The Shark ICZ160 cordless vacuum cleaner might be the best hoover that money can buy – bar none.
When evaluating how good a hoover is we always look at performance and cost combined.
Its no good having the best vacuum cleaner in the world and it costs £3000 – no one will buy it there is also no point in having a vacuum cleaner that costs £30 but it doesn’t clean – no one will buy it.
In this review we will explain why, even though it costs hundreds of pounds, this is the best vacuum cleaner you can buy in the UK.
Shark and Dyson basically fight it out at the premium end of the market so if you have a medium to large size home with children and pets and you need a cleaner that is capable of tackling everything that life throws at you then you really do not need to look any further than Shark or Dyson.
If you don’t want to mess around with cables and plugs then we have now entered an era where cordless performance at the premium end of the market with Shark and Dyson is equal to the performance of corded vacuum cleaners.
This is so much so that Dyson has decided that they will not be making any more corded vacuum cleaners ever again. The future is now and the future for vacuum cleaners is cordless.
When you are evaluating how good a cordless vacuum cleaner is there are 6 key elements that you need to consider.
Battery Life, Suction Power, Cleaning Performance, Ease Of Use, Accessories and Cost.
We will explain in detail why the Shark IC160 sweeps the board in each and every category and why this is the best vacuum there is.
There are 4 different versions of this cleaner:
ICZ160UK – A single battery without pet tool – ideal if you like to whizz round in 20 minutes and have no pets
ICZ160UKT – A single battery with pet tool – ideal if you don’t spend more than 30 minutes but you do have pets
ICZ160UKBT – Two batteries without pet tool – ideal for larger homes so you don’t need to worry about running out of charge
ICZ160UKTT – Two batteries with pet tool – ideal for larger homes with pets
In our opinion the suction is so good that you don’t really need to spend extra on the version with the pet accessory because it’s going to pick up all your pet hair anyway without it but if you have a large house with a number of pets then maybe it’s worth the add on.
First of all battery and battery life. You get up to 50 minutes on the standard setting but if you keep it permanently on the boost setting you will get around 20 minutes. The standard setting is excellent and will pick up the vast majority of what you need to get picked up.
Hit the boost button only when you need it to get to deep down dirt in carpets or crevices and you’ll probably average 30 minutes on one battery – plenty for most homes.
What we love about Shark is that they sell extra batteries for £99 so if you have two batteries available then you can keep it in boost permanently and get 40 minutes from 2 batteries.
Almost no households would need that but if you did decide to go for that option then you would have a cleaner that would clean your home so deeply that it is hard to imagine anything else in the future that would do a better job. On boost this gets rid of everything it comes near and we mean everything.
Suction power is superb and at least equal to any Dyson model. Maybe Dyson claims to have the best suction but trust us, the suction on this hoover is more than you will ever need.
The Duo Clean brush head technology has both a soft roller and a hard brush roll that move and work simultaneously so you never need to change anything over like you do on a Dyson and it will literally pick up everything no matter how big or small.
It’s incredibly flexible as the central unit just lifts away from the stick with one click and you can get right under any cupboard or small space with ease.
The brush head is also extremely flexible and goes easy into corners and sucks up everything right up to the edge of skirting boards eliminating the need to add an accessory tool and cover edges separately.
Accessories included are the motorised pet tool (with the ICZ160UKT) which in our opinion is not really needed because the others more than suffice, a brush tool that will be more than good enough for most pet hair, a crevice tool and an upholstery tool.
This is the perfect number of accessory pieces. Who needs 10 accessories like with some of the Dyson models?
We like that it also has an on/off button so you don’t need to hold down the trigger all of the time throughout use but you do have to press and hold the boost button for maximum power.
The filtration on this hoover is best in class as well with zero dust escaping once it is inside which is rarer than you think – most vacuum cleaners allow some dust to escape even if it not visible.
It also comes with Sharks Anti Hair wrap technology that makes sure no pet or human hair gets wrapped around the brush roller. All vacuum cleaners get hair in the brush eventually but Shark has found a way to eliminate that;
Here is a short video showing it in action:
There are normally a few areas with all products that are worthy of criticism but we struggled to find anything with the Shark ICZ160 Cordless Upright Cleaner. This is about as good as it gets.
This Hoover moves effortlessly across all surfaces and the suction power which is second to none leaves no stone unturned.
No switching of the head is required. The combined soft roller and brush head technology picks up absolutely everything in its path and will leave your home spotless.
The way that it converts in one click to a portable cylinder type of cleaner with no wires or cables is brilliant for stairs and it also becomes a handheld cleaner perfect for the car in just one click as well.
The power, convenience and ease of use combined with a reasonable price for what is simply an outstanding vacuum cleaner makes this the best value for money vacuum cleaner out there.