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Shark AI Robot Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Dec 16, 2021 at 05:24 pm
Shark AI Robot Picture
7.0
Bare Floor
6.0
Low-Pile Carpet
6.0
High-Pile Carpet
5.4
Pets
6.0
Stairs
5.8
Cars
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

The Shark AI Robot is a robot vacuum with relatively advanced automation features. While its app isn't very intuitive, you can still use it to set different cleaning modes, schedule cleaning sessions, or create virtual boundary lines to prevent the vacuum from entering certain spaces. This vacuum also has fantastic battery performance and can maneuver itself quite effectively. However, it struggles with sucking up pet hair, and very bulky debris can get stuck in its suction inlet when its dirt compartment is almost full. Its overall performance on low and high-pile carpet is also only middling.

Our Verdict

7.0 Bare Floor

The Shark RV2001 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 to be cleaned regularly.
  • High recurring costs.
6.0 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark RV2001 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 to be cleaned regularly.
  • High recurring costs.
6.0 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark RV2001 is passable for vacuuming high-pile carpet. It struggles with fine and large 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 to be cleaned regularly.
  • High recurring costs.
5.4 Pets

The Shark RV2001 is disappointing for cleaning pet hair. 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. This vacuum also has many parts that need regular cleaning and incurs high recurring costs, though you can remove its brushroll to clear any tangled pet hair that might be stuck. Thankfully, it has a sturdy-feeling construction and can maneuver around a room effectively.

Pros
  • Great maneuverability.
  • Wide range of automation features.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in the brushroll.
  • Many parts need to be cleaned regularly.
  • No HEPA filter.
  • High recurring costs.
6.0 Stairs

The Shark RV2001 is a robot vacuum and isn't designed to clean stairs.

5.8 Cars

The Shark RV2001 is a robot vacuum, and you can't use it to clean inside your car.

  • 7.0 Bare Floor
  • 6.0 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.0 High-Pile Carpet
  • 5.4 Pets
  • 6.0 Stairs
  • 5.8 Cars
  1. Updated Jan 12, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 06, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Shark AI Robot RV2001 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.

4.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Shark AI Robot has many parts that need periodic cleaning, but thankfully they're easy to access.

  • Dustbin: You can 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. You can clean the bin by emptying the dust and debris into your garbage after each use.
  • 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 you should make sure to remove any tangled hair or stuck-on debris regularly.
  • Side brushes: The side brushes can be pulled out of their sockets. They should be checked weekly and cleaned 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 be hard, meaning you may need a tool for sufficient leverage. It should be cleaned periodically and taken 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. They should be cleaned regularly by dusting off the sensors and pads with a dry cloth.

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

5.0
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.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll should be replaced every six to 12 months, depending on your usage.
  • Side brushes: The side brushes should be replaced if bent or damaged.

These parts and additional accessories such as a replacement front wheel can be purchased on Shark's website.

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

The Shark AI Robot 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.

6.0
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.08 gal (0.30 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Shark AI Robot RV2001's dirt compartment has a mediocre size. 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
  • 4x Side brushes
  • Brushroll
  • Brusroll door
  • Charging dock
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

The Shark AI Robot has an unlimited range as long as it still has room in its dirt compartment and remaining battery life. However, 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

The Shark AI Robot has great portability. 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 Shark AI Robot's battery performance is fantastic. On 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 runtime to over 200 minutes, though it's worth noting that batter performance can vary in the real world. 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
Surface Type Adjustment
Manual

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.

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

The Shark AI Robot has two side brushes that help to push debris out of the vacuum's blindspot and into the path of its main brushroll.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Performance
7.7
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
64%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
94%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
53%
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)
99%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
95%
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
Setting Used "Normal"

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. It also struggles with pet hair, as it gets stuck on the brushroll and in the intake.

5.9
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
69%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
71%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
70%
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)
31%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
27%
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
Setting Used "Normal"

The Shark AI Robot's performance on low-pile carpet is sub-par. It struggles to pick up fine debris like baking soda. Pet hair can also cling to the brushroll and intake opening rather than get sucked up. On the upside, it can pick up large debris like sand more consistently.

5.8
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
42%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
43%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
34%
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)
37%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
35%
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
Setting Used "Normal"

The Shark AI Robot has middling performance on high-pile carpet. It struggles to clear small and large debris on this surface type. It picks up some pet hair, but some hair also sticks to the brushroll and intake opening instead of getting sucked up.

8.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Excellent
Under Low Table
Excellent
On Furniture
Not Possible
Rug With Tassel
Ok
Electric Cord
Ok

The Shark RV2001 has great maneuverability. It has a very thorough cleaning pattern by 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 up onto high-pile rugs. It can also go over rug tassels and electrical cords without getting stuck. However, it may decide that objects like tassels are objects to avoid, meaning it won't clean those areas.

Automation
8.7
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
Yes (App only)
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Schedule Programming
Yes
Boundary Markers
Yes
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
Yes
App Name
SharkClean

This vacuum has excellent automation features. Unlike the Shark IQ Robot, you can remote-pilot the vacuum through the SharkClean app. This app also allows you to check the 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. You can access firmware updates and let the robot map the home so that you can select which room it cleans. You can command it to clean or return to the dock, and if you don't know where it is, you can locate it. However, the app isn't very intuitive.

While you don't need an internet connection to use the robot, its features are limited if you use it offline.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark RV2001 is only available in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see its label here. You can also buy this vacuum with an external dustbin compatible with its self-emptying function or with a mopping attachment. However, since we haven't tested these variants, we can't confirm how they perform in comparison.

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 RV2001 is a robot vacuum with alright overall performance. It has a similar build quality and maintenance needs as the Shark IQ Robot, though it doesn't perform as well on carpets. Like most other robot vacuums, it also has high recurring costs. That said, it has a fantastic battery life, great maneuverability, and you can remote control the robot using the SharkClean companion app.

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 IQ Robot RV1001

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 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.

iRobot Roomba 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 function and hazard recognition capability.

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.

iRobot Roomba 694

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.

Shark IQ Robot AV992

The Shark AI Robot and the Shark IQ Robot AV992 have different strengths, and which you prefer depends on your needs. The AI Robot has a much better performance on bare surfaces since it doesn't struggle as much with bulky debris. It also has a better battery performance and offers more advanced automation features, like schedule programming for individual rooms. However, the AV992 delivers much better performance on high-pile carpets and is slightly better on low-pile carpets as well, so you may prefer it if you have a lot of carpets in your home.

Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S

The Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Shark ION Robot R76

The Shark AI Robot is better than the Shark ION Robot R76. 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 R76 clears more debris on bare floors and high-pile carpet, though the AI does do a better job on low-pile carpet.

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, is fitted with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, 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.

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.

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