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In this article we highlight the pros and cons of the Shark IONFlex 2X IF252. There are two groups of IONFlex vacuums, those with 1 battery and those with 2 batteries. The models with a “2X” in the name come with 2 batteries.
The blue Miele Twist upright vacuum has been replaced by the obsidian black Miele Dynamic U1 Maverick. The Maverick is pretty much an entry level Miele upright and it does not have some of the bells and whistles you will find on the more expensive uprights – such as LED headlights, a HEPA filter, turbo brush tool, etc. Even so, owners are pleased with the vacuum’s variable suction feature (great when cleaning delicate materials), lengthy cleaning reach, and sealed body. They also feel the unit has strong suction. However this is a heavy upright and some people find it difficult to lift and move around. In addition, the hose, while a decent length, is hard to stretch out.
If you want to know the REAL difference between Shark vacuums and Dyson vacuums ask someone who actually has the vacuums. I have personally tested many machines from each company, and as the photo above shows I have a few. In this article we analyze some of the top vacuums from both companies, compare specifications and provide pros & cons.
This vacuum is the smaller brother of the Dyson Ball Animal 2. Does that mean it is not as good? No – not necessarily. While the Dyson Ball Multi-Floor 2 has less suction than its big brother, it is also lighter, less expensive, and there is still more than enough suction for most cleaning jobs. In our opinion the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 packs a punch and is actually a very good fit for some households. Consumers are pleased with the vacuum’s maneuverablity, capability on different surfaces, and easy maintenance. However, there are some issues, one of them being the machine’s difficulty in moving on some deep pile carpet. We see this on both the Multi-Floor and the Animal.
The Dyson V7 Motorhead, with its futuristic cyclonic cylinders and deep pink color, is a very striking stick vacuum. This machine cannot be mistaken for any other vacuum - but does it perform? If consumer ratings are any indicator then the answer is yes. Ratings for the V7 are very good and owners praise the unit for its light weight, power and convenience. Owners are also pleased that the vacuum is quiet, great for doing stairs, and able to clean carpet, rugs and bare floors. However, like many cordless vacuums, there are folks who feel the run time is inadequate for their cleaning needs. In addition, the V7 Motorhead, while great for quick cleanups, is not a full size vacuum and will struggle with larger more extensive cleaning jobs.
Shark refers to the APEX series as their “most advanced upright vacuums”. These are full size vacuums with DuoClean Technology (2 brushrolls), HEPA filtration, an anti-allergen complete seal system, noise reduction technology, a lift-away canister, and Active-Glide Technology. There are several APEX models and in this review we discuss the AX952. Owners are mostly very pleased with this powerful, all-around, bagless upright vacuum. This is a versatile machine and it can clean bare floors and carpet, it can do overhead cleaning, and also portable vacuuming (using the lift-away feature). The full size APEX vacuums are not particularly lightweight however.
The Hoover React cordless vacuum cleaner is another in a long line of lightweight stick vacuums brought to market in the wake of the very popular Dyson V6/V7/V8 models. Many of the big manufacturers are trying their hand at similar machines. The react cordless gets average consumer ratings but it is a very attractive 2-in-1 vacuum (stick vac and handheld). It’s also great for doing stairs and is quite maneuverable. Battery run time is fairly good and recharge time is fast. However, suction by many accounts, is mediocre and the vacuum has no high power mode for dealing with tougher cleaning jobs.
This is our list of the best stick vacuums for 2017. After reviewing a large number of stick vacuums we have found the top 8. Vacuum cleaners were chosen after carefully considering our testing, consumer ratings and comments, as well as length of warranty, features and cost. Vacuums that stood out scored well in most if not all of these areas.
Stick vacuums range from inexpensive to somewhat pricey and as a result we have divided our list into three categories: top-end, mid-range and inexpensive. All choices this year are produced by only 3 manufacturers who seem to be making a real effort in the stick vacuum arena and leaving other manufacturers behind (the 2016 list had machines from 6 manufacturers). Our 2017 list includes units from Dyson, Shark and Hoover.
We’ve been updating our list of Best Upright Vacuums every year since 2008 and the latest list for 2017 has just been released.
Our choice for the Best Upright Vacuum in 2017 is the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet. This was also last year’s top upright and it continues to be a strong consumer favorite. Number two in our list is the Dyson Ball Animal 2 which is a beast of a vacuum and subsequently our best vacuum for pet hair. In third position is the Dyson DC65 Animal – a vacuum that is very similar to the Dyson Ball Animal 2 but a generation earlier.
The Shark IONFlex 2X IF252 is another interesting vacuum from Shark. It is a bagless, cordless, stick vacuum that sports 2 brushrolls, 2 batteries, and a flexible wand that can bend a full 180 degrees. Consumers like some aspects of this vacuum but are not too crazy about others. In our testing we found the IF252 suction to be strong, especially for a cordless machine, and the unit’s cleaning performance on carpet, bare floors and pet hair is quite good. It is a little on the hefty side for a stick vacuum and some folks feel the handheld component itself is bulky. The MultiFLEX Technology (bendable wand) is something of a hit and miss. It’s useful for storage and while it works for vacuuming under low furniture it can be a little awkward.
We update our list of Best Canister Vacuums annually and the 2017 list has just been released.
Our choice for the Best Canister Vacuum in 2017 is the Miele Complete C3 Soft Carpet. Top-notch consumer ratings, great performance on all surfaces and a lengthy warranty helped to nudge this unit to the #1 position. As a matter of fact 3 of our top canisters this year are manufactured by Miele. The Soft Carpet is followed by the Alize and the C2 Limited Addition.
We’ve been publishing scores for vacuum cleaners of all kinds and brands for approximately 10 years now. Each year we analyze all of our data in order to provide insights into the best vacuum brands. To date we have produced over 200 vacuum reviews and gathered price and consumer ratings data in each and every review. This data, as of November 2017, includes over 160,000 consumer ratings. The data has been “crunched” and put into several insightful charts.
What can we draw from these charts? Well, we don’t want to make any hard conclusions here as our data is not exhaustive (we have not reviewed every vacuum from every manufacturer), but clearly a combination of a high rating and a low cost is good. For the most part the charts speak for themselves. You should also consider that some brands have better ratings for certain types of vacuums - like Miele and canisters. The data below average all vacuum types per brand.
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I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada. I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.
I make every effort to write unbiased, intelligent vacuum cleaner reviews and I provide average consumer ratings for each and every vacuum cleaner I investigate. My ultimate goal is to ensure you find the best vacuum for your cleaning needs.
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