The Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is a cordless upright vacuum. It's a successor to the discontinued Shark ION P50 Upright, with a similar 'Lift-Away' design that enables you to pick up and carry its canister body separately from its floorhead to clean hard-to-reach areas. It delivers fantastic performance on bare floors and does an excellent job dealing with debris on high-pile carpets. It does feel somewhat fragile in places and has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is great for bare floors. It does a fantastic job of dealing with pet hair as well as small and bulky debris on this kind of surface. Its twin-brushroll floorhead also helps it dislodge debris from shallow cracks and crevices. It's easy to maneuver between obstacles, doesn't make all that much noise, and has a bagless design that incurs low recurring costs. It does have quite a few parts that need regular cleaning. In addition, its bulky dirt compartment can make it hard to clean under tables and chairs.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is good for low-pile carpet. It's highly effective in dealing with pet hair and fine debris, but you might need to make an extra pass to fully clean larger material. It's reasonably easy to maneuver around obstacles, though its bulky dirt compartment can make it hard to clean under some tables and chairs. It has a decently long battery life when used in its default power mode, and its bagless design incurs minimal recurring costs. Unfortunately, it has many parts that need regular cleaning. It also lacks a brushroll off switch, so it can sometimes get stuck on rug tassels.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is great for vacuuming high-pile carpet. It easily cleans pet hair and larger debris on this surface type, but you might need to make an extra pass to deal with finer material. Suction performance remains consistent as its dustbin fills up, which is good if you have several large messes to deal with. It isn't very loud either, even when used in its most powerful suction mode. However, it doesn't have any floorhead height adjustment, so it can sometimes get stuck on shag-pile rugs.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is very good for dealing with pet hair. It easily sucks up pet hair on bare floors, furniture, and low and high-pile carpet. There's also an onboard HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean, which is good if your pet sheds heavily. It also isn't very noisy, which is good if your pet is sensitive to loud noises. Unfortunately, since it doesn't have any mopping capability, it struggles to deal with stains. Its primary brushroll isn't removable either, making it very difficult to remove any tangled hair.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is an excellent option for vacuuming stairs. Its cordless design ensures that you don't need to worry about tripping over a power cable while climbing up and down stairs. Its 'Lift-Away' alternative configuration allows you to pick up and carry its canister body with you, rather than having to maneuver the entire vacuum on stairs. It performs exceptionally well on bare surfaces and does a great job of dealing with messes on low and high-pile carpet. However, it does feel a little fragile in places, especially its clear plastic dustbin. It doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush either, which would make it easier to clean carpeted stairs in its handheld configuration.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is very good for vacuuming the inside of your car. Its cordless design ensures that you don't need to park close to an outlet, while its 'Lift-Away' configuration makes it easier to clean hard-to-reach areas. It's very effective when clearing away debris on hard surfaces and low-pile carpet. While it doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush, which would make it easier to clean fabric-lined surfaces and floormats, it does come with a crevice tool, a dedicated upholstery tool, a clip-on hard bristle brush, and a soft-bristle brush for cleaning delicate surfaces. Unfortunately, there's no onboard tool storage, so you'll have to stow these attachments away in a separate location.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is decent for cleaning your workshop, though this is far from its intended use. It delivers superb performance on bare floors and does a good job of dealing with debris on low-pile carpet. Its secondary soft roller also helps it lift debris stuck in shallow cracks and crevices. However, it doesn't have any mopping capability that would allow it to deal with stains, and you can't use it to clear away liquid spills.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is only available in one color variant: 'Blue/Gray'. You can see the label for our test unit here.
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The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is a cordless upright vacuum. It's an improvement on the older Shark ION P50 Upright in a few small ways, with a larger dirt compartment and better performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. Its redesigned 'Anti-Tangle' brushroll is even harder to clean. It's bulkier than the Shark Vertex Pro, which shares many of the same design features, but in the form of a more maneuverable cordless stick vacuum.
