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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Vacuum... could use some minor improvements

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    BADog
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    SHARK has a brand new addition to their great cordless vacuum lineup - the Shark ION X40. This is Shark's current "low-end" cordless upright vac. The package includes the motor unit, long connector tube, carpet/floor main cleaning module, upholstery attachment, skinny 8" crevice attachment, ION power battery pack, wall charger, quick user guide, and full owner's manual. The vacuum comes with a 5-yr limited warranty and also a 2-yr limited warrant on the battery. PROS: ----------- * The unit picks up dust and dirt very well, regardless of mode. * Extremely EASY emptying of the dust/dirt collection area. Press a button on the side of the unit (while holding over a garbage can) and it falls out easily. Closes easily without any other parts shifting in place. Basically a simple door on a hinge. * There is no index finger trigger that has to be held down to make the unit run. Using your thumb, the on/off button is on the back of the unit. This is a MUCH better design IMO because it also helps to avoid accidental power-ons. It is also great because it makes pushing/pulling the unit more comfortable because your index finger doesn't have to stay engaged to keep the unit running. * The 2 filters are easily accessible for removing and cleaning. Clean with water only, dry for 24 hrs. * The vacuum does have an overheating shutdown capability; however, after 40 continuous minutes of running in non-floor mode (floor attachment not attached) and then also after 12 continuous minutes of carpet mode on ION Boost (high) mode, it never shut down. My guess is that the only way this could happen is if you have the vacuum continuously running with the end clogged where no air could get sucked in. * The floor module has 2 durable transport wheels on the back so it can be rolled from room to room with ease. The cleaning rollers do not engage unless the unit it bent down over the floor with your foot. * The battery can be charged either in or out of the base unit. It has an easy quick-release button to remove it from the unit. * The fact that this battery is not "built-in" is a great feature. If the battery ever fails, you can replace the battery, not the whole vacuum cleaner. Also, the remaining battery power level LEDs are built-in to the battery itself. * There are a lot of attachments and accessories that can be added to this cordless vacuum cleaner (good), but most aren't included in the box (bad). The most-needed part that might should be added to the box is the wall mount. * The control panel is well-lit and easy to read. Only 2 buttons control the functions, and also the power button. CONS: ----------- * The 2 small attachments (crevice tool and upholstery tool) do not *click" into place like some other brands. I like the click, and I like knowing it won't fall off and doesn't have to be pushed on with a necessary amount of force/torque. A minor issue, but a lacking convenience. * For me, this was a "con" but may not be for some people - this unit does NOT hang on the wall unless you purchase a $40 separate wall mount module. It is made to stand up on it's native base with the motor section at the top removed and clipped on to the main pole near the bottom (see picture). It has no problem in this state but it is a bit odd. In addition, when in this storage state, the pole doesn't stand up at 90-degrees, so it won't sit flat up against the wall and save floor space - it sticks out from the wall more. * If you want the rollers to activate in order to use on the floor, you must push down on the floor module; however, my unit was a bit difficult to "pop" loose. I had to step on the top of the floor module instead of the back side because it was snapped into place so hard to the neck of the module. It seems like there should be a foot button/lever to press and make the roller part bend at the neck easier. Mine sounded/felt like it was breaking each time I engaged the floor module. Extremely tight feeling. * ION Boost (high) mode is triggered by pressing the ION Boost button; however, it only stays engaged for 1 minute then goes back to normal ION Power (low) mode. There was no button sequence or holding it down longer to make this function stay active without having to re-engage after every minute of use. This is bit of an annoyance having to hit the button each time instead of just remaining on high the whole time if needed. On the plus side, to turn off "high" mode before that minute is up, just press the ION button. OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ------------------------------------ * The vacuum claims 40 minutes of run-time, but be sure to check the fine print and the "other" run times. Yes, I confirmed that 40 minutes is as long as the battery will last, per their advertising. I was able to get 39m:40s on the lowest setting and no floor module attached. Though 40 minutes is a stretch, it's there on the first few charges. Over time, that number will obviously decrease. In operating with the carpet setting with FULL power mode enabled (constantly), I was able to get 11m:56s of power until the unit died. These times were in line with the owner's manual table. Using the hard floor unit (low power) gets right at 30m of power while carpet mode (low power) gets around 25 minutes - so plan accordingly. If you need more time, you'll either need a plug-in unit or spare battery(s). * Vacuum has 2 different modes: 1) Hard floors 2) Carpet floors. Vacuum has 2 suction speeds: 1) ION Power (low) and 2) ION Boost (high). You may use any combination of these. * Regarding battery temperature: after 40 minutes of not using the floor module, the battery is not warm/hot at the end of that non-stop usage. Battery will recharge immediately. However, after 12 minutes of carpet mode with ION Boost (high) on the whole time, the battery is quite warm and requires about 20-30 minutes of cool-down time before it can be recharged. The battery physically won't allow it to be charged if it's too hot. The light-flashing sequence on the battery will let you know if it's charging or not while plugged into the wall unit cable. * A completely discharged battery takes around 3 hours to charge. CONCLUSION: ===================== Overall, this was a well-thought out product. You'll generally get around 25-30 minutes of continuous non-boost floor cleaning and between 30-40 minutes of using the crevice and upholstery tools. If you need more time that that, you'll want to consider buying an extra battery or 2. Each battery runs $70. Most people won't need 2; however since the battery isn't built-in, that's a huge plus for this unit. Other brands with built-in batteries have to be recharged before using again, but not this one (if you have a spare battery). Not providing an included wall mount is a downside for sure. I'm not interested in spending another $40 to have the mount - include it with the main unit to make it a bit more complete. The easibility in emptying the dust canister is a huge plus over other brands. I'd say overall though, this product holds up well against the competition. A few tweaks here and there would definitely help make this vacuum a serious cut above the rest.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shark ION rock's it! Great cleaning, no cord!

