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Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Apr 13, 2022 at 09:49 am
Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away Picture
8.0
Bare Floor
7.7
Low-Pile Carpet
8.2
High-Pile Carpet
7.8
Pets
8.5
Stairs
7.8
Cars
7.0
Workshop
Vacuum Type
Upright/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes
Wet Compatible
No

The Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is a cordless upright vacuum. It's a successor to the discontinued Shark ION P50 Upright, with a similar 'Lift-Away' design that enables you to pick up and carry its canister body separately from its floorhead to clean hard-to-reach areas. It delivers fantastic performance on bare floors and does an excellent job dealing with debris on high-pile carpets. It does feel somewhat fragile in places and has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning.

Our Verdict

8.0 Bare Floor

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is great for bare floors. It does a fantastic job of dealing with pet hair as well as small and bulky debris on this kind of surface. Its twin-brushroll floorhead also helps it dislodge debris from shallow cracks and crevices. It's easy to maneuver between obstacles, doesn't make all that much noise, and has a bagless design that incurs low recurring costs. It does have quite a few parts that need regular cleaning. In addition, its bulky dirt compartment can make it hard to clean under tables and chairs.

Pros
  • Superb performance on bare floors.
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Decent battery performance.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
7.7 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is good for low-pile carpet. It's highly effective in dealing with pet hair and fine debris, but you might need to make an extra pass to fully clean larger material. It's reasonably easy to maneuver around obstacles, though its bulky dirt compartment can make it hard to clean under some tables and chairs. It has a decently long battery life when used in its default power mode, and its bagless design incurs minimal recurring costs. Unfortunately, it has many parts that need regular cleaning. It also lacks a brushroll off switch, so it can sometimes get stuck on rug tassels.

Pros
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Good performance on low-pile carpet.
  • Decent battery performance.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Rug tassels can get stuck in floorhead.
8.2 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is great for vacuuming high-pile carpet. It easily cleans pet hair and larger debris on this surface type, but you might need to make an extra pass to deal with finer material. Suction performance remains consistent as its dustbin fills up, which is good if you have several large messes to deal with. It isn't very loud either, even when used in its most powerful suction mode. However, it doesn't have any floorhead height adjustment, so it can sometimes get stuck on shag-pile rugs.

Pros
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Excellent performance on high-pile carpet.
  • Decent battery performance.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • No floorhead height adjustment.
7.8 Pets

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is very good for dealing with pet hair. It easily sucks up pet hair on bare floors, furniture, and low and high-pile carpet. There's also an onboard HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean, which is good if your pet sheds heavily. It also isn't very noisy, which is good if your pet is sensitive to loud noises. Unfortunately, since it doesn't have any mopping capability, it struggles to deal with stains. Its primary brushroll isn't removable either, making it very difficult to remove any tangled hair.

Pros
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Onboard HEPA filter.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
  • Not especially noisy.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Primary brushroll isn't removable.
  • Terrible stain-cleaning performance.
8.5 Stairs

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is an excellent option for vacuuming stairs. Its cordless design ensures that you don't need to worry about tripping over a power cable while climbing up and down stairs. Its 'Lift-Away' alternative configuration allows you to pick up and carry its canister body with you, rather than having to maneuver the entire vacuum on stairs. It performs exceptionally well on bare surfaces and does a great job of dealing with messes on low and high-pile carpet. However, it does feel a little fragile in places, especially its clear plastic dustbin. It doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush either, which would make it easier to clean carpeted stairs in its handheld configuration.

Pros
  • Superb performance on bare floors.
  • Excellent performance on high-pile carpet.
  • Good performance on low-pile carpet.
  • Decent battery performance.
Cons
  • No miniature turbo brush attachment.
7.8 Cars

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is very good for vacuuming the inside of your car. Its cordless design ensures that you don't need to park close to an outlet, while its 'Lift-Away' configuration makes it easier to clean hard-to-reach areas. It's very effective when clearing away debris on hard surfaces and low-pile carpet. While it doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush, which would make it easier to clean fabric-lined surfaces and floormats, it does come with a crevice tool, a dedicated upholstery tool, a clip-on hard bristle brush, and a soft-bristle brush for cleaning delicate surfaces. Unfortunately, there's no onboard tool storage, so you'll have to stow these attachments away in a separate location.

