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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Little Less Bite, A Little More Shark

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    Turbolence
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    They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Anyone who has researched higher-end vacuums can take one look at Shark’s ION MultiFLEX IF281 and see remarkable similarities to the offerings from the leading British vacuum manufacturer, right down to the font used on the “duoclean” floor tool. Such high-end aspirations set my expectations much higher than other stick vacuums, so meeting any of them is quite the tall order. With surprisingly powerful carpet rollers and a second battery included out of the box, the ION MultiFLEX IF281 is a serious challenger in this market space, delivering on the promise of a convenient vacuum for an apartment, small house, or an upstairs level, but a few design issues stop it just short of truly replacing a canister vacuum. - Cleaning Performance A stick vacuum lives and dies by how much suction it can generate, and at first the suction will seem underwhelming if you’re benchmarking this against a corded or canister vacuum. The ION MultiFLEX does fine all around, but some trickier corners and bigger messes may seem to be too much for the vacuum. However, the vacuum includes an “ION Boost” function, which essentially puts the vacuum into a high-power mode for 60 seconds and delivers vastly improved suction. This was useful for tough reaches where the extended tube didn’t quite reach the dust accumulating on a baseboard behind a dresser, for example, and the burst power mode picked up the slack and let me go about the rest of my cleaning without moving the furniture. Very handy. Floors are where this vacuum shines. In “carpet” mode, the floor tool’s relatively narrow head allows the roller brushes to spin with assertive force when engaged, and from a resting position the tool almost wants to pull you along like a canister vacuum proper. These rollers did an excellent job picking up loose dirt and dust and were able to dig into low-pile carpets just as well as a corded one. Medium-pile carpets were also effectively cleaned, but a second pass was needed on some more stubborn dirt. Neither called for the ION Boost mode, which I don’t believe would have made much of a difference as the rollers spin at a constant speed whether the vacuum is in normal or high-power. Switching from carpet to hardwood mode deactivates the brush rollers, and the vacuum did a good job picking up dust and dirt. ION Boost was not necessary here. - Maneuverability & Noise The floor tool’s narrow head trades cleaning speed for versatility. While most larger vacuums have wide, tall bases on their floor tools for better brush power, the duoclean head’s diminutive size lets it get in-between and under dressers, beds, sofas, and other furniture with about 3 inches of clearance. It is also very easy to get deep under these pieces of furniture, as the bendable handle lets you hold the handheld vacuum down at your side with the tube becoming almost completely flat along the ground. Bending over to get under a piece of furniture is a rare occurrence. The floor tool’s head also pivots from side to side, letting you turn it with a twist of the wrist or run along a wall without needing to press yourself against it. The stick vacuum alone with the crevice or dust attachment makes for a convenient, but heavy, cleaner for window blinds, curtains, air filters, vents, lampshades, and other dust-prone areas that don’t necessarily call for a full cleaning, nor a full vacuum. For these “in-between” cleanings, the ION MultiFLEX is a great device to keep handy. In addition, though the vacuum’s motor generates a higher-pitched noise than corded vacuums that’s more likely to irritate or scare your pets, the vacuum is remarkably quieter than the alternative. In normal suction mode, it is very easy to hold a conversation with a person in the same room, while in ION Boost mode you may need to have the other party raise their voice a little. The rollers also make little noise on the floor, while canister vacuums tend to carry this down a level in the home. I wouldn’t go so far as to say you can use this while people are sleeping, but it’s unlikely to disturb others on another floor. - Emptying & Maintenance The small dust cup means that you’ll be emptying it about once per typical size room, possibly twice for a living room, kitchen, or high-traffic area. Disconnecting the vacuum from all attachments lets you point the vacuum over a trash can and release the flip-down door, making it quite a breeze if nothing needs to be pulled out of the dust cup. I had to quickly wipe out the dust cup a couple times in normal cleaning, and once after accidentally vacuuming liquid (I highly advise not doing that!). It is very easy to clean out; a dry tissue was all I needed for the most part. I did find that after emptying the dust cup, a lot of dust tended to stick to the outside of the door. Be prepared to wipe that down. Maintaining the vacuum is an absolute breeze as not a single tool is needed for any of it. The battery is one-click ejectable by pressing a lever on the bottom of the battery, letting it slide out easily. The filter on top of the unit is accessible with two tabs, and the filter itself can be removed by hand and washed (Shark recommends once-monthly cleaning of the filter). The carpet tool’s upper lid can also be removed using two tabs, giving easy access to whatever roller jam has occurred. Downtime with this vacuum, at least due to performance issues, is minimal. - Battery Life & Weight I’m quite glad that Shark includes two batteries with the MultiFLEX. Though runtime is slightly improved from older models (estimated at 25 minutes mixed-use), one battery will not be enough to get through more than three average-size rooms. Being able to swap the exhausted battery for a fully-charged one right out of the box does indeed make this viable as the sole vacuum cleaner for a small house or apartment...so long as both batteries were charged to start. I got right on the estimate of 25 minutes per charge cleaning carpets in standard power mode, and using ION Boost liberally I got just shy of 20. The included AC adapter charges a depleted battery to full in approximately three hours. As mentioned earlier, the battery is the heaviest part of the unit, and until we reach a new level of battery technology, we’re going to be dealing with weight as a limiting factor for cordless vacuums. By the time I had exhausted one battery on carpets, my dominant arm began protesting. I am a large man that has been weightlifting three per week for over three years, so to say a vacuum cleaner was giving some me trouble highlights that the weight and positioning of both the battery and motor could be improved. It became apparent that the vacuum’s center of gravity is too far forward from the hand, and as such I have to advise holding the vacuum two-handed with your non-grip hand supporting from the bottom of the dust cup. That being said, even with battery installed and carpet tool attached, the vacuum weighs less than nine pounds and is much more compact. It is far easier to tote this up and down stairs than a canister vacuum, and the floor tool can connect directly to the vacuum head for a tiny, powered stair cleaning experience. It’s heavy to hold, but beats trying to position a corded vacuum precariously on a stair trying to clean the ones above or below it. - Heat & Durability After my 25 minute carpet-cleaning session, I was impressed that the MultiFLEX’s exhaust (located directly below the handle, venting toward the user) stayed cool the entire time. There was no point where I noticed any sort of heat buildup in standard-power mode. When using ION Boost, however, the exhaust quickly became warm and built up in temperature steadily throughout the rest of the high-power minute, returning to cool air after the mode timed out. I did not test repeated, heavy uses, but I would not recommend attempting to use ION Boost sequentially. Let the vacuum cool down before going for another burst. One area where I question the vacuum’s lifespan is in the durability of its various attachment mechanisms. The release for the carpet tool’s pivot is not a lever or button, but rather a simple hold-and-bend mechanism using your foot and the leverage from the vacuum tube. The disconnect makes a concerning popping noise, and I suspect that this may be the piece that will first exhibit looseness over the life of the vacuum. There is also a lot of flex in the mid-tube bend when the vacuum is locked in its folded-over position. Nearly every mechanism on the device is plastic, which I fully understand was needed to save on weight without dramatically increasing cost, but I hope I will not need to scour for replacement parts in several years. - Bottom Line After a few days cleaning my house (and admittedly, having some fun doing it), I found myself preferring the MultiFLEX IF281 for smaller jobs, but still pulled my large vacuum out for heavier-duty needs. The MultiFLEX could have handled them, but the smaller width of the floor tool and overall lighter suction meant it didn’t displace the stronger appliance. I found a balance by using this vacuum on the second floor of my house with the canister vacuum on the main level, matching the duty cycles of each to the low- and high-traffic areas of my house. As for recommending this vacuum, it is a tough sell. The power of a canister vacuum can’t be beaten, but the MultiFLEX’s light weight and great maneuverability make it an excellent secondary vacuum. It’s extremely versatile and can serve many purposes, but the weight makes it difficult to use for extended periods. The market for these stick vacuums is also fairly crowded, with dozens of models abound at competitive price points. All said, my experience with this vacuum was still a positive one, and thus I still recommend the ION MultiFLEX as a secondary vacuum or for smaller homes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    For "mini-cleans" or maybe "in-between cleans"