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    aarondr
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    The Shark Ion X40 is the perfect companion to my home of robot vacuums (I have one on each floor). I say that as robot vacuums become more and more prevalent, they cannot get certain spaces. They can’t get floor boards or steps, or other hard to reach areas. You can’t get rid of your vacuum for those cases. I own several older shark uprights that are very similar to this model in size and loved them. When I saw the X40, I knew that I had to give it a try, as the thing keeping me from sweeping the steps on a regular basis was the cord. The Shark ION X40 doesn’t disappoint. Lithium battery technology has come a long way, and the ION lasts a good while on battery (I cleaned for about 25 minutes and still had a bar of battery w/ a mix of carpet and hard floors). I have to say it cleans as well as it’s corded brethren, or better (the Duo brush tech does a great job, my original Rocket doesn’t seem quite as good, but the Rocket Duo Clean is still the champ). I love the ease of the controls and charging (you can charge w/ the battery in the vacuum or out if you want to get a spare - which Shark sells for $99 w/ a dock). The controls found on the top of the vacuum unit let you turn it on, switch between carpet and hard floor mode (roller brush power switch essentially) and ION power mode boost which is basically the ‘high’ setting for suction. I found the standard power mode pretty effective, and was surprised how much it picked up. We have 3 cats, so fur and dander are definitely a problem. The ION cleaned very well, and I appreciate that it has a washable filter. If you haven’t had a Shark upright before, one of the best features was the ease of switching from an upright, to a hand vac, to a extended hand vac by just unclipping different parts. This carries over to the ION and it’s made even better by being wireless. This means you can be sweeping, see some cobwebs in the corner of the ceiling, detach the power head and suck up then just reattach the power head and go. Another great thing about the Shark design is also the ability to reach under items since the head is so small. You can easily flatten out vacuum to get under tables etc. In the box you get the vacuum, battery, charger, manual, a crevice tool, and upholstery tool. There are a ton of Shark accessories that you can add on for more tools. I’m lucky in that at least some of my old Shark vacuum accessories appear to work so that was a plus. I had to charge it for about 2 hours before the battery was fully charged for first use. The vacuum is lightweight (it feels about the same as my original Rocket a bit lighter than the DuoClean version), and the materials feel great in your hand as the handle has a slight grippy rubbery feel. Unlike some other Shark models, you won’t find LED lights on the power head, but I can live without that in trade for better battery life. The main unit detaches and has a hook to store it near the base of the power head. All my shark vacuums have had this feature, but this one makes the most sense. It stores sideways, meaning that it takes even less space to store than previous models which hooked at the base of the main unit. It also feels more stable compared to my older models. Unlike the Rocket DuoClean, the dust canister doesn’t detach. This is actually ok since you aren’t fighting with 25ft of cord when emptying the unit. The release is easy to use and you can dump it directly in your trash can without making a mess. The filter housing is easily opened up top and like I mentioned previously it has a washable filter (which should be washed about once a month). Another interesting feature is the brushroll garage, which allows you to get at both sides of the brushroll for cleaning/maintenance. No longer are you pulling at strings and trying to extract hair without much surface area to work with. The vac comes w/ a 5 year warranty, and the battery a 2 year warranty for reference. So far I’m loving this vacuum. It’s so freeing to use, and complements the robots of the household well and gets where they can’t. You could easily use this to take care of a 1500-2500 sqft house on its own (and larger w/ an extra battery pack). The only downsides to the shark are the power head size, which is significantly smaller than brush rolls you’ll find on traditional designs. There are plenty of pluses to this design, so it's just something to be aware of. If you love other vacs, like the Rocket, you'll love this unit even more. To me it fulfills the original promise of the Rocket as a versatile and quick tool for cleanup. Overall, this is a great battery powered vac!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for quick clean-ups

