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Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Apr 28, 2021 at 10:06 am
Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series Picture
7.0
Bare Floor
6.5
Low-Pile Carpet
6.2
High-Pile Carpet
4.8
Pets
5.8
Stairs
4.8
Cars
4.2
Workshop
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No
Wet Compatible
No

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series is a well-built robot vacuum. It maneuvers itself decently well and has an incredible battery performance, although it recharges slowly. It does a good job of cleaning high-pile carpets and delivers a passable performance on bare floors and low-pile carpets as well. However, bulky materials like cereal can get caught in its brushroll. This vacuum offers great automation features with its app, and while it lacks a virtual boundary-setting feature, it comes with a physical boundary strip you can use to keep it out of certain areas.

Our Verdict

7.0 Bare Floor

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 is passable on bare floors. It's well-built, has a fantastic battery life, and does a satisfactory job of maneuvering itself, but its performance on this surface type is mediocre. While it easily clears smaller debris like rice, bulkier material like cereal can jam the brushroll. Unfortunately, like many robot vacuums, it also incurs high recurring costs and has many parts that require regular maintenance.

Pros
  • Fantastic battery life.
  • Easily sucks up rice.
Cons
  • Difficult to maintain and high recurring costs.
  • Bulky debris gets caught in brushroll.
6.5 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 is disappointing on low-pile carpets. It picks up a good amount of pet hair but struggles more with other debris, especially fine material like baking soda. While its battery performance is superb, its suction performance on low-pile carpets worsens as its dirt compartment fills up. It also incurs high recurring costs and has many parts that require regular maintenance.

Pros
  • Fantastic battery life.
Cons
  • Difficult to maintain and high recurring costs.
  • Struggles with smaller debris.
6.2 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 is a satisfactory choice for cleaning high-pile carpets. It's well-built, has an incredible battery performance, and does a decent job of maneuvering itself. It clears most pet hair and a good amount of debris like sand from high-pile carpets. However, it struggles more with fine material like baking soda, and its suction performance drops as its dirt compartment fills up. It also incurs several recurring costs and has many parts that require regular maintenance.

Pros
  • Fantastic battery life.
  • Clears most pet hair.
Cons
  • Difficult to maintain and high recurring costs.
  • Performance drops as dirt compartment fills.
4.8 Pets

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 is an acceptable choice for cleaning up after pets. It has a self-cleaning brushroll, which should help reduce hair wraps, and it clears a good amount of pet hair from both low and high-pile carpets. Unfortunately, it doesn't do as well with pet hair on bare surfaces. It also lacks an allergen-trapping HEPA filter.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Self-cleaning brushroll.
Cons
  • No HEPA filter.
  • Difficult to maintain and high recurring costs.
5.8 Stairs

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 is a robot vacuum and isn't suitable for cleaning stairs.

4.8 Cars

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 is a robot vacuum and not suitable for cleaning car interiors.

  • 7.0 Bare Floor
  • 6.5 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.2 High-Pile Carpet
  • 4.8 Pets
  • 5.8 Stairs
  • 4.8 Cars
  • 4.2 Workshop
  1. Updated Nov 25, 2022: We've changed the full product name to 'Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series' in order for the review to encompass all model variants.
  2. Updated Sep 23, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  3. Updated Sep 23, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Apr 28, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Apr 26, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 comes in one color, 'Black', which we tested. You can see its label here. This vacuum is also sold as the Shark IQ Robot AV993 or the Shark IQ Robot AV970. These have similar specifications to the AV992, so we expect these variants to deliver similar performance overall.

If you come across another variant or your vacuum is different, please let us know in the discussions below so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 stands out for its good performance on high-pile carpets, which is comparable to models like the iRobot Roomba S9 or the iRobot Roomba i4. It has a similar design and appearance to the Shark IQ Robot RV1001 but unfortunately delivers a much worse performance on bare floors.

If you want to see other options, see our lists of the best robot vacuums, the best robot vacuums for pet hair, and the best Shark vacuums.

iRobot Roomba i3

The iRobot Roomba i3 is better for most purposes than the Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series. The Roomba is better built and has a significantly better performance on bare floors. It has an automatic dirt disposal feature, so you shouldn't need to empty its small internal dustbin, and it does a much better job of maneuvering itself. On the other hand, the Shark does a significantly better job cleaning low and high-pile carpets. It also incurs fewer recurring costs since it doesn't use a dirtbag.

Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty

The Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty is better than the Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series. The EZ has an automatic dirt disposal function, charges slightly faster while offering similar overall battery life, maneuvers over tasseled rugs with less difficulty, and delivers better cleaning performance on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the AV992 has fewer parts that need regular cleaning and incurs lower recurring costs.

