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Continuing with our series on cordless vacuums, I am very excited to be reviewing the brand new Shark Ion
P50 cordless vacuum, and it is completely unlike any cordless we have tested so far. We put it through a ton of tests.
So, let’s start off with the pros.
The Duoclean technology is a major pro. Duoclean Technology means that the floor nozzle has a soft roller in addition to a standard brushroll. We have been using Shark DuoClean vacuums exclusively in our cleaning business since they came out. There just isn’t any cleaner head technology out there that compares in my opinion.
On hard floors, it is nothing short of amazing. It picks up everything from fine debris—including heavy fine debris like sand—to pet hair, to large debris of just about any size. Duocleans actually seem to dust the floors as well as pick up the debris. They are true hard floor heroes.
On carpet, the same amazing performance is evident. There doesn’t seem to be anything it can’t pick up. In fact, I tend to get overconfident when preparing pick up tests for Shark Duocleans, putting them though torture tests that are impossible for other vacuums, just because they can do it.
So, I can say confidently that the Shark Ion P50 is the best cordless vacuum I have ever tested in terms of its ability to clean floors. I also like that you don’t have to change cleaner heads when switching from carpets to hard floors like you do with the Dyson cordless vacuums as there is a button on the handle that slows the brushroll speed for hard floors and speeds it up for carpets, so, transitions are painless and instantaneous.
Another pro is its power. We measured its suction at 79 inches of water, which is the highest I have ever seen on a cordless, and its airflow at 36 cfm on max power at the cleaner head, 44 cfm on max at the wand, and 26 and 28 cfm respectively on low power.
I should mention that its max power or power boost button can be tapped once to continuously run when using it as a handheld vacuum, that is, without the cleaner head attached, but with the cleaner head attached the power boost only runs when you hold down the button. In other words, you can’t run it continuously in boost mode while vacuuming unless you want to hold the boost button down.
That being said, I found that its standard low power was more than enough. I ran these tests twice, once with the high-power button pressed and once without, and did not encounter anything that it could not pick up on low power.
The power and floor nozzle seal on hard floors was also evident in the crevice pickup test where it picked up the debris from both crevice sizes in one pass, which is extremely rare.
Another pro was its battery life. The Ion P50 comes with a large Ion battery that we tested at 31:01 with the cleaner head attached and 55:22 minutes without the cleaner head attached. Those numbers would of course decrease depending on how much you held down the power boost button, which is difficult to test.
To make sense of that battery life, you would have about thirty minutes of regular vacuuming time, which blows away every other cordless vacuum we have tested except for the Dyson V8 and V10, but when you factor in the cfm numbers they are pretty much the same, for example the Dyson V8 gets 33:30 at 25 cfm and the V10 gets about 27 minutes at 31 cfm and the Shark Ion P50 gets 31 minutes at 28 cfm, so, it’s, basically, the same, if not ever so slightly better.
Another pro is the crazy large dust bin. In fact, it was so big that the measuring cup I usually use for cordless vacuums proved too small, but it’s maybe a little more than 4.5 cups, which is certainly larger than any cordless vacuum on the market and larger than a lot of upright vacuums as well.
I also found the bin to be easier to empty than most cordless vacuums. The design really isn’t prone to stuck debris, even with pet hair, so you won’t have to be digging debris out with your hands like so many others we have seen.
It has a lot of features including bright LED lights on the floor nozzle, a decent attachment set including a combo brush crevice tool, a dusting brush, and an upholstery tool. It has a dock for the battery but no wall mount since the vacuum can stand up on its own, which is a pro in and of itself.
As far as its weight and maneuverability, it’s hard to say if it’s a pro or a con. In one sense, it is one of the heaviest cordless vacuums as far a dead lift, but it quickly becomes one of the lightest cordless vacuums when you use it in lift away mode, which I prefer anyway. In fact, I pretty much use the lift away mode exclusively with my other Duoclean vacuums where the heavy portion is kept on your non-dominant hand, which doesn’t require much muscle movement to just hold while the vacuuming hand does all the work with hardly any weight on the forearm.
But even in its standard mode it’s is pretty easy since all the weight is on the floor as opposed to on your hand as with all other cordless vacuums.
Before we move to the cons, I also like that the wand is so easy to pull out for getting things up high or for the rare cases where you encounter debris that is too large for the Duoclean to pick up.
So, let move on the cons.
The main con is the price. At the present time, the only cordless vacuum more expensive are the Dyson V10 and the Oreck POD, so, it’s a big investment, but as we have seen does represent the best of the best in cordless vacuum technology right now, so, it is worth it, but it’s pricey.
I also wish that the floor nozzle neck was a little less tall, because that extra height makes it hard to use the Duoclean head on stairs, which is my preferred way to vacuum stairs. You can, of course, use the other tools, but I would prefer the floor nozzle.
So, as you can tell, I am impressed with the Shark Ion P50, but I still have the Roidmi F8 to test before we get to the huge nine cordless vacuum competition and awards show, so, be sure to subscribe to Vacuum Wars for that.
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