Shark Rocket Review

This vacuum promises a great deal of things both in the advertisements and even on the box of the product itself. It claims to have more power than a Dyson DC40 upright vacuum cleaner. Shark then goes further and shows the Rocket next to various upright vacuums in their advertisements. Shark markets the machine as a replacement for an upright vacuum. Unfortunately the Rocket simply lacks the performance to compete with an upright vacuum, and has other flaws that prevent me from recommending the Shark Rocket to most people in the market for a vacuum. Read on for more information about why I can’t recommend the vacuum.

Carpet

The Shark Rocket is quite easy to push on carpet, at most times feeling almost self-propelled due to its light weight and fast brushroll. That said, the ease of use is negated as you will be spending a great deal of time going over the same spot multiple times if you want to actually clean your carpets. Unfortunately, the Rocket seems to lack much weight on the cleaning head, as such the brush cannot dig deep into the pile and get out any dirt. Furthermore, the dirt that is on top of the carpet is often either pushed forward (this is called “snowplowing” by the vacuum industry) or shot out the front as the suction is too weak.

The Rocket was also bad at pet hair pickup, leaving most of the dog hair on the floor rather than in the bin. In addition, the Shark doesn’t have a HEPA filter or a sealed bin (more on this in the Design Flaws section below), which caused me to launch into a sneezing fit after using in (in fact, it took 3 takes to get the Carpet section of the video review because I kept sneezing). This means that the dust and dirt that you just spend time picking up will be blown out the exhaust and land on your floor again. Overall, the carpet cleaning experience is inexcusably bad, and a sick joke for a machine claiming to “Out clean full-sized vacuums” (Shark’s website and the Rocket box).

Hard Floors

The Shark Rocket has two ways of cleaning hard floors: the Dust-Away attachment, or the standard cleaning head with the brushroll. Both of these methods have their problems, and neither will do a great job at getting your floor clean. To start, let’s talk about the standard head. First, the head sits low to the floor and will not suck up large particles, instead pushing them along. Second, you cannot turn off the brushroll, only turn it to low speed, which will still kick the dirt that enters the head out. Third, the suction is too weak, and as such dirt won’t get picked up.

Shark Rocket Dust-Away Tool
Shark Rocket Dust-Away Tool

On the Dust-Away side, things aren’t much better. First, the suction channel is raised too high for the weak suction to be used effectively. This means that most dirt and dust will not get picked up by the Rocket.  You can see this in the review video as the honey nut scooters were pushed across the floor and not picked up. Second, the vacuum will not stand up by itself and will fall over quite easily when in this mode, even when leaned against something like a wall or a chair. Third, the pad tends to simply push most of the dirt along the front edge, which can end up scratching your floors.

Attachments

The one area where the Shark Rocket does well would be attachment usage. The Rocket’s light weight allows you maneuver it into tight spaces and get the dirt. The Rocket comes with three attachments in the box: a wide dusting tool, a combo brush, and a crevice tool. All three tools are good quality and do a good job at getting dirt and cleaning most items. Once again the lack of good filtration is a problem as the dirt that you just collected is being blown out the exhaust.

Shark Rocket Dusting Brush
Shark Rocket Dusting Brush
Shark Rocket Crevice Tool
Shark Rocket Crevice Tool
Shark Rocket Combination Brush Tool
Shark Rocket Combination Brush Tool

 

 

Design Flaws

Due to the sheer number, I simply put my findings into a bullet pointed list.

  • No HEPA filtration
  • Bin leaks dirt due to lack of a seal
  • Cord attached and bin not removable (when you want to empty the small bin, you must take the cord with you as the bin is attached and not removable)
  • Does not stand up in any mode
  • Weak suction
  • Filters get dirty fast
  • Snowplowing is a problem on carpet
  • No option to turn off brush
  • Small bin
  • Cord hook not ergonomic at all
Shark Rocket in storage mode, look at the cord has to be wrapped
Shark Rocket in storage mode, look at the way the cord has to be wrapped

These are just the flaws I found in the short amount of testing I have done with the Rocket.