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    WyldeBlue
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    PROs: - Cordless, 1-handed body style actually works as expected when standing up with power-head leading the way - Lots of headlights on the power-head for wide illumination make corner, floor, and under-furniture cleaning easier and more productive - With the power-head rollers running, it actually sucks up debris right to the edge of the head itself - Quick-swap battery system delivers as advertised--I was able to extend my vacuuming session quickly and easily - Foldable design stores away short enough for a tall shelf or taking up less room at the back of a crowded closet - With the power head running, it honestly does do a good job of grabbing dust, hair and small debris from floors and carpets--see-thru canister makes it obvious when you need to engage the VERY simple pop-top mechanism to empty out the collector - ION boost button quickly engaged quick bursts or sustained runs of maximum "sucking power"; the performance then starts to approach what you'd hope for a light-duty upright - The flexible neck allowed much greater reach under the bed without having to crawl around on the floor to maneuver the vacuum into place - Informative and very easy-to-see charge indicator on the battery unit lets you know how close you are to needing a battery swap CONs: - Without the power-head up front, the crevice tool and upholstery attachments left a lot of debris behind, even with ION boost engaged - Extra attachment heads don't store in/on the unit so you'll have to find a separate location to keep them handy - In the non-upright configuration (i.e. hand-held main unit only with a small attachment head), the weight of the unit started to be noticeable; my wife had a bit of a hard time one-handing it for stairs or furniture - In the upright configuration, the top half of the unit (with the motor and battery) is quite heavy--you can't just walk away without folding it back over or it will fall - Hair wrapped quickly around the inner, cylindrical metal filter at the center of the canister--when I popped open the canister lid to empty out the vacuum, I often had to grab the hairs and dust/dirt wads by hand to pull them free This cordless vacuum is very convenient when moving around the house for spot cleans or in-between deep cleans. The power head attachment with roller/beater brushes actually did a reasonably good job of cleaning up dirt and dog hair. The charge held long enough to do a carpeted floor, some stairs, a bare kitchen floor, and most of one of my vehicles before I needed to swap out the battery. Without the battery quick-swap capability, I would have been forced to wait a few hours before I could get underway again. While this probably wouldn't make an ideal vacuum for a larger, multi-story house, I could see this working well in an apartment or mobile home, especially given how compact it folds up for storage. And if you do have a bigger house like we do, this will probably do well for spot cleaning, or quickly re-running a floor-covering vacuum across an entire room in between deeper cleanings (like before company comes over). That said, the major draw for this unit is the upright-style performance with the power-head attached and ION boost engaged. With the unit in hand-held configuration (how I used it for my car), it was a slightly different story. First, it's small enough to suggest you can use it one-handed for acrobatic cleanups at all angles in tight spaces; but the unit itself really is a bit on the heavy side. Though I handled it better than my wife was able to, those looking for a truly effortless one-handed portable configuration need to be wary of just how heavy this unit can feel. But the biggest disappointment was that with the simple crevice and upholstery attachments up front, this thing left a lot of debris in my vehicle, some of which was never picked up by the vacuum even with the ION boost engaged. It was only when I threw the power head back on the end (which you can do, even without the standup wand/hose attachment) that cleaning performance started to be acceptable again. The problem, of course, is that the power-head, though smallish for using on floors and carpets, is actually a bit too big to get at all the tight places I need to reach in the vehicle--on a flat set of stairs inside, this oddball configuration (hand-held unit directly attached to the power-head) was less unwieldy. Moreover, I found that the upholstery head doesn't rotate freely--or should I say more accurately, it doesn't LOOSELY rotate freely to accommodate the position of the main unit in real time. The head tended to lock in place at one angle or another at the neck which made quick changes in hand-held angle of the main unit much more difficult than it really needed to be, especially due to the weight which tended to force the attachment to remain at the angle it was positioned in at the time. What this unit REALLY needs is a small power-head attachment with a short hose option to use when the regular-sized flooring/carpet power-head is just too big. But without the power head and rollers spinning, I was surprised and disappointed at how underwhelming the performance really was. So where does that leave us? As I said, the Shark would probably serve you reasonably well if you were looking for a cordless vacuum to clean up a small living area or to help maintain that freshly vacuumed look on carpets and floors in between more major house-cleanings. While the dual battery system definitely does stretch your cleaning session, I was only able to get about 15 minutes or so of mixed regular/ION boost vacuuming before I had to switch batteries to continue. Now, that's exactly what the dual-battery system is supposed to do for you, and I knew going into things that using the ION boost gave better performance at the expense of charge duration, but that limited battery capacity is also what would hold this unit back from being a viable candidate for a larger, whole-house vacuum. But if you don't have extensive vacuuming needs in the first place, you might be able to get away with using this as your only upright vacuum. As a handheld unit though, I really have a hard time recommending it based on its less than stellar performance when running without the power head attachment. If you can grab this unit on a really good sale, it might serve you well depending on your needs; at full price (or any price, really), I still think it only delivers on about half of its advertised promise.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Vacuums May Not Be Exciting, But This One Is!!

