Modes: Upright mode (like a regular vacuum), or Powered Lift-Away mode which allows you to lift the canister away and clean narrow or hard-to-reach areas or stairs
Removable brush-roll for easy maintenance
“Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology” and a HEPA filter to trap dust and allergens inside the vacuum
Fingertip controls for easy powering on/off and quick transition between hard floor and carpet mode
Pet Power Brush: Picks up pet hair and debris with the powered brush. Deep cleans dander on all surfaces
Duster Crevice Tool: The crevice tool provides extended reach into small spaces with or without the dusting brush
Pet Multi-Tool: The stiff bristle brush removes stuck-on debris from a multitude of surfaces; detach the bristles to reveal an upholstery tool for cleaning stubborn pet hair
Dust-Away Hard Floor Attachment: Durable enough for big crumbs but gentle enough for delicate dusting on hardwood and tile floors. Remove large debris and wipe away fine dust in one step (includes one microfiber pad)
@cinoclav@Pufferfishy The worst vacuum cleaner I ever owned was an Oreck. That guy is a marketing genius. He got everyone believing his vacuums are great by telling them over and over again in his ads, but they are terrible. I had two short haired cats at the time, and I had to pull the whole thing apart to clean it two or three times every time I used it! It would get clogged up so easily. Bad design.
We have this model’s bigger sibling (NV752) and we love it. Suckage is great and it picks up everything with the brush (more on that later). The lift-off function is cool and it is fairly light and easy to haul around.
Our only complaint is that it seems the brushes get pet hair wrapped around them much more than our previous vacuums. If you don’t have a pet with long hair (aka Golden Retriever), this shouldn’t be a problem.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the forest. Pretty soon, she came upon a house. She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in.
At the table in the kitchen, there were three bowls of porridge. Goldilocks was hungry. She tasted the porridge from the first bowl.
“This porridge is too hot!” she exclaimed.
So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl.
“This porridge is too cold,” she said
So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge.
“Ahhh, this porridge is just right,” she said happily and she ate it all up.
After she’d eaten the three bears’ breakfasts she decided she was feeling a little tired. So, she walked into the living room where she saw three chairs. Goldilocks sat in the first chair to rest her feet.
“This chair is too big!” she exclaimed.
So she sat in the second chair.
“This chair is too big, too!” she whined.
So she tried the last and smallest chair.
“Ahhh, this chair is just right,” she sighed. But just as she settled down into the chair to rest, it broke into pieces!
Goldilocks was very tired by this time, so she went upstairs to the bedroom. She lay down in the first bed, but it was too hard. Then she lay in the second bed, but it was too soft. Then she lay down in the third bed and it was just right. Goldilocks fell asleep.
As she was sleeping, the three bears came home.
“Someone’s been eating my porridge,” growled the Papa bear.
“Someone’s been eating my porridge,” said the Mama bear.
“Someone’s been eating my porridge and they ate it all up!” cried the Baby bear.
“Someone’s been sitting in my chair,” growled the Papa bear.
“Someone’s been sitting in my chair,” said the Mama bear.
“Someone’s been sitting in my chair and they’ve broken it all to pieces,” cried the Baby bear.
They decided to look around some more and when they got upstairs to the bedroom, Papa bear growled, “Someone’s been sleeping in my bed,”
“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed, too” said the Mama bear
“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed and she’s still there!” exclaimed Baby bear.
Just then, Goldilocks woke up and saw the three bears. She screamed, “Help!” And she jumped up and ran out of the room. Goldilocks ran down the stairs, opened the door, and ran away into the forest. And she never returned to the home of the three bears.
