Shark Duo Clean – What Is It And How Does It Work?

Shark Duo Clean

Shark Duo Clean Technology makes hoovering and vacuuming your home easy, straightforward and simple because the floorhead includes both a soft roller and a brush so no matter the floor surface it cleans effectively regardless of whether you have hard floor, carpet or both.

With Shark vacuum cleaners you no longer need to think about what kind of hoover is best suited to the type of flooring you have in your home.

Some brands of vacuum cleaner are better on hard flooring and others do better on carpet but Shark has developed a system that delivers superior cleaning performance regardless of the surface that needs to be cleaned.

There has been a massive shift towards laminate flooring and real wood hard floors in recent years and most vacuum cleaner manufacturers haven’t caught up and still make traditional hoovers that have a brush on the floor head that spins around at high speed.

Brands like Dyson, for example, have excellent hoovers that come with a motorised brush head but if you want something that is effective on hard floors then you need to buy one of their top of the range models that comes with an attachment that is suitable for hard floors.

If you want to get the absolute best cleaning performance from a Dyson then you need to swap floorheads when you change surfaces from carpet to hard floor or rugs to hard floor and that can be a bit annoying.

If you are thinking about buying a vacuum cleaner from one of the premium brands but are unsure as to how to choose between them then this article will help:

Dyson or Shark?

The bottom line is that for hard floor surfaces, whether it be laminate or Amtico or Karndean or real wood, you need to have a vacuum cleaner with a soft roller to get the best possible cleaning performance.

If you have carpets then a brush that digs right down into the carpet fibres is going to do a better job than a soft roller so if you only have one type of flooring throughout your home then you may wish to choose one or the other.

If you have no carpets or rugs whatsoever then a vacuum cleaner with a soft roller is all you really need but then you don’t have a back up if you end up getting an oriental rug or if you get some carpet fitted at some point.

If you only have carpet then a traditional hoover should be fine but it won’t work great in the kitchen or anywhere at all that has any other floor surface other than carpet.

Shark have completely taken all of those issues out of the equation with their Duo Clean technology.

What Exactly Is Shark Duo Clean?

It seems obvious once you take a look but no one else has really thought it through until Shark decided to put both a brush AND a soft roller into all of their vacuum cleaner heads.

Traditional hoovers tend to struggle with larger particles of dirt because they can’t make their way under the lip of the floorhead but the soft roller on all Shark Duo Clean vacuum cleaners sits at the front of the floor head and just rolls straight over even the largest of dirt particles and sucks them straight into the waste container.

It’s also extremely effective at edge cleaning and grabs everything all the way up to and including the edge so if you normally have to use an attachment to get properly into the skirting boards then you won’t have to worry about that with a Shark Duo clean hoover.

Both the soft roller and the motorised brush move at the same time so the soft roller brilliantly captures dust and dirt that sits on the surface of the floor and then the brush digs deep below the surface to grab anything the soft roller didn’t pick up.

Looking through the entire range of Shark vacuum cleaners, almost all of them have Duo Clean and it’s so good that it looks like they are including it in all of their vacuum cleaners now but some of the older models didn’t have it incorporated into the floor head so just keep an eye out.

Here is a short video that shows it in action:

These are the best Shark vacuum cleaners with Duo Clean technology:

Shark IZ400UK / IZ400UKT & IZ420UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Shark are constantly trying to make their vacuum cleaners better and the latest cordless offering delivers just that. Better anti-hair wrap, better suction and better battery life in addition to all of the things that Shark already do really well. 

In our opinion, this is as good as any Dyson but it’s cheaper. What’s not to like? See our detailed review for more information on why this is a great vacuum cleaner.



See full review of the Shark IZ400 / IZ400UKT / IZ420UKT Cordless Vacuum Cleaner


Shark Stratos HZ3000UKT Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Corded vacuum cleaners can often be a better choice than cordless depending on your circumstances. I own this hoover and decided to go down that road. Find out why in my full review of using this product on a daily basis here:

See full review of the Shark Stratos HZ3000UKT Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner




Shark IZ300 & IZ320 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

In addition to Duo Clean, Sharks latest range of cordless hoovers have 50% more suction power than the previous range highlighting the reason why Shark has become the most popular brand of hoover in the UK, they just continually make hoovering your home easier but without hiking up prices.

As well as a lot more suction power you also get flexology which allows you to bend the central column to get under tables and sofas without bending down and “powerfins” have been added which are plastic fins in the roller that get more dirt than ever hoovered up first time across both hard flooring and carpets. Also, anti-hair wrap technology ensures you never have to worry about hair unhygienically getting wrapped around the roller.

Another exceptional and very highly rated hoover from Shark



See full review of the Shark IZ300 & IZ320 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Shark ICZ160 & ICZ300 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

You get an awful lot more than just the Duo Clean floorhead with this hoover.

If cables are not your thing and you want to whizz round in double quick time without changing plug sockets or getting caught up in a cord then this cordless model has a battery that lasts up to 50 minutes (ICZ160) or 60 minutes (ICZ300) or about half that time if you use it on full power the whole time which is not necessary as the suction is strong enough to pick up most dust and debris even on the lowest setting.

