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Shark AI Robot Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Review updated Mar 17, 2023 at 02:20 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Feb 21, 2023 at 04:16 pm
Shark AI Robot Picture
6.8
Bare Floor
6.5
Low-Pile Carpet
6.0
High-Pile Carpet
4.3
Pets
5.7
Stairs
4.7
Cars
4.1
Workshop

The Shark AI Robot is a robot vacuum with relatively advanced automation features. It sits near the middle of Shark's range of robot vacuums, with a relatively sophisticated laser navigation sensor that allows for smart pathing and object avoidance, features not found on the entry-level Shark ION Robot RV700 Series. However, unlike the newer Shark AI Ultra Robot, it doesn't have a LIDAR mapping sensor and isn't compatible with a self-emptying docking station.

Our Verdict

6.8 Bare Floor

The Shark AI Robot is a satisfactory option for bare floors. It can easily pick up small debris, but pet hair can get caught in the brushroll, and it has trouble clearing bulky debris as the dirt compartment fills up. It also has many parts that need regular cleaning or replacing, so recurring costs can add up over time.

Pros
  • Great maneuverability.
  • Easily clears small debris.
  • Fantastic battery performance.
  • Wide range of automation features.
Cons
  • Large debris can get caught in the vacuum's intake opening.
  • Pet hair gets caught in the brushroll.
  • Many parts need regular cleaning.
  • High recurring costs.
6.5 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark AI Robot is a mediocre option for low-pile carpet. It can pick up a fair amount of large debris, but it struggles to clear very fine debris. Pet hair can also cling to the brushroll rather than get sucked up. This vacuum also has many parts that need regular cleaning or replacing. Still, it feels well-built and does a great job maneuvering itself. It also has a wide range of automation features.

Pros
  • Great maneuverability.
  • Fantastic battery performance.
  • Wide range of automation features.
Cons
  • Struggles to pick up small debris and pet hair.
  • Many parts need regular cleaning.
  • High recurring costs.
6.0 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark AI Robot is passable for vacuuming high-pile carpet. It does a mediocre job handling solid debris, while pet hair can get stuck on its brushroll. Also, there are quite a few parts that need regular cleaning. On the upside, it's well-built and has great maneuverability. Using its companion app also grants you access to a fairly wide variety of automation functions, though it's worth noting that the app isn't especially user-friendly.

Pros
  • Great maneuverability.
  • Fantastic battery performance.
  • Wide range of automation features.
Cons
  • Sub-par overall performance on high-pile carpet.
  • Many parts need regular cleaning.
  • High recurring costs.
4.3 Pets

The Shark AI Robot is a poor choice for pet owners. Regardless of the surface it's on, pet hair tends to get stuck to its brushroll instead of being sucked into its dirt compartment. It doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter either, with some fine allergens like pet dander escaping from its exhaust. This vacuum also has many parts that need regular cleaning and incurs high recurring costs. Thankfully, it feels pretty sturdy and operates pretty quietly, which is good if your pet is sensitive to loud noises.

Pros
  • Great maneuverability.
  • Wide range of automation features.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in the brushroll.
  • Many parts need regular cleaning.
  • No HEPA filter.
  • High recurring costs.
5.7 Stairs

The Shark AI Robot is a robot vacuum and isn't designed to clean stairs.

4.7 Cars

The Shark AI Robot is a robot vacuum; you can't use it to clean inside your car.

4.1 Workshop

The Shark AI Robot is a robot vacuum and isn't suitable for workshop cleaning.

  • 6.8 Bare Floor
  • 6.5 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.0 High-Pile Carpet
  • 4.3 Pets
  • 5.7 Stairs
  • 4.7 Cars
  • 4.1 Workshop
  1. Updated Mar 17, 2023: We've updated the text in the review to account for the new tests and scoring methodology in Vacuum Test Bench 1.0 and Vacuum Test Bench 1.1.
  2. Updated Feb 21, 2023: We've changed the full product name to 'Shark AI Robot' in order for the review to encompass all model variants. We've also added the AV2001 variant to the 'Differences Between Variants' section.
  3. Updated Aug 03, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  4. Updated Apr 29, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated Dec 16, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  6. Updated Jan 12, 2021: Review published.
  7. Updated Jan 06, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are two variants of the Shark AI Robot, though they only differ in terms of included accessories, and we don't expect there to be any notable differences in performance. We tested the RV2001 model, and you can see its label here.

