Shark Navigator Zero-M Lift-Away Speed Upright Vacuums - ZU560, ZU561 and ZU562 Models
Shark Navigator Zero-M Lift-Away Speed Upright vacuums are a group of several, very similar corded, bagless upright vacuums featuring among others Zero-M and Lift-Away Shark's cleaning technologies. Zero-M cleaner head actively removes pet and human hair, lint, fibers and similar debris from the brush roll, while Lift-Away design enables the user to detach the Lift-Away pod ('lift it away' - hence the name) and easily clean elevated surfaces. Even without detaching Lift-Away pod, long and flexible cleaning hose help the user clean surfaces that can't be vacuumed with classic upright vacuums.
Shark Navigator Zero-M Lift-Away Speed Upright Vacuums Features and Specifications
There are several very important vacuum cleaning technologies that come with ZU560, ZU561 and ZU562 vacuums. These technologies are:
- Lift-Away technology: Lift-Away design enables the user to detach the Lift-Away pod from the rest of the unit and clean elevated surfaces lie stairs, fan blades, book shelves. Even without detaching the pod, user can vacuum elevated surfaces using cleaning hose and some of the available cleaning attachments.
- Anti-Allergen Complete Seal technology ensures that vacuumed air doesn't leak out of the unit before it is thoroughly filtered an released via exhaust port back into the cleaned room.
- Zero-M technology: cleaner head is designed to actively remove human and pet hair, lint, fibers and similar debris from the brush roll, reducing the maintenance tasks and saving time. Zero-M cleaner head does remove most of the hair from the brushroll, but nonetheless, from time to time, user still has to manually clean the brushroll. Owners of pets with long hair will appreciate this technology greatly.
Zero-M cleaner head comes with indicator light, signalizing the condition of the brushroll:
- Solid Green: the brushroll is working properly (it is spinning)
- Solid Red: the brushroll is jammed and it must be cleared from blockages
- Flashing Red: Zero-M floor nozzle is overheating. Unit has to be turned off, cooled down for at least 45 minutes and checked for jams and blockages.
Surprisingly, Zero-M cleaner head doesn't feature LED headlights, which can be rather helpful in certain situations.
- Speed technology: ZU560, ZU561, and ZU562 vacuums are compact and relatively lightweight units, which in combination with swivel steering enable the units to easily maneuver on both bare floors and carpets.
Shark Navigator Zero-M Lift-Away Speed ZU560, ZU561 and ZU562 uprights differ mostly in color and available attachments. Their similarities and differences are given in the following table:
|Model||Shark Navigator Zero-M ZU560||Shark Navigator Zero-M ZU561||Shark Navigator Zero-M ZU562|
|Unit Weight||13.4 pounds (~6.1 kg)|
|Dirt Bin Capacity||2.2 quarts (~2.1 liters)|
|Motor||800 Watts (6.7 Amps)|
|Power Cord||25 feet (7.6 m)|
|Cleaning Hose||6.6 feet (2 m)|
|Air Filters||Felt, Foam, HEPA|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||12 x 9.5 x 45.6 inches (30.5 x 24.1 x 116 cm)|
|Duster Crevice Tool||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Hair Removal Multi-Tool||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Wide Upholstery Tool||No||Yes||No|
|Pet Power Brush||No||No||Yes|
|Amazon Link||-||Shark ZU561||-|
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Practically, the only difference between these models is in the list of available attachments. Note that, by default, none of these models come with Under-Appliance Wand, which is excellent tool for cleaning tight and narrow places (more on that later).
Shark Navigator Zero-M vacuums weigh 13.4 pounds (~6.1 kg) with power cord and an accessory - one accessory can be carried onboard the unit via the bottom accessory holder.
Power cord is 25 feet long, allowing the user to clean large area using just single wall power socket. Note that there are uprights with longer power cord, but this is not only an upright with 6.6 feet long power cord, it is an upright with Lift-Away pod, a cleaning hose, 'above-floor' wand and several cleaning attachments - all these combined give a cleaning range of well above 30 feet, allowing the user to clean from the floor to the ceiling.
