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Shark APEX UpLight Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 08, 2020 at 08:21 am
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8.6
Bare Floor
8.0
Low-Pile Carpet
7.6
High-Pile Carpet
8.8
Pets
7.9
Stairs
8.0
Cars
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
No
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Shark APEX UpLight is a very good overall stick vacuum. It's ideal if you have pets as it easily vacuums hair on any type of surface. Bare floors don't pose any challenge to this vacuum because it sucks up any type of debris without a problem. Even though it doesn't have power or surface type adjustment features, it's still great to use on low-pile carpet but it struggles with small and large debris on high-pile carpet. There are a lot of parts to this vacuum that need maintenance, such as the two brushrolls and three different filters, but they're all fairly easy to access. You can also use this vacuum in a handheld mode, but sadly, its hose length is quite short. The variant we tested comes with a few convenient tools, such as a turbo brush, crevice tool, and hard bristle brush, but there are variants that come with other brushes. Overall, this vacuum performs well for any type of use.

Our Verdict

8.6 Bare Floor

The Shark APEX UpLight is an excellent vacuum for use on bare floors. It easily cleans up any type of debris on this surface, such as hair, rice, or cereal. It's fairly well-built and it has good maneuverability. It's okay to maintain as there are a lot of parts you need to take care of, but luckily, there aren't any recurring costs.

Pros
  • Excellent performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet.
  • Good maneuverability.
  • No recurring costs.
Cons
  • A lot of parts that need maintenance.
8.0 Low-Pile Carpet

Great for low-pile carpet. Even though the Shark APEX UpLight doesn't have any power adjustment settings, it sucks up all hair and most large debris on low-pile carpet, and it does a good job with finer debris like baking soda. It's easy to maneuver and it has a decently-sized dirt compartment, but there are a lot of parts that you need to maintain.

Pros
  • Excellent performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet.
  • Good maneuverability.
  • No recurring costs.
Cons
  • A lot of parts that need maintenance.
7.6 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark APEX UpLight is good for high-pile carpet. It easily cleans up hair and sucks up a decent amount of large debris. Sadly, its performance is disappointing with small debris on this surface. It has good maneuverability but with the brushroll turned on, rugs could get stuck. On the upside, the vacuum has a decent build quality.

Pros
  • Easily cleans hair on high-pile carpet.
  • Good maneuverability.
  • No recurring costs.
Cons
  • Struggles a bit with debris on high-pile carpet.
  • A lot of parts that need maintenance.
8.8 Pets

The Shark APEX UpLight is remarkable for cleaning pet hair. It easily vacuums hair on any type of surface and it comes with a turbo brush to pick up hair on furniture. Sadly, you can't remove the main brushroll, so you need to slightly lift the cover underneath the head to remove any tangled hairs. On the upside, there are virtually no recurring costs for this vacuum.

Pros
  • Excellent performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet.
  • Easily cleans hair on high-pile carpet.
  • No recurring costs.
Cons
  • A lot of parts that need maintenance.
7.9 Stairs

The Shark APEX UpLight is good for stairs. You can use it as a handheld vacuum but it's not as light as other handheld vacuums. It performs well on any type of surface and it has a turbo brush to help clean on steps. Unfortunately, its hose range is short, so you may have to bend down a bit while vacuuming the stairs.

Pros
  • Excellent performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet.
  • Easily cleans hair on high-pile carpet.
Cons
  • Struggles a bit with debris on high-pile carpet.
  • Limited range.
8.0 Cars

Great for cars. The Shark APEX UpLight can be used as a handheld vacuum and it comes with a few tools to help you clean your car such as a turbo brush and a crevice tool. It has excellent performance on low-pile carpet and it has a decently-sized dirt compartment. Unfortunately, its hose range is limited, which isn't ideal for cleaning a car in the handheld mode.

