Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Shark Sonic Duo Cleaning System {Review}

Shark logo
My husband will attest to this (probably too strongly) but I'm not very good at being a neat freak. It's like I want to be one... but I'm just too lazy. It's so much easier to just ignore the mess rather than put in the work to do something about it. Not to mention that my kids will just replace all of the dirt by the next day anyway, right?

But I really do want to have a cleaner home, it just seems that I need easier ways to accomplish that.

So, instead of letting the dishes pile up, I'll make the effort to put them into the dishwasher right after each meal (as well as, ahem, teaching my daughters to do it for me).

And instead of not wanting to pull out a grimy mop and bucket to wash the floor and then an entire separate massive, bulky machine to clean the carpet, I'll turn to the people who are known for engineering innovative cleaning solutions and the newest addition to their family: the Shark Sonic Duo Cleaning System.

Shark Sonic Duo cleaner

Designed to work on carpet and area rugs as well as all sealed hard floor types — we're talking hardwood, tile, vinyl and stone — the Sonic Duo really can go just about anywhere. On your softer floors, this machine not only lifts the visible dirt on the surface, but also cleans the stuck-on dirt that is down in the fibers.

At the same time, moving onto your hard surfaces, it then breaks down even the toughest messes and removes the dirt and stains while still being gentle. Shark claims that it is due to the Sonic Cleaning Technology that the Duo can scrub your floors and carpets 1,000 times per minute, but I'm not convinced it isn't some sort of magic. C'mon! That's over 16 powerful scrubs every second!

After having an amazing introduction to the Sonic Duo while in Chicago for BlogHer (when else would I have the chance to clean hardwood and carpet while on the roof of a beautiful hotel?)...

Shark Sonic Duo test
Great job cleaning, Leanne!
...I was already itching to bring the Sonic Duo into my own home to see if it would do just as great of a job removing the stuck-on dirt on my floors and carpets as it did then.

Let's see if your magic can defeat the sticky, crusty, gross messes that my kids dish out, Shark!

Shark Sonic Duo

Right out of the box and already Shark was making my life easier — it literally took snapping the top of the handle into place and the Sonic Duo was completely put together and ready to go!

Shark Sonic Duo review

Putting this innovative machine to work was just as easy. As it weighs only 5 pounds (without solution), I had no problem lifting and carrying it to where I knew needed cleaning first and foremost: my dining room floor.

Once there, it was also fast and simple to get started, as Shark thoughtfully color-coded the bottles and pads so that there is no question which one to use on which surface. For hardwood, use the green; for carpet and rugs, use the purple.

Shark floor cleaners

Preparing the solution and adhering the pads are nearly foolproof, as the bottles are labeled with precisely the amount of water (and solution) for filling, and the pads clearly point out which direction is forward right on them.

Sonic Duo prep

Just fill the bottle, click it into place and stick the Sonic Duo right down on top of the pad. Then it's time to flip the switch (there are "I Low" and a "II High" options) and get your floors and carpets truly clean. And if you've never thought that cleaning could be fun, then you haven't tried this machine yet!

While I hadn't heard the term Airglide Maneuverability before, it's one that I won't soon be forgetting now that I've experienced it with the Sonic Duo.

It truly does just glide over the floors and requires almost zero effort on your part. Just stand there and let it practically float across the ground... all the while it is scrubbing and scrubbing it!

Sonic Duo kids

As seen in the video and photos above, both of my children have no problem controlling the Duo and often jump at the chance to get to wash the floor with it. I love knowing that it is not only simple enough for them to handle (just turn it on, press the electronic spray button now and again, and scrub!) but that Shark included safety features to protect them as well as my home.

The headlights give a clearer view of what is on the floor, the bumper allows for getting right up to the baseboards but not worrying about denting them, and the Duo even stops automatically if the handle is tilted too far horizontally. Although I would hope that my kids wouldn't just put this down and walk away, at least if they do it won't scrub the finish off of one spot on my hardwood!

