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Best Place To Buy A Shark Vacuum


The best Shark vacuum we've tested is the Shark Stratos Cordless. This cordless stick vacuum sits at the top of Shark's lineup of cordless stick options and features a broad range of convenience features. One of the most significant is its Clean Sense IQ system, which uses infrared sensors to adjust its suction power on the fly depending on how much debris is being picked up, resulting in improved performance on most surfaces compared to its immediate predecessor, the Shark Vertex Pro Lightweight. It also features an odor-neutralizing system that works via a replaceable cartridge in its floorhead, which is handy for pet owners. Its folding wand makes it easy to clean under most furniture while reducing its vertical footprint when it's stowed away.

Check out the Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away if you're looking for something a little cheaper, as it's one of the best Shark vacuums for pet hair we've tested. While its upright design makes it bulkier and less maneuverable than a stick vacuum like the Shark Stratos Cordless, the flip side of this larger body is a bigger dustbin with a greater debris capacity, so you won't have to empty its dustbin quite as often. Performance is superb on a wide range of surfaces, as it easily clears away debris on hard floors and low and high-pile carpet. There are two different surface settings for bare floors and carpeting, though they only change the speed of its brushroll and not the height of its floorhead, so it's still liable to get stuck on rug tassels and thick carpeting. Unfortunately, it lacks the Stratos' automatic power adjustment feature and odor-neutralizing system.

The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a great choice if you're looking for a Shark vacuum that's a little more affordable and among the best Shark vacuums for pet hair that we've tested. While it's bulkier than the cordless Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away, it's worth a look if you prioritize deep cleaning performance and don't want to worry about running out of charge. Its dual-brushroll head helps it clear away debris on a wide range of surfaces, from bare floors to low and high-pile carpet, and it's pretty effective in dealing with messes in shallow cracks and crevices.

This vacuum uses the brand's 'Lift-Away' design, which lets you pick up and carry its canister body separately from its floorhead, making it easier to clean tight spots. While its range is limited compared to cordless models, the power cord is pretty long, meaning you can clean larger areas without swapping outlets. Still, if you don't want to worry about sticking close to a power outlet, the Shark Cordless Pet Plus is the best cordless Shark vacuum at a mid-range price point that we've tested. It's more maneuverable than the Rotator ADV but falls short in debris pickup performance.

The Shark Rocket Corded is the best budget Shark vacuum we've tested. Compared to a higher-end model like the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV, this corded stick vacuum doesn't feel especially sturdy, has a smaller dustbin, and a weaker suction motor, so you'll probably need to make an extra pass or two to fully clear away the same amount of debris. Nevertheless, this is still a good option for something affordable. At just over eight pounds, it's heavier than many cordless stick vacuums, but it's still much lighter than the Rotator, making it a lot easier to maneuver in tight spots or to pick up and carry around.

The best Shark robot vacuum we've tested is the Shark AI Ultra Robot, and it's worth a look if you don't need the deep-cleaning performance of a manually-operated vacuum like the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV. This robot vacuum can automatically empty its dustbin into an external dirt compartment mounted to its charging dock, reducing hands-on maintenance requirements. The AV2501AE variant has an extra-large dock with room for 60 days' worth of debris. Its LIDAR mapping sensor allows for quick and precise room mapping, and you can use its companion app to schedule




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