Shark Vertex Pro Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 22, 2021 at 10:21 am
Shark Vertex Pro Picture
8.4
Bare Floor
7.2
Low-Pile Carpet
8.0
High-Pile Carpet
8.6
Pets
8.7
Stairs
7.8
Cars
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Shark Vertex Pro is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It's relatively lightweight, highly maneuverable, and has decent overall battery performance. It also delivers fantastic performance on bare floors and does a great job clearing debris on high-pile carpets. That said, it can sometimes struggle with clearing fine debris, like baking soda, on low-pile carpets, it lacks a brushroll on/off switch, and many parts need to be maintained regularly.

Our Verdict

8.4 Bare Floor

The Shark Vertex Pro is great for bare floors. It clears pet hair, small debris like rice, and bulky material like cereal with very little trouble. It's also lightweight and easy to maneuver, even in cluttered areas. Its bagless design and washable filters keep recurring costs low, and its battery performance is decent overall. That said, it does have quite a few parts that need regular cleaning.

Pros
  • Maneuverable design.
  • Decent battery life.
  • Exceptional overall performance on bare floors.
  • Clears pet hair on all surface types.
Cons
  • Has many parts that require regular cleaning.
7.2 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark Vertex Pro is a decent option for low-pile carpet. It clears pet hair without too much difficulty and sucks up a decent amount of larger debris like sand, but it struggles a little with finer material like baking soda. While it feels decently well-built overall, it does have some fairly fragile components, and many parts need regular cleaning. That said, it's easy to maneuver and should offer sufficient single charge battery life to clean a fairly large area, though this can vary in the real world.

Pros
  • Maneuverable design.
  • Decent battery life.
  • Clears pet hair on all surface types.
Cons
  • Can get stuck on rug tassels.
  • Struggles with fine debris.
  • Has many parts that require regular cleaning.
8.0 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark Vertex Pro is a great choice for high-pile carpet. It sucks up pet hair and large debris like sand with very little issue, though you may need to make another pass to clean finer debris like baking soda. It features a surface-type adjustment feature that enables it to maneuver effectively on high-pile carpets, but since it lacks an actual brushroll on/off switch, it can sometimes get caught on rug tassels. It also has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning.

Pros
  • Maneuverable design.
  • Decent battery life.
  • Excellent performance on high-pile carpet.
  • Clears pet hair on all surface types.
Cons
  • Can get stuck on rug tassels.
  • Has many parts that require regular cleaning.
8.6 Pets

The Shark Vertex Pro is excellent for dealing with pet hair. It does a fantastic job of sucking up pet hair on a wide variety of surface types. It's also equipped with a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. In addition, while its primary brushroll isn't removable, it's advertised to be self-cleaning, and you can pull its secondary soft roller out for easier cleaning. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a motorized turbo brush for easier debris removal on upholstered surfaces when using the vacuum in its handheld configuration.

Pros
  • Maneuverable design.
  • Decent battery life.
  • On-board HEPA filter.
  • Clears pet hair on all surface types.
Cons
  • No turbo brush.
8.7 Stairs

The Shark Vertex Pro is excellent for cleaning stairs. Its lightweight plastic construction makes it easy to pick up and carry along long staircases, and it's easy to reconfigure into a handheld vacuum. Its cordless design ensures that you don't have to worry about tripping over a power cable. It also performs incredibly well on bare surfaces and does an excellent job clearing debris on high-pile carpet. While its overall performance on low-pile carpets is decent, it struggles somewhat with finer debris. It also lacks a motorized turbo brush that you can use with the vacuum in its handheld configuration.

Pros
  • Maneuverable design.
  • Decent battery life.
Cons
  • No turbo brush.
7.8 Cars

The Shark Vertex Pro is a good choice for vacuuming the inside of your car. Its cordless design allows you to clean your car, even if you've parked far away from an electrical outlet. It also does a satisfactory job clearing debris on low-pile carpets, though you may need to make an extra pass or two to fully clean fine debris. It also lacks a turbo brush for easier cleaning of upholstered surfaces.

Pros
  • Maneuverable design.
  • Decent battery life.
Cons
  • No turbo brush.
  • 8.4 Bare Floor
  • 7.2 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 8.0 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.6 Pets
  • 8.7 Stairs
  • 7.8 Cars
  1. Updated Sep 22, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 17, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Shark Vertex Pro is decently well-built. It's similarly designed to the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless, with a mainly plastic body, a soft-finish grip, and wheels edged with a plastic strip. However, it differs with the addition of an LED display that shows the estimated remaining battery life, the current suction power setting, and the surface-type setting when its wand and flexible wand are attached. It feels fairly sturdy for the most part, but its clear plastic dirt compartment is a little flimsy and could break if you were to drop it.

