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The V15 Detect is Dyson’s latest cordless stick vacuum and like every new Dyson machine it is making headlines. To see if all the hype was true we tested the V15 on carpet and hard floors, on edges and on hair. We also performed run time tests and looked at a host of the vacuum’s features, including the green laser in the fluffy cleaner head. Like every vacuum the V15 has some good points and some not-so-good points. We walk through them all in this article – and we have included videos that show and discuss every point.
Our Dyson V15 vs V11 comparison includes carpet cleaning tests, hair cleaning tests, hard floor cleaning tests, noise level tests, battery life tests and much more. The V11 is the V15’s predecessor and while similar, there are a lot of differences between the two cordless vacuums. One may be a better choice than the other but it really depends on your budget and your cleaning needs.
Is this the best Dyson stick vacuum to date? It may well be. In this review we run the Dyson V15 Detect cordless vacuum through a host of tests and look at the unit’s many features. The V15 is a stick vac and a handheld vac so it is very versatile (vehicles, homes, stairs, etc). Unlike any of its predecessors it comes with special no-tangle tools which make it a great choice for homes with pets. It is designed for carpet and hard floors, and has a click-in battery which will double your run time if you buy a second battery. The V15 also has a few other tricks up its sleeve including a bright green laser in the cleaner head.
In this review we look at the Hoover ONEPWR Evolve. It is a very simple, bagless and cordless stick vacuum. It is also quite reasonably priced. We ran it through a carpet cleaning test and a hard floor cleaning test and it performed adequately in both. The unit is also easy to maintain. However we did find that the brushroll got easily tangled with hair, the vacuum did not clean up tight against edges, and it was on the noisy side. We were also a little disappointed in how much plastic is used in the unit’s construction. It doesn’t feel very robust.
The Shark Vertex Cordless stick vacuum is chock full of technology and features. After all, the Vertex vacuums are Shark’s premier machines. The Vertex cordless has two brushrolls (one of which is self-cleaning), a HEPA filter, a sealed system, headlights, a detachable battery, and a flexible wand. We ran the unit through cleaning tests and it did a great job on both carpet and bare floors. Hair pickup was also good while limiting tangle in the brushroll. In addition, the ability to use the unit as a handheld by simply detaching the wand is very handy. However, it is a little hefty for a stick vac and it would have been nice if it came with a second battery.
Miele is famous for its quality bagged, corded canister vacuums, but they recently pulled a 180 with the new Miele TriFlex. The TriFlex is a stick vacuum that is both bagless and cordless. So, is this is a good vacuum cleaner? In our opinion - yes and no. The TriFlex is a sleek looking machine with a swappable battery. It’s quiet, it moves well, and the power will automatically adjust depending on the floor type. On the other hand it’s a bit on the heavy side (for a stick vac), the dust canister is small, and the brushroll gets easily tangled with hair.
Shark makes a host of stick vacuums. Some are cordless and some are corded. Some have two brushrolls while others have one. Some stick vacs have a special brushroll that limits hair tangle, others do not. First and foremost in getting the right Shark stick vacuum is knowing your requirements. Do you have only carpet? Only hard flooring? Both? Do you have pets? Are you partial to corded or cordless? Does the vacuum need to be lightweight? Etc. In this review we investigate the Shark Rocket corded vacuum and we highlight where this unit excels and where it fails – and ultimately if it is a fit for you.
The Dyson V7 Motorhead and the Shark Rocket Pro are two very popular cordless stick vacuums. They are also reasonably priced and can typically be found for under $300. But which is the right vacuum for you? Dyson and Shark are strong competitors and marketing materials would have you believe that each manufacturer’s machine is the best. In this article we compare the vacuums to one another, testing cleaning ability, run times, and much more.
SHARK APEX VS SHARK VERTEX In this face-off we pit the Shark Vertex upright vacuum (AZ2002) against the Shark APEX Zero-M (AZ1002). The Shark Vertex upright is currently the pinnacle of uprights at Shark. It has many features and a host of different technologies. However, before this newcomer there was the Shark APEX, and as the name suggests it was the king-of-the-hill when it was released. So what’s the difference between these two big boys and which one should you get?
Dyson recently released the new cordless kid on the block – the Dyson V11 Outsize. But what makes this cordless machine special and how is it different from the already popular Dyson V11 Torque Drive? In this article we walk you through the differences and discuss which vacuum is best for your cleaning needs.
