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Shark is such a good and reliable brand of vacuum cleaner, and their vacuum cleaners are certainly some of the best around.
Those of you who follow my reviews will know that it was love at first use when they released their original steam cleaner (which I still use today), and since then they have remained a favourite company of mine.
Two features I love in a Shark upright vacuum cleaner is the duo-clean technology and lift away. Both of these make life easier, and they work really well to ensure that carpets and hard floors alike are kept in perfect condition.
I’ve seen a couple that incorporates both, and the AX910UK and AX910UKT are two more that have it. You can imagine my delight when I was able to test out another Shark with all of my favourite things.
In short I thought this vacuum cleaner was fantastic, and it impressed me on multiple levels, but it wasn’t perfect. I have yet to find a model that is absolute perfection in every way, but more on this later on in my AX910UK review.
Shark AX910UK & AX910UKT
Corded upright vacuum
£249.99 - £329.99
There are times when bigger is better, and in this situation that is certainly the case. The duo-clean head is larger and more powerful, providing you with a clean unlike anything you have experienced before.
Smooth handling and a range of great accessories really make this vacuum worth it.
- PROS AND CONS
- 1L dustbin
- 7.2kg weight
- HEPA filter
- 750w motor
- 5-year guarantee
Presenting the Shark AX910UK and AX910UKT
The Shark AX910UK and AX910UKT are fantastic vacuum cleaners if you want something that is powerful and capable of tackling mess on all floor types.
Of course, the UKT is also ideal if you have pets in your home and need to tidy up all of the fluff and dirt that they leave behind.
There’s a lot going for this model, and it remains incredibly flexible. The cord is a little short, which can be disappointing, especially when there are other Shark models that I have reviewed with longer cables.
It can be a little heavy as well, so if you want a lighter model with a longer cable, the Shark NV801UKT might be more suited to your requirements.
What’s the Difference Between the Two Shark Models?
There are actually very few differences between the Shark AX910UK and AX910UKT; one to be precise. The T in UKT stands for true pet, and this means that it comes with an additional tool for tackling pet hair in the home.
It’s something I really like about Shark, because there is only one difference between their vacuums and so I’m not left feeling confused and overwhelmed when faced with the choice between the two.
As the AX910UKT comes with the extra tool, this is the model that the review will be centered around.
Design and Features
The Shark AX910UKT has a really sleek and modern design, and while it is still a little boxy, the overall look actually feels slimmer. It still fits in my small cupboard, packing away compactly in a small space for superb storage.
It clicks together nicely on arrival as well, with simple instructions that make the process a pleasure. Of course, it uses duo-clean technology (have I mentioned it too much yet?) which means there are two brush rolls working to ensure that every last scrap of debris is picked up.
This is a great feature that works across both carpets and hard floors to just bring that extra level of cleaning to the home. The floorhead is also larger than it used to be, with a wider head for better suction and reach around the home.
I quite like this, and it made cleaning more effective. As with every Shark vacuum cleaner, those classic LED lights can still be found on the head; showing you all the dirt that you’re missing.
The soleplate can be lifted away from the floorhead so that you can access each of the brushes. The bristle brush at the rear (carpets) still cannot be removed, but it can be cleaned quite easily where it is.
I’ll continue begging Shark for a removable one, although I am starting to feel that it just won’t happen. The soft brush roll (hard floors) can be removed, however, and it will need to be cleaned regularly to remove all the dust and debris that builds up on it.
The powered lift away is the next feature I want to look at, and another one that I loved being included.
This is the usual technique of removing the main body from the frame to create a portable vacuum cleaner, but in this case, you can attach the main floorhead to the wand and use it to reach difficult places, like under furniture, and all with the normal power provided by the floorhead.
It’s a more flexible way to clean, and one that really does make things easier for you.
The controls are on the handle, and these include the switch between hard floor and carpets so that you can adjust it according to your needs. There is also a suction valve, allowing you to change the power depending on the surface and area that you are cleaning.
The main power button is on the body again, however, and I was a little disappointed by this. There is tool storage on the main body, so everything stays with you when you are vacuuming.
The motor is 750w, which might sound low but is actually incredibly effective. The head has an 80w motor, which is also very powerful considering how small it is.
How Noisy is it?
It measures in at 80db, which is the EU limit and a relatively quiet volume. It doesn’t sound as loud as some of the vacuum cleaners I have tested out in the past, and is actually very tolerable.
Cord Length and Storage
The cord is 8m long, which I was disappointed with. Shark doesn’t have a massive number of vacuum cleaners with a 10m cord, but they should.
8m does mean changing sockets more often, but it’s not the end of the world. The handy cable tidy on the back of the frame makes up for it a little.
Weight and Handling
The Shark AX910UKT weighs in at 7.2kg, which is actually pretty heavy; especially when compared with other Shark vacuum cleaners. In lift away mode, it is half this, but they do seem to be getting weightier as time passes.
When in full upright mode, you don’t feel the weight so much as you push it around, and you certainly get used to it in lift away.
The steering and handling are fantastic, as it glides across hard floors with very little effort. There is more friction with carpet, but a lot of that is down to the powerful suction more than anything.
The valve can help to reduce this friction, but I’ve always seen it as an example of its good cleaning capabilities.
