Shark APEX DuoClean [AX950, AX951, AX952] – User Feedback
The evolution of technology has swept through various sectors of the endeavor of man, not left out is the cleaning department. There are machines being invented to make cleaning seamless and less strenuous. One of such juggernaut is the new Shark Apex DuoClean Powered Lift-Away. The model comes in 3 variations AX950, AX951 and AX952 that are quite similar to each other, in this review we’ll go deeper for differences a bit later. This darling machine could arguably be the best Shark vacuum cleaner to be ever made, owing to its fascinating structure and utility, it is decked with a large bin that can hold debris suck in from over 4000 sq ft. The suction power is another component that has been raised, alongside an improved overall design. This machine takes the cleaning experience a notch higher, reducing exertion and ultimately promoting cleaning.
The company has placed quite an expensive price tag on this model, $400. Is it truly worth this value? We are going to deal with that question in a bit, but it well seems the Shark company is seeking to scoop up the largest market chunk with their latest release, Shark Apex DuoClean Powered Lift-Away. This is although not cordless, it has the flexibility to take care of different types of dirt ranging from carpet dirt to under-furniture webs of dirt. So is this new release worth its numbers, let’s take a look.
The latest Shark Apex DuoClean vacuum cleaners have numerous pros with includes but not limited to noise reduction, Duo clean technology, LED lights, advanced anti-allergen, active glide, and a 7-year warranty. It comes in green color for the AX950 and AX951 models while the AX952 model comes in blue color.
The far most alluring aspect consumers are drawn to in most product is its specification, what are the components and what can it do?
Of course, as stated earlier the edition is corded, hence using electricity supply instead of batteries. This has an advantage in that you do charge, use up and recharge before you conclude your chores, you can finish up in one run. Although it cannot function without electricity. The machine uses up 11.3 amps of electricity, it is powered by a 1350 watt motor. It is a 120 volt, 60 Hz unit, this seems to be targeting US markets.
I don’t know about other people, but personally, I don’t like pausing cleaning to empty debris bin. Corded vacuums are usually able to hold more debris than their cordless counterparts, the Shark Apex DuoClean is not an exception. In this edition, the bin is a transparent debris collector box. This also an advantage in that you do not require disposable bags as other machines, hence it’s somewhat cost-effective in that respect. This ultimately remedies the issue raised by critics about DuoClean Speed’s small bin. The debris collector in this model can hold 1.5 quarts or 1652 ml of dirt particles. This capacity should be sufficient even if you have a large home. The main thing is to be able to run your cleaning once and not have to stop to clean up the bin, for reason of it being filled and this machine can sufficiently do that.
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So most times the suction power of vacuum cleaners is listed in the specification sheet of the manufacturer, but Shark cleaners do not usually state the suction power of their units. We already know that the Shark Apex has 1350 watt motor, and suction power is the ability to convert watt to air watt. Based on an experiential basis, therefore, I would put this model air watt at about 270-300 (AW). IN comparison to its competitor Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal, it stacks up to a notch higher in this regard. Another pretty interesting facility the company put in place is its brush setup which is conveyed to the public as its DuoClean technology, which is an addendum to the 1350 watt power system that can deal with all your dirt with no sweat.
Weight and Dimensions
Now, some of the major selling points of the Shark Apex DuoClean Powered Lift-Away vacua is the increased motor power and comfortably larger bin. The Shark Apex DuoClean Powered Lift-Away full model weighs 16.3 lbs which put above the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball by about 300g. When compared to compact AX912, it weighs more, with the compact AX912 model about 1.5 lbs less weight. The Shark Apex although is considered a better buy due to the aforementioned pluses. It also has dimensions of 46.5 inches in height and 12 inches in width (most protruding point), these dimensions are quite suitable for storage in closets and stores.
Okay, the company raised the bar again in this regard. If you are allergic to dust and sorts, these would easily pass as the vacuum cleaner of your dreams. Why is hype, yeah? So the company’s Shark vacuum cleaner models are usually adorned with a system called the Anti-Allergen complete seal which tries to filter the air as much as possible, the new Shark Apex DuoClean model is adorned with an even more impressive version of this which the company rightly named Advanced Anti-Allergen complete seal. This latest system makes use of 3 filters that can be washed and used again. It has a HEPA filter that is able to filter the air flowing out of the machine and is also packed with felt filters and foam that can control the premotor air filtration. The company is said to claim that this latest filtration system is able to trap 99.9% of the dust particles that are carried into the machine and release substantial clean air.
