Shark APEX DuoClean w/ Zero M Powered Lift-Away REVIEW AZ1002


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The Shark Apex with Zero M is the most powerful vacuum cleaner in Sharks lineup, and is probably the most powerful bagless vacuum on the market. We measured its suction at an astonishing 101 inches of water lift, which is higher than I personally have ever seen, and its airflow at 90 cfm at the hose which is higher than other premium vacuums like the Dyson Ball Animal 2 or the Miele U1. Its even higher than the previous Apex for some reason, despite it having the same 1350 watt motor.

As Sharks Top of the line vacuum its packed with a ton features including the Duoclean floor nozzle and the new Zero M technology which we will talk about in a minute, it has bright LED lights on the floor nozzle and one on the handle.

It has a noise reduction technology, as well as active glide technology which makes it easier to maneuver. Its also a completely sealed system with HEPA filtration which is unfortunately more rare than it probably should be, as most vacuums out there leak badly even if they do have HEPA filters.

Its also a powered lift away meaning that it has a variety of easy to access configurations, including the powered lift away mode, which dramatically reduces the weight and makes it super easy to clean in hard to reach places as the brush roll still is powered in this mode.

Before we get to the new Zero M lets talk about the Duoclean. I think the Duo Clean technology is the best invention in the vacuum world in a long time. Its basically a soft roller and a standard brush roll combined in the same cleaner head. It picks up just everything it touches on carpet or hard floors. When I prepare pickup tests for these videos it’s the only type of vacuum that has never failed a pickup test, no matter what I throw at it. It really is the top of the vacuum food chain as the name suggest, But its not just about gobbling up big messes. Its also a very precise.

The soft roller is amazing for the finest dust, up to the largest debris on hard floors. If you have hard floors you need a vacuum with a soft roller period. But the Apex is great for carpets as well, you just flip the switch from the hard floor to its low or high pile carpet settings and it reduces the suction, and speeds up the brush roll for the same great performance on carpet.

Its pet hair pickup is second to none as well which brings us to the brand new Zero M technology. So the Zero M, which I assume stands for zero maintenance is a completely redesigned brush roll which uses little protrusions on the top of the nozzle to actively remove pet hair that tries to wrap itself around the brush. We tried our very best to get it wrapped in hair with our tests and at the end of the day of tests there was virtually nothing to clean up.

This seems to solve the age old problem of vacuums requiring tedious, and kind of dirty cleanings of the brush bar. So kudos to Shark for yet another innovative technology.

Besides the mysterious increase in power form the previous version there are a few other changes, including my favorite which is an upgrade in the wheels, the previous generation used plastic wheels with a felt cover which was prone to wear, and was the principal reason I never fully endorsed that version but thankfully the new version has upgraded the wheels to a super sturdy rubber which seem like they will last the lifetime of the vacuum.

There is also a slight change in the hose construction, and it seems that Shark is using this hose type on all of its new vacuums, and it seems sturdy as well.

The attachment set varies but mine came with a crevice tool a combo upholstery tool / dusting brush a n anti allergen dusting brush and the flexible under appliance wand.

So lets move on to the cons.

Its no surprise that Sharks most powerful vacuum is also its heaviest vacuum at 16 lbs, but heavy for Shark is a relative idea, consider the last few upright vacuums we have reviewed, The Apex is basically the same weight as the Sebo Felix and lighter than all the others on this list.

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