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Post# 179397   4/30/2012 at 15:17 (2,900 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        

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A Shark Lift Around. For those of you who don't know, the Lift Around is sort of like the Hoover Portapower, an over the shoulder vacuum. Early impressions are both good and bad.

The good:

1). IT IS QUIET!!!! Even with the Turbo Brush, its still not that loud. But without the brush, the loudest part of the machine is the roar from the suction coming out of the hose.

2). It has really good suction power. On a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 7-8.

3). They say it is a sealed system, and has a hepa filter. So far, I have not noticed anything to say otherwise, as I have not sneezed or seen dust blowing out of it.

4). Lightweight, and a nice assortment of attachments.

5). Does great on pet hair!

6). Long reach for above floor cleaning.

7). Compact storage size.

8). A pretty decient sized cord. I plugged it in in my bedroom, did my room, grandmothers room right next to mine, could have done the hallway and bathroom but passed on it, and got part of the living room before I had to move the plug.

Now for the negative:

1). Tools feel really cheep. They seem solid, but the plastic is so light, that they feel cheep.

2). The collection bin is TINY!!!! I didn't expect it to be huge on such a small machine, but because of how small it is, dust and cat hair gets jammed between the wall of the bin and the inner part, which at some points is no larger than an inch wide, so you have to pull it out by hand.

3). Since I bought it from Target, and not through Euro-Pro's TV program, I didn't the 2 in 1 floor attachment. Oh well, no big deal. Also, it looked like on the infomercial, since they are giving you the floor tool, they give you a handle grip that is rounded, which would be nice to have, but I could be wrong about that.

4). One of the things I really wanted this vacuum for was my car. I had been using one of my Fantom Lightnings for the car, but the gas pump style handle made it hard to get under and around the seats. While the Shark did get the areas that the Fantom Lightning can't get, it didn't remove as much dirt as the Lightning does, despite being able to do more of the car than I usually can. Typically I get a lot of dirt out of the car, between living in Florida with all the sand and pollen and leaves etc, and the fact that whenever my friends and I go somewhere, we typically take my car since we can all fit into one vehicle, so it gets a lot of stuff tracked into it. Despite the fact that my car was pretty dirty, and has not been vacuumed in a few months, the Shark didn't pull as much as the Lightning did when I used to do my monthly vacuuming.

5). Even though Shark claims it "Never looses suction", it is not multicyclonic, so the filter gets dirty quickly. I will post a few pics of the machine below, including a pic of the foam filter after only a little bit of indoor vacuuming and doing the car.

6). The plastic on the Shark gets marked at the slightest bump. I bumped it on the car, and it left a nice white scuff on the pewter (or gold depending on the lighting) colored part of the vacuum.

I have not decided if I am going to keep it or return it yet. At first I was sure I would, but after doing the car, I am not so sure.

Post# 179398 , Reply# 1   4/30/2012 at 15:18 (2,900 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
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Post# 179399 , Reply# 2   4/30/2012 at 15:19 (2,900 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
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Picture 3. Up at the top, its kind of hard to see but there is a lip that traps dirt.

Post# 179400 , Reply# 3   4/30/2012 at 15:19 (2,900 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
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Post# 179401 , Reply# 4   4/30/2012 at 15:21 (2,900 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
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Post# 179402 , Reply# 5   4/30/2012 at 15:21 (2,900 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
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Post# 179404 , Reply# 6   4/30/2012 at 15:23 (2,900 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
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Post# 179405 , Reply# 7   4/30/2012 at 15:25 (2,900 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
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Post# 179427 , Reply# 8   4/30/2012 at 16:20 (2,900 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        

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Pic 8 should be pic 7 and 9 should be 8. Sorry!

Post# 179515 , Reply# 9   4/30/2012 at 23:56 (2,899 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
Does anyone...

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Have experience with these machines, any have a thought on if it is worth keeping? I did some more dusting with it after posting the pics, and I was pretty disappointed in how dirty the filter got. I feel like its going to need to be washed every few uses.

Post# 179534 , Reply# 10   5/1/2012 at 07:23 (2,899 days old) by superj (cos cob,ct)        

post a video of it to youtube

Post# 179568 , Reply# 11   5/1/2012 at 13:10 (2,899 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
Hey guys

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Just wanted to let you know I decided to return it today. I used it a little more yesterday, as I believe I said above, and the filter was so dirty from just 3 times using it, that I decided it would be a pain in the butt having to wash it as often as would have been required *Shark suggests once per month, I think at least once a week would be more accurate* I am uploading one last pic, this one of the filter, to show how dirty 3 times using it got the filter. Just so you guys know, I actually ran my finger gently over the filter and got a coating of dust on my finger, that is how thick the dust on the filter was.

Post# 179907 , Reply# 12   5/4/2012 at 17:11 (2,896 days old) by director12 ()        

Nobody wants to buy a Euro-Pro product, not ever since when you had those Euro-Pro Fantoms. Btw, what years did you get the Euro-Pro Fantoms? 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, or 2006?

Post# 180086 , Reply# 13   5/6/2012 at 19:40 (2,893 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
Not sure exactly...

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But I think 05 and 06

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