I was fortunate enough to be chosen to try out the new Shark Rocket Powerhead vacuum. Not exactly something that most people would expect someone to be excited to try out, but with two Basset Hounds with a penchant for shedding, I could not wait to unpack this and give it a go.
The Shark Powerhead is in the class of lightweight vacuums, but even when compared with other similar devices, at 9 pounds (not including the weight of the cord), it is lighter than most, and since the majority of the weight is focused in the head on the floor, the vacuum has a weight of one pound in your hand. Of course, in order to make a vacuum that light, there are trade-offs that need to be made in order to get it down to that weight.
So what makes the Shark Rocket Powerhead stand out from other similar vacuums besides the weight?
Height Adjustment: It may not be a big deal if you are average size, but for everyone else there is a telescoping height adjustment
Navigation: The swivel head makes tight turns and control of the Powerhead is nothing like you have seen on other similar machines. It makes getting around furniture and objects a breeze even in tight quarters. Since it sleek in design, it also gets low for getting under beds, sofas and other low objects that machines with big bags or containers simply would never get under.
Suction: The technology in the Shark gives it a “No loss of suction” power that you will appreciate, especially if, like me, you have pets. The “Hi” power setting and the all purpose brush (more on that below) gives your rug a deep clean that is second to none. I vacuumed my living room rug with my old Dyson DC35 and then again with the Powerhead and it pulled up what the almighty Dyson left behind… and it of course highlighted just how much my much vaunted (and way too expensive) Dyson leaves behind.
At this point, I should mention the multiple brushrolls, one for carpet and one for hardwood floors. Sure, some vacuums have a “hardwood” mode, but essentially all that does is lift up the rollers and rely on suction to get up the dust and dirt.. and well, that just isn’t an ideal solution. Now, before you start to think that this would be annoying, the Powerhead has a top opening compartment. There is no need to flip the vacuum over, no belts to deal with, and no need to pull out some tools to get in there, just slide two unlock buttons and open the compartment, pull out the one brushroll and install the other, close the door and you are back in business. It is as simple as that.
Now, I am not going to simply stop and gloss over the fact that, in order make a vacuum this sleek and light there has to be some trade offs. While there aren’t as many as you might think, there are still a couple of things that you need to factor into your equation to determine if this vacuum fits your needs. The first is that since the dirt bin is in the head of the Powerhead, it is rather small and needs to emptied frequently. Secondly, there are no attachments. None at all. Nothing for cleaning off the sofa, or to get the cobwebs out of the corner. Finally, this is probably not the vacuum for you if you have stairs. The brushroll does not engage when the handle is in the upright position, so there is no easy way to hold the vacuum and clean stairs.
If you want a lightweight vacuum that does one thing and does it extremely well this is an excellent tool. If you need something that does an exceptional job at getting up that deep embedded dirt, hair, etc. You will like it. If you need to deal with a flight or two of stairs and want to use this vacuum, you may want to look elsewhere. but otherwise, I have no problem highly recommending this vacuum. It is an exceptional deal for the price of about $169 or so (depending on your retailer of choice of course).