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Shark DuoClean Slim Upright Vacuum - NV202 Model

shark nv202 1Shark NV202 DuoClean Slim Upright Vacuum cleaner is a compact, affordable and very versatile upright vacuum cleaner, suitable as the main vacuum cleaner even in larger homes and apartments. Its main cleaning head is based on Shark's DuoClean technology, enabling efficiently cleaning of various floor types.

And for cleaning elevated surfaces, NV202 comes with flexible cleaning hose and several cleaning attachments.

Thanks to its design, it is very configurable unit and can be used in the classic upright vacuum cleaner mode, in the above-floor mode and in the lift-away mode.

Updated: April 16, 2020.

Shark NV202 physical dimensions (HxWxD) are 45.3 x 11.8 x 10.2 inches (~115 x 30 x 26 cm) - it is larger than most of the stick vacuums on the market, but it is also slimmer than most of the upright vacuums.

Unit weighs 14.1 pounds (~6.5 kg) and it is not the lightest upright around - however, most of the weight rests on the floor and the vacuum is easy to push/pull over various types of surfaces.

Thanks to the advanced swivel steering, Shark NV202 can easily maneuver around various objects and obstacles commonly found at any home, while strong LED headlights help clean dirt in low light conditions - actually, LED headlights are very useful even during the day, since they allow the user to easily spot dirt on bare floors (pet and human hair, dust, etc).

 Shark's DuoClean Technologyshark nv202 duoclean

Shark's DuoClean Technology is based on using dual-brushroll system in the main cleaning head. Basically, two different brushrolls spin together, helping to remove various types of dirt from different floors types and carpet thicknesses: large debris, small debris, and deeply embedded particles and pet/human hair.

DuoClean Technology helps Shark NV202 and other Shark vacuums to thoroughly clean floors, but it is not tangle-free or maintenance free technology and from time to time, user must remove brushrolls from the unit and clean them from entangled hair, lint and other debris.

In order for the brushrolls to start spinning, vacuum's handle must not be in full upright position (this is standalone unit). Also, when being used on bare floors, choose setting for such floors - brushrolls spin slower in order to protect sensitive floors. Nonetheless, if you have sensitive floors at home, be sure to test the unit on a smaller floor area - better safe than sorry.

Note: although NV202 is simple unit to operate, before the first use be sure to thoroughly read the manual.

Shark NV202 is powered with 5.4 Amps (650 W) motor, providing plenty of suction. Power cord is 25 feet (~7.6 m) long and in combination with flexible cleaning hose and cleaning wand provide long reach - using just one wall power socket, user can clean rather large area.

Cleaning path is 8.5 inches (slightly less than 22 cm) wide, and it is wide enough for the user to clean large area 'relatively' quickly and narrow enough to allow the unit to maneuver easily around the furniture, walls, edges etc.

shark nv202 hepa filterAir filtration is good and it is based on several mechanical air filters. Filters trap 99.9% of vacuumed particles - air filtration is between E12 and HEPA H13 classes and it is not as good as 'true HEPA', which traps 99.97% of 0.3 microns or larger particles.

Air filters are washable, just be sure to wash main HEPA filter with water only.

Note: never assemble or use unit without filters and always be sure to dry them thoroughly. Although filters are washable, change them periodically (depends on the unit's actual use).

Shark NV202 Cleaning Modes

As said before, Shark NV202 can be used is three cleaning modes:

- upright vacuum mode: in this mode, Shark NV202 is used as classic upright vacuum cleaner - this mode is used for cleaning large flat surfaces, which are cleaned using main cleaning nozzle (DuoClean Technology).

- above-floor mode: in this mode, flexible cleaning hose with required cleaning attachment is used for cleaning surfaces from the floor to the ceiling. Depending on the surface and dirt type, user has several attachments to choose from. In this mode, unit operates very similar to canister vacuum cleaners.

- lift-away mode: in this mode, cleaning pod is detached from the rest of the unit and the cleaning itself is done using flexible cleaning hose and the required cleaning attachments. This is very useful mode for cleaning surfaces like stairs, attics, basements etc. Basically, in this mode user has cleaning pod in one hand and cleaning hose with the wand in another hand - unit operates like large and powerful corded handheld vacuum cleaner.

Shark DuoClean Slim Upright Vacuums Comparison - NV200, NV201, NV202 Models

There are several models of Shark DuoClean Slim upright vacuums - main difference between these models is in available cleaning attachments. Type and number of cleaning attachments determine the price of the specific model.

If required, cleaning attachments can be ordered later (at slightly higher price).

Comparison of these models is given in the following table:

Model Shark NV200 Shark NV201 Shark NV202
Dimensions (HxWxD) 45.3 x 11.8 x 10.2 inches (~115 x 30 x 26 cm)
Weight 14.1 pounds (~6.5 kg)
Motor 5.4 Amps (650 W)
Power Cord 25 feet (~7.6 m)
Cleaning Path Width 8.5 inches (~21.6 cm)
Duster Crevice Tool No No Yes
Pet Power Brush No No Yes
Pet Multi-Tool Yes No Yes
Multi-Angle Dusting Brush No Yes Yes
Wide Upholstery Tool No Yes No
Dusting Brush No Yes No
12" Crevice Tool Yes Yes No
18" Crevice Tool No No No

Note: 18" Crevice Tool doesn't come with Shark DuoClean Slim vacuums, but it can be very useful tool for cleaning narrow and tight gaps and spaces.

Long Story Short: Shark DuoClean Slim Upright Vacuum - NV200, NV201, and NV202 models are versatile corded bagless upright vacuums. Flexible cleaning hose and available set of cleaning attachments enable the thorough cleaning from the floor to the ceiling.

And the best of all, these models don't cost a small fortune, like some similar vacuums.

For more reviews and recommendations and latest offers and prices, check Shark NV202 DuoClean Upright Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

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