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Shark Vacuum Reviews

Shark is a brand developed by Euro-Pro Operating LLC. Euro-Pro has its roots in home appliances and began in Europe over 100 years ago but now operates out of Massachusetts. Shark products are popular in the US and Canada and include sweepers, steam-mops and vacuum cleaners. We have reviewed their steam-mops, upright vacuums and stick vacs and consumer ratings for these products are often very good. Several Shark vacuums have made our "best" lists.

Top Reviewed Shark Vacuum Cleaners - 2020

Model Type Avg Rating / 100
Shark Vertex Upright Vacuum 95
Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet Upright Vacuum 94
Shark Rotator NV801 Upright Vacuum 94
Shark Rotator ZU632 Upright Vacuum 93
Shark Rocket HV302 Stick Vacuum 92
Shark Rocket Complete HV382 Stick Vacuum 92
Shark Navigator NV356E Upright Vacuum 92
Shark Rotator NV682 Upright Vacuum 92
Shark Navigator NV501 Upright Vacuum 92

In the above table an effort has been made to highlight machines currently available


Shark WANDVAC System Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 90/100 

The Shark WANDVAC System is both a stick vacuum and a handheld vacuum.   It is also cordless and the lightest Shark stick vacuum that we’ve reviewed to date.  We were impressed with the unit’s cleaning abilities and we tested it on carpet, hard flooring, edges and even pet hair.  But the Shark WANDVAC System is really best for small home cleaning and quick pickups.  Leave the larger, deep cleaning sessions to bigger more powerful machines.

Shark Rocket Zero M Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 87/100 

Shark makes a host of stick vacuums. Some are cordless and some are corded. Some have two brushrolls while others have one. Some stick vacs have a special brushroll that limits hair tangle, others do not. First and foremost in getting the right Shark stick vacuum is knowing your requirements. Do you have only carpet? Only hard flooring? Both? Do you have pets? Are you partial to corded or cordless? Does the vacuum need to be lightweight? Etc. In this review we investigate the Shark Rocket corded vacuum and we highlight where this unit excels and where it fails – and ultimately if it is a fit for you.

Shark APEX vs Shark Vertex

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Shark APEX vs Shark Vertex

SHARK APEX VS SHARK VERTEX
In this face-off we pit the Shark Vertex upright vacuum (AZ2002) against the Shark APEX Zero-M (AZ1002). The Shark Vertex upright is currently the pinnacle of uprights at Shark. It has many features and a host of different technologies. However, before this newcomer there was the Shark APEX, and as the name suggests it was the king-of-the-hill when it was released. So what’s the difference between these two big boys and which one should you get?

Shark Vertex Cordless - Pros & Cons

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Shark vertex cordless pros and cons

The Shark Vertex Cordless vacuum (model IZ462H) is a very interesting and very popular machine. Shark has thrown a host of technology at this unit and it shows. It has two brushrolls, a flexible wand, headlights, a self-cleaning brushroll, a sealed body, and more. We analyzed the different vacuum features and also ran the Vertex through a host of cleaning tests. We were impressed in many ways but there were a few areas that fell a little short.

Shark Vertex Cordless Stick Vacuum

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Avg. consumer rating = 89/100 

The Shark Vertex Cordless stick vacuum is chock full of technology and features. After all, the Vertex vacuums are Shark’s premier machines. The Vertex cordless has two brushrolls (one of which is self-cleaning), a HEPA filter, a sealed system, headlights, a detachable battery, and a flexible wand. We ran the unit through cleaning tests and it did a great job on both carpet and bare floors. Hair pickup was also good while limiting tangle in the brushroll. In addition, the ability to use the unit as a handheld by simply detaching the wand is very handy. However, it is a little hefty for a stick vac and it would have been nice if it came with a second battery.

Shark Vertex Upright Vacuum

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Avg. consumer rating = 95/100 

Shark recently launched their “Vertex” series of vacuum cleaners. They are powerful machines with a host of features including two brushrolls, one soft and one with fins (Shark calls them fins but we think of them more as flexible, rubbery blades). We’ve always liked Shark’s willingness to try new and different ideas and they sometimes hit upon something that really works. We analyzed the Vertex AZ2002 upright vacuum, compared it to other popular Shark uprights, and ran it through a series of tests. This vacuum performed extremely well and in our opinion Shark may have found another keeper.

