Best for versatility: Shark DuoClean Cordless Upright
Shark have just released the Shark DuoClean Cordless Upright vacuum cleaner with powered lift-away.
It’s called the IC160UK (IC160UKT with TruePet)…
Bit of a mouthful, so what does that all mean and is it any good?
In this independent review, we aim to find out…I’ll also reveal how this powerful vacuum compares to GTech and Dyson.
What I’ll Cover…
- Top Features & Highlights
- IC160UK vs IC160UKT model
- Power, suction and cordless performance
- Shark duoClean cordless vs GTech vs Dyson
- Advantages & Disadvantages
- How to find the best deals online
But first, a quick note about the model number…
I’ve reviewed plenty of the Shark vacuums before, including other vacuums from the cordless range, the upright machines, their corded vacuums and the latest Shark AX Vacuums.
I’ll be the first to say that compared to other makes, Shark have incredible technology. Duo-clean, powered lift-away and flexology are massively impressive and useful.
What’s not impressive are the model numbers and understanding the differences. But that’s what I’m here for…So let’s dive in.
The 2 core features in all of the Shark vacuum range remains the same and for good reason. They offer superior cleaning options.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…
Duo Clean Technology
The idea is simple; Two heads are better than one. Makes sense right? Two motorised brush heads are used to help disturb stubborn sediment and stuck on dirt, then lift it up for easy suction to the bin.
You can see the two brushes in the video below.
The first is a larger, thicker brush. It will break up debris ground into your carpet and polish hard floors as it goes.
The second is your traditional looking brush with bristles sticking out to scoop up debris ready to be sucked up more easily.
Verdict: A powerful combination that works well 90% of the time. The only issue can be with hair getting stuck around the rollers, but that’s easily fixed with a pair of scissors.
Powered lift-away effectively means you have two vacuums in one. It turns this upright into a hand-held hoover.
Ideal for use in the car, on stairs and those hard to reach high places which gather dust. It’s a smart idea and with the IC160 it’s lightweight, too.
The main unit including the battery can be lifted away from the stick part of the vacuum, leaving the duo-clean head behind.
You can attach various tools and attachments to the flexible hose and it works very well. Super versatile and simple to do.
Verdict: Excellent for versatility. You can use it anywhere around the home, garage, car or in those hard to reach places.
Let’s look at the highlights of these machines…
- Reputable company with long history
- Multi attachment tools to use
Ease of Use
- Lightweight, only 5kg
- Powered lift-away for versatility
- 5 year warranty after registering
- Excellent rating from customers
- Powerful 260 Watt motor
- Upright and hand-held in one
Check out the Shark in action
IC160UK vs IC160UKT
There are two main differences between the models:
- The colour, blue vs red
- The ‘T’ model has the TruePet attachment
What is the motorised pet tool attachment?
It’s called the TruePet on many of the other models. It’s a separate tool which has a head designed to pick-up pet hair.
Handy for all you dog and cat owners.
This motorised tool can be used in normal and lift-away modes, so it’s super transportable around your home.
It’s perfect for cleaning the stairs or your pet’s mat or favourite sleeping place.
It’ll help to pick up stuck on hair, but is also pretty decent at removing dried on dirt and mud.
This only ships with the IC160UKT model. At the time of writing there was over £100 difference in price.
Here’s the Shark with TruePet in action
Power, suction and cordless performance
The power output from this vacuum is impressive for a cordless unit. It produces 260 Watts, which is 2.5 times more than the GTech range.
The Dyson V8 Absolute has a reported 425 Watts! That’s impressive.
Needless to say, they are all different and all work very well. The pick-up on the Shark is thorough, which I believe is improved by the duo-clean head.
The power and suction are very good, as one user reported:
I love the fact that the suction power gets even the most stubborn hairs out of the rug and car , its also very light so it is handy for my disabled husband to use it – PatiRobins
What about cordless performance?
Cordless performance is coming on in leaps and bounds, but it’s not quite up to the same standard as corded vacuums just yet.
To give you an idea, the other corded Shark vacuums deliver around 750 Watts of power. This one produces 260 Watts.
Shark Vs GTech Vs Dyson
There is more to performance than just outright power. It’s how it uses that power which is important. The design of the Shark, Dyson and GTech are very different.
For example, the GTech AirRam Mk2 K9 might produce less power compared to the Shark, but the waste is collected right in the head of the GTech unit.
This means the dirt doesn’t have to travel as far and therefore requires less suction and less power.
The Dyson is a futuristic looking, almost lego-toy-like machine. The Shark quite chunky with lots of technology and advanced features, while the GTech is sleeker looking.
The Dyson V8 Animal
Undoubtedly there are differences in performance, but I’m confident that none of them are hugely better than the other in just performance measures.
Where they are different is their versatility and ease of use.
The Shark has lots of features, so is probably the most versatile. With the GTech Pro K9 a close second because that has a powered flexible hose now.
Dyson has a good reputation for quality and performance so their range will be equally impressive.
A good question to ask is…
What will you use it for the most? That’s the critical point here. First work out what your priorities are in terms of usage, then you can make an informed decision about which is the best for you.