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The 10 Best Shark Vacuums of 2019

What Are the Best Shark Vacuums?

Heralded by Shark as the “ultimate upright vacuum cleaning experience,” the (relatively-speaking) quiet APEX employs hybrid DuoClean technology to gobble up large matter with ease and leave hard surfaces looking shiny and new. An upgrade from the previous model, Zero-M is the self-cleaning brushroll that allows hair to be continuously pulled up and whisked away, a primo addition for pet owners. And a HEPA filter helps prevent dust and particulate from polluting the air while the vacuum is in use, which is great news allergy sufferers. Powered-Lift Away® gives the user some extra length to reach those tricky spaces under and behind furniture. You can even use it in your car, for your drapes and upholstery, to suck up cobwebs and spiders on the ceiling, on staircases, and in bathtubs (seriously, try it after your furry friend’s next bath and you won’t clog up your drain).

Owners of skittish pets and light-sleeping children will also appreciate the noise reduction capabilitythat reduces that annoying high-pitched droning squeal that most vacuums produce. Swivel technology makes the APEX easy to maneuver, but it can go rogue on smooth flooring. Although it’s not especially lightweight, it’s still extremely versatile, and dare we say, fun, to use. LED lights make it easy to see where you’re going.

The APEX has garnered favorable reviews from consumers and reviewers alike. The DuoClean functionality is something not available on most uprights. For what it provides in terms of cleaning power, usability, and extra bells and whistles, we are giving the APEX DuoClean AZ1002 our nod for Premium Pick.

Key Features
  • 12" crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Pet power brush
  • LED lights on floor nozzle & handle
  • Bagless
Specifications
  • Weight: 23.3 pounds
  • Vacuum Type: Upright
  • Cord Length: 30 feet
  • Warranty: 5-year VIP
  • Brand: Shark
Pros
  • Powerful suction capability
  • DuoClean can suck up both large and fine particles simultaneously
  • Lifetime HEPA filter
  • Noise reduction
  • Canister is easily emptied
Cons
  • Zero-M brush may get tangled with pet hair
  • Only room to store two of the three tools

A significant upgrade from its rollout robot vacuum, the Shark ION Robot Vacuum R85 has features and improvements that can compete with any robot vacuum on the market today. It boasts three times the suction power, can be controlled via smartphone or voice commands on Google Home or Amazon Alexa, and is designed with smart innovations to work around obstacles, making getting stuck less of a possibility. You can even schedule cleanings for up to seven days in advance. The ION Robot R85 is designed for homes with pets and allergy concerns. Its powerful suction and self-cleaning brush roll make taking care of stubborn pet hair something you won’t even need to think about.

You can control the level of airflow, noise, and suction with multiple settings. Side brushes help push material into cleaning range. Unlike some other models, the Shark ION only has one spinning brush, which may or may not have an impact on functionality, but does make it slightly slower, limiting debris that escapes. The Shark ION is slightly smaller than similar competitors with a sleek and attractive design. It does well on almost any surface and has a battery life of around one hour and takes three hours to fully charge and will return to its station on its own. The range is around 1000 feet. The Shark ION does its best work on low pile carpet and hard floors. Always do a test run on your floors before allowing a robot vacuum to run free to ensure there is no scratching or damage.

Key Features
  • Wi-Fi & voice enabled
  • Charging base
  • Dual brush edge & corner cleaning
  • XL dust bin
  • Smart Sensor Navigation 2.0
Specifications
  • Weight: 5.51 lbs.
  • Vacuum Type: Robot
  • Cord Length: N/A
  • Warranty: 5-year limited
Pros
  • Does a great job on pet hair
  • Low noise
  • Remote operation and scheduling
Cons
  • Uses an older generation boundary marker
  • Not as impressive on thick pile or fine debris
  • HEPA filter needs to be changed every few months
  • Short battery life

The features of the Shark Rotator Professional are top of the line. As with other Shark models, we love the LiftAway technology, which allows you to tease dirt and particles out of almost any space you can think of. In other product overviews we’ve touted the LiftAway as such a strong selling point in many of the Shark models. It makes them some of the most versatile on the market. In its marketing, the Shark comes out firing, claiming to outperform similar Dyson and Oreck models. Does it? Well, almost. Reviewer tests found the Shark Rotator Pro to be slightly less capable than a couple peers, but not by much. However, given the price of the Shark Rotator Pro compared to the models it was tested against, it’s a clear winner.

