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Shark Cordless Pet Plus Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Oct 25, 2022 at 12:01 pm
Shark Cordless Pet Plus Picture
7.8
Bare Floor
7.5
Low-Pile Carpet
7.8
High-Pile Carpet
7.3
Pets
8.0
Stairs
7.0
Cars
4.8
Workshop
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes
Wet Compatible
No

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is a cordless vacuum that sits close to the bottom of the manufacturer's extensive lineup of stick models. It's very similar in design to the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power but uses a smaller capacity battery and a slightly more limited set of attachments. Otherwise, it shares many of the same features as other models in the lineup, with a self-cleaning brushroll, a high-capacity dustbin, and HEPA filtration.

Our Verdict

7.8 Bare Floor

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is very good for bare floors. It easily clears away pet hair as well as small and bulky debris on hard surfaces. It isn't especially hard to clean, and its bagless design and washable filters result in minimal recurring costs. However, it's on the bulkier side for a stick vacuum and can be a bit of a hassle to maneuver in cluttered environments.

Pros
  • Fantastic performance on bare floors.
  • High-capacity dustbin.
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Relatively few maintenance requirements.
Cons
  • Bulky for a stick vacuum.
  • Unimpressive battery life.
7.5 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is a good option for cleaning low-pile carpet. It has no trouble dealing with pet hair on this surface, but you'll probably need to make an extra pass or two to fully clear away large and fine debris. It's decently well-built, incurs minimal ownership costs, and is somewhat easy to maintain. However, its battery life is on the short end of the scale, and it's somewhat bulky for a vacuum of this type.

Pros
  • High-capacity dustbin.
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Relatively few maintenance requirements.
Cons
  • Bulky for a stick vacuum.
  • Unimpressive battery life.
7.8 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is very well-suited to vacuuming high-pile carpet. While its floorhead can get tangled on shag-pile carpeting, it can manage lower-pile carpeting without too much trouble, where it's effective in clearing away pet hair as well as large and fine debris. On the downside, battery performance lags behind that of newer cordless vacuums.

Pros
  • High-capacity dustbin.
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Relatively few maintenance requirements.
  • Strong debris-pickup performance on high-pile carpet.
Cons
  • Bulky for a stick vacuum.
  • Unimpressive battery life.
7.3 Pets

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is a decent option for pet owners. It's very effective in clearing away pet hair from a wide variety of floor types, and while it doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush attachment, its upholstery tool is very effective for clearing away pet hair on fabric-lined furniture. Its onboard HEPA filter is also very effective at sealing in allergens. Unfortunately, while its brushroll is self-cleaning, it isn't designed to be removable, and as a consequence, it's a bit of a hassle to clear away any remaining fibers.

Pros
  • On-board HEPA filter.
  • Easily clears away pet hair.
  • Relatively few maintenance requirements.
Cons
  • Non-removable brushroll.
  • Can't clear away liquid spills.
  • No miniature turbo brush tool.
8.0 Stairs

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is great for vacuuming stairs. While it's on the heavy side for a stick vacuum, it's still pretty lightweight compared to most conventional canister and upright vacuums. Since it's cordless, you won't have to worry about tripping over a power cord while climbing and descending staircases.

Pros
  • Fantastic performance on bare floors.
  • Cordless design.
Cons
  • No miniature turbo brush tool.
7.0 Cars

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is decent for car cleaning. Its cordless design ensures you can reach every part of your car's interior without parking near an outlet or dealing with a power cable. It doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush, but it does have an upholstery tool, crevice tool, and soft-bristle brush for cleaning delicate surfaces. Unfortunately, this vacuum is somewhat bulky for a stick model, and you might find it a little tricky to clean tight recesses.

Pros
  • High-capacity dustbin.
  • Cordless design.
Cons
  • Bulky for a stick vacuum.
  • No miniature turbo brush tool.
4.8 Workshop

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is a poor fit for workshop cleaning, though that isn't what it's designed for. Its real-world suction performance is unimpressive; it isn't designed to clear away liquid spills, and using it to clean up workshop debris like metal or wood shavings is likely to result in damage.

Pros
  • Fantastic performance on bare floors.
  • High-capacity dustbin.
Cons
  • Unimpressive battery life.
  • Can't clear away liquid spills.
  • Weak suction force at floorhead.
  • 7.8 Bare Floor
  • 7.5 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.8 High-Pile Carpet
  • 7.3 Pets
  • 8.0 Stairs
  • 7.0 Cars
  • 4.8 Workshop
  1. Updated Nov 14, 2022: Added a link to the Tineco PWRHERO 11 in the 'Suction' section to provide an example of an alternative that exerts a stronger real-world suction force.
  2. Updated Oct 25, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated Oct 20, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark IZ361H is only available in a single color variant: 'Blue', and you can see its label here.

