Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner review 

Affordable and versatile, what’s not to love about Shark’s cordless upright vacuum cleaner?

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Shark is the one of the UK’s leading brands of vacuum cleaners. Founded in the early nineties in the United States, the brand has become known across the globe for its vacuums that come with innovative features at affordable prices. 

Shark vacuums come in a variety of styles, from corded uprights to powerful cordless sticks. The Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner is its cordless offering, which combines the power of an upright vacuum with the convenience of being cord-free. 

Shark ICZ300Uk upright cordless vacuum leaning against a wall to illustrate the reviewCredit: Saga Exceptional
The Shark ICZ300UKT is an upright but without the faff of a cord
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Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright

Competitive

The Shark ICZ300UKT is a larger and heavier-duty vacuum cleaner than most cordless sticks. It’s versatility also means it’s a bit more complicated to work out. However, these drawbacks are easily outweighed by the vacuum’s superb cleaning performance and reasonable price. 

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

This cordless vacuum cleaner is great for anyone looking for a reasonably priced vacuum cleaner that is versatile and powerful. It’s also a great option if you hate normal stick cordless styles as the upright design means it’s easy to store and won’t fall over mid-clean. It’s a good all-rounder of a vacuum cleaner.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Easily switch between hard floors and carpet
  • The ‘lift-away’ design makes it super versatile
  • Easy to steer
  • Poor battery life, especially if you use anything other than eco mode
  • Need to use boost mode to pick up everything

Expect to pay

RRP: £399.94 Shark often has deals on the website and, at the time of writing, this model was reduced by £100. There are also deals on Amazon and other retailer sites such as Argos, so it’s worth looking around before your splash the cash.

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Review method

How we test

The cordless Shark upright vacuum was put to the test at our purpose-built Saga Exceptional testing facility. We tested the vacuum’s ability to pick up different types of debris, such as wool and ground coffee, from different types of floors. 

We also tested the battery life of the vacuum by using it every day on carpets, tiles, laminate flooring, stairs, and upholstery in a three-bedroom house. In addition, we determined how much vacuuming we could do before the bin needed to be emptied. 

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Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Design

Quirky, but cool

While it may not have the design kudos that the Dyson Gen5 Detect has, we loved the shiny red cylinder and accents, which added a touch of interest to the dark grey vacuum.

It looks unlike any other upright we’ve seen but we liked the design. Some may say it looks a bit like a toy vacuum cleaner, but we think it has a bit of a retro or futuristic feel to it.  

The floorhead of a Shark ICZ300UKT Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner to illustrate a review Credit: Saga Exceptional
We loved the red accents on the Shark upright, which gave it a cheery feel

While it is weighty – it is an upright after all – it’s fairly effortless to move around. We carried it using the handle on the lift-away section. It’s also easy to carry around as a handheld cleaner although the battery does add a big chunk of weight to it – 0.821kg (almost two pounds) in this case. 

The beauty of this design is that as it’s an upright, it’s easy to store away as it can independently stand on its own. It’s also a bit more compact than a corded Shark we have, so is one of the best cordless vacuums out of those we tested for smaller spaces.

Corded Shark next to the Shark ICZ300UKT Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner to illustrate a review Credit: Saga Exceptional
The cordless upright is definitely more compact than Shark’s corded version

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Ease of use

Switches between floor types with ease

While it was more of a complicated setup than other cordless vacuums we’ve tested, the instructions were easy to follow. And once it’s set up, there’s no need to take it apart unless you’re cleaning it. All the individual components feel like they’re quality, especially the metal stick, and it all clicked together well. 

What we really like are the printed instructions across the machine, which are great at reminding you how to operate something – such as lifting a lever to release the battery. This is important because it can be a bit fiddly working out how to release the different elements of the vacuum. 

Instructions written on a Shark ICZ300UKT Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner to illustrate the review Credit: Saga Exceptional
The vacuum contains lots of little printed instructions that make it very easy to use

The controls are at hand height, which makes it effortless to operate. You simply need to push the power button on and you’re ready to go.   

Switching between hard floors and carpets with the Shark ICZ300UKT is as simple as pressing a button on the LED panel. This is a major advantage over other vacuums, such as Dyson models, which require you to remove and replace the brush head. 

The other button on the LCD panel is for suction level. You can choose between eco, deep clean and boost, which is advised to use only in short bursts.  

The LCD display will also show any error messages. The E6 blockage code came up while we were using the crevice tool but it was easy to remove the blockage and carry on vacuuming.  

Despite the weight of the machine, it moves around the floor with ease. On testing in the centre, though, we found that it could sometimes lean to the right slightly, perhaps because of the location of the battery to one side.

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The bin and filter from a Shark ICZ300UKT Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner laid out to illustrate a review Credit: Saga Exceptional
The filters are easy to find and simple to clean

The handheld element is straightforward to use. You simply press a button and pull the canister and it comes away. You can then add attachments to the end of the handle to tackle stairs, blinds, and high-up areas. 

