With the cordless stick vacuum market becoming more and more saturated, the need for product innovation is more important than ever. One of the most annoying things about vacuuming is emptying the dust One way manufacturers are doing this is by adding new features and functionality, such as an auto-empty feature that totally takes out the mundane task of emptying the vacuum. The Shark Detect Pro and the LG Cord Zero both have this feature, but can it really make vacuuming easier?
The Shark Detect Pro comes packed with innovative features like Edge Detect technology for a more thorough cleaning when vacuuming along baseboards and cabinets, Floor Detect for identifying the floor type and adjusting suction power to maximize dirt pull, and the auto-empty feature.
The LG Cord Zero comes armed with an arsenal of its own, including the Smart Inverter Motor for powerful suction and the Kompressor system, which compacts collected dust to give more bin capacity. It also has an auto-empty feature similar to the Shark Detect Pro. Where it shines, though, is in its All-in-One Tower that houses all the additional nozzles and an extra battery for those long cleaning sessions, all the while serving as the charging station for the whole rig.
Verdict: It’s a tie! Both have unique features that can surely give your floor a glow-up.
When it comes to cleaning, both vacuums are a force to be reckoned with. The Shark Detect Pro excels in picking up a variety of debris sizes from different surfaces.
On the flip side, the LG Cord Zero is a dream machine for heavy-duty carpet cleaning because of its long battery life. However, it leaves much to be desired when it comes to hard floors because of a design flaw that makes it less effective at picking up certain debris. In some cases, it even pushes dirt around instead of sucking it up.
Verdict: The Shark wins this round because it is versatile and easy to use. The LG Cord Zero’s design flaw when it comes to hard floors is just difficult to ignore.
Both vacuums are a godsend for those who dread the ‘empty the bin’ routine. The functions are quite similar in both devices. However, the Shark Detect Pro empties quicker and uses a simple plastic bin with an interesting odor-trapping seal instead of a dust bag.
Aside from the auto-empty feature, the LG Cord Zero has a Kompressor system that gives you up to 2.4 times more capacity, meaning you empty the bin less often. You’ll also have to keep buying proprietary dust bags at around $6-$7 a pop.
Verdict: The Shark Detect Pro is the clear winner here once again.
Our Shark Detect Pro contender gives us a decent 40 minutes. It’s not marathon-level stamina, but the rapid charging feature scores some redemption points.
The LG Cord Zero is the Energizer bunny of vacuums with an impressive 80-minute runtime. That’s a whole episode of your favorite Netflix series, and time to pour another cup of tea! Plus, the extra battery that comes with the package essentially doubles its runtime.
Verdict: Hands down, LG Cord Zero takes the cake in this round.
Size, Design, Footprint
Both contenders sport a modern, sleek design, but the Shark Detect Pro’s compact, lightweight build makes maneuvering and storage a breeze. At just 3kgs, it’s noticeably lighter, making it so much easier to use. Its charging and auto-emptying base is also much smaller, giving it a smaller overall footprint when docked.
On the other hand, the LG Cord Zero isn’t a featherweight, but its telescopic wand and versatile design mean awkward spaces don’t stand a chance. And while the All-in-One Tower looks sleek and elegant, it’s also quite large and takes up a lot of precious floor space.
Verdict: Its weight gives the Shark Detect Pro a clear advantage in this category. Plus, its relatively small dock is perfect for neatly stowing it out of sight inside a cabinet.
Which Should You Get?
Ultimately, if you’re after a sleek, adaptable design with high-end features and don’t mind regular charging, the Shark Detect Pro is a reasonable bet. It ticks most boxes for the urban dweller with its friendly footprint and smart solutions.
But if you’ve got a larger home with carpets all around, a penchant for extensive cleaning, and the demand for superior battery life, the LG Cord Zero may be your ideal pick. It’s the long-haul trucker of the vacuum world, ready to go the extra mile (or minute).
Read the full reviews of Shark Detect Pro and LG Cord Zero here on the blog.
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