The Dyson V8 and Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away are differently-designed cordless vacuums. The Dyson is a cordless stick vacuum that's easier to maneuver, has fewer parts needing regular cleaning, comes with a miniature turbo brush, and delivers slightly better performance on low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Shark is a more sturdily-built cordless upright vacuum with a bigger dirt compartment, a longer battery life, and slightly better performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. Its secondary soft roller in its floorhead also helps it do a better job of collecting debris in cracks and crevices.
The Dyson V15 Detect is better for more uses than the Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away. The Dyson is a lighter, more portable cordless stick vacuum that features a built-in dirt sensor and a surface-detection system that enables it to change its power mode depending on the floor type you're on. It also has a marginally longer battery life, delivers better performance on low-pile carpet, and is more effective when dealing with debris stuck in cracks and crevices. Meanwhile, the Shark is a cordless upright with a larger dirt compartment and a faster recharging time. Unlike the Dyson, the Shark doesn't come with a miniature turbo brush, but it does have an upholstery tool that helps it do a fantastic job of clearing away pet hair on furniture.
The Dyson Cyclone V10 and Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away are somewhat differently-designed vacuums, each with strengths and weaknesses. The Dyson is a cordless stick vacuum with a lighter, more maneuverable design. It also comes with a wider assortment of tools and is easier to maintain. The Shark trades maneuverability for debris capacity, and it feels better built.
The Shark Vertex Pro and Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away are differently-designed vacuums with different advantages, though they also share a couple of similarities. Both use Shark's DuoClean floorhead design, which combines a soft roller with a non-removable multi-fin brushroll that's quite difficult to clean. They also share very similar IQ displays, which allow you to monitor battery life as well as the current suction and surface setting. Battery life is also quite similar. The upright Powered Lift-Away has a larger dustbin, incurs lower recurring costs, is more effective on carpeted floors, and does a better job dealing with pet hair on furniture. The stick vacuum Vertex Pro is lighter, more maneuverable thanks to its flexible wand, and is marginally quieter.
The Dyson Ball Animal 3 is better than the Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away for most uses, though these are still differently-designed vacuums with different uses. The Dyson is a more conventional corded upright that's better suited for longer cleaning sessions, as it can run for as long as it's plugged into an electrical socket. It's also easier to maintain, has a larger dustbin, and features an adjustable floorhead that yields significantly better performance on carpeted floors. However, the Shark is cordless, allowing you clean hard-to-reach areas like the inside of your car with relative ease. It's also quieter and lighter than the Dyson, with a 'Lift-Away' design that lets you use it as a handheld by picking up and carrying its canister body independently of its floorhead.
The Dyson V11 and Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away are differently-designed cordless vacuums, meaning one might suit you better, depending on your needs. The Dyson is a stick vacuum that has fewer parts needing regular cleaning, is easier to store, and weighs less. Meanwhile, the Shark is a cordless upright that delivers better performance on all surface types, does a better job dealing with debris in cracks, feels lighter in your hand, charges faster, and has a larger dirt compartment.
The LG CordZero A9 Ultimate and Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away are both cordless vacuums, but they have different form factors, meaning one might suit you better depending on your needs. The LG is a more maneuverable cordless stick vacuum that makes less noise, has fewer maintenance requirements, and a more lightweight, portable design. The LG also comes with two swappable batteries, though their combined runtime is only a little bit longer than that of the Shark. The Shark is a cordless upright that's more effective in dealing with debris on carpeted surfaces, has a larger dirt compartment, and feels slightly lighter in your hand.
The Shark Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is an improvement on the older Shark ION P50 Cord-Free Powered Lift-Away in most ways. While the vacuums are very similar in design, the Vertex has a slightly greater dustbin capacity, an LED display that shows you battery life and vacuum settings, and delivers better performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. The older P50's fixed brushroll is easier to clean than the Vertex's multi-fin brushroll, though neither component is removable.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is decently well-built. Like the older Shark ION P50 Upright, it's mostly made of a mix of satin and matte-finish hard plastic, though it does have a lightweight metal wand. Due to its highly reconfigurable design and high number of detachable parts, it isn't quite as sturdy-feeling as a more conventional upright, with a slight amount of flex in its structure while sweeping back and forth. That said, it's very easy to take apart and reassemble.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has a few parts that need regular cleaning.
