battery life was close to the advertised 30 minutes, and this is adequate for most small to medium-sized homes, ensuring a complete clean on a single charge. I am lazy, so I typically only clean a couple of rooms at a time and I have had no issues with the performance.
There is no option to easily swap out the battery like you have with the twin battery HF9.
One of the things I have praised Hoover for is the easy access to spare parts in comparison to some of the more affordable Chinese brands you find on Amazon.
At the time of writing, I can’t find any parts for the HFX or the HL4 I reviewed previously, but these are new launches and I expect parts will be available soon.
Price and Alternative Options
The Hoover HFX has an RRP of £449 for the Home version and £469 for the Pet version. At the time of writing, these were discounted to £349 and £369, respectively. John Lewis had the Home version reduced to £320, but was out of stock.
This pricing puts cordless vacuum cleaners in the mid-to-high range.
The HF9 is £235 for a single battery Home Edition or £245 for the Pets Edition. Then there is a double battery pets edition for £299.
Other popular vacuums at a similar price include:
- Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Vacuum for £270
- Dyson V11 Cordless Vacuum for £350
- Shark Stratos IZ420UKT Pet Pro for £330
The Hoover HFX Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is another excellent addition to the Hover range of cordless vacuum cleaners. I have been impressed with all three models I have tried, and I think Hoover has a good balance of price to performance. I am not sure I could ever bring myself to spend £700 on a flagship Dyson on Miele.
The HFX offer a good range of improvements in comparison to the HF9 that sits below it. It has a more powerful motor, and subjectively, it appears to provide superior suction. You have a larger dustbin and then the new innovative Corner Genie feature.
The Corner Genie function is genuinely useful, and I think this is the main reason why I’d opt for the HFX over the HF9.
The only downside is that there is only a single battery option so you can’t quickly swap out batteries for double the cleaning time.
Overall, this is an excellent and versatile cordless vacuum.
Hoover HFX Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review
The HFX offer a good range of improvements in comparison to the HF9 that sits below it. It has a more powerful motor, and subjectively, it appears to provide superior suction. You have a larger dustbin and then the new innovative Corner Genie feature. Overall, this is an excellent and versatile cordless vacuum.
Overall - 90%90%
- Versatile vacuum cleaner
- Corner Genie works well for awkward corners
- Handheld mode is great for stairs or the car
- Single battery
I am James, a UK-based tech enthusiast and the Editor and Owner of Mighty Gadget, which I’ve proudly run since 2007. Passionate about all things technology, my expertise spans from computers and networking to mobile, wearables, and smart home devices.
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