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Corded upright vacuum
- Brilliant with large messes and debris
- Effortless maintenance
- Excellent results for cleaning pet hair and fibres
- High-quality filtration system
- Not great at deep cleaning carpets
- Quite noisy
- Review Summary
- About the Shark AZ910UK/T
- Shark AZ910UK/T - Key Differences Explained
- Features and Benefits
About the Shark AZ910UK/T
The Shark AZ910UK and AZ910UKT are fantastic models for those who want to take advantage of all Shark’s cleaning tech - old and new alike. With features like the anti-hair wrap brush bar, as well as DuoClean and powered lift away, not much can stand in the way of this powerhouse.
Both of these vacuums have identical core features and are equally good choices for your home. For this review, we picked up the Shark AZ910UKT for £350.
Quick View of the Shark AZ910UKT Specifications
Shark AZ910UK/T - Key Differences Explained
What’s the difference between theAZ910UK and AZ910UKT? Something that is always consistent throughout Shark is the fact that there are no core differences between two models - just minor ones.
Firstly, you have the model number. This ends in either UK or UKT, and the T stands for True Pet. What this means is that it comes with an additional attachment in the form of the pet tool. It’s a simple addition, but one that makes a difference to your cleaning experience.
Secondly, you will find that the colour varies slightly. The UK is a classic purple and silver, while the UKT sports a luxurious rose gold and grey. This makes the distinction between the two very clear.
Other than this, there is nothing that separates them. As the AZ910UKT comes with a pet tool, we decided that it would be best to test this model as you can get the full picture before deciding on one.
Features and Benefits
Cord and Hose Length
As seems to be the norm with upright Shark vacuum cleaners, this model has an 8m cord. It’s not the best length out there, but it is also far from the worst. In a larger home, you do need to switch sockets a few times, but this is something you get used to and not the end of the world. It also has a great cable tidy that allows you to wrap the cord up neatly for storage.
The hose is 1.6m in length, which is good as it is longer than the NV700UKT, but I do also miss the massive 2.15m hose that you got with the NV601UKT. However the hose that comes with this model is still a good length for stretching up at least some of the stairs, as well as achieving great above-floor cleaning results. My ceiling has never looked so good.
Carpets. Overall, it did well on carpets. The brush bar was good at collecting dirt and debris, and it collected a great amount of debris in our tests (as you will see). However, I did feel as though it lacked the same deep cleaning abilities as the rest of the Shark upright line.
Shark’s new anti-hair wrap technology is defined by the new bristle guard and comb working in perfect harmony to separate and remove any hair that is collected by the powerful suction.
The comb runs alongside the bristles, acting as a protective barrier to ensure that hair doesn’t end up trapped or stuck while you clean.
Instead, it is taken directly to the dust canister so that you don’t need to spend time cutting hair off the roller. After using it to clean a particularly fluffy house, we examined the brush bar and found it to be completely clear of hair. I was really pleased to see this updated feature.
Our Low-Pile Carpet Test Results
For this test, we used a 1.5m strip of low-medium pile carpets. We then measured 100g of debris that was chosen to resemble what you usually find in the home. This contained things like cheerios, flaxseed, chilli flakes, and loose black tea. This mixture was then spread evenly over the area.
We performed a 10-second pass over the carpet in order to collect the debris. The bin was then emptied and the contents weighed to see how much was collected. As you can see from the table below, the percentage was exceptionally high. It’s just a shame that the deep cleaning side of things isn’t as good.
|100grams Mixed Contents inc fine dust||95%|
Our Hardwood Floor Test Results
Hard Floors. It did really well on hard floors as well, collecting large debris effortlessly without snow ploughing. I was really pleased with this because it means that there is less time spent chasing after chunky debris that has escaped the floorhead.
It also uses DuoClean technology, which means the front soft roller is there to collect fine dust so that your floors get really clean. It’s something you don’t often see in upright vacuum cleaners, and it makes a world of difference to the state of your floors.
For this test, we replicate the environment for the carpet test. It’s just that we replace the carpet with laminate hard floors - the most popular choice for UK homes. We then collected the debris after sucking it up and measured it to see how much was collected.
You can see the results in the table below. They are near perfect, and one of the best for Shark upright models. Definitely better than the NV601UKT.
|100grams Mixed Contnets inc fine dust(see notes) (low)||99%|
|Pet Hair (Scattered Pet Hair over 4 foot area)||100%|
Stairs. Powered lift away makes the stairs easy, and really separates it from other upright vacuum cleaners. I just had to detach it from the main body of the vacuum cleaner and attach the tool of my choice (or just keep using the main floorhead). It allows you to clean the stairs effortlessly, and without the risk of the vacuum falling down the stairs.