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    RBrylawski
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    We all need a vacuum cleaner. If you're like me, you've likely bought several and often for different purposes. You know, one for carpet. One for tile or hard surfaces. Another for small jobs, like your car. Most of them disappoint in one way or another. Enter the Shark ION F80 (IF281) and you may well not need any of those other vacuums you've accumulated. Note: If you have a McMansion, this may not be enough to replace your vacuums. But for my 2200 sq. foot home, this is perfect. I've managed to vacuum both levels of my home - hardwood/tile/carpet easily using just one of two provided batteries. You get two batteries with this puppy so while you're using one, the other can be charging. The Shark when upright can be a bit top heavy with the battery installed. I have found if you need to stop what you're doing, you have to rest it against something or just lay it down. Otherwise, it feels great in your hand as you're vacuuming. If you need extra power, there's the ION Boost button and it's immediate and powerful. It's timed for a minute, but you can easily tap the button again if you need more time. It will run your battery down faster if you use it a lot. I found the standard power more than powerful enough for my needs. When you want to put the vacuum away, you simply push a button on the Multiflex Wand and it easily folds in half for easy storage. There's also what they call Multiflex Reach, which lets you easily change the angle of the wand for use under couches and other low level needs. I was particularly impressed with the ability to quickly turn this into a handheld vacuum. You get a couple attachments for things like stairs or tight places. The Crevice Tool worked OK. If you have significant debris, it may not be the best. But what they call the Upholstery Tool did a great job on my wood stairs. While using the Motorized Floor Nozzle, I accidentally got near a paper towel and this thing sucked up that paper towel in a second. Thankfully, a touch of two buttons releases the top of the Motorized Floor Nozzle to quickly remove the towel. My way more expensive vacuum that rhymes with Tyson wouldn't have picked up the towel, so kudos to this much smaller and less expensive Shark! Next, I decided to try in in my car. It did fine for me. While I didn't find it heavy or awkward in any way, I can see how it could be a bit harder for someone who is small or with small hands. The batteries charge pretty fast and blink while charging and the lights go out when fully charged. Included is a charging stand which you can hang on a wall or just place it on a shelf. Registering the vacuum with Shark was simple. If you have a code scanning app on your phone, simply use it to get to the Shark Warranty page, enter your name, address, date of purchase and where purchased and you're registered. All in all, I have to say I'm mighty impressed with this little wand vacuum from Shark. It does exactly what you want a vacuum to do and it does it pretty quietly and really well. The best praise I can give anything is whether I'd buy it again. I've decided to get it's smaller brother for the upstairs bathrooms!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Vacuum, Easy Storage

