Shark duoclean powerfins: Shark® Vertex® DuoClean® PowerFin Upright Vacuum with Powered Lift-Away® and Self-Cleaning Brushroll Series

Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin Upright Vacuum review

For homes with ample carpets, and even pets, we’ve found a reason to stay with the traditional upright vacuum styles as so many are starting to consider lighter stick and cordless models. 

Take a very close look with us at the Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin Upright Vacuum with Powered Lift-Away and Self-Cleaning Brushroll. It’s a big name, but it references many of the reasons why you’d want to bring this vacuum into our home It’s loaded with premium features — like a self-cleaning brush roll that resists hair tangles, LED headlights for better visibility and powered lift away for versatility – and looks, replete with rose gold accents for added appeal.

This juggernaut of a vacuum will keep your floors, and other surfaces spic and span, and refuses to express forgiveness on dust, crumbs, and yes, hair.  It’s also top-rated for pet owners, which is why it’s made the list of our best vacuums and best vacuums for pet hair.

In our review, we’ll get into what we loved about the Shark Vertex Upright vacuum and the few shortcomings that you’ll want to consider when determining if this is the best vacuum for you and your cleaning needs. 

After over a year of sporadic use (I test a lot of vacuums), it’s become the vacuum I reach for when it comes time to deep clean the carpets and want a thorough clean. Due to its size and the cumbersome task of carrying it between floors, my family has typically let it become the “upstairs” vacuum, which is fortunately where most of the carpets are. However, the dust bin has proved ample at keeping me from having to empty the dust bin before passing through three bedrooms and the hallway. 

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Who will love the Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin Upright Vacuum?

  • Plug in and upright devotees who are after a powerful clean: You’ll never run out of charge with a 30-foot long cord and plenty of upright stability that delivers over 1300 watts of power.  
  • Homes with plenty of carpets and area rugs: While the Shark Vertex is great for all floor types, it’s quite exceptional at collecting all the little nasties deposited into carpets, with two modes for cleaning low- or high-pile rugs. 
  • Homes with pets (and humans) who shed: in addition to unbelievable performance in general, hair won’t tangle or clog the brush roll, and instead gathers near the filters to easily remove.
  • Those looking for versatility: The Powered-LiftAway design expands where and how you can clean your home, which is especially useful for cleaning stairs or even turning your vacuum into a canister style. 
  • Those who suffer from allergies: Clean easy knowing your appliance shouldn’t trigger sniffles, itchy throats or watery eyes with Shark’s Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and HEPA filtration.

Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin Upright Vacuum: Specifications

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  • Maximum power: 1344W
  • Cord length: 30ft.
  • Hose length: 5.5ft. 
  • Cleaning path width: 12in.
  • Dimensions: 12″ L X 15.09″ W X 46.25″ H
  • Weight: 16.38lb. 
  • Filter: Washable HEPA + Foam and Felt Filters
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Attachments: pet crevice tool, dusting brush, self-cleaning power brush
  • RRP: $499.99

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The Shark Vertex Upright has a striking exterior design that makes use of silver and rose gold elements to create a sophisticated look. It follows the construction of a traditional upright, implementing one of Shark’s most beloved features: Powered Lift-Away Technology, which enables you to detach the power unit of the machine as a pod for above-floor cleaning or to extend your reach in general. 

The floorhead incorporates Shark’s DuoClean PowerFins technology into its brush rolls a dual cleaning design where together a  soft roller picks up small debris and dust while the silicone PowerFins dig deep into carpets and directly engage floors for better pet hair pickup, as opposed to vacuums with standard bristles. The brush roll is also self-cleaning and is an anti-hair wrap to keep hair from tangling. The floorhead is finished off with a set of LED headlights that can guide the way. 

Hovering at close to 17lbs. it’s not quite Shark’s heaviest upright, but it’s very close to it. It has a mid-size 1 qt. dust bin and a 30-foot cord which should cover the length of most rooms, or hallways.

From a performance perspective, the Shark Vertex offers incredible suction and utilizes what it refers to as Hypervelocity Accelerated Suction which delivers a direct airflow path for deep-cleaning performance.

Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin Upright Vacuum: features and functions

Cleaner Head with DuoClean PowerFins and Self-Cleaning Brushroll
For us, a core selling point of the Vertex, beyond its incredible suction and prowess at collecting pet hair, is its sophisticated cleaner head, featuring DuoClean PowerFins. As opposed to vacuums with standard bristles, the brushrolls incorporate two rollers to maximize floor contact for continuous cleaning and pick up more in every pass.  The soft roller picks up small debris and dust while the silicone PowerFins dig deep into carpets and directly engage floors for better pet hair pickup. Special Self-cleaning technology keeps strands of hair from tangling around the brush roll and resolves any pieces that wrap themselves, so you won’t have to get the scissors out later. 

The cleaner head also has an indicator light that shines green when the brush roll is working as it should. If it’s solid red, something may be jammed, or if it’s blinking, the vacuum is overheating.

The Shark Vertex can be used in three ways: as an upright vacuum, above-floor vacuum, or with the Powered Lift-Away. You also have the ability to toggle among three surfaces: Thick Carpet & Area Rug Cleaning,  Carpet & Low Pile Cleaning, which increases the speed of the brush rolls, or hard floor cleaning, which stops the silicone brush roll. 

Two knobs at the back of the machine provide space for accessory storage

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The Shark Vertex includes a crevice tool, a soft dusting tool, and a self-cleaning pet power brush. Two knobs on the vacuum indicate space to store, but that still leaves you with nowhere to put the third.  The accessories can fit on both the handle and the wand if you want an extended reach. They fit pretty snuggly and we struggled a bit to swap them out. They break free with a firm twisting movement, so don’t panic when you can’t simply pull it off.

The Shark Vertex is equipped with HEPA filtration and features Shark’s Anti-Allergen Complete Seal that promises that it captures 99.9% of dust and allergens. The Washable HEPA + Foam and Felt Filters are located at the bottom of the machine, below the dust bin.

What is the Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin Upright Vacuum like to use?

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On Carpets
This is where the Shark Vertex truly shines, or should I say glides across carpets. Despite being a heavier vacuum, you won’t feel much resistance as you try to traverse carpets. It has two modes to toggle through

On Hard Floors 
As it has little trouble roaming over carpets, the same can be said about cleaning wood, vinyl or tile flooring. Be sure to keep the vacuum on hard floor mode to keep both DuoClean rollers activated 

There are many configurations possible for the most comfortable cleaning experience. 

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Other Surfaces
The elasticky hose and wand create ample opportunities for above-ground cleaning. I found that I liked to use the mini-power brush to spot-treat the stairs, while it’s convenient to have the crevice tool for those tight spaces and the dusting brush for more sensitive surfaces. 

Using LiftAway
To remove the LiftAway Motor from the upright, there is a button at the top of the dust bin that you press and then lift up. Here you can use the vacuum like a canister, or unlatch the wand from the cleaner head or handle from the wand, depending on how you want to handle it. Though you’ll most likely want to keep the unit in your hand, as opposed to setting it on the floor, as your reach will not be very generous, and it can topple.  

Emptying the Dust Bin
There are technically two ways to empty the dustbin. However, first press the dust bin release button at the top of the LiftAway Unit, which does provide direct access to the washable filters as well. At the base, there is a push button that will spring open the bottom of the dust bin, or you can access the top end to clean out any hair that spirals around the lint screen, instead of accumulating in the dust bin.

Cleaning and Maintenance
Shark recommends monthly maintenance on its vacuum products to safeguard the vacuum’s suction power, which simply entails removing and rinsing the washable pre-motor filters with water. You’ll want to make sure these parts are completely dry before putting them back in the machine. The HEPA filter, located at the bottom of the unit and accessible with a button that says ‘Filter Door Release’ should be cleaned annually. Shark recommends that pre-motor filters should be replaced every 2. 5 years. The post-motor filter should be replaced every 3 years. The parts are available via the Shark website. 

The soft brush roller can also be removed from the floorhead and rinsed with water, and the dust bin can be rinsed.  In the event of any blockages, Shark advises you to unplug the unit, and check any openings, including the hose, wand, handle, and nozzles with a flashlight.  

