Shark IQ Robot RV1001 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Aug 11, 2021 at 03:56 pm
Shark IQ Robot RV1001 Picture
7.0
Bare Floor
6.3
Low-Pile Carpet
6.8
High-Pile Carpet
7.4
Pets
6.1
Stairs
6.0
Cars
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 is a simple robot vacuum. It clears an impressive amount of debris on bare floors, delivers fair overall performance on carpets, and does a decent job of maneuvering itself. That said, while it feels well-built, there are a few parts that require regular maintenance or periodic replacement, so recurring costs can add up quickly over time. Still, if you're looking for a reasonably versatile robot vacuum, this is a good choice.

Our Verdict

7.0 Bare Floor

The Shark IQ Robot is a satisfactory option for cleaning bare floors. It does a fantastic job of sucking up pet hair as well as small debris like rice. However, it can have a hard time clearing bulky material like cereal as its dirt compartment fills. In addition, recurring costs are high since quite a few parts need to be replaced frequently. Thankfully, it feels sturdily built and offers decent maneuverability.

Pros
  • Outstanding performance on bare floors.
  • Good build quality.
  • Superb battery life.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Struggles to suck up bulky debris with a partially-filled dirt compartment.
6.3 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark IQ Robot is mediocre for low-pile carpets. It easily clears debris like pet hair and larger material like sand. That said, it may need to make an extra pass to clear fine material like baking soda. It also has many parts that need to be cleaned regularly, not to mention high recurring costs. However, it's a well-built vacuum.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Superb battery life.
  • Maneuvers effectively on carpeted floors.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Struggles to suck up bulky debris with a partially-filled dirt compartment.
6.8 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark IQ Robot is alright for high-pile carpets. It clears a good amount of pet hair as well as larger debris like sand, even as its dirt compartment fills. Unfortunately, it struggles with sucking up fine material like baking soda on this surface type. It also has quite a few parts that need routine replacement or maintenance.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Superb battery life.
  • Maneuvers effectively on carpeted floors.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Struggles to suck up bulky debris with a partially-filled dirt compartment.
7.4 Pets

The Shark IQ Robot is a satisfactory choice for dealing with pet hair. It has no issue picking up pet hair from low-pile carpets and also does a good job of sucking it up from bare floors and high-pile carpets. It lacks an allergen-trapping HEPA filter and incurs fairly high recurring costs but is equipped with a self-cleaning brushroll, which should reduce the risk of hair wraps building up.

Pros
  • Very good pet hair cleaning capability.
  • Good build quality.
  • Superb battery life.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • High recurring costs.
  • No HEPA filter to trap allergens.
6.1 Stairs

The Shark IQ Robot is a robot vacuum that isn't designed for stairs.

6.0 Cars

The Shark IQ Robot isn't designed to clean car interiors.

  • 7.0 Bare Floor
  • 6.3 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.8 High-Pile Carpet
  • 7.4 Pets
  • 6.1 Stairs
  • 6.0 Cars
  1. Updated Apr 23, 2021: Corrected input error in the 'Remote Controller' field of 'Automation (Robot Vacuum)' section.
  2. Updated Nov 19, 2020: Fixed Companion App field input error.
  3. Updated Nov 12, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Nov 06, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Shark IQ Robot vacuum has good build quality. It has a body made of a mix of glossy and matte-finish hard plastic, along with a rubber front bumper and rubber-treaded plastic wheels. Its dirt compartment is also made of hard plastic, but it scratches easily and feels as though it could break if it were dropped. It doesn't require too much assembly out-of-the-box, requiring only that you snap in the two included side brushes and place the appliance on its charging dock.

4.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Shark IQ Robot has many parts that need maintenance, but they're easy to access.

  • Dustbin: The dustbin can be removed by pressing the release button on the rear. There's an anti-tangle comb attached to the dust bin that can collect hair wraps, which can later be removed by hand. The bin itself should be emptied after every use.
  • Pre-motor filter: The pre-motor filter is located inside the dirt compartment and can be pulled out via its release tabs. It should be cleaned regularly by tapping it against the side of a garbage bin since it shouldn't be rinsed under water.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll can be accessed via a door under the vacuum and then removed. While it's advertised to be self-cleaning, you may still have to cut out tangled debris with scissors or by hand.
  • Side brushes: The side brushes can be simply pulled out of their socket for maintenance. They should be cleaned with a dry cloth whenever you notice a buildup of debris.
  • Drive wheels: The drive wheels should be dusted regularly. Make sure to rotate them in their housing to clean them properly.
  • Front wheel: The front wheel can be pulled from its housing, though this may take a bit of effort and the assistance of a tool. Thankfully, it's easy to click back into place. It should be cleared of debris regularly.
  • Sensors: The sensors on the vacuum should be cleaned periodically with a dry cloth.
  • Charging pads: The charging pads under the vacuum and on top of the dock should be dusted whenever you notice a buildup of debris .

4.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
RVFFK950
HEPA Filter Part Number
No HEPA Filter

The Shark IQ Robot has quite a few recurring costs.

