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Post# 174474   3/23/2012 at 01:44 (2,929 days old) by djkain2007 ()        

I have my windtunnel t series P.A.W.S. and i love it to death... but its quite heavy and acquward to carry up the stairs. Would a shark navigator lift away be a better choice?

Both vacs are upright, bagless, brush on/off switch, turbo brush, crevice tool, no loss of suction.

I would much rather have a windtunnel air, but they are no longer sold at walmart :'(

Post# 174476 , Reply# 1   3/23/2012 at 02:11 (2,929 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Hoover any day over the shark.


We have a pile of them at the back here, we trade them in on new machines, They work well the first year. I have heard from other  forum members that run or own vacuum shops the spares are non existent in the USA , exactly the same here. no spares or they cost a fortune. 

Post# 174501 , Reply# 2   3/23/2012 at 08:10 (2,928 days old) by venson ()        
@gsheen / djkain2007

The Sharks come with a long warranty. How inconvenient is it to send a machine back for repair or replacement? Is there any report of Shark not honoring warranty?

It's about 8:50 a.m. here in sunny Florida as I poke around my house and at this keyboard. I took it on myself to call Shark -- 800-798-7398. There was the usual annoyance I have with automated phone systems, "push one, push two . . ." but I was actually speaking to a rep in just a couple of minutes.

If you have a problem with your warrantied Shark that can't be fixed by way of a chat on the phone or a replacement part they'll gladly send, they will send you a pre-printed label so that the cleaner can be returned for repair or replacement. The under-warranty repair is of course free BUT you will be charged for shipment (roughly $24.00) back to you.

Sharks are not my favorite vacuum but considering price, one -- I think they would fare well enough with reasonable care, two -- I don't get my hopes over a vacuum I can land for 139 bucks depending on . . . where you look. They perform decently all around and are easy to store. The biggest job is finding one at a good price. $200 is usually the going but it should not be too difficult to locate one for $140.

As for care, as with any bagless, be nice to it. I say take the high road and empty after each use AND also be regular about cleaning the pre-filter(s). I'd say try the Shark out before you buy. You may be pleasantly surprised. See the link:




Post# 174506 , Reply# 3   3/23/2012 at 08:43 (2,928 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Here in Sa they come with a 3 year guarantee but the plastic breaks easily and thats not covered by guarantee, neither is the brush roll or any theing else but the motor. They are ok but not as good as a hoover , In my opinion that is 

Post# 174511 , Reply# 4   3/23/2012 at 09:08 (2,928 days old) by venson ()        
@gsheen . . .

It's all probably apples and oranges now as there are too many low-end Hoovers and Eurekas -- and you name it -- to make seeing any difference easy.

However, in the growing world of "toss-it" vacuums, it would appear Eureka and Hoover are more friendly toward independent vac shop owners. Repairs done quickly and close to home by "indies" mean less downtime for the end user.

Post# 174512 , Reply# 5   3/23/2012 at 09:10 (2,928 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        
Windtunnel Air

WT Air is also sold at Target which is where I got mine. I'm going to take it over to a friend's house (who has pets) and give it a spin there.

I thought my place was clean but the WT Air still picked stuff up so it will be interesting to see what it picks up there.

Go Hoover!

Post# 174513 , Reply# 6   3/23/2012 at 09:16 (2,928 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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If you take care of it, the Shark Navigator Lift Away (any model) is one of the best bagless uprights out there.

It is the only one rated by Consumer Reports to both clean carpet very well, as well as rate a "very good" at handling - which means it is easier to carry, push and pull than most bagless uprights on the market - including the Hoovers out there.

The Shark Navigator Lift Away weighs only 14 pounds, whereas the Hoovers weigh anywhere from 18 to 22 pounds. But the Hoovers are much better at removing pet hair than the Shark Navigators.

