The 7 Best Shark Vacuums of 2022, Tested by The Spruce

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Seven Shark vacuums stand in front of a couch during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

Shark vacuums have become some of the most popular of their kind on the market, but choosing from the many models can be daunting. There are best-selling upright vacuums, sleek stick vacs, and innovative cordless models that take on multiple cleaning tasks. Shark emphasizes powerful suction and fully-sealed HEPA filtration systems that capture particles like dust and dander. How can you know where to begin, let alone what to add to your cart?

We purchased seven Shark vacuums and put them through a series of tests in The Lab in Industry City, Brooklyn to see what picks actually provide powerful suction on every surface. We timed each pick's setup process, evaluated its effectiveness on four types of flooring, and brought it through a living room obstacle course. We noted how efficient it was at picking up real-world debris, such as Cheerios, popcorn kernels, and hair, and how tired our arms were after pushing it back and forth. All vacuums tested, both in The Lab and before or after at home, were given ratings for ease of setup, maneuverability, noise level, effectiveness, and ease of emptying. 

Our results showed that certain vacuums excel at certain types of clean. When you're shopping, it's key to consider the type of vacuum cleaner that'll best suit your needs, whether it be collecting pet hair or getting into the tight corners of your living space, for that reason. Danielle Lessing, the VP of Global Product Development at SharkNinja, says, "The most important consideration for consumers to keep in mind when choosing a vacuum is that each vacuum category targets a different type of clean.”

Your options include upright vacuums for whole-house cleaning, lightweight stick vacuums for an everyday clean-up, handheld picks for spot cleaning, and robotic models for hands-free cleaning. In addition to type, also consider whether a corded or cordless vacuum is better for your situation—both can be effective at times—and what type of accessories come with the machine.

Here, the best Shark vacuum cleaners, backed by our thorough testing.

Our Top Picks
This cordless model earned top-notch ratings from our tester for its ability to effectively clean up messes on all surfaces.
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There are fewer features on this upright vacuum, but it offers HEPA filtration and a lift-away canister for versatile cleaning.
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You'll find that this corded stick vacuum is easy to maneuver under furniture, and has good suction power on all surfaces.
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Despite its size and heft, this vacuum glides across all types of flooring, and includes useful attachments and a long cord.
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You can expect this wet-dry model to be both lightweight and easy to use, thanks to its unique mop pads that trap debris.
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A slim design and powerful suction make the WANDVAC ideal for small jobs around your home or cleaning up messes in your car.
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For effective and easy cleaning of carpeted areas and rugs, choose this model with both powerful suction and swivel steering.
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Best Overall: Shark IZ462H Vertex DuoClean PowerFins Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum

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4.8

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Setup
    4/5
  • Effectiveness
    5/5
  • Maneuverability
    5/5
  • Ease of Emptying
    5/5
  • Noise Level
    4.5/5

Dimensions: 46.46 x 9.65 x 10.24 inches | Weight: 9.04 pounds | Cord Length: Cordless | Battery Life: 60 minutes | Bin Volume: 1.4 quarts | Cleaning Path Width: 10.63 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Carpet, multi-surface, and hardwood

What We Like
  • Very long battery life

  • Folds in half for easy storage

  • Powerful suction on all surfaces

  • Vacuum basically moves itself

What We Don't Like
  • Collection canister could be bigger

  • No attachment storage

  • Handheld model is a bit heavy

The Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFins Cordless Stick Vacuum was the clear winner in our search for the best Shark vacuum—and best vacuum in general. It features powerful suction on all surfaces, a storage-friendly handle, and generally quiet operation. As we discovered in The Lab, it has the power you need to leave your carpets deeply clean and your hardwood floors sparkling. This model earned a perfect, 5-star rating for its effectiveness and didn't cause any debris to scatter in process. In fact, it cleaned up every material in just a pass or two, regardless of flooring type. We found that the 1.4-quart dust bin empties easily, but given the vacuum’s powerful suction and long-lasting battery, we do wish it had more capacity.

However, the Shark vacuum does feature a flexible wand that is a real game changer for reaching under furniture. You can stop ignoring the dust bunnies under your sofa, since Shark designed this vac with a hinge that gives the floor head greater reach. Plus, the Vertex series from Shark includes dual rollers in the floor head but, unlike other Shark models, one roller is equipped with grippy rubber fins to maintain contact with the floor. While making use of the 60-minute battery life, which is significant compared to many other cordless models, you can feel this technology working. Our tester noted the vac essentially pulls itself, and called it "flawless" before giving it a 5-star rating for maneuverability.