As mentioned earlier there are currently three models of the Shark Apex Duoclean Powered Lift-Away: AX952, AX951, and AX950. They are packed in boxes with various accessories.
- The AX952 model is packed a Duster Brush, Accessory Bag, 2-in-1 Duster Crevice Tool, and pet tool.
- The AX951 is also packed with a Dust Brush, Pet tool, Accessory Bag, Multi-Flex Extension Wand and 2-in-1 Duster Crevice Tool.
- The AX950 is packed with the Pet tool, Dust Brush, Duster Crevice Tool.
So it pretty obvious the tools or accessories depends on the model purchased. The tools have different functions that aid to provide a seamless cleaning performance.
A lot of people look out for specials in addition to the specification meeting their expectations. These special features are an addendum to tie down customer’s interests and greatly provide a pleasing cleaning experience. The Shark Apex DuoClean is the corded machine from the company right now and is poised to do great. The various special features include
- Powered Lift-Away Mode: The idea of the Powered Lift-Away is that the user would be able to separate the cleaning wand from the canister on the body unit, to enable them clean positions that are high above the ground. The wand still receives power from the unit when it is detached, hence the “powered’ in its nomenclature.
- LED Lights: No, it’s not just for beautification’s sake. The major use of LED lights on vacuum cleaners is to enable users’ clean spots with poor lightly as properly as needed. Just like other models of the Shark cleaners, the Apex DuoClean model has dual LED headlamps which are fixed close to the dual brush rolls. In addition, is the new model has LED light at the holding handles too.
- Fingertip Controls: This feature comes in handy when the user is trying to switch floor modes, instead of having to bend, the person can easily make changes to settings with his fingers.
- Advanced Anti-Allergen System: Releases about 99.9% dust-free air from the vacuum cleaner, hence making it usable by even people with allergy.
- Active Glide: The talks about the wheels of the machine. The wheels enable seamless movement over varying types of floors.
Video review of Shark APEX duo clean AX 950 vacuum
Definitely another selling point, the Shark Apex Duoclean Powered Lift-Away is a 7-year limited warranty which is absolutely fantastic. Its rivals the Dyson has just 5-year which is also okay by some standards.
The differences between AX950, AX951, and AX952
The differences between these Shark models are only in the supplied accessories, specifically
- AX950: Dust Brush, Duster Crevice Tool, Pet Tool;
- AX951: Dust Brush, 2-in-1 Duster Crevice Tool, Pet Tool, Accessory Bag, Multi-Flex Extension Wand;
- AX952: Dust Brush, Motorized Pet Tool, Pet Tool, Accessory Bag, 2-in-1 Duster Crevice Tool;
Not considering these accessories, all vacuum models have got the same design.
Comparison table of AX950, AX951, and AX952 Sharks
|Shark APEX DuoClean||AX950||AX951||AX952|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||10.1 x 12 x 46.5 inches|
~25.6 x 30.5 x 118 cm
|10.1 x 12 x 46.5 inches|
~25.6 x 30.5 x 118 cm
|10.1 x 12 x 46.5 inches|
~25.6 x 30.5 x 118 cm
|Motor||1350 W (11.3 Amps)||1350 W (11.3 Amps)||1350 W (11.3 Amps)|
|Pre-Motor Filter||Foam and Felt Filters||Foam and Felt Filters||Foam and Felt Filters|
|True HEPA Vacuum|
|Dirt Cup Capacity||1.5 Dry Quarts (~1.65 liters)||1.5 Dry Quarts (~1.65 liters)||1.5 Dry Quarts (~1.65 liters)|
|LED Lights||On Floor Nozzle and Handle||On Floor Nozzle and Handle||On Floor Nozzle and Handle|
|Duster Crevice Tool|
|Anti-Allergen Dust Brush|
|MultiFLEX Under-Appliance Wand|
|Motorized Pet Tool|
|Available at Amazon|
The new Shark Apex Duoclean Powered Lift-Away from all indications has proven to be a value buy and substantial improvement in the cleaning department. Priced at $400, the money tag seems to be well worth it. To enjoy the versatility, ease, and quality of cleaning you would definitely want to purchase this one.