Power, flexibility and a huge range of accessories combine to make the Shark IZ201UKTDB a hugely powerful cordless vacuum cleaner that's suited to take on any job. An extra battery (available separately) for whole-home cleaning would be welcome – but at its current sale price, this model is a bargain.
- Folds up small
- Excellent controls
- Generous number of accessories
- Powerful performance
- Doesn't stand up when extended
- Bin can make some accessories fiddly to use
- Review Price: £349.99
- Cordless stick vacuum
- 1180 x 260 X 245mm, 4.1kg
- DuoClean floor head, dusting brush, brush, crevice tool, upholstery tool, motorised pet brush, car detail kit
- 0.7-litre bin
- 40-minute runtime
IZ201UKTDB”]Cordless stick vacuum cleaners are pretty common now, but with the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with Flexology and TruePet [Single Battery] IZ201UKTDB, the company has a few tricks up its sleeves to make this type of cleaner even easier to use.
The main difference here from a traditional stick cleaner is Flexology, which lets you swoop the Shark under furniture without having to bend down yourself. This model is a limited edition model, finished in matte black and sold with a number of extras that make cleaning everywhere from the car to home super-easy. Originally on sale for £349.99, this Shark vacuum cleaner is now available for just £199.99 from Shark, while stocks last.
Shark IZ201UKTDB – What you need to know
- General vacuuming – Flexology makes it easy to get the floor head under furniture without having to bend down, and the controls are second to none. That large bin can get in the way somewhat, and it’s a shame that the vacuum cleaner can’t stand up in extended mode.
- Carpet test – Exceptionally powerful, with just a short burst of the vacuum cleaner on Max power enough to pick up dirt all the way to the edge of the carpet.
- Hard floor test – A single sweep on the standard setting with a quick burst of Max saw the Shark pick up sll the spilt rice.
- Pet hair pick-up – The DuoClean head picks up pet hair with ease, without any of it becoming wrapped around the brush.
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Shark IZ201UKTDB design and features – All the accessories that you could possibly need
Flexology is the key to the IZ201UKTB’s success. It lets you fold the wand in half, locking the bin into place, and reducing the centre of gravity so that the vacuum cleaner will stand up by itself. With the vacuum folded down, you can wheel it into a cupboard for easy storage without having to get any kind of clip.
It’s a shame that the vacuum cleaner doesn’t stand unaided when fully extended: during breaks in cleaning, you’ll need to fold it over to prevent the cleaner from toppling.
Flexology is engaged just by hitting the button at the Shark’s rear, and then folding the unit forwards. And such functionality brings benefits besides storage: you can use the hinged joint to clean under furniture without having to bend down. Dyson has added a similar accessory to the new Dyson V7 vacuum cleaner, but here it’s supplied in addition to the regular wand. Fully extended, the IZ201UKTB measures 1180 x 260 x 245mm, so Flexology roughly cuts its height in two.
In regular stick mode, the vacuum cleaner has Shark’s DuoClean floor head, comprising two rollers: a soft one for hard floors and a carpet brush. The idea is that you can tackle all kinds of floors without having to change the floor head.
In addition, as with all recent Shark cleaners, you get the company’s Anti Hair Wrap technology, which prevents hair clogging up the rollers. Living in a house with pets and three people with long hair, I have to say that the tech works brilliantly, leaving a clean floor head after every outing.
You can remove the floor head or wand and clip in the detail accessories for close-up cleaning. In the box, you get a crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery tool, anti-allergen dusting brush (this one has velvet strips for picking up dirt), and a motorised pet brush, which is great for furniture, stairs and pet beds. Once again, this uses Anti Hair Wrap technology, too.
Shark also provides its car cleaning kit in the box, which consists of a long hose and a series of small nozzles for really getting into every crevice of your car.
At 4.1kg, the vacuum cleaner is small and light enough to carry around. Even picking it up to clean up high is easy enough.
The bin holds 0.7 litres, which is a good size. However, it does protrude a little, which means making good contact with some of the cleaning heads when you’re not also using the wand can be tricky.
The bin unclips and lifts away from the vacuum cleaner, with a hinged opening at the bottom. I easily emptied everything out without causing a mess. There’s a filter on top, too, which can be removed and washed.
Shark has just about the best controls of any cordless vacuum cleaner. There’s an on/off slider that lets you select hard floor or carpet modes. Both use the same level of suction, but the floor brush spins faster for carpet mode.
It’s the Max mode trigger that really stands out: engage this and you put the vacuum into high power mode for cleaning more stubborn dirt. Using this mode in short bursts helps to extend battery life.
Shark IZ201UKTDB performance – Makes short work of dirt with a quick extra boost
I start by testing the raw power of vacuum cleaners, using a suction meter to determine a vacuum’s level of suction, and anemometer to test airflow. Using these two measurements, it’s possible to get an idea of how many airwatts (AW) the vacuum produces. Testing on regular power, I worked out power at 58AW, jumping to a powerful 124AW on Max. This means power levels are decent at both settings, with the IZ201UKTDB coping with most dirt pick-up on regular power, with the boost taking care of tougher messes.
This findings were supported by real-world testing. I started by sprinkling a teaspoon of flour on the carpet, right up to the skirting board. A sweep through on standard power with the Shark IZ201UKTDB was enough to clear nearly all the mess, leaving only a smidge by the edge. Upping to a short burst of Max power was enough to clear that last little bit. That’s impressive edge-cleaning performance.
Next, I threw a teaspoon of rice on to the hard floor. Running through on the standard power setting, the Shark created a clean sweep through the middle. I did have a couple of grains of rice fall back out at the end, but a burst of Max power was enough to clear them.
I then combed hair from my pet cats into the carpet, running the vacuum through with a burst of the Max power. The hair was picked up after a single sweep.
I tested stubborn dust pick-up using the dusting brush along the lower frame of my kitchen’s bi-fold doors. These collect sticky dust that can be hard to shift, but the agitation from the brush combined with the vacuum cleaner’s power managed to remove it all.
Finally, I used the pet brush on my sofa, which collects plenty of mess from the cats. Sweeping backwards and forwards, I the vacuum pulled out even the most stubborn of hair, with result better than those achieved using the upholstery brush alone.
Shark provides a single removable battery in the box, although the provided charger has docks for two – as is the case with the dual-battery version of this cleaner, the IZ251UKT. If you want to add a second battery, Shark sells them for £79.99.
Each battery is rated to last for 40 minutes on standard power. Up to Max mode and battery life drops dramatically. However, since Max mode is on a trigger, you’ll use it sparingly. I found the power of one battery enough to clean all areas downstairs and most of the first floor. I’d need both batteries to tackle the entire house. Once depleted, a battery takes around 3.5-hours to recharge.
For noise, the IZ201UKTDB measured 75.4dB on the standard setting and 77.1dB on Max, which is fairly quiet as cordless vacuum cleaners go.
Should you buy the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner with Flexology and TruePet [Single Battery] IZ201UKTDB?
One of the most flexible and powerful stick vacuum cleaners you can buy, the Shark IZ201UKTDB is an excellent vacuum cleaner at its full price of £349.99. At the deal price of £199.99, it’s an absolute bargain.
A second battery would be a useful addition for those who want to extend runtime, but it’s a simple add-on, and the vacuum cleaner remains excellent value.
Outside of the deal, I slightly prefer the Shark ICZ160UKT, which works like a traditional upright vacuum, but has a lift-away section with a hose for detail cleaning.
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