Wider path than other Shark models. Built-in headlights help you spot crumbs and clean in dark places. Includes lift-away canister and many attachments including a pet hair removal brush. Suction power is adjustable based on what you're vacuuming – floors, rugs, or thick carpets. One of the longest cords on the market. Can hold a huge amount of dirt before needing to be emptied. Used by many to clean the interior of their cars.
Heavier than most other Shark models.
Nearly all reviews mention amazing suction power for floors, carpets, and rugs. Additional tools make it a breeze to clean stairs, ceiling corners, furniture, and other clunky places. Swivels easily. Some say it does the same job as the most expensive vacuums.
Some are annoyed that it tips over easily. You'll need to clean the bristle roll and filters every few months.
Two settings. One is more gentle for floors and throw rugs. The other speed can tackle even the thickest of rugs and carpets. Weighs only 9.9 lbs. – perfect for those with bad backs. Will suck up flecks or large piles of stuff (like Cheerios from messy kids). Can morph into a handheld vacuum.
Vacuum doesn't stand up on its own. You'll need enough closet room to lean it against a wall.
Works on any surface. Converts into a hand-held vacuum. Simple to use – one switch for floors and another for carpets. Can be mounted to a wall to take up less space. Easy to empty canister. Long wand attachment to clean ceilings and other high places.
Small dust bin. Be prepared to empty it a few times if you have a large space.
No need to plug and unplug cords from outlets. Vacuum is fully charged within four hours. Super lightweight. Works on carpets and bare floors. Sleek design means you can proudly leave this out on display.
Some say that like all cordless vacuums, it works better on bare floors than rugs or carpets.
Shark is a premium vacuum brand that is known for their intuitively designed, lightweight vacuums that are easy to maneuver. The brand’s upright vacuums range from space-saving compact models to full-size powerhouses that don’t leave a dust particle behind. No matter your vacuuming needs, Shark’s upright vacuums have you covered.
From dual brush rolls to the brand’s patented lift-away design, Shark continues to adapt their vacuum technology for the modern homeowner. Shark’s upright vacuums are ideal for cleaning both carpets and hardwood floors. They can tackle bigger cleaning tasks than handheld vacuums but are not as bulky as canister vacuums.
In this buying guide, we compare Shark’s upright vacuum lines so that you can find the best model for your home. You’ll also find all the details on price and a few Shark-specific vacuuming tips below. When you’re ready to buy, our top five Shark upright vacuums are in the matrix above.
Standard upright vacuums have a large dust canister that makes up the trunk of the vacuum. Most are corded, though Shark does offer cordless uprights. Upright vacuums are best for moderate to large homes. They have more power, features, and accessories.
Stick vacuums have a much smaller dust canister on the stick-like handle of the vacuum. They are lightweight, typically 10 to 12 pounds or less. They may have a few onboard accessories for cleaning drapes or stairs, but they usually have fewer features than upright vacuums.
Shark upright vacuums can be either compact or full-size. You may have to clean the dust cup more often with a compact model, but if you’re tight on space, they’re the ideal solution because they don’t compromise on power. However, if you’ve got a big house with lots of floor space, stick with a full-size upright vacuum.
Hair wrapped around the vacuum brush can be a serious problem. It can be hard on the brush, belt, and motor of an upright vacuum. Shark’s Zero-M self-cleaning brush roll is supposed to prevent overall hair wrap. However, it works better on some models than others. Even with the technology, Shark vacuums often include a hair removal tool because some hair wrap is inevitable.
Some Shark upright vacuums have two brush rolls. A brush roll with soft, dense bristles picks up larger debris and can be used on hardwood floors. The other brush roll has stiff bristles for smaller debris and carpeting. The two work in tandem to thoroughly clean floors.
The brush roll on some Shark vacuums can be turned off for hardwood floors. These models also have a brush roll indicator light. Not only does this indicator light alert you if the brush roll is on, it also turns on if the brush isn’t working properly.
A Shark stick vacuum with a hand-vac mode has a removable canister than can function as a handheld vacuum. These work well on upholstery and stairs.
Shark makes several vacuums with anti-allergen HEPA filters. Vacuums with this feature have a closed system so that allergens don’t recirculate. HEPA filters need to be regularly replaced to work at full efficiency.
Lift-away mode is Shark’s upright vacuum equivalent of hand-vac mode. In this mode, the upright vacuum’s canister can be removed and used as a smaller, more mobile vacuum for cleaning stairs, hard-to-reach corners, drapes, or upholstery.
Some Shark vacuums have variable suction power. As the name implies, this feature allows you to adjust the suction for delicate carpets, rugs, drapes, and upholstery. If you’re worried about damaging your rugs or hardwood flooring, this feature is for you.
Basic Shark upright vacuums start at around $130 to $250. These models have swivel heads, extra-large dust cups, and HEPA filters. They have impressive suction and power, though they lack the extras like lift-away mode, dual brushes, and a long list of accessories.
Between $250 and $325 are Shark upright vacuums with lift-away or hand-vac modes, dual brush rolls, and extra accessories like under-appliance wands, anti-allergen dusting brushes, and pet tools. Some may also include enhanced glide and steering options for increased maneuverability.
For $325 to $425, you’ll find Shark’s full-size upright vacuums with all the bells and whistles, including motorized pet tools for cleaning upholstery and floors. These models also have fingertip controls for even easier transitions between flooring types.
We stand by our top five products, but we did have to exclude some great vacuums when narrowing down our choices. The Shark APEX Upright Vacuum with DuoClean has dual brushes for extra cleaning power on carpets and hardwood floors. It also has a lift-away canister for all those hard-to-reach places. If allergies plague you, this Shark upright vacuum has a closed system to suck up allergens and pet hair. The Shark Navigator Deluxe Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum is a lightweight upright vacuum that only weighs 15 pounds but still has good cleaning power. It also has brush roll control so you can clean both hardwood and carpeted surfaces.
Q. Can I buy extra accessories and replacement parts for my Shark upright vacuum?
A. While some models include every tool you might need, other Shark upright vacuums only include one or two. You can always purchase extras accessories later on when you know exactly what you need. Shark also makes replacement parts like belts and filters. Depending on why the part needs to be replaced, the cost of the part and labor may fall under your warranty. However, you’ll need to check the terms and length of the warranty for your upright vacuum.
Q. Does every Shark upright vacuum come in different color options?
A. Not all Shark models come in multiple color options but many do. However, we always recommend buying a vacuum based on features and performance rather than appearance. After all, this is an appliance that will most often be stored away.
Q. What kind of extra accessories are available for Shark upright vacuums?
A. The compatible accessories vary by model, but they may include:
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