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Comparison info on vacuum cleaners, floor steamers, carpet extractors, and other floor care items.

What’s the difference between Shark Apex Uplight LZ601 vs LZ602?

The Shark LZ601 APEX UpLight Lift-Away DuoClean vacuum cleaner and the LZ602 are basically the same except for some small differences:
the color and included tools.

The Shark LZ601 APEX UpLight Lift-Away DuoClean Vacuum is in Forest Mist Blue, comes with a Pet Multi-Tool, Duster Crevice Tool, and Accessory Holder.

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Pet Multi-Tool:
This is a convertible tool for tackling pet messes:
first, you use its stiff bristle brush for cleaning stuck-on debris; and then you can remove the bristles to use it as an upholstery tool for removing pet hair.

Duster Crevice Tool:
It is a 2 in 1 cleaning tool. You can use it as a soft brush to dust delicate surfaces, or use it as a crevice tool to clean tight areas.

Accessory Holder:
This attachment is designed for keeping accessories onboard for easy reach and compact storage. It can hold 2 accessories.

The Shark LZ602 is in Terra-cotta, includes a Self-Cleaning Pet Power Brush,an 8″ Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush, and Accessory Holder.

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Self-Cleaning Pet Power Brush:
This is air driven tool which is designed for above floor cleaning like removing pet hair and ground-in dirt from couches,upholstery,carpeted stairs, and it also has relatively less hair wrap problem compared to other tool.

8-inch Crevice Tool:
It is a tool that can be used for cleaning corners, baseboards, tight spaces, and ceilings.

Dusting Brush:
This tool allows you to adjust the angle of the head for dusting shelves, around appliances, window, etc.

Same specifications and features:
  • DuoClean technology – has two brushrolls, a bristle brush and a soft brushroll, in one nozzle to clean both carpet and hard surfaces.
  • Features a detachable Lift Away pod which has a built-in extendable hose for cleaning tight spaces, above floor areas like countertops and sofa, auto detailing and more.
  • Self-cleaning brush roll which claimed to be able to remove hair by itself to minimize hair wrapping problems.
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology and a HEPA filter trap most dust,dirt and allergens inside the vacuum,emits clean air.
  • Washable HEPA & foam filters.
  • A retractable wheels enable the stick vacuum to stand on its own.
  • LED lights on the nozzle to illuminate dark spots.
  • Hypervelocity suction speeds up airflow through a direct path.
  • 120V, 60Hz, 700 Watts,5.8 Amps
  • 30-foot power cord.
  • Weighs 10.7 pounds.
  • 0.68 qts. dust bin capacity.
  • 9-inch cleaning path width.
  • 4.2-foot hose.
  • Weighs 10.7 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 10.44 x 11.38 x 46.19 (LxWxH)
  • Carries 5 year limited warranty.
Apex Uplight Review Research:
Likes:
  • Simple to put together.
  • Strong suction for its size.
  • Cord is long.
  • The self-cleaning brushroll works well.
  • Has LED headlights.
  • Versatile. It has detachable wand and pod, allows you to tackle different cleaning jobs,including floor and above floor cleaning.
  • Low profile and can lay flat to get under furniture.
  • The nozzle swivels well.
  • Easy to empty bin.
  • With the help of the retractable wheels, it can stand on its own.
Dislikes:
  • Small dust bin.
  • The power button is on the rear of the handle, not on the front. Thus it is difficult to turn it on/off with one hand.
  • Not for people with weak wrist. The lift away pod contains the motor and bin, is near the handle. When you hold the vacuum, you are holding most of the weight of the unit, so it will feel heavier than you thought. It will take you some time to get used to it.
  • Cannot turn off brush rollers.
  • Cannot adjust suction power.
Overall:
  • The suction and self cleaning brushroll are pretty good, but the weight distribution might be a an issue for some people, and the lack of suction adjustment makes it not work well on shag carpets and small rugs.
You can download manual to learn more:
Visit Amazon Shark APEX UpLight product page,scroll down to product information section, you will find a link to download the user guide. Or visit sharkclean.com to download.