Not to say that it doesn’t perform, because it does. And the features, especially given the price, are fantastic. It comes with a floor nozzle to inhale big stuff from hard floors, a wide upholstery tool that works wonders on pet hair on furniture, a multipurpose tool, and a wand and crevice tool for corners and all the dark scary spaces that most vacuums can’t reach. It’s highly usable, with a swivel head, a bin that opens for easy emptying, and it’s light enough to move around relatively easily.

Performance tests found that it handled everything from pet hair to nails and screws without a problem. For the price there is scarcely anything more reliable or functional than the Shark Rotator Pro.

Key Features
  • Premium pet power brush
  • Wide pet upholstery tool
  • Straight suction nozzle
  • Dusting brush
  • 12" crevice tool
  • Bagless
Specifications
  • Weight: 15.5 lbs
  • Vacuum Type: Upright
  • Cord Length: 25 feet
  • Warranty: 5-year limited
Pros
  • Tons of attachments & accessories
  • Significantly less expensive than similar competitors
  • HEPA filtration
Cons
  • Slightly underperformed compared to competitors
  • No switch on the handle

You will be pleasantly surprised by the pick-up of the Shark Rocket stick vacuum. Because it has new-fangled DuoClean technology your hard surfaces will shine like never before and large debris will not be a challenge for the Shark Rocket. This super lightweight model even converts into a hand held vacuum for the ultimate in convenience to seek and suck up messes in the hardest to reach places. Give it a go on virtually any surface – carpets, hardwoods, window sills, vents, cabinets, cars, mattresses. A variety of accessories, some included, some available to purchase as add-ons make the Shark Rocket one of the most versatile vacs on the market.

As with the grander and more expensive products in the Shark lineup, the Shark Rocket stick vacuum has advanced brush technology, which pulls up more particles and continuously shuffles hair away from the brush. While the cleaning power is almost up to par with a larger model, what you will miss out on is allergen filtration, which is not a strong suit with the Rocket. What you’ll love about the Rocket is its effortless usability, swivel steering, headlights so you can see what you’re going after, wall mounted storage option, and ergonomic design. It’s even slightly quieter than older Shark stick models.

It’s not a hand held, it’s not an upright, it’s a bit of a hybrid, but that is what makes the Shark Rocket an intriguing product and our pick for Best Value. You get all the cleaning capabilities of an upright in a much smaller and nimbler package.

Key Features
  • 12" crevice tool
  • Pet multi-tool
  • Onboard storage clip
  • Wall mount
  • Bagless
Specifications
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs.
  • Vacuum Type: Corded stick
  • Cord Length: 30 feet
  • Warranty: 5-year limited
Pros
  • Lightweight & versatile
  • DuoClean can suck up both large and fine particles simultaneously
  • LED lights
  • Bin is easily emptied
Cons
  • Mediocre allergen filtration
  • Does not stand upright
  • Dust canister is relatively small

There are really only two players in the stick vacuum game, Dyson and Shark. It’s a matter of personal preference which brand you choose, the costs are similar, but features can vary. Both brands are relatively pricey, but consumers swear by them. The Shark IONFlex is slightly cheaper than the comparable Dyson model, and comes standard with two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Cordless stick vacuums probably aren’t for everyone. The Shark IONFlex certainly wouldn’t work in a commercial setting with a battery life of about 25 minutes in low power mode and a 3.5 hour recharging time, but for everyday household tasks, its probably more than enough for most users.