If you come across another variant of this vacuum, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark Cordless Pet is one of many Shark cordless stick vacuums. Compared to its closest analogue, the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power, it uses a smaller capacity battery, though debris pickup performance is remarkably similar. Otherwise, this vacuum differs little from other models in Shark's lineup and shares many of the same strengths and weaknesses: a high-capacity dustbin, HEPA filtration, but also a relatively bulky, heavy design and a non-removable brushroll that can be a nuisance to clean.

If you're looking for an alternative, check out our list of recommendations for the best cordless stick vacuums, the best cordless vacuums, and the best cordless vacuums for pet hair.

Dyson V8

The Dyson V8 is better than the Shark Cordless Pet Plus for most uses. The Dyson takes up less room while in use, weighs a lot less, is easier to maneuver, comes with a wider array of attachments, and exerts a stronger suction force at its floorhead, enabling it to clear away debris in cracks and crevices with less effort. On the other hand, the Shark has a larger dustbin, charges a lot faster, and feels sturdier.

Dyson Cyclone V10

The Dyson Cyclone V10 is better than the Shark Cordless Pet Plus for most uses. The Dyson weighs considerably less, is easier to maneuver, lasts longer on a charge, has a removable brushroll that's easy to clean, and comes with a wider array of attachments. It also exerts a stronger suction force, resulting in superior crevice-cleaning performance. However, the Shark feels sturdier, has a larger dirt compartment, and does a better job of picking up debris on high-pile carpet.

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson V15 Detect is better than the Shark Cordless Pet Plus. The Dyson is lighter, more maneuverable, has a wider variety of attachments, and has a longer battery life. It also has a more powerful suction motor, resulting in superior deep-cleaning performance across a variety of surfaces. Meanwhile, the Shark feels fractionally sturdier and has a higher-capacity dustbin.

Samsung Jet 60

The Samsung Jet 60 Pet is better than the Shark Cordless Pet Plus for most uses. The Samsung weighs considerably less, is easier to maneuver, charges faster, and comes with a miniature turbo brush attachment as well as a wall-mount rack station with storage for two of its included attachments. It also exerts a stronger suction force through its floorhead and does a better job of clearing away debris on carpeted floors. However, the Shark feels sturdier and has a larger dustbin.

Dyson V11

The Dyson V11 is better than the Shark Cordless Pet Plus. The Dyson takes up less room, has a much longer battery life, comes with a wider array of attachments, has a substantially more powerful suction motor, and is easier to maneuver. However, the Shark has a higher-capacity dustbin and feels a little bit sturdier.

LG CordZero A9 A916BM

The LG CordZero A9 A916BM is better than the Shark Cordless Pet Plus. The LG is considerably lighter, has fewer parts that need to be cleaned periodically, takes up a little less room when not in use, comes with a highly effective miniature turbo brush attachment, and delivers better debris pickup performance on most surfaces. It also comes with a second battery, yielding a longer maximum runtime as long as you start with a full charge for both packs. On the other hand, the Shark feels a little sturdier and has a higher-capacity dustbin.

Shark Vertex Pro

The Shark Vertex Pro is better than the Shark Cordless Pet Plus. The Vertex has a higher-capacity battery, which results in a much longer runtime, an LED display to inform you of the battery's charge level and the selected surface and suction modes, and exerts a stronger suction force. Unlike the Cordless Pet Plus, it also has a dual-roller floorhead that allows for superior crack-cleaning performance and a flexible wand, making it a lot easier to clean under most tables and chairs.

Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power

The Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power is slightly better than the Shark Cordless Pet Plus, though both vacuums are almost identical in terms of design. The main differences between the two come down to the Anti-Allergen's higher-capacity battery pack, which takes longer to recharge but yields a longer battery life, and the inclusion of a clip-on soft-bristle brush for its upholstery tool as well as a dedicated hard-bristle brush for cleaning stubborn messes.

Tineco PWRHERO 11

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is better than the Shark Cordless Pet Plus. The Tineco weighs a lot less, has fewer parts needing regular cleaning, takes up less room when not in use, and offers stronger real-world suction force, making it more effective in drawing away debris embedded in carpets or shallow cracks and crevices. Meanwhile, the Shark has a larger dustbin that won't need emptying as often. Despite its bulkier design, it's also a little easier to maneuver than the Tineco.