FAQ:
*Does it have a brushroll On/Off control?
No, brushrolls cannot be turned off.
*Is the wand telescopic?
No. It is a non telescopic wand.
*Does it have manual height adjustment for carpet and hard floors?
No, there is not height settings.
*Does it allow you to adjust the suction power?
No,there is no suction control.
*Can you remove the brush rollers to clean out?
There is an Eject Roller button on the nozzle that allows you to remove the soft roller. For cleaning the bristle brush, you will need to remove the cover at the bottom of the nozzle to reach the roller to clean out hair and lint.

Dyson Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Models Comprison

Things you may want to know about before making a purchase, because many other people concern about them.

First, all of the Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners are bagless and battery powered. All of them do NOT operate while charging, which means you cannot use it to vacuum with cord attached.

Second, all of the Dyson cordless units use Trigger type On/Off design, Dyson claimed that such design can save battery power and then extend running time. However, with this design, you have to keep pressing the trigger when in use. Some people like such design while others does not like it because they feel it cause finger fatigue. So you’d better try it before buying if you never had one. Test it at local stores, or borrow one from friends or neighbors if possible.

Third, though the battery pack on the unit is replaceable, you have to use a screw driver to unscrew 2 (on V6) or 3 (on V7,V8,V10) phillips screws to remove the battery pack. So this is not a design that allows you to have a second battery pack to conveniently swap to use in your daily cleaning jobs. For those who prefer a cordless vacuum with 2 swappable batteries, please think over.

Now, if you decide to buy one but get confused by the various similar models, here are some info that may make it clear. We list major difference between them.

Dyson Cyclone V10 vs V7 vs V8

Vacuum CleanerV10 CycloneV7V8
MotorDyson digital V10 motor spins at up to 125,000rpm Dyson digital V7 motor spins at up to 107,000rpm Dyson digital V8 motor spins at up to 107,000rpm
Cyclone Technology14 concentric array cyclones2 Tier Radial cyclones with 15 cyclones. 2 Tier Radial cyclones with 15 cyclones.
Bin Size0.2 gallons (Model Motorhead has only 0.14 gallons)0.14 gallons 0.14 gallons
Cleaner HeadTorque Drive Cleaner Head (Motorhead has Direct Drive Cleaner Head ) Direct Drive Cleaner Head Direct Drive Cleaner Head
Power Modes & Suction Power3 power modes, 16AW on low, 33AW on medium, 151 AW on max 2 power modes, 21 AW on Powerful mode, 100 AW on Max mode2 power modes, 28 AW on Powerful mode, 115 AW on Max mode
Battery25.2V, 20.8A,2600mAh,66 Wh,7 cell Lithium-ion Battery, takes 3.5 hour to fully charge. Runs up to 60 minutes on low, up to 35 minutes or so on medium, about 7 minutes on high.21.6V,16.2A, 2100mAh,46Wh,6 cell Lithium-ion Battery, takes 3.5 hour to fully charge. Runs up to 30 minutes on low, 6 minutes on high.21.6V,18.5A, 2800mAh,65Wh,6 cell Lithium-ion Battery, takes 5 hour to fully charge. Runs up to 40 minutes on low, 7 minutes on high.
Filtrationone piece filter, HEPAHEPA or Standard (Absolute and Motorhead) HEPA

About V6. Though it is the lowest price one of the four. But its running time on low setting is the shortest one, bin is the smallest, tools are harder to switch.

V7 use the direct drive cleaner head, has better brush bar power than the V6 and longer running time on low setting, but suction power on low setting is down from 28 air watts to 21 air watts compared to V6.

V8 has greater suction power than the V7, 28 air watts versus 21 air watts on previous model at low setting, 115 air watts versus 100 air watts at high setting. And it provides 10 minutes longer running time on low setting. But the change on the battery also increase its charging time, the other models only require 3.5 hours to recharge while the V8 needs 5 hours to fully charge.

