We needed a new vacuum after finding our old Miele was no longer cutting it (we had used powdered carpet cleaner and it was barely shifting any of it). I hadn't heard of Shark before but after reading a (brutal) review on a Dyson model where the user chose a Shark instead, I did some research and liked what I found.
This vacuum is superb. It's sturdily made and easy to handle - though it is slightly heavy, so may be difficult for those with joint inflammation or muscle weakness in the hands/wrists/forearms. So many of the parts are detachab...le in different configurations allowing you to get into nooks and crannies, and even up into high places to do curtains etc. The bagless release is easy to use and fits nicely into a standard bin bag, so no bloom of dirt and dust. Carpet mode doesn't overwork the carpet pile and hardwood mode doesn't stick to the lino if it lifts a little - the brush roller is always in motion rather than being a static bar of bristles like in some vacuum heads. I have nothing but positive points to make. I would recommend this to anyone.
Purchased at Harvey Norman.
Amazing!! This actually makes me want to vacuum!
Easy to use. Amazing suction on carpet and tiles. I had thought my house was clean but in one room it filled with the amount of dust. Gross but AMAZING!
Purchased in May 2021 for $599.00.
Amazing price and great quality
Performs great on high pile rugs and tiles, you can put the power head on the end of the hose and have extra power in those hard to reach areas. The suction is as good as a Dyson for a fraction of the price.
Purchased in February 2021 at Kogan.com for $499.00.
No more hair wrapped around the brush roller!
Shark advertise a “self-cleaning brushroll”, which as a long-term Dyson owner I found hard to believe. Having to pull apart the vacuum head after every use to unwrap the hairs collected from the two ladies in the household has been part of the regular routine with all of my previous vacuum cleaners. Yet I’ve been using the NZ801 for over a month now (almost daily), yet there’s still not a single hair trapped in the roller– it actually works as advertised!
This unit comes in a lot of pieces that need to be assembled together – a job I gave my...6 year old daughter, which she did pretty easily. It’s quite an unusual looking design, but includes a number of nifty features. Being a mains-powered device obviously means you are tethered to a power point, but it comes with a fairly long cord that wraps neatly around the side (and the hook holding it twists around to instantly let the coil of cord drop off all at once). It’s also quite heavy – noticeably so when the main unit itself is attached to the head in the “upright” configuration. I found that in doing the majority of my floors I preferred to remove this and hold it in one hand, leaving me with just the powered head and wand in the other. Unfortunately the main unit doesn’t have wheels on it – which would have made given it quite a bit more manoeuvrability in this configuration, but I found it easy enough to carry. Noise wise I found it to be quieter than the Dyson cordless, especially since it doesn’t carry the high-pitched whine of the “Dyson Digital” (brushless) motor – it carries a significantly lower note that doesn’t annoy my youngest child nearly as much. I particularly appreciated just how easy the bin is to empty, even with a container full of long hair that it ahd collected. My Dyson would always end up with these wrapped around the middle of turbine inside the dust bin, meaning that I’d have to physically pull them off every time I was emptying it (which just adds to the “ewww” of having to clear hair from the brush rollers as well). In the Shark, once you remove the dust bin correctly and press the release, ALL of the dust simply falls out leaving nothing behind – this is at least partly due to the clever shape of the bin which has sloped sides and nothing else inside for hair and debris to catch on.
Purchased in October 2020.
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Solid unit with great suction
Once I read the instructions and learned how it goes together I appreciated the logic in the releases, and it snaps together well and comes apart easily/elegantly.
It's a fairly big and powerful unit; was a bit worried it'd take effort to move about but thanks to the flexible swivel head it's surprisingly maneuverable and easy to steer around (helps that I'm a big and powerful unit also though). Possibly a bit heavy for lifting up and down stairs although that wouldn't worry me as I like the reassurance of a powerful vac.
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It will work fantastically and yes, you can alter the suction, it has a suction control valve. It is absolutely brilliant, you won't regret it.
We have recently renovated our house and have high pile carpet which is just beautiful but I fear the shark might be too powerful to push over the carpet. Can anyone please provide me with their review of high pile and the shark and if you can alter the suction if it is too much.
Hi Leesa, I have just seen your post. I had the same question, I spent hours looking and found a a review on you tube of a woman with every length carpet including shag pile that she was nervous going over. She reduced the air volume and it did not cause any damage. Seing it work on every possible type of carpet and floor, I ordered one straight away.
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