Sonic Duo surfaces

From hard surfaces to throw rugs to carpet, I've used the Shark Sonic Duo all around our house and have only been impressed with the results.

As well as the difference that this makes in brightening the carpet and removing all of the spots, sticky substances, and icky mess off of my hardwood without me having to even think about getting down on my hands and knees...

Sonic Duo before and after

...the proof is also seen right there on the pads afterward.

reusable floor cleaner pads

Ewwwwwww. Good thing these are washable!

The Shark Sonic Duo has ended up being one of the easiest and most versatile floor cleaning tools I've ever used. It is a breeze to handle; the 180° swivel lets you reach anywhere and everywhere; the no-rinse solutions don't have a bothersome scent; hard floors are left clean, streak-free and dry extremely quickly; carpets are brighter and cleaner; and the entire thing is safe for use around children and pets.

Whether you reach for this weekly to do one whole-house cleaning or you grab it daily to clean up a spill (as it dries so quickly and cleanly, you can't at all tell if one section was done and another wasn't), the results prove that this is one cleaning tool that can tackle the job!

clean floor

The Sonic Duo Cleaning System retails for around $200 and can be purchased directly from Shark, at retailers such as Target or Walmart, or on

To find out more about how this incredible cleaning system can eliminate the need for you to ever reach for a mop, sponge and bucket again (as well as to see more of the great products that Shark has to offer), visit and connect with them on Facebook.

Other than the Sonic Duo that I was provided by Shark in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This post is solely my honest opinion about this product.


Unknown said...

Wow!!! I've been considering a steam mop for several months but I've been afraid to take the plunge. $200 seems high BUT I get 5% at Target so that seems better, right? :)

Unknown said...

I actually have one of these - it's so wonderful to have one machine you can use on both carpet and hard floors! It's kind of fun to use, too (I'm certainly no neat freak).

Unknown said...

Wow! The Shark Sonic Duo Cleaning System seems to do it all. I suffer from the same malady, as you, am I'm not a neat freak either, even though I do want things to be clean. But, sometimes, I do not have the energy (or otherwise) to do anything about it. The "Shark" would definitely come in handy for someone like me.

Karen Glatt said...

I have heard that these Shark machines really do clean good and I can see in the pictures that it really works great. This would be a great product for me to get and clean my hard wood floors with. Awesome product!

Anonymous said...

My mom has a Shark and loves it. I Really want one of these but would hate to see what my extremely old hardwood would do to these pads. Looks like a works awesome!

Liz Mays said...

I'm glad it works so well and the fact the pads are washable is a huge sell for me! HUGE.

Becca said...

I love the headlights on this! I wonder if I could get my mom to buy me this if I promised to clean the floors with it!

Gala said...

Oh my, I'm in love with it - just one tool for all kind of floors and love slick design

Unknown said...

I need this!!! My floors never look as nice as these. I also love that the pads are washable. Fantastic product.

flairshare said...

My floors would put it to the test! My carpeting is in dire need of cleaning - oh how I could use this. I like that it has a 180° swivel head. I guess I had better start saving a ton of pennies!

slehan said...

Not to mention that if the kids think it's fun, it might get used more often and YOU won't have to do it.

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slehan said...

I don't have hard wood floors, but do have tile in the kitchen and plenty of carpets to use it on.

slehan at juno dot com

laurie nykaza said...

I love it that you can spend the $$$ on this machine and have it clean my tile, hardwood floors and keep all of them looking brand new looks like the whole family could use it with our a problems.

Unknown said...

This is pretty nice that it eliminates the need to have a mop as well as a huge vacuum cleaner. I also like that it's light weight. It's a big plus that Shark color-coordinated the products to make the job of cleaning that much more easier.

Unknown said...

This sound like a good investment, I'd love to own one.

Unknown said...

I could really use one of those

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