V10 provides the most powerful suction on the max mode, much greater than the previous models. Its design is different from the previous models, such as the hygienic point and shoot empty mechanism, adding one more power mode, the one piece filter to replace the pre-motor filter and post motor filter. It can run up to 60 minutes with a non motorized tool on low setting(16 air watts is not strong enough for most vacuuming jobs), but the running time on medium (33 air watts suction power) and high setting(151 air watts) are not better than the V8 low setting(28 air watts) and high setting(115 air watts). One more thing you should know about the Cyclone V10 — with the redesign on the unit, you have to remove the tools/wand before emptying the bin. The previous models do not require you to remove tools/wand to empty. It seems the new design is not as convenient as the older models, but for the old models, there is also chances to open the dust bin accidentally, then spill dust.

Buy the V6 if you just want to try a Dyson cordless vacuum.

V7 or V8. The V7 is a little cheaper than the V8. Buy the V7 if you want 1.5 hours shorter charging time. Choose the V8 if you want better suction power and longer running time.

Buy the V10 if you have enough budget, and need one with larger bin, and the most powerful suction for occasional intensive cleaning.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute vs Animal vs Motorhead Cordless Vacuum Cleaners

The Cyclone V10 has some redesign compared to previous models, such as adding one more power mode, hygienic “point and shoot” empty mechanism, one piece filter to replace dual filters. It provides much more suction power at max mode than the V6,V7 and V8 models.

The V10 Absolute and Animal is the same except for color and accessories. The Motorhead is different from the above versions, it has a small dust cup and it does NOT come with the new Torque drive cleaner head, instead, it includes the Direct drive cleaner head like the previous generation.

Vacuum CleanerBin CapacityWeightColorIncluded Tools
V10 Absolute0.2 gallons5.9 lbsBlue,Copper,BlackTorque drive cleaner head,Soft roller cleaner head,Mini Motorhead,Mini soft dusting brush,Combination
tool,Crevice tool,Docking station,Charger
V10 Animal0.2 gallons5.9 lbsPurpleTorque drive cleaner head,Mini Motorhead,Mini soft dusting brush,Combination tool,Crevice tool,Docking
station,Charger
V10 Motorhead0.14 gallons5.5 lbsRedDirect drive cleaner head,Combination tool,Crevice tool,Docking station,Charger

Dyson V7 Absolute vs Motorhead vs Animal vs HEPA Cordless Vacuum Cleaners

Not all of the V7 cordless models feature HEPA filtration; the color of the cyclone part and the wand is the obvious thing that makes them different from each other; the model that comes with more tools are more expensive.

Vacuum CleanerHEPA FiltrationColorIncluded ToolsOfficial Price
V7 AbsoluteNoBlack/RedDirect drive cleaner head,soft roller cleaner head,Mini Motorhead,Mini soft dusting brush,Combination tool,Crevice tool,Docking station,Charger$349.99 (2019-02-28)
V7 MotorheadNoFuchsiaDirect drive cleaner head,Combination tool,Crevice tool,Docking station,Charger$249.99 (2019-02-28)
V7 AnimalYesIronSoft roller cleaner head,Mini Motorhead,Mini soft dusting brush,Combination tool,Crevice tool,Docking station,Charger$299.99 (2019-02-28)
V7 HEPAYesWhiteDirect drive cleaner head,Combination tool,Crevice tool,Docking station,Charger$239.29 (2019-02-28)

Difference between Shark IF281,IF282,IF285,and UF280 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaners

The difference between the Shark ION F80 MultiFlex IF281,IF282 and IONFlex 2X IF285,UF280 DuoClean Ultra Light Cordless Stick models are as follows.

Where sold.
The IF281 sold at Target, Macy’s, BestBuy, JCPenney, Amazon, and SharkClean official website.
The IF282 sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kohl’s.
The IF285 sold at Sam’s Club.
The UF280 sold at Costco.

Check Price at Amazon

Included.
All of them come with
* 2 ION Power Pack Batteries
* ION Power Pack Charging Cable
* 8″ Crevice Tool
* Upholstery Tool
* ION Power Pack Charging Dock
The IF282 and IF285 also include a Precision Duster, whereas the UF280 include an Anti-Allergen Dust Brush.

