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Looking for a lightweight vacuum that feels like more like a handheld but performs like an upright? If your answer is a resounding yes, then the Shark Rocket may be just the solution for you.

With four different models to choose from (Professional, Deluxe Pro Ultralight, TruePet and Ultra Light) with a variety of accessories, the Shark Rocket vacuum, according to reviews and the manufacturer, works really well on both hardwood and carpet, including shag rugs.

How easy is it to use?

The answer is – pretty easy. At only 7.5 pounds, this model is just a little heavier than most hand held vacuums. Since the motor is at the top, at first it will feel a little different than the upright vacuums you’re used to that are heaviest at the bottom. However, once you use it a few times, it will feel natural to you. Also, it has an ergonomic handle which makes it fit your had better so your arm doesn’t get tired holding it up.

One review we read from a petite woman who owns the Rocket said that even though it’s top heavy, her arm and wrist do not get tired because of the way it’s designed. Even though she didn’t like that it was so heavy on top, she said the performance way more than made up for it.

Shark Rocket Review (Ultralight)

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One thing users really like about the Ultralight is that it has swivel steering, so it’s really easy to zip around the floors with it. Combined with the low profile (short height of the base), that means it’s really easy to get around and under furniture and other chunky objects that normally would be hard to fit a full-sized vacuum around or under.

If you get a Shark Rocket vacuum cleaner, you’ll notice right away that it can easily take the place of two different vacuums, as it can be used as an upright or as a handheld vacuum by simply removing the extension wand. By using the included attachments, you can get just about anywhere, including on and up the stairs without straining your back. With the extension wand, which is adjustable, you really can clean everywhere from ceiling to floor with this model.

It also comes with a handy wall mount, so it’s really easy to store – just hang it up. With the limited amount of storage space most of us have, this isn’t only a nice benefit – it’s downright essential.

This Shark is also easy to clean. First, the filters last a lifetime and are washable. Second, the manufacturer has taken a tip out of the Dyson book and made the dust container open by pushing just one button while holding it over the trash can, so it’s easy peasy to get rid of all the dust and dirt you just sucked up without touching it.

Carpet vs Hardwood or Bare Floors

While you can’t turn off the brush roll in this unit, it does have 2 settings – one for carpet and one for bare floors like tile, granite and hardwood. You might wonder how well it does on bare floors with the brush roll spinning, but more than one review we’ve seen said it was no problem.

If you’re looking at a similar vacuum and you have the specific concern of picking up cat litter from hardwood or laminate floors, you may want to look at other options. While this one is good for pet hair, as far as cat litter, reviews say it picks up most of it, but you may need to use the hose to get up all the bits entirely. An important note is that it seems to pick up kitty litter better with the dustaway attachment than with the regular cleaning head. The Dyson DC59 excels at this, and it’s cordless, though it is more expensive. If  you have budget concerns, you may want to stick with the Rocket and just pick up a bit of litter with the hose every now and then.

Since it comes with a special dusting attachment just for hardwood and other bare floors, you’re sure to get more of the dust up than with a regular vacuum as well. It’s a lot like a dry mop with suction when used in this way.

Kitty Litter Test

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Storage

The unit comes with a wall mount, so it’s really easy to store and hangs from a slot on the bottom of the dust cup. As a bonus, the accessory bag fits on the wall mount as well, so you won’t be tripping over attachments!

Accessories & Tools Included

  • 12” crevice tool – great for tight spaces
  • Wide pet upholstery tool – great for getting dirt and pet hair from furniture
  • Dusting brush – picks up large piles of dirt and removes pet hair from fabric; good for dusting curtains and mini blinds too
  • Dust away attachment with microfiber pads – turns your vacuum into a hardwood floor duster with suction
  • Quick release extension wand
  • Wall mount
  • Car and home detail kit with micro tools (HV302 model only)
  • Accessory bag

Specifications / Specs

  • Dimensions: 10.5” x 9.8” x 46”
  • Cleaning path width: 10”
  • Dust container capacity: .472 dry quarts (almost 1 pint)
  • Cord length: 30’
  • Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Power: 500 watts
  • Filters: Washable, never need replacing
  • Read the manual here

Shark Ultralight vs Deluxe Pro vs TruePet

To confuse things further, the Ultra Light now comes in 3 different models. Essentially, they are the same vacuum, but there are some key differences as follows:

Highlights Great pet hair tools Twice the dirt capacity Good all-around cleaner
Best Sale Price $225 – $235 $195 – $200 $185 – $195
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Rating 4.5 stars 4.5 stars 4.5 stars
Weight (pounds) 7.5 7.5 7.5
Tools Included – crevice tool
– dusting brush
– pet hair tool
– hard floor tool
– motorized pet brush
– accessory bag
– wall mount
– crevice tool
– dusting brush
– pet upholstery tool
– hard floor duster
– accessory bag
– wall mount
– crevice tool
– pet upholstery tool
– dusting brush
– hard floor duster
– detail kit
– accessory bag
– wall mount
Upright & Handheld Combo check mark check mark check mark
Bagless check mark check mark check mark
Dust Container Capacity (gallons) .24 .24 .12
Power 500 watts 500 watts 500 watts
Filter washable with HEPA filter washable with HEPA filter washable with HEPA filter
Warranty 7 years limited 5 years limited 5 years limited

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Pros

  • Good suction
  • Long cord
  • Easy to vacuum under furniture
  • Gets close to baseboards
  • Versatile – like 2 vacs in one

Cons

It seems like the biggest problem with this vacuum is that it doesn’t have a HEPA filter. However, it does have great suction and picks up just about everything. The lack of HEPA filter would probably be something you’d notice only if you are extremely sensitive to dust allergies.

One reviewer also complained that it’s a pain that the attachments don’t store on the vacuum unit itself. While this would be convenient, it would also make it a lot heavier and less versatile. Can you imagine lifting it up to clean the top of a valance or cobweb in the corner of your ceiling if there were a bunch of attachments on it? Luckily, the attachments and tools do come in a nice bag, so at least they are all in one place.

Consumer Ratings

The vast majority of users report that they are very happy with their purchase and they like it even more than they thought they would. Overall, consumers report they’d give this vacuum 4.5 out of 5 stars, a truly great rating.

Price

You can get this model for around $185 right now on sale at Amazon.com. The regular retail price is about $200, so by shopping online you’ll certainly save some money.

Final Thought

It would appear that Shark designed the Rocket to be as close as possible to the Dyson Digital Slim but at about half the price, and they did a pretty good job. Looking at a Shark vs Dyson comparison, the big difference is that this one has a cord, while the Dyson is cordless. However, this can be a good thing, as you can run it as long as you want without the battery needing a recharge, and the cord is 30’ long, so it will take you a long way. It’s also a LOT less expensive!

While it’s not a Dyson, it’s half the price of the new DC59, so it’s definitely worth considering. Overall, it’s a really nice, versatile, ultra lightweight vacuum that stands up to its claims.