Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Dec 09, 2020 at 07:34 am
Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless Picture
8.6
Bare Floor
7.2
Low-Pile Carpet
7.2
High-Pile Carpet
8.0
Pets
8.6
Stairs
7.7
Cars
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It's lightweight, highly maneuverable, and offers fantastic performance on bare floors. Thanks to its washable filters and bagless design, recurring costs are minimal, and the vacuum itself doesn't have too many parts that require maintenance. Unfortunately, it struggles somewhat with fine and larger debris on some higher-pile carpets. Still, if you're looking for a basic cordless stick/handheld model with exceptional performance on bare floors, this is a good choice.

Our Verdict

8.6 Bare Floor

The Shark Vertex Cordless is amazing for bare floors. It sucks up pet hair as well as small and bulky debris, like rice or cereal, without difficulty and with very little drop in performance as its dirt compartment fills up. It incurs few recurring costs and is highly maneuverable as you can easily navigate around obstructions or clean under low-lying furniture.

Pros
  • Superb performance on bare floors.
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Great overall pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Has a couple of parts that require regular maintenance.
7.2 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark Vertex Cordless is decent for low-pile carpet. It does a good job of cleaning pet hair and larger debris like sand, but it struggles somewhat with finer debris like baking soda. Thankfully, it's lightweight and highly maneuverable, with a cordless design that allows you to clean large spaces or a couple of rooms without searching for an outlet.

Pros
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Great overall pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Struggles with fine debris on carpeted floors.
  • Has a couple of parts that require regular maintenance.
7.2 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark Vertex Cordless is satisfactory for high-pile carpet. It sucks up pet hair without difficulty, but it may take a couple of passes to clear fine debris like sand or larger sand-like material from this kind of surface. That said, thanks to its bagless design and washable filters, recurring costs are minimal, and it has a highly reconfigurable construction that makes it easy to adapt to different cleaning tasks.

Pros
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Great overall pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Struggles with fine debris on carpeted floors.
  • Has a couple of parts that require regular maintenance.
8.0 Pets

The Shark Vertex Cordless is great for pet owners. It does an amazing overall job of cleaning pet hair on a variety of surfaces, and it comes with a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. While its brushroll is advertised as being able to self-clear hair wraps, it isn't removable, which can slightly complicate the maintenance process. However, the vacuum itself incurs few recurring costs and it doesn't come with a turbo brush.

Pros
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Equipped with a HEPA filter.
  • Great overall pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Has a couple of parts that require regular maintenance.
  • No turbo brush.
8.6 Stairs

The Shark Vertex Cordless is an excellent choice for cleaning stairs. It uses a cordless design that gives it an effectively unlimited range. It's also lightweight and easy to carry, with a highly-reconfigurable construction that can be quickly converted into a handheld vacuum. It does an outstanding job of cleaning bare floors and should perform decently well on low and high-pile carpets.

Pros
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Easily reconfigurable construction.
Cons
  • Has a couple of parts that require regular maintenance.
7.7 Cars

The Shark Vertex Cordless is good for cleaning the inside of your car. Its cordless design makes it easy to clean far-off areas, like a car parked on a driveway, and it can be easily converted into a more compact handheld configuration. It comes with a crevice tool that allows you to tackle messes in tight corners, but unfortunately, it lacks any sort of onboard storage to make it easy to grab new attachments.

Pros
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Easily reconfigurable construction.
Cons
  • Has a couple of parts that require regular maintenance.
  • 8.6 Bare Floor
  • 7.2 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.2 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.0 Pets
  • 8.6 Stairs
  • 7.7 Cars

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White Vertex Lightweight Cordless
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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Shark Vertex Cordless has a decent build quality. It's mostly made of plastic, but its folding wand has a metal construction. Like the closely-related Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded, it uses a twin-brushroll vacuum head that's designed to self-clear hair wraps. An indicator light makes it easy to see if the brushroll is engaged or disengaged. Overall, it feels reasonably sturdy, though its clear plastic dirt compartment feels as though it could break if you drop it. It's also pretty easy to disassemble and reassemble for maintenance since all of its parts clip together in an intuitive way.