Shark Navigator Zero-M controls are positioned on the handle and are fairly simple and easy to use. Power switch comes with three settings:
- '0': Power Off - turns the unit off,
- 'I': Hard Floor - this setting is used for bare floors and area rugs. Main motor is turned on, but the brush roll is not spinning.
- 'II': Carpet - this setting is used for carpets. Main motor is turned on and the brush roll motor is turned on when the handle (and thus whole unit) is tilted backward.
Note: Although Shark Navigator Zero-M vacuums come packed with important features, their use is simple and straightforward. However, before the very first use, be sure to read the manual thoroughly, just is case :)
Suction control is positioned just under the handle and it is mechanical suction control, not electronic. Although this is not the most efficient way of suction control, it allows almost constant air intake into the vacuum, allowing the manufacturer to optimize air flow and air filtration.
Dirt bin capacity is 2.2 quarts (slightly less than 2.1 liters) up to the 'Max Fill Line'. Dirt bin is emptied from the bottom, allowing the user to quickly and without making a mess empty the dirt bin.
Air filtration is achieved using several mechanical air filters:
- pre-motor filter is combination of felt and foam and it protects the motor from various types of debris that could damage it.
- post-motor filter is HEPA grade air filter and it traps very fine dirt and debris before the air is released back into the cleaned room.
All filters are washable with cold water, without the use of any cleaning agents (not even soap!). When washing HEPA filter, be sure that the dirty side is down and rinse until the water runs clear.
Dry filters completely before returning them back into the unit - never use vacuum cleaner with wet/moist air filters or without the filters at all!
Under normal usage (4-6 hours per week) it is recommended to wash pre-motor filters every 3 months and post-motor HEPA filter every year.
Since vacuum's performances depend on the condition of filters, feel free to wash them even more often. If required, replace them with new ones, especially HEPA filter.
Shark Navigator Zero-M ZU560, ZU561 and ZU562 Cleaning Tools and Accessories
Main difference between these models are available attachments which allow the user to clean elevated surfaces using Lift-Away handle or wand or just a handle or wand with Lift-Away pod still being attached to the rest of the unit.
Duster Crevice Tool
Duster Crevice Tool is 2-in-1 cleaning tool.
The Crevice Tool is designed for cleaning narrow and tight areas and gaps and for increasing the cleaning range.
Dusting brush features soft bristles and is designed for dusting of various, even sensitive surfaces.
Duster Crevice Tool comes with all three Shark Navigator Zero-M upright vacuums.
Hair Removal Multi-Tool
Hair Removal Multi-Tool is designed to clean pet messes, not just pet hair in two ways.
Rubber bristle brush is used for cleaning stubborn pet and human hair, lint, fibers and similar dirt from carpeted areas.
When the rubber bristle brush is removed, an upholstery tool is revealed, which is designed for cleaning more sensitive areas like bedding, couches and similar.
Hair Removal Multi-Tool comes with all three Shark Navigator Zero-M upright vacuums.
Wide Upholstery Tool
Wide Upholstery Tool is designed similarly like upholstery tool (part of Hair Removal Multi-Tool), except that it is wider, hence the name.
Larger width helps the user to clean pet hair, dust, and other dirt from upholstered surfaces like mattresses, couches, curtains, lampshades, and other similar surfaces faster than it would be possible using narrower upholstery tool.
Wide Upholstery Tool comes only with Shark Zero-M ZU561 model.
Pet Power Brush
Pet Power Brush is motorized cleaning tool. It features small brushroll designed to remove pet hair, ground-in dirt and other deeply embedded dirt and debris from carpeted areas like small carpets, stairs, upholstery, etc.
Note that the bristles of the brushroll are relatively soft and gentle, but delicate surfaces should be vacuumed with Hair Remove Multi-Tool, where the user has full control of the cleaning process.
