Shark IONFlex Duo Clean Review: Duo Clean Now is Cordless!

A few months ago I published a review that talked about the Duo Clean Rocket that featured Shark’s latest technology called the “Duo Clean” that features a roller brush and a bristled brush.

It was one of their first products that used this feature and had a similar design to the Dyson cordless vacuums.

The only difference is the Rocket has a cord.

Now Shark has a proper cordless vacuum that may rival Dyson in terms of versatility and performance.

Meet the IONFlex Duo Clean – Shark’s latest cordless stick vacuum to hit the market.

And it has several features not even found in the Dyson V8.

It’s probably the only stick vacuum with a trigger design that free-stands. Other vacuums like the Hoover Cruise, Dyson V8, V6, Shark Rocket, Bissell Multi Reach does not free-stand.

To help guide you through this review I’ve prepared a table of contents section…

Here are the other features at a glance…

  • MultiFlex technology allows this to reach deeper into furniture because of the flexible extension wand
  • Of course there’s the Duo Clean feature that cleans large and small debris on carpet and bare floor without the need to switch anything
  • It has two removable lithium ion batteries so that you can charge one battery while still using the other
  • Versatile toolset that includes a duster crevice tool, pet multi tool, anti-allergen dust brush and a flexible extension wand
  • LED Headlights
  • Smart Response Technology that has different settings tailored for carpets or bare floor
  • Comes with a 5 year limited warranty

Pros

  • Versatile stick vacuum that morphs into a hand vac
  • Duo Clean feature is a game changer in how well it cleans bare floor and carpet
  • Long 5 year warrant – 3 years longer than the Dyson V8
  • Flexible wand allows gives it more maneuverability and reach under furniture
  • Removable battery means batteries can be replaced just in case it breaks
  • LED headlights gives it better visibility

Cons

  • Small capacity dust cup
  • It takes around 3.5 hours to recharge
  • Not as maneuverable as the V8

What to expect from the IONFlex Duo Clean Cordless?

This vacuum is similar to the Rocket Duo Clean minus the cord. In typical Shark fashion, they’ve added lots of goodies and features that make this stand out from its peers.

Before I go on babbling please watch this video from Shark to see what this product is all about…

The features shown in the video is quite impressive from the Duo Clean system to the LED headlights.

There are actually two versions of this vacuum in Amazon – the IF251 and IF201. Both have the same features, the biggest difference would be that the IF215 (blue) has two batteries while the IF201 only has one.

Both will have the same Duo Clean tool with LED headlights and the flexible wand.

Duo Clean

Shark was the first and perhaps the only manufacturer that utilizes counter rotating brushes. Instead of using two bristled brushes, the front part utilizes a soft roller brush that does a great job at pulling up dirt.

The second beater bar has a traditional bristled design to agitate dirt on carpet.

Using this design allows Shark to raise the clearance and prevent snow plowing large particles of dirt.

It’s a fixture in all their new products that includes the Rocket and Rotator series vacuums.

Lithium Ion Battery

The IONFlex comes equipped with a lithium ion battery that will give you around 20 to 30 minutes of run time depending on the power mode you use.

If you opt for the more expensive IF252 you’ll get not one but two batteries. Take note that this vacuum has an external charger so you can still use it while the other battery charging.

You can also plug it directly on the vacuum itself to charge when not in use.

Self-Standing feature

One thing that limits the Dyson V8, Hoover Cruise, Shark Rocket and other similar vacuums it their inability to stand without a wall mounted bracket.

In my home with concrete walls, I really don’t want to drill holes but that’s just my preference. This really isn’t a big issue for folks who don’t mind a little DIY work but if you don’t want drilling any holes this is a big plus.

Small footprint

Because the wand folds it’ll take less real estate to store this vacuum. You’ll be able to store this in a close easy.

MULTIFLEX technology

Before the IONFlex came out all of vacuums that in the Dyson mold used an extension wand that did not bend. While there’s nothing wrong with this setup, you’ll have to crouch down in order to reach deep under furniture.

Shark brings another innovative feature called the MULTIFLEX where a part of the extension wand flexes. This gives it better maneuverability when it comes to cleaning areas under tables or sofas.