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    Kris
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    We'd wanted a small stick vacuum for little messes and the Shark X40 fit the bill. There are 2 suction power levels, regular and Ion Boost. Regular feels a bit weak but in Ion Boost mode, the X40 picked up everything we ran it over. Ion Boost can be run in 1 minute intervals or continuously. Battery life is supposed to be 30 minutes but I would guess we get 10-15 continuous run time on Ion Boost mode which is more than enough for our intended use. The website description states a 40 minute charge time but in the instruction book included with the X40 it says 3.5 hours for full charge. That's quite a discrepancy. Our initial charge time from a brand-new, out-of-the-box, partially-charged battery was a little over 2 hours. As for the main vacuum head, the soft brushroll in the front does an excellent job of getting dust off hardwood and in Ion Boost mode the carpet setting did an admirable job on both long and short pile rugs. It's not a substitute for a larger, more powerful vacuum but it's easy to store and very light to maneuver, making it ideal for small jobs. Speaking of storing, my one BIG complaint is that the X40 will NOT stand up by itself. With the suction motor attached, the unit is top-heavy and will fall backward Every-Single-Time you let go. Having to lean it against the wall or a piece of furniture to move something out of the way or pick a toy off the floor is a huge inconvenience. Additionally, the highest part of the machine off the floor is also the heaviest part and contains all the more sensitive components; motor, dust bin, battery and controls. When it tips, that part is going to hit the floor. Hard. We have not let it hit the floor yet but there have been a couple close calls, especially with the kids using it. Good thing it has an 8 year warranty. I have dealt with Shark's warranty department to resolve an issue with another of their vacuums and I can say that their service was top-notch so that's a plus. To safely store the X40, the power plant has to be removed from the wand and hangs on a hook just above the main cleaning head. I considered 3 stars for the tipsy nature of this design but I am very pleased with the X40's cleaning performance and it warrants 5 stars for that aspect. So with 5 stars for performance and 3 stars for design, the X40 is a solid 4 star product as long as you hold on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Dyson Alternative

