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Shark is probably one of the best vacuum cleaner brands in history, and that’s not an exaggeration. I love them, I use them a lot, and they almost always get my highest recommendation.
Of course, I’m not biased, there is always something that prevents them from being perfect, and sadly flawless vacuums don’t exist…yet.
When I came across the Shark NV801UK and NV801UKT, the thing that really grabbed me was the fact that they have both lift away and duo-clean technology – my two favourite features.
I may have let out a squeal of delight when I found out, and eagerly sat outside waiting for the postman to deliver my new vacuum cleaner. Living with very fluffy pets, I need a machine that is able to cope with everything I throw at it; and I was hoping this would be the one.
In many ways, it was. I won’t go into the details here, you have an entire review for that, but it was a very impressive machine to use.
If I’ve piqued your interest, why not have a read below for more information? I even gathered a few similar models if you aren’t sure about the NV801UK/T.
Corded upright vacuum
A stunning upright vacuum cleaner that has a great deal of power and is willing to take you the distance so that you can get your house clean. It’s easy to handle and works effortlessly across all floor types to bring you the peace of mind you’ve always dreamed of.
Corded upright vacuum
While much the same as the standard version, the UKT has been designed to deal with pet hair. It comes with an extra tool that is sure to get the job done in no time at all, and will scrape up every last scrap of fluff. Easy to handle and with superb suction, it will be your favourite vacuum.
- PROS AND CONS
- 0.5L dustbin
- 7kg weight
- HEPA filter
- 750w motor
- 5-year guarantee
Presenting the Shark WV200UK and Shark WV251UK
The Shark NV801UK and NV801UKT aren’t like your ordinary models; these have something else.
They have lift away and duo-clean technology, which makes them better than most of the Shark’s on the market – especially because of how flexible and easy to use they are.
Pet-friendly and ready for action; this is the vacuum cleaner you have been dreaming of and waiting for.
The only thing that might put you off is the small dust canister. Usually, it would do for me, but more frequent emptying was made up for by the sheer joy this machine brings.
If you aren’t a huge fan of the dustbin, there are loads of other Shark models that I have reviews that have much larger ones.
What’s the Difference Between the Two Shark Models?
Back to one of my favourite things about Shark, and something you will remember if you read a lot of my reviews; there is only one difference. Well, two if you count the colour.
The NV801UK is the standard upright model, and the NV801UKT comes with a pet tool for the home. That’s it. With regards to the colour difference, the UK is grey, and the UKT is navy.
The tiny difference means I am never left confused and overwhelmed, and it also means I can make a quick decision based on what’s right for me. Due to the minimal differences, I will be reviewing the NV801UKT with the pet tool.
Design and Features
I really like the design of this vacuum cleaner because it feels and looks slimmer than other models that I have tried. It has a sleek and modern look, and makes for a good upright vacuum.
It still remains the perfect size for slipping into my cupboards for storage as well, which I was pleased with. I also found that the whole machine clicked together very easily on arrival, which made for speedy assembly.
The main floor head has duo-clean technology, which is fantastic, and this means that there are two brush bars installed. The one at the front is a soft brush roll, made for hard floors and picking up all the fine dust and dirt.
The second bar is a bristle brush, and this works wonders on carpets. It more powerful than a regular vacuum head, and you’ll wonder what you were doing before you found it.
The Shark NV801UKT also has lift away capabilities, which is where the main body comes away from the frame to create a portable vacuum cleaner; useful for a whole range of situations.
The exciting thing here though is that it has powered lift away. This means you can continue to use the main floorhead and power is pushed down to it, creating an even more effective vacuum cleaner.
Also Read: Shark IC160UK vs IC160UKT Review
In addition to the big (and very exciting) features, it also retains some of the smaller ones. Those classic headlights are still there and useful. Honestly, using other vacuum cleaners that don’t have them feels odd because I can’t see as much.
The main floorhead is also easy to access, and you can remove the soleplate for access to the brush bars. The bristle brush is, as always, non-removable. I’m starting to lose hope that they will ever make one that you can take out.
The soft brush roll, however, can be taken out and cleaned. You will need to do this regularly because it picks up a shocking amount. There is also a little cleaning tool for the bristle brush so that you can remove hairs and dirt with great ease and speed.
As usual, you have the hard floor and carpet switch located on the handle alongside the suction valve. The handle also comes off the frame in lift away mode for easy cleaning, but the power button is on the main body once again.
I think the newest Shark models are the only ones that have the power on the handle. I have heard that all US Sharks have it on the handle, however. There is also on-board tool storage to keep everything tidy and within your reach.
It has 750w of power, which is well within the EU regulations. Some feel that this impacts the cleaning power, but I strongly feel that they are wrong. I have found the lower wattage models to be just as effective as those that came before the new laws.
How Noisy is it?
It’s only 76db, which is incredibly quiet. Seriously, you haven’t found anything quite like it when it comes to the volume. The label does say 80db, but I can promise you that it sounds so much quieter than that.
Cable Length and Storage
I am really happy about this, and I hope you share my joy when I reveal that it has a 10m cable! Finally, another Shark that has this wonderfully long cable.
It also has the usual cable tidy on the back, but what a fantastic thing to do. No more changing sockets frequently, and you will really feel the extra 2m when you clean.
Weight and Handling
It is a bit heavy when compared to most Shark vacuum cleaners, as the NV801UKT comes in at 7kg when in its fully upright mode. This can feel like a bit of a chore, but you shouldn’t need to pick it up very often at all.