Model Code Included Accessories Color Notes
AV2001 4x side brushes, 1x filter Grey Updated version of the RV1001
RV2001 4x side brushes, 2x filters Black/Silver  

If you come across another variant of this vacuum that hasn't been mentioned, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update this review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark AI Robot is a robot vacuum with alright overall performance, sitting squarely in the middle of the vacuum market. Its laser mapping system results in much better maneuverability and faster room mapping than entry-level random-pathing models, which move around your home by bouncing off walls and obstacles. However, it's a little lacking in features compared to newer models with faster LIDAR mapping, compatibility with self-emptying base stations, and, in some cases, mopping attachments.

If you're looking for an alternative, check out our recommendations for the best robot vacuums, the best robot vacuums for carpet, and the best robot vacuums for pet hair.

Shark AI Ultra Robot [AV2501AE, AV2501S, AV2511AE, RV2502AE]

The Shark AI Ultra Robot is better than the Shark AI Robot. The AI Ultra is self-emptying compatible, does a better job of clearing debris from cracks, performs better on bare floors, has an easier time dealing with pet hair, and has a LIDAR mapping system, which allows for quicker room mapping, even in the dark. Conversely, the AI Robot has fewer parts needing regular cleaning, incurs lower recurring costs, and offers better overall coverage despite its simpler navigation system, as it won't identify everyday objects as hazards to avoid.

iRobot Roomba j7/j7+

The Shark AI Robot and iRobot Roomba j7 each have strengths, so one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Shark incurs lower recurring costs, has a longer maximum battery life, and delivers superior performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the iRobot charges much faster, feels better built, clears more debris on high-pile carpet, maneuvers itself more effectively, and has more advanced automation capabilities, most notably its self-emptying compatibility and hazard recognition feature.

Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty

The Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty and Shark AI Robot both have advantages, meaning one may suit you better depending on your own needs. The EZ has a much greater dirt compartment capacity because of its external dustbin and delivers superior performance on low and high-pile carpet, especially when dealing with pet hair. Meanwhile, the AI incurs fewer recurring costs, has fewer parts that need regular cleaning, and maneuvers over obstructions like electrical cords with less difficulty. In addition, you can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines that the AI won't cross.

iRobot Roomba i8+

The iRobot Roomba i8+ is better than the Shark AI Robot. The iRobot is better-built, easier to maintain, does a bettre job of handling pet hair, and has a significantly better companion app. It also comes with a self-emptying dock that reduces hands-on maintenance requirements and an automatic surface detection system. That said, the Shark has a longer maximum battery life.

Shark IQ Robot

The Shark IQ Robot is a better robot vacuum than the Shark AI Robot. While both robot vacuums are well-built, the IQ Robot has superior overall performance on all surface types. However, the AI Robot has fewer recurring costs and has better maneuverability as well as longer battery life.

iRobot Roomba i3

The iRobot Roomba i3 is a better vacuum than the Shark AI Robot. They perform fairly similarly overall, but the iRobot does a much better job on bare surfaces and high-pile carpets. It's also better built and has an automatic dirt disposal feature. On the other hand, the Shark has a better performance on low-pile carpets and lower recurring costs.

Shark ION Robot RV700 Series [RV750, RV761]

The Shark AI Robot is better than the Shark ION Robot RV700 Series. The AI feels better-built, incurs lower recurring costs, and maneuvers itself far more effectively. Its more sophisticated mapping system lets you set up virtual boundary markers to keep it out of certain areas. Meanwhile, the RV700 Series clears more debris on bare floors and high-pile carpet, though the AI does do a better job on low-pile carpet.

Roborock Q5/Q5+

The Roborock Q5 is better than the Shark AI Robot. The Roborock can be bundled with a self-emptying dock that reduces hands-on maintenance requirements, has an automatic surface adjustment feature, and does a better job of handling pet hair. The Mi Home app is also far more intuitive than the SharkClean app and has a broader range of features, including manual directional control as well as 3D map viewing.

iRobot Roomba 694 [690, 692]

The Shark AI Robot and iRobot Roomba 694 each have advantages, so one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Shark has a longer battery life, maneuvers itself more effectively, has a wider array of automation features, and clears more debris on low-pile carpet. However, the iRobot feels better-built, has fewer parts requiring regular maintenance, charges much faster, and is slightly more effective on high-pile carpet.

Roborock S7

The Roborock S7 is better for more uses than the Shark AI Robot. The Roborock is better-built, has fewer parts requiring regular maintenance, has a larger dustbin, and clears more debris across all surface types. Unlike this variant of the Shark, the Roborock also comes with a mopping attachment for bare floors.

iRobot Roomba S9

The iRobot Roomba S9 is better than the Shark AI Robot. The iRobot is better-built, has fewer parts requiring regular maintenance, charges much faster, has an automatic surface detection system, maneuvers itself more effectively, and clears more debris on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet. Conversely, the Shark incurs lower recurring costs and has a longer maximum battery life.