The wand is great and the powered lift away adds to its versatility. Above-floor cleaning is made very simple, and it allows you to reach various spaces within the home without much effort.
The lightweight build and design means that you are unlikely to end up with sore joints when wielding it, which is good news for those who have weaker or painful joints.
Pets. The pet tool is great, and it is fantastic at clearing up hair in a range of locations, including the furniture, pet bedding, and carpet. It did a great job sucking it all up, and it was easy to attach to the machine when I needed it.
The only thing I would note is that it is not a powered tool, and I really feel it would have been more effective and efficient if it wasn’t the same as using a standard attachment.
Our Pet Hair Tests
In order to test its effectiveness on pet hair, we conducted a test similar to the previous ones. However, this one involved a 5ft strip of carpet and a load of dog hair that was combed into the carpet. We followed this with a 20-second pass over the area to see how much it was able to pick up, and also used a window blade to spot missed hair. You can check out the results below.
|Pet Hair ( Combed in Pet Hair over 4 foot area)||99%|
Remaining consistent with the Shark line, the AZ910UKT uses the standard filtration system that we see across the upright models. The HEPA filter is located near the motor, helping to muffle the sound. This needs to be washed annually, but we prefer every six months.
The main filter is a massive sponge that can be removed from the machine and then washed. It’s highly absorbent and very effective at collecting dust and gunk that’s sucked up by the machine. This should be washed at least every three months to keep your vacuum working efficiently.
What the AZ910UKT also features is the fully sealed filtration system that Shark is renowned for. What this means is that dust and allergens are pushed through the filter, and all the air that comes out of the machine has been forced through it and the exhaust only - leading to clean air. Vacuums that do not have this system end up with air being pushed out of multiple small gaps.
Our Filtration Test Results
Using a particle test metre, we checked the environment before the vacuum cleaner was used, and then tested it once more after spending 15 seconds sucking up special international approved dust from DMT. The table below shows you the results of our filtration tests.
|Air Particle Test ( Our rating %)||99.9%|
You will be able to see from the results that the filtration system is excellent. It perfectly highlights just how effective this vacuum cleaner is at allergy retention, and also that a fully sealed system does work to create a better atmosphere.
It’s actually the quietest of the Shark upright models, with a volume level of 77dB. This is still pretty noisy, but the levels are within the EU allowance (which has a maximum of 80dB. It’s not too bad on the ears, but also not the quietest vacuum cleaner out there. I am hoping that Shark continues to improve their tech so that we have machines that can be used for early morning cleaning.
The pet took is what really blew me away, and I don’t mean that as a compliment. The volume spiked to 88dB, which is still quieter than predecessors like the NV700UKT, but also massively loud in a way that almost pierces your brain. You do find yourself getting used to it after a while, and the plus side is that you don’t need to use the tool too much.
Our Noise Test Results
We used a decibel metre and placed it three metres away from the main floorhead while the vacuum cleaner was running. The results were then recorded for the table below.
|Noise ( Decibals)||77DB|
|Noise With (Pet Powered Brush)||88DB|
The design is much like the standard you find in upright Shark vacuum cleaners, and the compact build means that storing it away after use is very simple. It’s a good bonus for those who don’t have masses of space, and it will fit comfortably even in small cupboards.
It has already been mentioned that the Shark AZ910UKT features powered lift away, but it hasn’t been explained in better detail. The lift away feature means that the main body comes away from the frame so that it can become more portable. However, with the powered models you also get to use the main floorhead in this format so that you can maximise your cleaning.
This also means that you can reach under furniture, use the main floorhead on the stairs, and maintain your home in a more flexible format. The main body is much lighter than using the full machine, and the DuoClean technology can still be used to its full extent in this form.
You will find that the controls are also on the handle, and this makes things a lot simpler when you are cleaning. This is especially true when you are using the lift-away feature because your hands are always close to the controls. It’s better for accurate and versatile cleaning, and also has a suction valve so that you can adjust the power accordingly.
We must not forget the classic LED headlights that we have all come to love and expect from Shark. An increasing number of vacuum cleaner brands have started to implement this feature, which shows you just how useful it is for discovering hidden fluff and debris that you may have otherwise missed. It also has great onboard storage for the tools that come with it.
Our Weight Test Results
It’s important that you have the most accurate information possible, and that’s why we have our own weight test for all our vacuum cleaners - no exceptions. The table below shows you a clear breakdown of the various weights for this vacuum cleaner.
|Weight (Without Tools)||6.7Kg|
|Weight (With All Tools on Board)||7.1Kg|
The Shark AZ910UKT is one of the heaviest in the upright range, coming in at 7.1kg when all the attachments are on the machine and 6.7kg without them. The good news is that you only have to push it across the floor, and you don’t really feel the weight of it as you do this. In lift away mode, it is about half the weight of the full machine which makes it even easier.
