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Shark is a brand known for designing vacuum cleaners packed with innovative features such as flexible rods for better reach under furniture and Anti Hair Wrap technology. And they’re not all gimmicks; the brand’s cleaners regularly pick up our best vacuum cleaners list, one of Dyson’s biggest rivals.
However, unlike Dyson, the company hasn’t abandoned plug-in vacuums in favor of battery-powered models, and still makes a decent range of corded vacuums for those who prefer a mains-powered vacuum.
The range includes canister vacuum cleaners, which you may know as cylinder or barrel vacuum cleaners depending on where in the world you are located.
In the UK this vacuum cleaner is called the Shark DuoClean & Anti Hair Wrap Bagless Cylinder Pet Vacuum CZ500UKT. However, the same model in the US goes under the name Shark Vertex Bagless Corded Canister Vacuum with DuoClean Powerfins. Meanwhile in Australia it is called the Shark Bagless Barrel Pet Vacuum with Multi-flex CZ500. Despite Shark’s penchant for a different name in each area, the vacuum is pretty much the same no matter where you are. The main difference is that in the US it doesn’t come with the pet powered tool.
This model is the brand’s top of the range canister vacuum, building on the cheaper Shark CZ250UKT; but the differences are subtle. The main upgrade is the floor head, which here has two motorized brush rollers instead of the single one you find on its cheaper sibling. It comes with the same crevice and upholstery tool as the cheaper model, and is packed with the same Shark features: a flexible rod and Anti Hair Wrap technology, as well as a similar-sized dust container. Surprisingly, there is no improvement in suction, but the reinforced floor head should take care of that by removing more dirt deep into the carpet pile.
During the test it performed well, all surfaces were thoroughly cleaned and ground-in dirt and dust was removed from carpets. It’s an excellent choice for those looking for a plug-in vacuum, but don’t want to push around with a heavy upright model. Whether it is worth spending extra money for this top model is hard to say. That said, it’s not a huge price increase and the floor is much better than the cheaper bus.
Shark DuoClean & Anti Hair Wrap Bagless Vacuum Cleaner CZ500UKT price and availability
- MSRP: $479.99 / £329.99 / AU$799.99
As we mentioned, this vacuum cleaner has several names. It’s the Shark DuoClean & Anti Hair Wrap Pet Bagless Cylinder CZ500UKT in UK; in the US it’s the Shark Vertex corded bagless vacuum cleaner with DuoClean Powerfins; in Australia it is known as the Shark Bagless Barrel Pet Vacuum with Multi-flex CZ500. The main difference between the three models is that the US version does not come with the small, powered pet tools that come with the UK and Australia models. You can buy this vacuum cleaner directly from Shark in all countries.
For those on a budget, we recommend considering the lower-cost Shark Bagless Cylinder Pet Vacuum CZ250, which also goes by different names; find out what it’s called in your country through the full review here† It comes in at the slightly lower price of $399.99 / £299.99 / AU$699.99.
Shark DuoClean & Anti Hair Wrap Bagless Vacuum Cleaner CZ500UKT Design
- Two motorized brush rollers in floor head
- Flexible rod bends to reach under low furniture
- 25 ft / 9 meter power cord
The canister alone measures 19.3 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches/49 x 26 x 26 cm (HxWxD), which is a fairly standard size, and compact enough to balance on the stairs to clean. Weighing in at 9lb/4.4kg without a hose or floor head, it’s also light enough for most people to carry around with ease.
The large 1.9 liter / 1.6 liter dust container can hold a fair amount of dust and dirt before it needs to be emptied, and the vacuum cleaner is equipped with foam, felt and HEPA filters. These work as part of the complete anti-allergen seal, which Shark says will trap 99.9% of dust and allergens and prevent them from re-entering the air.