How does the Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin Upright Vacuum rate online?

On Shark’s website, the Vertex holds a 4.3 gathered from over 1,700 reviews and ratings. Users compliment its suction power, but some mention that they weren’t impressed with the build quality of attachments like the mini-motorized brush and miss the addition of a light on the handle from previous models they used. 

Meanwhile, on Best Buy, the Shark Vertex has a high 4.7 rating across nearly 1,000 reviews, with many complimenting its power, maneuverability, and cleaning results. 

How does the Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin Upright Vacuum compare to other models?

The Shark Vertex range also encompasses cordless models and a lightweight corded stick. We’ve tried them, and the common link among the various models is the DuoClean PowerFins and self-cleaning brush roll, but they vary tremendously in terms of size, power, and performance, with the upright model easily being the largest.  

At launch, the Shark Vertex was Shark’s most premium upright model. It was not until recently that it has been succeeded by the Shark Stratos, a review is pending on our end as well. The Stratos is marginally more powerful and has a shorter hose and a less wide cleaning path.

The two are quite similar, except the new Stratos introduces new features like PowerFins Hair Pro dual-brush roll, which is said to give better pick up, and Odor Neutralizer Technology, which guards against bad odors inside your vacuum. It also has a 1.48qt. dust cup compared to the 1 qt. of the Vertex, but it is also slightly heavier.

Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFin Upright Vacuum: Final Thoughts

If you’re after a reliable vacuum with good versatility and powerful suction, you will love the Shark Vertex. From visible debris to ground in dust, the Shark Vertex quickly suctions it all up. I’m continuously impressed with the amount of hair it seems to capture, with nary a tangled brush roll in sight. 

However, due to its size and weight, I tend to find myself reaching for one of the best cordless vacuums for its sheer ease and quick pick-ups (I particularly like the space-saving, yet powerful Shark Vertex Pro with LCD displays )but there is no denying that the Shark Vertex’s cleaning performance is top-tier. It does have some quirks that I’ve found myself looking past, like the breezy external airflow in exchange for HEPA filtration and the hiccups I’d noticed when switching among attachments. Perhaps it’s me, but it’s also my job to be picky.  

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About this review and the reviewer

Jaclyn is the US eCommerce editor and she specializes in a variety of topics ranging from vacuums to mattresses. She spends her days tracking the latest buzzworthy releases and testing a variety of products to determine whether they are worth bringing into your home. 

As with all our reviews, the Shark Vertex has been tested first-hand in our home, using it just as you would so you know exactly what you are buying.  Jaclyn’s home features a mix of hardwood floors, carpets, and area rugs. A small non-shedding dog lives in the house but still manages to track in his fair share of dirt. She’s been using the vacuum for over a year. 

The products are given to us free of charge and we test them for as long as possible before forming our reviews. In this particular case, we are able to keep the vacuum, which will enable us to continue to use the product and gives us the opportunity to return to our reviews for updating, so you can keep up-to-date with how it’s fared over a period of time.

Shark Flex DuoClean Troubleshooting – iFixit

The vacuum is starting but the floor roller brush is not spinning. Brushroll Indicator Light on the floor nozzle turns red

If the vacuum is on the wrong setting, the brush will not roll. Make sure that the power switch is on setting I or II.

There may be debris wrapped around the roller that is preventing it from turning. This is often due to hair, string, or other larger items that may be suck in the roller. Open the brushroll garage by sliding both of the release buttons away from you and then lift off the garage door. Remove any string, hair, or debris that may be wrapped around the brushroll by carefully cutting the debris with scissors. Slide the garage lid back into place by pressing down on both sides of the brushroll lid until it clicks into place.

Same as above, the soft roller may be blocked and unable to rotate. To fix this, first, disconnect the machine from the power outlet. Then, open the brushroll garage by sliding both of the release buttons away from you and lift off the brushroll garage door. Use the tab on the right side to lift out the soft roller. Clean off any debris that may be wrapped around the soft roller. Wash the soft roller, using only water and let air-dry for at least 24 hours. Reinsert the Soft Roller by sliding it into the front of the nozzle until it clicks into place. Look at the Soft Roller replacement guide.