Color.
The IF281 and IF282 are in graphite grey with sandstone accents.
The IF285 and UF280 are in charcoal grey with blue stream accents.

Difference between Oreck Super Deluxe BB880,BB1200DB,and BB900-DGR Commercial XL Pro 5 canister vacuum

These 3 Oreck machines are similar, all of them are corded and bagged. They are light, weighs about 5 pounds. They do not have wheels, if you want to move it around, you have to use the handle or the included shoulder strap. They have a vacuum port as well as a blower port for cleaning areas like stairs, bookshelves, and drapes.
There is no product info about the BB880 on the Oreck website, but you can find it on sites like amazon.com and walmart.com. For the info about the BB1200DB, you can find it here https://www.oreck.com/compact-canister-vacuum/BB1200DB.html, for the BB900-DGR, find it here https://www.oreckcommercial.com/vacuums/oreck-commercial-xl-pro-5-canister-vacuum

Below are some differences between them.

About the Cord.
The Super Deluxe Compact canister vacuum BB880 and BB1200 have a 20 foot cord which is black, whereas the Commercial XL Pro 5 BB900-DGR has a longer cord which is 30 foot long and in orange color. According to user review, the Commercial one has more heavy duty cord.

Cord Storage
The BB880 and BB900-DGR have the cord wrap on the side of the canister, whereas the BB1200DB has the cord located on bottom of the canister.

Warranty
The BB880 and BB1200DB are designed for household use, they carry a 3 year warranty for residential use. Whereas the BB900-DGR carries one year commercial warranty.

Attachments.
There is some slight difference on the included attachments, make sure what they includes before making a purchase.

If you know other difference between them, please share below.

P.S.
The BB880 and the BB880-AD are the same except for the attachments.
BB1200DB manual – http://tti.a.bigcontent.io/v1/static/BB1200DB_Oreck_User_Manual
BB900-DGR manual – https://www.oreckcommercial.com/media/1157/72191-04_bb900dgr_xlpro5.pdf

Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cord Free Vacuum Models Comparison


The Shark IONFlex DuoClean cordless vacuum cleaner series include several models, basically, they machine itself are the same.

The main difference between these Shark IONFLEX models IF200, IF200C, IF201, IF202, IF203Q, IF205, and IC205 are as follows.

The IF200 is in charcoal gray with copper, sold at Walmart and Macy’s, comes with a Duster Crevice Tool, Pet Multi-Tool, ION Power Pack Battery, Charging Cord.

The IF200C is in charcoal gray with copper, sold at Walmart, comes with a Duster Crevice Tool, Pet Multi-Tool, ION Power Pack Battery, Charging Cord.

The IF201 is in charcoal gray with grasshopper, sold at Target, BestBuy, HomeDepot, Lowe’s, Sears, and Amazon, comes with a Duster Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush, Wide Upholstery Tool, ION Power Pack Battery, Charging Cord, Anti-Allergen Dust Brush.

The IF202 is in charcoal gray with grasshopper, sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s, comes with a Duster Crevice Tool, ION Power Pack Battery, Charging Cord, Anti-Allergen Dust Brush, MultiFLEX™ Under-Appliance Wand, Pet Multi-Tool.

The IF203Q is in charcoal gray with blue stream, sold at QVC, comes with Duster Crevice Tool, ION Power Pack Battery, Charging Cord, Anti-Allergen Dust Brush, MultiFLEX™ Under-Appliance Wand, Pet Multi-Tool.

The IF205 is in charcoal gray with grasshopper, sold at BJS and Sam’s Club, comes with an 8-inch Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush, Wide Upholstery Tool, ION Power Pack Battery, Charging Cord, Anti-Allergen Dust Brush, MultiFLEX™ Under-Appliance Wand.

The IC205 is in charcoal gray with brick accents, sold at Costco, comes with an 8-inch Crevice Tool, Pet Multi-Tool, ION Power Pack Battery, Charging Cord, Anti-Allergen Dust Brush, Precision Duster.

And there’s price difference between them, commonly, the model with more accessories will be more expensive.