Pros
  • Good performance on low-pile carpet.
  • Decent battery performance.
Cons
  • No miniature turbo brush attachment.
7.0 Workshop

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is decent for cleaning your workshop, though this is far from its intended use. It delivers superb performance on bare floors and does a good job of dealing with debris on low-pile carpet. Its secondary soft roller also helps it lift debris stuck in shallow cracks and crevices. However, it doesn't have any mopping capability that would allow it to deal with stains, and you can't use it to clear away liquid spills.

Pros
  • Superb performance on bare floors.
  • Onboard HEPA filter.
  • Good performance on low-pile carpet.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Not wet-compatible.
  • Terrible stain-cleaning performance.
  • 8.0 Bare Floor
  • 7.7 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 8.2 High-Pile Carpet
  • 7.8 Pets
  • 8.5 Stairs
  • 7.8 Cars
  • 7.0 Workshop
  1. Updated Jun 23, 2022: Corrected erroneous measurements in 'Minimum Wand Length' and 'Maximum Wand Length' fields in 'Range' box.
  2. Updated Apr 13, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated Apr 08, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is decently well-built. Like the older Shark ION P50 Upright, it's mostly made of a mix of satin and matte-finish hard plastic, though it does have a lightweight metal wand. Due to its highly reconfigurable design and high number of detachable parts, it isn't quite as sturdy-feeling as a more conventional upright, with a slight amount of flex in its structure while sweeping back and forth. That said, it's very easy to take apart and reassemble.

6.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has a few parts that need regular cleaning.

  • Dirt Compartment/Lint Screen: The dirt compartment can be removed by first taking off the wand and handle. You should empty it when you reach the max fill line. The lint screen is built into the top lid of the dustbin lid and should also be cleared of any stuck-on debris or pet hair regularly.
  • Pre-Motor Filter Set: You can access the two-piece pre-motor foam and felt filter set by unclipping the filter pre-motor cover on the left-hand side of the vacuum. You should clean the filters every month under cold water.
  • HEPA Filter: The HEPA filter can be accessed by removing the battery on the right side of the vacuum canister and pulling the component out. You should clean it with cold water once a year.
  • Soft Brushroll: The soft brushroll can be detached from the head and cleaned with cold water when necessary.
  • Multi-Fin Brushroll: You can't remove the multi-fin brushroll, which makes it harder to clear away any tangled debris. However, you can remove the brush guard first to allow better access to the brushroll.
  • Brush guard: The brush guard can be removed by unlocking three screws underneath the floorhead. While no specific maintenance interval is given, you should still clean it regularly, as debris tends to get stuck in and around the lint strip.

Any component that you can wash under water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before you can reinstall it.

8.5
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number XFFK160
HEPA Filter Part Number XHEPA160

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless incurs low recurring costs.

  • Pre-motor filter assembly: You should replace the foam and felt pre-motor filters every two and a half years. A replacement assembly can be purchased from Shark's website.
  • Post-motor HEPA filter: You should replace the post-motor HEPA filter every three years. You can buy a replacement from Shark's website if necessary.

6.3
Design
Storing
Height
45.28" (115.0 cm)
Width
10.24" (26.0 cm)
Depth
11.02" (28.0 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is passably easy to store. It's very similar in size to the Shark ION P50 Upright and has a larger footprint than most conventional cordless stick vacuums, even larger models like the Shark Vertex Pro. There's also no onboard storage for its tools and accessories.

7.3
Design
Dirt Compartment
Volume
0.21 gal (0.80 L)
Full Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has a decent dirt compartment. While its overall shape and design is similar to that of the Shark ION P50 Upright, its max fill line has been moved up, resulting in a higher capacity. You can see a comparison between the two vacuums' dustbins here.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark ICZ362H vacuum body
  • Main head w/ multi-fin brushroll
  • Soft brushroll
  • Brush guard
  • Wand
  • Dirt compartment
  • Hose with handle
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Hard bristle brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Pre-motor filter housing
  • Pre-motor foam filter
  • HEPA filter
  • Filter cover
  • Battery
  • Battery charging dock
  • Power adapter
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
3.38 ft (1.03 m)
Minimum Wand Length
1.08 ft (0.33 m)
Maximum Wand Length
3.35 ft (1.02 m)
Total Range
N/A

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

7.2
Design
Portability
Total Weight
12.57 lbs (5.70 kg)
Weight In Hand
3.31 lbs (1.50 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is decently portable. It's lighter than most conventional corded uprights like the Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine but is still considerably heavier than stick vacuums like the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless. Thankfully it does feel lightweight in your hand.

