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Shark Matrix Robot [RV2300S, RV2310AE] Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Oct 25, 2023 at 09:58 am
Latest change: Test bench update Nov 07, 2023 at 11:19 am
Shark Matrix Robot [RV2300S, RV2310AE] Picture
7.1
Bare Floor
7.1
Low-Pile Carpet
6.4
High-Pile Carpet
4.8
Pets
5.9
Stairs
4.9
Cars
4.6
Workshop

The Shark Matrix Robot is a mid-range robot vacuum. It sits above the Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty in the brand's lineup, from which it differentiates itself with the inclusion of a LIDAR sensor, which allows for handy features like pin-and-go navigation and support for virtually-drawn no-go zones. It's also compatible with a self-emptying base station, helping to reduce hands-on maintenance requirements. However, unlike pricier models in the lineup, it lacks any sort of 2-in-1 functionality, so you'll need to look elsewhere if you want a hybrid robot vacuum/mop.

Our Verdict

7.1 Bare Floor

The Shark Matrix Robot is decent for bare floors. It can clear away the majority of solid debris on this surface type within a pass or two, though it might not be the best option for cleaning tile floors with deep grout lines, as it doesn't have sufficient power to really suck out heavier debris. Its LIDAR mapping sensor allows for fairly quick and precise mapping, but room coverage could be better. It also has quite a few components that you'll need to clean periodically.

Pros
  • Self-emptying capability.
  • Impressive performance on bare floors.
  • Superb battery performance.
  • Quiet operation.
Cons
  • Inconsistent room coverage.
  • No mopping capability.
  • Has many parts that need periodic cleaning.
7.1 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark Matrix Robot does a decent job of cleaning low-pile carpet. It outperforms some of its peers when it comes to solid debris pickup on this surface type, though it can have a hard time dealing with pet hair on carpets. Build quality is fairly respectable, though there are a few obvious weak points in its construction, most notably its fragile dirt compartment. Its self-emptying feature works fairly seamlessly, but the vacuum itself has a number of parts that need regular cleaning.

Pros
  • Self-emptying capability.
  • Reasonably good debris pickup on carpets.
  • Superb battery performance.
  • Quiet operation.
Cons
  • Inconsistent room coverage.
  • Struggles with pet hair on carpets.
  • Has many parts that need periodic cleaning.
6.4 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark Matrix Robot is passable for cleaning high-pile carpet, though it isn't recommended for cleaning shag carpeting. Its object detection system can be a tad overzealous and might register thicker rugs and carpeting as hazards to be avoided completely. Its debris pickup on this surface type is quite reasonable for a robot vacuum, though it's worth noting that it has a really hard time with pet hair on this surface type.

Pros
  • Self-emptying capability.
  • Reasonably good debris pickup on carpets.
  • Superb battery performance.
  • Quiet operation.
Cons
  • Over-sensitive hazard detection system.
  • Inconsistent room coverage.
  • Struggles with pet hair on carpets.
  • Has many parts that need periodic cleaning.
4.8 Pets

The Shark Matrix Robot is best suited to cleaning pet hair on bare floors, where it has no trouble clearing away long and short strands. That said, it struggles with pet hair on carpets, and it will likely need to make several extra passes to clear away everything. Its allergen-sealing performance is also awful, as fine particles like pet dander can escape from gaps around its body and its exhaust. On the upside, it runs very quietly, which is good if your pet is particularly sensitive to loud noises.

Pros
  • Quiet operation.
Cons
  • Struggles with pet hair on carpets.
  • Tangle-prone brushroll.
  • Terrible allergen sealing performance.
5.9 Stairs

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

4.9 Cars

The Shark Matrix Robot is a robot vacuum and isn't suitable for cleaning the inside of your car.

4.6 Workshop

The Shark Matrix Robot is a robot vacuum and isn't designed for cleaning workshops.

  • 7.1 Bare Floor
  • 7.1 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.4 High-Pile Carpet
  • 4.8 Pets
  • 5.9 Stairs
  • 4.9 Cars
  • 4.6 Workshop
  1. Updated Nov 07, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update builds on our previous 'Suction' test with a new 'Airflow' test that more accurately measures a vacuum's ability to generate air movement. If you'd like to see an in-depth look at the reasoning and methodology behind this change, you can see our full changelog here..
  2. Updated Oct 25, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Oct 10, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Sep 21, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Sep 06, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated May 17, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are a couple of different variants of this vacuum, which differ in color and whether a self-emptying base station is included, along with the dock's capacity. We tested the RV2310AE variant, and you can see its label here.