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Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is decently well-built. It's practically identical to the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power in terms of design, with a bottom-mounted dustbin running parallel to its wand. It's made mainly from plastic, with a motor unit encased in glossy-finish plastic and the wand being made of lightweight metal. It feels relatively sturdy for the most part, though its clear plastic dirt compartment is a tad fragile. Thankfully, it's very easy to take apart and reassemble, with most of its components attaching via easy-clip mechanisms.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is fairly easy to maintain.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment can be removed by pressing its release latch on its right side, which allows you to lever it out of its socket. A separate button opens the bottom cover, meaning you can dump any accumulated debris. You should empty it whenever you notice that it's full. You can wash it with water whenever necessary.
  • Lint screen: The lint screen is inside the dirt compartment, and you can clean it whenever necessary by taking out trapped debris by hand, but you can't remove it.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll isn't removable, but you can still access it by using a coin to undo three plastic locks holding the brushroll cover in place. The manufacturer advertises the brushroll to be self-cleaning, and they advise running the vacuum in its carpet mode on a hard surface to clear away any tangled hair. Clearing any remaining hair by hand can be a bit of a nuisance, however.
  • Pre-motor filter: You'll need to remove the dirt compartment to access the foam and felt pre-motor filters, but they can just be pulled out of their slot. You should regularly rinse both to maintain suction power and wash them with cold water once a month.
  • Post-motor HEPA filter: The post-motor HEPA filter is located inside the dirt compartment. You should wash this part once a year with cold water.

Any part that's washed with water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before using it again.

8.5
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number 617FJ140
HEPA Filter Part Number XHF161H

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus incurs very low recurring costs.

  • Pre-motor filters: The foam and felt pre-motor filters won't need replacing if they're well-maintained, but you can buy them as a single kit from Shark's website if necessary.
  • Post-motor HEPA filter: You won't need to replace the HEPA filter if it's maintained according to manufacturer specifications. Still, you can purchase a replacement from Shark's website if necessary.

6.5
Design
Storing
Height
33.27" (84.5 cm)
Width
10.24" (26.0 cm)
Depth
9.06" (23.0 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus isn't especially hard to store. You can dismount its canister body and slot it lower down the wand to minimize its vertical footprint when not in use. Unfortunately, there's no rack or onboard storage for the included attachments, so you'll have to stow them away elsewhere.

7.6
Design
Dirt Compartment
Bagless
Yes
Volume
0.20 gal (0.75 L)
Full Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus has a relatively large dirt compartment, especially for a handheld vacuum. You won't need to empty its dustbin very often when compared to a similarly-priced model with a smaller dustbin, like the Tineco PURE ONE X Tango.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark Cordless Pet motor unit/body
  • Vacuum head
  • Vacuum wand
  • Brushroll cover
  • Dirt compartment
  • Felt pre-motor filter (with pink tab)
  • Foam pre-motor filter
  • Post-motor HEPA filter
  • Recharge cable
  • Battery
  • Crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Anti-Allergen dust brush
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cordless
Yes
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
1.35 ft (0.41 m)
Maximum Wand Length
3.35 ft (1.02 m)
Total Range
N/A

The Shark IZ361H's range is limited only by the remaining battery life and the room left in its dirt compartment.

7.7
Design
Portability
Total Weight
7.63 lbs (3.46 kg)
Weight In Hand
4.03 lbs (1.83 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is pretty portable, though it's still on the heavier side for a cordless stick vacuum. Compared to a lighter stick vacuum like the Samsung Jet 60 Pet, you might feel fatigue after using it for an extended period.

7.2
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
14 min
Maximum Battery Life
41 min
Recharge Time
169 min
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus has decent battery performance. It uses the same 1900 mAh battery as the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with Multiflex IZ163H, rather than the higher capacity 2450 mAh pack found on the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power. It yields a shorter max runtime of about 40 minutes when used in its bare floor mode with no attachments, compared to the latter's max runtime of almost an hour, but it does recharge a lot faster. Using it in its 'MAX' power mode drains its battery in about 15 minutes, making it best-suited for quick clean-ups. You can keep tabs on the remaining runtime via the trio of LED indicator lights on the battery, which turn off one by one as the charge level decreases.

