The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H 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, recurring costs are low. That being said, it has a small dirt compartment that needs frequent emptying and some users may find the included tools and brushes limiting.
Note: Our Shark Rocket Pet Pro IZ162H test unit came with the MultiFLEX flexible hose, though several users have noted that their model only came with a straight wand. This component is only advertised as being standard equipment on the IZ163H variant of this vacuum. We've yet to test this vacuum's performance with a rigid wand, so your user experience may vary.
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 few recurring costs. This vacuum also has excellent maneuverability.
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 few recurring costs as long as you maintain each part.
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 few recurring costs as well.
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 few recurring costs either.
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.
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.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless 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. You may want to take a look at the Miele Triflex HX1 if you're looking for a better-built lightweight cordless vacuum. 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.
This vacuum is fairly easy to maintain. There are a few parts that need maintenance but most parts are easy to access.
You must air dry any part that's washed with water for 24 hours before using it again.
Update 02/11/2021: The recurring cost score has been updated to bring it in line with the scores of other vacuums with similar maintenance requirements. The text has also been updated.
This vacuum has very low recurring costs.
While the user manual recommends replacing these pars regularly, no specific service interval is given, and we can only estimate their lifespan relative to parts in similar Shark vacuums like the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless.
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.
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.
This is a cordless vacuum, so it has an unlimited range, provided it still has battery life left.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless has good portability, and it isn't too heavy if you're holding it by its carrying handle.
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.
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.
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.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro has fantastic performance on bare floors. It's easily able to pick up all debris and pet hair and outperforms alternatives like the Dyson Outsize Absolute+ on this surface type.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro is excellent on low-pile carpet. It's able to pick up all pet hair and it does a better job of picking up almost all large debris than the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate. It struggles a bit more with small debris like baking soda.
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.
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.
There are a few variants of the Shark Rocket Pet Pro, which differ seemingly only in terms of included equipment and wand color. The vacuums are similarly designed otherwise, and we expect all variants to deliver similar overall performance when using the same accessories.
|Model Name||Parts Included||Wand Color|
|IZ163H||MultiFLEX wand, motorized head, crevice tool, upholstery tool/hard bristle brush combination tool||Rasberry|
|IZ162H||Motorized head, crevice tool, upholstery tool/hard bristle brush combination tool||Magenta|
|IZ162HC||Motorized head, crevice tool, upholstery tool||Red|
|IZ165HC||Motorized head, crevice tool, upholstery tool/hard bristle brush combination tool||Iris Blue|
Let us know if you come across another variant of this vacuum so that we can update our review.
Note: We tested the IZ162H variant of this vacuum, and you can see its label here. However, our IZ162H variant came with the MultiFLEX wand, which seems to be unique to our test model, as this component is only advertised as being standard equipment for the IZ163H model. Let us know in the discussions below if you encounter a similar difference in standard equipment.
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, the IZ163H variant 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.
The Dyson V8 Animal and the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H 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.
The Dyson V7 Animal and the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H 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.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a better overall cordless stick/handheld vacuum than the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless. The Pet Pro is lighter and performs better on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Vertex has a slightly longer battery life in its highest power setting and has a bigger dirt compartment that doesn't need to be emptied as often.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H 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.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H 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.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is slightly more versatile than the Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded. The Rocket employs a cordless design that allows you to clean almost anywhere and performs better on all surface types, especially on low-pile carpet. It also has a slightly slimmer design that makes it easier to clean under couches and tables, and it comes with a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. Meanwhile, the corded Vertex features an onboard storage rack and comes with a turbo brush.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a better stick/handheld vacuum than the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate. The Shark is better-built and easier to maintain. It also has a better performance on low as well as high-pile carpet, and it's more maneuverable. However, the LG comes with two swappable batteries so you can use one while the other is charging.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H and Miele Triflex HX1 have different strengths, and which you prefer may come down to your personal needs and preferences. The Miele is better-built, has an automatic surface type adjustment feature, and a slightly more configurable design. Both perform very well in terms of suction performance, with the Miele clearing more fine debris on carpeted floors and the Shark dealing with coarse sand-like material more easily. The Shark also has a larger dirt compartment, a longer maximum battery life, and charges faster.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a better vacuum than the Shark Wandvac System WS620. The Rocket Pet Pro has a much better performance on bare floors, a bigger dirt compartment, and a better battery life. On the other hand, the Wandvac System WS620 is lighter and does a somewhat better job of cleaning high-pile carpets.
The Dyson V15 Detect is slightly better than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H. Both deliver similarly exceptional performance on bare floors, though the Dyson is slightly superior on low-pile carpet and clears noticeably more debris on high-pile carpets. It also comes with a broader selection of tools and accessories and has longer battery life. However, the Shark takes much less time to charge, feels more solidly built, is less demanding in terms of maintenance, and can maneuver more easily.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a better overall vacuum than the Simplicity S65S. The Shark is easier to store, offers slightly better battery performance, has a surface type adjustment feature, and performs significantly better on low-pile carpet and bare floors. It's also a little more maneuverable. Conversely, the Simplicity offers superior performance on high-pile carpet.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a better stick/handheld vacuum than the Shark ION F80. The Rocket Pet Pro has 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.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H 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.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a slightly more versatile cordless stick/handheld vacuum than the Dyson Outsize Absolute+. The Shark feels slightly better-built, less demanding in terms of maintenance, and maneuvers easily because of its lighter design. It also delivers better performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet. Conversely, the Dyson has a longer total runtime thanks to its second battery, a larger dirt compartment that doesn't need to be emptied as often, and incurs virtually no recurring costs.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H 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.