  • Pre-motor filter: No replacement interval is specified for the filter. However, the user manual states that the filter should be regularly cleaned and periodically replaced in order to maintain peak performance.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll should be replaced whenever you observe visible wear or every six to 12 months.
  • Side brushes: The side brushes should be changed when bent or damaged.
  • Front wheel: The front wheel requires replacement after 12 months.

You can purchase any one of these parts, as well as additional accessories, on Shark's website.

9.0
Design
Storing
Height
3.35" (8.5 cm)
Width
12.40" (31.5 cm)
Depth
14.76" (37.5 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Shark IQ Robot is incredibly easy to store. It's small enough to easily fit under couches and tables, and its charging dock is small and low-profile.

6.2
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.11 gal (0.40 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001's dirt compartment is mediocre. As with most robot vacuums, it's quite small, so you need to empty it fairly often. It holds more debris than some other models, like the Shark AI Robot, but doesn't have an indicator to let you know when it's full. Since it's made of opaque plastic, you can't check its fill status at a glance.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark IQ Robot RV1001 vacuum
  • Dust bin
  • Filter
  • 4x Side brushes
  • Brushroll
  • Brusroll door
  • Charging dock
  • Boundary strip
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

The Shark IQ Robot vacuum has an effectively unlimited range as long as it has room left in its dirt compartment and remaining battery life, but it can't climb or descend stairs.

8.2
Design
Portability
Total Weight
5.84 lbs (2.65 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

The Shark IQ Robot Vacuum is quite portable. It doesn't weigh too much, but it lacks a carrying handle to make it easier to lift from room to room.

9.0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
70 min
Maximum Battery Life
164 min
Recharge Time
273 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Shark IQ Robot's battery performance is superb. On its high-suction 'Max' mode, it can provide over an hour of continuous runtime. On its more energy-efficient 'Eco' mode, it can run for over 160 minutes, which should be more than enough to clean big rooms. Of course, it's worth noting that battery life can vary drastically in the real world. Unfortunately, it takes over four hours to completely recharge, which is very long. The lights on top also provide a rough estimate of its remaining battery life. When both lights are blue, the vacuum is at max battery capacity. At a partial charge, one of the lights turns off. At low battery levels, one of the lights turns red. For a robot vacuum that lasts longer on its 'Max' mode and charges more quickly, consider the Shark ION Robot R77.

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 IQ Robot 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.

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 uses two side brushes to bring debris on the edges of the vacuum's body into the path of the main brushroll. It comes with two spare side brushes in case either needs replacement.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Performance
8.0
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
85%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
95%
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)
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
Setting Used "Normal"

The Shark IQ Robot Vacuum performs impressively well on bare floors. It clears most pet hair as well as small debris like rice and bulky material like cereal. However, as its dirt compartment fills up, it struggles with sucking up bulky debris and pushes it around instead. If you want something that can suck up bulky debris even as its dirt compartment fills, check out the yeedi K650.

6.7
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
94%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
76%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
75%
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)
40%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
31%
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 IQ Robot delivers alright performance on low-pile carpets. It has no issue clearing pet hair and sucks up most large debris like sand too. Unfortunately, it struggles with fine debris like baking soda on this surface type.

7.3
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
77%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
63%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
63%
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)
50%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
42%
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"

This robot vacuum offers decent performance on high-pile carpet. It clears most pet hair and coarse debris and does an overall fair job when it comes to dealing with finer material like baking soda. Still, if you're looking for a robot vacuum that delivers better performance on this surface type, consider the Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Good
Under Low Table
Good
On Furniture
Not Possible
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Ok

The Shark IQ Robot's maneuverability is satisfactory. It cleans in an organized manner, starting by moving in large sweeping patterns before doing smaller sections individually as it approaches obstacles, and finishes by cleaning the outermost edges of a room. It's low enough to squeeze under couches and tables and shouldn't bump into furniture. It can climb over low-lying obstructions like electrical cords without getting stuck, but rug tassels can get caught in its brushroll. If you're looking for a robot vacuum that's better at maneuvering itself, take a look at the iRobot Roomba i3+, which has a smart pathing feature.

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

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 has excellent automation features. It works with a companion app that allows you to see the vacuum's remaining battery life, receive push notifications about its status, pause or resume cleaning, and control it with voice commands if you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device. You can also direct it to a specific room, change the power mode, and send it back to its dock. The vacuum also comes with physical boundary marker strips you can use to keep it out of certain areas.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 'Black' variant of the Shark IQ Robot RV1001, and you can see its label here. Another variant, referred to as the Shark IQ Robot Self-Empty Vacuum, comes with an external dirt bin/charging station for automatic debris disposal. We can't confirm that this model performs similarly, as its automatic dirt emptying capabilities could have an impact on performance.

If someone comes across a different variant of this vacuum, let us know in the discussions below so that we can update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 is a simple robot vacuum. It's a sturdily-built vacuum with remarkably long battery life, though the latter can vary in the real world. It also delivers impressive cleaning performance on surfaces like hardwood or linoleum. Unfortunately, it struggles more with finer debris on carpeted surfaces and loses suction performance as its dirt compartment fills up, especially in regards to bulkier material like cereal.