In lift away mode, it weighs 4kg, which is still more than other models, but you do get used to the extra weight after a few uses. Despite the extra weight, it remains really smooth and easy to handle.
It really does glide across your floors, even though it sometimes feels like it wants to speed forward on its own.
When dealing with really thick carpets it can feel a little heavy to push, but it otherwise remains a really good vacuum cleaner to operate. The powered lift away also means that I could reach everywhere flexibly and with great ease.
Dust Canister and Filter
This vacuum cleaner really would have been perfect if they had given it a larger canister. I did have to empty it quite a lot while I was cleaning (very fluffy dog), but it was worth it for that longer cord and the powered lift away.
The bin was easy to remove as well, and emptying was a breeze. Cleaning it out came with no hassle, and it was just really simple on the whole. The Shark NV801UKT contains the usual classic filters.
It has a large sponge filter with a foam seal as the main one, and this can absorb so much dust that it is actually a little unbelievable. Cleaning it is really simple, you just wash it with water and then leave it to completely dry.
Shark advises you to do it every three months, but I recommend monthly for the best results. The HEPA filter is located near the motor, as usual, and there is a seal to prevent any dust from getting into the motor.
This also muffles the sound, and it doesn’t need to be washed as often. Shark says once a year, but I would suggest twice annually.
How Well Does It Clean?
The moment of truth; how well it cleans across floor types. On hard floors, I was pleased to see that there was very little snowploughing. It managed to pick nearly everything up in one pass, and there was very little left over for it to collect after.
It got right into the grooves of my tiled floor, and I was impressed with the results. It was equally excellent on carpets as well, and I was impressed with the suction on deep and thin flooring alike.
It did need some extra strength on the thick carpets, but still reached right down and grabbed the fine debris. Yes, it needed a few passes on each carpet type, but this is normal, and the results were spectacular.
The stairs were a breeze because of the lift away technology, and I was able to carry it up the stairs and use attachments to get them clean.
It was quite a light and easy job, allowing me to take the stress out of vacuuming this usually tricky area. The hose is quite long as well, which made for good reach.
Since I was able to use the powered lift away feature, the floors could all benefit from a thorough clean, as could the stairs, and I was able to reach right under the furniture to pick everything up effectively.
The suction was fantastic as I could still use the main floorhead with duo-clean, and it definitely made the whole process an easier one.
The floor to ceiling cleaning was really easy as well, despite the fact that the wand was a bit heavier than what I am used to. The attachments clipped on really quickly, and they remained firmly in place.
The reach was great, and I managed to get right into every little crevice to remove dust and cobwebs that had been bothering me for a while.
How Well Does It Cope with Pet Hair?
The duo-clean technology works really well together on hard floors. The soft brush roll picks up the hairs and all the fine debris, and then delivers it to the bristle brush which ensures it remains collected and is sucked up by the machine.
It reached every little corner of the hard floors, and left them clear of both pet hair and fine debris. On carpets, it was the bristle brush that did the bulk of the work, and this worked really well.
I was impressed by the fact that it sucked the hair up directly with no balling, or anything being left behind. The bristle brush did get some hairs caught on it, but this was easy to clean, and it did not impact the suction or overall quality of the cleaning.
Further Reading: Difference of Shark NV700UK and NV700UKT
The pet tool was absolutely fantastic, and I was so happy with it. The turbo tool worked miracles on my dog’s bed, and it also saved my washing machine from getting clogged with dog hair again.
It works quickly and effectively, and I even used it on touch areas of carpet as well as the step on the stairs that my dog loves the most (you have no idea how bad it was).
The main accessory that the Shark NV801UKT has is the pet tool, and that is something I have looked at in detail at the above section. There is also an upholstery tool that works really well on furniture and car interiors, and this also works well with pet hair.
It did a great job on the back seats where my dog likes to sit. The dust and crevice tool is a 2-in-1 piece that can be used to get right into the corners of your home, or to dust delicate surfaces and bannisters with ease.
It’s very versatile, and works really well to help you reach every inch of your home so that it is left looking perfect.
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 NV801UK or NV801UKT.
Vax Air Reach
￼Vax is a superb vacuum cleaner brand to go with, and they are certainly one of the best.
The Air Reach has been designed specifically for homes with pets, working hard to pick up every last spec of dirt and debris.
The handling is smooth and easy, which makes operating it a dream come true. With loads of handy attachments, it’s sure to make cleaning easier for you.
Swinging back to good old Shark, this vacuum cleaner has a lightweight build and is very easy to handle.
Due to the fact that it has multi-cyclonic technology, it works perfectly across both hard floors and carpets, working hard to collect pet hair and dirt from every floor.
It might be a little pricey, but it’s certainly worth it.
We hope that this Shark NV801UK and NV801UKT guide has shown you a lot more with regards to what each of them can offer you, as well as which one is going to be right for your home.
With or without pets, it’s a vacuum cleaner that really can take on anything you throw at it. Of course, it does have its flaws. The dustbin is really small, and this is something that I was quite disappointed by. I had really hoped it would be bigger.
However, I did get that 10m cable again, so there are silver linings! Again, the non-removable bristle brush was another shame, but I have come to expect this feature, and it is a little heavy in its full upright mode.
Overall though, it is a really impressive machine with a lot of power and some excellent additional features. It gets a 4.5/5 from me, and would have had full marks if the canister was larger.
What did you think of our Shark NV801UK and NV801UKT 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.
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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.