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    callmeageeth
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    Dyson is the seemingly the go to brand of vacuums nowadays, but their prices can seem a little daunting. Plus, there's a lot of good alternatives out there. This Shark ion X40 does everything the Dyson does. The only big difference is the lack of wall mount, which might be a big deal to some (Shark sells one separately). WHAT YOU GET You get a stick vacuum with brush head, battery, charger and two attachments for handheld use. I would have preferred a wall mount to be included, but the interchangeable battery (sort of) makes up for it. i.e. when the battery goes, you can get a new one without investing in a brand new Dyson (I’m sure you can replace Dyson batteries, but it requires taking it a part in some way, whereas the X40, the battery just slides out). I would just have preferred to have been able to wall mount it, rather than remember where the charger is, and slide the battery out of the vacuum after each use (note that you can charge the battery while it’s in the vacuum, or you can take the battery out to charge, which is what I do since it gives me more flexibility on where I charge it) EASE OF USE The buttons to use the X40 are pretty simple and straightforward. Also, the attachments are designed in a way that’s smart and easy to understand without looking at the directions. Fortunately everything snaps together one way, so you can’t put it together “wrong.” On the vacuum itself there’s the power button, which when you turn on, activates the “Floor” and normal power settings. To change to carpet (which spins the brush heads a little faster, at least best I could tell) you push the button to the side. The buttons have icons indicating floor or carpet. To put it in “boost” mode, you simply push the button to the right of the power button. The boost mode is timed, it runs for a few minutes and then automatically shuts off. My guess is that this is a battery saving feature. The X40 is also really lightweight, which makes it easy to move around and manipulate. To empty the dust bin, you simply detach the base vacuum from the extension wand, push the clearly marked empty button, and do so over the trash can. Dead simple. PERFORMANCE When using it as a traditional vacuum, I was amazed at how easily it glides across surfaces. The Dyson’s I’ve used have such a powerful suction (or maybe the brush heads move to fast) that it can be difficult to push across a tall area rug. The X40 glides across all surfaces, and it does just as good of a job as the Dyson. Truly, I’ve been impressed with its performance as a vacuum. As a true handheld vacuum, it works great. Again, light, with the ability to get into small corners or even vacuum your car (most of it, underneath seats are tough). A benefit of cordless vacuums is mobility, and not being tethered, but that also brings with it a shorter amount of time to clean. I find the Dyson stick vacuums to last about 25 minutes on low power (not max). Most of the time, this is plenty. But I am consistently getting 45+ minutes with the X40. I know that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but there’s nothing worse than not finishing vacuuming, then having to wait to recharge your vacuum. I think 40 minutes is plenty of time to get the job done (some might argue 25 is enough too). CONCLUSION There isn’t too much to say about this vacuum, and that’s a good thing. Vacuums are vacuums, relatively boring household appliances that are necessary to have. It’s a solid Dyson alternative with good performance. If you are in the market for light, stick vacuum for your apartment or home and don’t want to overspend on a Dyson, then this is a great choice. You get powerful, easily maneuverable stick vacuum that doubles as a handheld vacuum, with long battery life and the ability to swap out batteries (whether replacing an old one or having a spare).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smaller, But With The Same Goodness

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    RBrylawski
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    The best compliment one can pay a product is to buy it a second time. I recently got the ION F80 Cordless vacuum and liked it so much, I had to get its smaller brother, the ION X40. Over the years I've accumulated lot's of vacuums. With the F80 and X40, I now have the perfect combination of vacuums for all my needs. If you have a super large home, neither of these might be the best options, but for my 2200 square foot home, these are perfect. You get one long lasting Lithium Ion battery and it can be charged in or out of the vacuum. You can also get a charging dock if you want. Both the F80 and this X40 can be a bit top heavy with the battery installed, but you just need to rest it against something if you need to take a break. Otherwise, it just feels great in your hand as you use it. If you need extra power, there's an ION Boost button for up to one minute of extra power. It's immediate and powerful. It will run your battery down faster if you use it a lot. But for most needs, the standard power is more than enough. Unlike the F80, the X40 does not have Multiflex Reach, so it doesn't bend if you want to vacuum under spaces like a sofa or table. But that's the advantage of having more than one vacuum for differing needs. At the click of a button, the X40 instantly turns into a handheld vacuum. You get a couple attachments for things like stairs or tight places, like a Crevice Tool and an Upholstery Tool. Both work great in handheld mode. While the F80 is also handheld at the touch of a button, the X40 is much more comfortable in your hand for things like vacuuming your car. Registering the vacuum with Shark is 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 both wand vacuums from Shark. They do exactly what you want a vacuum to do and they do it pretty quietly and really well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quick touch up with no cord

