Shark IONFlex gets the job done without the hassle.

Over the years, I’ve had a real love-hate relationship with vacuum cleaners. When I got my first apartment, I was very impressed with my selection of carpet sweeper, but it wasn’t very portable or easy to store because of its size. Nowadays, I’ve really taken a liking to the more compact floor cleaners because they are easier to get in and out of our storage closet. This makes it easier to do a quick sweep at the end of every day instead of letting dust and dirt pile up. The one issue I’ve still had with these compact vacuums is that they have cords. This cord-free vacuum from Shark is just what I needed.

Shark really thought about the consumer when they designed this vacuum. Not only is it bagless and cordless, but it’s also lightweight. It weighs just under 9 pounds. It uses Shark’s DuoClean Technology, which means that the vacuum uses a bristle brush roll and powerful suction to ensure that all dirt and debris are picked up off your floor. It has a removable, rechargeable battery that is easy to install and remove and using Multi-Flex Technology, the IONFlex can be folded over for storage or flexibility to get into hard-to-reach places. The IONFlex has some really impressive LED headlights on the front of the floor nozzle. They are very bright and made it very easy to see even in rooms where no other lights were on.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201 Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum REVIEW

When you open the box, you will find that all the pieces of the cleaner are individually wrapped up in plastic or boxed for shipment to consumers. It took me approximately 10 minutes to pull out all the pieces and lay them out for assembly. There are several attachments for different types of cleaning that can actually be stored away until you need them. The main part of the device is only three pieces – the floor nozzle, MultiFlex Wand, and the handheld vacuum. To assemble the vacuum, you slide the wand into the floor nozzle and then lock the handheld vacuum element onto the other end of the wand. Assembly took far less than unboxing all the parts did.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201 Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum REVIEW

Using the vacuum is quite easy. The battery arrived with a small charge on it (one bar) so I plugged it in and started sweeping. The first area I did was a tile entryway that always seems to hide dirt in between the individual tile pieces. The Shark did a great job of pulling up the hiding dirt without having to use any special attachments. After the entryway, I moved into our kitchen/dining room area and was amazed at how easily the Shark turned corners and slid beneath cabinets. It picked up everything from dry spaghetti to toothpicks. Finally, I moved on to the carpet in our living room and small areas in our bedroom before the battery died. Considering that there was only one bar on the battery when I pulled it out of the box, I thought this was a pretty successful first run for it.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201 Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum REVIEW

Moving between surfaces is easy because it only takes a button push. The vacuum does a good job of not only picking up the dirt but also being easy to store. It’s a little top heavy, but if you fold it over when you have to stop to pick up something, then it will stay sitting upright. When I went to clean up the vacuum before storing it for the night, I did have to clean out the front roller and empty the dirt trap. I found that you actually have to remove the handheld vacuum segment from the wand in order to open the trap door for the dirt reservoir. Shark made it very easy to assemble and disassemble the unit and you can even use the vacuum assembly as a standalone handheld vacuum with the provided attachments.

Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201 Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum REVIEW

The Shark is a really nice investment in household tools. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to keep their house clean. I don’t think it’s a large-form vacuum replacement, but it’s definitely a great option for light clean-up jobs. It’s powerful and very easy to use.

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