Post# 174518 , Reply# 7   3/23/2012 at 10:27 (2,928 days old) by kenmorekid ()        
Hoover or Shark hmmm

Well i would have to say go with the Shark, Ron had the Navigator Lift Away when I met him and I absolutely fell in love with that vacuum! That one was sold to my cousin who was in desperate need for a good vacuum and didnt have a lot of money to spend. Since then we have been turning family members onto them left and right! His cousin then bought one, my Aunt bought one, and we got my sister one for Christmas. They all love them. They are so easy to use and VERY powerful! Emptying the dirt cup is a snap and the filters are washable, so you dont have to spend anymore money on maintenance. Plus the warranty is great too!!

Post# 174563 , Reply# 8   3/23/2012 at 16:38 (2,928 days old) by guardsman69 ()        

carpet cleaning is the most important factor in purchasing a vacuum.....manuverablility is second....the uh70100 hoover t series paws at 99.00 is the number one seller in this showroom.....easy to push....height settings hair cleaning tools ....lays the shark to waste....i swing shark owners every day back to hoover when they are trying to get their navigator fixed....i navigate mr shark straight to the dumpster where it belongs......i love when my restraunt accounts buy them unbelievable .....the password is OSHA....rosen should put his ball lifting testor on his own balls.....and stop ripping consumers off on an unrepairable vacuum in these tough economic times and market it for the powerbrushed electric broom that it truly is

Post# 174567 , Reply# 9   3/23/2012 at 17:05 (2,928 days old) by vacman117 (Valparaiso, IN)        

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I would definitely go with the Shark. I have the Lift Away Professional and it is truly a great vacuum. The suction is good and it really deeps cleans and grooms the carpet nicely. It comes with a nice set of attachments, especially the Dust Away floor tool. I had a T Series bagless that I bought at Walmart in December and I sold it two weeks later. They are good, but it was just to cheap of a vacuum for me, and the attachments were worthless. Hope that helps!

Post# 174570 , Reply# 10   3/23/2012 at 17:17 (2,928 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I find it trully interesting that the two of us you do not recomend the shark both own and opperate vac shops. I do dysons  and vorwerk. I do not sell anything in the price range of a shark , 


If you are wanting a throw away vacuum then sure go for the shark because uless you have a dealer close who can help you , forget about getting it fixed. 


We are busy cleaning up again and I took all the broken machines to the recycling plant today to be turned into plastic plant pots. I counted them 42 various models of shark , virtually every one with a shattered part of its body and cooked motors.

Post# 174634 , Reply# 11   3/24/2012 at 00:40 (2,928 days old) by djkain2007 ()        

just checked - NO windtunnel airs.

Post# 174680 , Reply# 12   3/24/2012 at 09:53 (2,927 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I believe that something is "happening"

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at HOOVER. I'm hearing stories from different "camps". Stay tuned.

Post# 174682 , Reply# 13   3/24/2012 at 10:00 (2,927 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I think they still have the Air on , rebuilt too. but like $100 now. Love mine.

Post# 174771 , Reply# 14   3/25/2012 at 08:23 (2,926 days old) by pinkge (Indianapolis,Indiana)        
Word of Advice...

HOOVER, any day over a Shark...

Post# 174773 , Reply# 15   3/25/2012 at 08:58 (2,926 days old) by Freddy63 ()        
I'll go with Hoover

I think hoover is best in business. Hoover Platinum UH30010COM less than 12 pounds & have a good sucking power too. You should give it a eye

Post# 174790 , Reply# 16   3/25/2012 at 11:19 (2,926 days old) by briguy (Wichita, Kansas)        
Hoover Windtunnel Air

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would be my choice. I love mine & I just checked the Hoover website & they now have several variations of it. Mine is a reconditioned model & I can't tell that is not brand spankin new. Below is a link to the reconditioned page. They also have a new one w/ pet attachments & now a periwinkle version. I love that color!


Post# 175134 , Reply# 17   3/28/2012 at 11:45 (2,923 days old) by redgeminipa ()        
Shark Navigator Lift Away!

There are 5 Lift Aways between Mike & I and our families. They're all proving to be great machines! My cousin ruined her hose. A simple call to Shark, and they are sending her a new one... no questions asked! Mike's sister's was missing a piece when we opened it. Again, a quick call and the part was sent out.

