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Most Compelling Shark Duo Clean Review

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If you’re like us, you don’t ask a lot of your vacuum. It just needs to work. It should suck up the crumbs from all those crackers you had with your night cheese. It shouldn’t be so heavy that you can’t carry it around or store it, and it should be the right shape for occasionally getting under the couch and into the corners. Other than that, a vacuum is a vacuum is a vacuum, right? Well, we might have all been wrong about that. Our Shark Duo Clean review has turned up some pretty interesting information about this little cleaning wonder, and we’d like to share it with you.

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Why Do We Care About Shark?

While the rest of us have been busy living our lives, the Shark company has been busy surpassing Eureka, Hoover, Dyson, Bissell, and all other vacuum makers to become America’s top brand. Shark belongs to the Euro-Pro company, which opened up shop in Europe over 100 years ago. Back then, they were mostly making sewing machines for the European market.

Crossing The Atlantic

It took three generations for Euro-Pro to set its sights on the Americas, but they finally did. That turned out to be an excellent business decision, and it turned Euro-Pro from a tiny family-run operation into a multi-million dollar enterprise.

The key to this amazing transformation was the Shark brand and the move to make vacuum cleaners. Shark saw a market niche for a product that did the job really well, was super-simple to use, and which didn’t break two months after you bought it.

Why Shark Is The Best

Since most of us actually don’t think that much about our vacuums and just want something that works well, isn’t hard to operate, and lasts, Shark’s vacuum line has been an unmitigated success. They’ve done just what we wanted: given us simple vacuums that do the job right and don’t break easily.

Shark has about 25 models on the market right now, and every one of them comes recommended by the most trusted reviewers, like Consumer Reports. Whether you need a vacuum on a stick, one for cat hair, a bag-less model, or the perfect vacuum for cleaning bare floors, chances are that one of Shark’s units will be among your top three choices, if not sitting pretty at the very top spot.

Surveys show that only 11% of people who own a Shark will experience a break in the first three years. Compare that with Eureka, Hoover, or Dyson, which all have breakage rates about double that. Surveys about performance satisfaction also give the nod to Shark, with the majority of owners being completely satisfied with their vacuum.

A Shark Duo Clean Review

So why should you read a Shark Duo Clean review? It’s really quite simple. The Duo Clean is one of the best vacuum designs on the market. It’s an all-purpose, affordable, high-quality option that anyone looking for a new vacuum should definitely consider. There are eight different models in the Duo Clean line, but they all use the same special tech.

Our Shark Duo Clean review isn’t about any one vacuum but about the amazing tech behind any of the Duo Clean vacs you might want to pick up. If you want an upright, a lift-away, a cordless vac, something ultra-light, or even a self-cleaning version, you can get them all with Duo Clean technology.

What Makes The Shark Duo Clean Worth Buying?

Years ago, when vacuum designers started offering interchangeable heads to allow you to clean different types of floors and varying messes, we were all pretty jazzed. It was a great development, but, as is the way of such things, it was a little better in theory than it turned out to be in practice.

Lots of us struggled with where to store the different heads when we weren’t using them. We couldn’t remember which head was for which surface. When we pulled it new from the box, each head had its slot; but once we’d taken them all off we could never quite get those heads to go back in just the right order into all their slots.

After a while, we lost some of the heads. There’s always that one you only need once or twice a year but can never find when the time comes. Interchangeable heads were a great idea, but they were just the first step in really improving our vacuuming experience. We’re doing this Shark Duo Clean review in part because Shark has invested some serious time and effort into designing a vacuum that takes the guesswork out of cleaning for the rest of us.

All-in-One Performance

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Shark has fixed our problems by putting two brush rolls on all their Duo Clean vacuums. These two brush rolls will clean any type of mess on any surface. 

The Big One

The larger bristle brush is for both small and large particles, so you can pick up everything from your toddler’s breakfast cereal bits to your middle schooler’s glitter bomb project. The bristle brush does a nice job of agitating the gunk on your carpets or rugs so it lifts off easily and gets sucked right up. Yet at the same time, it is soft enough that it won’t damage your hardwood or other bare floors. How Shark has accomplished this feat is beyond us. Magic, probably. However they did it, though, we’re grateful.