Model Name Self-Empty Dock Included Self-Empty Dock Advertised Capacity Color Notes
RV2300/RV2300CA  No -  Grey  Sold primarily through Walmart retailers
RV2300S/RV2300SCA Yes 30 days worth of debris  Grey  Sold primarily through Walmart retailers
AV2310AE Yes 45 days worth of debris  Black/Brass Sold primarily through Amazon
RV2310 No - Black/Sliver  
RV2310AE Yes 45 days worth of debris  Black/Sliver  
 RV2320S Yes - Black/Gold Sold primarily through Best Buy retailers

 Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this vacuum.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark Matrix Robot is a mid-range robot vacuum. It offers LIDAR mapping and self-emptying capability at a fairly reasonable price point, but there are a few downsides. Its pathing is efficient, but overall room coverage is lacking. While its self-emptying base is fairly easy to clean and maintain, the vacuum isn't; its integrated post-motor filter makes the prospect of long-term maintenance and reliability somewhat dubious.

If you're considering an alternative, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors, the best budget robot vacuum cleaners, and the best robot vacuums for carpet.

Shark AI Ultra Robot [AV2501AE, AV2501S, AV2511AE, RV2502AE]

The Shark Matrix Robot ultimately improves on the Shark AI Ultra Robot in a few key ways. The Matrix feels better built, takes considerably less time to recharge while offering similar battery life, and delivers better debris pickup on low-pile carpeting. Its integration with the SharkClean companion app is also noticeably smoother. That said, the AI Ultra could be a better option if you have pets, as it does a better job of dealing with hair and is more effective in sealing in fine particles.

Shark AI Robot

The Shark Matrix Robot is better overall than the Shark AI Robot. The Matrix is compatible with a self-emptying base station, delivers better overall debris pickup on a variety of surface types, and recharges faster.

Shark IQ 2-in-1 [RV2410WD, UR2410WD]

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.

Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty

The Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty and Shark Matrix Robot are ultimately fairly similar overall performers, though the Matrix does offer a unique advantage in the form of its LIDAR mapping sensor, which allows for quicker and more precise mapping, even in the dark. With that being said, the EZ Robot offers more thorough room coverage, and its lack of a tall LIDAR sensor allows it to slip under some tables and chairs that the Matrix wouldn't be able to.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality
Vacuum Type
Robot

Build quality is good overall. In terms of overall sturdiness, it's pretty similar to most other Shark robot vacuums, with a body made from fairly dense, high-grade plastic and rubber wheels. However, its two-piece dirt compartment feels rather flimsy and contributes to its slightly cheaper feel when compared to other robot vacuums. That said, it does have a pretty upmarket appearance, with premium-looking touches like the metal-finish plastic plate covering its LIDAR sensor. It's easy to assemble out of the box, requiring only that you snap its two side brushes into place and place the self-emptying dock station on the included mat.

4.0
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum is quite hard to maintain as it has many parts that require regular maintenance. Luckily, most parts are easy to access.

  • Dustbin: You can remove the dustbin by simply pressing the two release buttons at the back of the part and then sliding it free. The vacuum automatically dumps accumulated debris into the external dirt bin on the charging dock, but you can empty it yourself if you feel that it's necessary.
  • Dustbin filter: Cleaning the internal dustbin filter and lint screen is a bit of a hassle, as both parts are attached to the dirt compartment itself, and you can't wash it under water. You should remove any stuck-on debris by hand regularly.
  • Base station dustbin: The external dustbin releases from the base station pretty easily. Another button on the side opens a compartment door so you can dump out any accumulated debris. According to the manufacturer, it can hold up to roughly 45 days' worth of collected debris.
  • Base station dust bin pre-motor filters: Unlike the internal filters, you can simply lift the base station filters directly from their housing. You should clean them using only cold water every two months. Make sure to let them dry for at least 24 hours before putting them back in their place.
  • Base station post-motor filter: You can find the post-motor filter in the base station behind a filter door on the base station. You should rinse it with cold water every two months. Leave it to air dry completely before reinstalling it.
  • Brushroll: You can access the brushroll by removing the brushroll cover, which is fairly easy and doesn't require any tools. That said, despite being advertised as self-cleaning, the brushroll is somewhat tangle-prone. You can remove any stuck-on debris or tangled hair by hand whenever necessary.
  • Side brushes: You can simply pull the two side brushes from their sockets with no need to unscrew them. Check for any accumulated debris once a week and clean them as necessary, either by hand or with a dry cloth, as they tend to collect quite a bit of debris.
  • Drive wheels: You should clear the drive wheels and their housings of any accumulated debris whenever necessary. Make sure to rotate the wheels to ensure full coverage.
  • Front wheel: You can simply pull the front wheel from its housing, but you may need another tool to get enough leverage. Remove any accumulated dust, dirt, or hair from the wheel and the socket when necessary.
  • Sensors and charging pads: You should dust the sensors and charging pads whenever you notice a buildup of debris.