7.3
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
10.1 min
Maximum Battery Life
63 min
Recharge Time
191 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has satisfactory battery life. While it only runs for about 10 minutes in its high-power 'Boost' mode, you can expect almost an hour of cleaning time in its most energy-efficient 'ECO' mode in its semi-handheld 'Lift-Away' configuration. Running it in its 'ECO' mode with its floorhead yields anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes of runtime, depending on whether you've selected its 'Bare Floor' or 'Carpet' surface mode. The battery is removable and replaceable, and you can charge it on the included dock.

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

This vacuum has a few quality-of-life features. Like the Shark ION P50 Upright, you can swap between 'Bare Floor' and 'Carpet' settings, which only affect the speed of its brushrolls. There are also three suction power settings: the energy-efficient 'ECO' mode, the default 'Deep Clean' mode, and the high-power 'Boost' mode for dealing with stubborn debris. The small LED display screen shows you the remaining battery life, surface setting, and suction mode. A headlight built into the floorhead lets you see what you're cleaning in poorly-lit areas.

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

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has a couple of tools and brushes. You can use the thin 'Anti-Allergen Dust Brush' as a soft-bristle brush for cleaning delicate surfaces as well as a ceiling fan tool. It also comes with a dedicated upholstery tool and a clip-on hard-bristle brush. There's also a crevice tool for tackling debris in tight corners.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless can be configured in two alternate ways from its default upright mode by detaching its canister from its upright chassis. Its 'Lift-Away Mode' function allows you to clean under tables and chairs with its wand and powered floorhead while carrying its canister. You can also remove its wand and floorhead to clean furniture and shelves.

Performance
9.9
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Deep Clean Mode", (Hard Floor)
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 100%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 99%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 97%
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) 100%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 100%
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 Vertex Pro Cordless delivers exceptional performance on bare floors. In its default 'Deep Clean' mode with the 'Hard Floor' surface setting, it easily cleans bulky debris like cereal and smaller debris like rice with minimal loss in performance as its dustbin fills up.

7.9
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Deep Clean Mode", (Carpet)
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 73%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 71%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 66%
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) 84%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 86%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 88%
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 Vertex Pro Cordless has very good performance on low-pile carpet. While vacuuming in its default 'Deep Clean' mode, it clears most fine debris like baking soda. Larger debris tends to get caught in the nooks and crevices in its floorhead, as seen here.

8.9
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Deep Clean Mode", (Carpet)
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 97%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 90%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 75%
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) 74%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 74%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 73%
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 Vertex Pro Cordless performs amazingly well on high-pile carpets in its default 'Deep Clean' mode with the 'Carpet' surface setting. It sucks up most larger debris like sand and does a good job of dealing with finer material like baking soda, but you might still need to make an extra pass to get it all.

10
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
100%
Low-Pile Carpet
100%
High-Pile Carpet
100%

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is remarkably effective when dealing with pet hair. It easily cleans this kind of debris on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet.

7.0
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
3.9 inHโ‚‚O (0.98 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "Boost", (Carpet)
Normal Suction
1.7 inHโ‚‚O (0.42 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Deep Clean Mode", (Hard Floor)
Hose Diameter
1.3" (3.2 cm)

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has decent real-world suction performance. Using it in its 'Carpet' surface setting helps it exert a greater suction force at its floorhead, though it doesn't change its height to help generate a tighter seal with the contact surface.

8.4
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
71.3 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
75.7 dBA

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless isn't too noisy. Even in its most noisy configuration, it's quieter than some other cordless uprights like the Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet, which is good if you're vacuuming in a more crowded setting.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is very maneuverable. While its floorhead does feel quite heavy and can make it a bit of a hassle to maneuver around obstacles, you can easily reconfigure it into a semi-handheld form for vacuuming on top of furniture. It's somewhat bulky in design, making it tricky to clean under low-lying areas. It also isn't very suited to cleaning shaggy rugs, as they can get caught within its twin brushrolls.

