Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Oct 28, 2020 at 08:39 am
Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ Picture
8.5
Bare Floor
8.2
Low-Pile Carpet
8.4
High-Pile Carpet
8.9
Pets
9.4
Stairs
9.0
Cars
Vacuum Type
Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a small handheld vacuum. It has an outstanding performance on all surface types. It also comes with a turbo brush that has a self-cleaning brushroll to help tackle hair wraps while you clean. However, its dirt compartment is somewhat small. It has a sub-par battery life of around 10 minutes and is advertised to take approximately six hours to charge, although we were able to fully recharge it under two and a half hours. That said, it's a suitable choice for spot cleaning around your home.

Our Verdict

8.5 Bare Floor

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is excellent for bare floors. It can pick up pet hair as well as small and large debris like rice and cereal without a problem. However, the dirt compartment is fairly small, so you won't be able to pick up more debris if it's full. Its battery lasts just over 10 minutes, which may not be enough for a big mess. That said, it has a good build quality and it's easy to maintain.

Pros
  • Easily tackles pet hair.
  • Picks up most cereal and rice.
  • Comes with self-cleaning turbo brush.
  • Well-built and easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • Small dirt compartment.
8.2 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is great for low-pile carpet. It can pick up most pet hair, sand, and baking soda. However, finer debris can get stuck on some parts of the vacuum. Its battery life is quite short too. Still, it has a good build quality, it's easy to maintain, and its dirt cup filter is its only recurring cost.

Pros
  • Easily tackles pet hair.
  • Picks up most sand and baking soda.
  • Comes with self-cleaning turbo brush.
  • Well-built and easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • Small dirt compartment.
8.4 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is great for high-pile carpet. This well-built vacuum can clear most pet hair, sand, and baking soda. That said, a bit of finer debris can get caught on some of the vacuum's parts. Its battery also lasts around ten minutes, which some may find limiting. On the upside, maintenance is easy and it only has one recurring cost.

Pros
  • Easily tackles pet hair.
  • Picks up most sand and baking soda.
  • Comes with self-cleaning turbo brush.
  • Well-built and easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • Small dirt compartment.
8.9 Pets

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is amazing for pets. While it doesn't come with a HEPA filter to help trap allergens, it can pick up pet hair on all surface types. It also comes with a turbo brush with a self-cleaning brushroll so that you don't have to worry about hair wraps.

Pros
  • Easily tackles pet hair.
  • Comes with self-cleaning turbo brush.
  • Well-built and easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
9.4 Stairs

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is fantastic for stairs. This handheld vacuum can be used to tackle steps and it offers outstanding overall performance on different surface types. It comes with a few tools and brushes like a crevice tool as well. Its cordless design also ensures a virtually unlimited range, as long as it has battery life as well as room left in its dirt compartment.

Pros
  • Comes with self-cleaning turbo brush.
  • Well-built and easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
9.0 Cars

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is outstanding for cars. This well-built handheld can easily maneuver within your car. It does an outstanding job of cleaning low-pile carpet, and it comes with a couple of tools and brushes to help you clean.

Pros
  • Comes with self-cleaning turbo brush.
  • Well-built and easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • 8.5 Bare Floor
  • 8.2 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 8.4 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.9 Pets
  • 9.4 Stairs
  • 9.0 Cars
  1. Updated Oct 28, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 22, 2020: Early access published.

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Black UltraCyclone Pet Pro+
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Test Results

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Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a well-built handheld vacuum. It's made entirely out of plastic but it feels mostly durable. While the dust bin feels sturdy, the dust cup has a flimsy plastic frame with a cloth attached, which feels a little cheap. However, this vacuum is very easy to assemble.

7.5
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum is easy to maintain.

  • Dust cup: This part can be emptied by clicking the button near the vacuum head and be removed entirely if you press the button on the bottom of its body. Since this compartment is quite small, you may need to empty it quite often. You can tap it against your garbage to dislodge debris or rinse it with water for a more thorough clean.
  • Dust cup filter: You can remove this part by pulling it from the dust cup by its plastic frame. The manufacturer suggests tapping this filter in order to dislodge dirt and debris from the cloth. You should also rinse the filter with water every three months.