The vacuum itself is very easy to assemble or reconfigure, as its included tools and accessories clip to the wand or vacuum body with easy-clip mechanisms.

6.5
Design
User Maintenance

The Shark Vertex Pro has a few parts that need regular cleaning.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment can be removed by pressing the plastic button on the right side of the component. A separate button with a trash bin symbol on it opens the compartment door to release any debris. You should empty it once debris reaches the max fill line. You can also open it up to clear stuck on-debris from its lint screen when necessary. If you notice any stuck-on debris, you can also wash it with cold water.
  • Brushroll: The primary bristled brushroll isn't removable and is designed to be self-cleaning. However, you can access it by undoing three locks for the brushguard with a coin to clear any tangled debris.
  • Soft roller: You can remove the soft roller by sliding the blue 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 filter assembly: The pre-motor filter assembly is located on top of the dust cup. You can remove the lint felt filter via a release tab, which then allows you to take the foam filter out of its housing. These filters should be rinsed with cold water regularly to maintain suction performance, though no concrete maintenance interval is specified.
  • Post-motor HEPA filter: The pre-filter assembly needs to be pulled from the dirt compartment to access the post-motor HEPA filter. You should clean it with cold water at least once a year.

All parts that can be washed or rinsed under water must be left to dry for at least 24 hours before you can reinstall them.

8.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
Unidentified
HEPA Filter Part Number
Unidentified

The Shark Vertex Pro incurs impressively low recurring costs.

  • Pre-motor filter assembly: The foam and felt pre-motor filters shouldn't need replacing as long as they're properly 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 replacing if you maintain it according to the manufacturer's recommendations. That said, you can buy replacements from Shark's website if necessary.

While the user manual recommends replacing these parts regularly, these components aren't given part names and don't have specific service intervals. Therefore, we can only estimate their lifespan relative to parts in similar Shark vacuums.

6.6
Design
Storing
Height
27.17" (69.0 cm)
Width
10.24" (26.0 cm)
Depth
10.43" (26.5 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The Shark Vertex Pro is reasonably easy to store. Like the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, its MultiFLEX wand folds in half to reduce its vertical footprint. Unfortunately, there isn't any onboard storage or a rack station to place any of 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 Pro has a decent dirt compartment. It's fairly spacious and has a max fill line to give you a clear indication of how much room is left.

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
  • Battery
  • Charging cable
  • Owner's guide

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

The Shark Vertex Pro is a cordless vacuum, so its range is limited only by the remaining battery life and the room left in its dustbin.

7.6
Design
Portability
Total Weight
8.95 lbs (4.06 kg)
Weight In Hand
4.08 lbs (1.85 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Shark Vertex Pro is a portable vacuum. It's a little heavier than alternatives like the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power, but it still feels very light in the hand. There's a built-in carrying handle to make picking it up a little bit easier too.

7.1
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
12 min
Maximum Battery Life
63 min
Recharge Time
209 min
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Shark Vertex Pro delivers decent battery performance. When the vacuum is set to its most powerful 'Boost' suction mode with its wand and vacuum head attached and set to 'Carpet' mode, the vacuum supplies little over 10 minutes of runtime. Using it as a hand vacuum in its most energy-efficient 'ECO' mode increases its runtime to roughly an hour, which lines up with the manufacturer's advertised battery life. That said, it's worth noting that battery life can vary in the real world. The LED 'IQ Display' on the vacuum's body provides you with an estimate of the remaining battery life, so you shouldn't run out of charge unexpectedly.

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 Pro has a couple of quality-of-life features. A button on the vacuum handle changes the surface type mode for the main head. 'Hard Floor Mode' spins the brushroll slowly for cleaning on bare floors and small area rugs, while 'Carpet Mode' increases the rotational speed of the brushroll for cleaning carpets. There are also three suction power modes: 'ECO', 'Deep Clean', and 'Boost'. An LED display screen shows you the vacuum's remaining battery life, suction power mode, and, when the wand and floor head are attached, the surface-type setting. There's also a headlight on the front of the vacuum head that can help you see when vacuuming darker areas.