Check that the handheld vacuum and wand connectors are fully engaged and are making an electrical connection with the floor nozzle. The nozzle needs to be completely attached so that the power can reach the brush. When the vacuum head is on the floor, push down on the handle to make sure the connection is complete. If this does not work, something may be blocking the connection. Clear out any debris and try again.

The vacuum is working, but the headlights do not flash

The vacuum should not be used on liquids because they can damage the electrical components. If the headlights appear wet or the vacuum has been used on liquids, allow it to dry for a few days before attempting to power it on. If they still do not flash, the headlights may have burned out or been disconnected.

The two LED headlights are found on the front of the nozzle on both sides. If the headlights appear to be unstable or out of place, push them back into a stable position if possible and power the vacuum on to test them. If not, remove the plastic cover and reconnect the wires to the base of the headlights. Power the vacuum on to test the headlights again. If they do not, they should be replaced.

The headlights need to be replaced. Remove the plastic cover and gently remove the LED headlights by disconnecting the wires at the base. Reattach the plastic cover after replacing the LED headlights.

The power button was pressed, but it does not power on

This vacuum must be plugged into a wall outlet for electricity. Unwrap the cord from the device and insert the 3 prong cord into the nearest wall socket. If after plugging it in it still does not power on, it may be necessary to replace the power cable.

The power button activates a switch on a circuit board beneath. If either the plastic button has broken, or the switch on the circuit board has failed, it would prevent turning on. This is remedied by replacing the switch mechanism.

The vacuum is equipped with an automatic switch off after it reaches a certain temperature to avoid damage to its components. If after using it for an extended period of time, it will not switch on with the power button then unplug it, and let the vacuum cool down for 45 minutes.

The vacuum is not picking up debris when turned on

When the dust cup is full, there is no space for any dust, hair, etc to enter the vacuum. To empty the dust cup, squeeze both dust cup release buttons and pull out the dust cup. Use the empty button and pour the contents of the cup into the trash, close the cup, and place it back inside the vacuum.

There is a pre-motor filter and post-motor filter. Remove the dust cup from the vacuum using the previous instructions to get to the pre-motor filter. Take apart the foam filter and felt frame and rinse both with water. Tap off any excess dirt and insert the filters once completely dry. Reinsert the dust cup. To get to the post-motor filter, remove it from under the handle. Rinse with water and reinsert.

If there is anything blocking the floor nozzle, the vacuum will not pick up debris. To check for blockages, first, check all openings on the dust cup and remove anything in the way of the openings. Reinsert the dust cup. Next, remove the wand from the vacuum and look inside for any blockages. Lastly, straighten the airway of the floor nozzle and remove any blockages there.

String or hair on the brushroll or soft roller prevent them from spinning and block anything from being sucked inside the vacuum. To take out the brushroll, slide both release buttons towards the back of the nozzle and lift the lid. Use scissors to remove any hair or string wrapped on the brushroll. To close, push down on both sides of the brushroll garage until it clicks. To access the soft roller, open the same lid and use the tab on the right side to lift out the soft roller. Use scissors to remove anything wrapped around the roller and rinse the roller if needed. Wait until the roller is completely dry to reinsert it into the vacuum and make sure it clicks in place. Close the brushroll garage by pushing down on both sides until it clicks.

If all else failed, the motor could be bad and needs to be replaced. Follow this replacement guide to find out how this can be done.

The motorized floor nozzle is noisy

Blockage in the brushroll chamber may be indicated by a red light. Power off and unplug the vacuum. Detach the floor nozzle by stepping on the lever. Remove the plastic cover over the brushroll chamber. Wipe off any debris regularly and use scissors to cut any hairs stuck to the bristle brush or soft-roller. Reattach the plastic cover over the brushroll garage, and slide the wand back into the nozzle.

Problems in the brushroll chamber may be indicated by a red light. FIrst remove, the plastic cover over the brushroll. If the bristle brush is loose, gently push it into place until it spins stably or replace it if it is damaged. Attach the plastic cover over the brushroll.