So far, the oldest one is just over a year old, and still running as good as the day I bought it new. For the price, I haven't found anything that can beat the Lift Away.

Post# 175165 , Reply# 18   3/28/2012 at 20:06 (2,923 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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To those in the UK who may like to know - the Shark Lift Away is also here as a Morphy Richards model, known as the Clarity Liftaway.

Post# 175179 , Reply# 19   3/28/2012 at 21:35 (2,923 days old) by djkain2007 ()        

i've decided to get a windtunnel air at target... found a store with one. i just need to sell my windtunnel t series, if anybody's interested.

still in great shape, minor scratches. but runs like new, needs cleaned but i can do that easily. still all original accessories. love the special P.A.W.S. turbo tool.

Post# 175194 , Reply# 20   3/28/2012 at 22:59 (2,923 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

I weigh in against Shark and Euro Pro. In my experience in refurbishing machines, these are not good. Poor materials, sometimes poor design. Abysmal filtration on certain designs. I pass on most but not all latter-day Chinese Hoovers but rank them higher than Shark/Euro Pro. When I buy dead vacs, I pass on all Shark/Euro Pro without exception.

Post# 175217 , Reply# 21   3/29/2012 at 09:16 (2,922 days old) by sanifan ()        
Hoover Air...

Say, why is it that the Hoover Air is so great? Is the cyclone different than the T series? I've often wondered if the T series machines were any good. Seems everyone raves about the Air, however, whenever Hoover gets mentioned. What makes it better than Hoover's other offerings?

Post# 175227 , Reply# 22   3/29/2012 at 11:38 (2,922 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Well, I can only speak as the owner of the Vax equivalent, the Vax Mach Air.

Good aspects

1) Good suction and power.
2) Lightweight, very easy to store & small compact size.
3) Easy to lift off hood via catches to clean the brush roll.
4) Dust bin fits right inside a refuse bin/kitchen bin.
5) All activation controls located at the top.

Bad aspects

1) Early models suffered from flipping up floor head, unable to lie flat to clean as an upright.
2) British orange models come with a 1.1 metre hose and a short mains cord and require extra purchase of the longer hose - the Reach model and Total model offers the clip on extension hose that you guys get as standard and the longer 10 metre cable length.
3) Can be a touch too noisy.
4) Brush roll button can sometimes be sticky and not function.
5) Hard floor cleaning impossible due to the force of the suction from the floor head.
6) Poor 3 in 1 small cleaning tool, liable to fall off during use.

Post# 175350 , Reply# 23   3/30/2012 at 16:06 (2,921 days old) by djkain2007 ()        

bought a windtunnel air today at target... it was $0.99 cheaper than a navigator lift away before tax. I decided on the air, because it's lighter and from a company i know i can trust. I have never really heard of shark except the navigator and the steam mops.

Love the windtunnel air... brought it home and grandma was kinda mad but it's a lot lighter weight. No loss of suction. two strech hoses plus the wand/handle. and most of importantly quieter than the t series!

$189.74 with tax at target.... great deal. just wish it came standard with a turbo tool, but i can use the one from the t-series with it.

Post# 288589 , Reply# 24   7/14/2014 at 01:25 (2,086 days old) by martin187 (Illinois)        

So one day my vacuum cleaner pooped out on me, it was not worth fixing as it was used and only cost $5. So I went down to Walmart and got a navigator and loved ot. it was awesome- until it sparked inside the machine and caught fire. When I took it back they said my warranty was invalid, how I don't know.

Post# 288590 , Reply# 25   7/14/2014 at 02:42 (2,086 days old) by cb123 (Mobile, Al.)        

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You might be better off getting a nice vintage Kirby off of eBay. It would probably last a whole lot longer.

Post# 288605 , Reply# 26   7/14/2014 at 06:29 (2,085 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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If your old vacuum cost $5 what's wrong with it, that would cost higher than the fiery Shark you bought?

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