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    TechTux
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    I was really impressed with this vacuum! It has great suction and pull along with easy storage after use. The look and feel of the grip is great and easy to pull out for quick cleans throughout the day. Pros: Suction / Pull Double Rollers Has Lights Lightweight Comfortable Grip Easy to Empty Container Scissor Groove on roller Flex of neck for easy storage Snap on features for cleaning 2 Methods of Charging Battery Air Filtration Cons: Battery Life Charging of Battery Unable to remove Both rollers Vacuum Container Small Unable to remove Vacuum Container to clean ::Setup:: It was easy to setup and connect the components together out of the box. It comes partially charged already and able to clean a portion of the room if needing to clean quickly before charging. There is not much setup needed and pretty much out of the box ready to go ::Vacuuming:: I was very impressed by the cleaning of this little vacuum. The suction on hardwood floors was good and when cleaning carpet I was impressed of the suction/pulling with the second roller. It picks up all small debris with the first pass and if larger may take a second rollover. I really liked the LED lights on the vacuum to make dark corners easy to see. There are 2 settings for the suction boost however it drains the battery much faster and did not see a vast improvement. I personally would rather just pass over the debris a second time if needed versus cutting the battery time in half. ::Battery:: The battery is average at best, I guess that is why they provide 2 batteries within packaging. I would say about 1 hour of constant cleaning per battery. Thankfully it is easy to swap the battery and continue cleaning without issue. Unfortunately the charging takes about 3 hours per battery so would recommend always have the second one on the charging block. Speaking of which there are 2 ways to charge the battery. You can charge the ION battery while its hooked into the Vacuum or use the create that holds the second battery. Since they include 2 batteries when purchasing I did not remove a star as I can quickly swap the battery and continue onward. ::Cleaning:: The first roller is easy to remove and clean by hand whenever needed. However the second roller is not removable and more difficult to clean. Thankfully it has a groove for the scissors to cut through the tangled debris. The vacuum container itself is not removable so when cleaning must be careful not wet the vacuum itself. There is a filter for air filtration that is easy to remove and wash/clean. It is a small filter however works just fine in my opinion. Overall this is the perfect vacuum for quick cleans or needing an easily storage vacuum. You probably would not want this vacuum if you have a large house or multiple floors as it only has a 2 hour clean time. But if you have an apartment or need quick cleans and do not want to mess with the large family vacuum cords this is the perfect device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great cordless Shark vacuum

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    Zunderwood
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    The Shark ION F80 Vacuum (Model IF281) is the newest addition to our house. It’s like our older Shark corded vacuum, with only one-pound difference between the two. Weight could have been a problem for cleaning overhead items like lamps and fans. I figured the battery would have added bulk and weight, but that wasn’t the case. Upon receipt of the F80, I immediately located the two battery packs to give them both a fresh charge. I’m not sure how I feel about this, but you only get one charger and one charging dock with the F80. Since the charging dock is only capable of charging one battery at a time, and since it takes about 80-90 minutes to charge one battery, it took close to 3 hours to fully charge both batteries. It is possible to have one battery loaded into the vacuum and one battery in the Dock, but with only one charger it’s only possible to charge one battery at a time. Additional chargers are available on the Shark website, but for as expensive as this vacuum is, a second charger would have been a welcome addition. Okay, now that I’m past the battery issue, I can honestly say that this is a nice vacuum. The Head-Unit is nicely weighted even with the battery installed. It has settings for carpet and floors, as well as two settings for power. What they call ION Power is the standard setting for everyday use. It seems more than capable of meeting 99% of our needs, although the Boost mode is handy if we need it. Boost substantially increases the suction by what seems to be a magnitude. By design, the Head-Unit will only stay on ION Boost for 60 seconds unless you press and hold the ION Boost button continuously. I wouldn’t recommend doing so because the drain on the battery is substantial. Shark provided a runtime chart that shows the impact of ION Boost on how long a single battery will last. For example, in Handvac-only mode one battery will last up to 40 minutes using ION Power. In ION Boost mode, the battery will last up to 12 minutes. When vacuuming a carpet, the battery will last up to 26 minutes using ION Power and then drop down to a maximum of 10 minutes using ION Boost. I don’t know about other competing products, but the F80 is nicely thought out. For example, emptying out the DustCup was simple to accomplish. The same goes for cleaning the filters, the Brushroll and the Soft Roller. I was very surprised by how well the F80 cleaned after, I thought, thoroughly cleaning an area with our old vacuum. When cleaning the filters, for which there are two in the Head-Unit, all you need is clean water - no special products are needed. Shark does they recommend 24 hours of drying time. Getting under beds and other furniture is easily accomplished with the MultiFlex wand. Just press a button and the wand bends allowing the floor nozzle (the unit at the end of the wand that does the actual vacuuming) and a good portion of the wand to lay flat against the floor. As a back sufferer, this is infinitely easier than bending or kneeling to vacuum under objects. Plus, when fully bent it allows the F80 to collapse in half to reduce storage requirements after use. Returning to the batteries, there are 3 LED lights on the side of each one. These lights are indicators to how much battery power is left in the battery when being used, and when charging, indicate the progress of the charging effort. If the top 2 or bottom 2 lights are flashing during charging, something is amiss and you need to call customer service for support. Again, well thought out. I recommend keeping the box the F80 came in, in case you need to ship the unit back to Shark for warranty work. The F80 comes with a 5-year limited warranty, while the batteries have a 2-year limited warranty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A capable vacuum that is close to ideal