Dust Canister and Filter
The dust canister has a 1L capacity and is very easy to empty. Some find this quite small, but it does depend on the size of your home. I find it to be quite good, and it is also a reminder to empty the canister after every vacuuming session.
Sometimes, hair does get stuck in the lid of the bin, but it doesn’t take much to remove this and dispose of it. It has the usual Shark filter combination. First, you have the main one which consists of a large sponge with a little seal underneath.
This can absorb masses of dust and gunk, and you will be amazed by just how much it can take; there are even videos dedicated to it. This should be washed every three months to avoid loss of suction, according to Shark.
However, I feel that once every month is much more effective. The HEPA filter is near the motor, and there is a rubber seal under it to ensure no dust sneaks past and clogs it up.
This filter works to protect those with allergies and asthma from allergens, and it captures 99.7% of them. It needs to be washed less frequently at once or twice a year, and both filters should only be washed with water.
How Well Does It Clean?
It does such a good job on hard floors, sweeping up all of the debris without snowploughing anything as it moves. I absolutely hate mess being pushed up and around, so to see it suck everything up felt great.
Many Shark vacuum cleaners are good with this, but there have been a few models that partake in the dreaded snowplough effect.
The Shark AX910UKT is also superb on carpets, and in one pass it picked pretty much everything up. You can really feel the suction and the brush bar working, all of which I loved.
It did take a few passes, but this is something I am very used to at this point, and it’s not a big deal. It only needs those extra runs to get the really fine stuff.
Also Read: Difference of Shark NV801UK and NV801UKT
Stairs are made easy with this vacuum cleaner, and the lift away feature is what makes it so. I was able to move freely up and down the stairs without balancing the vacuum cleaner dangerously, and could instead focus on vacuuming.
As it has powered lift away, I was able to use the main floorhead on the stairs, but I could also use it to reach under furniture and other tight spaces I would not normally be able to get to.
Further Reading: How to Clean Shark Cordless Vacuum
The lift away tech also means that floor to ceiling cleaning is made simpler. In addition to the long wand and attachments, it can be carried around with you to reach up high and grab all of those cobwebs and dust. The wand is a little heavy at first, but you’ll get used to it in no time.
How Well Does It Cope with Pet Hair?
On hard floors, I watched the soft brush roll really work to pick up fine dust and debris as well as pet hair, and the floor looked amazing. It reached right into the grooves of my tiled kitchen, and I was really pleased with how well it turned out.
Close inspection revealed a pristine floor; until the dog walked in and shook, of course. It did really well on carpets as well, with the bristle brush reaching right down to grab deep hairs that had been long forgotten.
It took a couple of passes to get it all up, but there was no balling of hair and fluff, and the wider head meant that it took less time to clean overall. The suction was fantastic; I couldn’t be happier.
The pet tool is, of course, the star of the show here. I used it on the dog’s bed after purposely not cleaning it for two weeks (so fluffy), and it had it looking brand new again within minutes.
I also used it on the stairs and stubborn areas of carpet with massive success. Honestly, so impressed with how effective this little motorise tool is.
As mentioned above, the pet tool is fantastic at picking up hair and fluff, as well as being the one thing that separates the AX910UK and AX910UKT.
You also have the upholstery tool, and this is perfect for furniture and car interiors as it keeps everything nice and clean effortlessly. It clips on easily, and you can also use it on tricky areas of carpet.
The 2-in-1 crevice tool and duster brush are also brilliant, and the fact that they are attached means that you can interchange them in one swift movement. The crevice tool reaches right into corner, nooks, and crannies to get rid of debris.
The duster brush is ideal for delicate surfaces and bannisters. I actually quite like using it on my kitchen floor too; it does a great job.
How Does It Compare?
Here are some other, similar, models of vacuum cleaner for you to consider, just in case you want to look at other options before you commit to a Shark AX910UK or AX910UKT.
Another one from Shark, this model is fantastic for pets and homes with touch carpet that needs to be cleaned.
The lift away technology makes it a lot easier to use on stairs and other locations, alongside a host of attachments to ensure every last hair is picked up.
Great steering and anti-allergen filters finish this machine off and make it an ideal match. We even have a full review of it.
Read a full detailed review of the Shark NV801UKT
Vax Air Lift Pet Pro
Vax is another excellent brand, and one that will help you get your home looking perfect.
Made for pets, no mess is too big, and you will find that it is able to sail through mess and dirt with no hassle or effort.
Great accessories, perfection across all floor types, and a long cable are excellent features that turn this vacuum cleaner into a powerhouse.
We hope that this Shark AX910UK and AX910UKT guide has helped you to learn more about what each vacuum cleaner has to offer, as well as which one of them is going to be best suited to your home.
I can also assure you that the pet tool really does make a whole load of difference to your cleaning and the results. I liked that there weren’t many flaws with this vacuum cleaner, with the cord being my main gripe as well as the heavier weight.
Despite this, it remained a strong and versatile vacuum cleaner, and the larger duo-clean head really does make up for the added weight.
I love that it incorporates both duo-clean and lift away, so in many ways, it was a dream vacuum cleaner. What would have made it perfect? A 10m cord would have had me give this model full marks. Instead, I award it 4.5/5.
What did you think of our Shark AX910UK and AX910UKT reviews? Do you agree with our thoughts on the vacuum, or are there others that you think are better suited to the task? We love hearing from you, so make sure you leave us a message in the comments below.
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.