Roborock S7 MaxV

The Roborock S7 MaxV is a much better robot vacuum than the Shark AI Robot, though that isn't overly surprising given the substantial price discrepancy between the two. The Roborock has a more advanced dual-sensor navigation system, which allows it to map out its coverage area and spot low obstacles. It also features an ultrasonic mopping system that's impressively effective in scrubbing away stains, not to mention a far more potent suction motor, resulting in better debris pickup. Lastly, the Roborock is fully compatible with the brand's Empty Wash Fill Dock, which automatically empties the vacuum's dustbin, refills its water tank, and washes its mopping pads, making for a mostly hands-off ownership experience.

iRobot Roomba i7

The iRobot Roomba i7 is a better robot vacuum than the Shark AI Robot. The iRobot is better-built, easier to maintain, and can automatically empty its dust bin into a larger external dirt compartment. It also performs significantly better on low and high-pile carpet and has better maneuverability. However, the Shark has fewer recurring costs, and its battery performance is better. It also does a better job on bare floors and comes with a remote control.

Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series

The Shark AI Robot and the Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series have different strengths, and which you prefer depends on your needs. The AI Robot has better battery performance and offers more advanced automation features, like schedule programming for individual rooms. However, the AV992 delivers much better performance on bare floors.

Roborock S6 MaxV

The Roborock S6 MaxV is better for most purposes than the Shark AI Robot. The Roborock delivers better performance on bare floors and high-pile carpets. It can automatically adjust its suction power when cleaning carpets and has a unique 'Reactive AI' feature for detecting and avoiding obstacles. However, the Shark has a longer maximum battery life and recharges more quickly. It also delivers better performance on low-pile carpets.

iRobot Roomba 960

The iRobot Roomba 960 is a better robot vacuum than the Shark AI Robot. The iRobot feels better built and offers better performance on all surface types. It also has better maneuverability. However, the Shark has longer maximum battery life.

iRobot Roomba 675

The Shark AI Robot is better than the iRobot Roomba 675. The Shark has a more advanced navigation system that allows for room mapping and smart-pathing. It also incurs lower costs of ownership than the iRobot, has a larger dustbin, lasts longer on a charge, and does a better job of maneuvering itself. On the other hand, the iRobot feels slightly sturdier, recharges a lot faster, and does a better job of dealing with debris in cracks, like grout lines on a tile floor.

iRobot Roomba E5

The iRobot Roomba E5 and Shark AI Robot both have advantages, so one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The iRobot is better-built, has fewer parts that need regular cleaning, has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, and performs slightly better on carpeted surfaces. Conversely, the Shark has a wider array of automation features, maneuvers itself more effectively, clears more debris on bare floors, and incurs lower recurring costs. It also has a much longer battery life, though the iRobot charges substantially faster.

Wyze Robot Vacuum

The Wyze Robot Vacuum is better than the Shark AI Robot. The Wyze's LIDAR mapping sensor allows for quicker, more precise room mapping and has a considerably better companion app, though the Shark does offer a similarly broad suite of automation features, like support for no-go zones. The Wyze also feels better built, is more effective in clearing away pet hair, and is easier to maintain. However, the Shark has a larger dustbin and a longer battery life.

Roborock S4 Max

The Roborock S4 Max is better than the Shark AI Robot. The Roborock feels better-built, has fewer parts requiring regular maintenance, has a much larger dustbin, and performs notably better on bare floors and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Shark charges faster.

iRobot Roomba 981

The iRobot Roomba 981 is a better robot vacuum than the Shark AI Robot. The iRobot feels better built and is easier to maintain. It also performs better on all surface types and has superior maneuverability. However, the Shark has a longer battery life, and you can set boundary markers for it via its companion app.

Neato Botvac D7

The Neato Botvac D7 is a better robot vacuum than the Shark AI Robot. The Neato is better-built, significantly easier to maintain, and has better performance on all surface types. However, the Shark has fewer recurring costs and has better maneuverability.

Roborock S4

The Roborock S4 and the Shark AI Robot have different strengths, and depending on your preferences, you may prefer one over the other. The Roborock is better-built, easier to maintain, and has a significantly better performance on bare floors. However, the Shark can climb onto high-pile carpet to clean it, though it still has sub-par performance on this surface type.

Roborock S6

The Roborock S6 is a better robot vacuum than the Shark AI Robot. The Roborock is better-built, easier to maintain, and has a mopping feature, although we don't currently test it. It also offers better performance on all surface types. However, the Shark has a slightly better battery performance.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality
Vacuum Type
Robot

The Shark AI Robot feels well-built. Its hard plastic construction has a matte finish, and its main drive wheels have rubber treads. It has a fairly premium appearance and feels quite sturdy overall, though its clear plastic dustbin is a little fragile.