Pet Power Brush comes only with Shark Zero-M ZU562 model.
Under-Appliance Wand is 36 inches (~91 cm) long and very narrow, adjustable cleaning tool. It is designed for cleaning under and behind hard-to-move appliances and furniture.
Also, it features an extension piece for cleaning the underside of appliances.
People who never used such wand are often very surprised by the amount and type of vacuumed dirt when it is used for the very first time.
Under-Appliance Wand doesn't come with Shark Navigator Zero-M vacuums, but it can be ordered separately.
Shark Navigator Zero-M vacuums come with 5-Year limited warranty, which is very good warranty for low maintenance units in this price class.
Shark Upright Vacuums Comparison
Shark manufactures many upright vacuums, which differ in size, suction, technology etc.
Comparison of several Shark's upright vacuums is given in the following table:
|Model||Shark AX912||Shark NV803||Shark ZU561||Shark NV752|
|Main Features||DuoClean, Powered Lift-Away, Anti-Allergen, Compact Size||DuoClean, Powered Lift-Away, Anti-Allergen, Compact Size||Zero-M, Lift-Away, Anti-Allergen, Compact Size||Powered Lift-Away, Anti-Allergen, Full Size|
|Weight||14.8 pounds||14.5 pounds||13.4 pounds||16.7 pounds|
|Dirt Bin Capacity||0.9 quarts||0.9 quarts||2.2 quarts||3.3 quarts|
|Motor||900 Watts||1150 Watts||800 Watts||1200 Watts|
|Air Filters||Washable Foam + HEPA||Washable Foam + HEPA||Washable Foam + HEPA||Washable Foam + HEPA|
|Power Cord||30 feet||30 feet||25 feet||30 feet|
|Cleaning Hose||6 feet||6 feet||6.6 feet||6 feet|
|LED Lights||On Floor Nozzle||On Floor Nozzle||No Lights||On Floor Nozzle and Handle|
|Cleaning Attachments||MultiFLEX Under-Appliance Wand, Anti-Allergen Dust Brush, Pet Multi-Tool, Duster Crevice Tool||Pet Multi-Tool, Duster Crevice Tool, Under-Appliance Wand, Pet Power Brush, Accessory Bag||Duster Crevice Tool, Hair Removal Multi-Tool, Wide Upholstery Tool||Hard Floor Hero, TruePet Mini Motorized Brush, Pet Multi-Tool, Duster Crevice Tool|
|Amazon Link||Shark AX912||Shark NV803||Shark ZU561||Shark NV752|
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As one can see, Shark ZU561 is the lightest of them all and with advanced swivel mechanism, it can easily maneuver around the objects and obstacles commonly found at home.
Also, it has the weakest motor, but Zero-M cleaner head is the most advanced one, compensating for the weaker motor.
Shark Navigator Zero-M also has the longest cleaning hose, and dirt bin larger than heavier AX912 and NV803 models.
Shark's Powered Lift-Away vs Lift-Away Technology
These two technologies are very similar and are based on the Lift-Away design of the unit - each unit feature detachable Lift-Away pod, but Shark Navigator Zero-M cleaner head cannot be reattached to the Lift-Away wand or handle and used as canister vacuum cleaner.
Shark's vacuums that can use powered cleaner head in the Lift-Away mode are described as 'Powered Lift-Away' models.
Long Story Short: Shark Navigator Zero-M ZU560, ZU561 and ZU562 models are compact and very balanced designed, suitable as the main vacuums in homes and apartments, for cleaning from the floor to the ceiling.
When being used as classic uprights, they can traverse various surface types quickly and maneuver easily around the different objects and obstacles.
In the Lift-Away mode, they can clean easily clean elevated surfaces using available cleaning tools and attachments.
These models are not the cheapest uprights, but they are far from busting ones budget, especially considering that these are low-cot maintenance units with 5-year limited warranty. What you pay is what you actually get.
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