Shark HZ400UKT Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner

9.9 out of 10
9.9 out of 10

If you like the idea of a stick vacuum cleaner but you are not sold on the suction power they generate and are concerned over how long the battery lasts let alone how expensive they are then the Shark HZ400UKT Corded Stick Vacuum cleaner gets rid of all these issues.

Cordless stick vacuum cleaners have become very popular in recent years mainly because of the convenience of not having a power cable.

The only problem with this is that to get really good suction for a long period of time requires a really expensive battery.

Cordless stick cleaners are overrated because you pay a LOT of money just to not have a cable.

Using a cable really isn’t that much of a big deal and is not that inconvenient and Shark have put one that is 10 metres long on this hoover so most homes will be able to clean an entire floor of their home with just one or two plug changes.

A small price to pay for big savings and no worries about battery life.

Features and benefits

Suction Power as good as it gets. At the end of the day suction power is always going to be one of the most important things about a hoover and this Shark totally delivers.

There is only one level of suction and that is strong, very strong. Because it is corded you don’t need variable suction like you do on cordless cleaners.

Cordless cleaners mostly have different levels of suction only because you need to use the medium and low settings in order to save battery and make it last longer.

You don’t need to do that with this Shark because it is plugged into the wall so you basically get turbo power all the time for as long as you want and it is really effective.

Duo Clean technology. Regardless of what type of floor surface you have in your home the duo clean technology will accommodate it all with ease.

Carpets, rugs, mats or any type of hard floor whether it be real wood, laminate or tiling is cleaned just the same.

Inside the brush head there is a soft roller that does its best work on hard floor and there is also a brush that does its best work on carpeted surfaces.

Combined they clean all surfaces and automatically switch when you move from one to the other.

Anti Hair Wrap Brush Head. If you have pets or even a lot of long-haired humans in your home then you will be familiar with how annoying it is when you hoover doesn’t seem to be picking up as much as it normally does.

The suction power is the same but it starts to leave behind debris that it normally picks up with ease.

Eventually you take a look at the brush roller inside and its totally clogged up with hair.

You have to faff around getting it out and then about 10 minutes cutting through it all with a pair of scissors to remove all the hair.

Shark has invented a brush that stops hair from getting tangled so you never have to do that again.

It doesn’t look much different than a normal brush and we can’t work out what they did but the bottom line is that hair no longer sticks to the roller so you never need to worry about it again.

Lift Away. There are many different ways to use the Shark HZ400UKT with the first one being the standard upright mode where you just push it around the floor like a regular hoover.

But where this vacuum cleaner really comes into its own is when you want to clean surfaces above floor level.

The suction pod part of the hoover comes away from the main body with just one click giving you ultra flexibility to clean stairs and sofas and more.

The accessory attachments live handily on the main body of the vacuum so once you unclip it from the main part of the hoover it basically turns into a really big very powerful handheld hoover.

Just clip the crevice tool on and you are good to go on the stairs or any high-level surface.

Unusually you can even clip the main motorised brush head onto the waste container unit to create a super-powerful handheld that works on the stairs like you are hoovering the main floor.

It also has an extendable hose built into the handheld unit so that it makes it even easier to get to where you want to clean with the minimum of fuss.

Shark really have thought through how to get the best cleaning performance for your whole home with the minimum of fuss

See the below video at the 7 minute point for a visual demonstration

Pet Tool. If you have cats or dogs or any other pets that leave a lot of fur or hair around then the included pet tool that is specifically engineered to be able to pick up hair that may get left behind does a great job.

It just clips straight on in just a few seconds and you are good to go in handheld mode with all the suction power you get in full upright mode.

Here is a very comprehensive video review of the Shark HZ400UKT which details everything this hoover is capable of:

Verdict

This is a brilliant all round vacuum cleaner at a very good price for the performance that it delivers.

You can pay twice this much for the same thing with Dyson except theirs is cordless.

The 10 metre cord and the never ending suction power (because it’s plugged into the wall) makes this much better value for money than one of the super expensive cordless stick hoovers.

It delivers the highest level of cleaning performance and the anti-hair wrap technology on the brush head makes it great for pets and it eliminates the painful job of cutting away the hair that gets wrapped around the brush.

It also comes with a pet tool making for above floor use that is specially designed to hoover up everything your cat or dog leaves behind regardless of the surface.

Exceptional value for money.