Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Dec 04, 2020 at 05:54 am
Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded Picture
8.1
Bare Floor
7.4
Low-Pile Carpet
7.5
High-Pile Carpet
8.6
Pets
8.3
Stairs
8.1
Cars
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
No
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is a stick/handheld corded vacuum with a unique twin brushroll head. It does an outstanding job of clearing debris on bare floors and still delivers good performance on both low and high-pile surfaces. Its bagless design keeps recurring costs low, and it feels fairly well built, with sturdy, lightweight construction. Unfortunately, it has many parts that require routine maintenance, and it doesn't come with a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. Still, if you're looking for a versatile, lightweight vacuum, this is a good option.

Our Verdict

8.1 Bare Floor

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is great for bare floors. It easily clears pet hair as well as small and bulky debris like rice or cereal, with very little drop in performance as its dirt compartment fills up. Its bagless design keeps recurring costs low, and its slim construction should allow you to clean under low lying objects like couches or tables without much of an issue.

Pros
  • Outstanding performance on bare floors.
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Few recurring costs.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Many parts require regular maintenance.
7.4 Low-Pile Carpet

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is decent for low-pile carpet. It sucks up pet hair without an issue and clears the majority of larger, sand-like debris. Unfortunately, it struggles somewhat with finer material, such as baking soda. It has many parts that require routine maintenance. Thankfully, its recurring costs are low, and it's quite maneuverable due to its lightweight design. Its long power cord should allow you to clean large rooms without swapping outlets.

Pros
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Few recurring costs.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Many parts require regular maintenance.
  • Struggles with fine debris on low-pile carpet.
7.5 High-Pile Carpet

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is a good option for high-pile carpet. This vacuum does a superb job of cleaning pet hair and sucks up most fine debris, like baking soda, on this kind of surface, though it may take an extra pass to fully clear coarser debris, such as sand. It feels fairly sturdy overall and incurs few recurring costs while its lightweight construction makes it easy to maneuver, even in tight, closed-off areas.

Pros
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Few recurring costs.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Many parts require regular maintenance.
8.6 Pets

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is excellent for pet owners. It does a superb job of sucking up pet hair on everything from bare floors to high-pile carpet, and its self-cleaning silicone-finned brushroll reduces the need for you to clear hair wraps by hand. Unfortunately, it doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter or a dedicated pet-grooming tool, though it does come with a turbo brush to deal with shed fur on upholstery.

Pros
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Few recurring costs.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Many parts require regular maintenance.
  • No HEPA filter.
8.3 Stairs

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is great for cleaning stairs. It's lightweight and not especially difficult to carry, courtesy of its integrated carrying handle. It can be easily reconfigured into a handheld vacuum, which makes it very easy to use in tight spaces. Its long power cord should let you clean large staircases, and it performs very well overall across a broad mix of surface types.

Pros
  • Long power cord.
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Few recurring costs.
  • Easy to reconfigure.
Cons
  • Many parts require regular maintenance.
8.1 Cars

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is impressively well-suited for cleaning the inside of your car. It can be used as a compact, lightweight handheld vacuum, and its long power cord should let you clean all around your car if you stay relatively close to an outlet. Its included turbo brush and crevice cleaner should let you clean up messes on cloth upholstery as well as small, cramped areas.

Pros
  • Long power cord.
  • Lightweight, highly maneuverable design.
  • Few recurring costs.
  • Easy to reconfigure.
Cons
  • Many parts require regular maintenance.
  • 8.1 Bare Floor
  • 7.4 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.5 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.6 Pets
  • 8.3 Stairs
  • 8.1 Cars

Check Price

White Vertex UltraLight Corded
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Test Results

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Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is decently well-built. It's mostly made of plastic, but its extendable wand is made of metal and various parts, such as the drive wheels, handle grip, and vacuum head lip, are made of rubber. It feels reasonably sturdy overall, though its clear plastic dirt compartment feels quite flimsy, as though it could break if it's dropped. Its twin brushroll design, with one soft roller and one main brushroll with silicone fins, is advertised to clear hair wraps by itself. A small digital display on the top end of the vacuum shows what floor mode it's currently in, which is a nice touch. There's also a brushroll indicator light that goes from solid green during normal use to either solid red if there's an error or blinking red if it overheats. Assembly is fairly easy, as the component pieces clip together intuitively.