The Little One

The soft brush roll is there to get up things that are really stuck on. They also polish the floors. When we first heard that, we thought, “Yeah, right. That ‘polishing effect’ will last two days, and then the roller will be so full of dust it won’t work anymore.” We didn’t know what we were talking about, as it turns out. The soft brush roll actually compresses as you roll it around so that all the particles go smoothly past it to be picked up by the bristle brush. That leaves the soft brush clean and clear to go about its business of polishing up your floors and taking off any stuck-on messes.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Duo Clean

No Shark Duo Clean review would be complete without some tips on how to get the most bang for your buck if you purchase one of these excellent vacs. Care and usage will vary a bit depending on which model you get, but there are still some helpful things to know that apply to all the vacuums in the Duo Clean line.

Register Your Vacuum

It might seem like a waste of time but trust us: if you ever experience a problem with your vacuum, you’ll be glad you registered with Shark. Just go to their website with your model number, which you can find on the rating label behind the vacuum’s dust cup.

Wash Your Filters

The pre-filters are there to capture larger particles so your HEPA filter lasts as long as possible. The HEPA is there to catch allergens. The post-motor filter is there to ensure no dust gets thrown up into the air. If you wash all the filters in front of the motor once a month, and the one behind the motor twice a year, you’ll be in great shape.

To wash them, just remove and rinse the filters in a sink or shower until the water going through them runs clear. Let them dry completely before you put them back in. When you start having trouble getting these filters really clean, it’s time to replace them. Depending on how much you vacuum, this could be once a year or once every five years.

Occasionally Clean The Brush

The larger rotating brush is going to get dusty after enough time passes. Shark vacuums do a better job of keeping up their suction than nearly any other vacuum we know of, but even the best of us need some help once in a while. Your Shark spends all its time getting shoved up and down over dirt and grime. It’s going to eventually get a bit clogged.

If you feel your Shark starting to slow or lose power, try cleaning the large rotating brush. Lay the vacuum upside down on the floor, preferably over a towel to catch the dirt, and then look at the large brush. It might have hair or other things wrapped around it, like all that ribbon from the Christmas presents that your kid “cleaned up” for you. Use scissors to cut away things like hair or ribbons and pull away any attached material. That should get your vacuum running full steam ahead once again.

Choosing The Right Vacuum

Since there are currently eight Duo Clean vacuums out there to choose from, we’d like to offer a bit of guidance on choosing the right model for your needs.

The Big Family


Shark AZ1002 Apex Powered Lift-Away Upright Vacuum with DuoClean & Self-Cleaning Brushroll, Crevice Tool, Upholstery Tool & Pet Power Brush, for a Deep Clean on & Above Floors, Espresso

    Do you have three kids and six pets? You need the APEX Duo Clean. This model is a full-sized vacuum with the capacity to handle anything you might throw at it. In a pinch, you might even convince it to babysit the kids for you. 

    The Dorm Room

    Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF205 Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum

      Is there barely room in your living space for you, let alone a vacuum? We recommend the ION X40 Duo Clean. During our Shark Duo Clean review, we found this one had such a low profile we nearly lost it in the office. 

      The Usain Bolt


      Shark ZS362 APEX Corded Stick Vacuum with DuoClean and Self-Cleaning Brusholl, Precision Duster, Crevice and Pet Multi-Tool, Forest Mist Blue, 10.2 in L x 9.8 in W x 46.4 in H

        Do you need a vacuum that could win an Olympic event in speed cleaning? We recommend the Duo Clean Powered Lift-Away Speed. This one is made to come apart and go back together in a flash so you can clean everything in the house in record time.


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        We loved all the Sharks we looked at for this Shark Duo Clean review, and we loved them so much we got two for ourselves. If you want a high-powered, reliable vacuum that’s easy to figure use, you can’t do better than a Shark Duo Clean model.

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