I’ve had the Shark Sonic Duo for a couple of weeks now, so I’ve decided to make a review. Right here I’m going to try to give you the most comprehensive guide possible, and see if I can cover all the necessary details, features, as well as all the benefits and queries I’ve noted about this item since I unpacked it. Note, I’ve already analyzed the similar (and yet so different) Bissell Symphony, you can check out that review if you ever need some comparing terms. So lets not lose any more time, here’s what you’ll know in a couple of minutes, after reading this:
- If the Sonic Duo is right for your cleaning needs
- The complete specs of this Shark
- How to get a really good deal for this product
With this new product, homeowners have now a real alternative to commercial carpet cleaning. If you still have doubts, I want to reassure you this machine can be used for both bare floors and carpets. That means it can clean roughly 90% of your home. Moreover, Shark took special care and included in the product box a tool that with help you reach in tight places: the scrub duster accessory. This comes with 2 different pads, one that can be used for scrubbing and one that can be used for dusting.
To get a better grasp of this model, I’ve embedded bellow a video introduction:
I’ll start with some basic information of this SharkClean scrubbing cleaner that might come in handy:
|Scrubbing power||First, you have to understand that the Shark Sonic Duo is not a vacuum cleaner. The is no vacuum what so ever. In fact, if you are planing to clean carpets and staircases, the best results you can get with this tool appear if you pre-vacuum the areas (using a regular vacuum cleaner). If you are using Shark's carpet cleaning solutions, it is also advised to vacuum the carpets after the solution impregnated the textile fibers and dried. The pads vibrate just like an electric toothbrush, 1,000 times per minute. The ZZ550 has 2 scrub modes: Hard floors and Carpets.|
|Input power||Works on 120V.|
|Cleaning solutions||Comes with 4 different bottles of solutions: a 12oz low moisture no rinse carpet shampoo, a 10oz activating pre-treat carpet stain and odor remover, a 12oz hard floor cleaner solution and a 16oz wooded hard floor polish. You can use for carpets first the pre-treat carpet stain and odor remover, and then the low moisture carpet shampoo. For hardwood floors, first apply the cleaner solution and then the polisher. You can mix these in 2 reusable bottles. The solutions and the cleaning pads are colored intuitively. Thus, it's easier to keep track and use the right one. There's purple for carpets (1 bottle of solution and 1 bottle of stain and spot remover), green for cleaning hard floors and orange for polishing hard floors. All the formulated cleaning solutions are very effective and non-toxic, being safe to use around kids and pets.|
|Pads||The product comes with a lot of pads: |
- 2 green hardfloor cleaning pads
- 1 orange hardfloor polishing pad
- 1 purple carpet and rug cleaning pad
- 1 purple scrub'n stain removal pad
According to the producer, the pads are washable, lasting at least 20 washes. Despite the many extras included in the box even I could keep with all them as the solutions and pads were all color-coded! Replacements for all of the pads and solutions are easily available online.
|Weight and Dimensions||Weights 9 lbs and measures 46.5 x 9.5 x 11.5 inches.|
|Warranty||If you buy the product on Amazon, it has a 2 year warranty. On Shark's site, you get a 5-year VIP plus limited lifetime warranty.|
|Accessories||Apart from the pads and the cleaning solutions, the product also comes with a scrub duster accessory (with scrubbing and dusting pads) and a storage tray. Check out this pic with all accessories:|
|Special features||3 special features come in my mind:|
- the electronic spray button - spray cleaning solution with just a push of a button
- the ergonomic handle - better grip
- the bumper - protects your furniture
|Usability||As you can tell from the weight and dimensions, the Shark Sonic Duo is substantial piece of gear, but this doesn't really matter once you switch it on. That's because of something billed as "Airglide Manoeuvrability". The pads underneath vibrate so quickly (1000 times a minute, or 16 times a second, so they say) that the cleaner handles very lightly. You can literally pull or push the Sonic Duo around the floor with your fingertips. The power cord has 22 ft, which is enough IMO. The rooms in my house are larger than average, but I've found the cord length to be ample, even while negotiating my Shark Sonic Duo around furniture. The head is slim-line and swivels 180 degrees, making tight gaps and nooks more accessible. At the front of the swivel head are headlights, which are a nice touch, bringing stains into better focus. Just above the handle, within easy reach or the thumb is the spray button. Halfway down the shaft is the reservoir, which is pretty easy to fill.|
|Price||You can buy it for $139.99 @ Amazon.com, or you could buy it for $199 directly @ SharkClean.|
Cleaning Carpets with the Sonic Duo
Having a dust allergy makes me a bit of a stickler for cleanliness, and is one of the reasons I was first attracted to the Shark Sonic Duo. The promise of getting years-old stains, trapped dust and mold out of my carpets was too good to pass up. The promise that hooked me was that this cleaner, combined with a vacuum cleaner, would remove four times as much dirt as if I had simply vacuumed the carpet alone.