If you're looking for alternatives, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors, the best robot vacuums for pet hair, and the best robot vacuums for carpet.

iRobot Roomba i3+

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 is a better-performing vacuum than the iRobot Roomba i3+. The Shark picks up more pet hair from bare floors and has a better overall performance on low and high-pile carpets. It also has fewer recurring costs. On the other hand, the iRobot is better-built and has an automatic dirt disposal feature.

iRobot Roomba i7+

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is slightly better than the Shark IQ Robot RV1001. The iRobot is better built, less demanding in terms of maintenance, maneuvers itself around obstacles far more easily, is equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, and delivers better performance on low and high-pile carpets. The i7+ also comes with an external dirt compartment mounted to its charging dock that the vacuum can automatically empty its internal dustbin into. Meanwhile, the Shark clears more debris on bare floors and has a significantly longer maximum runtime, though it takes a lot longer to recharge.

Shark AI Robot

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 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.

Roborock S7

The Roborock S7 is better than the Shark IQ Robot RV1001. The Roborock feels better-built, has less demanding maintenance requirements, incurs fewer recurring costs, has a longer maximum battery life, and does a better job of maneuvering itself. It also performs better on bare floors and comes with a mopping attachment for dealing with sticky messes, though we don't currently test that function. Conversely, the Shark clears more debris on carpets and has a bigger dustbin.

eufy RoboVac G30 Edge

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 is a better overall robot vacuum than the eufy RoboVac G30 Edge. The Shark does a better job of cleaning debris on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet, feels better-made, and maneuvers over obstructions like electrical cords more effectively. Meanwhile, the eufy is a little easier to maintain.

iRobot Roomba E5

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 and the iRobot Roomba E5 have different advantages. The Shark performs better on all surface types, has a larger dirt compartment, and longer battery life. The iRobot is better-built, easier to maintain, and charges substantially faster. It also has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans.

Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S

The Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S is slightly better than the Shark IQ Robot RV1001. The EZ has an automatic dirt disposal feature, charges a lot faster, gets caught on rug tassels less frequently, and delivers better overall cleaning performance on low and high-pile carpets. Conversely, the RV1001 struggles less with bulky material, like cereal, on bare floors, incurs fewer recurring costs, and is easier to maintain.

iRobot Roomba i4

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 and iRobot Roomba i4 each have their own advantages, so one may suit you better than the other depending on your needs. The Shark has a bigger dustbin and performs better on both bare floors and low-pile carpet. It also has a longer maximum runtime, though this can vary in the real world. Meanwhile, the iRobot charges much faster, has an automatic surface type adjustment feature, feels better-built, and incurs fewer recurring costs. It also does a better job of maneuvering around obstacles.

Roborock S6

The Roborock S6 is better overall than the Shark IQ Robot RV1001. The Roborock has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter as well as superior build quality and battery performance. It also delivers better overall cleaning capability on bare floors and low-pile carpet while maneuvering far more effectively. That said, the Shark picks up a little more material on shaggy carpets.

Roborock S6 MaxV

The Roborock S6 MaxV is better for most purposes than the Shark IQ Robot RV1001. The Roborock is easier to maintain, incurs fewer recurring costs, and comes equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. It delivers significantly better performance on bare floors and can automatically adjust its suction power depending on the surface type. However, the Shark is more lightweight and does a better job of cleaning carpets.

Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum

The Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum is better than the Shark IQ Robot RV1001 for most uses. The Xiaomi has fewer parts that require regular maintenance, incurs lower recurring costs, charges much faster while offering similar overall battery life, maneuvers itself more effectively around obstacles, and cleans more debris on bare floors and low-pile carpet. Conversely, the Shark can clean high-pile carpet and comes with physical boundary strips that you can use to prevent it from entering certain areas.

iRobot Roomba 960

The iRobot Roomba 960 and Shark IQ Robot RV1001 have different strengths. The Shark performs better on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet and has longer maximum battery life. Meanwhile, the iRobot is better-built, easier to maintain, incurs fewer recurring costs, has a larger dust bin, and recharges in less than a third of the time.

Shark IQ Robot AV992

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 is a better robot vacuum for most purposes than the Shark Robot AV992. 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 RV992 has a better performance on high-pile carpets.

Roborock S5

The Roborock S5 is a better vacuum than the Shark IQ Robot RV1001. The Roborock is better-built, easier to maintain, and has lower recurring costs. It also has better battery performance, with a longer overall battery life despite a shorter charging time. It performs better on bare floors and even comes with a mopping attachment to clear sticky messes, though we don't test for that. However, the Shark clears more debris on carpeted surfaces and is a little more compact.

Shark ION Robot R77

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 is a better vacuum than the Shark ION Robot R77. The IQ has a better cleaning performance on all surface types, especially for picking up pet hair. However, the ION has a longer battery life, which some users may prefer.

Shark ION Robot 2020

The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 is a better option for most use cases than the Shark ION Robot 2020. The IQ clears debris more effectively on all surface types, uses smart-pathing to plot more efficient cleaning routes, and comes with boundary makers to prevent it from moving into certain areas. Meanwhile, the ION has a much longer battery life while taking less time to recharge.

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