Out-of-the-box assembly is quite simple, requiring only that you snap its two side brushes into place and plug in its docking station.

4.5
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum has many parts that need periodic cleaning.

  • Dustbin: You can easily remove this part by pressing its release button. An anti-tangle comb is attached to the dustbin to collect any hair that might get sucked in, reducing the chances of hair clogging up the vacuum. However, this plastic comb does take up quite a bit of space and makes it hard to completely clean every last nook and cranny of the dustbin, even after you've emptied it over a trash bin.
  • Pre-motor filter: The pre-motor filter is located inside the dirt compartment and can be pulled out by its release tabs. You can tap this part over your garbage to dislodge dirt and dust after each use. You can also rinse it with water once a month if needed.
  • Brushroll: You need to remove the brushroll cover underneath the vacuum to access this part. No specific maintenance interval is given by the manufacturer, but make sure to remove any tangled hair or stuck-on debris regularly. The fins on the brushroll aren't especially effective in preventing hair from getting tangled around it, and you'll still probably need to cut away some longer strands with a pair of scissors.
  • Side brushes: You can pull the side brushes out of their sockets without the need for any tools. You should check them weekly and clean them as needed by removing hair or debris. You can also wipe them with a damp cloth.
  • Drive wheels: The drive wheels and their housing needs periodic cleaning, as necessary. You should rotate the wheels while cleaning dirt and debris.
  • Front wheel: You can pull the front wheel from its housing, but this can take quite a bit of effort, so you'll probably need a pair of pliers. You should clean it periodically and take it out of its housing to clear it of debris.
  • Sensors and charging pads: The sensors and charging pads are on both the robot and its charging station. You should clean them regularly by dusting off the sensors and pads with a dry cloth.

Any part you can rinse under water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before being reinstalled.

6.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number XFRV2000WD
HEPA Filter Part Number No HEPA Filter

This vacuum incurs many recurring costs.

  • Pre-motor filter: There isn't a specified replacement time for this filter, as it's washable. However, the manual specifies that you should check the manufacturer's website for replacements if necessary. You can buy a replacement from Shark's website here.
  • Brushroll: You should replace the brushroll every six to 12 months, depending on your usage. You can buy a replacement from Shark's website here.
  • Side brushes: You should replace the side brushes if bent or damaged. You can buy a four-pack of replacements from Shark's website here.

A replenishment kit is also available and comes with:

  • 1x Filter
  • 1x Brushroll
  • 4x Side brushes

9.0
Design
Storing
Height
5.31" (13.5 cm)
Width
12.40" (31.5 cm)
Depth
14.76" (37.5 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

This vacuum is outstandingly easy to store. It can dock itself to its charging station, which doesn't take up much space. While the robot is a bit taller than the Shark IQ robot, it's still pretty compact.

6.2
Design
Dirt Compartment
Bagless
Yes
Volume
0.08 gal (0.30 L)
Full Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The dirt compartment is somewhat small. It holds less debris than the Shark IQ Robot and doesn't have a visible indicator to let you know how full it is.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark AI Robot vacuum
  • Dustbin
  • 2x Filters (1x Filter included with AV2001 model)
  • 4x Side brushes
  • Brushroll
  • Brushroll door
  • Charging dock
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cordless
Yes
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
N/A
Maximum Wand Length
N/A
Total Range
N/A

The range is limited only by the room left in its dirt compartment and the remaining battery life. However, like any robot vacuum, it can't go up or down stairs.

8.0
Design
Portability
Total Weight
6.97 lbs (3.16 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

This vacuum is pretty portable. It isn't very heavy, but it doesn't have a carrying handle to make it easier to carry from one room to another.

9.3
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
90 min
Maximum Battery Life
203 min
Recharge Time
232 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The battery performance is fantastic. In its high-suction 'Max' setting, it provides roughly 90 minutes of continuous runtime. Using it in its more energy-efficient 'Eco' suction power setting extends its maximum runtime to over 200 minutes, though it's worth noting that you're unlikely to reach this number unless you only use the vacuum to clean very lightweight debris on flat, even surfaces. Whenever you turn the vacuum on, it defaults to its 'Normal' suction power setting, and you have to choose either the 'Eco' or 'Max' modes at the start of every cleaning session. This vacuum also takes approximately four hours to fully recharge, which is fairly long. Luckily, there are two lights on the vacuum's top surface to indicate its battery status. They both start as white when the vacuum is at full charge, and one light turns off when you're at a partial charge. When the remaining light turns red, the vacuum is at a low charge. Otherwise, the lights alternate flashing white when charging, and are both become solid white when fully charged.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
Yes
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Head Surface Type Adjustment
None

