@hchavers My mother wanted a vacuum for Christmas in 2014 or so. Lots of dogs, she likes the clean house, she didn’t want to do the research to find a good one and then go get it. It took her MONTHS to convince my dad that it wasn’t a trap.
I git a Shark a few years ago and the plastic parts started snapping off in short order. Never again. That’s why I bought the Dyson that this thing is a complete look-alike rip-off of and the Dyson is still going strong.
@ellett@pmarin People say they’re overpriced because they are. An almost comparable Dyson stick will cost you about triple this price, even on sale, for a single battery with a shorter runtime, a smaller dirt capacity, and fewer accessories included.
I’ve had three Shark vacuums over the past seven years (I’m a sucker for a good deal on an upgrade), and I haven’t seen a single failure yet. I also have a second-hand DC58 Animal, which the previous occupant left in my home because a failed sensor prevents it from running for more than a second or two at a time - it’s about five years old.
My current Shark, an AZ1000W, can clean my shaggiest carpet on medium. When shopping back in April, I also tested a Dyson 216041-01 (Ball Animal), and even on its highest setting the brush roll couldn’t spin through that carpet.
@Aspirant_Fool@pmarin We’ve had vastly different experiences. I’ve had two Sharks and they’ve both turned out to be POSs. Your performance specs must be for an older Dyson. My V10 has a large capacity bin and will suck up anything I use it on. Not cheap, although Costco prices are decent, but you get what you pay for.
We bought a refurbished one of these a month or two ago and it’s been great for quick cleanups. If you have messy kids or pets it’s really convenient to whip it out without worrying about cords. Two thumbs up!
@RedOak It has two operating modes but likely still lacks the suction one may expect from a traditional high end vacuum. You may find the need to lug out the corded beast from time to time (although we haven’t yet).
If this IF285 is the same as the IF281 then this would be called the Shark ION™ F80 MultiFLEX® Cordless Stick Vacuum because the Shark® IONFlex™ 2X DuoClean® Cordless Stick Vacuum is from the IF200 & IF250 Series…right? Or is Shark’s website toying with me?
So is the one you’re selling today the IONFlex or the MultiFLEX?
Got mine in. I went with two. So far I like them! No defects I could find.
I charged all 4 batteries, and then did as the instructions said and fully discharge them all. Using only the “dustbuster” mode with no attachments, all 4 batteries lasted right around 44 minutes to the dot before petering out. I’m quite impressed with that! I know it will be less once the floor unit is attached and all, but that’s still quite impressive.
Also, I can’t get over how they looks like some kinda laser plasma-y sci-fi weapons from a Halo or Mass Effect game. The design is REALLY cool.
@Bandrik I’m glad I read this, because I sure didn’t read the instructions.
I broke out my unit from my IRK this weekend and despite not needing another vacuum I really like it. I’ll have to take it out to the utility room to discharge it because it drives me dogs nuts even more than other vacuums.
@djslack You’re welcome! I’m not entirely convinced having them discharge a full cycle is necessary, but the instructions made it sounds like the circuitry needs that to properly calibrate the maximum and minimum charge the battery can hold. Maybe it helps the battery meter be more accurate, i don’t know.
But yeah, i discharged mine in another room with the door closed with a stopwatch timing them.
@Bandrik Thanks. I read the manual afterwards. My take is “after you initially charge the batteries, make sure you run them all the way down before you charge them again.”
I’m not convinced that running that motor for 45 minutes straight is all that good for it. Sure, you may vacuum for that long but more likely than not you cycle it on and off some. It may be fine for continuous duty at regular speed.
I know on the boost mode it gets pretty hot pretty quick, and it seems like the 1 minute duration would be all it could take. But apparently they’ll let you override that by starting again immediately or holding down the button.