Shark Apex DuoClean Vacuum Review for Carpet and HardFloor Cleaning

by Linea Lorenzo

If your pets shed hair like it's their job, and your current vac can't keep up with the cleaning, then it's time switch to vacuum that specializes in picking up pet hair. Introducing the Apex, Shark's ultimate top of the line vacuum.

This isn't your ordinary vac; it has everything you need in vac and more. It has Shark's Powered Lift-Away technology, Zero M which I'll take about later in this Shark Apex DuoClean review and impressive suction power.

If you have pet hair problems and haven't found the perfect pet hair vacuum yet, this might just be the one. I'll show you the rest of the features, but I really want to focus on the pet hair factors.

Shark Apex DuoClean Vacuum Review for Carpet and HardFloor Cleaning
Shark Apex DuoClean Vacuum Review for Carpet and HardFloor Cleaning

Shark Apex DuoClean Vacuum Cleaner Review with Features

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum With DuoClean For Carpet And HardFloor Cleaning
Shark APEX Upright Vacuum With DuoClean For Carpet And HardFloor Cleaning

Pet owners know that the hardest pet hair is the stuff that gets in the carpet, deep down saturated inside. Cleaning the visible hairs isn't the problem, it's the stuff that you don't see is the problem.

As Shark's most powerful vac, it is packed with a lot of features which I'll discuss here.

Suction Power

The Shark Apex DuoClean with Zero-M is the most powerful vacuum cleaner in Shark's lineup and is probably one of the most power bagless vacuums on the market.

The suction is measured at an astonishing 101 inches of water lift which higher than most vacuums on the market and its airflow at 90 cfm at the hose which is higher than other premium vacuums like Dyson Ball Animal or the Miele U1 Dynamic.

It is even higher than Shark's previous Apex vacuum for some reason even though it has the same 1350-watt motor.

LED Light & Noise Reduction

This vac has bright LED lights on the floor nozzle which makes it easy to see in the dark and those areas where visibility is low. There is also an LED light on the handle. It also features noise reduction technology as well as active glide technology which makes it easier to maneuver.

Complete Seal Technology

This one also features advanced Anti-Allergen complete seal technology with HEAP filter which is, unfortunately, rarer than it probably should be as most vacuums out there leak badly even if they do have HEPA filters.

Powered Lift-Away

It's also a powered lift-away which means it has a variety of easy to access configuration. In the lift-away mode, you will notice a dramatic decrease in weight and that makes it super easy to clean in hard to reach places. It is possible because the brush-roll is still powered in this mode.

DuoClean Technology

I think this technology is the best invention in the vacuum world in a long time. To put it simply, it's a soft roller and standard brush roll combined in the same cleaner head. This cleaning head picks up just about everything it touches on carpet or even hard floors.

What Is The Best Shark Apex DuoClean Vacuum Cleaner
What Is The Best Shark Apex DuoClean Vacuum Cleaner

I've seen a lot of reviewers perform pickup test with this vacuum and this is probably the only vacuum that has never failed a pickup test no matter what they throw at it. It really is at the top of the vacuum food chain as the name Apex suggests.

It's not just about gobbling up big messes, it's also 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.

But the Apex is great at carpets as well. you just flip the switch from its hard floor to its low or high pile carpet setting 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 and that brings me to the new Zero-M technology.


Zero-M technology 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.

You can try your best to get it wrapped in hair in your house and at the end of the day, you won't notice any visible pet hair. There will nothing to clean except some hairs here and there. They won't certainly won't clog up the brush.

Which seems to solve the age-old problem of vacuums requiring tedious and kind of nasty cleaning of the brush bar. So, kudos to Shark for yet another innovative technology.

It's innovative technology like this that makes Shark stand out from the rest of its competitors.

Upgraded Wheels

Besides the mysterious increase in power from 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 prone to wear and was the principal reason why a lot of people didn't want to use that vacuum.

But thankfully the new version has upgraded the wheels to a super sturdy rubber which seems like they will last a lifetime of the vacuum. There is also a slight improvement in the hose construction.


Sharks Innovative Technologies
Sharks Innovative Technologies

The attachment set varies but you will most likely get a crevice tool, a combo upholstery dusting brush, an anti-allergen dusting brush and a flexible under appliance wand.


So far everything seemed all right until the weight factor comes into play. It's no surprise that the Shark's most powerful Pet vacuum is also its heaviest vacuum at 16 pounds.

But heavy for Shark is a relative idea. If you use it in the lift-away mode, you will hardly notice the weight. On that point, I should mention that on the carpet, the lift-away mode is too light and the DuoClean roller tends to pull itself forward which takes more afford to pull it back.

You won't notice this on hard floors but if you are vacuuming on carpets, you should use it in its standard mode because the weight of the vacuum cancels out the forward pulling motion.

Final Thoughts on Shark Apex DuoClean Vacuum

There is no doubt that you will love the Apex. It's crazy powerful, you will greatly appreciate the DuoClean technology and now with the Zero-M technology which will reduce or possibly eliminate the cleaning of the brush rolls, the upgrade to the wheels and the complete seal technology, I can say that this is an excellent buy that you won't regret.

So, that's all for the Shark Apex DuoClean Review. With this one, you won't have to worry about pet hair anymore.

About Linea Lorenzo

Linea was born to love drawing and just a few tech gadgets. While not working or sleeping, he often spends hours to look through the coolest, latest gadgets at different shopping sites, drooling about them. He also likes to keep things clean and tidy - now that the reason you see so many cleaning devices and electronics reviews at Ah yes, he made the site also just for that. Occationally, he invited friends to share their expertise around here too. Linea received Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Letters at Sacramento State University.

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