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Post# 182927   5/28/2012 at 15:23 (2,865 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

I decided to buy this vacuum on whim because I really liked the looks of it. I know that Euro-pro makes incredibly low qualihy products, and I do not trust the brand, but this vacuum seemed pretty cool, so I thought I would go into it with an open mind. I tried that with the Shark Pocket Mop and it actually lived up to my negative expectations of the brands lack of quality and I returned the silly thing and now use a Hoover Floormate and Haan for bare floors.... I've not seen any reviews of this here yet, so I wonder if any other members have tried it out. Luckily, if it doesn't meet my expectations, the place I bought it from has a liberal return policy. I imagine they'd get fewer returns if they allowed one to try vacuums out in the store, but I digress...

So far, I quite like it. Three hours to charge and a foot controled power switch really make me happy. I think it looks good, from the shape of the nozzle to the white color with plastic-chrome accent, to the blue LED indicator light and triple LED headlights.... The blue light acutally surrounds the power pedal and is divided in two.... one half indicates carpet cleaning, the other bare floor cleaning.... press the button once for carpet, twice for bare floors, and again for off. Half the light will illuminate while the machine is charging, and the whole thing will illuminate when the machine has reached a full charge. Apparently, it has a "smart charger" that will not over-charge the battery. The facts that it stands up on its own and has a swivel neck are really nice. Great also, is the fact that it has a compact charging base/stand, similar to the Ergorapido (which I have as well, but it's not very powerful), but this one also stands on is own and doesn't require the charger to hold it upright.

The bristles aren't extremely stiff, but then again, this isnt' a "real" vacuum, it's just a supplemental quick picker upper. It also doesn't have any attachments, but I knew that going into it... one person gave it a bad review because it doesn't have any attachments... that's like giving a car a bad review because it doesn't mow the grass too... it isn't supposed to!

It does have an extra wide gap in the center of the front of the nozzle to limit snow plowing. The handle seems realitvely comfortable and sturdy (one of the many problems with Euro-pro/Shark products in the past has been flimsly handles that break if you look at them cross eyed). It feels heavier than you'd expect, but that's a good thing... it pushes easily. I haven't tried it on bare floors yet, because I just got it, but it is worth noting that the brushroll does not shut off completely for bare floors, the machine just lowers the speed considerably on that setting. The wheels are rubber coated... one thing that impressed me is that the batteries are really easy to access, no tools required... most cordless machines insruct you to discard the machine when the batteries wear out, but this one makes replacing them easy.... hopefully that doesn't mean that they will require frequent replacing.

I was quite shocked at the amount of dust and cat hair it got up during the initial 5 minute jaunt around the apartment.... I can never wait for new toys to charge all the way before playing with them. I'd just vacuumed with the Hoover Platinum lightweight bagless, Kenmore Direct Drive, Kirby Sentria, and Electrolux Renniassance LAST NIGHT before bed, so that amount of dirt is surprising. Surprising too, is the fact that the machine preformed quite well on the shag rug! Most of my uprights, including the cordless Ergorapido struggle with the shag, but this thing did pretty darn well... the brush bogged a bit, but just a bit, and it actually fluffed the pile rather than smashing it. Not as well as the Eureka F and G style machiens, or any Kirby, but still pretty well consdering. I fully expected the brush to stop and the machine to be impossible to move and for me to break the handle trying... none of those things happened!

I guess we'll see, but here are some pictures for now... I'm tentatively holding onto the reciept and box "just in case"!

Post# 182928 , Reply# 1   5/28/2012 at 15:24 (2,865 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        


Post# 182930 , Reply# 2   5/28/2012 at 15:25 (2,865 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

The pre-motor filter is REALLY dense! It is washable as well...

Post# 182931 , Reply# 3   5/28/2012 at 15:26 (2,865 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

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Post# 182932 , Reply# 4   5/28/2012 at 15:27 (2,865 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

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Post# 182933 , Reply# 5   5/28/2012 at 15:27 (2,865 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

let's try that again :o)

Post# 182934 , Reply# 6   5/28/2012 at 15:28 (2,865 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        
the dirt, last picture

Look at all that!

Post# 183206 , Reply# 7   5/29/2012 at 20:34 (2,863 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

Just wanted to give an update after having this for a day. It is really cool! I can't believe I actually like a Euro-pro product, but this thing has power, and works so well on bare floors. The low speed is perfect for the bathroom rugs... I've actually considered keeping this and using this for floors and the Black and Decker Flex for above the floor stuff and giving the Ergorapido to a friend... it really works that well! It's just a pleasure to use! I'm not going to empty the dirt bin until it's full to see if it loses power or not... We'll have to see how it holds up with daily use!

Post# 183236 , Reply# 8   5/29/2012 at 23:57 (2,863 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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I have seen the Freestyle at Target a few times. I would never go for a rechargeable vacuum, but I might consider a cheaper, corded model. It would be nice for sweeping the kitchen. I'm thinking Shark's current line up will end up like the Fantoms of the 90s. Not everyone likes them but they have a strong fan base. I've never used a Shark vacuum but I do think will be collectable one day.

