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Shark Rocket Pet Pro Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Aug 11, 2020 at 08:01 am
Shark Rocket Pet Pro Picture
8.9
Bare Floor
8.2
Low-Pile Carpet
7.8
High-Pile Carpet
8.7
Pets
8.8
Stairs
8.1
Cars
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Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is an impressive cordless stick vacuum with a lightweight handheld configuration. Designed with pets in mind, it easily picks up pet hair on all surfaces, and its self-cleaning brushroll helps it to remove hair as you clean. While it also cleans small and large debris from bare floors outstandingly well, it struggles more with smaller debris on carpet but it still does a great job on these surfaces overall. This vacuum also has excellent maneuverability, making it easy to clean under tables or to clean car seats. As it's fairly easy to maintain, and as long as each of its parts is cleaned according to their respective maintenance needs, there are no recurring costs either. That being said, it has a small dirt compartment that needs frequent emptying and some users may find the included tools and brushes limiting.

Our Verdict

8.9 Bare Floor

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is amazing for bare floors. It's a decently-built vacuum that can pick up pet hair as well as small and large debris without a problem. It's also fairly easy to maintain, and as long as the parts are taken care of, there are no recurring costs. This vacuum also has excellent maneuverability.

Pros
  • Can easily pick up pet hair from all surface types.
  • Able to easily clean up small and large debris.
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
  • Excellent maneuverability.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
8.2 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is great for low-pile carpet. It's able to pick up pet hair and large debris, and although it struggles a bit with small debris, it still can clean a good amount of it up. It has a decent build quality, and you can reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum if you need even more maneuverability. There are only a few parts that need ongoing maintenance but luckily, there are no recurring costs as long as you maintain each part.

Pros
  • Can easily pick up pet hair from all surface types.
  • Picks up most large debris.
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
  • Excellent maneuverability.
Cons
  • Struggles with small debris on carpet.
  • Small dirt compartment.
7.8 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is good for high-pile carpet. It has excellent maneuverability and it's able to pick up all pet hair and most large debris. It has a bit more trouble cleaning up small debris though. That being said, this vacuum has a decent build quality, and it's fairly easy to maintain each of its parts. There are virtually no recurring costs as well.

Pros
  • Can easily pick up pet hair from all surface types.
  • Picks up most large debris.
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
  • Excellent maneuverability.
Cons
  • Struggles with small debris on carpet.
  • Small dirt compartment.
8.7 Pets

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is excellent for pets. This decently built vacuum captures pet hair on all surfaces and it has excellent maneuverability. It's also fairly easy to maintain, especially as the brushroll is designed to detangle hair wraps on its own. As long as it's taken care of, there are no recurring costs either.

Pros
  • Can easily pick up pet hair from all surface types.
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
Cons
  • No pet grooming brush.
8.8 Stairs

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is excellent for stairs. As it's a cordless vacuum, you have an unlimited range as long as you have battery life left, and there's even a handheld configuration for hard-to-reach places. It has an overall great performance on all surface types too.

Pros
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
  • Excellent maneuverability.
Cons
  • Struggles with small debris on carpet.
8.1 Cars

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is very good for cars. It has good portability, comes with a crevice tool for getting into hard-to-reach places, and you can even use it as a handheld vacuum, which can make it even easier to clean your car. It does an excellent job cleaning low-pile carpet and it has unlimited range, provided you still have battery life left. It feels like a sturdy vacuum and it's fairly easy to maintain.

Pros
  • Fairly easy to maintain and virtually no recurring costs.
  • Excellent maneuverability.
Cons
  • No on-board tool storage.
  • 8.9 Bare Floor
  • 8.2 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.8 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.7 Pets
  • 8.8 Stairs
  • 8.1 Cars

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Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro has a decent build quality. It's mostly made from hard plastic except for the wand, which is made of lightweight metal. It could feel a little more sturdy, and its dirt compartment feels like it could crack if dropped. That being said, the handle has a rubber grip, and the wand is flexible enough to bend for cleaning under tables or for storing. There's also a lint line near the back end of the brushroll, and the brushroll itself uses angled plastic fibers which helps it to detangle wrapped hair on its own. The vacuum is easy to assemble, and the tools and brushes have clips, making it simple to switch between them.