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    DavidJr
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    The Shark ION X40 is a fairly small, lightweight cordless stick vacuum. Easy to just grab it and get a mess up or a quick touch up without having to unwind the cord of a standard vacuum. The DuoClean brush is great for cleaning hard floors and carpets. The standard mode power is ok if you are just trying to clean up a light dusting of crumbs or something. However, to pick up anything of size the ION Boost does the job. Like any battery operated item though, battery life is dependant on use. Using it with the brushroll and ION boost pretty much the whole time you will get about 10-15 minutes of use. To do a quick touch up of my first floor it was plenty of time to get the whole floor and furniture. Though it comes with a crevice tool and upholstery tool, it has nowhere to store them. However, interchanging the parts is easy, even detaching the brushroll from the wand to reach high or low areas. The chargers is plugged directly into the battery, so it can be charged while still in the vacuum or separate on its own. For instance, the closet where you store typically does not have a plug, so you can pull the battery out and charge it elsewhere. There is also a drop in charger sold separately. This is in no way a replacement for a larger stronger vacuum, but it’s priced like it is. That is the one thing that puts me off with it. It’s like getting half a regular vacuum for twice the price. However, not having to go back and forth with a cord and plug may be worth the cost for quick touch ups.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Complimentary Vacuum for Smaller Places

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    DarthNeyehilus
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    Let me just say first, you cannot buy this vacuum to be your main clean-up machine. While it's great for its intended usage, the suction isn't powerful enough, nor is it big enough, to handle a full workload. That said, I've been using this off and on for about 10 days and it's a great lightweight companion vacuum. The first thing you’ll notice about this Shark is that it’s light. Overall, the vacuum is easy to maneuver with one hand, and it’s no big deal to pick it up, too. This Shark is one of the quietest vacuums I’ve ever used. Even with Ion Boost (turbo) engaged, it was pleasant to the ear. Speaking of pleasant, the advertised battery life is legit. I could routinely hit 38 minutes of usage with normal suction, or about 20 with Boost enabled. Shark includes standard attachments. There are a couple gripes that don’t make it perfect, however. One of the first things I noticed is that the vacuum propels forward when you push it, which sounds great in theory (and can be for bigger rooms), but the technical aspect of moving around the small head between hard-to-get areas while fighting a self-propelling device get annoying. Also, I found the best results with the Ion Boost suction mode was engaged. The vacuum picked up more and seemed to be better suited for pet hair and hard pieces of waste (like litter). Lastly, while it doesn’t claim to, this vacuum doesn’t include any way of wall mounting it. You can purchase an adapter to do so, but something to note. All that said, using this in conjunction with my upright, full-size vacuum is great. I can quickly grab the Shark for coffee spills, litter clean up, or an easy tidying before company. Again, I’d recommend this if you already have a powerful vacuum, or if you don’t have any pets and live in a smaller space.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT STICK VACUUM