Conclusion

Overall the Shark Rocket is a very disappointing machine, because it promises so much, yet delivers so little. Overall, I cannot recommend the Shark Rocket in good faith as the machine does not perform anywhere near as well as it should, especially for its price ($150-250 depending on package). Perhaps Shark will fix these flaws and release the Shark Rocket 2, but until then, I would stay away from the Shark Rocket.

Score: 4/10

 

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Shark Rocket News

Update 10/13/12

The full written review has been uploaded, CLICK HERE to read the SHARK ROCKET REVIEW

Update 10/12/13

The videos are now being uploaded for the Shark Rocket, here are the videos that are currently online:

Unboxing and First Look

Watch below or CLICK HERE to watch in in a large player on YouTube (Recommended)

Review and Test

Watch below or CLICK HERE to watch in in a large player on YouTube (Recommended)

Update 10/11/13:

VacBin now has a Shark Rocket vacuum and will be posting an unboxing soon. The review will be up shortly, along with more info! In the mean time, Here are some pictures of the box:

Shark Rocket Box Top ViewTop view of the box

Shark Rocket Box  SIDE1

One side of the box

Shark Rocket Box  SIDE2

Another side of the box

Original Info:

As many of you know the Shark Rocket vacuum was recently unveiled and put on sale by Shark. Shark is now using the Rocket branding on two machines, the Shark Rocket PRO vacuum, which is just a Shark Rotator in a new color scheme (you can even see the Rotator label on the front) that machine can be seen in the picture below.

rocket

The other machine is called the Shark Rocket, and this is a brand new machine. The new machine looks a lot like the Dyson Digital Slim vacuum and many people are looking for a comparison of the Shark Rocket VS the Dyson Digital Slim. The simple truth is that they are two very different machines with different purposes. The Shark Rocket is designed to be an upright replacement whereas the Dyson Digital Slim is designed to be a quick pickup machine.

Hoover SteamVac Review

This review is for the Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge, which is Hoover’s most popular model and has been on the market for years. This design is tried and tested over a multitude of years, with many variations, but always the same base of the SpinScrub brushes and a two tank system. There are many different models in the Hoover family, but this is the one synonymous with SteamVac.

Setting Up

The Hoover is an easy machine to set up and use, first you must vacuum your carpets very thoroughly, this is quite important and you should take a while to ensure that all the dirt you can pick up is removed. If you skimp on this step your carpets can be ruined. After you finish vacuuming you should use pre-treater if you have any. For pre-treater I use Zep High Traffic Carpet Cleaner (Shown Below).

This stuff is great, inexpensive and easily found. Check for it at Home Depot or Lowes.
This stuff is great, inexpensive and easily found. Check for it at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

After pre-treating you must prepare the solution for the machine to use during the cleaning process. The process to do this is pretty simple, as you must fill the clean water tank with hot water, then use the lid, which doubles as a measuring cup to add the solution to the tank. The solution is concentrated and you don’t need much to get a great end result. After you re-insert the solution tank the setup is done, and you can move on to cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning

I have tried multiple machines that claim to work on carpet, from various Bissells, to the new Shark Sonic Duo; gut none have worked as well as the Hoover. The Sonic Duo does almost nothing outside of removing spots, and the Bissell machines always leave the carpet far too wet while not getting much dirt up. This SteamVac costs less than the other machines and does a much better job at getting the dirt out. The Hoover actually dried so well that my carpets were ready to use in just an hour and a half, the Bissell would sometimes take 6 hours to dry!

The Hoover uses SpinScrub brushes which rotate in a circle, as opposed to the Bissell which work like a vacuum cleaners to only clean the top of the carpet. The SpinScrub brushes also leave the carpet feeling much better than the Bissell or the Shark. With the Bissell the carpet always felt crunchy, whereas the Hoover makes the carpet feel nice and fluffy after it dries.

