For three days I've been giving my new Shark Ultralite Multi-vac a family sized run. I have to admit, I'm finding vacuuming fun.
Out of the box the Shark ultralite multi-vac was like a puzzle. My girlfriend and I read the instructions and snapped it together. We still have two attachments we aren't sure where they belong on the machine, so for now, they are on a shelf, with the manual, in hopes that they will soon join the mothership.
At first glance, it seemed flimsy. It takes some getting use to how it swivels when you turn the handle. Though, day three and I'm findiing it to be a fun addition. I can manuever into tights places and underneath things that before I could not.
Upright, as a stick-vac it is light weight. It manuevers easily and requires little effort to push it across the carpet. One of my favorite features is I no longer have to make an adjustment from my regular carpet to my shag rug. The Shark ultralite multi-vac doesn't have rollers so it navigates magically in the transition and has amazing suction to deep clean the shag rug...in fact, a few Battleship pegs were discovered! I also appreciate the fact that I am no longer a multi-tool person as I can go from carpet to tile and take care of the foyer and the kitchen floor at the same time I vacuum. It's amazing!
As a portable-vac, the Shark ultralite multi-vac has a backsaver. With a simple push of a button on the handle, the vacuum transforms itself into a portable vac. You can remove the canster and hold it to get down and under tables, furniture and my couch. It's really convenient and has had me vacuuming in spots that were once reserved for a monthly ritual. Already my house is cleaner!
Shark thought of everything when they made it also a hand-vac. My stairs have been vacuumed with ease for three days now. The hand vac is light weight. It is wide enough to cover the stair and make it simple. As a hand vac it is also the perfect item for couch cushions, mattresses and our elevated closet!
This vacuum has huge suction power. It can easily take care of cocoa powder and doesn't hesitate with cheerios or dried out macaronis. It sucked the finest dirt from my shag run and just kept on going!
When the vacuuming is done, you can empty the canister and see the dirt that lurked in the depths of your carpeting, or was quite visible on the tiles.
I'm impressed by this vacuum. For $99 it seems to cover all the vacuuming I can dream of and allows me to explore places that before were truly once a month locations. That being said, there are a few things I would change about this vacuum.
The cord, while lengthy, is not long enough for me to venture the entire length of my living room. Granted it's long and I"m including the foyer in my length, but my other vacuum did this.
Secondly, when emptying the canister, the cord is bothersome. It is not as easy as it should be with the cord tailing along on the dump. I just don't like that.
The on and off switch is located on the hand-vac/canister part of the vacuum and place on the lower front. It would be far more practical further up, though I realize this takes away from the ability to operate it as a handvac.
Finally, it requires some effort to remove the handvac. It's not really something you can just transition to when you're vacuuming. You have to turn a lock (easy) and then pull it from the stick-vac. It's not difficult, but not smooth sailing either.
All in all, this is a great vacuum. This morning I emptied both the canister from my regular vacuum and the Shark vacuum. I then vacuumed with the Shark and followed with the regular vacuum. There was nothing left behind for the regular vacuum to have to suck up. The shark was very thorough and in comparison, much lighter.
While there are things I would change about the Shark Ultralite, multi-vac, I'm keeping it. I find it to be simple, efficient and a lot of fun. It allows me to venture into places I couldn't vacuum so easily without and it is light weight.