The Shark IQ 2-in-1 is a hybrid robot vacuum/mop. Its highly effective Sonic mopping system, along with other features like LIDAR mapping capability as well as support for no-go zones and pin-and-go navigation, make it a pretty full-featured option for the price. That said, you'll have to contend with a somewhat unintuitive, unresponsive companion app, as well as below-par maneuverability, and a lack of compatibility with self-emptying base stations.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot is okay for use on bare floors. Its mopping system can easily clear away dried-on spills on tile or linoleum floors in your kitchen, and it does a decent job of clearing away solid debris. It's also very effective when it comes to dealing with pet hair, and its long runtime allows it to clean large rooms with ease. That being said, it doesn't do a great job of maneuvering itself, and it's tall enough to get stuck under some lower tables and chairs.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot is an alright choice for cleaning high-pile carpet. It will struggle to climb onto shag-pile carpeting and has a hard time with pet hair on most types of carpeting, but it does just fine in clearing away solid debris. It has a few parts that need to be cleaned periodically, but thankfully, most are pretty easy to access and maintain. Recurring costs are on the high end, but this isn't unusual for a robot vacuum.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot does a fairly good job cleaning pet hair on bare floors but struggles with it on carpets. While its brushroll is advertised as self-cleaning, pet hair can get wrapped around it. Thankfully, the roller is easy to access, so you can cut away any tangled hair without much fuss. Its mopping attachment is also highly effective for dealing with any mud or dirt your pet might track in. It's also remarkably quiet, which is a good thing if your pet is sensitive to loud noises. Unfortunately, it does a terrible job of sealing in fine allergens.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 is a robot vacuum and isn't capable of cleaning staircases.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 is a robot vacuum and isn't designed for cleaning the inside of your car.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 isn't designed for workshop cleaning.
There are a few variants of the Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot, but they only differ in color and in-store availability. We tested the UR2410WD variant, and you can see its label here.
|RV2400WD||Black/Grey||Sold primarily through Walmart retailers|
|RV2402WD||Black||Exclusive to Walmart retailers for Black Friday|
|UR2410WD||Black/Sliver||Sold primarily through Amazon|
|UR2450WD||Black||Sold primarily through Sam's Club retailers|
Let us know in the discussions if you encounter another variant of this vacuum.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot is a hybrid robot vacuum/mop that fills a small niche in Shark's extensive lineup. While it doesn't offer self-emptying capability and has sub-par overall maneuverability, it does feature one of the more effective mopping systems on the market and boasts solid overall debris pickup performance.
The Shark Matrix Robot and Shark IQ 2-in-1 are pretty evenly matched robot vacuums, though each has its own unique selling points. The Matrix is compatible with a self-emptying dock, whereas the IQ has a mopping system that's very effective in scrubbing away stains.
The Shark AI Ultra and Shark IQ 2-in-1 each have advantages, so one might suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The AI Ultra is compatible with a self-emptying dock, helping to reduce hands-on maintenance. It also does a better job of maneuvering itself. That said, the IQ is equipped with a remarkably effective mopping system, takes considerably less time to recharge while offering similar battery life, and feels better built.
As far as hybrid robot vacuums/mops go, the Roborock S8+/S8 is better than the Shark IQ 2-in-1, though that isn't too surprising given the significant gulf in price between the two. The Roborock feels better built, does a better job of maneuvering itself, has an even more feature-rich yet intuitive app, and has a real-time hazard avoidance system. Better yet, it's fully compatible with a base station that not only empties its dustbin but also refills its water tank and washes and dries its mop pad. The Shark might not be compatible with a self-emptying base station, but its mopping system is surprisingly better at dealing with dried-on stains than the Roborock.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot feels pretty well-built overall. Like most other Shark robot vacuums, it's made almost entirely from hard plastic, though it differs slightly in terms of shape, with a slightly oblong profile to accommodate its water tank and a relatively tall LIDAR mapping sensor.
It's easy to assemble out of the box, requiring only that you snap its side brush into place and install the brushroll.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot has many parts that need maintenance, but they're easy to access.
Take a look at the eufy RoboVac X8 if you're looking for a robot vacuum that has slightly fewer maintenance requirements.
This vacuum incurs moderately high recurring costs.
This vacuum and its charging dock have a similarly compact footprint to most other robot vacuums, so you can set up its charging dock almost anywhere. The dock also features a slot for any excess length of power cable, as well as a protective pad to prevent the wet mop pads from soaking your floors
That said, at 4.21" (10.7 cm) in height, the IQ 2-in-1 itself is somewhat tall for a robot vacuum, and its protruding LIDAR sensor might clip the bottom of some low-lying tables and chairs, so it's best to check clearance with some items of furniture before letting it run.
The dirt compartment is somewhat small. It holds less debris than the older, cheaper Shark IQ Robot, so you'll need to toss out whatever is inside at the end of almost every cleaning session.