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    Keyan
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    The Shark ION MultiFLEX F80 (IF281) is Shark’s latest entry into the handheld cordless stick vacuum market. As an owner of an older cordless stick vacuum by Dyson I was interested in how this compared and if it could match or exceed the performance of the other vacuum. Opening the box was a bit of a mixed bag – on one hand, there are the two included Li-Ion batteries for the vacuum, which is vey nice when vacuuming a large area. Shark claims the two batteries can power the vacuum for 80 minutes…..but that is using the hand vac and not the power head. Expect around 20 minutes of run time per battery with the power head on and using the boost mode occasionally for stubborn debris. The batteries have a handy 3 bar power gauge in them so you know how much charge is left. On the other hand, outside of the power head, the included accessories leave a lot to be desired. The “charging dock” is just a pass thru for the included AC adapter and not a separate charging point, which means you can only charge one of the two batteries at a time. The crevice tool is ok, and there is an upholstery brush that has some lint brush type short bristles. Missing from this kit is any kind of crevice tool with a soft bristle brush (great for cars and leather seats), or a power head for the hand vac mode for cleaning stairs and furniture. My other stick vac came with both, and at this price point I expected a little more from this kit. A couple of other feature notes – the power head has a lot of rollers in it, and even headlights! The trade off is that for a stick vac it is very large. You might find that it can’t fit into smaller corners like others in the market can. The size of the head also somewhat limits the other cool feature of this vacuum, the flex option. With the press of a button, the stick releases in the middle and lets it bend to go flat under furniture and other hard to reach places. I found it useful to get under things like an entertainment center, but the head was a little tall to get under a couch and low chairs. If you fold the flexible part all the way over it will lock and the entire unit will be free standing, which is extremely convenient and very clever. I do really like that this has a push on and off button instead of the trigger that has to be held down like my other vac, and has two modes for carpet or for bare floors. So, how does it perform? I found suction and cleaning to be pretty good, and it could pick up larger debris more reliably than my older stick vac. It is also VERY quiet compared to the other stick vac. One big difference is that the shark seems to be using a lower RPM motor with a larger surface area impeller instead of the ultra high speed impeller that Dyson uses to force air through their root cyclone system. The result is that more air moves, but at a slower velocity, than the Dyson stick vacs. This makes it much quieter with suction that feels about the same. Since this vac does not have the dust separating power of Dyson’s cyclones, it uses progressive filtering to clean the air before it leaves the vac. Air enters the bin area, where larger particles are separated, before being pulled through a screen filter, then into a foam filter, and finally through a final filter at the exhaust. The foam and final fine filter need to be cleaned regularly (recommendation is monthly) with clean water. I found that pet hair often finds its way wrapped around the screen filter and needs to be pulled off manually when the bin is cleaned, which is pretty frequently as the bin is not huge. Since the motor unit has to be separated from the stick and power head to empty, it is handy that the power head is free standing. Overall, this is a very capable cordless stick vac that has some advantages over the competition in terms of run time, power head performance, noise, and flexibility. The vacuum system itself is more traditional, with two filters that will need regular cleaning, vs the advanced system found in Dysons. Finally, the lack of a couple of essential accessories at this price point make the overall value of the vacuum feel a little less than perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally the cordless vacuum we've all waited for!

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    Shaunh20
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    My wife and I have several animals, two cats and two dogs, so we have a lot of vacuuming to do. Needless to say we have had our fair share of vacuum cleaners through the years and tried probably about every major brand that you can think of. In the past few years we've seen several companies try to create vacuum cleaners that are cordless and once we started using cordless we never did want to go back to the old, corded vacuum cleaners. It's just a certain amount of freedom with having no cord. The problem really has been twofold with cordless vacuum cleaners: power and longevity. Our last corded vacuum that we bought was a Shark and we were a bit skeptical but we had found a great deal on it. We thought there was no way it would challenge our $499 Dyson. We had just decided that it would be nice to have a secondary vacuum to use on another part of our house and so we bought the shark. Little did we know upon purchasing that the Shark would become our primary vacuum throughout the house, relegating the Dyson to the occasional use. With that being said we were confident that the Shark IonFlex Multiflex IF281 would be a pretty good vacuum. Our last experience with a similar cordless vacuum had a couple of issue, primarily being it constantly shows as something being stuck in it when there is nothing stuck in it. Secondly, however, it would run out of gas fairly quickly, I believe 20 minutes or so. I had always thought it would be great if every cordless vacuum would just include two power packs so you would have one on reserve. Well the Shark Ion Multiflex IF281 does just that. But wait, there's more, as they say...the Shark Ion Multiflex IF281 actually has a long, long battery time anyways. I would tell you what it is but honestly in over a week of use throughout the house we have not exhausted it. Which is amazing and changes how one would use a cordless and allows it to be a feasible replacement, finally, for that corded vacuum which we do not like to use if we can avoid (hate the cord now, hate it!). Now, how does it do picking up things? Fantastic! From what I can tell it has as much power to grab cat hair, dog hair and anything else that is on your carpet. It picks up an incredible amount of dirt. The canister is generous but of course not as big as some older, corded vacuums as we are all used to. But no complaints here. I do think the process for emptying it is a little more than need be. You really don't detach the chamber but rather the entire top piece and then the chamber has a bottom that just flips down and the trash just falls right out. I would prefer a separate chamber that detaches completely from the vacuum but honestly it is not that big of a deal. It is made up for by the super-flex ability of the unit to flex mid-point (hence the name "Multi-Flex" and go under just about any piece of furniture or area that needs cleaned! Its a really awesome feature that will take a while to get used to as I typically just think "Oh I can't get under that"..but now I can! So all in all I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone, especially pet owners. The fantastic suction, long battery life, extra always-ready battery and overall light frame makes this a real winner in the vacuum world. If I could only use one vacuum this would be it. And coming from a man who owns a small room full of various vaccum cleaners (trust me, it's embarrassing) I think that is really saying something. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not great for household with pets

    Posted
    Leigh
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    Based on my previous cordless vacs, Oreck, I am not happy with this Shark at all. Years ago, when Shark rolled out 1 of their 1st cordless vacs, I bought it. Took it home & out of the box only to read it only works pushing forward, not backward. I wonder if this model has the same restriction. I have a German Shepherd. The filters get full of dust & hair very quickly negating the job they are supposed to do. The capacity of the container is good but hard to open as I have arthritis in my fingers. On my tile, wood & brick floors it does a good job picking up everything. The felt roller pad grabs dust/dirt & all dog hair is gobbled up, but the brush roller has the dog hair wrapped around it tightly. Again, that hurts my fingers & takes time. It seems that when I bump a wall or under a cabinet, the roller shuts off for 20-30 seconds before starting again. IT WILL NOT WORK ON BATHROOM OR THROW RUGS. It sucks them up negating a much-needed job throughout the week & I'm glad I have my old cordless vac for that. The batteries do last a very long time. I have not had to use the 2nd battery on my 2,100 sq ft house, not including the 3 rooms with carpet. On the 2 rooms with carpet, I recently used my full vac on, it did a fair job. On the 1 room with carpet, I had not recently used the full vac, the whole thing clogged with dog hair. The stick all the way to the container. That was an ordeal to clean out for my husband, so do not expect to use this Shark on carpet unless you use a full vac often. I do not like the fold over/down feature. I find it awkward & it will roll & fall if you do not fold it down. I do like the swiveling head with the lights to see under tables or chairs. I do not fold it, as shown in the photos, to go under things because it can just be laid flat enough not to use that feature. To use the handheld feature, it is difficult to pull off and is very heavy. I used it to try & vac lampshades & was heavy but did a good job. Shark needs to have housewives, older people & those with arthritis to design their next model. I would not recommend this model to most people for the price. I would buy a Dyson. My husband bought me this vac, even though I told him 1/2 a dozen times to not buy me a cordless vac without me looking at it. I do not consider spending $400 a light decision on anything. I still fuss at him every time I use it :)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Light, Good suction, Easy to use