Shark AI Robot

The Shark AI Robot and the Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series 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 IQ Robot

The Shark IQ Robot is a better robot vacuum for most purposes than the Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series. They're very similar in most ways, except performance: the RV1001 delivers a significantly better cleaning performance on bare floors and does a better job on low-pile carpets. On the other hand, the AV992 has a better performance on high-pile carpets.

iRobot Roomba 694

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series and iRobot Roomba 694 each have advantages, so one might suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Shark has a longer battery life, a broader range of automation features, and superior performance on low and high-pile carpet, especially with pet hair. However, the iRobot feels better-built, incurs lower recurring costs, has fewer parts needing periodic cleaning, recharges much faster, and clears more debris on bare floors.

iRobot Roomba i4

The iRobot Roomba i4 is better for most purposes than the Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series. The iRobot delivers much better performance on bare floors is somewhat better on low-pile carpets as well. It automatically adjusts its head height and suction power depending on what surface type it's cleaning. On the other hand, the Shark has a somewhat better performance on high-pile carpets. You can also set its suction power manually, unlike the iRobot.

Roborock S6

The Roborock S6 is a better robot vacuum than the Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series. The Roborock has a significantly better performance on bare floors as well as low-pile carpets. It also has better build quality, less demanding maintenance needs, and incurs fewer recurring costs. On the other hand, the Shark delivers better performance on high-pile carpets.

iRobot Roomba 981

The iRobot Roomba 981 is better than the Shark IQ Robot AV992 Series for most purposes. The iRobot delivers much better performance on bare surfaces and low-pile carpets. It has a better build quality, incurs fewer recurring costs, and is easier to maintain. It's equipped with a HEPA filter and does a better job of maneuvering itself. On the other hand, the Shark has a significantly better performance on high-pile carpets. It also has much more advanced automation features.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality
Vacuum Type
Robot

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 has a good build quality. It's made of black plastic with a mostly matte finish, with glossy accents and a rubber front bumper and wheels. The dirt compartment is also made of hard black plastic but feels like it may break if dropped. Assembly is very easy since all you need to do is install the side brushes, which snap into place on the bottom of the vacuum.

Note:Unfortunately, after testing, our unit had noticeable scratches on its body and bumper.

4.5
Design
User Maintenance

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 has many parts that require regular maintenance; this makes it a bit difficult to maintain. Luckily, they're easy to access.

  • Dust bin: The dustbin can be removed by pressing the release button near the back of the vacuum. You should empty it over a garbage can after each use. You can also pull off any hair gathered on the anti-tangle comb attached to the dustbin.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll is advertised as self-cleaning, but you can also lift the brushroll cover door on the bottom of the vacuum to access it and clear away any built-up debris by hand.
  • Side brushes: The side brushes can be pulled out of their sockets for cleaning. You should dust them with a dry cloth and remove any tangled hair when needed.
  • Filter: The filter is located inside the dirt compartment. You can't wash it with water, but it needs regular cleaning by tapping it over a garbage can to remove excess dust and debris.
  • Front wheel: Needs to be periodically removed so you can clear any debris from the wheel and its housing. It can be a bit difficult to remove, and you may need to use a tool.
  • Drive wheels: The drive wheels should be dusted regularly. Be sure to rotate them in their housing as you do.
  • Sensors: The sensors on the vacuum should be cleaned periodically with a dry cloth.
  • Charging pads: The charging contacts under the vacuum and on the charging dock should be dusted periodically with a dry cloth.

4.5
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number Unidentified
HEPA Filter Part Number No HEPA Filter

This vacuum has several recurring costs.

  • Filter: The user manual doesn't specify a replacement interval for the filter, but says it should be replaced regularly to maintain the vacuum's performance.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll should be replaced whenever you notice visible wear or every six to 12 months.
  • Side brushes: The side brushes should be replaced when bent or damaged.
  • Front wheel: The front wheel should be replaced every 12 months.

Note: The manual indicates that you can buy replacement parts on Shark's website, but it doesn't currently have filters, side brushes or front wheels available for this particular model.

9.0
Design
Storing
Height
3.35" (8.5 cm)
Width
12.60" (32.0 cm)
Depth
15.16" (38.5 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 is incredibly easy to store. It's about the same size as the Shark IQ Robot RV1001, and it comes with a small and low-profile charging dock.

6.5
Design
Dirt Compartment
Bagless
Yes
Volume
0.11 gal (0.40 L)
Full Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Shark IQ Robot AV992's dirt compartment is unremarkable. It's the same size as the Shark IQ Robot RV1001's, and as with most robot vacuums, it's small and needs emptying fairly often. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a max fill line or any indicator to let you know when it's full, and it's made of opaque plastic, which makes it hard to see how full of debris it is.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark IQ Robot AV992 vacuum
  • Dust bin
  • Filter
  • Brushroll
  • Brushroll door
  • Side brushes
  • BotBoundary strip
  • Charging dock
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cordless
Yes
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
N/A
Maximum Wand Length
N/A
Total Range
N/A

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 has a practically unlimited range as long as it has room left in its dirt compartment and battery life remaining, but it can't go up or down stairs.

