Shark Rocket Pro Cordless Vacuum
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.
|Best for...||Hard Floors & Carpet|
|Pet Hair Features||Yes|
|Approx. Weight||7.3 lbs|
|HEPA Level Filtration||No|
|Power Cord Length||Cordless|
|Motor Driven Brushbar||Yes|
A Word on Models
1) Shark Rocket Cordless - standard bristled brushroll
2) Shark Rocket Pro Cordless - self-cleaning brushroll, some models have flexible wand and LED headlights
3) Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless - self-cleaning brushroll, LED headlights, removable battery, sealed body, HEPA filter
Shark Rocket Cordless - IX140, IX141
Shark Rocket Pro Cordless - IZ140, IZ140C, IZ141C, IZ142, UZ145
Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless - IZ162H, IZ162HC
Shark Rocket – model IX141 (see it on Amazon)
Shark Rocket Pet Pro – model IZ162H (see it on Amazon)
|Amazon.ca||4.4 stars out of 5||20|
|Walmart||4.5 stars out of 5||92|
|Canadian Tire||4.7 stars out of 5||40|
What Are Owners Saying?
A thorough review of owner comments along with our own testing and experience with the vacuum has provided the following pros and cons:
- Operates as both stick vac and handheld vacuum
- Brushroll limits hair tangle
- Slim, low profile, compact
- Very easy to use and maintain
- Moves and maneuvers well
- Great pickup on both hard floors and carpet
- Works reasonably well on hair
- Good for smaller homes and quick pickups
- Tools attach securely
- Feels top heavy
- No wall mount and cannot stand on its own
- Have to remove wand to empty dust canister
- A bit loud for a cordless
- No on-board storage for tools
- Handheld unit is a bit bulky
- Some folks feel run time is short in Boost mode
A Different Brushroll
I have always liked Shark’s desire to innovate and while some of their ideas have not caught on, others have. It would appear, at least in some of the Shark Rocket cordless models, that they have tweaked their self-cleaning brushroll design and are now calling it a self-cleaning brushroll with Dirt Engage technology. According to Shark:
The cleaner head has a fairly low profile which helps it to get under low furniture. A bright light on top indicates the brushroll is spinning and clear plastic allows you to see if there is any obstruction or tangling at a glance.
Stick Vac & Handheld Vac
Like many cordless stick vacuums today the Shark Rocket is a two-in-one machine. This means it can operate as a stick vacuum or a handheld vacuum. By simply detaching the wand you have a handheld vacuum. Tools can be attached to the end of the handheld unit.
And if you want extra reach you can just detach the cleaner head and place tools on the end of the wand.
Carpet and Bare Floors
The Shark Rocket is designed to clean both carpet and bare floors. A manual slider switch on top of the handheld component has three settings:
2) Bare Floors and Area Rugs (Bare Floor mode)
3) Carpet (Carpet mode)
The Shark Rocket has a Li-Ion battery that will provide sustained power until it simply stops (when the battery requires recharging). The power will not slowly wane over time as the battery is discharged. It takes about 3.5 hours to recharge this battery. Three light bars on the handheld component indicate the extent of the battery charge.
Run Times According to Manufacturer:
|Standard Power||Boost Power|
|Handheld vacuum||approx. 40 min||approx. 10 min|
|Bare Floor mode||approx. 25 min||approx. 10 min|
|Carpet mode||approx. 20 min||approx. 10 min|
Tested run times:
|Standard Power||Boost Power|
|Bare Floor mode||24 min 42 sec||12 min 30 sec|
|Carpet mode||18 min 50 sec||10 min 45 sec|
Our model came with two tools - an upholstery tool and an 8-inch crevice tool. We were pleased to see that the tools do not use compression fit, but rather click securely into place and are removed by depressing a button. This “click fit” approach is, in our opinion, the best way to attach and detach tools or attachments.
We tested pickup against the Shark IONFlex 2X IF252 and the Dyson V8 Absolute. We carefully measured out (by weight) an amount of chili flakes, flax seeds and split green peas. This material was placed in a line (about 5 ft long) on low pile carpet and the vacuums were run over the debris in about a 10 second pass. The amount of debris each vacuum picked up was weighed and the percentage pickup determined.
|% Pickup (by weight)|
|Shark Rocket Pro||99.9%|
A similar test to that done on carpet was performed on a tile floor.
|% Pickup (by weight)|
|Shark Rocket Pro||99.2%|
|Dyson V8 (with soft roller cleaner head)||99.6%|
We placed some fruit loops on our very deep pile shag carpet. Pickup was poor but we really didn’t expect it to be particularly good (see short video clip below). Many smaller machines - and quite a few full size units - struggle on this carpet.
