Review of the Shark AZ910UK Vacuum Cleaner
We review the Shark AZ910UK DuoClean Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and Anti-Hair Tangle Tech
Shark vacuum cleaners have been catching our eye for the past couple of years, so it was time to take one for a test drive.
I have been using a cylinder vacuum cleaner designed by a well-known British engineer. It’s done me proud over the past 7 years. However, as always with technology, it has since been bettered – by both its successors and by alternative brands. Shark is one such alternative that has been making waves and a regular at tech shows I attend. The designs are modern and eye-catching, and the company appears to make real-world claims.
The main issue in my household is hair. I’ve had long hair since my teens, and my girlfriend has shoulder-length hair. Furthermore, we seem to shed. A lot. This means that the regular style spinning bristle brushes found on most cleaners soon get hair wrapped around the barrel which impacts on its cleaning efficiency. It also requires me to unravel and cut the hair out of the bristles, wasting more time.
Thankfully, Shark has an answer with its Anti Hair Wrap system that features on this AZ910UK model, so I put it to the test.
Shark AZ910UK Vacuum design
Firstly, I like that vacs are now allowed to sport funky colours. The Shark upright we have is the kind of purple that Prince would have approved of.
Putting the device together actually gives you a preview of its nifty superpowers. The Powered Lift-Away part of its moniker means that you can detach the vacuum bit and use it as a handheld vac using the long wand that makes up the upright part of the handle.
Alternatively, you can disengage the handgrip, which then becomes the nozzle. It’s all quite engenious.
I am also digging the LED headlights at the front of the roller brush head. It is this sizeable DuoClean floorhead that also boasts the Anti Hair Wrap Technology, too. The clever bit of engineering actively separates and removes hair with a unique bristle-guard.
The result is a tangle-free bristle brush-roll. Oh yeah, Shark gives the floorhead the DuoClean moniker due to the two motorised brush-rolls which together removes large debris and small particles, as well as stuck-on dust from hard floors and carpets, so Shark tells me.
I have to admit, it’s quite a nice looking thing and really easy to put together.
The Shark AZ910UK in use
My first impression was that it was more substantial than the drag-along vac that I have had in service for several years. You see, I have grown used to waving the hose around while the motor and dust collection was happening in the unit on wheels being dragged behind, now I was pushing and pulling the lot. However, once I had got back into the upright-vac-shuffle, all was well.
I tell you what though, it is excellent at its job. My living room is a mixture of hard-flooring, a thick pile rug and a more hardy close twill rug. It was the cleaning of those rugs that really impressed. Whether it’s the little robot vac or me using my regular yellow sucker, there are generally still little bits suck in the fibres, especially in the black shaggy rug. However, the Shark DuoClean using the correct setting flicked on using the handle switch, got every little bit after a few passes. I really did get the feeling that the rug was the cleanest it had been for a long while.
It gets everywhere
I also liked the 8 meter-long power cord, which meant that I could attack the living room, hallway and stairs in my little London home without having to unplug. It’s been a while since I’ve had to manually coil up a vac cable, but I’ll live. On the subject of stairs, being able to convert the Shark AZ910UK into a more compact machine really does help.
The dust collection/motor section fits well on the stairs and removing the wand means that close work is effortless. Using the same configuration also works wonders for the car too.
Finally, a note about hair tangles. Even after cleaning the trouble areas (in front of the hallway mirror and in the bedroom), the DuoClean head remained tangle-free. Moreover, the easy-to-empty collection bin was full of hair that would have otherwise been left for me to untangle and cut away from the brush head of a regular vacuum cleaner.
Shark AZ910UK review conclusion
The Shark AZ910UK DuoClean Powered Lift-Away with Anti-Hair Wrap Technology might be a long title, but it tells you everything you need to know about this very talented vacuum cleaner.
The DuoClean head does an exceptional job of cleaning and being able to adjust for low pile, deep pile carpets, and hard flooring at the handle means there’s no starting and stopping. The Powered Lift-Away is nothing short of genius and, finally, the Anti-Hair Wrap tech really works.
If being this excited about a vacuum cleaner is wrong, I don’t want to be right.