All parts that can be cleaned with water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before putting them back in.

7.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
XFTRCH900
HEPA Filter Part Number
No HEPA Filter

This vacuum has one recurring cost. Its dust cup filter needs to be replaced every six to nine months, and you can purchase replacement filters through the manufacturer's website.

7.2
Design
Storing
Height
18.11" (46.0 cm)
Width
3.54" (9.0 cm)
Depth
4.13" (10.5 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

This vacuum is decent to store. It's compact in design but it doesn't come with on-board tool storage or a rack to hold its tools. However, you can purchase a charging dock via the manufacturer's website.

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 Pet Pro+ has a mediocre dirt compartment. It has a smaller capacity than that of alternatives like the Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum, and it doesn't have a cover to keep debris from spilling out. This can be more problematic when the compartment nears its max capacity and you need to keep it upright when in-hand. It also doesn't have a max fill line to let you know when it's full.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ handheld vacuum
    • Dust cup
    • Washable dust cup filter
    • Self-cleaning motorized brush
    • Crevice tool
    • Scrubbing brush
  • Charging adapter
  • Vacuum User Guide

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

This is a cordless handheld vacuum and has an unlimited range so long as there's room in its dirt compartment and it has sufficient battery life.

9.2
Design
Portability
Total Weight
2.27 lbs (1.03 kg)
Weight In Hand
1.57 lbs (0.71 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Shark Pet Pro+ is outstandingly portable. It's very lightweight and has a carrying handle so that you can easily bring it to other rooms.

5.8
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
11 min
Maximum Battery Life
11 min
Recharge Time
158 min
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
No

This vacuum has a sub-par battery performance. It lasts just over ten minutes, which is significantly less than the iRobot H1 when used in its least powerful suction mode, so you need to work quickly when cleaning up a mess. The manual also lists that it has an approximately six-hour charge time, but we were able to charge it in just under two and a half hours. It has a power indicator light that flashes when it's low on charge.

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

This vacuum has a power button located on the top of its handle, making it easy to turn on and off. However, unlike the Wyze Handheld Vacuum, it lacks any sort of suction power adjustment feature.

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

The Shark CH951 comes with a few extra tools and brushes. Its turbo brush has a self-cleaning brushroll that removes hair wraps as you clean and can be used as an upholstery tool to clean couches. There's a crevice tool to help you clean hard-to-reach areas and a hard bristle brush for tackling more stubborn messes.

Design
Alternative Configuration

This vacuum can be used with its turbo brush so that you can clean furniture.

Performance
9.5
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
101%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
81%
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 Default

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is fantastic on bare floors. It can easily pick up pet hair as well as cereal and rice. However, once the dirt compartment reaches its max capacity, it won't be able to pick up any more debris.

9.0
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
102%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
89%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
94%
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)
83%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
88%
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 Default

This vacuum is outstanding on low-pile carpet. It does a better job than the Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet of picking up all pet hair as well as a large amount of debris like sand and baking soda. However, this debris can also get stuck to the vacuum along the outside of its underside and at the top of the dirt compartment.

8.9
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
98%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
80%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
85%
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)
76%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
81%
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 Default

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is excellent for high-pile carpet. It can pick up most pet hair as well as debris like sand and baking soda. Just like on low-pile carpet, though, this debris can cling to the vacuum's underside and the top of its dirt compartment.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Bad
Under Low Table
Bad
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Good

This vacuum has decent maneuverability. It's not meant to clean large areas but it's still lightweight and portable enough to tackle small messes. The crevice and turbo brush can clean furniture too.

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

This handheld vacuum doesn't have any automation features.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ (CH951) comes in one variant: Black. You can see its label here. Note that there's also a Shark Ultra Cyclone Pro (CH901) model available that doesn't come with a self-cleaning brushroll.