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

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus has a couple of quality-of-life features. The slider on top of the grab handle allows you to switch between 'Hard Floor' and 'Carpet' modes, which decrease and increase the rotational speed of the brushroll, respectively. Pulling and holding the trigger inside the handle activates the vacuum's 'MAX' power setting for cleaning stubborn debris.

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

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus comes with a couple of attachments. There's a crevice tool for cleaning tight spots, an upholstery tool for cleaning furniture, and its Anti-Allergen Dust Brush, which has a set of soft bristles to clear away dust from delicate surfaces.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No

You can use the Shark Cordless Pet Plus as a handheld by detaching the primary body from the wand and floorhead.

Performance
9.3
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Bare Floor", "MAX" Trigger Pulled
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 98%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 94%
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) 100%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 98%
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 Cordless Pet Plus performs superbly on bare floors when used in its bare floor setting with the 'MAX' suction trigger pulled. It easily clears away small debris like rice and bulkier material like cereal.

6.8
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Carpet", "MAX" Trigger Pulled
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 71%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 64%
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) 63%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 47%
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 Cordless Pet Plus does an okay job of cleaning low-pile carpet when used in its carpet surface setting with the 'MAX' suction trigger pulled. It clears away the majority of fine material like baking soda and larger debris like sand. A noticeable amount of debris can be left behind after only a pass or two.

8.4
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Carpet", "MAX" Trigger Pulled
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 70%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 73%
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) 79%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 70%
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 Cordless Pet Plus is impressively effective on high-pile carpet when used in its carpet surface setting with the 'MAX' trigger pulled. It can clear away fine debris like baking soda and larger debris like sand without too much trouble, though you'll probably need to make an extra pass to clear away everything.

9.6
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
99%
Low-Pile Carpet
97%
High-Pile Carpet
93%

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus does a fantastic job clearing away pet hair on a myriad of surfaces. However, while its brushroll is self-cleaning, it isn't removable, making it quite hard to clear away any pet hair that's gotten tangled in the mechanism.

1.8
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
0.8 inHโ‚‚O (0.20 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "Carpet", "MAX" Trigger Pulled
Normal Suction
0.3 inHโ‚‚O (0.08 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Bare Floor Logo"
Hose Diameter
1.6" (4.0 cm)

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus has poor real-world suction performance. Its suction inlet is positioned too high off the ground to generate a tight seal with the contact surface. Take a look at the Tineco PWRHERO 11 if you're looking for a cordless stick vacuum that exerts a stronger real-world suction force.

8.4
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
71.5 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
74.9 dBA

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is pretty quiet. It's a little louder than comparable models like the Samsung Jet 60 Pet but won't be disruptive for people in other rooms, though it can mask the sound of a nearby conversation. That said, it's much louder when running in its 'MAX' mode, so don't use the vacuum in this setting for long if you don't want to disturb people nearby.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is decently maneuverable. It's heavier than most cordless stick vacuums and has a somewhat bulky floorhead that doesn't pivot as sharply as other stick vacuums like the Dyson V8. Unlike the Shark Vertex Pro, it doesn't have a flexible wand, so you have to crouch pretty deeply to clean under tables and chairs. That said, it's easy to switch out the various attachments as needed, and the vacuum can roll over obstructions like electrical cords pretty easily. You'll need to be careful around shag-pile rugs, which can get tangled in the floorhead, as there's no brushroll off switch.

8.0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus does a great job of dealing with pet hair on furniture, even when used in its standard suction power setting. Its upholstery tool is effective in collecting pet hair on fabric, though the vacuum's relatively bulky design can make it a bit of a nuisance to use for extended periods.

Performance
Air Quality
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus is effective in sealing in fine allergens, thanks in part to its onboard HEPA filter.

5.5
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus does a poor job of sucking up debris in cracks and crevices, with a brushroll positioned too high off the ground to generate a tight seal with the contact surface and draw debris out from cracks and crevices. It doesn't do as well as the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power in this regard, which does draw more power from its higher-capacity battery. You should use the included crevice tool to deal with debris in deeper cracks.

1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The Shark Cordless Pet Plus does a terrible job of scrubbing away stains, regardless of the surface setting you end up using, though this is normal given the lack of any mopping or detergent-spraying capability.

0
Performance
Water
Wet Compatible
No
Water Pickup Post Test
Automation
0
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
No Pathing Algorithm
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
No
Navigation Control Buttons
No
0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
No App
iOS Availability
No
Android Availability
No
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
No
App Scheduled Start
No
App Cycle Control
No
Navigation Control within App
No

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