Notably, you can also make this vacuum more compact for storage, since the handle can fold in half. Its canister converts into a handheld vacuum you can use, too, but our tester found the handheld vac to be decently heavy. It may be fine for grabbing a few cobwebs, but don’t expect to use it overhead for a long time. All in all, this vac is a suitable pick for a variety of living spaces and situations, even if it there's not a designated spot on it for attachments. It took just three minutes to assemble and totally impressed.

The Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFins Lightweight Cordless Stick vacuum sits in front of a couch during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

Best Budget: Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum

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4

Our Ratings
  • Effectiveness
    3.5/5
  • Maneuverability
    4.5/5
  • Ease of Emptying
    4.5/5
  • Noise Level
    4/5
  • Ease of Setup
    5/5

Dimensions: 45.5 x 11.4 x 14.9 inches | Weight: 16 pounds | Cord Length: 25 feet | Battery Life: Not applicable | Bin Volume: 0.9 quarts | Cleaning Path Width: 9.5 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Hardwood, carpet, laminate, and tile

What We Like
  • Swivel steering for easy mobility

  • Brush roll shut-off for bare floors

  • Dust bin is easy to empty

What We Don't Like
  • No self-cleaning brush roll

  • Hair gets caught and tangled

If you need a basic yet beloved vacuum that won’t break the bank, consider the Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum. This model has fewer vacuum features than others, but it costs less, too. Our testing team gave it a 5-star rating for its simple setup—it was assembled and ready for use in less than five minutes—and a 4.5-star rating for maneuverability. They found it difficult to move around on carpet surfaces, and docked its rating for this reason, but did add that the vacuum is not too heavy overall.

As a corded, upright model, you won’t have to worry about running out of battery power with this pick by your side either. The 25-foot cord gives plenty of reach and the lift-away canister is useful for accessing hard-to-reach areas. Our tester did find the canister was best used from the ground. In addition, the hair easily collected in the stationary brush roll in our testing on hardwood floors, which blocked the vacuum from picking up debris very effectively. The model tended to push around heavier materials like popcorn kernels. All of these insights led to a low effectiveness rating.

However, the anti-allergen seal and HEPA filter means this vacuum does effectively trap dust. You'll also enjoy the clear dust bin that allows you to see what you're capturing in real-time and releases very easily with the help of built-in latches. At this price point, you can't beat it.

The Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum sits in front of a couch during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

Best Stick: Shark HV301 Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Stick Vacuum

Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum Cleaner
4.4

Our Ratings
  • Effectiveness
    4.5/5
  • Maneuverability
    4/5
  • Ease of Emptying
    5/5
  • Noise Level
    3/5
  • Ease of Setup
    5/5

Dimensions: 46 x 9.8 x 10.5 inches | Weight: 8.2 pounds | Cord Length: 25 feet | Battery Life: Not applicable | Bin Volume: .31 quarts | Cleaning Path Width: 8.5 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Hardwood, carpet, laminate, and tile

What We Like
  • Good suction on all surfaces

  • Converts to a handheld model

  • Very flexible and nimble

What We Don't Like
  • On the noisier side

  • Doesn’t stand up on its own

A good stick vacuum should be lightweight, but not necessarily light-duty. The Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Stick Vacuum made an impression on our tester for its maneuverability and effective suction on all types of flooring. It needed help transitioning from a hard surface to a rug, giving it a maneuverability rating of 4 stars. However, the stick vacuum proved to be nimble and flexible when navigating the living room obstacle course. Our tester pointed out that it seamlessly reached under the couch. It twisted and turned around the coffee table, too. It “moves with me," noted our tester.

All in all, the vac turned out to be a great cleaning partner that never quits on you, since it's not powered by a battery. It was able to easily pick up all the materials on the low-pile carpet, and ultimately earned a 4.5-star rating for effectiveness—getting docked for slightly struggling on the high-pile rug and also not easily navigating the hardwood floor. Notably, at nearly 4 feet, this vacuum is much taller than expected. Since it doesn’t stand up on its own either, you’ll have to lean it against your furniture or gently rest it on the floor if you need to pause your vacuuming session. However, like many other stick vacs, you can use the Shark Rocket in handheld mode, with or without an extension, to clean furniture, ceilings, stairs, and more.

The Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Stick Vacuum sits in front of a couch during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

Best Upright: Shark NV151 Navigator Swivel Pro Complete Upright Vacuum

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4.1

Our Ratings
  • Effectiveness
    5/5
  • Maneuverability
    3/5
  • Ease of Emptying
    5/5
  • Noise Level
    4/5
  • Ease of Setup
    4/5

Dimensions: 45.66 x 12 x 9.64 inches | Weight: 15 pounds | Cord Length: 25 feet | Battery Life: Not applicable | Bin Volume: 0.4 quarts | Cleaning Path Width: 12 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Carpet, laminate, and hardwood

What We Like
  • Multiple surface settings

  • Easy to assemble and empty

  • Has an 11-foot cord

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to reach under furniture

  • Lacks a self-cleaning brush roll

For an upright vacuum that works well on carpets and bare floors, look no further than the Shark NV151 Navigator Swivel Pro Complete Upright Vacuum. This model has adjustable suction levels and brush roll speeds to maximize your cleaning efforts. Don’t expect it to be as light or nimble as a stick vacuum, but know you'll be pleased with its maneuverability and effectiveness. In our testing, it impressed our tester with how easy it was to push across hardwood floors and carpets of all pile heights. They only docked it for its bulkier design, which made it difficult to reach under lower furniture, and poor transfer from a flat surface to a rugged one. (They ultimately gave it 3 stars for maneuverability for these reasons.) In terms of effectiveness, it captured all the materials in fewer than five passes and was pretty straightforward.

The Navigator series is basic in its features, but has a removable dust bin and plenty of cord length for cleaning average-sized rooms. Plus, accessories like the motorized brush, upholstery tool, and crevice nozzle can be used to deep clean specific areas of your home. The fully sealed system with a HEPA filter locks in dander and allergens, while the dust bin is quick and easy to empty. Our tester gave the process of emptying the machine 5 stars, and also noted that it's pretty quiet for a powerful pick.

The Shark Navigator Swivel Pro Complete Upright Vacuum sits in front of the couch during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

Phoebe Cheong

Best Wet-Dry: Shark VacMop Pro Cordless Wet/Dry Stick Vacuum

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4.9

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Setup
    5/5
  • Effectiveness
    5/5
  • Maneuverability
    5/5
  • Ease of Emptying
    5/5
  • Noise Level
    5/5

Dimensions: 47.87 x 9.5 x 5.3 inches | Weight: 5 pounds | Cord Length: Not applicable | Battery Life: 20 minutes | Bin Volume: 0.03 quarts | Cleaning Path Width: 10 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl

What We Like
  • Very easy to assemble

  • Lightweight design

  • Has a light on the floor head

What We Don't Like
  • Must purchase more refill pads

  • Must continuously hold the power button

Capture dry debris and spiff up your hard floors with a multi-purpose vacuum, like the Shark VACMOP. It is designed for use on sealed hardwood, tile, or laminate floors, and glides effortlessly on them all. A tank for Shark cleaning solution, which is included in your purchase, is built into its body. The floor head uses replaceable mop pads that include a unique chamber for collecting debris, and features an easy-release button so you don't have to touch the dirty pad when your cleaning session is done, too.

In our testing, the VACMOP earned a perfect score of 5 stars across every category. It was described as being very lightweight, and a great option for small spaces or those with limited mobility. While it offers an easier way to mop floors, keep in mind that you’ll need to hold the power button down to trigger the vacuum function of this wet-dry vac. While it's easy to spray cleaning solution onto your floor thanks to a well-placed button on the handle, you may also need to refill the solution often. The canister isn't very big, which may not bode well for larger cleaning jobs. However, you'll enjoy a light on the floor head that does allow you to see into the nooks and crannies of your home.

The Shark VACMOP sits in front of the couch during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

Phoebe Cheong

Best Handheld: Shark WV201 WANDVAC Cordless Handheld Vacuum

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4.6

Our Ratings
  • Ease of Setup
    4/5
  • Effectiveness
    5/5
  • Maneuverability
    5/5
  • Ease of Emptying
    5/5
  • Noise Level
    4/5

Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 2.4 inches | Weight: 1.4 pounds | Cord Length: Not applicable | Battery Life: 9.5 minutes | Bin Volume: 0.08 quarts | Cleaning Path Width: 3.35 inches | Compatible Floor Type: All floor types

What We Like
  • Lightweight design

  • Powerful suction on all surfaces

  • One-touch emptying

What We Don't Like
  • Limited battery life

  • Long charging time

Weighing 1.4 pounds, the Shark WANDVAC Cordless Handheld Vacuum is the smallest member of the Shark vacuum family. However, despite its size, it offers powerful suction for small messes. While we didn't test this pick in The Lab, The Spruce's home product tester put the vacuum through real-world testing, trying it out on pet hair, crumbs, dust, and debris. They noted that it picked up everything so quickly, but was pretty loud when doing so. In addition, although assembly was simple, the handheld pick needed to be charged fully before use, which took about two and a half hours.