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 Pro has a couple of tools and brushes. Its similarly equipped to the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless, with an Anti-Allergen Dust Brush for cleaning fine debris from delicate surfaces, a crevice tool, and a combination upholstery tool/hard bristle brush Pet Multi-Tool.

Design
Alternative Configuration

You can use the Shark Vertex Pro as a handheld vacuum by detaching the MultiFLEX wand and primary vacuum head.

Performance
9.5
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
97%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
93%
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)
99%
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" Mode, "Boost" Suction Power Mode

The Shark Vertex Pro delivers incredible performance on bare floors. It easily sucks up pet hair as well as small debris like rice and bulky material like cereal. Suction performance also remains consistent as its dirt compartment fills up.

7.1
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
73%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
71%
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)
51%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
46%
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" Mode, "Boost" Suction Power Mode

The Shark Vertex Pro offers satisfactory performance on low-pile carpet. It has no trouble sucking up pet hair and clears a fair amount of larger debris like sand. That said, you may need to make a couple of extra passes to clean up finer debris like baking soda on this surface type.

8.5
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
99%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
93%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
88%
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)
50%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
51%
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" Mode, "Boost" Suction Power Mode

The Shark Vertex Pro is excellent for cleaning high-pile carpet. It clears pet hair and larger debris like sand without too much trouble. It sucks up a decent amount of finer material like baking soda, though you still may need to make an extra pass to clear it all.

8.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Excellent
Under Low Table
Excellent
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Good

The Shark Vertex Pro is impressively maneuverable. Its flexible wand allows you to clean under tables and couches without crouching over too deeply, while its lightweight construction and pivoting head make it easy to maneuver in between obstacles. It's also easy to reconfigure into a handheld vacuum and attach any one of the included accessories. However, since there isn't a brushroll on/off switch, it can occasionally get stuck on rugs and some 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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark Vertex Pro is only available in one color variant: 'Gray', and you can see our test unit's label here.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark Vertex Pro is a versatile cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It's very similar in design to other vacuums in Shark's lineup, especially the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless but differs from the rest with the inclusion of an LED display that can show the vacuum's estimated remaining battery life, its suction power mode, and its surface-type setting. It performs fantastically well on bare floors and does an excellent job of cleaning high-pile carpets, though it struggles a little with fine debris on low-pile carpet.

If you're looking for alternatives, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best cordless vacuums, the best cordless stick vacuums, and the best vacuums for long hair.

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum

The Shark APEX Upright Vacuum and Shark Vertex Pro are differently-designed vacuums that serve different purposes. The APEX is a corded upright vacuum with a virtually indefinite runtime and superior performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Vertex Pro is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that's much easier to maneuver in tight spaces and can be used to clean areas far from any electrical outlets. It also clears more debris on high-pile carpet.

Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless

The Shark Vertex Pro is slightly better than the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless, though both vacuums are very similar overall. The Vertex Pro has a longer battery life, better performance on high-pile carpet, and an LED display that shows current suction power and surface type settings.

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson V15 Detect is better than the Shark Vertex Pro. The Dyson is lighter, has a longer maximum battery life, comes with more tools and accessories, and clears more debris on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. Conversely, the Shark feels more solidly built, has fewer parts that need to be cleaned regularly, has a larger dustbin, and is easier to maneuver.

Shark APEX UpLight

The Shark APEX UpLight and Shark Vertex Pro are differently designed vacuums that suit different needs. The UpLight is a corded stick/handheld vacuum with a virtually indefinite runtime. It's a little heavier than the Pro and isn't as maneuverable, but it does perform better on low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Pro is a cordless vacuum with a practically unlimited range and better high-pile carpet performance.

Dyson V11 Animal

The Dyson V11 Animal and Shark Vertex Pro each have their advantages, meaning that one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Dyson has fewer parts that require regular maintenance, comes with a rack station and an onboard tool clip, and has a motorized turbo brush. It also does a better job of clearing debris on low-pile carpet. Conversely, the Shark performs better on bare floors and high-pile carpet, is a little easier to maneuver thanks to its flexible wand, feels more sturdily built, has a larger dustbin, and charges faster while offering similar overall battery life.

Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is better for more use cases than the Shark Vertex Pro, though the two vacuums are very similar in overall performance. The Rocket is lighter and performs better on bare floors and low-pile carpet. It also recharges significantly faster, though the Vertex has much longer battery life. The Vertex  also performs better on high-pile carpet and has a larger dustbin.

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