Shark Cordless Vacuum Review Guide: Battery, Filters, Handheld, Parts & The VX3

The Shark cordless vacuum is one of four styles of cordless vacuums sold by Euro-Pro. These vacuums run on a rechargeable Nickel Cadmium Shark cordless vacuum battery that lasts for varying times, depending on the type of cordless vacuum used. The Shark® Cordless Stik Vac runs for fifteen minutes on a charge and can take up to 24 hours to recharge. The Shark® Cordless Pet Perfect™ II Hand Vac takes about 16 hours to recharge after its initial 24 hour charging period, but can run for half an hour or more.

These cordless vacuums are lightweight, maneuverable and don't use a vacuum bag. Instead they use a strong motorized roller brush to pull up dirt and a powerful air vacuum to suck it into a plastic canister or fabric dust cup to hold the dust that is sucked up from the vacuum.  Air from the vacuum suction is filtered through a replaceable Shark cordless vacuum filter before being released back into the room.

Cordless vacuums also a plug back into a recharging port or come with an adapter that plugs into the wall to recharge the battery once it is empty.  Users must recharge the vacuum with the adapter that comes with the vacuum.  Otherwise, they run the risk of damaging the Shark cordless vacuum battery with an adapter that uses the wrong voltage.

Overall, the Shark cordless vacuum is better at sucking up pet hair and dirt from hard floors and level loop carpets with short, dense carpet loops.  These vacuums have good suction, are good for the environment with their air filters and canisters for capturing dust and they reduce the hassle of vacuuming.

Types of Shark Cordless Vacuums on the Market

At present there are four types of Shark cordless vacuums on the market today.  People have the option of purchasing the Shark® Cordless Pet Perfect™ Hand Vac, Shark® Cordless Pet Perfect™ II Hand Vac, or the Shark® Cordless Stik Vac and the Shark® Cordless Floor & Carpet Sweeper.  Each of these cordless vacuums has different benefits for the user and different strengths in the home or business.

Shark® Cordless Pet Perfect™ Hand Vac

This Pet Perfect Hand Vac is perhaps the most affordable of the Shark cordless handheld vacuums.  It has a powerful 15.6 volt motor and claims 35% more suction power than previous models.  Additionally, the cordless Pet Perfect Hand Vac features a removable motorized brush which gets at pet hair and dirt in hard-to-reach spots.  It can be used on the floor, curtains, couch, pet bed, or just about anywhere that needs vacuuming.

Shark® Cordless Pet Perfect™ II Hand Vac

The cordless Pet Perfect™ II Hand Vac is double the price of the previous Pet Perfect vacuum.  It features an upright charging stand for a Shark cordless vacuum battery that runs an 18 volt motor.  It also has an extra-large removable motorized brush that works well on removing dust and pet hair from long-haired carpets or difficult to clean spots.  This Shark cordless handheld vacuum also includes attachments such as a crevice tool and dusting brush for light, everyday cleaning.

Shark® Cordless Stik Vac

The Stik Vac is an upright vacuum intended for use on a hard floor or carpet.  It also has a motorized brush to help vacuum up ground-in dirt and hair.  It's extremely lightweight at just less than 6 pounds.  Plus, this Shark Cordless Stik Vac converts to a handheld vacuum for those quick cleanup jobs.

Shark® Cordless Floor & Carpet Sweeper

The Shark® Cordless Floor & Carpet Sweeper was truly designed to work as a heavy-duty standard vacuum.  It features a 13-inch motorized brush with separate floor and carpet settings to improve its cleaning ability.  This sweeper recharges in 16 hours and provides 50 minutes of runtime for the vacuum.  It is also designed to be ergonomically correct and easy on the user's back with a folding handle that allows access to difficult to reach areas such as under chairs and tables.  When it's time to empty the vacuum’s dust cup, you can do so at the push of a button.  Shark provides a one year warranty on the Cordless Floor & Carpet Sweeper.

Proper Maintenance and Cleaning of the Shark Cordless Vacuum

Maintaining the Shark cordless vacuum is a simple matter.  Always recharge the vacuum battery when it runs out.  Plug the vacuum into the proper recharging station to recharge the batter and the right adapter when plugging it into a wall outlet.  Allow the vacuum to recharge for the minimum recommended amount of time, which is usually between 16 and 24 hours.

Always empty out the dust cup or plastic canister after each use and properly secure the dust cup or canister back in its proper position on the vacuum.

After a while, the Shark cordless vacuum battery may start to lose its ability to hold a charge.  Users will notice this when the vacuum only works for a few minutes after each recharge.  Do not attempt to run a vacuum while it is plugged into the adapter.  Users will need to purchase a new rechargeable Nickel cadmium battery for their specific Shark cordless vacuum model.  Each Shark cordless vacuum uses a slightly different battery.  Please dispose of old batteries properly.

Some cordless vacuums, like the Pet Perfect Vac, have a dust cup filter that needs to be cleaned after each use.  Clean the dust cup filter by emptying it and rinsing the filter in clean water.  Set the filter aside to dry completely before placing it back into the cordless vacuum.  Do not place the filter in the washing machine or use a hair dryer to dry it faster.  Other vacuums have separate Shark cordless vacuum filters that will need to be replaced every six months or so.

Vacuum cleaners, especially those that are handheld, are some of the most important pieces of cleaning equipment people can use. It’s important to know how to use and charge these tools, as you don’t want to damage it in any way. Shark cordless vacuums make cleaning up around the home so much easier; they’re light, compact and efficient, all the things we want from our handheld or upright vacuum cleaner.

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