Any component that you can wash under water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before you can reinstall it.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless incurs low recurring costs.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is passably easy to store. It's very similar in size to the Shark ION P50 Upright and has a larger footprint than most conventional cordless stick vacuums, even larger models like the Shark Vertex Pro. There's also no onboard storage for its tools and accessories.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has a decent dirt compartment. While its overall shape and design is similar to that of the Shark ION P50 Upright, its max fill line has been moved up, resulting in a higher capacity. You can see a comparison between the two vacuums' dustbins here.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless' range is limited only by the remaining battery life and the room left in its dirt compartment.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has satisfactory battery life. While it only runs for about 10 minutes in its high-power 'Boost' mode, you can expect almost an hour of cleaning time in its most energy-efficient 'ECO' mode in its semi-handheld 'Lift-Away' configuration. Running it in its 'ECO' mode with its floorhead yields anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes of runtime, depending on whether you've selected its 'Bare Floor' or 'Carpet' surface mode. The battery is removable and replaceable, and you can charge it on the included dock.
This vacuum has a few quality-of-life features. Like the Shark ION P50 Upright, you can swap between 'Bare Floor' and 'Carpet' settings, which only affect the speed of its brushrolls. There are also three suction power settings: the energy-efficient 'ECO' mode, the default 'Deep Clean' mode, and the high-power 'Boost' mode for dealing with stubborn debris. The small LED display screen shows you the remaining battery life, surface setting, and suction mode. A headlight built into the floorhead lets you see what you're cleaning in poorly-lit areas.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has a couple of tools and brushes. You can use the thin 'Anti-Allergen Dust Brush' as a soft-bristle brush for cleaning delicate surfaces as well as a ceiling fan tool. It also comes with a dedicated upholstery tool and a clip-on hard-bristle brush. There's also a crevice tool for tackling debris in tight corners.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless can be configured in two alternate ways from its default upright mode by detaching its canister from its upright chassis. Its 'Lift-Away Mode' function allows you to clean under tables and chairs with its wand and powered floorhead while carrying its canister. You can also remove its wand and floorhead to clean furniture and shelves.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless delivers exceptional performance on bare floors. In its default 'Deep Clean' mode with the 'Hard Floor' surface setting, it easily cleans bulky debris like cereal and smaller debris like rice with minimal loss in performance as its dustbin fills up.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has very good performance on low-pile carpet. While vacuuming in its default 'Deep Clean' mode, it clears most fine debris like baking soda. Larger debris tends to get caught in the nooks and crevices in its floorhead, as seen here.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless performs amazingly well on high-pile carpets in its default 'Deep Clean' mode with the 'Carpet' surface setting. It sucks up most larger debris like sand and does a good job of dealing with finer material like baking soda, but you might still need to make an extra pass to get it all.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is remarkably effective when dealing with pet hair. It easily cleans this kind of debris on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has decent real-world suction performance. Using it in its 'Carpet' surface setting helps it exert a greater suction force at its floorhead, though it doesn't change its height to help generate a tighter seal with the contact surface.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless isn't too noisy. Even in its most noisy configuration, it's quieter than some other cordless uprights like the Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet, which is good if you're vacuuming in a more crowded setting.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is very maneuverable. While its floorhead does feel quite heavy and can make it a bit of a hassle to maneuver around obstacles, you can easily reconfigure it into a semi-handheld form for vacuuming on top of furniture. It's somewhat bulky in design, making it tricky to clean under low-lying areas. It also isn't very suited to cleaning shaggy rugs, as they can get caught within its twin brushrolls.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless does an exceptional job sucking up pet hair on upholstered furniture when used in its 'Lift-Away' configuration.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless is effective in sealing in fine particles, thanks in part to its onboard HEPA filter.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless does a good job sucking up debris in cracks. Its soft roller helps dislodge debris in shallower crevices, but you should still use it in its semi-handheld configuration with its crevice tool to tackle debris in deeper cracks.
The Shark Vertex Pro Cordless has poor stain-cleaning performance. While its twin-brushroll floorhead slightly chips away at dried-on stains, it isn't especially effective in this regard.