Screw the wheel back into place by rotating it. If the threads are stripped replace the wheel. If only the wheel cap is loose, use glue to fasten it.

The handheld vacuum is noisy

Remove the dust cup and separate the foam and felt filters. Brush off any dirt and reattach them. Reattach and securely fasten the dust cup.

If the dust cup is loose, push it back into the handheld vacuum until it clicks. If it is continually unstable or does not click, replace the part.

Shark fins.

Fins are organs of movement of sharks and stabilizers of the position of its body in space. With their help, the shark can develop rapid jerks for prey, slowly cruise along the bottom and maneuver when moving in the water.
If you had to play Indians as a child, then you probably remember that an arrow from a bow flies in a straight line only when it has plumage that plays the role of stabilizers. By giving it a push with the string of the bow, you direct the arrow where you wish. If you remove the plumage, then the arrow will begin to tumble or describe curved trajectories. Shark fins, like any fish, also play the role of such stabilizers. Without them, she would simply force the body to move non-purposefully with the movement of her tail.
But these are not all the functions that the shark extracts from its “wings”. Slightly noticeable movement of the fins creates vibrations in the water that propagate around the shark and, returning reflected from various underwater objects, are able to provide the predator with detailed information about the environment using the lateral line.

But, nevertheless, their main task is to move the shark’s body.

Fins are subdivided into paired and unpaired in number, and according to their location on the body – into pectoral, dorsal, pelvic, anal and caudal.

Shark pectoral fins.

Classically shaped shark’s pectoral fins are paired. They are located just behind the gill slits behind the head. Their main function is the elevator. With the help of the pectoral fins, the shark changes the direction of movement in the vertical plane. In addition, the pectoral fins perform the tasks of stabilizing the shark’s body in space.

The paired pectoral fins are connected to the cartilaginous belts, which are elements of the shark skeleton, with the help of a special outgrowth to which the axial cartilage of the fin is attached. In the body of the fins there are muscular and elastin tissues, and their skeletal basis is made up of radial cartilages immersed in the thickness of the muscular tissues. The elastin filaments are the secondary skeletal formations of the fins and they actually create and maintain the shape of the fins. The rest of the fins also have this structure, except for the ventral fins of the male, which are responsible for the function of the genital organ. A feature of the muscles of the fins of sharks is its isolation from the control of the predator’s brain. Even a dead shark moves its fins for a long time.

Shark dorsal fins.

Most shark species have a front and back dorsal fin. The front one is much larger than the back one and is a kind of shark symbol. The triangle of the dorsal fin of a shark dissecting the water surface is a warning of danger.

These fins act as stabilizers of the predator’s body in space. For maneuvering and increasing speed, their value is small. The structure of the body of the fins is similar to the structure of the pectorals.

Shark tail fin.

The function of this fin is the same for all sharks – it is the main mover of the predator. With it, she can instantly develop great speed. But there are sharks that use their tail fin for other than its intended purpose. The fox shark has turned it into an effective weapon, with which the predator suppresses schooling fish and slowly eats prey.

If the main purpose of the caudal fin is the same for all sharks, then its shape in different species can vary significantly. In some, it has smooth oval shapes (longimanus), some have strongly elongated upper lobes (fox, zebra), in others – in the form of an almost regular crescent (mako, white). But most sharks have a more or less pronounced heterocercal shape of the caudal fin, i.e. its upper lobe is larger than the lower one. Only in lamnia sharks (mako, herring, great white) this difference is less pronounced.

The tip of the shark’s axial skeleton enters the body of the upper lobe. The rest of the structure of this fin is similar to the pectoral plumage.

Shark pelvic fins.

These fins perform similar functions to the pectoral fins as elevators and body stabilizers. Due to their smaller size, their value is small. In males, the skeletal cartilage of the ventral fin extends beyond its lobe and forms a copulatory organ, the pterygopodia, with which it fertilizes the female. Female sharks do not have such an organ.

Shark anal fin.

This fin acts as a secondary stabilizer.