This handheld vac is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a high-speed brushless motor. It runs for 10 minutes before needing a recharge, which definitely isn't long and was one of the biggest downsides for our product tester. Clearly, it's meant for quick clean-ups, like picking up spilled cereal or removing crumbs from car seats. The dust bin is also small but easily empties with the push of a button. You can make use of a duster crevice tool and multi-surface pet tool, both of which store neatly on the charging dock when not in use. Ultimately, our tester only docked the WANDVAC for its charge time and noise level, giving both attributes a rating of 4 stars.

What Testers Say

"I was actually startled by how loud it was (and so were all of the sleeping pets around me). But the suction was really powerful, so it was a welcome trade-off."—Lyndsay Boyers, Product Tester

Best for Carpet: Shark Navigator DLX Upright Professional Vacuum

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4.1

Our Ratings
  • Effectiveness
    4/5
  • Maneuverability
    4.5/5
  • Ease of Emptying
    5/5
  • Noise Level
    4/5
  • Ease of Setup
    3.5/5

Dimensions: 47 x 11.5 x 9.5 inches | Weight: 18.63 pounds | Cord Length: 25 feet | Battery Life: Not applicable | Bin Volume: 3.5 quarts | Cleaning Path Width: 9.25 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Carpet and hardwood

What We Like
  • Dust bin is quite large

  • Has swivel steering

  • Operates pretty quietly

What We Don't Like
  • Assembly requires a screwdriver

  • Bumper on floor head pushes debris

The Shark Navigator DLX Upright Professional Vacuum offered powerful suction and performed great on low, medium, and high-pile carpets in The Lab. For that reason, it's the right choice if you're looking for a vacuum cleaner that'll effectively clean your area rugs and carpeted floors. It was given an overall rating of 4 stars for its cleaning effectiveness—meaning, on average, it cleaned up the cereal, popcorn kernels, and strands of hair in just three to five passes. At 3.5 quarts, the dust bin of this upright vacuum is larger than most, too. Our testing team loved this feature and found the dust bin to be super easy to empty.

We found that the greatest strength of the Shark Navigator DLX is also its weakness. While the powerful suction made it faster and easier to remove debris, it also increased the effort we had to put forth to use the vacuum on the medium and high-pile carpets. Even still, our tester gives this Navigator model a 4.5-star rating for maneuverability and comments positively on the swivel steering. This type of steering will give you easier access to corners, and makes this pick a bit more pleasurable to use.

The Shark Navigator DLX Upright Vacuum sits in front of a couch during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

Compare

Overall Rating Ease of Setup Effectiveness Maneuverability Ease of Emptying Portability Noise Level Overall Value
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Best Overall:
Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFins Cordless Stick Vacuum
4.8
4 5 5 5 4.5 5
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Best Budget:
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum
4
5 3.5 4.5 4.5 4 3.5
Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Best Stick:
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Stick Vacuum
4.4
5 4.5 4 5 3 4.5
shark-navigator-swivel-pro-complete-upright-vacuum
Best Upright:
Shark Navigator Swivel Pro Complete Upright Vacuum
4.1
4 5 3 5 4 4.5
shark-vacmop-wet-dry-stick-vacuum
Best Wet-Dry:
Shark VacMop Pro Wet/Dry Vacuum
4.9
5 5 5 5 5 5
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Best Handheld:
Shark WANDVAC Cordless Handheld Vacuum
4.6
4 5 5 5 4 5
shark-navigator-DLX-upright-professional-vacuum
Best for Carpet:
Shark Navigator DLX Upright Professional Vacuum
4.1
3.5 4 4.5 5 4 3.5
Final Verdict

Our first choice for a Shark vacuum is the Shark Vertex DuoClean PowerFins Cordless Stick Vacuum (view at Amazon), since this cordless model has long battery life, a flexible handle for storing it in your home, and powerful suction on all types of flooring. If you're sticking to a budget, you’ll still get a good clean from the Shark NV360 Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Upright Vacuum (view at Amazon). This more basic Shark vacuum lacks features like a self-cleaning brush roll, but still qualifies as a quality upright vacuum thanks to its fully-sealed system with HEPA filtration and lift-away canister option.