The Shark AI Robot has a few quality-of-life features. It has three power settings: its energy-saving 'Eco' mode, its default 'Normal' mode, and its high-power 'Max' mode. If you want to adjust these settings, you have to set them in the app for each job you run. Unlike some other robot vacuums, like the iRobot Roomba i3, it isn't capable of automatically adjusting its suction power to match the surface it's on.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
No
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

This vacuum has two single-armed side brushes that help to push debris out of the vacuum's blindspot and into the path of its main brushroll. Two extra side brushes are included with the vacuum.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No
Performance
7.6
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Normal"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 85%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 45%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 98%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 99%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The Shark AI Robot has good performance on bare floors. It can pick up small debris like rice without a problem. However, its performance decreases when tackling bulky debris such as cereal, which can get stuck in the vacuum's intake and near the brushroll on the ground, especially when its dirt compartment is mostly full.

5.9
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Normal"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 65%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 60%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 35%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 34%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

Performance on low-pile carpet is sub-par. It struggles to pick up fine debris like baking soda. It also only does a mediocre job of handling larger debris like sand.

6.4
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Normal"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 54%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 51%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 29%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 28%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

Performance on high-pile carpet is middling. The vacuum has a really hard time dealing with fine debris like baking soda on this surface type and will take multiple passes to clear away larger debris like sand.

5.9
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
77%
Low-Pile Carpet
61%
High-Pile Carpet
56%

Pet hair pickup performance on bare floors, as well as low and high-pile carpet, is sub-par. Pet hair tends to get wrapped around the vacuum's brushroll instead of being sucked into its dirt compartment.

0
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.01 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "Max"(App)
Normal Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.00 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Normal" (App)
Hose Diameter
N/A

This vacuum's real-world suction performance isn't very strong, especially compared to most conventional manually-operated vacuums. Its suction inlet is positioned too high above the contact surface to generate a tight seal on bare surfaces.

9.1
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
63.6 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
64.8 dBA

This vacuum is pretty quiet. It's louder than the Shark AI Ultra Robot, but not by a significant degree, and you'll still understand what people nearby are saying, even with the vacuum running in the same room.

8.0
Performance
Maneuverability

This vacuum has great maneuverability. It has a very thorough cleaning pattern starting with the perimeter and then doing a row-by-row pattern across rooms. It's small enough to clean under couches and tables and can climb onto high-pile rugs. It can also go over rug tassels and electrical cords without getting stuck. While its navigational system doesn't map as fast as the Shark AI Ultra Robot's LIDAR sensor, it does a better job of cleaning under couches and tables since it doesn't have a sensor protruding above its top cover. However, it may decide that objects like tassels are objects to avoid, meaning it won't clean those areas.

0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test
Performance
Air Quality
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

This vacuum's allergen-sealing performance is middling. The lack of a post-motor HEPA filter means that some allergens can escape from the vacuum's exhaust.

4.0
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

This vacuum performs pretty badly when dealing with debris in cracks and crevices. It doesn't have the necessary power to draw out debris from deeper crevices, and its side brushes and wheels tend to fling out finer material packed into shallower cracks rather than help pick it up. Using the vacuum in its 'Max' suction mode doesn't result in any noticeable jump in performance.

1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The Shark AI Robot has no impact on stains. This vacuum lacks a mopping feature that would allow it to saturate and scrub away dried-on dirt and debris.

0
Performance
Water
Wet Compatible
No
Water Pickup Post Test
Automation
6.3
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
Smart
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
No
Navigation Control Buttons
Return to Base Only

This vacuum has a somewhat limited set of physical automation features, with functionality being pretty limited if you don't use the SharkClean app. Unlike the Shark AI Ultra Robot, it isn't compatible with a self-emptying dock. It also only has two physical control buttons; one initiates a cleaning session for its immediate area, and the other sends the vacuum back to its dock.

7.0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
SharkClean
iOS Availability
Yes
Android Availability
Yes
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
Yes
App Scheduled Start
Yes
App Cycle Control
Yes
Navigation Control within App
No

The SharkClean app offers a decent array of features, though it isn't especially intuitive or smooth. You can use it to check battery life, set different cleaning modes, schedule cleaning times or see the cleaning history, and create virtual boundaries to prevent it from entering certain rooms where it's likely to get stuck or knock over something fragile. After the vacuum has mapped your home, you can also direct it to specific rooms.