The feature that gives the IONFlex its name is the flexibility of its body. It fully bends in the middle, which makes it perfect for getting underneath furniture without having to rearrange your house or into fixed crevices. It can even fold over itself, which reduces the amount of space necessary for storage. As mentioned in other overviews of Shark models with DuoClean technology, this makes it possible for the vacuum to handle large particles as well as finer matter, leaving hard surfaces with that highly desirable polished look. The Shark IONFlex comes with a pet multi-tool that is wonderful for removing pet hair and dander from upholstery. Accessories, such as higher end air filters come separately, although a crevice tool and anti-allergen dust brush are included.

If you want the freedom of a cordless vacuum with decent overall performance, the Shark IONFlex is about the best you can do. If you need something with a little more endurance, you’d be better advised to search elsewhere.

Key Features
  • 8" crevice tool
  • Dusting brush
  • Wide upholstery tool
  • Anti-allergen dust brush
  • Bagless
  • MultiFLEX under-appliance wand
  • 2-year limited battery warranty
Specifications
  • Weight: 14.2 lbs
  • Vacuum Type: Cordless
  • Cord Length: N/A
  • Warranty: 5-year limited
Pros
  • Versatile upright or hand vacuum
  • DuoClean can suck up both large and fine particles simultaneously
  • Flexible handle allows access to small spaces
  • LED headlights
Cons
  • Dust canister is low capacity
  • Short battery life and long recharging time
  • Higher in price

The Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II is specifically designed for pet hair on upholstery and rugs, but it’s also the perfect lightweight cleaning tool to take with you in your car, boat, camper, office, or dorm room. Several attachments are included, which do a great job on things like car seats and pet hair. Reviewers have said its performance is about average for handheld vacuums, but is a top performer in the pet hair category, making the Pet Perfect II worthy of its name. While its cyclonic suction is quite good, the design of the head makes it difficult to reach all spaces.

The primary drawback to the Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II is the runtime, which is about ten minutes, and it takes up to 16 hours to slap on a full charge, so if you have a larger area or need to use it more than once, you’ll need to look for another solution. A second downside is that the yearly cost to replace a battery and filters exceeds the cost of the vacuum itself. Better points include the noise level, the easy to empty bin, which is clear so you can see when it needs to be emptied. The filter is reusable, pops right out, and can be cleaned under cold running water. It’s also easy to store and space saving.

Overall the Pet Perfect II does what its marketed to do – pick up pet hair. Whether there are better options out there is likely a matter of personal preference.

Key Features
  • Motorized pet brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Dusting brush
  • Wall mounted charging stand
  • Bagless
Specifications
  • Weight: 4.25 lbs.
  • Vacuum Type: Handheld
  • Cord Length: N/A
  • Warranty: 2-year limited
Pros
  • Charging stand is perfect for small spaces
  • Great for picking up pet hair
Cons
  • Tricky to get into deeper spaces
  • Very low battery life and long recharging time

Once again we are shouting out the versatility of the Shark LiftAway technology, which is a vacuum within a vacuum. The Shark DuoClean Speed also employs hybrid DuoClean technology, which tackles big chunky messes, but also powers through the fine dust and debris to leave hard surfaces remarkably shiny. The Powered-Lift Away enables you to reach all those spaces that a regular vacuum would be too bulky and cumbersome to get to, like curtains, under furniture, in and behind cupboards, and all those other wedged-in spaces where dust bunnies throw their raves.

The Shark HEPA filtration and sealed system traps allergens in the vacuum instead of allowing them to permeate the air around you, a relief to all the sneezy folks out there. The DuoClean Speed is also great on pet hair, and it has a brush roll that is easy to clean. It comes with LED headlights so you can see where you’re going and what you’re picking up. It also has a safety feature not available in all models, which disables the vacuum when the cover is removed. The dust canister is slightly smaller than some other models, but it’s easy to remove and empty.

This is a versatile machine, skilled in maneuvering on stairs and other difficult areas. It has swivel steering and is easy to move around, and the controls make it easy to switch between carpet and hard floors. The filters are washable and easy to change out, the manufacturer recommends a thorough washing every three months. This is another great Shark product that can compete with the big boys.