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    Kat777
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    My family includes two adults, a toddler and two cats. Our house has tile and carpet. We have several other vacuums from little stick vacuums to a full size shark we’ve used and loved for almost four years. We vacuum often with the toddler and cats and have come to find what works best for us. The little stick vacuums don’t work well for cleaning the tile as it seems to push some of the debris around instead of actually sucking up the mess. The full size vacuum doesn’t have a setting for hard flooring. This new vacuum has solved our problems for in between cleanings. It seamlessly transitions between hard flooring and carpet with the touch of a button and includes a “boost” option when you need a little extra suction. This vacuum is light weight and ultra-portable as it does not need to be plugged in to an outlet for use. I was unsure I would like having to charge batteries to vacuum however the battery life has been much longer than I anticipated. Cleaning up little messes and vacuuming here and there to combat the pet hair has become a lot easier with this. My toddler also loves to vacuum for some reason and with how light weight and easy this is to use he can help like he wants. The flex portion of this vacuum makes cleaning under our large furniture a breeze and I found the wand portion great for cleaning the corners of the ceiling where dust and things collect. The vacuum and canister are easy to maneuver when it needs to be emptied. The canister also holds quite a bit of debris before it needs to be emptied. The ability to remove the cover of the brush heads to untangle any hair or caught items is great, I did suck up a tiny toddler sock while cleaning under the couch and it took less than a minute to get it unwrapped and get back to vacuuming. I would strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a vacuum to clean any type of floor and go between the floor types or someone looking for something light weight for those quick clean ups. I don’t feel it would replace a full size vacuum for our family in particular as we still use the full size a few times a week to make sure we pick up all the animal hair. Pros: Easy to put together Compact storage (folds in half when not in use) Battery charges fast and it includes TWO batteries Several accessories come with the vacuum instead of purchasing separately Quick start guide is great Easy to clean brush roll Not as loud as other vacuums I’ve used in the past Cons: Probably won’t replace a full size vacuum for people with pets Need to monitor the batteries and remember to charge them as you can’t plug it in

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Lot to Like

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    Cipher469
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    To say this vacuum sucks would be a compliment! That’s what you want a vacuum to do, and this one has great power to do it. Aside from that asset, there is a lot to like about the F80. In fact, there is only one thing that bothers me about it. So, let’s get that out of the way first. By its design, the F80 is top heavy. When using it, it’s no big deal. However, if you need to take a break or just need a moment to move something out of your way, you have to collapse the handle (or lay the vacuum down on the floor) so it doesn’t fall over. If it topples, there could be damage to it or anything it hits on the way down. Then, to restart vacuuming, you have to repeat the whole process in reverse. That’s too awkward for a moment in time. Now for the good stuff: 1. Easy assembly. 2. Great suction power on carpet and especially on hard floors. Then, when you are finished, the dust cup is easy to empty. By its design, you position it over your trash can, press the button to open, and the dust, hair, etc. fall out into the trash can. Shut the dust cup cap, and you are ready for next time. 3. Controls are convenient and very easy to use. In one area on the head of the F80 are the various settings for: Power, Carpet, Floor, Suction, and the Ion Boost. 4. Maneuverability is amazing! Once you get the feel for it, it’s like the first time you drive a car with power steering after a car with manual steering (Some of you surely remember those days.). It can be moved so easily in pretty much any direction at the flip of your wrist. Not only is this a great convenience, it’s time saver. 5. The Floor Nozzle (the “foot” of the F80) has a cleaning path of about 9”, which seems small as compared to traditional vacuums. However, after using and getting familiar with the F80, the smaller path is an asset. You can easily get it into small areas; and, combined with the low height, you can easily get it under furniture. No more dust bunnies under the bed! 6. Battery power lasts. A reasonable sized house could be cleaned on one charge, but if you find you need more time, simply change the battery. The F80 comes with a spare; and, so long as you keep the batteries charged, there are no worries about cleaning time. 7. In addition, the F80 comes with a crevice tool and an upholstery brush. The F80 is very easy to like. The fact that it can’t stand on its own bothers me, and I considered taking away a star for it. However, as I have written this review, I realize that wasn’t worth a whole star. Since I can’t post 4.5, I’m rounding up. The F80 is a very worthy vacuum, and I would recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Acceptable noise, good suction, Lasting battery