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    DAHinAZ
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    Another great product from SHARK! The Shark ION X40 Cordless Handheld/Stick Vacuum is packaged very well. Instructions right at the top of the packaging, so easy to find. They are easy to read and it was quick to assemble the very few pieces of this cordless vacuum. I have never had a cordless vacuum, so I was especially interested to see if it did a “great job” picking up dog hair and the very fine dust we get here in the desert, and it does. My wood flooring in the dining room is always dusty and other products (mainly robot vacuums) do an “ok job” of picking up dust, but this does a great job! No streaks .. it gets all of it. The SHARK did a great job cleaning all of my 3 floor types: travertine, wood, and carpet. This X40 is also quiet … not like my robots that can be a bit noisy. I like this combo handheld/stick vacuum because it is lightweight – only about 8 lbs – so your arm and back don’t easily get tired using it. We have stairs to the 2nd floor, and this vacuum is great to use on them … cleans well … not heavy so comfortable to use while climbing the stairs; I’ve used the X40 as a stick and handheld and either way works well for me on the stairs. It’s very easy to switch between “stick” usage and “handheld”, which I really like. The tools (crevice & mini brush) work well and are easily changeable. I especially like the “charging” … since I have the choice if I want to charge the battery while IN the vacuum or remove the battery and put in the separate Charging Unit. Nice! Another advantage to it being removable is that if the battery needs to be replaced, it can be without tossing out the whole vacuum! Just replace the battery … just need to find where to buy IF it ever needs to be replaced! Out of the box, it needed about 1 ½ hours of charging before ready to use. The specs say 40 minute run time. I never hit this maximum runtime cleaning my main floor of the house (about 1700sf) … I never go upstairs since housekeepers keep that clean for me. The trash/dust bin is simple to empty but remember to hold over a trash can first, because once the button is pressed, the contents easily dump out. The ON/OFF button is easy to find and press. I like that the ION POWER BOOST is activated by pressing a button and that it only stays ON for a minute. These simple vacuum sticks are more for simple, lightweight jobs and not heavy cleaning … even though this SHARK does a good job at that as well. I like that the unit “stands up” when I store it on the closet floor, as opposed to hanging on a wall. I don’t like punching holes in my walls! This is a great, lightweight, secondary vacuum for your home and works well with other vacuums in my home … robots and in-wall vacuum system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality lightweight vacuum, good for quick jobs

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    MizuNoHane
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    This is a sturdy, lighter-weight alternative I preferentially reach for over the heavy full-sized corded push vacuum we also keep in our home. First, it was easy to assemble the 3 main pieces, insert the lithium battery, and use straight out of the box without ever referencing the manual. After the first use over the carpeted portions of our main floor which had been vacuumed only one week prior, I was impressed how much dust, hair and dirt was collected in the Shark’s canister. I suspect this is multifactorial, including the Shark’s carpet brush, relatively decent suction (for a small-sized vacuum), and the fact that its cordless build allowed me to breeze through all the dirty, distant corners I otherwise would have skipped over because they were outside the cord’s reach. It transitioned with ease from carpet to hardwood floor, where is also seemed to have adequate suction and picked up dog hair without wrapping around the brush roll. I also appreciate that the top quickly and easily detaches to form a handheld “dustbuster”, though after using this for less than 10 minutes to spot clean my car’s interior, it started to feel pretty heavy. The suction in this mode covers a small surface area even with the attachments and doesn't have outstanding suction strength, but then again, I’ve never encountered a lightweight handheld vacuum I would consider outstanding. Battery life seems adequate, as I was able to do our entire first floor of our 2,600 sq ft home on less than a half a charge, and when I was done it was easy to empty by holding the handle over the trash and releasing the canister’s hinged drop-down base. Overall, this was a worthwhile addition to our closet that will be put to use on at least a weekly basis.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cordless Convenience!

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    DonMc
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    First off, I love the size of the handle of this vacuum cleaner! I have very large hands, and every hand held I’ve ever tried was only large enough for me to insert three fingers into the handle. Having said that, I could see it being a minor problem for people with smaller hands. Especially so, because the (large) battery pack is contained in the handle, which adds more weight. This unit has large brushes that I would assume, help provide deep cleaning of your carpets. Compared to its more expensive contemporaries, it doesn’t deep clean carpet as well as the others. But it is much less expensive, so... There is the ION Boost function that allegedly helps with deep cleaning, but for some inexplicable reason, it automatically cuts off after 60 seconds unless you press and hold the button to enter manual mode. It does do a nice job on hardwood floors, however. A really nice job! The battery claims up to 40 minutes of cleaning time, and I came pretty close to that, so, I was able to do every room in my townhouse. It’s a good thing, because it takes a while for this puppy to completely recharge. Like, hours! I also didn’t like the way this thing kept locking up when it became upright while using it. But it was simply a matter of unlocking it with my foot to continue. This is a nice vacuum cleaner. There are better options available, but probably not at this price point. For the money, it’s a decent option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cordless vacuum that really sucks!

