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Shark Vertex DuoClean AZ2002 Review

The Shark Vertex DuoClean is a corded upright vacuum with Lift-Away canister for portable use. It’s designed for multi-floor cleaning with powerful suction as an upright or when used as a portable canister vac.

Shark is calling it their “most powerful vacuum ever”. Let’s dive in for the full story.

2-in-1 Upright Vacuum with DuoClean

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Shark Vertex DuoClean

The Shark Vertex is an upright vacuum that doubles as a corded upright or a more portable canister vacuum. It has an advanced DuoClean brushroll system, which combines spiral rubber brushes with a soft roller brush. The 1 quart dust bin canister is removable from the base, which allows you to carry it in-hand as you clean. Based on specs, features, hardware, and price point, the Shark Vertex seems to be the new most high-end model from Shark.Check Price

Pros

  • Multiple configurations for a variety of messes
  • Strong suction of an upright vacuum
  • DuoClean brushroll is ideal for both hard surfaces and carpets
  • New PowerFins on the improved DuoClean brush replace more traditional bristles. This should improve carpet cleaning performance.

Cons

  • A little heavy when used as a handheld
  • One of the most expensive vacuum models Shark offers

Design

The Shark Vertex upright combines a mix of new features for a powerful (and convertible) upright vacuum cleaner.

Shark Vertex AZ2002
Shark Vertex AZ2002

This vacuum has the following perks:

  • DuoClean: utilizes the DuoClean brushroll system, which is a 2-roller technique—soft roller at the front and a spiral rubberized roller in the middle (aka “PowerFins”…Shark’s name); counterrotating for maximum suction and pull
  • Lift-Away: upright vacuum has a canister that separates from the floor brushroll and allows you to take the unit apart from the base for cleaning on-the-go
  • Self-Cleaning brushroll: updated design prevents hair from wrapping around the axel for a more effective cleaning performance

How it Cleans

The Shark Vertex upright vacuum uses the DuoClean brushroll to pull debris into the body of the vacuum.

Shark Vertex DuoClean Powerfins
PowerFins close up

The brushrolls work together to agitate carpet fibers for improved performance, while providing a gentle clean for hard surface flooring, like hardwoods or tile.

Shark Vertex DuoClean brushroll
Shark Vertex DuoClean brushroll

As debris travels from the canister to the dust bin it is sealed off from the rest of the system. Shark uses an anti-allergen seal to help keep even the tiniest particulates out of the air and locked in the dust bin until it is time to empty.

After cleaning, you can remove the bin with the push of a button, empty it into the trash, and reinstall.

There is a 12″ wide cleaning path and a dust bin that holds up to 1 quart of dry debris.

Like the Shark Rotator, the Vertex also has advanced swivel steering as well as LED headlights for better visibility and maneuverability.

Size & Dimensions

The Shark Vertex is 46.25″ tall, 15.09″ wide, and 12″ deep.

Vertex Size & Dimensions
Vertex Size & Dimensions

It has a 12″ wide cleaning path which is a bit wider than other upright vacuums on the market.

Shark Vertex Cleaning Head
Shark Vertex Cleaning Head

The Vertex is powdered with a 30′ long cord and has a flexible hose length of 5.5′ for extended reach.

Overall, this vacuum weighs 16.38 pounds, which puts it right in the middle for full-size uprights.

When used as a handheld, the Vertex is about 8 pounds, give or take, but pretty manageable for many users.

MORE: For comparison, the Dyson V10 Absolute as a handheld weighs a little under 4 pounds.

Accessories & Parts

The Shark Vertex upright vacuum comes with the following parts and accessories:

  • Dusting brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Pet power brush
  • HEPA Filter
Accessories included with the Shark Vortex upright vacuum
From left to right: (1) dusting brush, (2) pet crevice tool, (3) self-cleaning pet power brush

The Shark Vertex includes three attachments for the handheld unit, including a crevice tool, dusting brush and pet power brush.

Cleaning Performance

While we haven’t been able to officially test the Shark Vertex, we do know a few things based on test results from other Shark vacs that we have tested.

Shark Vertex Cleaning

We’ve tested a variety of Shark vacuums, but the closest true comparison seems to be the Shark APEX DuoClean.

Both the Vertex and the APEX DuoClean have similar:

  • Overall size
  • Suction power
  • DuoClean brushroll

Below is our testing data from the Shark APEX:

Overall

99%

Hardwood

100%

Low Carpet

99%

High Carpet

99%

These results are a pretty big improvement from the Shark Rotator or Navigator, which capped overall performance around the mid 80’s. It’s my suspicion that the upgraded DuoClean brushroll has a lot to do with the improved performance.

How do we test?

For all of our vacuum cleaning performance tests, we test on 3 different floor types, including hardwood floors, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet. 

For each floor type, we test the vacuum cleaner against different debris types.

The exact breakdown looks like:

  • Rice – 3 ounces
  • Dry Cereal – 1 ounce
  • Kitty Litter – 3 ounces
  • Sugar – 3 ounces
Cleaning performance testing debris
Testing Debris – From left to right: Rice (3 oz.), Kitty Litter (3 oz), Cereal (1 oz), Sugar (3 oz)

Each of the debris types is then spread across our approximately 11 square foot testing lane. The base surface of our testing lane is an engineered hardwood floor. For our carpet tests, we slide in a low pile and high pile carpet insert on top of the hardwood floor.

Our vacuum cleaning process strives to be as consistent, fair, and true to real world use as possible.