This vacuum's range is limited only by its remaining battery life. That said, it can't climb or descend stairs.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot is fairly portable. That said, it is noticeably heavier than other Shark vacuums without a LIDAR mapping sensor or mopping capability, like the older, cheaper Shark IQ Robot.
The battery performance is superb. In its high-power 'Max' mode, it supplies roughly 70 minutes of cleaning time. You can stretch it to over 180 minutes if it's run in 'Eco' mode. Battery life in the default 'Normal' setting falls neatly between either of those extremes, with a runtime of just over 100 minutes. The IQ also charges relatively quickly for a robot vacuum, much faster than alternatives with comparable runtime, like the Roborock Q5/Q5+. Unfortunately, it doesn't remember the suction setting used in previous cleaning sessions, so you'll need to manually specify the 'Max' or 'Eco' settings if you want to use them at the start of every cleaning session.
This vacuum has few quality-of-life features. It has three power modes. The energy-saving 'Eco' mode, the default 'Normal' mode, and the high-power 'Max' mode. You can swap between these modes in the companion app only when the appliance is running. It also features a Sonic mopping system that it'll automatically switch over to when its water tank is inserted.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot uses a single three-armed side brush to bring debris on the edges of the vacuum's body into the path of the main brushroll, though it's worth noting that these arms are very short. It also comes with two mopping pads, one being a backup.
Performance on bare floors is decent overall. The vacuum has no trouble dealing with small debris like rice, but it can leave behind a small amount of larger material, like cereal pieces.
This vacuum delivers decent performance on low-pile carpet in its 'Normal' mode. It doesn't have much trouble dealing with larger debris like sand on this surface type, but it'll need to make a couple of extra passes to fully clear away finer debris like baking soda.
The Shark IQ 2-in1 Robot's performance on high-pile carpet is satisfactory. It has a really hard time with finer material like baking soda, but it's fairly effective in dealing with larger material, even if you might need to have it make an extra pass or two to get everything.
Pet hair cleaning performance is great only under certain circumstances. It doesn't struggle with pet hair on hard surfaces, but it struggles with collecting hair on carpet.
Like most robot vacuums, the Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot has poor suction performance at its floorhead. The suction inlet is too high above the ground to generate a tight seal on bare surfaces.
This vacuum is remarkably quiet. You'll hear what people nearby are saying even when the vacuum is running in its most powerful suction mode. It's substantially quieter than the more powerful Roborock S7 MaxV.
This vacuum does only an alright job of maneuvering itself. Its LIDAR sensor allows for pretty quick mapping, but the robot is still prone to bumping into obstacles, and it can easily get caught on rugs and other obstacles. However, it can climb over most electrical cords without getting stuck. Its tall LIDAR sensor also means that it can get stuck when passing under low-lying couches and tables.
Air filtration performance is poor. The Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot's post-motor filter isn't HEPA-rated, and fine allergens can easily escape from not only its exhaust but also from the LIDAR sensor and other gaps around its body.
Crevice-cleaning performance is poor. It doesn't have enough power to draw out fine debris wedged deep within crevices, and its side brush can also gently fling finer debris outwards around rather than direct it towards the suction inlet.
The Shark IQ 2-in-1 Robot's mopping performance is outstanding, courtesy of its thorough pathing and Sonic mopping system. While it might do the job slower than a pricier model like the Roborock S8+/S8, it's more effective in removing caked-on debris. To activate the mopping system, all you have to do is insert the water container, fill it with water, and add the requisite amount of VACMOP cleaning solution; the vacuum will automatically switch to its mopping mode.
This vacuum isn't rated to suck up liquids, though its mop pads can soak up very small spills.
This vacuum has a decently broad range of physical automation capabilities. Its LIDAR sensor allows for quick room mapping, even in the dark. It can also be connected to Alexa or Google Home devices if you'd prefer to use voice commands to control the vacuum. The two control buttons on top of the body allow you to use the vacuum without an internet connection. However, the overall function without using the app is limited, as they only allow you to start and stop a cleaning session or send the vacuum back to its dock. Unfortunately, unlike the Shark Matrix Robot, it's incapable of self-emptying, which reduces hands-on maintenance requirements.
The SharkClean app is decent overall. It's fairly feature-packed. You can use the app to change the vacuum's suction power mode, command it to clean or return to its dock, schedule cleaning sessions, check the cleaning history and charge status, update the vacuum's firmware, or enable push notifications. After it's mapped out your home, you can also send it to specific rooms or set up virtual boundary lines that you don't want the vacuum to cross.
It's worth noting that we encountered an issue in testing where we couldn't execute any commands from the app, even though the vacuum was listed as being paired correctly. This issue seemingly resolved itself without issue, however, as the app worked normally the following day. Let us know in the discussions below if you run into a similar issue.