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    UncleRico
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    We've been using the cordless vacuums for years. I don't like the bulk of a pluggable vacuum and don't see the value. Most quality cordless vacuums today will pickup good enough to care for your floors and carpets. With that said, there is a cordless vacuum on every floor. The brushes are really strong on carpet setting and I feel it smacks and sucks the carpeted areas for a very good cleaning. On the hardwood and tile floors the extra front roller seems to grab the crumbs into the sucker and not just spread them around with the moving air like my other vacuum did. The vacuum is pretty strong - surprisingly for battery and more so than I thought it would be. The runtime is more than enough to capture the main floor areas on a routine basis. The Lion battery means that the charge is intelligently controlled and holds a high output until the end of its cycle. Carpets have a life and if you are worried about deep cleaning your carpet with any vacuum to extend that life, it just isn't going to happen. This vacuum meets the needs to clean carpets and floors good - not just basic. I see no difference or value in ever going back to a full sized corded vac with the technology like this Shark Vac of today. I'd recommend this vacuum to cut the cord like we are all doing now-a-days. You won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Light and Practical

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    jailoliv
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    The design of the Shark ION X40 would not win any beauty contest but it certainly deserves an A+ for portability. You just remove it from the stick and use it as an efficient handheld vacuum. Much more practical than wands when vacuuming couches, car seats and other surfaces. It is also very skinny which is great to store away. Good suction power and it worked very well on the hardwood floor of our living room. I believe the soft brush helps with that type of floor because it did a better job than another vacuum I own even though that one is wired and has stronger suction. At least in this case, stronger did not translate as better. The ION X40 wins here, especially around corners. The battery charge runs out quickly. In a big house like mine, it is not very practical if I am planning to vacuum every room at once with it. I would have to stop a couple of times or more to charge it, which takes a while. It may not be an issue for smaller houses. One solution for bigger house is to have a spare battery but that adds a considerable cost. Since I have and use another Shark for heavy vacuuming and use it about once a month, the Shark ION X40 is perfect to maintain or clean areas that get dusty faster. Again, it is very practical and lightweight. Combine that with it being cordless and you have a winner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really Nice Cordless With 1 Flaw

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    dharr18
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    I will just jump to the flaw before praising the vacuum. There is another Shark model that folds in the middle that counteracts the top heavy state of the vacuum when attached to the floor brush and wand attachments. This one does not fold mid wand, so it is top heavy and will fall when stored or just stood straight up. As long as you remember not to free stand the vacuum, there are no issues. This vacuum is surprisingly powerful for being cordless. It will rival many corded vacs when it comes to suction power. You have carpet and tile settings and also a regular and turbo(?) mode with extra power. Extra power will drain the battery much quicker. There are multiple attachments that can cover almost any need. The attachments are the same you would need to pay other makers extra for. Battery life is really amazing. We have about 2000 sq ft carpeted and the battery will easily last a full vacuuming and usually part of another. Shark made another great vacuum that is a quality build and will surely last a while, as long as it doesn't tip over too many times. This stick vac could probably serve as a primary vacuum for a lot of people.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good little Vacuum. Does not collapse.

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    joel125
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    This Ninja vacuum is great for quick cleanups and especially good on hardwood. We mainly use this vacuum to vacuum up the hardwood in the kitchen and living room and it works great. With 2 cats and a dog we tend to accumulate a lot of pet hair and this one does the trick. It works well on carpet too, of course. The debris does tend to get stuck in the dirt chamber so it won't always just fall out into the trash. I usually end up just pulling out the debris and dumping it in the trash. Not ideal. The battery will last about 15-20 minutes in my tests. Depends on what settings you use but it is plenty of time to get the job done. Suction is great and the attachments it comes with are standard. Make sure you check the rollers every so often. Hair will build up on them reducing its effectiveness on carpet. I usually just take a letter opener to cut the hair and then just pull it out. Works great actually. This model does NOT collapse for easy storage. I strongly recommend the collapsible version as it can just stand on its own while charging and it takes up less space. Overall, this is a good vacuum with the convenience of being battery powered.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small Versital and Powerfull (If you want it)