6.5
Design
User Maintenance

The Shark Vertex Cordless is fairly easy to maintain.

  • Dirt compartment: You can remove this part by pressing the plastic button on the right side of the main body and then empty it by pressing the button with a trash bin symbol on it once it gets full. You can also open it up to clear stuck on-debris from its lint screen when necessary. You can rinse it under cold water if you notice a build-up of debris.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll is designed to be self-cleaning. It isn't removable, but you can access it by undoing three locks with a coin to clear any tangled debris.
  • Soft roller: The soft roller can be easily removed by sliding the blue roller release switch on the side of the vacuum. It can be wiped down with a dry towel or washed under cold water when necessary.
  • Pre-motor filters: The foam and felt pre-motor filters are located on top of the dust cup. The lint felt filter can be removed via a release tab, which allows you to lift the foam filter out of the housing. These filters should be washed with cold water at least once a month.
  • Post-motor HEPA filter: You need to remove the dust cup assembly in order to access the post-motor filter. It should be cleaned with cold water at least once a year.

Any part that you wash with water must be left to dry for at least 24 hours before it can be reinstalled.

8.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
617FJ140
HEPA Filter Part Number
XHF161H

The Shark Vertex Cordless has few recurring costs.

  • Pre-motor filters: The foam and felt pre-motor filters shouldn't need to be replaced if they're well-maintained, but they can be purchased as a single kit from Shark's website if necessary.
  • Post-motor HEPA filter: The post-motor filter shouldn't need to be replaced if it's well taken care of. You can buy replacements from the manufacturer's website if necessary.

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.

6.6
Design
Storing
Height
26.57 in (67.5 cm)
Width
10.24 in (26.0 cm)
Depth
11.02 in (28.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The Shark Vertex Cordless has alright storing capabilities. Its wand folds in half to reduce its vertical footprint, but there's no rack station or on-board storage for the included tools and accessories.

7.2
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.18 gal (0.70 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Shark Vertex Cordless has a decent dirt compartment. It's relatively spacious and has a fill line indicator to let you know when it's reached maximum capacity.

Design
In The Box

  • Vacuum body
  • MultiFLEX wand
  • Vacuum head/floor nozzle
  • Dirt compartment
  • Soft roller
  • Anti-Allergen Dust Brush attachment
  • Pet Multi-Tool attachment
  • Crevice tool
  • Pre-motor foam filter
  • Pre-motor felt filter (with pink tab)
  • HEPA post-motor filter (in vacuum body)
  • Battery
  • Charging cable
  • User guide

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

This vacuum is cordless, so its range is limited only by the remaining battery life and room left in its dirt compartment.

7.5
Design
Portability
Total Weight
9.15 lbs (4.15 kg)
Weight In Hand
4.17 lbs (1.89 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Shark Vertex Cordless is quite portable. It's slightly heavier than alternatives like the Shark Rocket Pet Pro, but it feels light in your hand and has a built-in carrying handle that makes moving it around a little easier.

7.3
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
19 min.
Maximum Battery Life
38 min.
Recharge Time
184 min.
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Shark Vertex Cordless has a satisfactory battery performance. In its most powerful 'Carpet' floor setting and with the 'MAX' trigger pulled to activate the 'Boost' power mode, you can drain its battery in just under 20 minutes. If you use it in its 'Hard Floor' setting, which lowers the speed of the brushroll, you can expect just under 40 minutes of runtime. Its battery indicator lights allow you to quickly check the remaining charge, as the three lights gradually turn off as you use the vacuum. The battery itself is removable and can be charged separately.

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 Vertex Cordless has a couple of quality of life features. There are two surface type settings: 'Carpet' spins the brushroll faster to clear debris on carpeted surfaces while 'Hard Floor' slows the brushroll down for cleaning bare floors or rugs. There's also a separate 'MAX' trigger to enable 'Boost Mode', which allows you to increase suction for stubborn messes. Its flexible wand lets you easily clean under furniture and its headlight should help you see what you're cleaning in darker environments.