The DuoClean floor head is equipped with two brush rollers. The main one is responsible for a deeper clean, taking dust out of carpets, while the soft one on the front is best for vacuuming fine dust from hard floors. Meanwhile, the Anti Hair Wrap technology is designed to prevent the brush roller from getting tangled in hair and getting clogged. There is also a headlamp to illuminate the floor for you.
Inside the box you will find a crevice tool and upholstery tool, which sit in a holder on the wall for easy access. Thanks to these tools, the vacuum cleaner can be used to clean furniture, curtains and mattresses, as well as to remove cobwebs or dust from above. In addition, if purchased in the UK or Australia, the pet power tool is included which is great for removing pet hair from furniture.
In addition to an on/off button on the bus itself, the vacuum cleaner can be switched on via the touchscreen LED display on the handle. From here you can also switch between the carpet and hard floor modes and cycle through the three power levels. It’s all very easy to use – but frustratingly it doesn’t remember your last selection and always defaults to hard floor and the medium power setting.
Two buttons slide to release the dust container, which comes off smoothly from the top of the can, and the large main handle doubles as a handle for the dust container, making it easy to carry as well. To empty, press another button to flip the bottom open so that the dirt falls straight into the bin. The filters, dust container and soft brush roll are all washable for easy maintenance.
Shark DuoClean & Anti Hair Wrap Bagless Vacuum Cleaner CZ500UKT Performance
- Provides a thorough cleaning on carpet
- Maneuvers well
The floor head glides very smoothly over carpet and hard floors, picking up surface dirt and grime and pulling out deeper dirt when vacuuming carpets. We certainly had no complaints regarding dust pick-up and the amount of dust, grime and dander in the dust bin at the end of vacuuming just one carpet, confirming that the vacuum picked up a lot more than just what was on the floor. surface.
Unlike a cordless vacuum cleaner, you don’t have to save battery here, so you can vacuum at the highest power for as long as you want for the most thorough cleaning. While the vacuum had no trouble removing hair from carpets, we noticed that some hair was left wrapped around the end of the brush roll and was not removed by the Anti Hair Wrap technology, even after several uses.
When collecting oatmeal along the baseboard, the Shark DuoClean & Anti Hair Wrap Bagless Pet Vacuum Cleaner CZ500UKT pushed back and forth several times to catch most of the spill on the carpet. And we failed to collect that much as we approached the baseboard with the front of the floor header instead of the side. However, on hard floors, it cleared all the grime along the baseboard on the first try.
The vacuum cleaner managed to remove an impressive amount of dirt from a deep-pile carpet, and the floor head transitioned easily between the carpet and the hard floor. The controls on the handle allow for easy switching between floor types and power levels. Likewise, the two most important tools can be stored on the wand so they are always at hand when you need them.
The upholstery tool made vacuuming sofas a breeze, and the crevice tool proved useful for getting into all kinds of tight spots. We tried using the wand for overhead vacuuming, which was fine for sucking up the odd cobweb; but it can feel heavy if used much longer.
Canister vacuums are always a good choice if you have a lot of low furniture to vacuum under – and this model is no exception; it easily gets under chairs and beds. The flexible handle gives you extra reach without bending over, but we struggled to control the direction of the vacuum in this mode.
The canister glides effortlessly behind you as you vacuum, and the 360-degree caster wheels ensure maneuverability even as the vacuum fills up and gets heavier. The hose was occasionally folded, which meant we had to pause the vacuuming to pull it back into shape; but this is typical for longer hoses. Conveniently, when clicked upright, the floor head is self-supporting and the brush roll shuts off until you tilt it back down to continue vacuuming.
The Shark DuoClean & Anti Hair Wrap Bagless Pet Vacuum Cleaner CZ500UKT is a silent vacuum cleaner. Even at the highest power, it only achieves a maximum of 70 dB on our sound meter, whether you’re vacuuming carpet or hard floors. In addition, since most of the sound comes from the floor, reducing the power level did not reduce the sound output.
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First assessment: July 2022