Attachments

Although the Hoover is not the most intuitive when it comes to attachments the system does a very good job. I used the attachment system to clean the floor mats of the car and the results were spectacular! The water coming out of the mats was black, and the mats dried very quickly, thanks to the SteamVac sucking all of the water out of them. When the mats dried they looked and smelled great, almost as if they were brand new. The SteamVac also was very easy to clean and dry.

Conclusion

The Hoover SteamVac is a great machine, with the some of the best performance you can get in a home carpet cleaner. The price point of under $150 just adds to the great deal of the machine, and the excellent value that it holds.

Rating 9/10

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Shark Sonic Duo Review

This machine was one of the hardest machines I have ever had to review, It has so many functions, and does so many things right, yet at the same time fails at the thing it promises to do so well at. This machine will always have a place in my closet, and hopefully shark will learn from the failures of this model and craft a model to correct these problems.

In addition if you haven’t read my pre-review blogging of my experiences I would HIGHLY recommend you do that. It contains results from some of the tests I did with the sonic duo on many types of floors and in various situations. It can be found HERE.

Formula and Pads

At the heart of the Sonic Duo cleaning system is the Shark solutions and pads that are made for the machine. These formulas are concentrated (more on that later) and work with the reusable pads (that come with the refill formula). The system (at the time of writing) has four pads that can be used with it: Carpet, Carpet Stain, Hard Floor, and Polish. Each pad is unique and the pads are color coded to prevent confusion.

Here are the various pads that can be used with the machine:

Hard Floor Cleaning:

Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Solution and Concentrate
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Solution and Concentrate

 

Hard Floor Polishing:

Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Polishing Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Polishing Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Polish
Shark Sonic Duo Hard Floor Polish

 

Carpet Cleaning:

Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Scrubbing Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Scrubbing Pad
Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Solution, Concentrate and Activator Spray
Shark Sonic Duo Carpet Solution, Concentrate and Activator Spray

 

Carpet Cleaning Performance:

When it comes to carpet performance this machine promises the moon, claiming to get your carpets “1.5 times brighter” and to remove ground in dirt from below the surface. When I first heard these claims I was quite skeptical as they sounded far too good to be true, but their “demonstration photos” showed a very large amount of improvement, so I gave Shark the benefit of the doubt, thinking of all of their previous success and hoping that they once again hit it out of the park. I eagerly got the floor vacuumed, the solution prepared and the pad attached, going slowly to let the machine try and get anything it could, waiting to see the carpets become bright and clean again, but the brightening never happened. Although I was disappointed by the lack of  carpet brightening I was very pleased to see that some of the tough stains that have been in the carpet for a great deal of time (and resisted many attempts to remove them) have vanished.

Overall I have changed my ideas on how the machine works, thinking of it as a machine that removes stains as opposed to a machine that can be used for maintenance cleaning and brightening. In this regard the machine is significantly worse than a Hot Water Extraction machine or HWE, which never fail to brighten my carpets, AND remove all the stains. To sum it up carpet performance is my only complaint about the machine, and I think there will be many others in the same boat with me, having complaints about the Sonic Duo on carpet.

For carpet cleaning I cannot recommend this machine, which is a disappointment.

If you are looking for a carpet cleaner check out the Hoover SteamVac

Hard Floor Cleaning:

On hard floors this machine kicks butt! The Sonic Duo is almost magic when it comes to cleaning hard floors, the dual heads vibrating their way to a clean floor. This system works by first spraying solution out onto the floor which loosens the dirt and acts as a suspension buffer to get the dirt off of the floor and into the pad. The pads are designed with three different sections on them, a smooth and soft section to absorb and buff, a scrubby section to scrub tough dirt and spots off of the floor, and a noodle section to get into all of the nooks and crannies while mopping up the dirt and solution mixture. The pad works quite well and is always dirty after I am done cleaning a floor with the Sonic Duo, leaving the pad dirty and the floor shiny and clean. Every floor I have thrown the Sonic Duo at has seen great results, with the lone exception being the granite, however the granite is almost impossible to clean.

The Sonic Duo makes the task of cleaning a hard floor very easy, allowing you to get the job done quite quickly and leave the floors absolutely spotless. The machine lives up to the claim of getting the job done in half the time of a mop and bucket. the results are also better than a mop and bucket, as the sonic duo does not spread dirty water over the floor, instead spreading new solution over the floor before picking up the dirty solution in its absorbent pad.

Hard Floor Polishing:

If the Sonic Duo mad my hard floors shiny after they were cleaned, the polish makes them sparkle, after applying the polish my hardwood floors shined like they were brand new. This is a shine that they haven’t had for many years, but the Sonic Duo was able to do it. The polishing process starts by first going through the hard floor cleaning process and waiting 5 minutes for the floor to dry. After the floor is clean and dry the polishing pad is attached to the Sonic Duo and the polishing process begins. Polish is squirted onto the floor and the sonic duo rubs and buffs the polish onto the surface of the floor, making it shine and truly sparkle. Once you are done with the polishing process an hour should be given to let the polish dry before walking on the floor again.

Conclusion:

The Shark Sonic Duo is a great machine on hard floors, but overall it just falls flat when it comes to carpeting, getting the stains out, but not doing much more than that. I will be keeping the sonic duo in my closet, as it is an amazing hard floor cleaning and polishing machine, but will not be asking any more from it in terms of carpeted performance.

Overall, if you are looking for carpet cleaning, keep looking. If you are looking for hard floor cleaning and the occasional carpet spot removal the Sonic Duo is the machine for you.

Carpet Score: 4/10

Hard Floor Score: 10/10

Overall Score: 7.5/10

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Shark Sonic Duo Pre-Review

Please note: This is NOT a review, I am blogging about my experiences with the Sonic Duo around the house before I write a formal review.

 

Updated 5-14 for Stone Cleaning

Updated 5-16 for Hard Floor Polishing

Carpet Performance:

When it came to carpet performance I was not sure what to think. The Sonic duo made very large claims about its performance in it’s ads. When I tried it out on my carpet I found that although it had good performance at removing stains, it lacks performance in revitalizing the carpet and removing dirt. It did an exemplary job at removing stains that were set in for multiple months, however it failed to brighten the carpet as it claimed it would. The machine was easy to use, and very easy to push, however it did not do a very good job. There were still some stains that were in the carpet, and the carpet failed to get any brighter after the Sonic Duo was used as directed.

Here is a video of using the Sonic Duo:

Here is a video of the results after I used the Sonic Duo:

Hardwood Performance:

On hard floors, such as hardwood the sonic duo excelled and did an amazing job cleaning, requiring very little effort to do an amazing job at making the floors shiny and removing spots. The floors looked almost polished after I was finished, and only used the hard floor cleaner that came inside the box. The Sonic Duo required very little effort to use, allowing itself to be pushed along the floor using its Airglide technology without any real effort at all.

Here is a video of the Sonic Duo on hardwood:

Tile Performance:

On tile the Sonic duo does a great job of scrubbing away tough stains, using its weight, cleaning formula and fast moving heads together to form a great cleaning combination. The three all work together to power away most stains and dirt on the floor with just one or two passes. Some stubborn stains required a little more, and for those I just turned the speed up and held the Sonic Duo over the spot for a few seconds. When I did that almost every time the Sonic Duo would get the spot off of the floor.

Here is a video of the Sonic Duo on Tile:

Stone and Granite Performance

On stone and granite the Sonic Duo is quite good with the scrubby strip on the hard floor pad loosening the dirt and the noodle part of the pad getting into all of the nooks and crannies. Here is a picture of the Hard floor pad where you can see all three parts of the pad, soft, scrubby, and noodle:

The three work quite well and get a LOT of dirt out of the floor, which can make the pad quite dirty very quickly but gets the floor SPOTLESS! The stone was amazingly clean after I finished cleaning it. The granite on the other hand got streaky after I used the formula, however I do not blame the Sonic Duo as the water is quite hard here, and the granite gets streaky with almost anything.

Here is a video of the Sonic Duo cleaning stone:

 

Hard floor polishing performance:

Although the sonic duo does a good job already on hard floors and gets them quite shiny, Shark sells a polish that can be used on the floors to make them shine even further. I picked some up (my Sonic Duo didn’t come with any) and got to work. The Sonic Duo does a great job at doing all of the work for you, and allowing the floors to get out their true beauty. The process is very easy, makes the floor spotless, and does not make the floor slippery, like some waxes and polishes. The polish is a great value, and I highly recommend picking some up if you have a Sonic Duo.

Here is a video of me polishing the floor with the Sonic Duo:

Shark Sonic Duo News

To read my full review click here

 

Update 5-12-13

You can read my pre-review blog where I post my findings and videos as I am still doing my tests for a full review.

To read my pre-review and see the videos click here.

Update 5-9-13

I got my new Shark Sonic Duo in today! I made a small teaser video for it, and will be getting more videos up soon. For now have a look at my teaser video below!

OLD NEWS BELOW!

Hello readers,

I have news on the Shark Sonic Duo, I will be getting one very soon so be on the lookout for my unboxing video, then my review video and blog post! In the meantime I will be putting up some more articles soon, but not exactly what you might be expecting.

Stay tuned, things are going to get exciting soon!

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HAAN SI-70

As you may or may not know I have hard floors in addition to carpet, both in my house and in my testing areas. These hard floors get dirty just like the carpets and also need a thorough cleaning like everything else. I previously used a Bissell machine to clean my hardwood, tile and linoleum until my hard water broke the steam release valve and steam started shooting out the side and the unit died. After an autopsy was conducted and the machine was buried I went on the hunt for a new one.

Hard Floor Performance

The HAAN SI-70 has a pretty good trick up its sleeve compared to many other machines on the market in that the steam unit can be pulled out and used as a handheld unit. This is great (and I have a whole section talking about it later) but most people are buying this machine for its performance on the floor. This machine does a good job on the floor, using 212 degree steam to clean the floors and microfiber pads to scrub the floor and absorb the water left behind. This steam dries very quickly and does a very good job at cleaning, although some stubborn spots persisted and I had to take out the hand unit to blast them away. This machine had a few troubles getting coffee spots off of hardwood, but outside of that did a very good job.

Carpet Performance

The HAAN SI-70 also has a carpet attachment that can be put on the unit for steaming your carpets and area rugs. This is nice for sanitation purposes and to get even more dirt out of the carpet. When I tried the carpet steamer I was able to remove more dirt after I steamed than after I just vacuumed. In addition the steamer was able to remove a large amount of smell in the carpet. The steamer also snaps on easily and can be ready to use in just a few minutes.

Attachment Performance

One of the coolest features of the machine, and something that isn’t available with other machines is the unique ability to use attachments. This feature is quite easy to use as you just have to squeeze two buttons and the steam unit detaches from the main body. After the steam unit is detached it can be used to steam off stubborn spots on your floor, or an attachment put on. In the box there are attachments for a small cleaning head, a grout cleaning brush and a 90 degree elbow. All of these attachments just slide onto the steam unit and are ready to use instantly. All of these attachments work pretty well at cleaning, with the steam unit generating a very powerful stream of steam.

Overall

With the average price of the unit being $129.99 the machine is a good buy, with sales being able to drop the price down to $99.99 a wallet friendly price. Although this machine isn’t the cheapest in the steam mop field, it does a great job and has AMAZING build quality compared to its competitors. While most other machines creak and flex the HAAN stays solid. I feel the machine does a great job on my hardwood and tile, getting most of the dirt. On linoleum the machine also cleans quite well getting everything I put down and let dry. To say it bluntly, this machine works. This is a machine where you don’t work for a good clean, a good clean works for you.

Score 8/10

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Kirby Vacuum Review

This machine is tough to write a review of, on one hand it is one of the few models made mostly of metal and will last you a long time, but on the other hand being metal means it is quite heavy and hard to carry. This machine is not like any other machine on the market, and in many ways has some great advantages, but in other ways it has some big drawbacks.

Floor Cleaning

In one word, Wow. This machine has a LOT of power and does not hold itself back when put to cleaning. This machine employs a dirty fan system, with the fan being less than three inches from the floor, causing the airflow on this machine to be tremendous at the point of floor contact. The motor is also VERY powerful, and at times this can be a bit of a problem (think sucking up a smaller rug). The machine is raised and lowered manually through two pedals on the front wheels. This must be done to set the height every time you wish to vacuum your floors. Although the brushroll on this machine is a softer one (a stiffer version is available for those with pet hair) the airflow at the floor head more than makes up for it, creating amazing cleaning power. This brushroll is connected to the main motor shaft (that also runs the fan and transmission) through a belt and the BeltLifter. The BeltLifter is a bit complicated for those who haven’t used a Kirby vacuum before, but it is a great feature as it will properly load the belt and twist it for you as needed.

Filtration

This machine is a bagged machine, and has a variety of bags that can be used in it for varying levels of filtration. The lowest level of filtration is a paper bag that restricts airflow quickly and leaks some dust but will get the job done and is pretty cheap. The middle level of filtration is a cloth aftermarket bag made by EnviroCare, this bag is pretty good at keeping in the dirt and dust but misses some fine particles. The top bag is the genuine Kirby Allergen Reduction Filter, this HEPA filter bag will capture an amazing amount of dirt, dust, allergens and more from the air being filtered through it. This bag is expensive, but does a great job at keeping the dirt in the bag and out of the air.

Attachments

When it comes to attachments there is no machine like the Kirby, bar none. The standards like a turbo brush, crevice tool and wand are done quite well, but if that’s where you stop you will miss so much of the value of the machine. This machine also has attachments for sanding/grinding, shampooing your carpets, buffing hard floors and even spraying (yep, the machine can paint your house)! Most of these are not included with the base price of the machine but they can be purchased separately, or bargained for at the time of purchase. One downside to these attachments is the amount of steps required to take off the floor head and attach the tool you want to use. This requires a bit of work to do and you have to attach the floor head when you are done using the tools.

 Ease of use

This machine is quite unique when it comes to usability, as it is a very heavy machine which makes it hard to use if you have more than one story, but also has features like a transmission to make it quite light to push. The machine will automatically apply forward or reverse motion to the back wheels when pushed forward or backward, lightening the amount of force needed to push. This really helps when the machine is sealed to the floor as it can get very hard to push when the transmission is not enabled. In addition the attachment system is somewhat hard to use and people that are new to the Kirby are often confused by it.

Conclusion

This machine is a great machine, combining durability, strength and an amazing array of attachments with a few negatives such as steps to use a tool, weight and the high cost of the machine. This machine is a great fit for those with messy environments, but no so much for those with more than one floor. Overall this machine has won the review team over, and we love the power of this machine enough to give it an almost perfect score.

 

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Score 9/10

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Shark Rotator Lift-Away Pro Review

The Shark Rotator Lift-Away Pro is Shark’s latest vacuum cleaner, and in our tests the best one from shark to date. The original Shark Navigator was a smashing success, not in cleaning power (It was good but a bit lacking compared to the competition) but in performance to price ratio. The next versions of the navigator always found places to improve or innovate on the original but none like this. This was clearly a redesign from the ground up, and the fact that the name “Navigator” is not on the machine demonstrates that clearly. The engineers at Shark really pushed the limits of what they could do with the old ideas of the navigator, and this is a whole new paradigm. They took the best from the old series and combined it with new innovation to create an amazing machine for most users.

One thing that was a huge innovation on the old machines was the lift-away function, and it comes back better than ever on this machine. The new design is not without flaws though, with the base occasionally sticking to the motor unit when the lift-away mechanism is activated. This is a rare problem, but unfortunately must be mentioned, as in our tests (as well as everyday use) the machine will fail to lift away, and must be shaken to detach properly. When this bug does not appear (about 85% of the time) the lift-away function works wonderfully. The machine is quite easy to carry in lift-away mode, and the many attachments work quite well. In addition the lift-away caddy is another great new feature, allowing the machine to be pulled behind you as you clean. The attachments on this model are also quite robust, comprising of a: wand, crevice tool, dusting brush, turbo brush, and a bare floor tool. These all are easy to use and have a storage place, either on the machine or on the caddy.

The cleaning power on the floor is also improved over previous models, with a new extra-large floor head compared to previous models. This new floor head has the signature strong shark brushroll, and a new feature to the shark brand, Headlights! This floor head is also quite large and features the swivel steering controls like previous lift-away vacuums. The swivel steering makes it easy to move around and keep control of the vacuum, while allowing you to still get into tight places. The strong suction provided by the motor unit also allows the vacuum to keep up with the brushrolls ability to dislodge dirt from the carpet fibers. This new floor head also seals to the floor like the Dyson DC41, which allows for very strong pickup performance on carpet. Like older shark brushrolls this machine still has overload protection, and the brushroll will stop when jammed before damage is caused to the floor, the machine or the item caught in the brush.

Overall this vacuum is a strong upgrade from previous Shark Navigators, and a very strong machine on its own. This machine has been redesigned to be more user friendly while having greater performance in all areas.

See our video review here:

Score: 9/10

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Dyson DC33 Review

The Dyson DC33 vacuum cleaner was the machine that became the image of the Dyson name for years, and put the signature yellow color of Dyson in the minds of vacuum shoppers everywhere. Although this model claims to be a revolution, with “no loss of suction” our tests show otherwise. In our tests not have very good suction to begin with, a strong brushroll or easy to use attachments.

Attachments

This machine makes use of Dyson’s first generation attachment system, which requires many steps to get the wand out for use, and even more to disconnect the wand from the hose if you do not want to use the wand. Although the wand is comfortable to hold it is somewhat heavy and may be hard to use for extended periods of time. The attachments that come with this machine are also somewhat sparse, consisting of a crevice tool, a multi use tool and, on the higher priced animal models, a turbo brush. Dyson has a great deal of other attachments available for purchase that are compatible with the DC33 but the included ones are a bit lackluster. The machine is also a bit prone to tipping when the hose is stretched, such as when one is cleaning the stairs or draperies.

Floor Cleaning

This machine has an automatically adjusting floor head and a brushroll that can be disabled for cleaning the hard floors. The brushroll on this unit is quite weak and will only clean the surface of your carpet, in addition the airflow on this machine can be pitiful at times, requiring multiple passes over a spot to get something on the top of the carpet. The machine also has a terrible snowplowing problem due to the self adjusting head, this means that large debris will be pushed rather than sucked up by the machine. Medium to small sized debris don’t fare well either as the vacuum will pass over multiple times without picking up a thing. The bin does a great job of disguising this, as it fluffs up the dirt that was collected to make it appear like more was collected than there actually was. This fluffing action actually kicks up dirt within the bin that the filters must then attempt to remove, clogging them and requiring you to wash them.

Final Words

Overall this vacuum is quite disappointing for the claims it makes. In addition the high price of the machine is a huge detractor, as you are not paying for high performance in this case but beautiful design that does not perform well.

 

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