Not to be dramatic, but Shark’s cordless vacuum has changed my life. Vacuuming isn’t something I enjoy (I doubt it’s something many people enjoy) but it’s a necessity – particularly when you have a toddler and a pair of particularly hairy cats running amuck, as I do.
For years, I heaved a cumbersome Dyson up and down the stairs but last Amazon Prime Day I decided enough was enough and it was time to treat myself to a cordless vacuum. A cleaner assured me a Shark design was just as efficient as a Dyson – but more affordable – so when one was included in the Prime Day sales I promptly added the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Vacuum Cleaner to my basket.
Fortunately my questionable DIY skills weren’t tested as assembly was a doddle. The main body of the vacuum simply clips together as do the trio of attachments it comes with.
Charging it up was just as simple. The battery detaches from the top of the vacuum and is fully charged within a couple of hours of being plugged into the wall – or you can charge it up still attached to the main body, as pictured below.
£379.99 at Shark
It runs like a dream. Incredibly lightweight (the top half is the heaviest section as it contains the battery) and easy to maneuver. The main stick attachment is very flat and can glide under cabinets, bookcases and sofas and tough-to-reach places.
The LED headlights are a genius addition, allowing you to clearly see – and clean up – each bit of dirt in dark corners.
I use the small brush attachment to clean the sofa and another for the stairs and along skirting boards, making cleaning breakfast remnants and cat hair a doddle. The choice of attachments means there are plenty of easy-to-use options for sprucing up your car, too.
There are two speed settings: one for flooring and one for carpets. I have a mix of tiled and wooden flooring along with various textured rugs and dirt easily lifts from each surface.
£379.99 at Shark
It’s kitted out with a fancy-sounding Anti-Allergen Complete Seal, which is designed to capture up to 99% of dust and allergens. I have no way of telling it if lives up to the percentage but I will see the floors/upholstery I vacuum with it certainly look hair- and dirt-free once I’m finished.
Because of its clever anti hair wrap functionality, no hairs (pet or human) get stuck in the bristles and wreak havoc.
Emptying the bin is simple – it unclips incredibly easily and you tip it out. Job done.
So, what’s the downside? Of course there’s a con or two – nothing’s perfect. In the Shark Cordless Vacuum’s case it’s the battery duration. If you’re giving your house a thorough clean, you’ll probably have to do a couple of rooms at a time as the battery lasts around 20-30 minutes in my experience (not quite the 40 minutes advertised) before dying out with no warning. But once you know to expect that, you can plan ahead and either do a speed clean or vacuum in two stages.
If you’re interested in upgrading your vacuum in the Black Friday sales, the Shark Cordless Vacuum has just been reduced by a whopping £180, so it’s now under £200. However, the deal will only run while stock lasts, so we’d add it to your basket rather swiftly.
We’ve just done a quick price comparison and the same vacuum is still £250 at Argos and £319.99 at Amazon, so you’re definitely bagging a great deal that can’t be beaten.
£379.99 at Shark