LED Headlights

Another feature not found in other cordless stick vacuums are LED headlights. You’d have to purchase a high-end upright to enjoy this feature.

Now it’s available in this vacuum.

This helps in terms of visibility and tracking down dust.

Floor to ceiling versatility

Perhaps the greatest strength of this product is the versatility that it brings to the table. When you combine all the tools, you have a vacuum capable of cleaning every part of your home and even your vehicle.

It comes with: dusting brush, crevice tool and a pet multi tool that will help you clean every nook and cranny of your home.

The pet multi-tool is handy when cleaning fabric sofa and mattresses. If you have children suffering from eczema this is a handy tool that’ll help you clean bed bugs.

Bare Floor Cleaning

The biggest benefit you’ll get from the Duo Clean system would be how it cleans bare floor. This tool is design such so that it will literally pull dirt toward the suction chamber.

Using this allowed Shark to raise the clearance thus preventing it from pushing larger bits of dirt forward- a phenomenon known as the snow plowing effect.

In a way the soft roller part of the duo clean system is similar to Dyson’s soft roller but not as thick.

It will work great on most bare floor surfaces such as hardwood, tile and linoleum. Even if it has crevices, there’s enough suction and agitation to pick up dirt trapped in those areas.

Carpet Cleaning

If you’ve read my reviews about the Shark Rocket with Duo Clean and Rotator Powered Lift-Away, you’ll notice that I shared videos on how the duo clean brushes perform. And it performs amazing.

Granted these products have a cord which means there’s more power.

But it’ll still have better performance when you compare it to other underpowered stick vacuums in the market. Dare I say that this will go head to head with the Dyson V8 in terms of how it cleans dirt and it’ll last more than 8 minutes even with the max power engaged.

Upholstery Cleaning

Armed with a pet turbo brush, this vacuum is capable of cleaning debris like crumbs of chips or pet hair off fabric upholstery like sofa and mattresses.

If I could nitpick though, this tool does not pivot so it’ll put a bit of strain on your wrist.

Nooks and Crannies

It also comes with a crevice tool so cleaning nooks and crannies should not be an issue.

See it in Action

Here’s a real world demonstration of how the Shark IONFlex works…

Take note that these may not be the exact same variant you’ll see in Amazon but it’ll have the same motor and Duo Clean head.

What consumers say?

Consumers for the most part really like how this product performed. One review said that this vacuum has a “self-propelled” feeling on carpet. This is a good in my opinion because you know that suction is good and bad because it makes it harder to maneuver.

In terms of performance it seems that this vacuum outperforms the Dyson V6 thanks in large part to the duo clean system that has great agitation in bare floor and carpet.

One thing to note is that Shark is heavier than the Dyson V6 or V8 because of the bigger motor and larger cleaning head.

It won’t be as easy to maneuver but it still has the swivel steering.

Run time based on reviews is between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the cleaning mode. Obviously if you use the carpet mode, run time will be closer to 20 minutes.

The self-standing feature also got a lot of thumbs up and since you can fold the wand, this lessens the foot print and requires less space to store.

Complaints include the dirt bin being small and some complaints about the long charge time that’s around 3 to 3.5 hours. Recharge time is pretty standard – take note that the Dyson takes the same time to fully charge.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy the Shark IONFlex from Amazon and it currently has two variants – the IF201 and IF250. The IF201 only comes with one battery while the IF250 comes with two.

It’s also available from SharkClean.com if you want to buy it direct from the manufacturer.

One reason I like buying appliances from Amazon would be the availability of the extended warranty if you want extra peace of mind.

To Wrap It Up

Shark does it again with the IONFlex Duo Clean. Think of this vacuum as a Shark Rocket without the cord.

Again, Shark has its eye set on challenging Dyson as the market leader in the cordless vacuum niche with never before seen features in a cordless stick like the MULTIFLEX technology, LED headlights and self-standing storage that does not require any brackets.

It’s a bit more pricier than the corded Rocket but it does not have any cords so this is a great versatile cleaner that’ll clean anywhere inside your home and vehicle.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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