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Review Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum
LZ601 
(LZ600 Series)

Review Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum
Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away
Vacuum LZ601


September 2019
 
Background Information

The comments and review(s) on this page are my own.  I paid the full or retail sale price for the item(s) below.  I am not in contact with any representative from any company. Nor has anyone contacted me with any offer of money or free items in exchange for a good review.


For the last five years I have been using a Shark Navigator Vacuum.  (Purchased in 2014.)  Within those five years I have had the unit replaced once in 2016.  This was because of a short in the electrical cord/plug which caused it to power down, if the cord was wiggled a certain way. 

After calling Shark's customer service, the vacuum was replaced with a whole new Navigator.  I did not have to send back the older vacuum.  Very good customer service.  Shark lived-up to their warranty.

There had also been a product recall in 2015 which was problematic because this would leave me without a vacuum, while the part was being exchanged.  However, the part was replaced so fast that it was not too much of an inconvenience.  Kudos again to Shark.

 
BUT after five years, my living situation has changed:

   1)  I have moved to a different house.
   2)  Instead of 3 dogs to clean-up after, there are now 7.
   3)  I am now older, into my 60's.   More aches and pains.
   4)  My old and trusty Navigator is screaming to retire, although it still does a decent job.

With 7 dogs, my 2000 sq ft  house needs to be vacuumed every day.  Particularly in the bedrooms and main living area.  If I don't vacuum, there will be little fur balls visibly skirting around the tile floor on the second day. 

One positive is that there are no more stairs, like the El Paso and Lawton houses.  Just one level.

Every day I vacuum. 
Every day the Navigator Dust Collector (pod) is filled to the brim when I am done.
Every day I need to vacuum on carpet, area rugs, and tile floors. 
Every day I also need to vacuum under all of the furniture or move the furniture around.
Every day I need to vacuum dog beds and on top of the furniture.
Every day there is about an hour when the house is clean.....before it isn't.
Every day

My poor Shark Navigator has been abused over the past five years.  There are scraps and a few dings.
I have accidentally dropped it down stairs a few times.  It has been dragged across the floor when using the hose attachment.  It has fallen over too many times to count and even broke a pane of glass in a French door in El Paso.  I am brutally rough on vacuums, particularly when I am not in the mood to clean......which is almost always.  Who is?!?

The beater brush on the floor section of my Navigator has been worn down to little nubs.  So when I vacuum over carpet or an area rug, the brush hardly touches the yarns.  Which means I have to depend on suction to pick up the fur and dust.  Which means going over an area multiple times.

Also, because the brush has been worn down to little nubs, the Navigator vacuum no longer self-propels forward.  Which means, I have to push and pull it across the carpeting.

In addition, there are now cracks appearing in the exposed section of hose where the floor attachment meets the vertical tube piece. 

 


Shark Navigator beater brush bristles worn down to nubs


Cracks appearing in hose between floor attachment
 and wand (vertical tube) on the Shark Navigator


With other vacuums I've had in the past, I would just wrap the hose with duct tape to seal the crack.  With the Shark Navigator, this hose is tucked into the compartment so tight, you cannot wrap it.

Time to buy a new vacuum for my everyday use.
Shopping for a New Vacuum

When it comes to vacuums, I have a not-to-exceed price programmed into my head.  Anything over $300, I will not look at, unless it is on sale under $300.  For such a high price, I would expect the vacuum to do the work by itself, including move the furniture.

Since I am rough on vacuums, I expect to replace them every 5 years or so.  The less I pay, the better.  Particularly if I need to replace the vacuum before 5 years.  It does not hurt my wallet as much, being on a fixed income.

I had been watching the Shark Apex infomercials.  Price....$299.  Almost like the Navigator except for the addition of the soft fabric roll and a self-cleaning brush roll (aka DuoClean).  With the Navigator, you periodically need to cut the hair or fibers that wrap around a brush roll.  So self-cleaning is a big plus.  But plus taxes, the Shark Apex vacuum is over my $300 threshold.

So I looked online for other vacuums with good reviews.

My criteria for a new vacuum was:

1)  Lighter than the Shark Navigator
2)  Able to go over all surfaces and clean each surface equally well.
3)  Longer power cord.
4)  Be able to vacuum under most furniture without attaching or disconnecting anything.

I did notice the Bissell CrossWave Pet Pro, which would be nice to clean the ten area rugs I have scattered around the house.  However, the rugs only need to be shampooed occasionally.  Not everyday.  The price is also between $250 - $300.  Plus, I would be buying the cleaning solution for it, as long as I owned it.

Dyson......yikes they cost too much.  Maybe if I win a lottery. 

I came across the Shark Apex UpLight infomercial one night, while channel surfing, during the Labor Day weekend.  My immediate reaction was.....oh....this is different.  After watching the usual demonstrations with the vacuum, they finally showed the price. $199.80 if purchased on the Shark website with free shipping.  OK.... you got my attention.  I noted the web address and decided to research it the next day online.

The Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum is classified as a stick vacuum.  Which is nothing more than a regular upright vacuum with a smaller dust catcher on top, instead of a larger canister at the bottom of the machine. 

Shark does have another stick vacuum called the UpLight Apex DuoClean with a tear drop shaped dust canister.  The Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum that I will be reviewing was release in August of 2019 and has a square-ish shaped canister, when viewed from the front.