Shark ZU632 vs Shark NV752

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Shark ZU632 vs Shark NV752

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away ZU632 upright vacuum is fairly new to the market. But we have noticed that it is a very similar machine to the older (but very popular) Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet NV752 upright vacuum. In some ways it appears to be an evolution of the NV752 and they’ve even added a self-cleaning brushroll. However not all the changes are for the better and in some instances (but not all) you may still be better off with the older NV752.

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away ZU632

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Avg. consumer rating = 93/100 

We were excited to get our hands on the new Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away ZU632 upright vacuum. It looks and feels a lot like the Shark Rotator NV752 TruePet, the most popular vacuum cleaner on our website for several years running. At a glance the machines are very similar but Shark has added a self-cleaning brushroll to the ZU632 which should really help in households with pets. In this review we break down the ZU632, run it through a series of tests, and also determine if it is an improvement on the already excellent NV752.

Shark Navigator Lift Away Deluxe NV360 – Pros & Cons

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Shark Navigator NV360 Pros Cons
 
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe (model NV360) is a very popular and affordable Shark upright vacuum cleaner.  We’ve had our NV360 for about 6 months (at the time of this writing) and we’ve discovered both the good and the bad.

Shark Rocket Pro - Pros & Cons

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Shark Rocket - Pros & Cons 
A detailed list of the pros and cons of the Shark Rocket Pro cordless vacuum cleaner.  Videos that walk through each "pro" and "con" are also provided.  See the good and the bad before you buy.

Shark APEX vs Shark NV752

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Shark APEX vs NV752

In this article we pit the Shark APEX Zero-M against the Shark Rotator NV752, two popular upright vacuum cleaners.  They are both very good machines but they have many differences.  In this article we test each vacuum on carpet, on bare floors, and on hair.  We also walk through the specifications, measure the noise levels, weigh the lift-away features, and highlight much more.  Understanding the pros and cons of each vacuum and how they compare to one another will help you decide which machine is the best for you.

Shark ION Robot 750 - Pros & Cons

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Shark ION Robot Vacuum Pros Cons
 
We take a look at the popular Shark Rocket ION Robot 750 vacuum and list both the good and the bad.  Definitely worth a look if you are in the market for one of these machines.

Shark Rocket Pro Cordless Vacuum

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Avg. rating = 91/100 

The Shark Rocket Pro cordless stick vacuum is a lightweight machine that is very easy to operate.  Owners like the low profile, the self-cleaning brushroll, and the swivel steering.  In addition, this is a two-in-one vacuum and can be used as a stick vacuum and a handheld vacuum.  Our cleaning tests showed very good debris pickup on both low pile carpet and tile flooring.  Run times are reasonable but not stellar and the unit does feel a little top heavy.  Also, it does not come with a stand or a wall mount and it will not stand on its own.

Shark APEX UpLight – Pros & Cons

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Shark APEX Uplight Pros Cons
 
The APEX UpLight is an interesting vacuum.  Shark created a lightweight machine that is something between an upright and a stick vacuum, but as an “APEX” model they packed it with features and technology.  The Uplight has DuoClean Technology, Zero-M Technology, the Lift-Away feature, a HEPA filter, a sealed system, headlights, and more.  Is this the best lightweight vacuum you can buy?  In some ways YES but in other ways NO.  Let’s look at the APEX Uplight’s pros and cons:

Shark APEX Uplight Review

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Avg. rating = 86/100 

The APEX Uplight bagless vacuum is another interesting machine from Shark. It is somewhere between an upright and a stick vacuum, but Shark has packed it with technology and features usually only found on their premier uprights. The Uplight has a HEPA filter, a sealed system, LED headlights, DuoClean Technology, Zero-M Technology, and the popular lift away feature. The vacuum even has retractable wheels that pop out when the unit is vertical, allowing it to stand on its own. So, does all this work while packed into such a small vacuum? For the most part yes, but the Uplight is not without issues.

