Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT


Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT hero

A refinement of its predecessor, the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT is easier to use while retaining the same quality cleaning power. Lift-Away mode is, as always, great to see, turning this upright into a handy portable cleaner for getting into tighter areas. If you’re looking for a good all-rounder, then, this is a great choice.

Pros

  • Clever control placement
  • Excellent cleaning
  • Lift-away mode is powerful

Cons

  • A little bulky in upright mode

Availability

  • UKRRP: £349.99
  • USAunavailable
  • Europeunavailable
  • Canadaunavailable
  • Australiaunavailable

Key Features


  • TypeThis is an upright vacuum cleaner, but Lift-away mode turns it into a kind of cylinder cleaner, making it easier to deal with stairs and those hard-to-reach places

Introduction

Last year’s Shark NZ801UKT was one of my favourite vacuum cleaners, delivering power and performance with a great selection of tools. This year, we have the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT, with an improved and updated design making it easier to use. With excellent suction and near-perfect cleaning on all surfaces, this is one of the best upright vacuum cleaners that you can buy.

Design and features

  • New power buttons and controls are easier to use
  • Refined on-body storage
  • Lift-Away mode makes the vacuum cleaner more nimble

From the outside, the Shark NZ850UKT doesn’t look too different to the previous Lift-Away cleaners that I’ve tested. It’s when you start to look closely that you see where the changes have been made. 

First, the power button has been moved from the top of the dust bin to the top of the handle, behind the slider for power control. This is far more convenient, as you can quickly start and stop the vacuum as you’re moving around, rather than having to move around.

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT mode selector

The power slider lets you choose between hard floor, carpet and deep-pile power modes, which adjusts the speed of the motorised brush bar, plus the slider opens a vent to adjust airflow: closed for hard floors, more open for deep-pile so that the vacuum doesn’t get stuck.

It’s an improved controller over the previous model, which had a manual air vent and just a slider for hard floor and carpet modes. Here, on the Shark NZ850UKT, the power selector lights up your choice with an LED but only when the wand is plugged in fully; remove the wand or handle and you can’t see which mode you’re on. That’s not such a problem, as with handheld tools, you probably just want the maximum power by sliding the selector fully forward.

In the box, you get a crevice tool, a multi-surface brush (it’s a hard brush that turns into an upholstery tool) plus the motorised mini pet power tool. The latter works wonders on sofas and stairs. If you don’t have pets, you can buy the Shark NZ850UK, which is a little cheaper and drops the pet tool from the box.

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT accessories

With the Shark NZ801UKT, the vacuum had fiddly accessory holders at the back, which required you to line up the notch on the holder with the cutout on the tool; if you didn’t, the tools would drop out. Here, Shark has a simple accessory holder that makes it easier to connect two tools.

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT accessories in clip

As an upright vacuum cleaner, the Shark NZ850UKT is easy to move around. Just power it on, flip the body back and the DuoClean brush powers on. This brush has a soft roller for hard floors and a brush for carpets, so you don’t need to change the floor head when moving between surfaces. It’s an Anti Hair Wrap tool, too, so hair doesn’t get caught around the roller brushes: it works brilliantly.

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT floor head

Shark has a series of LEDs on the front that light up where you’re cleaning, so you can see even where the lighting is poor. It’s a useful addition, even if it doesn’t quite highlight dirt as well as the laser on the Dyson V15 Detect.

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT LEDs

It’s easy enough to move the vacuum cleaner around: it moves smoothly over floors so that I didn’t need too much pressure to move it. With an 8m power cable, you can cover a large area and shouldn’t need to switch power sockets too often while cleaning: I can do my entire house with three power sockets. However, with the large 1.3-litre bin on the front, the vacuum cleaner can’t get under chairs or tables easily.

That’s where Lift-Away mode comes in. Press the button on top and the main vacuum and bin lift off the cleaner. This gives you a handy cylinder cleaner that you can move where you want it.

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT Lift-Away mode

With the cylinder off, you can clean more easily under furniture, quickly nipping around chair legs and the like. It does mean that you have to carry the main bulk of this vacuum’s 6.6kg weight around with you. If you need a lighter overall cleaner, a cordless vacuum cleaner may be better for you.

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT cleaning under chair

As well as Lift-Away mode you can detach the handle or wand, using accessories on the end of them. With the wand’s reach, it’s easy to clean around the side of a room without having to bend over or cleaning up high around the ceiling.

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT cleaning around ceilings

When you need to empty the bin, you just push the button on top to remove it, then there’s an eject button that flips the bottom open. It’s pretty easy to empty cleanly, and the top also opens to get all of the dirt out.

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet NZ850UKT bin and filters

With the bin removed, you can reach the main filter; there’s a second post-motor HEPA filter at the bottom. Clean both regularly to keep the vacuum cleaner operating at peak performance.

Performance

  • A lot of suction
  • Cleans brilliantly on all floors
  • Makes short work of pet hair

I tested the Shark NZ850UKT with my standard tools to measure performance in airwatts (AW), an industry standard that combines both suction and airflow. On the had floor more I measured the clea

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