Shark vacuum cleaners are always discounted on Cyber Monday and Black Friday, and 2018 is certainly no exception. In fact, this year discounts are continuing for the entire week.
Let’s take a look at some of the deals that are available right now.
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For some people, adulthood is a synonym of an obsession with vacuums. And who can disagree? Seeing those floors and rugs crispy clean is certainly pleasing.
Over the last few years, the Shark brand has growingly become associated with that feeling; the pleasure from seeing things sparkling clean.
Their vacuums have been the subject of much hype due to their innovative designs and the way they accommodate to the lifestyles of busy professionals and homemakers alike.
The Shark brand is one of the many brand names under the company SharkNinja Operating LLC. Formerly, the company was known as Euro-Pro, which is a family run company that has been in the appliances business for over a century.
They then developed the brands Shark Clean and Ninja Kitchen, focusing on appliances for busy people that, above all, are top performers but darn easy to use.
When it comes to vacuums, they have become one of the top competitors in the industry by offering a wide-range of models that are supposed to cater to the needs of a wide variety of individuals.
That is, models that are specifically designed to fit into certain lifestyles and home types.
So whether you’re a stay-at-home parent with kids, a working professional with little time to spare, or an animal lover with an adorable creature that’s always leaving traces of fur behind, it’s likely that Shark has a vacuum just for you.
Let’s take a look then at some of the available models and the features that distinguish them from each other.
As with all products, the most important thing is asking yourself what is it exactly that you’re looking to get accomplished.
Is it just very little dust and debris on easy to reach places and only one type of surface? Or do you need vacuuming for a home with lots of different surfaces, high ceilings, stairs, baseboards, and other off-reach places?
The are also questions like pet hair, and the variety of debris that might be lying around. You probably already know what you need, but terms like “DuoClean”, “IONFlex” and “Navigator” are just confusing.
So, here’s a brief overview of what each line offers:
This is Shark’s more traditional model. They’re lightweight and designed to maneuver easily around furniture, but nothing too fancy in terms of bending or becoming handheld (more on that below).
Several of them are “Lift-Away” though, which means that they can transform from an upright vacuum to a canister with just the touch of a button. Apart from that, the canister detaches to help you clean hard-to-reach areas without dragging or carrying it around.
Rocket – These are also somewhat traditional, but are specially designed to do harder work on carpets and hard floors. To do that, they feature more suction power than the Navigator’s, but they’re generally lighter than all vacuums on that line. For example, the regular Rocket weighs only 8 lbs and the one with Duo Clean technology is just 10 lbs.
Some of the models on this line also have versatile features like hand-vac mode for floor-to-ceiling cleaning and swivel steering, which provides great control for maneuvering around furniture.
Any Shark vacuum with this name features a Dual Brushroll technology developed by SharkNinja. It was invented to pick up both finer dust from carpets, larger debris on hard floors and even those particles that tend to stick to other flat surfaces.
The technology is basically a large bristle brush roll with a softer brush roll in front of it. Most Duo Clean vacuums also feature headlights so that you can see what you’re vacuuming even better. You could now vacuum in the evenings if necessary!
The features are varied with Duo Clean vacuums, as the technology is present in several other Shark lines. That means you can get it as an upright vacuum, ultra-light, and some of them have cool stuff like noise reduction, hand-held mode, and pet & allergen cleaning.
These vacuums feature two rechargeable ION power packs, so you can vacuum without the need of an electrical cord while also eliminating the need to constantly go back to a wall charger. In other words, the likelihood of your vacuuming session being interrupted due to low battery is drastically reduced.
The vacuums on this line also have a feature called “MultiFLEX”, which means that the arm of the upright version bends so that you can get under furniture really easily. It can also convert into a handheld vacuum, for use in higher areas or car interiors.
Of course, there’s also a version that includes everything inherent to the IONFlex, but with the Duo Clean dual brushroll.
As the name implies, these are Shark’s version of robot, self-navigating vacuums. They are WIFI enabled and depending on the model, can connect to Shark’s own mobile app for Android or iOS. The 750 and 755 integrate with the app, while the 720 and 700 come with a remote control for scheduling.
All ION Robot Vacuums feature smart sensor navigation (so they can vacuum around without bumping into objects), spinning side brushes, detangling technology, a lithium ION battery and they’re own dustbin that’s really easy to empty.
If you’re looking to get your hands on high-quality homecare electronics, you need to look to black Friday as a great window of opportunity. This is a great chance, as discussed above, but how does it compare to previous years? Will 2018 be the best black Friday yet for the Shark Vac?
The first point to note is that Shark have been aggressive with their sales in the past. With an aggressive brand and marketing, they’ve been taking the market by storm over the past few years and their previous sales during commercial holidays are showing a solid trend of savings for the American public.
The history of the shark vac during commercial holidays is the first place we have to look to try and get a better idea of what 2018 might hold for these product and their prices. During the 2016 and 2017 Black Friday deals, we saw these home essentials drop way down in price.
For example, a mid-range Shark Ninja would typically be sold for around $100 – a mark-down of around 35 percent. This type of sale is exactly what we’re looking for when it comes to home essentials – enough to be consistent and reliable while also cutting costs low enough to make it an easier time on the bank account.
This is one of the best times to look into these products: you’re going to need to replace that vacuum cleaner at some point. The essence of a necessity is that it’s not optional, and sales like this only come around every so often.
The history on the shark vac during sales tells us a lot. To start with, we’ve seen huge variety in the price for this product over the past 4-5 years. With highs over $300 and lows at around $100, this variability is a huge deal. Fortunately, the $300 tag was very brief, and the sales are trending in the right direction.
What we see, year on year, is a slowly declining RRP and a slowly-improving tendency towards sales. While it’s not as volatile as pricing has been in the past, the average price right now is around $170. So, what can we expect?
Well the sales of the past tend to average around $50 – slightly under 1/3 off. This is a good sign as the RRP slowly improves: recent sales saw prices drop to just over $135 and that wasn’t even during black Friday.
Occupying some of the most-discounted products (home/consumer electronics), we’re not surprised at the regularity and severity of reductions on the Shark vac. These fields show great sales year-round and even more pronounced, widespread sales during the big consumer holidays like Black Friday and the holiday season.
The changes to the mid-tier products that we’ve discussed so far are also the most important: they’re the product you’re gunning for if you’re tight on cash and need a new vacuum, but also cheap enough to be a good pre-emptive replacement for the one you’ve been ignoring for a while!
Fortunately, this is also true of the larger, more powerful models, too. This is where we see the most violent ups and downs on the shark vacs. The TruePet, for example, has a serious up and down swing when it comes to sales. The statistics on this thing look like a rollercoaster.
This means you should definitely be keeping your eye out for different models this black Friday. You may find that you can get better quality for your money, as well as simply spending less money.
In fact, the larger TruePet upright occasionally drops below the $200 mark during consumer holidays. If you get the choice to pick up this upgraded model, you can bet it’s worth looking into. The beauty of Black Friday 2018 is how it promises to make bargains like this happen – so the best advice is to be open minded and flexible when it comes to the big sales!
Whatever Shark model or other product you decide to get, I wish you lots of luck and happy bargain hunting!
Rachel Fink is a writer and mom of 7 kids. She keeps her sanity by keeping a stash of chocolate and coffee nearby.