The lift-away section is made heavier because of the battery, but it can be left on the floor if holding by a handle is too much. The actual wand, which does the cleaning, is lightweight enough to do chores such as vacuuming blinds or reaching high-up crevices, especially in comparison to the heavyweight that is the Dyson Gen5 Detect. 

Unlike other cordless vacuums, the filters are stored separately from the bin in the handheld section. To access the foam filter, it’s just a matter of lifting off the side and removing it. Shark advises you to clean it once a month. The Hepa filter is stored in the battery area and simply pulls out. 

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Performance

Boost to give a real deep clean

Our tests in the Saga Exceptional centre showed that while the deep clean mode was fairly effective at picking up all the debris on both hard floors and carpets, we needed to activate the boost mode to fully pick up everything.  

While testing it across the house, we struggled getting finer dust out of a carpet. In the end we had to use the crevice attachment on boost mode to pick it up. Nonetheless, it was effective at picking up dog hair, especially from thicker carpets.  

The Shark ICZ300UKT Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner being ran over debris on a carpet to illustrate a review Credit: Saga Exceptional
Using the boost mode improved the suction on the Shark ICZ300UKT

On hard floors such as laminate and vinyl, we found we needed to do a couple of passes but it did a good job of picking up everything in the end, from cereal to dog hair.

The only drawback was that the two small wheels situated either side of the head were prone to picking up and trapping debris, such as dog hair.

As with many of Shark’s vacuum cleaners, this model boasts anti hair wrap technology, which means it removes hair as you clean leaving the brush roll tangle free.

Close up of wool getting trapped in the head of a Shark ICZ300UKT Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner Credit: Saga Exceptional
In our test centre, we found that wool did get wrapped around the brush

While in the home, this worked with hair we did find that when attempting to vacuum wool in the test centre, a third of it wrapped around the brush roll. It was easily cut free with scissors as the brush itself is not detachable.  

The Shark ICZ300UKT comes with three attachments – a crevice tool, wide upholstery tool and dusting brush – as well as a bag for easy storage.  

The upholstery tool was great for the sofa and dog bed – being wider made it more efficient. We used the dusting brush on our blinds and, even though the handheld is heavy, it wasn’t too difficult to hold in one hand while using the other to use the wand.

We really loved the crevice tool as it was super powerful. We used it on the stairs to get into all those nooks and crannies and were amazed at what it picked up.

Attachments for a Shark ICZ300UKT Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner review Credit: Saga Exceptional
The attachments make the Shark Cordless Upright a versatile choice

The only downside to the attachments is that to make them effective you really need to use them on boost mode, which drains the battery. 

The bin isn’t as big as on Shark’s corded uprights, but it’s a decent size at 0.7l (just over one pint). Even after a complete run of the house, we had plenty of room left in there so it’s a good option if you have a whole lot of floorspace to vacuum.  

When it comes to emptying the bin, we think it’s one of the easiest we’ve used thanks to the instructions printed on the vacuum. Just squeeze two red buttons either side and pull.

To empty, it’s just a case of pressing a red lever to release the end of the bin. A good shake got most of the debris out, but we did need to put our hand in and pull out some that had got stuck near the top.  

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Battery life 

Poor battery run-time is a bit disappointing

Shark says that the battery on this model of vacuum cleaner lasts for an hour, but on closer inspection that seems to be when it’s used only in eco mode. In our tests we found the battery run-time was nearer to 33 minutes.

In real life, this was equivalent to roughly almost two runs of a three-bedroom house, including vacuuming the stairs. Throughout this time, we mostly ran it on the deep clean setting with the occasional blast of boost. 

The LCD display shows the battery life in percentages, which is helpful for keeping track of how much run time is left. However, our vacuum cleaner suddenly stopped working when it was at 10% charge, so it is a good idea to think about recharging when you hit that magic 10.  

LCD display on the Shark ICZ300UKT Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner showing battery run time to illustrate a review Credit: Saga Exceptional
The LCD display shows the percentage run-time left on the battery

The battery comes out easily from the handheld section of the vacuum and, as with many things on this vacuum cleaner, has removal instructions marked on the unit. It’s charged away from the vacuum cleaner, which we always like as it gives greater flexibility about where you can charge it.  

While you can just plug the charger directly into the battery, it also comes with a special dock where you add the charger and then simply place the battery into it.

A battery and a charging dock for the Shark ICZ300UKT Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner to illustrate a review Credit: Saga Exceptional
The battery can be charged via a dock, which keeps it nice and secure during the charging period

The dock has suction pads on the bottom, which was a nice touch as it kept it secure on our coffee table and couldn’t be knocked over by over-exuberant children or dogs. It also has a charge indicator on it that lights up in sections until it’s completely lit, alerting you to the fact that it’s on full charge.  

You can buy another one for £99.99 and while it might seem a lot for a second battery, we think it’s worth the outlay. The battery life is disappointingly short, so a second battery means you won’t be caught short (like we were) when it runs out of charge.  

