The Purple Vacuum That Makes Me Unreasonably Excited About Cleaning

No, it isn't a Dyson.

January 31, 2020
Photo by Bed, Bath & Beyond

Some call it a blessing, others call it a curse, but I am the type of person who simply cannot relax unless my house is totally spotless.

Finger-smudged glass gives me angst, an unmade bed makes me shudder, and the thought of crumbs (or worse, hair) lodged into the carpet—well, that's just unthinkable.

So, you can imagine the half-life I was living when I owned a dinky $25 stick vacuum that, however affordable, barely had any suction. It broke down within a few months, and in the interim I found myself wiping down my floors by hand (it's a good thing my apartment is Manhattan-size, as in, very small).

I decided then to invest a bit more in my next vacuum purchase. I didn't have the budget to buy a Dyson (maybe one day, when I'm a real adult), but I could stomach something within the $100 to $150-ish range.

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“Also, got one for my 80 year old mother and she absolutely loves it - thinks it’s better than sliced bread 🍞😊 Super easy to use for everyday light cleaning! QVC and HSN have it in different colors 🙌”
— Sandy A.

As with most things, my mother had the answer: the Shark Rotator Freestyle Pro Cordless Vacuum.

She'd been singing its praises for over a year and swore that every employee at the Bed, Bath & Beyond near our house in Florida said it was the best-value vacuum in the store.

Its virtues, she told me, were many: it was cordless, so you could freely move about the house without worrying about an annoying cord trailing your every move; it has an LED light right above the floor nozzle, making it extra-easy (and somewhat distressing) to spot hidden dust balls, hair, and more; it was easy to clean out, thanks to a removable motorized brush and removable dust cups; and it came in a cute purple color (very important). Oh, and it was under $150—$141.99 to be exact.

And as with most things, she was right.

I fell instantly in love with the thing. (If it's possible to fall in love with a vacuum, that is.) After quickly setting it up and letting it charge, I whizzed around my apartment, gleefully sucking up this pile of crumbs, that pile of hair, and many long-forgotten dust balls hiding in the corners.

This Shark vacuum is lightweight and powerful, and most importantly, it's maintained its suction power over the last eight or so months that I've had it—a first for any vacuum I've ever owned. It gets me excited to clean because it works, which, as a neat freak, is all that I can ask for.

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saadshah June 15, 2020
Sandy A. February 3, 2020
Also, got one for my 80 year old mother and she absolutely loves it - thinks it’s better than sliced bread 🍞😊 Super easy to use for everyday light cleaning! QVC and HSN have it in different colors 🙌
sam February 2, 2020
I have has Sharks for years. They are the best. One additional feature I love is that they can be taken apart and cleaned.
Carissa S. February 2, 2020
No need to "upgrade" to a Dyson someday. I had a Dyson for several years but never liked it. I bought a Shark about a year ago, and have loved it from the first time I used it!
john February 1, 2020
Is this a sponsored post?
Erin A. February 1, 2020
Hi John! Nope, this is just a product I really love.