Shark Rotator Freestyle Pro Cordless Upright Vacuum - Model SV1112
Shark Rotator SV1112 is very popular lightweight, cordless, bagless, upright vacuum cleaner. Thanks to the large capacity battery, wide cleaning path and few other features, Shark Rotator SV1112 is suitable as the main vacuum cleaner in smaller homes and apartments. Also, it can be used in larger homes and apartments as second vacuum cleaner for quick cleanups, where large, heavier, corded unit is an overkill.
Unit features two speed brushroll, optimized for cleaning both low- and medium-pile carpets and bare floors. Unit can be used on thick carpets and rugs, too, but for thorough cleaning of such surfaces one requires larger and more powerful corded unit.
Shark Rotator Freestyle Pro (SV1112) is very good vacuum cleaner for human and pet hair. The brushroll features a raised cutting guide which is designed to cut pet and human hair, lint, threads, and other similar dirt and debris. And when required, brushroll can be easily removed from the unit and cleaned manually - and if you have pets, you will have to clean the brushroll manually from time to time.
Shark SV1112 is powered with Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery, which provides up to 12 minutes of operation at maximum brushroll speed and 17 minutes at lower brushroll speed.
Some users claim that they have achieved operating time of up to 24 minutes at lower brushroll speed on bare floors - maybe this is even possible with the new, fully charged battery since bare floors provide less resistance to brushroll than carpeted surfaces. But generally, when two speeds and different surfaces are combined, one can expect some 15 minutes of operation on average on a single battery charge.
With lithium ion battery, Shark Rotator SV1112 would have even better performances, but such battery would increase its price. Nonetheless, during 12 to 17 minutes of operation, Shark SV1112 can clean rather large area, making it one of the most popular affordable vacuums on the market.
Charging station is used as permanent storing/docking station since the built-in battery charger is designed to protect the battery from overcharging, prolonging its operating life.
In order to protect the almost fully drained battery, unit simply shuts off - don't be surprised when that happens.
Note that fully drained battery requires at least 4 hours of charging, while initial charging of brand new battery can last for up to 7 hours!
To prolong the operating life of the battery and to increase the number of charging/discharging cycles, it is good practice to periodically fully discharge the battery and then to fully charge it. NiMH batteries don't have memory effect like NiCd batteries, but better safe than sorry.
Shark Rotatot SV1112 dimensions are (LxWxH) 9.6 x 10.5 x 46 inches (~24.4 x 26.7 x 116.8 cm). Unit weighs 7.5 pounds (~3.4 kg), and it comes with 10 inches (~25 cm) wide cleaning path. Such wide cleaning path, good suction and two speed brushroll enables the unit to clean large area with a single battery charge.
Unit is light enough to be used even by elderly and kids (under supervision of adults, of course). Vacuum cleaner is easy to maneuver around the furniture and other objects and obstacles thanks to the lightweight design, relatively large wheels and full swivel mechanism.
Also, SV1112 features LED headlights. Strong LED headlights are important for spotting the hair and other dirt on the floor, especially in low light conditions.
Dirt cup is transparent and has large capacity. Note that the dirt cup should be emptied when it is half full, since some air must be able to pass through the dirt cup.
Dirt cup can be emptied quickly and easily, without touching the dirt. If you are not going to use the vacuum for some time, store it with the clean dirt cup.
Air filtration is good and is based on washable mechanical filter. Note that one should never use the vacuum cleaner without air filter in the vacuum and that before returning the air filter into the unit, it must be thoroughly dry.
For proper filter cleaning procedure and to get accustomed with your new vacuum, it is highly recommended to read the manual before first use (actually, before first battery charging!).
For short, Shark SV1112 is great vacuum cleaner for its price - it is designed for quick cleaning of various flat surfaces, without bothering where is the mains power outlet. It is excellent main vacuum for smaller homes and apartments. And not only 'smaller home and apartments', since during 12 to 17 minutes of operation, it can clean relatively large area. Note that it lacks extension hose or detachable handheld unit to clean elevated surfaces with additional cleaning attachments. But, for the carpeted and bare floors, it gets its job done quickly and efficiently.
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