Post# 183264 , Reply# 9   5/30/2012 at 11:19 (2,863 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        

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Don't get your hopes up. I posted on here a few weeks ago, having just purchased the Shark Lift-Around, and while I must admit, it did a great job on furniture, dusting, etc, it did a lousy job cleaning the car, and while it was a sealed system, the pre motor filter got dirty REAL fast, and the dust cup was small. I am not saying Euro-Pro will never come up with a good product, I actually have, over the years, had a few Euro-Pro products that I liked, and to an extent, I did even like the Lift-Around, but they just cant seem to get it right on a consistent basis.

Post# 183281 , Reply# 10   5/30/2012 at 14:33 (2,863 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

Why did it do a lousy job in the car? Did it not have enough suction? Did you return it?

I am watching the filters closely to see if the pre motor filter gets dirty fast... it's white, so it should be easy to tell. When you open up the dirt cup, the shape of the dirt cup and lid are that of a cat's head! It's still working well, but I've got 90 days to return it if it does something I don't like :)

Post# 183289 , Reply# 11   5/30/2012 at 15:28 (2,863 days old) by director12 ()        

I had a Euro-Pro Shark Roadster I got for Christmas in 2006 (the Sears exclusive model). That was thrown away a year later because the power switch died.

Fantomvacuumfan, did you always like Fantoms when you were a kid?

Post# 183315 , Reply# 12   5/30/2012 at 20:13 (2,862 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
In the car...

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It actually did a nice job for the most part, and did get into tight spots, but for some reason the smaller bin on it was not as full as the bigger bin on my Fantom Lightning that I usually use to clean with. What I mean is the Fantom bin is bigger, so there is more room for the dirt to spread out in it, yet, it always filled higher than the Shark bin did. And yes I returned it.

Director12, yes, I remember watching the infomercials on TV, and then on HSN. At one point, I had a video tape from 2001 which I had recorded the Fantom hour on HSN. I seem to remember they had the Fury and Crosswind, the Crosswind for sure, plus probably another model or 2, but something happened and I lost the tape, either I accidentally recorded over it or threw it out for some reason :/ I even used to have all the VHS tapes for the Fury, Thunder, Lightning and Cyclone XT, but most of those have disappeared as well, I only have the Fury one, along with the Lightning owners VHS tape, which includes the TV infomercial.

Post# 183316 , Reply# 13   5/30/2012 at 20:17 (2,862 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
Btw Vacuumfreeeke...

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Here is the post where I reviewed the Lift-Around, and posted pics, including of the filter after only 3 times using it.

Post# 183366 , Reply# 14   5/31/2012 at 05:35 (2,862 days old) by director12 ()        

Why did Euro-Pro put Fantom on the sideline? And to those who ask, what could be the full history on Iona Fantom?

And did Fantom's patents expire after the transfer to Euro-Pro?

Post# 183444 , Reply# 15   5/31/2012 at 17:18 (2,861 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        

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Hey, why don't you just add me on facebook, and we can talk there. I am gonna send you an email to the email on your profile page. :)

Post# 183705 , Reply# 16   6/1/2012 at 21:45 (2,860 days old) by director12 ()        

I was hoping FantomLightning aka Zach read this. He owns a Navigator, but for cleaning the fireplace. He owns a Fantom Thunder from 1998 and fantom Fury SE from 2001, but they need new parts, he didn't have the time and money.

Post# 184025 , Reply# 17   6/3/2012 at 10:27 (2,859 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        

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Did you get my email?

Post# 184045 , Reply# 18   6/3/2012 at 13:06 (2,859 days old) by director12 ()        

Yes I got the email, and I haven't checked Facebook for so long.

Post# 230746 , Reply# 19   4/30/2013 at 21:52 (2,527 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        
Video of Shark Navigator Freestyle

Finally got around to making a video of the Shark Navigator Freestyle... I just bought a real camcorder so I used that for the first time on this video. So much better than using a digital camera or a cell phone, except I can't hold it in my left hand so I have to operate the vacuum with my left hand while holding the camera in my right... not fun or easy!

Post# 230838 , Reply# 20   5/1/2013 at 15:10 (2,527 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Its already in the UK on sale. 139 from Lakeland.


Post# 231548 , Reply# 21   5/6/2013 at 21:38 (2,521 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        

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I really liked you video. Very well done and to the point. Thanks for sharing.

Post# 232089 , Reply# 22   5/10/2013 at 17:11 (2,517 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Nice video. I like the blue LED's but they could confuse the buyer as being the UVC ultra ray type - or are they UVC lights that have been added here?

Post# 232102 , Reply# 23   5/10/2013 at 20:49 (2,517 days old) by Vacuumfreeeke ()        

Thanks DJ and Sebo... I didn't know if anyone would see this because it was reviving an old thread, but it was a fun excuse to try out the new camera...

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