I’m in serious mode, we’ve owned them all. Married 45 years and my SH (Significant Harassment) has argued against trying another vacuum every time I thought there really was one vacuum to rule them all, I bought it for her, and despite costs We have had all the old-timey $500 and up systems as well as the every Hoover and Dirt Devil then we tried a Dyson Ball Pet model and thought it was OK but when we bought an RV we also bought a Shark Rocket. Dang! We even vacuumed the same spot after the Dyson and it sucked even more dirt up. What? So we bought one of these at Sam’s and it is just amazing. And after a couple of year’s use they both suck as well as new. I even found the filter sets on Amazon for way less than the Shark branded. (We sold the RV, kept the Rocket) The
Warranty is outstanding too. Our Rocket dust bin lid broke and we sent the rocket to them and they sent us a complete new replacement at no charge!! I don’t like to do returns and usually just suck it up. It’s so nice to have a product suck it up for me instead. they both are sucked up! Awesome!
@Mandamm You joke… I didnt find the AA for vacuums, but I did stumble upon a forum for serious vacuum collectors. They would debate which were best and show off thier collections. If you can think it, it exsists somewhere on the internet.
Bagged vacuum cleaners are becoming fewer and fewer, especially since each manufacturer had their own style(s), much to the reluctance of retail stores and confusion to the common consumer of whether their vacuum needed a type A bag, type C, type U, a U3, 5055, 5058, 8675309, or a type FU-we-discontinued-this.
Hence, bagless being commonplace and that instead of disposable bags, one would have filters that periodically need to be washed. Ignore it, and that’s why I bought my Dyson for $15; the previous owner never washed the filter so it was clogged up and thus, had very low suction.
@narfcake@Serafyna I like bags so all the dust goes in the trash instead of all over the room. It will make me sad if I can’t find a bagged one when mine dies. I almost bought this one so thanks for pointing this out.
@narfcake@sammydog01@Serafyna I have a separate trash bag that I use to empty my bagless vac into.
I lower the canister into the (tall kitchen size) bag and gather the top closed around the canister before I pop it open and empty it as gently as possible, then carefully remove the canister, twist and slip-knot the trash bag.
Very little dust escapes and I toss the slip-knotted bag in the corner where I store the vac; I re-use it (hence the slip-knot) until it’s about half full and then toss the bag in the trash.
It’s easier than it may sound and so much better than emptying it into an open trash can in a cloud of dust and then creating a new cloud every time you stuff something into that trash can.
@Serafyna That is a very real downside to bagless vacuums, but I still prefer it just so that I can look through it when I hear the inevitable clink that tells me I just accidentally sucked up that tiny goddam screw I dropped on the floor two weeks ago and couldn’t find despite having spent an entire hour with a flashlight on my goddam hands and knees.
This is purely hypothetical and not an actual story from our most recent weekend, I assure you.
@ekw@Serafyna No there is no bag and it still works perfectly!! This is an amazing vacuum. I had my carpets vacuumed and shampooed 3 days ago and the stuff this thing got out of my carpet was incredible! Like a giant dust rat!! Love it!!
I bought a medium-to-high-end Shark a few years ago (don’t remember the model number), and it’s been great. A bunch of my friends automatically go to Dysons, but my mother cleaned houses for years, and people who can afford that service usually bought Dysons. She bought a Shark for her house and recommended I do the same when I asked because they work better and are cheaper.
I got a mine on sale and still paid more than this back then. Good deal.
@RedOak I believe that the main difference is the “Powered Head” When you detach the canister from the NV682, you can keep vacuuming with the main head still attached to the handle so as to get under beds, furniture, etc. I believe when you detach the canister from your model UV540, you detach from the main vacuum head (motorized beater brush head) and are limited to using the hand-held attachments at the end of the hose handle. The next-to-last picture on meh shows what I mean by still having the motorized brush head in action whilst the canister is detached…
This seems like a great deal! Good reviews, new, great price. I wasn’t looking for a vacuum and cannot justify having two in my small apartment…it was a close one, still. You almost got me meh. Almost.
I have a pro-sumer bagged Sanitaire that works well, has a washable HEPA filter, a super long cord, and seems very rugged. Only problem is, it’s heavy, loud, and not very maneuverable, so the wife (who handles vacuuming duty) dislikes it. I’d bite on the Shark if it wasn’t bagless…
We’ve owned one of these for over a year and it’s the best vacuum cleaner we’ve ever had. It just works, period. Easy to push, steer. Love the lift away to cleaned under tables and beds. It surprised me with it’s functionality and ease of use. It does everything -carpets and hardwood floors. Love it!