5.5
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number Unidentified
HEPA Filter Part Number No HEPA Filter

This vacuum incurs high recurring costs.

  • Internal filter: There isn't a specified replacement time for this filter, and since it's effectively part of a single piece with the top half of the dustbin, it's far from an easily replaceable part. While Shark does advertise the filter as being reusable, it dirties very quickly.
  • Base station dust bin pre-motor filters: You should replace this filter every six to 12 months.
  • Base station post-motor filter: The base station's post-motor filter has an estimated service life of six to 12 months.
  • Brushroll: You should replace the brushroll every six to 12 months, depending on your usage.
  • Side brushes: You should replace the side brushes if bent or damaged.

It's worth noting that there are no replacement parts currently listed listed for this vacuum on Shark's website. We'll update this review once these components are listed as being available.

8.5
Design
Storing
Height
13.98" (35.5 cm)
Width
13.19" (33.5 cm)
Depth
19.29" (49.0 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Shark Matrix Robot is fairly easy to store. Its base station is a little taller than that of other Shark vacuums like the Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty, but it's still narrow enough to easily fit in a nook between furniture.

7.8
Design
Dirt Compartment
Bagless
Yes
Volume
0.32 gal (1.21 L)
Full Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The combined capacity of this vacuum's internal dustbin and base station dirt compartment is fairly spacious. The dock's additional height over the one included with the Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty is reflected in its noticeably greater overall capacity. Shark advertises the RV2310AE's external dustbin as being able to hold 45 days' worth of debris, while other models come with a smaller external dustbin with a 30-day capacity.

The vacuum's internal dustbin has a capacity of 0.04 gal (0.16L), which is on the smaller side of the scale, so be ready to empty it often if you buy a variant of this vacuum without a self-emptying base station.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark Matrix Robot
    • Robot vacuum body
    • Internal dust bin
    • Pre-motor filter
    • 1x Side brush
    • Brushroll
    • Brushroll guard
    • Quick Start guide
  • Base Station
    • Self Empty Station/Charging station
    • Base station dust bin
    • Base station dust bin pre-motor filters (felt and foam)
    • Base station dust bin post-motor filter and cover

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

This vacuum's range is limited only by its remaining battery life. That said, it can't climb or descend stairs.

8.2
Design
Portability
Total Weight
5.93 lbs (2.69 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

This vacuum doesn't weigh very much. It's considerably lighter than most other vacuums with LIDAR sensors, like the Roborock Q5/Q5+.

9.4
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
84 min
Maximum Battery Life
184 min
Recharge Time
178 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The battery performance is superb. In its high-power 'Max' power mode, it supplies roughly 70 minutes of cleaning time. You can stretch it to over 180 minutes if it's run in 'Eco' mode. Better yet, unlike older Shark robot vacuums, the Matrix can remember the power setting it was set to on previous cleaning sessions, so you won't have to make that adjustment manually every time it starts a new session.

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 Matrix Robot has a couple of quality-of-life features. There are three suction power modes: 'Normal', which is the default mode that you can only change once the vacuum is up and running; the more energy-efficient 'Eco' mode; and the high-power 'Max' mode. It also offers recharge and resume functionality, which allows it to pick up a cleaning session from where it left off if it needs to go back to its base to charge its battery.

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

This vacuum has a slightly different side brush arrangement to other Shark vacuums, with a single three-armed side brush as opposed to the dual one-armed brushes fitted to the Shark AI Ultra Robot.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No
Performance
8.3
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Normal"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 86%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 86%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 86%
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) 99%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 99%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 99%
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

This vacuum's performance on bare floors is excellent when used in its 'Normal' setting. It clears away small debris like rice without any issue, but it might need to make another pass to deal with bulkier debris like cereal.

