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Shark APEX UpLight Review

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Updated December 17, 2022
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The Shark APEX UpLight is a mid-range stick vacuum cleaner released in 2019, promising a self-cleaning brush roll and powerful cleaning on carpets and hard floors. Like some of the top vacuum cleaners on the market, this device has LED headlights, illuminating its path. It has a large 0.7L dirt compartment and offers good maneuverability.

This model comes with a HEPA filter, removing up to 99.97% of allergenic particles as small as 0.3 microns. Browse below to learn more about the Shark APEX UpLight and see our Samsung POWERbot R7040 review if you prefer a robot vacuum.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great performance on bare floors and low-pile carpets
  • Outstanding maneuverability
  • No recurring costs
  • LED headlight
  • HEPA filter

Reasons to Not

  • So-so performance on high-pile carpets
  • Short power cord
  • A bit heavy

Market Context

Compared to the same brand’s similar models: The Shark APEX UpLight boasts a bigger 0.7L dirt compartment, which contains more dust than the 0.4L dustbin of the Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded. However, at 9.61 lbs, the UltraLight weighs slightly less than the 11.24-lb UpLight.

Compared to other brands’ similar models: The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has a longer 35.17-foot power cord than the 30.18-foot cord of the Shark APEX UpLight. However, the Shark vacuum removes 99% of the large debris on hard floors compared to the lower 93% removal rate of the Dyson.

The Eureka FloorRover Elite NEU630 has a much bigger 1.4L dirt compartment than the 0.7L compartment of the Shark APEX UpLight. However, the APEX performs much better on hard floors, removing 99% of the large debris particles, compared to the 83% rate of the Eureka vacuum.

Critic Consensus

Professional reviewers praised the Shark APEX UpLight for bare floors, carpets, and stairs. They were pleased with its large 0.7L dirt compartment and long 30.18-foot power cord. See our Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away review if you need a similar cordless model. Editors at Digital Trends were happy with its selection of tools. This vacuum produced up to 0.73 kPa of suction power during testing, clearing an outstanding 99% of the large debris on bare floors and 90% on high-pile carpets.

Testers at Vacuums Guide were happy with its LED headlights and good maneuverability, although the Shark ION F80 review is easier to maneuver. This vacuum produced up to 79.5 dBA of sound, which proved slightly high for a stick vacuum. Testers were pleased with its HEPA filter and filtration system, which prevented dirt from escaping during tests. However, people with allergies can also check out the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power review, which has a fully sealed system. Also, its 11.24-lb weight is high.