Top positive review
Has some nice features
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2018
The Shark APEX Upright Vacuum is a nice vacuum that has some features that I really like. Upon arrival, it was super simple to put together. It came with instructions, however it was together in 5 minutes & instructions were not needed. We've had a Dyson animal for 10+ years, but this is the first Shark vacuum we've tried so I can try to help compare the two.
The biggest difference that it took me some time to get used to is the swivel. At first use, I felt like it was working like a self propelled mower because it just seemed like it wanted to go. Moving forward was easy, pulling back to a bit of effort (but no more than the Dyson or other vacuums). The suction worked well. It has 3 settings: thick carpet, thin, & Hardwood floor, & you move a switch on the handle & the setting lights up. The hardwood setting is great. I have scatter rugs & runners in the kitchen, & I felt like the Dyson works better on those, but they both do good on carpets & larger area rugs.
I think the best feature is the detachable canister. This makes vacuuming the stairs 10x easier, & this feature scores higher for this vacuum vs the Dyson. Sure, you could purchase a smaller vacuum, or a handhold separately, but it's nice that this one has it as a feature. The HEPA filter is good, & I'm looking forward to see how well the bristle guards & comb work because we will be using it to pick up hair & pet hair too.
There is room for 2/4 included attachments on the vacuum. It doesn't really make any sense why this is. Either put all the attachments on there, or include a bag to put them all in for storage. As is, we have 2 random parts sitting on a closet shelf & hoping they don't get misplaced.
Regarding noise: this one says it has "Noise Reduction Technology: Expertly tuned to reduce noise and soften pitch." It's not quiet. It's not crazy loud, but I do not think it is any quieter than the Dyson. About the same to me.
The cord is thick & very long. Measures approx. 360"/ 30 feet.
Overall, I think this is a nice vacuum. The biggest challenge for me is getting used to the swivel. I suppose this would be easier for someone who has used vacuums that swivel before.
Would I recommend? Yes
Would it make a good gift? Yes
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