Popcorn kernels sit inside the floor head of a vacuum The Spruce tested at The Lab, but does not recommend.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

Other Options We Tested

Shark WANDVAC Cordless Stick Vacuum: This vacuum came up short in nearly every category. It was best suited for picking up small debris on hard surface floors or low-pile carpet, but repeatedly leaked larger debris like popcorn kernels. The brush roll became tangled with the hair and we found popcorn kernels caught in the bristles, leaving our tester shaking the floor head. Overall, this model only earned a 2-star rating for cleaning effectiveness, which is the lowest of all the Shark vacuums we tested in The Lab. Another gripe was the small dustbin that opens too easily and during normal use. One-touch connection points do make the vac easy to convert to a handheld vacuum, but its battery life drops from 17 minutes to 8 minutes if you run the vacuum in boost mode, and it's quite difficult to maneuver.

How We Tested the Shark Vacuums

During our vacuum test, we tested 28 vacuums side-by-side in The Lab in Industry City, Brooklyn—seven of which were Shark picks. Our testers unboxed and set up each model first, timing how long it took to complete this process and how thorough the instructions were. From there, we put each pick through its paces, and evaluated its effectiveness on hardwood and three types of carpet. The vacuums were tasked with cleaning up measured amounts of hair, popcorn kernels, and a parent's constant companion: Cheerios. While testing, we noted how many passes were needed to clean up the materials, if any hair was tangled in the brush roll, and the vacuums' weight and portability.

In addition, we gathered insights on how well each pick transitioned from smooth floors to a carpet, and how long cordless models stayed charged. Our testers emptied dust bins, noting if the process was messy, as expected, or thrillingly simple. At home, additional vacuums were rated on the same attributes in real-world environments and situations. Our editors took all of the consistently applied testing data that was gathered at The Lab and at home, and boiled it down to the Shark vacuums we believe are the very best.

The Spruce's tester navigates the Shark Rocket Ultra Lightweight Corded Stick Vacuum through a living room obstacle course in The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

What to Look for in a Shark Vacuum

Type

Shark makes a variety of vacuum types including upright, stick, and handheld models. Choose the type of vacuum that fits your cleaning objectives and preferences. Upright vacuums typically offer the most suction and dust bin capacity, but stick vacuums are super convenient for daily cleaning and maintenance of floors. A Shark handheld vacuum is ideal for small cleaning tasks in the house or car, and takes up minimal storage space.

Corded vs. cordless

When shopping for a vacuum, the decision between a corded and cordless model depends on your specific needs and priorities. A corded vacuum offers an unlimited runtime and is a good choice for whole-house cleaning. Pay attention to the length of the cord to minimize how often you’ll need to stop and switch outlets, though. Most upright vacuums have 25 to 30-foot-long cords.

Cordless Shark vacuum cleaners offer major convenience, but are limited to shorter cleaning jobs since runtime is dependent on battery life. Most models will last between 10 and 40 minutes. But, take note: if you plan to use the vacuum cleaner on plush, high-pile carpet or use a higher setting, you’ll have a shorter runtime. 

Included accessories

Accessories shouldn’t be an afterthought when shopping for a Shark vacuum, since the right tools can help you complete your cleaning tasks more quickly and easily. Accessories typically include: a crevice tool for cleaning tighter spots around appliances, behind furniture, or in the car; a duster to gently grab dust from soft surfaces like lampshades and curtains; and a wand extension tool that'll help you reach spots above the floor. More specialized accessories, including a motorized pet brush and specialized floor brush for hardwood floors, may also be included with your vacuum. These can provide a more suitable clean in specific situations.

Standout Features

Washable filter

While some vacuums have filters that need regular replacement, a washable filter is both easy to maintain and minimizes the recurring expense of buying new filters. By regularly cleaning it, you can keep your vacuum operating at peak levels of suction and particle capture. Plus, you'll know that it's not being overworked. This feature is very handy for any household, but particularly one that's conscious of their environmental impact or sticking to a budget.