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Value

Versatility at a good price

We think this machine is worth the investment because of its versatility. This vacuum combines the convenience of a handheld with the advantages of an upright vacuum, so you get the best of both worlds.  

Shark also has plenty of deals on throughout the year and at the time of writing, this model was down by £100, to £299.99. This is a great deal, especially considering that the vacuum comes with a five-year guarantee that includes free parts and labour. 

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Competition

Other mid-price cordless vacuums to buy

A group of VAX ONEPWR Blade 5 Dual Pet and Car Cordless Cleaners to illustrate a reviewCredit: Saga Exceptional
The Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 is a good choice if you have pets

Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 Dual Pet and Car Cordless Cleaner 

Even though this the Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 cordless cleaner has a RRP of £449.99, you can often find it on special offer, which make this one a great buy. It comes with an abundance of attachments that increase its versatility and it’s great at picking up dog hair. It also comes with two batteries, extending the battery life to an impressive one hour in total.

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Close up of the Dyson V11's floor headCredit: Dyson
The Dyson V11 has three cleaning modes optimised for a variety of tasks throughout the home

Dyson V11 vacuum

The Dyson V11 is a powerful cordless vacuum cleaner that offers similar anti-wrap technology to the Shark ICZ300UKT. It has 43 hair removal vanes in the brush bar, which help to prevent hair from wrapping around the brush. It also has a similar size bin to the Shark and it uses clever slider technology to make it easy to empty it. However, this Dyson model does have a trigger that you need to keep pressed in to use, which may not be ideal for some users.

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Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Final verdict

A good all-rounder

The power of an upright with the flexibility of a cordless means this cleaner is a great choice for anyone looking for a new vacuum. It’s easy to manoeuvre and the controls are simple to understand and use. We love the fact it changes between floor types with the simple touch of a button.  

The lift-away technology can be a bit of a faff to get used to but, once you have, it ups the versatility factor of the vacuum enabling you to clean stairs, the car or high-up areas with ease. Add to that the cleaning power and ease of storage and you’ve got a great little vacuum. 

Recommended

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright

Competitive

The Shark ICZ300UKT is a larger and heavier-duty vacuum cleaner than most cordless sticks. It’s versatility also means it’s a bit more complicated to work out. However, these drawbacks are easily outweighed by the vacuum’s superb cleaning performance and reasonable price. 

Design

It might not be for everyone, but the dash of red definitely brings a cheer to the chore of vacuuming. The compact design makes it a great alternative upright for those with minimal storage space.

Ease of use

It’s a bit fiddly to put together and also to work out how to use the handheld element, but we love how easy it is to store away. Despite being a more heavy-duty upright style, it’s also surprisingly effortless to push around, whether on carpets or hard floors.

Performance

The boost mode impressed us with its powerful suction, which was able to pick up even the toughest dirt, debris and dog hair. The ease of switching between different floor types was also a major bonus, making it quick and easy to clean different areas of our home.

Value

A good price for a very versatile vacuum. We love that it has the power of a corded upright but with the convenience of a cordless.


Who’s this for?

This cordless vacuum cleaner is great for anyone looking for a reasonably priced vacuum cleaner that is versatile and powerful. It’s also a great option if you hate normal stick cordless styles as the upright design means it’s easy to store and won’t fall over mid-clean. It’s a good all-rounder of a vacuum cleaner.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Easily switch between hard floors and carpet
  • The ‘lift-away’ design makes it super versatile
  • Easy to steer
  • Poor battery life, especially if you use anything other than eco mode
  • Need to use boost mode to pick up everything

Expect to pay

RRP: £399.94 Shark often has deals on the website and, at the time of writing, this model was reduced by £100. There are also deals on Amazon and other retailer sites such as Argos, so it’s worth looking around before your splash the cash.

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Specs

Dimensions 116cm x 25cm x 24cm (45ins x 10ins x 9ins)
Floor types All
Weight 5.5kg (12lb 2oz)
Run time 33 mins
Charge time 2hrs 57mins
Bin volume 0.77 l (just over one pint)
Noise level at head height 77db (carpet) 80db (hard floor)
Filtration Washable two-piece filter kit and one washable Hepa (high-efficiency particulate air) filter
Attachments Crevice tool, dusting brush, wide upholstery tool, tool storage bag, battery, battery mains plug and battery charging cradle
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Jayne Cherrington-Cook

Written by Jayne Cherrington-Cook she/her

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Jayne is the Senior Editor at Saga Exceptional. She cut her online journalism teeth 24 years ago in an era when a dialling tone and slow page load were standard. During this time, she’s written about a variety of subjects and is just at home road-testing TVs as she is interviewing TV stars. A diverse career has seen Jayne launch websites for popular magazines, collaborate with top brands, write regularly for major publications including Woman&Home, Yahoo! and The Daily Telegraph, create a podcast, and also write a tech column for Women’s Own.

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