Note: Since this vacuum automatically empties its internal dirt compartment when docked after completing its job, it doesn't lose suction performance. All testing was completed when the dirt compartment was empty, with the data for the 0.25L and 0.75L tests being copied from the 0L test.

7.5
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Max"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 78%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 78%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 78%
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) 64%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 64%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 64%
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 Matrix Robot's performance on low-pile carpet is relatively good in its 'Max' setting. It'll clear away a fair amount of fine debris like baking soda and larger debris like sand embedded within low-pile carpet fibers. However, it'll definitely need to make another pass or two to collect everything.

Note: Since this vacuum automatically empties its internal dirt compartment when docked after completing its job, it doesn't lose suction performance. We completed all testing when the dirt compartment was empty, with the data for the 0.25L and 0.75L tests being copied from the 0L test.

6.9
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Max"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 50%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 50%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 50%
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) 52%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 52%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) 52%
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 vacuum's performance on high-pile carpet is alright when set to its 'Max' power setting. It'll only need to make two or three extra passes to fully clear away fine and large debris on this surface type.

Note: Since this vacuum automatically empties its internal dirt compartment when docked after completing its job, it doesn't lose suction performance. We completed all testing when the dirt compartment was empty, with the data for the 0.25L and 0.75L tests being copied from the 0L test.

7.8
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
98%
Low-Pile Carpet
60%
High-Pile Carpet
66%

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. Despite being billed as self-cleaning, pet hair also frequently gets tangled around the brushroll and caught within the brush guard, as seen here.

0
Performance
Suction
Maximum Hose Suction
N/A
Maximum Head Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.01 kPa)
Normal Head Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.01 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Normal" (App)
Hose Diameter
N/A

Like most robot vacuums, the Shark Matrix Robot has poor suction performance at its floorhead. The suction inlet is positioned too high above the ground to generate a tight seal on bare surfaces.

3.3
Performance
Airflow
Maximum Hose Airflow
17.1 CFM (0.5 mยณ/min)
9.2
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
62.8 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
61.8 dBA

This vacuum is incredibly quiet. You won't have any trouble hearing nearby conversations spoken at a normal volume, even with the vacuum running in its 'Max' mode in the same room.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability

This vacuum has decent overall maneuverability. While it cleans in an organized pattern, its room coverage is actually somewhat lacking, and it can miss some areas completely; you can see that in a post-session coverage map here, where the center of the room is left uncleaned. Its LIDAR sensor is also somewhat tall, and the vacuum consequently can't clean under some low-lying couches and TV stands. Still, it can climb over tasseled rugs without getting stuck too frequently, which is rare among other robot vacuums. Unfortunately, its hazard detection system is somewhat over-reactive and can perceive benign objects, like thicker rugs, as objects to avoid rather than something that it can climb.

0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test
Performance
Air Quality
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

Air filtration performance is poor. Its post-motor filter isn't HEPA-rated, and fine allergens can easily escape from not only its exhaust but also in gaps around and inside its body as well as from below its LIDAR sensor.

5.0
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

Due to its low suction force, the Shark Matrix Robot misses a lot of debris in crevices when compared to most manually operated vacuums, lifting only a minuscule amount of material away. Its side brush can also slightly drag debris outwards rather than driving it towards the suction inlet.

1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

This vacuum has terrible stain-clearing performance. It doesn't have any mopping capability that would allow it to scrub away dried-on stains.

0
Performance
Water
Wet Compatible
No
Water Pickup Post Test
Automation
9.1
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Automatic Bag Emptying
Yes
Pathing Algorithm
Smart
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
Onboard Only
Navigation Control Buttons
Return to Base Only

The Shark Matrix Robot has a similar set of physical automation capabilities as the cheaper Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty, which isn't a bad thing, along with the more precise mapping capability that comes with a LIDAR sensor. It's capable of self-emptying, which reduces hands-on maintenance requirements. 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 is pretty limited, as they only allow you to start and stop a cleaning session or send the vacuum back to its dock.

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

The SharkClean app is decent overall. It's fairly feature-packed, but inputs can be slow to register. 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. You can see a quick tour of the SharkClean app here.