Holy jamoley! First time on Meh on Monday. Ordered this deal at 6pm, on my door step before 11am on Wednesday when I returned from a appointment. Is this normal, or just to impress the new guy?! Shark works great on top of all that!
@nall256 I don’t use the crevasse tool very often, so I was able to put the 2nd per tool there, not very snug though. I had the same issue with my 1st Shark as well as our Dyson animal. (No spot for pet tool)
Mine - well my mom’s that is that we pooled money to get her - came today. Outside box was totally trashed as was the inside box - big gash and tear but amazingly nothing destroyed. Figured I’d better test it before I finally take it to her in June just incase something not obvious got broken when fedex played hockey with it (or whatever they did). Need to assemble, but the pieces at least look OK. Will mess with it tomorrow evening.
I was sort of surprised though at how small the vacuum head is - the cheapo lowest end bissell I got in a garage sale a couple of months ago for 5 bucks has a much bigger one. It is going to take longer to cover the floor because of this. And it is heavier than I expected. Oh well. Someone in the family will happily own it if mom finds it is too heavy for her. If I am lucky maybe it will be me : ) (actually I hope mom thinks it is perfect).
Is something wrong or is this how they work? I tested mom’s to be sure it worked since the box was so trashed. I appears to only pick up stuff when you push the head forward and not when you pull it towards you. If that is how they are supposed to work that sure sucks because then it will take twice as long to vacuum as well. Suction seems good though. Dirt collector doesn’t hold much but I guess that won’t matter for mom since her place is small, she doesn’t have pets and likely it doesn’t get that dirty.
@Kidsandliz you would know if the brush was spinning. Green light on the head turns on and it will fight you when pulling back towards you as the brush spins in the opposite direction. Check that it is in carpet mode on the handle. If the green light at the base isn’t on and the brush isn’t spinning, check that the wand is snapped together tightly in both places. Also check that the suction control slider (on neck under handle) is in the max position.
@therealjrn Ha Ha. Mine are a mess this year and I am battling turbo tax to get it to record income earned remotely in a state (state 2) that does have state taxes but didn’t withhold any state taxes so gets taxes in State 1 (where I lived part year; then I moved and have income earned in my new state - state 3, but not money from state 2). Damn thing wants me to buy a state form for state 2 and I know for sure I don’t need it. I just need state taxes for states 1 and 3. Was on hold for ages with them and got disconnected because they are now closed. While I am very grateful to have an income, having multiple jobs in multiple states, some remote is a PITA for taxes.
Today, I did my good neighbor’s taxes (who brings me nice food) and it was pleasant enough. Ha. Yeah I’m a weirdo who doesn’t mind doing the numbers while bitching heartily with my friend about how fucked our US & State Congress’s are.
Most people blame the IRS. That is wrong. The IRS is just charged with enforcing the laws that our fucked up legislator’s pass. Fuckers.
They don’t even have the same rules for health care and retirement we do. And it’s on BOTH sides of the isle–and at ALL levels–State & Federal. Fuckers.
I’m a big fan of using the FREE Intuit Freedom Tax Program online. (by TurboTax) It uses an interview format so all you have to do is answer questions. Easy-Peasy!
She had tried doing them herself on paper. I’m proud to say we found her some credits she didn’t know about.
I certainly hope you know about the Earned Income Tax Credit at least! Whisper back if you want an unbiased, free, confidential, internet stranger opinion. Good Luck!
Used it in this configuration for the stairs. Got all sorts of pet hair and dirt up. Still need to go over it with the crevasse tool to get the corners. Sad that the canister isn’t all sparkly clean anymore.
Seriously, I could lie and say how amazing this vacuum cleaner is, and I wake up everyday wanting to use this beautiful piece of awesome modern machinery.
Truth, I am so amazed at how the person I bought this for loves to vacuum the floors with this SHARK.