Shark recently launched their “Vertex” series of vacuum cleaners. They are powerful machines with a host of features including two brushrolls, one soft and one with fins (Shark calls them fins but we think of them more as flexible, rubbery blades). We’ve always liked Shark’s willingness to try new and different ideas and they sometimes hit upon something that really works. We analyzed the Vertex AZ2002 upright vacuum, compared it to other popular Shark uprights, and ran it through a series of tests. This vacuum performed extremely well and in our opinion Shark may have found another keeper.
The Shark Vertex Cordless vacuum (model IZ462H) is a very interesting and very popular machine. Shark has thrown a host of technology at this unit and it shows. It has two brushrolls, a flexible wand, headlights, a self-cleaning brushroll, a sealed body, and more. We analyzed the different vacuum features and also ran the Vertex through a host of cleaning tests. We were impressed in many ways but there were a few areas that fell a little short.
The Eureka RapidClean Pro is a lightweight, cordless stick vacuum that doubles as a handheld. It is best for cleaning bare floors and low pile carpet. The RapidClean is generally not too expensive and it is easy to move and to empty. Overall, owner ratings for the unit are reasonably good (88/100). However there are some issues and a number of owners cite problems with charging the unit and with weak suction. In addition, there are also comments indicating that the unit’s build quality could be better.
We were excited to get our hands on the new Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away ZU632 upright vacuum. It looks and feels a lot like the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet, the most popular vacuum cleaner on our website for several years running. At a glance the machines are very similar but Shark has added a self-cleaning brushroll to the ZU632 which should really help in households with pets. In this review we break down the ZU632, run it through a series of tests, and also determine if it is an improvement on the already excellent NV752.
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away ZU632 upright vacuum is fairly new to the market. But we have noticed that it is a very similar machine to the older (but very popular) Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet NV752 upright vacuum. In some ways it appears to be an evolution of the NV752 and they’ve even added a self-cleaning brushroll. However not all the changes are for the better and in some instances (but not all) you may still be better off with the older NV752.
The graphite grey Miele Blizzard CX1 Pure Suction is a bagless canister vacuum cleaner. It is powerful yet quiet, and the filters never need to be replaced. This is also a rather sleek looking machine and it is made in Germany. The Pure Suction is great on hard floors and it also very good at pet hair pickup. However, we wouldn’t recommend this for homes with carpet. The floorhead does not have a brushroll so this vacuum is best for homes with mostly hard flooring and limited areas of low pile carpet (and the occasional area rug).
The LG CordZero A9 Kompressor is a premium contender in the on-going battle of cordless stick vacuums. We say “premium” because it is pricey - but you do get a lot. It includes 2 batteries that are designed to easily swap out and can be charged simultaneously. You also get a wall mount, a robust stand, a number of tools, and a telescopic wand. This is a 2-in-1 machine so when you remove the wand you go from stick vacuum to handheld vacuum. The unit is lightweight and quiet yet it still performs well on carpet and hard floors. However some owners lament the high price tag and also wish the run time was longer at maximum power.
The Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction canister vacuum is popular and it is a good fit for homes with mostly hard flooring – hardwood, tile, linoleum, etc. However the vacuum does not have a brushroll in the cleaner head so it is not very good at cleaning carpet. Owners like that the unit is made in Germany and that it quiet and has very powerful suction. They are also pleased with the variable suction feature that allows you to adjust the strength of the suction (6 settings). On the downside, the power cord is a bit on the short side and Miele vacuum bags are not inexpensive.
The Dyson V11 Outsize is essentially a normal V11 on steroids. It has a bigger cleaner head, more cyclones, a larger dust bin, and one version of the Outsize comes with 2 batteries. This is the unit you need if you have a large area to clean but you still want cordless convenience.
Does it have a downside? Sure, it’s larger and heavier, but if you get it for the right reasons it’s a great machine.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe (model NV360) is a very popular and affordable Shark upright vacuum cleaner. We’ve had our NV360 for about 6 months (at the time of this writing) and we’ve discovered both the good and the bad.
So you want a Dyson V11 cordless vacuum. They are great machines, but which of the 3 models is the right one for you? The Absolute, the Torque Drive, and the Animal all have differences and you don’t want to buy a more expensive model only to find you don’t need the added features. In this short article we walk through all the V11 models, and we highlight which machine is the best fit for your cleaning needs.
In this article we pit the Shark APEX Zero-M against the Shark Rotator NV752, two popular upright vacuum cleaners. They are both very good machines but they have many differences. In this article we test each vacuum on carpet, on bare floors, and on hair. We also walk through the specifications, measure the noise levels, weigh the lift-away features, and highlight much more. Understanding the pros and cons of each vacuum and how they compare to one another will help you decide which machine is the best for you.
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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.