Shark AI Robot Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 12, 2021 at 07:16 am
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 best-suited for bare floors. It's well-built and delivers a fantastic battery performance. While it picks up most small debris on bare floors, large debris like cereal can get stuck in its intake when its dirt compartment is almost full. Pet hair also poses a challenge for this vacuum as it can get caught in its brushroll or intake opening on all surface types. Its performance on carpet is passable, too. That said, it has great maneuverability and you can use its companion app to control its features.

Our Verdict

7.0 Bare Floor

The Shark AI Robot is satisfactory for bare floors. This well-built vacuum can pick up small debris like rice without a problem. However, pet hair can get caught in the brushroll instead of getting sucked up. While it can pick up most large debris when its dirt compartment is empty, it has trouble clearing this debris as the compartment fills up. It also has demanding maintenance needs and some of its parts need replacing over time.

Pros
  • Great maneuverability.
  • Easily clears small debris.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Large debris can get caught in the vacuum's intake opening.
  • Pet hair gets caught in the brushroll.
  • A few parts require regular maintenance and replacement over time.
6.0 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark AI Robot is mediocre for low-pile carpet. It can pick up a fair amount of large debris such as sand, but it struggles to clear finer debris like baking soda. Pet hair can also cling to the brushroll rather than get sucked up, which is a little annoying. Unfortunately, although it's well-built, this vacuum requires a lot of regular maintenance. It also has high recurring costs.

Pros
  • Great maneuverability.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Struggles to pick up small debris and pet hair.
  • A few parts require regular maintenance and replacement over time.
6.0 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark AI Robot is passable for high-pile carpet. Small and large debris both pose a challenge to this vacuum and it struggles to pick up both materials. Pet hair can get stuck on the brushroll, too, rather than get sucked up. It has several regular maintenance needs and some of its parts have to be replaced over time. On the upside, it's well-built and has great maneuverability.

Pros
  • Great maneuverability.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Sub-par performance on this surface type.
  • A few parts require regular maintenance and replacement over time.
5.4 Pets

The Shark AI Robot is disappointing for cleaning pet hair. Hair can get caught in its brushroll and intake rather than getting fully sucked up. This vacuum also has demanding maintenance needs and high recurring costs. That said, it has a well-built design and can maneuver around a room effectively.

Pros
  • Great maneuverability.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in the brushroll.
  • A few parts require regular maintenance and replacement over time.
6.0 Stairs

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

5.8 Cars

The Shark AI Robot is a robot vacuum and can't be used 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

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Shark AI Robot has a good build quality. It's made of mostly hard plastic with a matte finish and a rubber swiveling wheel. The two drive wheels also have rubber treads. Overall, it feels sturdy and is very easy to assemble. However, the dustbin feels like it could break if dropped.

4.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Shark AI Robot is difficult to maintain as it has several parts that need regular maintenance. Luckily, most parts are easy to access.

  • Dust bin: You can remove this part by pressing its release button. There's an anti-tangle comb attached to the dustbin that can collect hair wraps so that you can remove this debris by hand. 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 found 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 for a deeper clean. Make sure you let it dry for 24 hours before using it again.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll can be cleaned by first removing the brushroll cover and then pulling out the brushroll. It needs occasional maintenance and you can pull off hair wraps or other debris as needed.
  • 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, but make sure to completely air dry them before using them again.
  • Drive wheels: The drive wheels and their housing should be cleaned periodically, as necessary. You should rotate the wheels while cleaning dirt and debris.
  • Front wheel: While it's very difficult to remove the wheel and you may need a tool to do so, it can be pulled out of its housing. 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 found on both the robot and its charging station. They should be cleaned regularly by dusting off the sensors and pads with a dry cloth.

5.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
XFRV2000WD
HEPA Filter Part Number
No HEPA Filter

This vacuum has a few recurring costs. On the upside, you can purchase these parts and additional accessories such as a replacement front wheel if damaged on Shark's website.

  • 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.

9.0
Design
Storing
Height
5.31 in (13.5 cm)
Width
12.40 in (31.5 cm)
Depth
14.76 in (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's dirt compartment has a mediocre size. It holds less debris than the Shark IQ Robot and doesn't have an indicator or sensor to let you know when it has reached its max capacity.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark AI Robot vacuum
  • Dust bin
  • 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's not 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 lasts up to 90 minutes. You can extend its battery performance to over 200 minutes by using it in its more conservative 'Eco' setting though. Unfortunately, it takes under four hours for it to fully recharge again, which is fairly long. Luckily, there are two lights on the vacuum's top surface to indicate its current 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: 'Eco', which is its energy-saving 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

The Shark AI Robot doesn't come with alternative configurations.

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 a good performance on bare floors. It can pick up small debris like rice without a problem, but its performance decreases when tackling large debris such as cereal. This debris can get stuck in the vacuum's intake and near the brushroll on the ground 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 really struggles to pick up small debris like baking soda and pet hair can cling to the brushroll and intake opening rather than getting 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 AI Robot 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 can clean under couches and tables as well as climb up on high-pile carpet. It can also go over shaggy, high-pile carpet, tassels, and electrical cords without getting stuck. However, it may decide that objects like tassels are objects to avoid, so 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 as well 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, too, 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 otherwise limited.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark AI Robot only comes in a 'Black' variant, and you can see its label here. If you come across another variant, 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 an alright overall performance. It has a similar build quality and maintenance needs as the Shark IQ Robot. However, it doesn't perform as well on carpet as the IQ Robot, which is a little disappointing. 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. 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

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. You can also remote control is via the SharkClean companion app, unlike the IQ Robot.

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, Shark has a companion app, which some users may prefer.

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.

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