by Garrick Dee
Updated December 5th, 2018
They’re basically marketing it as an ultra-light weight upright since it only weighs 8 pounds.
Shark claims that this will perform better than a DC40 on deep cleaning tests on carpet and early reviews from consumers seem to confirm this.
Related: Please check out my in-depth guide on the best Shark vacuums and find out which Shark cleaner would be best suited for your needs.
What’s great about this is that it will never run out of juice since it is a corded unit, the downside is, it has a cord.
At just under $230, this could be a great deal for people who could not afford a Dyson.
But want similar functionality that is something lightweight and versatile that has great cleaning capabilities.
Let’s see how this cleaner performs in the real world.
- Utilizes with a “never loses suction” cyclonic technology
- 32 foot power cord
- Comes with a TruePet Motorized brush
- Hard floor genie works uses suction and a microfiber towel to clean bare floor
- Has 10 LED headlights on the floor base
- Also has a crevice and brush tool
- 2 foam filters (both are washable)
- Lightweight – weighs just under 8 pounds
- Strong suction and capable of deep cleaning carpets
- Specially designed to clean pet hair
- Has bright LED lights
- Versatile – capable of cleaning floors all the way to the ceiling
- Long 32 foot power cord
- Has swivel steering
- Easy to empty dirt bin
- Small dirt cup capacity when you compare it to other uprights
- Does not stand on its own
- The long power cord is cumbersome for quick clean ups
- Has a high pitched whistling sound that can be irritating
- No HEPA filtration
- Plastic tube – does not last as long as the aluminum tube of a Dyson
- Does not swivel as well as a Dyson DC44 or a DC59
- You cannot remove attachments from the tool holder with one hand and it looks flimsy (made from plastic)
The first thing you’ll notice with this vacuum is it looks like a Dyson DC44 only bigger and in a different color.
There are two variants to choose from the HV321 and the HV322.
Both have the same motor and features. The only difference is the HV322 comes with a specialized mini motorized brush to clean pet hair off upholstery and stairs.
Check out this video to see what you get from the HV321…
Even though Shark calls this as an upright, it will have a hard time matching its performance because it has a small dirt cup.
And emptying it though not hard, can be messy and you’ll want fewer trips to the bin as possible.
No HEPA filtration
It does not have any HEPA filtration so avoid this if you have allergies.
It comes with attachments like the crevice and brush tool for above the floor cleaning.
Also it comes with the so-called hard floor genie that looks like this.
It looks eerily similar to the Dyson hard. The good thing is you don’t have to spend another $100 and so dollars to get the same functionality.
Another unique feature not found in under stick vacuums at this price range would be the LED headlights at the main cleaning head.
This helps in terms of visibility so that cleaning dust areas under furniture won’t be an issue.
Advanced swivel steering
To help in moving around furniture, the main cleaning head of this Shark has swivel steering. This feature helps it turn on a dime without much effort.
Attachments and Accessories
It comes with a total of 5 – (1) 12” crevice tool, (2) dusting brush, (3) TruePet Motorized brush, (4) upholstery tool, (5) extension wand
Here are two of them.
Power cord is 32 feet long but it does not have cord rewind.
Filter Clean up
There are two foam filters that you need to clean up. Both are stacked on top of one another and can be accessed by removing the cover on the motor. You’ll have to wash these filters at least one a month to maintain performance.
See it in Action
Some negatives to ponder about
It comes with a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty.
It comes with two tools for cleaning bare floors. The main floor attachment has a brush roll that cannot be turned off but it can be set at setting “1” so it does not spin as fast and not damage delicate hard floor surfaces.
How it performs on bare floor…
Another tool is the floor genie that doesn’t have a motorized brush but only relies on suction to pick up dirt on hard surfaces.
Also attached to it is a microfiber cloth similar that of a Dyson Hard that in theory wipes the floor clean but if you clean a large area it could get dirty really quick and you’d have to wash it so it can be nuisance.
