A Shark Black Friday vacuum cleaner deal CHANGED my family life

Who knew a Shark Black Friday vacuum cleaner deal could bring so much joy to a busy mum?

Shark Black Friday deal: a woman vacuums the stairs with a Shark cordless vacuum cleaner

A Shark vacuum cleaner can take a family from domestic chaos to domestic bliss. Did you know that? Me neither. Until, on a whim, I snapped one up on Black Friday last year. Here's why my cordless Shark is the best thing I've ever bought.

This time last year I had no idea how my life was about to change. It started when posts about Shark vacuum cleaners being slashed in price for Black Friday kept popping up on my social media feeds.

Look, hoovering is my thing. Stress relief. Don't judge; I'm a mum of three and Consumer Editor of Goodto. Some people spend on fancy hair gadgets like Dyson Airwrap dupes. Me, I'd rather buy a hoover. Others follow apps that tell them which room to clean on any given day. (Between a watch that tells me when to stand up and a car that turns off the radio when I'm reversing, the last thing I need is another thing to tell me what to do.) But hoovering? It's my therapy. Nothing destresses me like furiously vacuuming the stairs. And with two teenagers in the house and a youngster who is partial to a biscuit on the sofa after school - plus two very fluffy cats - my hoover is our most used domestic appliance after my coffee machine.

I wasn't in the market for a new hoover. I've been faithful to my trusty Dyson ever since my husband answered my plea to buy me one for Christmas over a decade ago. (That's a post for another day.)

A cutout image of a Shark vacuum cleaner

But I'll be honest - I started to suffer from serious FOMO. Maybe I did need a new vacuum cleaner Maybe it was time for a change.

And when Mrs. Hinch started singing the praises of her beloved Shark cordless hoover, I was done for. Call me easily persuaded but a serious case of hoover inadequacy overwhelmed me.

Tentatively, I asked my husband how he felt about spicing up our life and trying something different. He jumped on board instantly - only later realising we were talking about vacuum cleaners. 'But won't a cordless vacuum cleaner drive me crazy - what if it runs out of battery halfway through the hoovering,' I said, looking for reasons not to buy it. Maybe it was a luxury we could live without.

'We'll get a spare battery, he said,' and I was sold. I took his keenness as a sign that he might even keep up with his share of the domestic load with a new gadget to play with.

And lo, the Shark arrived. And life has never been the same since.

It was an act of genius to go for that second battery. Yes, the cordless Shark does run out of battery when you're halfway through hoovering the stairs. (Some people might welcome that feature as the perfect excuse to ditch the hoovering. At least you can say you tried, and have a cuppa while you wait for it to recharge.)

Me? I skip off to the kitchen where our spare battery lives on permanent charge next to the microwave. Sometimes I even treat myself to a latte while I'm there in celebration of my husband's clever thinking.

And then I carry on vacuuming the stairs, a smug glow making me glad I let FOMO make me do something sensible for once.

But that's not all. What's really changed my life about the Shark vacuum cleaner is a most unexpected plot twist. Everyone in the house now vacuums too. Frequently. I can't really explain it but there's something about a cordless Shark vacuum cleaner that makes you think nothing of picking it up and giving the living room carpet a quick once-over. You don't feel like you're doing housework, you're just giving the Shark a quick spin.

I know. It's absurd to think that plugging in an appliance is so much of a chore that it actually puts you off using it. But in my experience, that's the absolute truth.

And did I mention that my teenagers now vacuum their bedrooms? Every single week. Without ever being asked. It's nothing short of miraculous.

They don't even complain if I ask them to run the Shark around the kitchen floor. Heck, one of the teenager's friends all took turns hoovering up the living room after a recent birthday sleepover. And the youngest finds it fun to use the lift-off section to help me clean the car from time to time.

Now, what life-changing appliance can I snap up this Black Friday? I think I'm going for an airfryer...

Black Friday Shark vacuum cleaner deals:

Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner - WAS £349.99 NOW £189 | Amazon

Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner - WAS £349.99 NOW £189 | Amazon

As brilliant on hard floors as it is on carpets, Shark's DuoClean floorhead really does glide across all floors while the clever Anti Hair Wrap Technology actually removes hair from the brush roll as you go, so you don't have to suffer those annoying detangling sessions after vacuuming. It has up to 40-minutes of run time (but go for the extra battery, you won't regret it) and Shark offers a free 5-year guarantee (2 years for batteries) upon registration.

Heidi Scrimgeour
Deputy Editor

As a parenting specialist for more than 15 years, Heidi has written for most national newspapers and for a wide range of consumer magazines, including Mother & Baby where she was the Shopping Editor for six years, looking after regular consumer features including buying guides and gift roundups.