Key Features
  • Under-appliance wand
  • Pet multi-tool
  • Pet power brush
  • Duster crevice tool
  • Accessory bag
  • Bagless
Specifications
  • Weight: 14.5 lbs
  • Vacuum Type: Upright
  • Cord Length: 30 feet
  • Warranty: 7-year limited
Pros
  • LED headlights
  • Strong cleaning performance
  • Allergy reduction
Cons
  • Smaller canister and cleaning path

A great option for all shoppers, the Shark Navigator Pro delivers capable performance for a reasonable price. Like the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional, it does not lose suction as you use it. It’s longevity is what makes it a really good option at its lower price. It has a large capacity bin, making it easier to get the job done without having to stop to empty the canister. The allergy-filtration traps approximately 99 percent of particles, allowing only clean air to return to the surrounding atmosphere. Several attachments come along with the vacuum, including a hose for longer reach.

The Navigator Pro’s swivel functionality handles nicely, it is lightweight, and essentially self-propelled, making it an ideal vacuum for kids, retirees, and those with mobility or strength issues. It is not noisy, assembles easily, and the canister and filters are super easy to empty, clean and replace. The Navigator Professional’s two power modes make cleaning varying types of surfaces a breeze. It can be considered a scaled-down version of some of the other Shark models with fewer accessories, but does a good quality job on most types of flooring, particularly lower pile carpet. Great for that first apartment, second home, guest house, or spaces where a more aggressive vacuum isn’t necessary.

We especially like its maneuverability, lower price point, allergen filtering, and ability to lift up pet hair, which does not get caught in the brush. The Shark Navigator Professional is the perfect portable and versatile gateway upright vacuum to introduce yourself to the Shark family.

Key Features
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal technology & HEPA filter
  • 5.5" crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Bagless
Specifications
  • Weight: 15.2 lbs.
  • Vacuum Type: Upright
  • Cord Length: 25 feet
  • Warranty: 5-year limited
Pros
  • Good suction power
  • Allergy filtering
  • Large capacity canister
Cons
  • Not as many features as more expensive models
  • Fewer accessories

Another shark vacuum with the popular LiftAway feature, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional allows you to tease dirt and particles out of almost any space you can think of. LiftAway is such a strong selling point in many of the Shark models, making them some of the most versatile on the market. The Shark Navigator Pro is effective, simple to use, and has tons of fantastic features. We love the HEPA filtration and the fact that the suction capability doesn’t decrease as you use the vacuum. The pet power brush is great for removing what your furry friends leave behind on furniture, car interiors, and floors.

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro provides equal or superior cleaning to other brands for a third of the price. Its work really stands out on hardwood , tile or laminate flooring. Lots of fun gadgets and attachments are included, which makes it useful for anything you need to tackle. It’s not as quiet as some of the pricier counterparts, but it is not at all noisy. The one drawback is the range of the hose attachment, which makes cleaning higher or deeper spaces more difficult. You can detach the handheld piece to do stairs, but reaching high spaces is more difficult.

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro is a tremendous value for what you get in return.

Key Features
  • Hard Floor Hero attachment
  • Dusting brush
  • 8" crevice tool
  • Pet power brush
  • Bagless
Specifications
  • Weight: 14 lbs.
  • Vacuum Type: Upright
  • Cord Length: 30 feet
  • Warranty: 5-year limited
Pros
  • High capacity canister
  • Excels on hard floor surfaces
  • Lifetime HEPA filter
Cons
  • Shorter hose makes the wand less mobile
  • Slightly top heavy

The Shark Rotator TruePet vacuum is essentially a three-in-one tool with superior HEPA anti-allergy filtration, and Powered-Lift Away® that provides versatility and extra reach for those tough spaces. Another great Shark product designed with pets in mind, the combination of a maneuverable upright with the option of detaching the canister makes this vacuum unique among its peers. The Shark Rotator is a smooth ride with swivel steering that works well on all surfaces. The LiftAway feature makes it easy to get at curtains, blinds, ceiling fans, stairs, inside of cabinets, floor vents, your car interior, and any other hard-to-reach place you can think of. It’s electrically powered so it has more endurance and higher performance

