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The Shark IF2** series v The Gtech AirRam 2

Design and approach

The overall purpose was to undertake a test of two cordless vacuum cleaners, the Gtech AirRam 2 and the Shark IF2** series, to establish which has the most suction power at the nozzle.

It was ascertained that the testing methodology would be the IEC 62885-2


IBR, a UK product testing house, were engaged to carry out the tests. Three new samples of the Gtech AirRam 2 and three new samples of the Shark IF250 were sent to IBR for testing.

Between 13th and 14th of July 2017, IBR carried out the test IEC 62885-2 on all three Gtech AirRam 2s  and on all three Shark IF250s. The test was run three times on each sample, giving a total of nine runs on both the Gtech AirRam 2 and the Shark IF250.


Based on the testing carried out above it was found that the average AirWatts (AW) of suction power delivered by each unit at the nozzle was as follows:

•        Gtech AirRam 2 overall average 5.67AW

•        Shark overall average 43.68AW

*The hand vac part of the IF2** series are technically identical, these test currently cover IF200UK, IF200UKT, IF250UK and the IF250UKT

Test Results

GTech AirRam Nozzle Air Watts

IF250UK Nozzle Air Watts