6.5
Design
User Maintenance

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is fairly easy to maintain. There are a few parts that need maintenance but most parts are easy to access.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment is small and need to be emptied quite frequently. It can be removed by pressing its release latch. You can wash it with water, but it can be a little challenging to hand-clean the higher area of the compartment.
  • Felt screen: This part is located inside the dirt compartment and it can be cleaned by taking out trapped debris by hand, but it can't be removed.
  • Brushroll: While the brushroll can't be removed you can access it by using a coin to unlock three clips and removing the base cover. You don't need to use scissors to remove wrapped hair, but you can use carpet mode and the hair dislodges itself. However, if you need to, you can also carefully remove debris by hand. Otherwise, this part doesn't really need much maintenance as it should detangle hair by itself.
  • Pre-motor filter: There are two pre-motor filters, one foam and one felt. They're easily accessible when you remove the dirt compartment, and both need to be washed with only water once a month, depending on your usage.
  • Post-motor filter: You can only access the post-motor filter after removing the dirt compartment. This part needs to be washed once a month with only water as well, depending on your usage.

You must air dry any part that's washed with water for 24 hours before using it again.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
617FJ140
HEPA Filter Part Number
XHF161H

This vacuum has virtually no recurring costs, which is outstanding. As long as the filters are taken care of, they shouldn't need replacing. That being said, if you do need to buy new ones, you can purchase them directly from Shark's online store.

6.6
Design
Storing
Height
26.77 in (68.0 cm)
Width
10.24 in (26.0 cm)
Depth
9.84 in (25.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless has okay storing capabilities. The wand is flexible, so you can fold it in half for easier storage. On the downside, there's no on-board tool storage, so you need to find a separate place to put the tools. Unlike the JASHEN V16, it also lacks a vacuum rack to hold the vacuum upright and store its accessories.

6.9
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.13 gal (0.50 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The dirt compartment is alright, but it's on the small side, so you need to empty it quite often. If that's a significant concern, the Shark ION P50 Upright has a larger dirt compartment that requires less frequent emptying. There's also an indicator to let you know when the dirt compartment is full, but it's small and can be hard to see.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless Stick Vacuum
  • Vacuum head
  • Vacuum body
  • Flexible wand
  • Dirt compartment
  • Pre-motor filters (felt and foam)
  • Post-motor filter
  • Recharge cable
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Hard bristle brush clip-on
  • User guide

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

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is a cordless vacuum, so it has an unlimited range, provided it still has battery life left.

7.7
Design
Portability
Total Weight
7.94 lbs (3.60 kg)
Weight In Hand
4.03 lbs (1.83 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless has good portability, and it isn't too heavy if you're holding it by its carrying handle.

7.0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
12 min.
Maximum Battery Life
42 min.
Recharge Time
168 min.
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro's battery performance is decent. While it has a shorter overall battery life than the Shark ION F80, it takes under three hours for it to fully charge up again, which is quicker than many other cordless vacuums we've tested so far. Its battery also lasts longest when used as a handheld vacuum, as it uses its default power setting. However, if you're cleaning up a more difficult mess, its "MAX (BOOST)" mode lasts just over ten minutes, so you need to work quickly. Luckily, the vacuum has a battery life LED indicator with three lights that lower to one light when you're running out of battery life.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
Yes
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
Manual

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro has a couple of extra features. There are two floor settings: one for floors and small area rugs which makes the brushroll spin slower, and a carpet setting which makes the brushroll spins faster. You can also increase its power by pulling on the trigger located near its handle. This activates 'MAX' mode and you only need to release the trigger to return back to normal power.

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

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless comes with a couple of tools and brushes. The hard bristle brush attaches to the upholstery tool. If you want something with more included tools, check out the Dyson V7 Animal.