Our tests utilize the following procedure:

  1. Measure the weight of the testing debris and weight of empty vacuum debris container.
  2. Spread the respective debris type evenly across the central portion of the testing lane.
  3. Run the vacuum cleaner over the testing lane.
  4. Measure the weight of the now filled container and take notes on the cleaning performance.

Hardwood Floor

On the hardwood floors, the APEX was flawless, capturing 100% of all debris tested. The soft roller brush really makes a tremendous difference on hardwood floors.

Many upright vacuum cleaners simply push cereal and other large debris forward on hard surface flooring.

Cereal

100%

Kitty Litter

100%

Rice

100%

Sugar

100%

Shark APEX DuoClean hardwood floor cleaning tests

Low Pile Carpet

On low pile carpet, the results were nearly flawless as well, with 99-100% capture rate between all debris types. Overall, it’s just a powerful machine with strong suction.

Cereal

99%

Kitty Litter

99%

Rice

100%

Sugar

99%

Shark APEX DuoClean low pile carpet cleaning tests

High Pile Carpet

The high pile carpet test was consistent and as impressive as the low pile carpet, results between 99-100% collected across all debris types.

Cereal

100%

Kitty Litter

99%

Rice

100%

Sugar

99%

Shark APEX DuoClean high pile carpet cleaning tests

Want to see more Shark vacuum tests? See our complete review series below:

Usability

Using the Shark Vertex vacuum is simple and intuitive. As mentioned above, it works great for upright vacuuming or a more canister-style clean, by popping out the Lift-Away canister.

Shark Vertex upright vacuum cleaner - extended reach

The canister still requires the corded power, but you can easily walk around with the dust bin in one hand and the extended wand in the other for maximum reach.

The cord offers up to 30′ of length and the 5.5′ flexible hose allows for even more extended reach.

You can use hand tools on the end of the wand or the floor cleaning head, which allows you to squeeze under a piece of furniture or sofa, as shown below.

Shark Vertex Cleaning

Maneuverability

The maneuverability of the Shark Vertex appears to be quite good. It has a great reclining handle and advanced swivel steering.

Here’s a quick list of other features that may impact maneuverability:

  • Weight: 16.38 lbs (as an upright)
  • Power: 30′ cord
  • Hose: 5′-5″
  • Height: 46.25″ total height
  • Width: 12″ cleaning path
Shark Vortex upright cleaning under furniture
Shark Vertex upright cleaning under furniture

Maintenance

Maintenance for the Shark Vertex upright vacuum is easy and has a few perks that that keep things running smoothly.

Shark Vertex filter

Here’s what you’re going to get with the Vertex upright:

  1. Self-cleaning brushroll: spiral paddle design is made to help prevent hair tangles or clogging debris, which means less maintenance for you
  2. HEPA filter set: washable with water and sit out to air dry and reinstall
  3. Clean dustbin: easily see when it’s time to empty the canister

Is the Shark Vertex a good value?

Ok so we’re rounding it out towards the end here, let’s talk about value.

Is the Shark Vertex a good value? The answer is generally yes, but may vary depending on exactly what you’re looking for.

Shark Vertex cleaning pet hair in handheld mode
Shark Vertex cleaning pet hair in handheld mode

This vacuum has strong suction, large dustbin capacity, and a good selection of tools and features for variable use.

The only time the value may not feel like it’s there is if you’re considering a cordless vacuum or want something lighter weight.

But if corded power and large dust bin capacity are top priorities, the Shark Vertex will check most of your boxes.

Specifications

Below is a complete list of the specifications and special features included with the Shark Vertex Lift-Away upright:

Specifications 
TypeUpright
ManufacturerShark
ModelVector DuoClean with Powered Lift-Away; AZ2002
SuctionStrong (exact AW unknown)
Height46.25"
Depth11.2"
Width (inches)15.09"
Weight16.38 lbs.
Floor TypeAll
FilterWashable
Dust Bin1 quarts
Cord30'
Reach35.5'
BaglessYes
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty1-Year limited
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Who Should Buy the Shark Vertex Lift-Away Vacuum?

The Shark Vertex is an all-around solid option if you’re looking for a full-size corded upright that really shines with cleaning performance.

I would recommend the Shark Vertex Lift-Away if you’re looking for the following features in an upright vacuum.

  • Good for multi-floor cleaning: The DuoClean system is a great option for users who have a combination of different floor types. The improved DuoClean combines spiral rubberized paddle and soft fluffy roller head at the front of the vacuum. This combination of both cleaning styles makes it powerful enough to agitate debris in carpets, while still being gentle on hardwood floors.
  • Continuous corded power: The upright Vertex is a corded vacuum. Meaning that it can provide continuous, fade-free suction power for as long as you need it, without needing to charge up a battery.
  • 2-in-1 usability: The Vertex Lift-Away canister lets you use this vacuum as an upright or as a powerful handheld by removing the canister from the vacuum base.

To learn more or to check the price of the Shark Vertex Lift-Away, click here.

Updates

  • October 14, 2020 – Initial version of the page was published. Initial version was a pre-test, meaning we have not yet personally tested the product. Our review, opinions, scores, and other factors are based on our experience with similar Shark vacuums, as well as manufacturer info, hardware, and other specs.
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Summary

The Shark Vertex upright is a corded vacuum with Lift-Away canister and DuoClean brushroll system. It is designed for multi-floor cleaning and all types of debris. This vacuum has corded power (up to 30′ cord) and a 5.5′ flexible hose for increased maneuverability and use. All-in-all, this is another solid upright vacuum from Shark with great stats, usability, and a handful of bells and whistles to really make this vacuum feel high-end.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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