Edge cleaning is average to below average, depending on your baseline. It is on par with a lot of other cordless machines. But if you compare the Shark Rocket to a decent full size upright (like the Shark NV752) then the edge cleaning is below average. In the video clip below we perform edge cleaning with the Shark Rocket, Shark IONFlex, Dyson V8, and the Shark NV752.
Hair pickup is quite good but we did find that when dealing with very large amounts of hair, the brushroll tended to get lots of wrapping. When we ran tests with reduced amounts of hair the brushroll was able to do its job (as a self-cleaning brushroll) and there was limited wrapping.
This is not the quietest cordless vacuum we have tested. We used a digital noise level meter and compared it to several other popular cordless vacuums on low pile carpet:
|Low/Standard Power||Maximum Power|
|Tineco Pure One S12||61.1 decibels||66.7 decibels|
|Dyson V8 Absolute||62.2 decibels||71.7 decibels|
|Shark IONFlex IF252||69.4 decibels||71.4 decibels|
|Shark Rocket Pro IZ140C||74.2 decibels||75.1 decibels|
This is one of the louder cordless vacuums we have tested, especially in carpet mode. But it is still not as loud as many full size machines. It is also quieter in bare floor mode as it is running slower.
The vacuum has 2 pre-motor filters and 1 post motor filter. All are very easy to access. The pre-motor filters consist of 1 foam filter and 1 felt filter. Both can be rinsed in water and should probably be cleaned about once per month (with average vacuum use).
The dust canister is clear plastic so it is easy to see when it needs to be emptied. A slider on the side of the canister makes it very easy to open and to empty. However, we did note that the wand had to be removed before we could empty the canister. The dust canister door will not open with the wand attached to the handheld unit. This may or may not be an issue for you. When we empty most of our stick vacs we typically remove the wand anyway, simply because it is easier to manage without it.
The Shark Rocket has a dust canister capacity of 0.34 quarts (0.085 gallons). Let’s compare that to a few other well known stick vacs.
|Dust Canister Capacity|
|Shark IONFlex / ION F80||0.075 gallons|
|Shark Rocket Pro||0.085 gallons|
|Dyson V7/V8||0.14 gallons|
|Dyson V10/V11||0.20 gallons|
Weight & Movement
We weighed the vacuum on our sensitive scale and it came in at 7 lbs 4.5 oz (or about 7.3 lbs). Whether you feel this is heavy or light depends on what you compare it to.
|Dyson V8||5.8 lbs|
|Dyspn V10||5.9 lbs|
|Dyson V11||6.7 lbs|
|Shark Rocket Pro||7.3 lbs|
|Shark IONFlex / ION F80||8.7 lbs|
- 5 year limited warranty on the vacuum
- 2 year limited warranty on the battery
We were surprised at how effective the new brushroll is on both carpet and smooth floors. It really does a great job. It is also fairly good with pet hair, but we did find that large volumes of hair will still wrap and clog the brushroll. The Rocket isn't as lightweight as some of the cordless units we've reviewed (such as the Dyson V6) and the vacuum feels a bit top heavy, but at 7.3 lbs the overall weight isn't too bad. Tools that snap securely into place are a nice touch and something we don't always find on a Shark vacuum. Run times, in our opinion, are reasonable but not stellar. Our tests in standard power mode came up just slightly short of the advertised figures. But in Boost power mode our tests showed run times that were actually longer than those stated by the manufacturer. Overall this is a decent cordless stick vacuum with very good cleaning ability, but some shortcomings.
Vacuum Cleaner Manual
The manual for the Shark Rocket cordless vacuum is written in English, French and Spanish. It covers such things as assembly, battery and charging, power settings, cleaning modes, emptying/maintaining the dust canister, cleaning the filters, other basic maintenance, troubleshooting, additional accessories, and the warranty. You can view a copy of the manual here: Shark Rocket Cordless Vacuum Manual
Nigel Russco has been reviewing and testing vacuums for over 14 years. He is a professional engineer and uses his review platforms to help consumers determine which vacuum cleaners are the best for their cleaning needs. Follow Nigel on facebook or view his vacuum review videos on the Vacuum Cleaner Advisor YouTube Channel.