Shark Pet Pro - Pros & Cons

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Shark Pet Pro Vacuum Review
 
The Shark Navigator Zero-M Pet Pro is a recent bagless upright vacuum from Shark and it is designed for homes with pets, although it is equally as effective in homes without pets.  The Pet Pro has a host of great features including Shark’s Zero-M Technology which helps keep the brushroll free of hair.  But the unit still has a few drawbacks.  In this article we walk through both the good and the bad.

Shark Navigator Zero-M Pet Pro

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Avg. rating = 87/100 

The Shark Navigator Zero-M Pet Pro upright vacuum is designed for homes with pets.  It is capable on carpet and bare floors and has a very large dust canister so you do not have to empty it frequently.  It also has a special self-cleaning brushroll that removes tangled hair while you vacuum (the hair is removed and sent to the dust canister for disposal).  In addition, the vacuum provides quality air filtration through its HEPA filter and sealed body.  On the downside, it feels a little hefty and it doesn’t maneuver as well as some of the other Shark uprights we’ve tested.  We also wish it had a longer power cord.

Shark Navigator DLX model NV70

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Avg. rating = 90/100 

The Shark Navigator DLX (model NV70) is a reasonably inexpensive bagless upright vacuum cleaner.  It does not come with a lot of bells and whistles but it does have a HEPA filter, a sealed system, and a large dust canister. Owners also report that the NV70 has powerful suction and is quite easy and cheap to maintain.  However, the power cord and wand are a bit short and the cleaner head is rather narrow.  The vacuum color is gold, or what Shark refers to as “champagne”.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light HV292 Handheld Vacuum

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Avg. rating = 92/100 

Many consumers have weighed in on the Shark Rocket HV292 and the results are encouraging.  Reviews are very good and the average rating is 92.3 out of 100, making it the highest rated handheld vacuum on our site (tied with the more expensive Dyson Mattress).  The HV292 is corded so there is no need to charge it, and there is no limit to the run time.  It includes several tools, one of which has a motorized brushroll which is great for picking up pet hair, cleaning upholstery, and doing carpeted stairs.  Owners are using this in their homes, RVs, and cars.  However it does not come with a HEPA filter.

Shark Navigator Light Upright Vacuum

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Avg. rating = 90/100 

The Shark Navigator Light NV105 is a very basic, simple vacuum cleaner. It does not have a lot of features or bells and whistles.  Its competitive advantages are that it is very lightweight for an upright and that it is not particularly costly.  This approach seems to have worked and most owners are pleased with their purchase.  They like the light weight, powerful suction, lack of consumables (filters/bags), and small footprint of the machine.  However there are some drawbacks such as the limited capacity of the dust canister, the short hose, and the small cleaner head.

Shark Apex Zero-M Vacuum Review

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Avg. rating = 88/100 

We looked at the Shark APEX (model AX952) back in December of 2017.  It is a popular machine and it comes with the lift-away feature, two brushrolls, and a powered tool.  The Shark APEX in this review is a newer machine and is model AZ1002.  It has all the same features as the older APEX but also includes Zero-M Technology.  Zero-M Technology utilizes a specially designed brushroll and comb in the cleaner head which remove tangled hair as you vacuum.

Shark ION W1 Handheld Pros & Cons

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Shark ION W1 Handheld Pros & Cons
 
The Shark ION W1 Handheld vacuum cleaner is cordless, stylish and lightweight.  It is designed for quick pick-ups and can be placed within easy reach on a counter-top, shelf or floor.  This is a powerful little unit that charges quickly and also includes 2 tools.  However it does have some issues.  In this article we highlight the good and the bad.  We also provide videos.

Shark ION P50 Pros & Cons

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Shark ION P50 Pros & Cons
 
In this article we discuss the pros and cons of the Shark ION P50 cordless vacuum cleaner.  The P50 is an interesting machine and it falls somewhere between a stick vacuum and an upright vacuum – perhaps leaning a little more towards being an upright.  It has a host of features and is quite a versatile unit.  But it also has some faults.  In this article we discuss both the good and the bad, and also provide videos.
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About Me

Hello!

I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada.  I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.  

I make every effort to write unbiased, intelligent vacuum cleaner reviews and I provide average consumer ratings for each and every vacuum cleaner I investigate.  My ultimate goal is to ensure you find the best vacuum for your cleaning needs.