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    SL7977089
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    First, I bet the team who designed it had a big laugh about its shape and so on. The Shark Ion IF281 looks really like a futuristic weapon or like a machine to capture ghosts. We had a lot of fun assembling it and using it for the first time. Very good for cleaning small apartment, office or just for any quick cleaning (after pets). Came with two batteries providing longer usage time. Complete kit of extensions and adapters and the very good working DUO Clean for carpet and hard floor. Equipped with electric motor that activates the brushes so it will well compensate the average suction it has (in normal mode). Turbo mode will bring it up to big vacuum machine's high suction but I didn't have to use it very often as normal mode is more than enough. While unboxing, I was questioning the necessity of having LED lights on the "Duo Clean" floor adapter but then when using it I figured how important it is to have a light on cleaning surfaces. Dirt and dust compartment get filled up fast! easy to clean though. There is smartness in every bit of the design to limit usage errors: Like the dirt compartment door won't open if the middle pipe is attached to the machine. Battery charge indicators are on when operating and charging. Very bright and easy to notice. The brushes and moving parts in the carper/floor adapter are very easy to clean! Manufacturer made sure they are fully accessible and serviceable. It came with 5-years warranty! That's really good. It is a solid vacuum cleaner. I recommend it over classic vacuum cleaners for quick action and efficient usage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love Shark Vacuums

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    KansasMeddlingMom
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    I love Shark vacuums. This Shark Ion Duo Clean F80 is no exception. What I love most is its ability to effectively pick up dirt while being cordless. The unit comes with 2 batteries so that it can be used, non-stop, for up to 80 minutes-40 minutes each. The unit also comes with the battery, power pack, charger, an 8: crevice tool, and an upholstery tool.. It is simply a very lightweight and easily moveable and portable machine. I wanted to pass along a way to use this machine in an interesting configuration. I saw a Shark rep on QVC this past weekend detach the hand-held top vacuum motor from the long pole and directly plug it into the bottom duo clean head to use for stair vacuuming application. I never realized that this was possible, but it makes vacuuming the stair tread, the riser, and the curve around where the riser and the tread meet so much easier vs. doing it in the elongated position. I have included pictures of this vacuum in its compact storage position and also in its flexible reach position which allows the user to really be efficient, not have to move many pieces of furniture, and get under low profile furniture. I think this is a great tool in your arsenal to keep your carpets and hard surface floors clean

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very convenient -- and works great!

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    HomeOfficeUser
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    I've wanted a cordless vac for sometime, but had not made the move due to price and general uncertainty about how well one would work. Having a Shark corded vac already, this cordless unit was selected on the basis of my good previous experience with Shark. My first impression was that the cordless vac was very quiet and it seemed that the suction may not be what I expected. One press of the 'turbo' button and that changed my impression. With turbo mode enabled, the suction was what I expected and it was more than adequate. The trick is that you need to press the turbo button for a 1-minute "burst" or you must continually hold down on the button. I've been impressed with how well the vacuum cleans the multiple surfaces on our main level where we use it. Tile kitchen and dining floors, slate entry floor, wood living room and bedroom floors, and a couple of rugs of varying heights. It works well on all surfaces. The ability to bend the handle to maneuver under furniture seemed a little wonky at first (wobbly), but it really does the trick. I farmed more dust bunnies in the first use than I realized existed under the end table, entertainment center, night stands, beds, etc. I got 15 minutes with turbo mode engaged on the first battery -- and then swapped in the second battery to finish the entire main level. I also used the furniture attachment to clean the cold air returns and to remove pet hair from the bed in the guest room (sorry, guests). We will definitely be using this vacuum to do general daily cleanup in a number of rooms. It is so much more convenient to do a quick - and thorough - vacuuming than it is to get out the broom, do a so-so job, and then push the dust around into a pan for removal. I will be recommending this one to friends...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A nice evolution in a good vacuum

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    Luis
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    I’ve been a happy owner of a previous model Shark cordless vacuum for more than a year and since, regularly using it and retiring my old cord model. I was so happy that probably you could read some of my previous feedbacks but also some of my few previous concerns. The goods news is that this model is definitively a big step forward into the full user satisfaction and probably someone read my concerns. But this new model show up in the market and now, it is still powerful, easy to move, adaptable to different surfaces (carpet and hard), multiple accessories included and quick doing the job. So light that my 8 y-o does his cleaning part each time that he does a mess. But this model has in addition to that: bigger receptacle (still bagless) than before for the dust (now you can easily do the full, 4 rooms’ house without emptying it in the middle). Includes a second battery to extend the vacuuming time for hours (I need also to acknowledge that is the same battery model of previous cordless versions so you can exchange between them). One new functionality that includes the possibility to flex the hose definitively change the access problem to complicate places such under your bed or the table. Finally, I found that the new brush is also wider and more effective in picking up the dust or the hair (a must for pet owners). I only saw a single minor concern (and seeing how much this company takes care of the users feedback are probably some homework for the engineers) and it’s related to the diameter of the hose, in one occasion some of the paper got stock in the middle blocking the dust. While the security element turns the vacuum off, cleaning the blockage was not obvious. This is a must have equipment at home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shark surpasses Dyson with this gem of a stick vac

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    CaneDOC
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    We really love this Shark vac! We have a Dyson upright and thought we’d give this a shot to see how it compared. When it arrived, my wife had just finished vaccuming the carpet in our bedroom with the Dyson. It only took a few minutes to out the Shark together (very simple assembly). The batteries had enough charge to give it a test so I turned it on and tested a very small area, maybe 2’ x 2’. To our surprise the collection container was full of doggie hair! My wife was shocked! The Dyson is obviously not getting the job done! After the quick test, I put the Shark away for the night to charge the batteries. This thing folds in half for very convenient storage. The battery charger can be mounted on the wall if you desire. It comes with the standard array of attachments as you would expect. The next day, I popped in a fresh battery and vaccumed the bedroom once again. It was unbelievable just how much our Dyson was missing. It seems that Shark has surpassed Dyson in performance. In closing, one thing I want to comment on is the noise of the Shark. I have grown so used to vacuums that have a big, powerful sound when you turn it on; so loud that it just feels like they are working. This Shark is quiet. It is so quiet, that my initial impression when turning it on was that it was weak. This is NOT the case. There is tremendous suction power without all the noise. The bottom line: We fell in love with this vac and are going to give the Dyson to my niece!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The very model of flexibility!