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    Robsapremiresilver
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    When I first got this product, it reminded me of a vacuum cleaner my father gave me when I got my first pad. It was a stick with a manual push and go to clean. However, this thing is the bomb!!!! If I had this in my college days my pad would have been cleaner, done faster and I am so jealous of all those that get this product. I can say to all those mothers out there that fret over their children's dorm rooms or first apartment. This is the perfect housewarming gift for new homeowners. Its light, easy to use, don't get tangled cords, and because its small its easy to store. This is really a great product. It has two different speeds so you can do a quick cleaning with the boost, or do an extended cleaning. The times you can get on each charge depends on the flooring type, and whether you use power or Boost. It cleans for approx 10 to 40+ minutes accordingly. You're going to love it's wireless and easy to use. I would recommend this to anyone with a child on their own and need a vacuum that is small, strong and versatile.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Power for a Cordless Vacuum

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    jsisko76
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    Most cordless vacuums I have used lack two things: Battery life and suction power. The Shark Ion X40 does not have either of those problems. First, it was easy to assemble taking less than 5 minutes before I was up and running. It didn't take long to fully charge it right out of the box. My first test run lasted a good 10-15 minutes and I didn't experience any loss of suction power. I'm sure I could have run it for much longer if needed. It seems like battery life will be solid and is advertised to last 40 minutes in handheld mode. Regarding the suction strength, while it is decent in regular mode, turbo (Ion) mode may be needed at times for heavier jobs. This will drain the battery more quickly though so I tend to only use it here and there. But when its activated you can easily tell the difference. When activated it has better power than any cordless vacuum I have seen. The only downside to this vacuum is the price. If you can afford it, go for it, as you won't find a better cordless option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this thing

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    AverageConsumer
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    Simple Review: Great vacuum with decent suction that can last as long as competitors on a charge. I would recommend it. Extended Review: Un boxing gives you everything you need except screws for the mount. Something I'm finding Shark Products do a lot but an easy fix. Past that we get into performance and this thing , for lack of a better way to say it, sucks! This perfect in my mostly carpet house and the convenience of just having it on the wall ready to go makes it worth the cost. My small gripe would be to ask for a longer lasting battery but even the competition lasts about the same or worse but luckily you can by an addition battery pack so you can just swap them which I would recommend if your house is over 2000 sq ft. All in all great vacuum and I hope my review may have helped a little bit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cut the cord

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    Kristof33
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    Never thought I’d be excited about and reviewing a vacuum when I was young but I kinda love this thing. It weighs practically nothing. Has two power speeds. The low speed is plenty for everyday vacuuming and the high speed I assume would be to show off your cordless vacuum. It’s fantastic to just detach the head, take it outside to my car, vacuum, and return in no time. No wrapping up, untangling, jumping over, or maneuvering around messy cords. I have hard wood floors throughout so I mainly use this on area rugs and the attachment pieces in corners and crevasses of the couch to get dust and dog hair out. I have nothing bad to say about this vacuum. It’s the vacuum I never knew I always wanted. Highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cordless!

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    DGrayson
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    The great thing about this vacuum cleaner is that it's cordless. The bad thing about this vacuum is that it's cordless. The run time on this is about 35 minutes and depending on the size of the home means you will be charging it after every use. Not too bad. But if you come from a wired to cordless you'll notice this one does not suction up as much. There is a more suction power mode. But then it eats the battery and only lasts about 10 to 12 minutes. So it's your size or home is moderate you can definitely vacuum in 12 minutes and then recharge it. Other than that I love being cordless! Hope this helps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Vacuum for Quick Messes and Fast Cleaning

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    bobcats9498
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    The Shark ION X40 cordless vacuum is a great, powerful unit that cleans all floor surfaces. It’s power does a great job pick vacuuming up messes and it is versatile enough to vacuum a whole room. Works great on carpet, tile, and hardwood. On great feature is that you don’t have to hold down a trigger to vacuum. There is an on/off switch. This is great for folks with arthritis as you don’t have to hold down a trigger to work the vacuum. If you need a portable vacuum that is powerful to clean any mess you throw at it, this is it. Stores in a small space, quickly charges, and is always ready when you need it.

    I would recommend this to a friend