6.5
Design
User Maintenance

It's reasonably easy to maintain. Its parts are easy to access for the most part, but many require routine servicing.

  • Dirt compartment: You can remove this part by pressing the two release buttons on the main body. You can empty the dust cup by pressing the button with a trash bin symbol on it once the max fill line has been reached. You can also open it up to clear stuck on-debris from its lint screen when necessary.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll is non-removable, but is advertised to be self-cleaning. Still, if you need to clear any tangled debris, you can access the brushroll via a hatch cover secured by 11 screws.
  • Soft roller: The soft roller can be easily removed by sliding the blue roller release switch on the side of the vacuum. It should be washed with cold water when needed.
  • Pre-motor filters: The foam and felt pre-motor filters are located inside a housing in the dirt compartment. This housing can be pulled out via the two "Filter Access" tabs. These filters should be washed with cold water twice a month.
  • Post-motor filter: To access the post-motor filter, just remove its cover on the body. It should be cleaned under cold water once every nine months.

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
XFFKHZ2000
HEPA Filter Part Number
No HEPA Filter

The Shark Vertex UltraLight has few recurring costs.

  • Pre-motor filters: The foam and felt pre-motor filters are sold as a single set on the manufacturer's website. They should be replaced every two and a half years.
  • Post-motor filter: The post-motor filter has an expected service life of three years. Replacements can be purchased on Shark's website.

7.5
Design
Storing
Height
32.68" (83.0 cm)
Width
10.24" (26.0 cm)
Depth
9.84" (25.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Manual
On-Board Tool Storage
Yes
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The Shark Vertex UltraLight has good storage capabilities. Its power cord wraps around the back of the wand, reducing its overall footprint. There's also on-board storage for its crevice tool and Pet Multi-Tool attachment. That said, you have to find another place to put its Self-Cleaning Pet Power Brush attachment, as there's no on-board storage for this tool.

6.7
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.11 gal (0.40 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Shark Vertex UltraLight's dirt compartment is okay. It's roughly the same size as that of the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light and has a visible max fill line indicator to clearly show its maximum capacity.

Design
In The Box

  • Shark Vertex UltraLight vacuum body
  • Wand
  • Vacuum head/Floor nozzle
  • Dirt compartment
  • Soft roller
  • Dusting brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Self-Cleaning Pet Power Brush tool
  • On-board storage clip
  • Pre-motor foam filter
  • Pre-motor felt filter
  • Pre-motor filter housing
  • Post-motor filter (in the vacuum body)
  • User guide

7.6
Design
Range
Cord Length
29.53 ft (9.0 m)
Hose Length
N/A

The Shark Vertex UltraLight has a good range. Its power cord is quite long, allowing you to clean large spaces without needing to swap outlets. That said, if you want a similarly-performing stick/handheld vacuum with a cordless design to clean far-off places more easily, consider the Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless.

7.6
Design
Portability
Total Weight
9.61 lbs (4.36 kg)
Weight In Hand
3.44 lbs (1.56 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is quite portable. It doesn't weigh too much and feels very light in your hands. Its integrated carrying handle makes it easier to carry up and down staircases.

0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
N/A
Maximum Battery Life
N/A
Recharge Time
N/A
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
No
Removable Batteries
No

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is a corded vacuum that doesn't have a battery.

