I was watching television last night and saw an ad for the Shark IonFlex 2x. All I could think of was “wow.” It’s a cool idea to be able to bend the extension pole, isn’t it?
Just in case you haven’t seen it, here it is from Shark Cleaning:
Key Features of the Shark IonFlex 2X
The MultiFlex(tm) is a simple latch that lets you unhinge the wand and fold it down to a flat surface. This enables you to vacuum underneath furniture like tables, couches and beds more easily and naturally. You can then fold it down entirely for easy storage. One really cool thing about when you fold it down for storage is that the stick vacuum can stand on its own.
Shark has designed a beater brush which they feel cleans better. It has two brushes on the vacuum head. One has firmer bristles allowing you to deep clean carpets. The other bristle type is a softer brushroll which pulls in larger articles and directly sweeps the floor for a more polished look. Many reviewers on Amazon felt that it did a deeper and better cleaning than their other stick vacuums.
Benefits of the IonFlex 2X
The IonFlex 2X has two removable lithium-ion batteries so you can charge one while the other one is powering the vacuum. Each battery lasts about 23 minutes. You can choose to have more suction power or less. And if you’re vacuuming with less, you have longer battery time. It does take about 3.5 hours to charge each battery.
There is a light on the front of the vacuum head to see where you’re going when you’re underneath the furniture or vacuuming in dark corners.
The IonFlex has motorized brushes that can you can adjust to the type of floor you’re vacuuming. They call it the Smart Response Technology. It lets you select the ideal power setting and brushroll speed for each cleaning job. You select your carpet setting or floor setting, and then you choose a suction setting. They call low “extended runtime” and high is “max power.” But you get the idea.
Like most stick vacuums, it’s easy to convert the IonFlex to a handheld vacuum for easy cleaning of stairs, the couch and your car.
And there are three ways to charge the batteries:
- The battery in its battery charger station.
- Directly to the battery in the handle unit.
- And directly to the battery.
When you connect directly to the battery, you can charge a spare while using your Ion Flux.
The Not So Great Bits
Even though you can lift it up for cleaning things like the tops of your curtains, it’s a bit heavier than other stick vacuums coming in at 7.2 pounds.
There is a power button on the vacuum head. That means you don’t have to hold down a trigger like on other stick vacuums. And it makes it easier for your hands and fingers. Some people felt it was awkward to reach it. However, I think it’s great that you can just step on the button and the IonFlex starts right up.
You can’t remove the brushbar from the vacuum cleaner head. That’s one thing I really love about the Dyson because we have so much hair. I’m always taking it out and cleaning it every time I vacuum. You need to cut off any string, hair or whatever that’s wrapped around while the bar is still in the cleaner head. That’s why I got frustrated with my canister. This won’t be a problem if you don’t have a lot of long hair.
My Final Thoughts
This is a great stick vacuum. It comes with two batteries so you can easily vacuum your whole house with power left over. And you can be charging the other battery directly while still using the IonFlux2X.
You also don’t need to hang it up anywhere. The stick vacuum folds up for easy storage in a closet.
And because it bends, you can finally vacuum under the bed easily.
The majority of purchases on Amazon really liked it, and I suspect you will too.