The TruePet mini motorized brush lifts stubborn embedded pet hair out of all types of places. And the Shark sealed system and lifetime HEPA filter will keep your dwelling as allergen-free as possible. The Shark rotator is a high-powered cleaning tool that is suitable for your entire house and then some. Although it’s a bit of a hybrid, it’s not by any means lightweight, but at 15.6 pounds, it’s on par with most uprights. What you get in suction with the Shark Rotator TruePet is where it is most impressive. It has three settings, for thick shag and area rugs, low pile carpet, and hard surfaces. It comes with a myriad of accessories, including a dusting genie, and a hard floor genie with a washable microfiber pad. For sheer strength, it’s hard to beat the Shark Rotator TruePet.

Key Features
  • 11" crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Fingertip controls
  • TruePet mini motorized brush
  • LED lights on floor nozzle & handle
  • Bagless
Specifications
  • Weight: 15.6 lbs.
  • Vacuum Type: Upright
  • Cord Length: 30 feet
  • Warranty: 7-year limited
Pros
  • Excellent job on pet hair
  • Powerful suction
  • Lifetime HEPA filter
  • Easy to empty canister
Cons
  • Slightly tipsy
  • Tall handle could be tricky for kids or shorter users

The last 10 years have brought a major shift in the players in the vacuum cleaner market. Old standbys have been overtaken by younger and fresher brands with flashier and newer technology, slick advertising campaigns, and for the most part, better products. It’s a competitive space, and at a time that premium technology comes at a premium price. That’s where Shark comes in. Shark is part of the SharkNinja family, a company founded in Montreal in 1998, and now based in the Boston area, that has rapidly found a niche in small household appliances. Shark vacuums can hold their own with those more expensive brands but at a significantly lower price point. For cost-conscious consumers looking to get the biggest bang for their buck, Shark is a great value.

But which Shark model is the one that makes the most sense for your lifestyle and budget? We’ve picked a few that should provide plenty of options for everyone’s needs. Shark has a full line of traditional uprights, probably what most people gravitate to when looking for a reliable vacuum. But they also carry a wide array of cordless and handheld models, which vary in price, size, and performance. You’ll also find sleek and trendy stick vacuums, some which have unexpected cleaning power. And lastly, moving into smart-home revolution, Shark has a selection of robot vacuums, which make our busy and go-go-go lives just a little bit more manageable. They can be programmed with voice commands or from your phone, maybe not quite the jetpack and flying car future we may have envisioned as kids, but getting close.

Gone are the days of trying to find the proper vacuum cleaner bag that syncs up to a particular model. All of the vacuums we have featured are completely bagless and employ canisters of varying sizes. Fortunately, the Shark vacuums all have dust canisters that are easy to remove, empty, and clean. You’ll see the term DuoClean frequently. This is something that we love about many of the Shark products, a variable brush that can, at the same time, pick up larger particles while also capturing fine dust and debris, leaving hard flooring looking polished and shiny. We’re also smitten with the versatility of Lift-Away, which turns an ordinary upright into a mobile canister vacuum that can reach things like drapes, ceiling fans, and other tricky places.

To rate these Shark products, we’ve scoured the best sources, pored over independent testing reports and consumer ratings, and curated a list of Shark models that we think provide the best overall features in various categories. When choosing a vacuum, consider what areas you need to clean. Do you have lots of stairs? Carpets or laminate and wood flooring? How thick is your carpet? Do you need something to travel with? How much storage space do you need?

Another thing to consider is the significant improvement in allergen-filtering technology. Many Shark models score highly in their ability to filter out and contain allergens so the air you breathe is cleaner and healthier. Check the features and pricing, shop for the best deals. Most Shark products have great warranties, but read over the fine print to ensure you are getting the most of a warranty, and we always recommend buying from a certified Shark dealer.

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