Pros
  • Excellent performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet.
  • Crevice tool included for all variants of this vacuum.
Cons
  • Limited range.
  • A lot of parts that need maintenance.
  • 8.6 Bare Floor
  • 8.0 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.6 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.8 Pets
  • 7.9 Stairs
  • 8.0 Cars

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Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The UpLight has a decent build quality and it's better-built than the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light. It's mainly plastic except for the metal wand. The dirt compartment is made out of transparent plastic and it feels like it could break if dropped. There's a light on the vacuum head indicating the status of the vacuum, as to whether there's a jam in the brushroll or if the vacuum is overheating. The vacuum is easy to assemble as the parts fit well together, and switching between the configurations is easy.

6.5
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum is okay to maintain. There are several parts you need to take care of and they're fairly accessible.

  • Dirt compartment: There's a button on the dirt compartment to take it off the vacuum for when you need to empty it. The dirt empties from the bottom and you can also open the compartment from the top to clean the lint screen.
  • Main brushroll: You can't remove the brushroll, which makes cleaning it a bit more difficult. You can lift the cover underneath the head by unscrewing it with a flathead screwdriver or a coin, and you can remove any tangled hairs in the brushroll that way. There's also an indicator light on the vacuum head. If it's green, the vacuum is working properly; if it's solid red, the brushroll is jammed; if it's blinking red, the vacuum is overheating.
  • Soft brushroll: You can remove the soft brushroll and wash it with cold water if needed.
  • Turbo brush brushroll: Like the main brushroll, you can also clean the brushroll on the turbo brush by lifting the plastic cover.
  • Pre-motor filters: There are two pre-motor filters: a white foam cylinder and a black felt frame holding the cylinder. They're accessible by removing the dirt compartment and you should wash them with cold water once a month.
  • HEPA (post-motor) filter: To access the HEPA filter, just remove its cover on the body of the vacuum. Clean it once a year with cold water.

Any part that you wash with water must be dry before you use it again.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
XFFLZ600
HEPA Filter Part Number
XHFFC600

There are virtually no regular costs associated with the UpLight. If the pre-motor and HEPA filters are well-maintained, you should only need to replace them every few years.

7.2
Design
Storing
Height
45.47 in (115.5 cm)
Width
11.02 in (28.0 cm)
Depth
11.42 in (29.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Manual
On-Board Tool Storage
Yes
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

Decent storing capabilities. It takes up a good amount of space and it has wheels that hold it up in place, so you don't need to worry about leaning it onto something. There's also onboard storage for the hard bristle brush and crevice tool, but you can't place the turbo brush on it.

7.2
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.18 gal (0.70 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The UpLight has a decent dirt compartment. It's a good size for a stick vacuum as it's a bit smaller than the Dyson V11 Animal and much bigger than the Shark ION F80.

Design
In The Box

  • Vacuum body (with hose attached)
  • Wand
  • Vacuum head
  • Dirt compartment
  • Turbo brush (Self Clean Pet Power brush)
  • Hard bristle brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Onboard tool clip
  • Pre-motor foam filter
  • Pre-motor felt filter
  • HEPA post-motor filter
  • Post-motor filter cover
  • User guide

6.2
Design
Range
Cord Length
30.18 ft (9 m)
Hose Length
4.00 ft (1.22 m)

The UpLight has a limited range. The cord has a standard length for a vacuum and it's long enough for you to vacuum an entire room. The hose is short and you can only use it when you're using the vacuum in the handheld mode.

7.2
Design
Portability
Total Weight
11.24 lbs (5.10 kg)
Weight In Hand
4.06 lbs (1.84 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

Decent portability. The vacuum itself is fairly heavy overall but you can use it as a handheld vacuum without the wand, making it lighter.

0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
N/A
Maximum Battery Life
N/A
Recharge Time
N/A
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
No
Removable Batteries
No

The UpLight doesn't have a battery.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
No
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
Yes
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
No

This vacuum has limited extra features. It has a rotating head and headlights, but it doesn't have a surface type adjustment or power setting.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
No
Turbo Brush
Yes
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
Yes
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The LZ602 variant of this vacuum has a few included tools. The Pet Power brush isn't a pet grooming tool like on the Dyson Ball Animal 2, but rather it's a turbo brush to help clean hair on carpet or upholstery.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The UpLight can be used as a handheld vacuum by removing the wand and using the hose. You can only use this hose in this configuration.