If you come across another variant of the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ that's differently equipped, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ (CH951) is a well-built handheld vacuum. Unlike many other handhelds such as the HoLife HM036E, it has a fantastic performance on carpet. It also comes with a turbo brush with a self-cleaning brushroll, which makes it well-suited for cleaning hair from your shedding pets. However, it has a short battery life and long recharge time. Check out our recommendations for the best handheld vacuums, the best handheld vacuums for pet hair, and the best vacuums for pet hair.

Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a better handheld vacuum than the Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum. It's better-built, easier to maintain, easier to carry around, and comes with more tools and accessories, including a turbo brush to clear messes from upholstery. It also does a much better job of sucking up debris on carpeted floors. Meanwhile, the Hoover comes with a bigger dirt compartment and has a longer battery life while taking less time to charge.

Shark ION W1 WANDVAC

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a better handheld vacuum than the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC. The UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is easier to maintain, it has a larger dirt compartment, and its battery life lasts longer. It also comes with a turbo brush that has a self-cleaning brushroll to take care of hair wraps. Its performance on all surface types outperforms the ION W1 WANDVAC. However, the ION W1 WANDVAC has virtually no recurring costs, and it's easier to store.

BISSELL AeroSlim

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a better handheld vacuum for cleaning pet hair than the BISSELL AeroSlim. The Shark is easier to maintain, it has a larger dirt compartment, and it comes with a turbo brush with a self-cleaning brushroll. It also has a significantly better performance on all surface types. However, some users may prefer the BISSELL's smaller size. This vacuum also has a better battery performance, it's easier to store, and has virtually no recurring costs.

Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a better handheld vacuum for cleaning pet hair than the Black+Decker dustbuster AdvancedClean+ Pet. The Shark is better-built, easier to maintain, and has fewer recurring costs. It comes with an upholstery tool as well as a hard bristle brush, and it has a better overall performance on all surface types. However, the Black+Decker has a better battery performance and a somewhat larger dirt compartment.

Dyson Micro 1.5kg

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ and the Dyson Micro 1.5kg are different vacuum types, though both offer remarkable bare floor performance. The Dyson is a hybrid stick/handheld vacuum, so it's a bit more suited to cleaning larger spaces, while the Shark is a handheld only vacuum that's ideal for spot cleaning. However, the Dyson isn't suitable for cleaning carpets, and it has a very small dirt compartment that requires frequent emptying, although it does have fewer recurring costs.

eufy HomeVac H11

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a better overall handheld vacuum than the eufy HomeVac H11. The Shark is easier to maintain, it has a larger dirt compartment, and it comes with a turbo brush. it also offers significantly better performance on all surface types than the eufy. However, the eufy has a somewhat better battery performance and some users may prefer its smaller size.

HoLife HM036E

The HoLife HM036E and the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ are two handheld vacuums with different strengths. The HoLife has a longer battery life and has a better overall performance on bare floors. It also comes with a wet nozzle to clear liquid, but we don't currently test this feature. However, the Shark is better-suited for carpet. It can clean low and high-pile carpet significantly better than the HoLife and it comes with a turbo brush with a self-cleaning brushroll. Its dirt compartment is also larger and the vacuum is overall easier to maintain.

Dyson Humdinger

The Dyson Humdinger and the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ are both great cordless handheld vacuums. The Shark feels better built, has a larger dirt compartment, and performs slightly better overall on all surface types. The Dyson has a HEPA filter to reduce allergens and has virtually no recurring costs.

iRobot H1

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is better than the iRobot H1. The Shark is easier to maintain, incurs fewer recurring costs, is slightly lighter, and delivers superior cleaning performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the iRobot lasts much longer in its least powerful suction mode, though that can vary in the real world. It also comes with a wall-mount rack station, making it a little easier to store.

Wyze Handheld Vacuum

The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is better for most uses than the Wyze Handheld Vacuum. The Shark is easier to maintain, has a larger dirt compartment, and comes with a turbo brush for cleaning messes on upholstered surfaces. It also clears debris more effectively on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. That said, the Wyze incurs lower recurring costs, is easier to store, lasts longer on a single charge, and comes with an extension hose to extend your reach.

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