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

The Shark Vertex UltraLight has a couple of quality of life features. There are two floor settings: "Bare Floor", in which the brushroll spins slowly for dealing with debris on surfaces like hardwood as well as small area rugs, and "Carpet", which speeds up the brushroll's rotation to clean messes on carpet or clear stuck-on debris. The current floor setting is shown on a small digital display. There's also a headlight mounted inside the vacuum head to illuminate dark areas.

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

The Shark Vertex UltraLight comes with a couple of tools and accessories. There's a Self-Cleaning Pet Power Brush tool, which can be used to clean pet hair and stuck-on debris and clears hair wraps by itself. There's also an extension wand and a crevice tool for dealing with messes in far-off or tight spots. Its hard bristle dusting brush can help you dislodge stubborn debris.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The Shark Vertex UltraLight can be used as a corded handheld vacuum by detaching its wand.

Performance
9.0
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
94%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
93%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
90%
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 Logo"

The Shark Vertex UltraLight delivers outstanding performance on bare floors. It easily clears pet hair as well as small debris like rice. While it can clear the majority of bulky material, such as cereal, some can get pushed around instead of getting sucked up. Still, suction performance remains consistent as its dirt compartment fills up, which is good if you have a large mess to deal with.

7.6
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
101%
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)
59%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
54%
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 Logo"

The Shark Vertex UltraLight does a good job on low-pile carpet. It easily clears pet hair as well as most larger, sand-like debris. Unfortunately, it struggles more with finer material, such as baking soda, on this kind of surface.

7.7
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
97%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
53%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
51%
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)
69%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
63%
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 Logo"

The Shark Vertex UltraLight has good performance on high-pile carpet. It clears pet hair without issue and does a good job of dealing with fine debris like baking soda, though it struggles slightly more with larger material, such as sand. That said, its suction performance remains quite consistent as its dirt compartment fills up.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Ok
Under Low Table
Ok
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Good

This vacuum has good maneuverability. It's lightweight and easy to reconfigure into a handheld to clean furniture. There's on-board storage for two of its three included accessories, so most specialized attachments are readily accessible. It's slim enough to clean under low-lying tables and couches if you crouch down. Unfortunately, its brushroll never stops turning in its stick configuration, and it can get stuck on rug tassels. It also tends to push around obstructions like electrical cords instead of climbing over them, but it's light enough to lift over these kinds of obstructions, so it isn't really an issue.

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 vacuum doesn't have any automation features.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Shark Vertex UltraLight only comes in one variant, 'White', which has the model code HZ2002. You can see its label here.

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

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Shark Vertex UltraLight is a corded stick/handheld vacuum. It has a lightweight, easily reconfigurable design that incurs few recurring costs. It also delivers versatile cleaning performance across a mix of surface types. Unfortunately, many parts require routine maintenance. If you're looking for alternatives, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best lightweight vacuums, the best vacuums for stairs, and the best vacuums for hardwood floors.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light

The Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded and Shark Rocket Ultra-Light have different advantages, so depending on your needs, one might suit you better than the other. The Vertex feels better-built, has a longer overall range, and cleans better on high-pile carpet. It also deals more effectively with pet hair on all surface types, but the Rocket does a better overall job on bare floors and low-pile carpet. The Rocket is also a little bit easier to maintain.

Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H

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.

Dyson V8 Animal

The Dyson V8 Animal and Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded have different advantages. The cordless Dyson is lighter, has an effectively unlimited range, and lower recurring costs. It also delivers slightly better performance on all surface types. However, the Shark feels better-built and has a slightly more spacious dirt compartment. Its corded design yields a practically indefinite runtime with no need to wait for a battery to recharge.

Shark APEX UpLight

The Shark APEX UpLight is better overall than the Shark Vertex UltraLight Corded. The APEX has a bigger dirt compartment, lower recurring costs, and superior cleaning performance on everything from bare floors to high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Vertex is smaller and lighter, with a fully handheld alternate configuration that can be held in a single hand.

Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless

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.

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