9.0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless does an exceptional job sucking up pet hair on upholstered furniture when used in its 'Lift-Away' configuration.

Performance
Air Quality

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is effective in sealing in fine particles, thanks in part to its onboard HEPA filter.

7.5
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless does a good job sucking up debris in cracks. Its soft roller helps dislodge debris in shallower crevices, but you should still use it in its semi-handheld configuration with its crevice tool to tackle debris in deeper cracks.

3.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has poor stain-cleaning performance. While its twin-brushroll floorhead slightly chips away at dried-on stains, it isn't especially effective in this regard.

0
Performance
Water
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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is only available in one color variant: 'Blue/Gray'. You can see the label for our test unit here.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is a cordless upright vacuum. It's an improvement on the older Shark ION P50 Upright in a few small ways, with a larger dirt compartment and better performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. Its redesigned 'Anti-Tangle' brushroll is even harder to clean. It's bulkier than the Shark Vertex Pro, which shares many of the same design features, but in the form of a more maneuverable cordless stick vacuum.

If you're looking for alternatives, consider our list of the best cordless vacuums, the best cordless vacuums for pet hair, and the best vacuums for tile floors.

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson V15 Detect is better for more use cases than the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away. The Dyson is a lighter, more portable cordless stick vacuum that features a built-in dirt sensor and a surface-detection system that enables it to change its power mode depending on the floor type that you're on. It also has a marginally longer battery life, delivers better performance on low-pile carpet, and is more effective when it comes to dealing with debris stuck in cracks and crevices. Meanwhile, the Shark is a cordless upright with a larger dirt compartment and a faster recharging time. Unlike the Dyson, the Shark doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush, but it does have an upholstery tool that helps it do a fantastic job of clearing away pet hair on furniture.

Dyson V8 Animal

The Dyson V8 Animal and Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away are differently-designed cordless vacuums. The Dyson is a cordless stick vacuum that's easier to maneuver, has fewer parts needing to be regularly cleaned, comes with a miniature turbo brush, and delivers slightly better performance on low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Shark is a more sturdily-built cordless  upright vacuum with a bigger dirt compartment, a longer battery life, and slightly better performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. Its secondary soft roller in its floorhead also helps it do a better job of collecting debris in cracks and crevices.

Shark Vertex Pro

The Shark Vertex Pro and Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away are differently-designed vacuums with different advantages, though they also share a couple of similarities. Both use Shark's DuoClean floorhead design, which combines a soft roller with a non-removable multi-fin brushroll that's quite difficult to clean. They also share very similar IQ displays, which allow you to monitor battery life as well as the current suction and surface setting. Battery life is also quite similar. The upright Powered Lift-Away has a larger dustbin, incurs lower recurring costs, is more effective on carpeted floors, and does a better job dealing with pet hair on furniture. The stick vacuum Vertex Pro is lighter, more maneuverable thanks to its flexible wand, and is marginally quieter.

Dyson V11 Animal

The Dyson V11 Animal and Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away are differently-designed cordless vacuums, meaning one might suit you better depending on your needs. The Dyson is a stick vacuum that has fewer parts needing regular cleaning, is easier to store, weighs less, and does a better job dealing with stains. Meanwhile, the Shark is a cordless upright that delivers better performance on all surface types, does a better job dealing with debris in cracks, feels lighter in your hand, charges faster, and has a larger dirt compartment.

LG CordZero A9 Ultimate

The LG CordZero A9 Ultimate and Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away are both cordless vacuums, but they have different form factors, meaning one might suit you better depending on your needs. The LG is a more maneuverable cordless stick vacuum that makes less noise, has fewer maintenance requirements, and a more lightweight, portable design. The LG also comes with two swappable batteries, though their combined runtime is only a little bit longer than that of the Shark. The Shark is a cordless upright that's more effective in dealing with debris on carpeted surfaces, has a larger dirt compartment, and feels slightly lighter in your hand.

Shark ION P50 Upright

The Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is an improvement on the older Shark ION P50 Upright in most ways. While the vacuums are very similar in design, the Vertex has a slightly greater dustbin capacity, an LED display that shows you battery life and vacuum settings, and delivers better performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. The older P50's fixed brushroll is easier to clean than the Vertex's multi-fin brushroll, though neither component is removable.

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