After using it on the runner in my hall I can say that is pretty close to the truth. I saw colors and a vibrancy that must have been hidden for years beneath a layer of dirt that I didn’t even know was there. It was almost shameful how big the difference was between the areas that had been cleaned with the Shark Sonic Duo and those that hadn’t.
In the lounge I had a couple of long-term stains that had been trodden in the fibers, and no amount of cleaning in the past had been able to remove them. I followed the Sonic Duo – loaded with spot solution – up with my vacuum cleaner and a dull brown blotch that had been bothering me for ages was gone.
What happens is that the sonic scrubbing (like an electric toothbrush) and solution first breaks up any of the dirt that is on the surface. Then as you pass over, the solution penetrates deep into the carpet fibers, first trapping then unlocking dirt as it dries. When I followed it up with the vacuum cleaner I was pleasantly surprised by the renewed cleanliness of my carpets.
Cleaning hard surfaces
Transforming the Shark Sonic Duo just took just a couple of minutes, changing the pads and refilling the solution.
The results I saw on my carpet also applied to the linoleum flooring in my kitchen, which had picked up various stains and grime, which I’d become resigned to putting up with. Once the Sonic Duo came into contact with what I thought were permanent marks I saw them begin to ebb away.
Got to say, though when it came to using the Shark Sonic Duo on the wooden floors in my living room I did have my doubts. I’ve got these lovely hardwood floorboards, perfectly varnished and from bitter experience I know only too well what can happen if you use too much liquid or product on this kind of surface. Streaks and water damage!
But I felt encouraged to dry a small patch with the Shark Sonic Duo and the results were just incredible. First I had to attach the green pads, which are specially designed for hardwood surfaces.
One pass and I took a look at the results: no damage, no residue and no streaks; just a healthy shine. This is because Sonic Duo uses less moisture than, say, a mop, needing only a quick spray, which then evaporates quickly once you’ve passed over it with the pads. This was such an unexpected bonus. So once I had finished with my small test corner I went ahead and used my Shark Duo on the rest of the floor, ending up with a finish I haven’t seen for a good few years in there.
Polishing steps the shine up to a new level – those 1000 vibrations a minute help to distribute the polish solutions across the floor, and the results are spectacular.
Difference between Shark Sonic Duo ZZ550 and ZZ500
The ZZ500 is designed to clean only hard floors and has no headlights.
It might be that I’m a clean freak, but I have noticed that I’ve already used up a lot of the carpet solution. At this rate I may well get through several bottles of this a year, but the solution is sold in one package alongside the spot cleaner. As I only need the spot cleaner for isolated stains, I’ll end up with a lot of bottles I won’t need.
The instructions were a little sparse. As a seasoned cleaner I could get my head around them quickly enough, but I could understand how some people might be left in the dark.
Shark Sonic Duo VGM
After quantifying the features of this product, here is what I’ve got:
My final word
The Shark Sonic Duo is now firmly part of my cleaning arsenal, and I can look forward to floors that are visibly cleaner and healthier. I recommend this product to people that have lots of hardwood floors, it does wonders with the polishing feature. Additionally, I recommend the ZZ550 if you have carpets or rugs and if want to get rid of the most stubborn stains or if you want to buy a cleaning system that deeply scrubs the fibers. Get it now for a cheap price.
Update: Please sign this petition to get the concentrated carpet cleaning solution back on the market. Thank you!!!
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