8.2
Design
Portability
Total Weight
6.17 lbs (2.80 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 is impressively portable. Although it lacks a carrying handle, it's significantly lighter than some of the heavier robots we've tested, including the iRobot Roomba 981 and the Wyze Robot Vacuum.

9.1
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
70 min
Maximum Battery Life
160 min
Recharge Time
241 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Shark IQ Robot AV992's battery performance is fantastic. Set to its highest suction mode, 'Max', it provides a little over an hour of continuous cleaning. On its lowest suction setting, 'Eco,' it lasts for more than two and a half hours. It recharges more quickly than the Shark IQ Robot RV1001 but still takes about four hours to charge fully, which is quite long.

Conveniently, there are two lights on top of the vacuum that indicate its remaining battery life. When both lights are blue, the vacuum is fully charged. As the battery depletes, one of the lights turns off to indicate a partial charge. When it reaches low battery, the light turns red.

Battery performance can vary with real-life use, and your experience may be different.

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

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 has few quality-of-life features. There are three power modes, 'Eco', 'Normal', and 'Max'. The vacuum always defaults to 'Normal' mode and if you want to use another setting, you need to manually change it each time in the app. You can only change the power mode when the vacuum is running.

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 IQ Robot AV992 is equipped with two side brushes that help to push debris into the path of the main brushroll.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No
Performance
8.4
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Normal"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 98%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 22%
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) โ‰ˆ 99%
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 IQ Robot AV992 delivers a mediocre performance on bare floors. While it does a good job with smaller debris like rice, it struggles with pet hair. It's also not very good when it comes to picking up bulky debris like cereal. It sucks some of it up, but some can get caught in the brushroll, which can cause it to jam. The vacuum's ability to clear larger debris like cereal drops quite significantly as the dirt compartment fills up as well.

5.8
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Normal"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 67%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) โ‰ˆ 66%
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) 30%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) โ‰ˆ 29%
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 IQ Robot AV992 has a passable performance on low-pile carpets. It clears a good amount of pet hair and does a decent job with larger debris like sand. Unfortunately, it struggles with fine debris like baking soda, especially as its dirt compartment fills.

6.5
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Normal"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 52%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) โ‰ˆ 51%
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) 35%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) โ‰ˆ 34%
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 IQ Robot AV992 has a good performance on high-pile carpets. It clears most pet hair and large debris like sand and does a decent job with fine material like baking soda.

8.1
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
99%
Low-Pile Carpet
64%
High-Pile Carpet
76%
0
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.01 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "Max"(App)
Normal Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.00 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Normal" (App)
Hose Diameter
N/A
9.5
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
60.1 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
57.3 dBA
7.0
Performance
Maneuverability

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 has decent maneuverability. Similar to the Shark IQ Robot RV1001, it moves in long straight lines at first and then cleans by smaller sections as it approaches obstacles. It's small enough to go under low furniture and doesn't get tangled up in electric cords, although it can push or drag them around before driving over. Unfortunately, it can get caught on rug tassels.

0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test
Performance
Air Quality
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No
4.5
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test
1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test
0
Performance
Water
Wet Compatible
No
Water Pickup Post Test
Automation
7.1
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
Smart
Physical Boundary Markers
Yes
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
Onboard Only
Navigation Control Buttons
Return to Base Only

The Shark IQ Robot AV992 has excellent automation features. It works with a companion app that allows you to check the vacuum's battery status, change the power mode, receive push notifications about its status, start and stop cleaning sessions, schedule cleaning sessions and see its cleaning history. It also allows you to control the vacuum with voice commands if you have a Google Home or Amazon Alexa device. Unlike the Shark IQ Robot RV1001, you can't use the app to direct it to a specific room in your home, but you can see a map of the area covered after each cleaning session, and you can set the vacuum to 'Recharge and Resume' so that it continues cleaning where it left off after returning to the dock to recharge. Unfortunately, the app itself isn't very intuitive.

While there's no way to set virtual boundary markers in the app, the vacuum comes with a physical 'BotBoundary' strip that you can use to keep it out of a certain area. It also has buttons on top that allow you to start and stop a cleaning session without an internet connection.

7.0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
SharkClean
iOS Availability
Yes
Android Availability
Yes
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
No
App Scheduled Start
Yes
App Cycle Control
Yes
Navigation Control within App
No

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