Self-cleaning brushroll

Anyone with long hair or substantial levels of pet hair understands the struggle that comes from a tangled brush roll. Instead of using scissors to clear hair wrapped around the brush roll, some new Shark vacuums are equipped with a self-cleaning brush roll that is designed to clear accumulated hair and pet fur without user intervention. It uses silicone fins to grab hair from the bristles as you clean.

Detachable canister

Some Shark vacuums are equipped with a detachable canister that adds "lift-away" functionality to the machine. This is useful if you want to do a lot of above-floor cleaning, such as removing dust or debris from stairs, ceilings, and upholstery. To make use of this feature, just remove the detachable pod, and carry the canister with you. Use the hose of the vacuum and the appropriate attachment to reach elevated areas of your home and clean them thoroughly.

You should keep in mind when shopping that Shark vacuums offer both powered and non-powered lift-away canisters. When it comes to powered lift-away canisters, you're able to use the motorized floor head with its spinning brush roll while in lift-away mode. 

Three Shark Navigator vacuums attempt to suck up Cheerios on a high-pile carpet during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

FAQ
  • How do you clean a Shark vacuum?

    To clean a Shark vacuum, empty the dust bin after each use. Additionally, you may choose to lightly tap excess dirt and debris from the filters into a garbage can. Re-install the filters and dust bin once you're done.

    Also, regularly inspect the brush roll for wrapped hair, string, or lodged debris and carefully remove any obstructions using scissors. According to Lessing, owners of Shark vacuums equipped with DuoClean® Technology should “hand wash the soft roller as needed (using only water) and let it air dry for 24 hours before use.” 

  • How do I clean a Shark vacuum filter?

    Most Shark vacuums have reusable filters that you can rinse under water (without soap). They'll need at least 24 hours to air dry completely, but afterwards you can re-install them. You'll know the filters are due for a cleaning when the airflow or suction decreases.

    All that said, read your Shark vacuum's user manual beforehand, to make sure your particular model has a rinsable filter. For Shark vacuums with washable filters, you will need to rinse the pre-motor filters every 30 days. Any household with pets or heavy dirt accumulation might need to rinse the filters more often. Washable HEPA filters only need to be rinsed every 12 months. 

  • How do you take apart a Shark vacuum?

    The specific instructions for disassembling a Shark vacuum will vary by model, but most models have a canister, floor head, hose, and wand. To efficiently take apart a Shark vacuum, consult the owner’s manual for the specific model to determine the best way to do so. Always make sure the vacuum is unplugged or removed from its charging stand before disassembly. 

    To disassemble a Shark vacuum cleaner, you typically start by unhooking the hose from the body of the vacuum. Then, you remove the wand assembly. Next, lay the vacuum on its back and use a screwdriver (or other tool as indicated in the owner’s manual) to open the floor head compartment and remove the brush roll. Once you have completed these steps, you can then inspect the pieces or deep clean your vacuum before reassembling it as indicated.

  • What is the typical lifespan of a Shark vacuum?

    Most Shark vacuums have a five-year warranty, which shows you about how long they're built to last. However, use and care factors will have a large impact on how long a vacuum sticks around in your home. Consumer Reports cites the average lifespan of a vacuum cleaner as being eight years.

    Lessing suggests the following tips for extending the life of your vacuum: “If you don’t have our Anti-Hair Wrap Technology, we suggest removing hair from brush rolls at least once a month or sooner if you notice some jamming. Cleaning your filter frequently can also help extend your vacuum’s lifespan.”

The Spruce's group of vacuum testers unbox and assemble several Shark vacuums while in The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

Why Trust The Spruce?

Erica Puisis has been a writer for The Spruce since 2017. She's an experienced product researcher with years of experience in covering large and small appliances. For this piece, she used in-depth research and evaluations on features, cleaning modes and accessories, in addition to the firsthand insights from our product testers at home and in The Lab, to inform her writing. She also conducted an interview with Danielle Lessing—VP of Global Product Development at SharkNinja—to learn more about the features of Shark vacuums.

Marisa Casciano is a senior commerce editor for The Spruce, and was in The Lab for the entirety of our vacuum test. She has first-hand knowledge of how our vacuum tests were both developed and performed, as well as where each product excelled or fell short. Before conducting lab testing, she scoured brand and retailer websites, and considered price, verified customer reviews, features, and design when selecting the vacuums to test. She also considered the latest technology, practicality, and real-life cleaning situations.

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