Design
Alternative Configuration

This vacuum can be used in a handheld configuration.

Performance
9.9
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
99 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
100 %
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)
100 %
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 "Bare Floor", "MAX" Trigger Pulled

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro has fantastic performance on bare floors. It's easily able to pick up all debris and pet hair.

8.7
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
96 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
95 %
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)
67 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
65 %
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 "Carpet", "MAX" Trigger Pulled

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is excellent on low-pile carpet. It's able to pick up all pet hair as well as almost all large debris. It struggles a bit more with small debris like baking soda.

7.9
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
81 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
80 %
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)
36 %
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 "Carpet", "MAX" Trigger Pulled

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is good for high-pile carpet. It's able to pick up all pet hair and a good amount of large debris like sand. Just like its low-pile performance, it struggles to pick up small debris. At least it performs fairly consistently, even as the dirt compartment fills.

8.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Excellent
Under Low Table
Excellent
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Good

This vacuum has excellent maneuverability. It's easy to adjust power and floor type settings on-the-go, and the flexible wand is easy to lock and unlock, especially if you need to get under couches or tables. It's really easy to clean furniture, thanks to all of its tools and brushes. It does get stuck on rug tassels though, requiring you to turn the vacuum off to remove the rug from the brushroll.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro IZ162H doesn't have any automation features.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is a stick vacuum with a handheld configuration. Thanks to its unique self-cleaning brushroll that helps detangle hair wraps from its bristles while you clean, it's able to effectively clean pet hair from all surface types. Similar to the Shark ION F80, it also uses a flexible hose that can bend so that you can better clean underneath tables or more easily store it away. While it has an impressive performance overall, its battery performance also stands out as it has a shorter recharge time than the Dyson V8 Animal or Dyson V11 Animal.

Dyson V8 Animal

The Dyson V8 Animal and the Shark Rocket Pet Pro are similarly performing vacuums. The Dyson is more portable, and it comes with more tools and brushes including a unique 180-degree extension tool that's designed to help you clean hard-to-reach areas. The Shark is better at cleaning bare floors, feels slightly better built, has a shorter charge time, and is significantly more maneuverable.

Dyson V11 Animal

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro and the Dyson V11 Animal are similarly performing stick/handheld vacuums. The Shark feels better built, it's significantly more maneuverable, and it has a better performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet. The Dyson, on the other hand, is easier to maintain, has a bigger dirt compartment, and more tools. It also has better performance on high-pile carpet.

Dyson V7 Animal

The Dyson V7 and the Shark Rocket Pet Pro are similarly performing vacuums but the Shark is better for cleaning bare floors. The Shark has little problem on bare floors, it feels better built, it's significantly more maneuverable, and its battery performance is better. However, the Dyson performs a bit better on high-pile carpet, comes with more tools and brushes, and it's more portable as well.

Shark ION F80

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is a better stick/handheld vacuum than the Shark ION F80. The Rocket Pet Pro has fewer recurring costs, a shorter charge time, and it has a better performance on all surface types. It also has better maneuverability. However, the ION F80 has a somewhat better performing battery.

Shark APEX UpLight

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is better than the Shark APEX UpLight. The Rocket is a wireless vacuum with decent battery life. It cleans a bit better on all surface types and has better maneuverability. However, the UpLight comes with more tools and has a bigger dirt compartment.

JASHEN V16

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is a better overall stick/handheld vacuum than the JASHEN V16. The Shark performs better on bare floor as well as low and high-pile carpet, feels sturdier, has a larger dirt compartment, and recharges much faster. It's also far more maneuverable. That said, the JASHEN comes with more tools and brushes, not to mention a vacuum rack station to store said tools and brushes when it's not in use.

Shark ION P50 Upright

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is is more versatile than the Shark ION P50 Upright. The Pet Pro is more effective on bare floors and low pile carpet while also being lighter and easier to use in hard to reach areas. Conversely, the P50 has a large dirt compartment, lasts longer on a single charge, and does fractionally better on high-pile carpet.

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