Performance
9.6
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
99 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
99 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
97 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
99 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
99 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used No power/surface settings. Default configuration.

Outstanding performance on bare floors. It easily picks up any type of debris and the soft brushroll helps crush large debris like cereal so that it's easier for the vacuum to suck it up.

8.6
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
90 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
86 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
78 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
71 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used No power/surface settings. Default configuration.

The UpLight has excellent performance on low-pile carpet. It sucks up all hair and most large debris like sand. It also cleans up a good amount of small debris like baking soda. Unfortunately, it slightly loses its performance as the dirt compartment fills.

7.8
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
94 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
69 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
71 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
53 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
51 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used No power/surface settings. Default configuration.

Good on high-pile carpet. Once again, it cleans almost all hair and it's decent with large debris. However, it struggles a bit with smaller, fine debris.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Ok
Under Low Table
Ok
On Furniture
Good
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Good

The UpLight has good maneuverability. The rotating head helps you navigate around objects and it's easy switching between the stick and handheld configurations. The head is a bit bulky so you need to bend down to reach all the way under couches and tables. It's also simple to clean furniture in the handheld mode with either the hard bristle brush on the table or the turbo brush on the couch. The vacuum sucks up rugs a bit and the brushroll light turns red if the rug gets stuck.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

This vacuum doesn't have any automation features.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the Shark APEX UpLight (LZ602C) with an orange body, and there are similar variants in different colors with different included parts, which are listed below.

Model Number Body Color Included Brushes and Tools Notes
LZ600  Purple  Upholstery tool, hard bristle brush, crevice tool  
LZ601 Blue Upholstery tool, crevice tool, soft bristle brush, hard bristle brush  
LZ602 Orange Turbo brush, crevice tool, hard bristle brush  
LZ602C Orange Turbo brush, crevice tool, hard bristle brush Sold in Canada only 
QU601BK Black Turbo brush, upholstery tool, dusting tool, crevice tool  
QU601BK Light Green Turbo brush, upholstery tool, dusting tool, crevice tool  
QU601BK Burgundy Turbo brush, upholstery tool, dusting tool, crevice tool  

If someone comes across an APEX UpLight vacuum that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared to other vacuums

The Shark APEX UpLight is a very good, well-rounded stick vacuum. Even though it doesn't have the same unlimited range as cordless stick vacuums, you don't have to worry about its battery life and since it's corded, it has a bit more power, which gives it better performance on low-pile carpet than some other cordless vacuums, like the Shark ION F80.

Dyson V11 Animal
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Shark APEX UpLight and the Dyson V11 Animal are two similar stick vacuums. The Shark has better overall performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet, while the Dyson is slightly better on high-pile carpet. The Shark has a better build quality and the Dyson is more versatile as it's a cordless vacuum, but that means you have to worry about its battery life, which doesn't last very long on the max power settings.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Shark APEX UpLight is better overall than the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light. They both have similar performance, although the APEX is better on low-pile carpet. It also has a better build quality, a bigger dirt compartment, and a longer range. The Rocket instead is easier to maintain and lighter to hold.

Shark ION F80
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Shark APEX UpLight is slightly better than the Shark ION F80. They're both outstanding vacuums on bare floors and perform well on high-pile carpet, and the APEX is much better on low-pile carpet. The APEX also has a bigger dirt compartment and there are no recurring costs. The ION is a cordless vacuum so it has an unlimited range, it has a decent battery, and it has great maneuverability too.

Dyson V7
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Shark APEX UpLight is a better performing vacuum than the Dyson V7, but the Dyson is more versatile. The Shark has outstanding performance on bare floors and it's good on carpet. It's also better-built and it has a bigger dirt compartment. The Dyson is cordless so you can take it wherever you like and it's very light to hold, but sadly, it has disappointing battery life.

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