It also comes with anti-hair wrap so you’ll never end up having to cut hair that has become tangled around the brush ever again and the ICZ300 comes with “powerfins” that dig down into the carpet fibres for an intense clean every time

Probably the best feature is the powered lift away that enables you to remove the entire central part of the hoover with just one click making cleaning all above flor surfaces including stairs and ceilings an absolute breeze.

The ICZ160 and ICZ300 combine all of the best that Shark has to offer.





See full review of the Shark ICZ160 & ICZ300 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner


Shark CZ250UKT & CZ500UKT cylinder vacuum cleaner

If you are looking for something other than a traditional upright vacuum cleaner then the Shark CZ500UKT is well worth taking a look at. It comes with the Duo head floorhead and all of Sharks other technologies that have made them the leading brand in the UK for hoovers.

It comes with a pet tool as standard as well to make it as easy to clean above floor as it is to clean at floor level. Great suction power, anti-hair wrap and flexology are some of the other features that make this hoover one to add to the shortlist. 



See the full review of Shark CZ250 & CZ500 cylinder vacuum cleaner

Shark IZ201 & IZ251 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Both the IZ201 and IZ251 are the same vacuum cleaner with the difference being how many batteries you get and whether or not you want a pet tool attachment.

This model has the waste container towards the top and that makes it very easy to convert into a handheld with just one click.

You can then get to the stairs and the car easily by just clipping on one of the supplied attachments.

This is a very versatile hoover that also has “flexology” where the central stick bends making it easy to get underneath low level furniture without having to bend down.

It’s also available with one or two batteries making it suitable for small and large homes alike.



See full review of the Shark IZ201 & IZ251 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner


Shark NZ801 / NZ850 / PZ1000 Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner

This model also has powered lift away so that you can easily remove the central part of the hoover away from the main stick and clean throughout your home on all surfaces without fuss.

There is the NZ801 / NZ850 and the PZ1000. The only difference between the 3 of them is the size of the waste container so if you have a large home and you want to empty the waste container as little as possible then the PZ1000 has a huge 1.6 litre capacity. Most homes will be fine with either the NZ801 with 0.83 litres and the NZ850 1.3 litres

Anti hair wrap on the brush roller ensures no tangled hair. This is how it works:

It is corded but it comes with a long 8-metre cord to ensure to won’t need to change the socket very often and you’ll never need to concern yourself with the battery running out.

Suction power is excellent and you get a larger than average waste container so you can go many cleans without having to empty the dust.

See full review of the Shark NZ801 / NZ850 / PZ1000 Corded Upright Vacuum Cleaner






Shark HZ400UKT Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner

A Duo Clean floorhead and anti hair wrap are two of the main features of this hoover and it converts quickly into a handheld to easily deal with all surfaces above the floor.

Being corded you can get the same performance as the more expensive cordless models for less.



See full review of the Shark HZ400UKT Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Which Shark Duo Clean Is The Best?

Shark offers a large number of different types of vacuum cleaner that have Duo Clean technology because they cater to different home sizes, different budgets and different home types.

For example, if you have a very large home with pets then a cordless version with powered lift away and a spare battery will give you the freedom to clean large areas without worrying about getting caught up in cables or the battery running out.

On the other hand, if the price is important and perhaps you live in a flat or a smaller home then perhaps you may be more suited to a corded vacuum cleaner with Duo Clean.

Shark’s corded range performs exactly the same as the cordless but are cheaper because batteries for vacuum cleaners are expensive so if you plug it into the mains then you don’t need a battery.

You also never need to be concerned with the battery running out and if you don’t have that many rooms to clean then you won’t need to change the plug socket much making having to deal with a cord not that much hassle at all.

Is Shark Duo Clean safe on hard floors?

Yes, On hard flooring the soft roller does all the work and will deal with all the dust and dirt that sits on the surface of your floor.

The brush roller will not scratch or damage the flooring and is more for dealing with dirt below the surface of carpets or rugs

Shark Duo Clean corded or cordless?

All of Sharks Duo Clean hoovers are good and the best one is the one that is most suited to your individual needs. For larger homes consider cordless and for smaller homes try one of the corded ones to save money.

How Good Is the Shark Duo Clean?

Compared to the floor heads on other vacuum cleaners, the Duo Clean is excellent because the soft roller picks up everything that sits on top of the floor and then the brush roller grabs anything that sits underneath.

Most vacuum cleaners have one or the other but with Shark Duo Clean you get the best of both worlds.

In addition to the benefits of having two brush heads built into one with the Duo Clean, many now also come with anti-hair wrap technology that completely eliminates hair becoming tangled in the brush roller.

This article explains more in detail:

Shark Anti-Hair wrap

For more information specifically on cordless vacuums this article can help:

Shark cordless vacuum reviews

And for a full review of all the best Shark vacuum cleaners this article is a detailed guide:

Best Shark vacuum

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