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 Vertex Cordless comes with a couple of tools and accessories. There's an Anti-Allergen Dust Brush that can be used to clean fine dust and debris from delicate surfaces in narrow spots and a crevice tool to tackle messes in tight corners. There's also the Pet Multi-Tool attachment, which serves as a combination hard-bristle brush and upholstery tool to alternatively dislodge stuck-on debris and clear pet hair from fabric-lined furniture.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The Shark Vertex Cordless can be used as a handled vacuum by removing its flexible wand.

Performance
9.6
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
96 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
99 %
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 Vertex Cordless delivers superb performance on bare floors. It clears pet hair as well as small and bulky debris, like rice and cereal, without an issue. Performance remains consistent as its dirt compartment fills up, which is good if you have several large messes to deal with.

7.0
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
89 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
80 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
78 %
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)
49 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
41 %
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 Vertex Cordless has decent performance on low-pile carpet. It struggles somewhat with fine debris like baking soda on this kind of surface. Thankfully, it sucks up most pet hair and larger sand-like debris, though the rubber lip on the front of the vacuum head can fling some coarser debris upwards.

7.1
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
93 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
51 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
47 %
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)
48 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
50 %
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 Vertex Cordless has satisfactory performance on high-pile carpet. It sucks up pet hair without an issue, but it may take a couple of passes to fully clear fine and larger debris like baking soda or sand. Unusually, the rubber lip on the front of the vacuum can fling some coarser debris upwards while cleaning. Consider the Miele Triflex HX1 if you're looking for a cordless vacuum with better performance on this surface type.

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

This vacuum offers amazing maneuverability. It's lightweight and has a swiveling head that makes it easy to navigate around obstructions. Its MultiFLEX wand is another hugely convenient feature, as it allows you to clean under low-lying couches and tables with less difficulty. It can be quickly converted into a handheld configuration to deal with messes on furniture, and fitting new attachments in places is an intuitive process. Unfortunately, its brushroll can occasionally get stuck on rug tassels.

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 Vertex Cordless doesn't have any automation features.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark Vertex Cordless only comes in one variant, 'White', which has the model code IZ462H. You can see its label here.

If you come across a differently-equipped variant, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark Vertex Cordless is a stick/handheld vacuum that is effectively a cordless version of the Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded and shares many of the same advantages and disadvantages. It has a bagless design that incurs minimal recurring costs and is very maneuverable. It's also highly effective on bare floors and easily clears pet hair on a variety of surfaces. Unfortunately, it can struggle somewhat with finer debris on carpeted floors. If you're looking for other options, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best cordless stick vacuums, the best lightweight vacuums, and the best cordless vacuums.

Dyson V11 Animal

The Dyson V11 Animal and Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless are fairly evenly matched overall, and you may prefer one over the other depending on your needs. The Dyson is easier to maintain, has a longer maximum battery life, and performs better on low and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Shark feels better-made, is more maneuverable, and cleans more debris on bare floors. It also charges substantially faster.

Dyson V8 Animal

The Dyson V8 Animal is slightly more versatile than the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless. The Dyson is significantly lighter, comes with more accessories, and performs better on low and high-pile carpet. That said, the Shark is better-built, more maneuverable, and charges much faster, though its overall battery life is quite similar.

Shark Rocket Pet Pro

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro 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.

Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded

The Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded and Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless have different advantages, and either may suit you better depending on your needs. The UltraLight Corded has an effectively unlimited runtime courtesy of its corded design, comes with a turbo brush, and performs better on both low and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Lightweight Cordless has an effectively unlimited range, an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, superior maneuverability, and better performance on bare floors.

Miele Triflex HX1

The Miele Triflex HX1 is a more versatile vacuum than the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless. The Miele is better-built, easier to maintain, and performs better on all surface types. It also has fewer recurring costs. Meanwhile, the Shark has a bigger dirt compartment, a longer battery life, and charges faster.

JASHEN V16

The Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded is a better overall vacuum than the JASHEN V16. The Shark is better-built, has a larger dirt compartment, and performs better on all surface types. It's also more maneuverable. However, the JASHEN comes with a couple more accessories, including a removable brushroll and turbo brush.

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