When cleaning carpet floors, you have to set it as setting “2” or the max setting so that the beater bar will be able to dig in and deep clean carpet. Based on video and written reviews it does a very good job on area rugs and carpet.
Here’s a video of it in action…
One thing to note about the swivel steering though, while it can swivel it does not swivel all the way to a 90 degree angle like a Dyson does.
It swivels only to a 45 degree angle so don’t expect Dyson like performance in terms of maneuverability.
In addition to the crevice and dusting brush tool that clean lose dirt, it comes with a TruePet motorized brush that will work well on upholstery.
It will pick up embedded dirt like pet hair on fabric upholstery. Take not that this will be only available on the HV322.
That same TruePet motorized brush will work well in removing pet hair on upholstery.
On stairs, you can use the TruePet brush or attach the main floor tool directly to the motor for more deep cleaning.
Another tool you can use for cleaning pet hair is the upholstery tool that has fabric strips on both sides to agitate and pick up hair on upholstery, curtains or bed sheets.
Hard floor genie
TruePet mini motorized brush
|Height adjustment settings||N/A|
|Cord Length||32 feet|
|Auto Cord Rewind|
|Brush on/off switch|
|Filter clogged indicator|
|Full bin indicator|
|Net weight||less than 8 pounds|
|Shipping weight||22.4 pounds|
|Cleaning Path||Approx 12"|
|Overall reach||Approx. 35 to 38 feet|
|Filter type||2 foam filters|
There are lots of positive reviews in Amazon despite my reservations because it did a very good job on carpet.
According to most of the reviews, it is maneuverable and picks up a ton, even pet owners love how it cleaned up pet hair on carpet.
Better than a Dyson?
Some consumers even compared this with Dyson’s DC59 and they would prefer this over the Dyson because it was cheaper. Also they didn’t have to worry about the battery running out.
It also outperforms other 2-in-1s in terms of cleaning performance but one problem with this is the small dirt cup that fills up fast.
Some people said that it filled up so fast that they didn’t notice that it was already full. So frequent trips to the garbage bin is necessary when you use this.
Some issues with the tool clip
The clip is a nice addition but quality isn’t as good. You can’t remove tools with just one hand. And the clip itself has a tendency to fall off quite easily.
It also does not stand on its own because the motor is heavy.
You’d have to remove the motor from the wand and attach it on a holder located on the bottom part of the wand before storing it.
Also the cord is long and before using it you’ll need to remove the motor first before dislodging cord which is a bit of a hassle but consumers didn’t seem to mind it at all.
Feedback on hard floor tool
The hard floor attachment is a nice addition and one reviewer gave a tip in using it – don’t go back and forth with it, only go forward so it doesn’t streak.
Maintenance seems to be easy. You need to wash the two filters once a month and cut off the hair off the motorized brush.
If you have lots of pets go with this, if not then go with the HV321 that does not have the mini motorized tool attachment and save around $30 or so.
You can buy this in Amazon for less than $230 and it comes with their 2-day free shipping if you join Prime.
Amazon also sells extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
This corded 2 in 1 vacuum is great for people looking for a vacuum that weighs less than a full sized upright. But still packs the same cleaning power.
Remember that since the dirt cut is smaller, you’ll have to empty this more often. It can be a pain but folks don’t seem to mind. I guess this will boil down to personal preference.
While Shark advertises this as an upright, don’t expect it to replace an upright because of the small dirt cup. And since it cannot stand on its own you’ll need to disassemble it first before storing.
Cleaning performance won’t be an issue when you buy this but the plastic parts can be in the long term.
The plastic main tube will break if you’re not careful so please take note.
Since this is top heavy, using this as a handheld may be an issue for folks who are a little weaker.
Just don’t expect this to be feather light – it isn’t, it is significantly bigger than a Dyson V8.
The LED headlight (on both the floor and handheld tool) is a nice addition because it gives better visibility.
Overall this product is great value for money for people who may want a Dyson DC59 and/or Dyson Hard but cannot afford it.