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    MTCowboy
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    The ION Multiflex IF281 is another winner from the folks at Shark! This little vacuum is perfect for smaller areas or where you need a lightweight but powerful device. The unit was very well packaged and assembly was literally a snap! The included instructions got us up and running in a matter of minutes. I was a little apprehensive about just how powerful a battery operated device could be and also how comfortable it would be for use over an extended period of time since the battery is mounted at the top of the unit. I shouldn't have worried. The battery is quite compact and this little vacuum has plenty of suction and features dual brushes in the powered cleaning part that sits on the floor. It has settings for carpet and for uncarpeted flooring. It even offers LED "headlights" that are very useful for illuminating the area you are cleaning. I am extremely happy with the unit's flexibility, It clicks apart into three configurations - a standard floor vacuum, a handheld vacuum and a handheld with an extension wand for cleaning out-of-reach, overhead areas (goodbye cobwebs!). The Multiflex ships with a crevice tool and an upholstery brush and two batteries for extended cleaning times. The only downside that I can see is that the removable dust bin is on the small side so you will need to stop and empty it more often than you might be used to. Also, initially seating the power plug into the charger assembly was a bit more difficult than I was expecting. In summary - this little sucker is another homerun for the folks at Shark. You absolutely should give it a try!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lightweight Powerhouse

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    DaveG
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    I seem to have a developed an obsession with vacuums in the last few years. Between a couple of Dysons - corded for carpets upstairs, cordless for tile floors and stairs, a Shark robot to wander the house to give the dogs something to do while we’re away and now the Shark ION Multiflex. One of the annoyances I’ve had with other cordless vacuums, or any other cordless products, once the battery dies your done. Shark combats this by including a spare battery - it’s up to you to keep both batteries charged. Operationally, it works as you’d expect. A touch button on the back that turns it on/off. It also has a boost mode that will increase the sucking power, but decrease the battery life. You can also select between carpets and floors when using the floor attachment. Speaking of sucking power...my dog decided to shred a cardboard box. Small enough pieces to be a pain to pick up by hand, but large enough to clog the Shark. Amazingly enough, even with the clog, it still continues to pick up dog hair and other odds and ends. I didn’t realize it until I went to empty the canister and it was nearly empty. So I dumped some of the dog hair and other “stuff” I picked up back on the carpet - while my wife looked at me with bewilderment. “It’s all about product testing!” I think we both wonder why she puts up with me. Anyway, I’d have no reservations recommending the Shark to a friend. It might struggle a bit on thinker shag carpets, but did really well on the surfaces I through at it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful and compact cordless vac

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    AgentOJ
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    The IF281 has powerful suction that will pick up most dirt and dander from carpets and hard floors. The Multiflex system is extremely convenient when it comes to vacuuming in awkward spaces and to store the vac in a small closet. The easiest way to describe vacuuming with the IF281 in my home (carpet and tile) is that it glides over your floors. I attribute this feeling to the large rubber wheels at the base of the IF281's motorhead. Most other vacuums have small plastic wheels that get caught and make loud noises when using them over tile (due to the grout lines). The two batteries included with the vacuum allowed me to completely vacuum my home and finish vacuuming my car without having to stop. I have also used the various tools to clean my couch, car, and two flights of carpeted stairs. Pros: Quiet for a vacuum Strong Suction two batteries included lights at the front of the vacuum motorhead Flex system is convenient Vac tools included work well for household furniture and cars Don't need to hold a trigger for continuous vacuuming CON: Must use the flex system to have the vacuum stand upright

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good lightweight cordless vacuum!

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    jpatterson34
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    Let me start by saying that we have another brand automatic vacuum running daily in our house due to the pet hair. We need a vacuum to supplement what that vacuum misses and also for bigger messes. We are a family of three and a golden retriever that sheds like crazy! Our house is full of tile with a few large rugs and then carpeting in the bedrooms. The Shark ION Multiflex was very easy to put together. It is lightweight and folds up when not in use. The suction works very well on our tile floors and the rugs. I don't know that it worked as well on our bedroom floors with carpeting. I know our little automatic vacuum picks up a lot - but I know that it leaves a lot deep down in the carpeting as well. I don't feel like the Shark was able to get all of the dirt and hair form my carpeting. It definitely seems like a vacuum made for lighter jobs. It did a great job on the tile floors and rugs. The battery seems to last a long time and it comes with a second battery so you should never be with out. A good lightweight cordless vacuum!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for Hardwood, Less so on Carpets/Rugs

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    HankW
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    First off, please note this is really a cordless handheld vacuum. As such, it does a commendable job as a cordless vacuum. That is, it is really for lighter chores. However, it gives the impression that it can be used for regular vacuuming duties with its floor/carpet. It seems to do an okay job on hardwood flooring but just a fair job on carpeting even with the Ion mode on. Given that this is a handheld, the dirt canister is rather small. When I used it to vacuum a 9x12 rug, it filled the dirt canister rather quickly but I did notice it was not extremely powerful since it didn’t sound too powerful and it had problems going in certain directions of the rug. After filling the dirt canister, I went over the rug again with a corded Shark DuoClean vacuum and got twice the dirt that was sucked up from the cordless IonFlex. So while it does a commendable job on hardwood, it is woefully underpowered for carpets and rugs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend