The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Bagless Vacuum is actually 3 vacuums in one: an upright, a lift-away pod with powered brush roll and a canister with caddy. I honestly can only speak to using it as an upright and with the lift-away pod. I was a little bit confused by the concept of the caddy, considering the ease of use of the other two options. However, the piece to use it as a canister is easily stowed away somewhere (in my case, the garage) so it’s not getting in your way if it’s not your thing.
For those of you with hardwood and linoleum, there is a “Hard-Floor Genie Attachment” with a washable microfiber pad. Imagine a Swiffer pad on steroids having a baby with a great vacuum. It not only sucks up the crumby bits, but does a great job dusting up whatever is left on the floor. The pad washes up very well, although I did use a lingerie bag just to be on the safe side. The pads retail on the Shark site for $9.95 each, so I’d like to keep mine from any preventable mishaps.
- Fingertip controls on the handle means all of the options are right at hand. No more using your big toe to switch between hard wood/carpet modes (I can’t be the only person who does that!) or trying to remember which side of the vacuum body the power button is on.
- Powerful suction, even when the dust cup is full or nearing capacity.
- There are LED lights on both the wand and the front of the floor unit to illuminate all areas. I’ve found this especially useful when using attachments in corners or behind things.
- The “lift-away” aspect - this makes vacuuming stairs a BREEZE.It’s also a helpful bargaining tool for getting little boys to help — I just tell them it’s a proton pack and they’re busting dirt.
- The actual design of the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Bagless Vacuum makes it almost impossible to clog up. Even when teenagers are being careless and vacuuming up things they should have picked up off the floor. There are no weird unreachable places — everything is accessible via easily removed hoses.
- The accessories ROCK. Everything from the dusting brush (which is great for molding) to the powered pet hair brush works fantastically. It comes with an accessories bag to keep it all in.
- As someone who has in the past used a “professional” model of the Shark, the dust cup seems a little bit small. Maybe we just make too much dirt, but I’m not a fan of how many times I have to empty it.
- …because emptying it is kind of messy. I don’t blame Shark for this, because it seems to be the way with the bagless varieties. My husband finally made me start emptying it in the garage or outside so I wouldn’t leave a trail of dirt a la Pigpen.
- The filters are a bit strange, so you won’t be able to use the triangle filters from the old Sharks in this. These are a cylindrical shape, and have a replacement cost of $12.95 each on the Shark website. I like to have more than one filter set on hand so I can have a clean one when it’s time to wash them.
- Finding a storage spot for the canister caddy. Not a huge deal, but if you’re limited on space the last thing you want is more things to stow somewhere.
Overall, my experience was, and continues to be, a positive one. You can check out the full range of amazing Shark products over at the Shark Clean website, or connect with them on Facebook or Twitter.
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