Since this vacuum is new, there were not many reviews yet.  What I read sounded good and my past experiences with Shark were good, so I went ahead and purchased the Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum on the Shark website, Sep 1, 2019.  With taxes the total purchase price was $217.53.

https://direct.sharkclean.com/16/products/shark-apex-uplight-corded-lift-away-vacuum-lz601/17/drtv/ogvii/

Of note, is the TruPet upgrade that Shark offers with this vacuum.  For just $100 more, you get a Steam Mop, an accessory bag, multi-angle dusting brush, anti allergen dust brush and the self-cleaning pet power brush.  (As of Sep 14, 2019)

If you have never owned a Shark vacuum before, these accessories are a good deal for the extra $100.  In my case, we have 3 steam mops in the house.  One I got with my Navigator 5 years ago,  the other 2 my husband bought when we were living in two households.  I also have the bag and multi-angle dust brush.  All of the tools from my Navigator fit on the Apex UpLight I received.  What I really need is the self-cleaning pet power brush.  This sells for $49 on the Shark website, so I will buy that separately.

Review - Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum
LZ601  (LZ600 Series)


As mentioned above, I ordered this vacuum on September 1, 2019 on the Shark Clean website.  They offered free shipping, which means you will receive it via some kind of Ground Shipping which is the cheapest option for something that weighs a few pounds.  In my case, the vacuum came via FedEx Ground, shipped from Maryland.

I received the vacuum on Mon, Sep 9, 2019.  This was over a 3 day holiday weekend.  So counting from Tue, Sep 3, 2019, it took 6 days to get to Oklahoma.  This amount of time was ok with me.  I was in no rush.

The box was received in good condition.

When unpacking the vacuum, it felt like a joke gift box. 
You know.....a box in a box...in  a box. 
In other words, the vacuum was packed well.


 The boxes that my Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum came in

Inside of the box, each part was securely packaged to minimize any chance of a part breaking.  So even with rough handling, the vacuum should remain unscathed.....providing an elephant doesn't step on the box crushing it.
After unpacking the box, I laid out the parts on the floor for the photo to the right and to make sure I had all of the parts.

Box contents are:

1)  Floor attachment
2)  Pod  (dust canister)
3)  Wand
4) Duster crevice tool
5) Pet multi-tool
6) Accessory holder
7) Owner's guide
8) Quick start guide

Putting the vacuum together is simple.

1) The wand (tube) is inserted into the floor attachment. 

2) The pod is then inserted on top of the wand. 

That's it!

The accessory holder that holds the two tools pictured to the left, snaps onto the wand.



 


What is inside the box (minus all the packing material)

After a few days of using the vacuum, I ended up removing the accessory holder.  This is because I occasionally need to grab the vacuum and lift it over something, like the electrical cord or the edge of an area rug.  The accessory holder was right where I wanted to grab the wand to lift the vacuum.  Also, I don't need to use the tools every time I vacuum the floor.

Let's return to the criteria I had mentioned above for a new vacuum.
My criteria for a new vacuum was:

1)  Lighter than the Shark Navigator

Yes, the
Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum is lighter than my Shark Navigator by at least a couple of pounds.  Easy for me to use and maneuver with an arthritic body and sore legs after walking my daily 5 miles on my treadmill.

2)  Able to go over all surfaces and clean each surface equally well.

Yes, the
Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum does a decent job on my tile floors, carpeting, and area rugs.  Does well along the baseboard edges of the floor.  Compared to my 5 year old Navigator the suction is equal to or better.  However, remember my Navigator had age issues.  Regardless, the suction power is strong and gets up a lot of fur, dander, and dust you cannot see when you are looking at the floor. 


The fur, dander, and dust in my small bedroom the first time I used the Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum


In fact, the suction is so strong that I need to take real care going over the edges of my area rugs.  I have sucked up the edge of my rugs a few times and have had to turn off the vacuum and lay the edge back down.

So, there is still the problem of going from a tile floor area up to an area with a rug.  Like with my older vacuum, I need to lift the floor attachment a little over the edge.  This is when I need to grab the wand, which might be ten times every day when I vacuum.  However, with this vacuum, because it is so much lighter, it is easier to do this.

By the way, the fur and dust you see in the photograph above is what I vacuum up in my bedroom every day.  The canister is filled to the top every day after I finish my cleaning. 


3)  Longer power cord.

Yes, the
Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum has a longer cord than the Navigator.  5 feet longer for a total of 30 ft. 

4)  Be able to vacuum under most furniture without attaching or disconnecting anything.

Yes, yes, yes!!!!!  Because this is a stick vacuum with the pod (dust canister) at the top, you can easily vacuum under most furniture without taking off the dust canister.  The floor attachment has a low profile of just under 4 inches.  Which means it can get under beds with a traditional frame and many of the pieces of furniture in my home that is not on wheels.

In my case, I can vacuum the entire floor, including under the furniture, of my home without removing anything or switching to a different tool.  Not only am I completing this daily task faster, my house is cleaner under the furniture.


Low height of the floor accessory makes it easy to get under most furniture that is 4" or higher off the ground





To Be Continued
 


 

 
 
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
   

 

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