The swivel steering is a great addition, as this makes it really easy to handle and move around furniture as well as turn tight spaces. The handle is ergonomic for your comfort, and this also means that you are less likely to suffer from sore hands or fingers while cleaning. It’s an increase on previous Shark upright weights, but it honestly doesn’t feel harder to use.
Of course, it has the anti-hair wrap technology included now too. I did go over this in detail back in the carpet cleaning section, but I will be brief with it again here. Basically, it has a guard and a special strip that runs alongside the brush to prevent tangling and make sure all the hair goes straight into the bin.
The brush itself is the same as normal, which works excellently on carpets to pull up hair and dirt that is embedded deep down. They are also easy to access in the unlikely situation you need to clean them. The soft brush roll can be taken out, which is good as it will need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
The Shark AZ910UK/T also has superb onboard storage for the tools that come with it. This is ideal for taking them around with you while you are vacuuming, making them quick and easy to grab when you need them.
I love that this Shark model has both powered lift away and DuoClean technology. It’s something you see more and more in their upright range and it really is the perfect combination.
The DuoClean means that there are two brushes in the main floorhead - a soft one at the front for fine dust, and a brush roll at the back for carpets and thorough cleaning. The soft roller is also easy to clean - it’s an absolute game changer for upright vacuum cleaners.
The Shark AZ910UK/T has a nice selection of tools (including optionals purchases) which you will find listed below.
#1 Pet Power Brush. This tool only comes with the UKT and it is designed for dealing with pet hair. While it is not motorised, it still does a good job of picking up fur and fluff.
#2 The 2-in-1 Crevice and Dusting Tool. This is the perfect tool for reaching tight corners and gaps as well as for delicate surfaces (the dusting brush). I actually quite like using the dusting brush on my kitchen floor - it works wonders.
#3 Upholstery Tool. This accessory is ideal for use on furniture and can also be used for the interior of your car if needed. It does work well with hair, and it is quite versatile.
#4 Under Appliance Wand. This attachment is optional and has a curved design so that it can reach under appliances to remove old food debris and gunk that got stuck underneath. It’s actually really useful, one of those tools you didn’t know you needed until you had it.
#5 Car Detail Kit. This is another optional extra, and the kit is priced at around £25. It comes with loads of great accessories to help you clean your car, including a long hose and several heads that will help you reach tight places as well as get the seats looking good again.
Ease of Use and Setup
Building the Vacuum
It’s really quick and easy, and all it takes is you clicking the two halves together so that it creates the full machine. The instruction manual that’s included provides a detailed look at how to do this if you get stuck and also provides some basic troubleshooting.
Emptying the bin
The dust capacity is quite small at 0.84L, but this is a little larger than the NZ801UKT which is a relief. It’s still not quite what the earlier NV601 had to offer, but it could certainly be worse. I did find it needed to be emptied more frequently than other upright Shark models, but the actual emptying process was nice and smooth, with a simple click and release over the bin.
There is no need for brush bar maintenance, which is great. This is because it has the anti-hair wrap technology that prevents tangling and matting while you clean. However, it is still worth reading our Shark repair and troubleshooting guide for general maintenance tips and access to the brush roll if it is ever needed.
As for the filter, this is really simple. All you need to do is rinse it under cool running water, squeeze it out a little if needed, and then leave it to dry on the side for at least 24 hours. It must be completely dry before you put it back in the machine to ensure that it doesn’t damage the vacuum cleaner.
Shark recommends that you wash the filter every three months to prevent damage. However, it should be looked at monthly to check that it is not too dirty. In fact, we suggest washing it on a monthly basis to ensure that it is always in top shape.
The warranty for the AZ910UKT lasts for five years. This is a nice change from the industry standard of one year, and the warranty covers parts and labour in addition to malfunctions and breakdowns. Just remember to register your vacuum cleaner on the Shark website.
Should I Buy the Shark AZ910UK/T?
We hope that this Shark AZ910UK and AZ910UKT guide has given you a good idea of what they have to offer, as well as helped you decide which one of these is going to work best for your home.
It’s not perfect. It is quite noisy and the deep cleaning function isn’t as good as some of the other models in the range. However, the big plus side to this vacuum cleaner is the anti-hair wrap technology that prevents tangling and makes life so much easier.
When combined with the DuoClean tech and the powered lift away function, you get a vacuum cleaner that is nearly perfect. Overall, I would give this model a solid ⅘ stars for being such an effective and efficient machine, and it only loses points for the two negatives I mentioned.
What did you think of our Shark AZ910UK and AZ910UKT review? 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.